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Madonna dell’Abbondanza / Our Lady of Abundance, Cursi, Italy (1641) and Memorials of the Saints – 5 January

The Vigil of the Epiphany of Our Lord

Madonna dell’Abbondanza / Our Lady of Abundance, Cursi, Italy (1641) – 5 January:
https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/05/our-lady-of-abundance-cursi-italy-and-memorials-of-the-saints-5-january/

St John Nepomucene Neumann CSsR (1811-1860) Bishop, Religious, Founder, Preacher, Writer, Founder of Schools and builder of Churches. Neumann founded the first Catholic Diocesan school system in the United States as well as building 50 Churches and starting on a Cathedral, before his death. His body is incorrupt. (Memorial)
St John:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/saint-of-the-day-5-january-st-john-nepomucene-neumann-cssr-1811-1860/

Bl Alacrinus of Casamari
St Apollinaris Syncletica
St Cera of Kilkeary

St Charles of Mount Argus CP (1821-1893) Religious Passionist Priest, Apostle of Charity, Spiritual guide, Miracle-worker.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/05/saint-of-the-day-5-january-st-charles-of-mount-argus-c-p-1821-1893/

Bl Bl Convoyon of Redon
St Deogratias of Carthage (Died 457) Bishop
St Dorotheus the Younger
St Emiliana of Rome (6th Century) Virgin
Bl François Peltier
St Gaudentius of Gnesen

St Genoveva Torres Morales (1870-1956) known as the “Angel of Solitude,” Nun and Foundress of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Angels (The Angélicas).
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/05/saint-of-the-day-5-january-saint-genoveva-torres-morales-1870-1956/

St Gerlach (c 1100-c 1170) Hermit
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/05/saint-of-the-day-5-january-saint-gerlach-c-1100-c-1170/

Bl Jacques Ledoyen
Bl Joan Grau Bullich
St Kiara
St Lomer of Corbion
Bl Marcelina Darowska
Bl Maria Repetto
Bl Paula of Tuscany
Nl Pierre Tessier
Bl Pietro Bonilli
St Simeon Stylites
St Syncletica
St Talida of Antinoë

Martyrs of Africa – 14 saints: A group of Christians martyred together in Africa, date unknown, exact location unknown. We know nothing more than their names – Acutus, Anastasia, Candidus, Coelifloria, Felix, Honorius, Januaria, Jucundus, Lucianus, Marcus, Petrus, Secundus, Severus and Telesphorus.

Martyrs of Sais: A group of Christians martyred for their faith, but about whom no details have survived. They were martyred by drowning near Sais, Egypt.

Martyrs of Upper Egypt: There were many martyrs who suffered in the persecutions of Diocletian in the Thebaid region. Though we know these atrocities occurred, to the point that witnesses claim the torturers and executioners were exhausted by the work, we do not know the names of the saints and we honour them as a group. Many were beheaded and or burned alive in 303 in Upper Egypt.

Posted in MARIAN TITLES, SAINT of the DAY

Madonna dell’Abbondanza / Our Lady of Abundance, Cursi, Italy and Memorials of the Saints – 5 January

The Vigil of the Epiphany of Our Lord

Madonna dell’Abbondanza / Our Lady of Abundance, Cursi, Italy (1641) – 5 January:

The Blessed Virgin under the above title is venerated at Cursi, Italy. The story begins in the first half of the seventeenth century. At that time the Puglia region of Italy was suffering from a severe drought. For almost three years not a drop of rain had fallen. By the spring of 1641, matters were desperate. April had arrived and the heat was as in mid-summer. Thus prospects for relief and a good harvest that year appeared dim.
Then the people of Cursi and vicinity prayed fervently to the Blessed Mother, begging her to come to their aid and save them from the famine that drew ever nearer.
The Blessed Virgin heard their plea. She appeared to a shepherd, Baglio Orlando Natali on 5 January. Thoroughly frightened by the appearance of the lovely lady, he ran away.
The Mother of God called him back, reassured him gently and told him who she was. The Queen of Heaven said that she felt compassion toward Baglio and the people of that region, for the misfortune that had befallen them.
The Blessed Virgin told Baglio to go to the Priest of the parish and tell him, in her name, to assemble all the people of Cursi and come back with them, to that very place, where she wished a Church to be erected. When it was completed she would take Cursi and the surrounding area under her protection. As a token of her deep regard, she promised Baglio that at the end of that same year, there would be a harvest of such abundance as none had ever seen before. Finally, she told Baglio that he was to change his way of life, for she had selected him to be her true follower and that he was to serve in the new Church when it would be completed. So saying she vanished as suddenly as she had appeared. Her wishes were followed and today still, in the Church erected in her honour and the Shrine created there, today is celebrated as a veneration of this Apparition.

St John Nepomucene Neumann CSsR (1811-1860) (Memorial)
St John:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/saint-of-the-day-5-january-st-john-nepomucene-neumann-cssr-1811-1860/

Bl Alacrinus of Casamari
St Apollinaris Syncletica
St Cera of Kilkeary
St Charles of Mount Argus CP (1821-1893)
His life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/05/saint-of-the-day-5-january-st-charles-of-mount-argus-c-p-1821-1893/

Bl Convoyon of Redon
St Deogratias of Carthage (Died 457) Bishop
St Dorotheus the Younger
Bl François Peltier
St Gaudentius of Gnesen
St Genoveva Torres Morales (1870-1956)
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/05/saint-of-the-day-5-january-saint-genoveva-torres-morales-1870-1956/
St Gerlach (c 1100-c 1170) Hermit
Bl Jacques Ledoyen
Bl Joan Grau Bullich
St Kiara
St Lomer of Corbion
Bl Marcelina Darowska
Bl Maria Repetto
Bl Paula of Tuscany
Nl Pierre Tessier
Bl Pietro Bonilli
St Simeon Stylites
St Syncletica
St Talida of Antinoë

Martyrs of Africa – 14 saints: A group of Christians martyred together in Africa, date unknown, exact location unknown. We know nothing more than their names – Acutus, Anastasia, Candidus, Coelifloria, Felix, Honorius, Januaria, Jucundus, Lucianus, Marcus, Petrus, Secundus, Severus and Telesphorus.

