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Our Lady of Louvain, Belgium (1444) “Sedes Sapientia” and Memorials of the Saints – 6 February

Our Lady of Louvain, Belgium (1444) – 6 February:

The Abbot Orsini wrote: “This Virgin, in high veneration in that country, began to work miracles in the year 1444.”
Saint Peter’s Church, or Sint-Pieterskerk, is the oldest Church in Leuven, Belgium, having been founded in about 986. The first Church burned to the ground but the present Gothic style Church was begun in 1425. The Church suffered severe damage during both world wars, as in 1914 the roof and nave were burned and in 1944 the north aisle suffered bomb damage.
The Church of Saint Peter, is the home of Our Lady of Louvain, or the Virgin of Louvain, a statue of the Blessed Virgin and her Divine Son also called the Sedes Sapientiae, or Seat of Wisdom. The Virgin of Louvain is a wooden statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary carved by Nicolaas De Bruyne in 1442. It was a larger facsimile of an earlier statue dating from the 13th century. That statue was completely destroyed during the Second World War and not by the Fascists or Nazis but instead, by allied bombs. It is a replica of Bruyne’s famous statue that is currently on display in the church.

Nicolaas de Bruyne, 1442, Leuven, Pieterskerk

Sedes Sapientiae is a specific title for the statue of Our Lady of Louvain but it is also a type of Christian iconography of the Blessed Mother, which depicts the Blessed Virgin seated upon a throne with the Christ Child in her lap. This type of representation of the Blessed Mother became, especially popular, early in the 13th century and, the throne she sits upon, usually has some depiction of lions and the Blessed Virgin’s feet are usually shown resting upon a stool and for good reason.
The “Seat of Wisdom” is a title of Mary that many Catholics will recognise from the Litany of Loreto. It was no less a luminary than Saint Peter Damian, who in the 11th century said of the Blessed Virgin Mary that she “is herself that wondrous throne referred to in the Book of Kings.” In this, he was alluding to Solomon’s throne, the throne of the King renowned throughout history, for his wisdom. His throne was of ivory overlaid with the finest gold. “It had six steps and the top of the throne was round behind and there were two hands on either side, holding the seat and two lions stood, one at each hand. And twelve little lions stood upon the six steps on the one side and on the other: there was no such work made in any kingdom.” (Third Book of Kings, Chapter 10: 18-20).
She is descended from the noble lineage of David. As the Mother of God, the “Seat of Wisdom,” the vessel of the Incarnation, who carried and gave birth to the second person of the Blessed Trinity, she, herself is, in a certain sense, the throne upon which the Son of God reigns.
This symbol, the Sedes Sapientiae, has become the seal for the Catholic University of Leuven. It bears the motto: “Universitas Catholica Lovaniensis. Sedes Sapientiae,” which is Latin for Catholic University of Leuven. Seat of Wisdom.”

St Paul Miki SJ (1564/65-1597) & Companions/Martyrs of Nagasaki – 26 saints (Memorial)
Their story:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/saints-of-the-day-6-february-st-paul-miki-companions-26-martyrs-of-nagasaki/

St Alfonso Maria Fusco (1839-1910)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/saint-of-the-day-6-february-st-alfonso-maria-fusco-1839-1910/

St Amand of Maastricht (c 584-c 679) Bishop, The Apostle of Belgium
St Amand of Moissac
St Amand of Nantes
St Andrew of Elnone
Bl Angelus of Furci
St Antholian of Auvergne
St Brinolfo Algotsson
Cassius of Auvergne
Bl Diego de Azevedo
St Dorothy of Caesarea (c 279/290-311) Martyr
The Life of St Dorothea:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/06/saint-of-the-day-6-february-st-dorothy-of-caesarea-died-311-virgin-martyr/

St Ethelburga of Wessex
Bl Francesca of Gubbio
St Francesco Spinelli (1853-1913)
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/02/06/saint-of-the-day-6-february-saint-francesco-spinelli-1853-1913/

St Gerald of Ostia
St Gonsalo Garcia OFM
St Guarinus
St Guethenoc
St Hildegund
St Ina of Wessex
St Jacut
St Liminius of Auvergne
Bl Mary Teresa Bonzel
St Mateo Correa-Magallanes
St Maximus of Aurvergne
St Mel of Ardagh
St Melchu of Armagh
St Mun of Lough Ree
St Relindis of Eyck
St Revocata
St Saturninus
St Tanco of Werden
St Theophilus
St Theophilus the Lawyer
St Vaast of Arras
St Victorinus of Auvergne

Martyrs of Emesa:
St Luke the Deacon
St Mucius the Lector
St Silvanus of Emesa

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Saint of the Day – 6 February – Saint Francesco Spinelli (1853-1913)

Saint of the Day – 6 February – Saint Francesco Spinelli (1853-1913) Priest, Founder of the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist, of prayer, of the poor and sick – born on 14 April 1853 in Milan and died on 6 February 1913 (aged 59) in Rivolta d’Adda, Cremona, Italy.   Patronage – the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament.st-Francesco-Spinelli-Priest

Though born in Milan on 14 April 1853, Francesco Spinelli moved to Cremona, Italy, when he was still a child.   As a young boy, he would go with his mother to visit and help the poor and sick in his city.   His call to the priesthood was nurtured by both his mother and an uncle who was a priest.   After studying in Bergamo, he was ordained on 14 August 1875, to be a priest of that diocese.

Later that year, Fr Francesco was in Rome to celebrate the Jubilee convoked by Pope Pius IX and went to the Basilica of St Mary Major.   While there, he knelt before the crib of the Child Jesus, prayed and envisioned a group of young women who would adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.   This moment inspired him to begin a new order and in 1882, he worked with Saint Geltrude Comensoli to realise this vision, working together to found the Sacramentine Sisters of Bergamo.st spinelli

After a promising start, resistance and plots against him forced Fr Francesco to leave the Diocese of Bergamo in 1889, abandoning the new order as well.   He arrived in Rivolta d’Adda dejected and without money but the Diocesan Bishop of Cremona, offered him the chance to exercise his pastoral duties there.   In 1892, Fr Francesco founded the Sister Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, a congregation that would receive official diocesan approval in 1897.st spinelli sml

In Cremona, the Sisters continued their adoration of Christ in the Eucharist while also focusing on their work of caring for the poor.  This work was inspired by Spinelli himself, who having known the difficulties of being marginalised, was compelled by his love of the Eucharist to meet the needs of those who were suffering in the same way.

Fr Francesco died of natural causes in Rivolta d’Adda on 6 February 1913 but the Sisters continue the work that he helped to begin.   They now have many houses around the world, including in countries like Argentina and Senegal.   Though he did not live to see it, Spinelli would have found great joy in knowing that his congregation received full pontifical approval from Pope Pius XI in 1932.   Then in 1958, Cardinal Angelo Roncalli, who would become Pope John XXIII, visited Spinelli’s tomb.   In his journal, he wrote:
“Arrived in Rivolta d’Adda where I admired the general house of the Sisters Adorers founded by Venerable Francesco Spinelli at whose tomb I was glad to pray.”
This delight would be continued by another Holy Father when Fr Francesco was beatified on 21 June 1992, by St Pope John Paul II.st spinelli art

As a man who constantly looked to Jesus as the source and model of his priestly life, Fr Francesco Spinelli left behind a reputation of holiness and provided a truly prayerful example for the Sister Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament and all those he met.   Like Christ, he did all he could to serve the unhappy, the marginalised and the rejected wherever there was need and that work continues to this day.

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He was Canonised on 14 October 2018 by Pope Francis.   The miracle related to his Canonisation concerned the Sister Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament who, whilst nursing a baby who had been seriously injured and had been declared to be past medical care, in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was completely healed by their prayers and the placing of a Holy Card of St Francesco in the bed of the child.st spinelli book coverst francesco spinelli face

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Memorials of the Saints – 6 February

St Paul Miki SJ (1564/65-1597) & Companions/Martyrs of Nagasaki – 26 saints (Memorial)
Their story:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/saints-of-the-day-6-february-st-paul-miki-companions-26-martyrs-of-nagasaki/

St Alfonso Maria Fusco (1839-1910)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/saint-of-the-day-6-february-st-alfonso-maria-fusco-1839-1910/

St Amand of Maastricht (c 584-c 679)
St Amand of Moissac
St Amand of Nantes
St Andrew of Elnone
Bl Angelus of Furci
St Antholian of Auvergne
St Brinolfo Algotsson
Cassius of Auvergne
Bl Diego de Azevedo
St Dorothy of Caesarea (c 279/290-311) Martyr
The Life of St Dorothea:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/06/saint-of-the-day-6-february-st-dorothy-of-caesarea-died-311-virgin-martyr/

St Ethelburga of Wessex
Bl Francesca of Gubbio
St Francesco Spinelli (1853-1913)

St Gerald of Ostia
St Guarinus
St Guethenoc
St Hildegund
St Ina of Wessex
St Jacut
St Liminius of Auvergne
Bl Mary Teresa Bonzel
St Mateo Correa-Magallanes
St Maximus of Aurvergne
St Mel of Ardagh
St Melchu of Armagh
St Mun of Lough Ree
St Relindis of Eyck
St Revocata
St Saturninus
St Tanco of Werden
St Theophilus
St Theophilus the Lawyer
St Vaast of Arras
St Victorinus of Auvergne

Martyrs of Emesa:
St Luke the Deacon
St Mucius the Lector
St Silvanus of Emesa