Martyrs of Sais: A group of Christians martyred for their faith, but about whom no details have survived. They were martyred by drowning near Sais, Egypt.

Martyrs of Upper Egypt: There were many martyrs who suffered in the persecutions of Diocletian in the Thebaid region. Though we know these atrocities occurred, to the point that witnesses claim the torturers and executioners were exhausted by the work, we do not know the names of the saints and we honour them as a group. Many were beheaded and or burned alive in 303 in Upper Egypt.

Posted in SAINT of the DAY, VATICAN Resources

Saint of the Day – 5 January – Saint Genoveva Torres Morales (1870-1956)

Saint of the Day – 5 January – Saint Genoveva Torres Morales (1870-1956) – Nun and Foundress of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Angels (The Angélicas) of which Order she is the Patron, known as the “Angel of Solitude,” Apostle of the Holy Eucharist and of the Blessed Virgin Mary.st genoveva-torres-morales.jpg

Genoveva Torres Morales was born on 3 January 1870 in Almenara, Castille, Spain, the youngest of six children.   By the age of eight, both her parents and four of her siblings had died, leaving Genoveva to care for the home and her brother, José.   Although he treated her with respect, José was very demanding and taciturn.   Being deprived of affection and companionship from her early years, Genoveva became accustomed to solitude.

When she was 10, she took a special interest in reading spiritual books.   Through this pursuit she came to understand that true happiness is doing God’s will and it was for this reason that each one of us is created.   This became her rule of life.

At the age of 13, Genoveva’s left leg had to be amputated in order to stop the gangrene that was spreading there.   The amputation was done in her home and since the anaesthesia was not sufficient, the pain was excruciating.   Throughout her life her leg caused her pain and sickness and she was forced to use crutches.

From 1885 to 1894 she lived at the Mercy Home run by the Carmelites of Charity.   In the nine years she lived with the sisters and with other children, the young Genoveva deepened her life of piety and perfected her sewing skills.   It was also in these years that Fr Carlos Ferrís, a diocesan priest and future Jesuit and founder of a leprosarium in Fontilles, would guide the “beginnings” of her spiritual and apostolic life.

God also gave Genoveva the gift of “spiritual liberty” and this was something she would endeavour to practise throughout her life.   Reflecting on this period at the Mercy Home, she later would write:  “I loved freedom of heart very much and worked and am working to achieve it fully…. It does the soul so much good that every effort is nothing compared with this free condition of the heart.”st genoveva torres morales v lg.jpg

Genoveva intended to join the Carmelites of Charity but it seems she was not accepted due to her physical condition.   She longed to be consecrated to God and, being of a decided and resolute nature, she continued to be open to His guidance.

In 1894 Genoveva left the Carmelites of Charity’s home and went to live briefly with two women who supported themselves by their own work.   Together they “shared” the solitude and poverty.

In 1911, Canon Barbarrós suggested that Genoveva begin a new religious community, pointing out that there were many poor women who could not afford to live on their own and thus suffered much hardship.   For years, Genoveva had thought of starting a religious congregation that would be solely concerned with meeting the needs of such women, since she knew of no one engaged in this work.

With the help of Canon Barbarrós and Fr Martín Sánchez, SJ, the first community was established in Valencia.   Shortly thereafter, other women arrived, wanting to share the same apostolic and spiritual life.   It was not long before more communities were established in other parts of Spain, despite many problems and obstacles.st genoveva-torres-morales-.jpg

A constant source of suffering for Mother Genoveva was her involvement in external activity and the new foundations.   She desired to return to her characteristic interior solitude and remain alone with the Lord but she accepted her calling as God’s will and did not let her physical or interior suffering stop her.

She would say:  “Even if I must suffer greatly, thanks be to God’s mercy, I will not lack courage.”

She was known for her kindness and openness to all and for her good sense of humour – she would even joke about her physical ailments.

In 1953, the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Angels received Pontifical approval.   Mother Genoveva died on 5 January 1956.   She was Beatified by St Pope John Paul II on 29 January 1995 at St Peter’s and Canonised by him on 4 May 2003 in Spain. … Vatican.va

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St Genoveva’s Shrine and Tomb

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The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord +2019 and Memorials of the Saints – 5 January

The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord +2019 (many countries and Diocese will celebrate tomorrow 6 January, as per usual but many others will celebrate today, the nearest Sunday to the 6th).

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/06/the-solemnity-of-the-epiphany-of-the-lord-6-january/

https://anastpaul.com/2018/01/07/the-solemnity-of-the-epiphany-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-7-january-god-reveals-himself-to-us/

St John Nepomucene Neumann CSsR (1811-1860) (Memorial)
St John:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/05/saint-of-the-day-5-january-st-john-nepomucene-neumann-cssr-1811-1860/

Bl Alacrinus of Casamari
St Apollinaris Syncletica
St Cera of Kilkeary
St Charles of Mount Argus C.P. (1821-1893)
His life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/05/saint-of-the-day-5-january-st-charles-of-mount-argus-c-p-1821-1893/

Bl Convoyon of Redon
St Deogratias of Carthage
St Dorotheus the Younger
Bl François Peltier
St Gaudentius of Gnesen
St Genoveva Torres Morales (1870-1956)
St Gerlac of Valkenburg
Bl Jacques Ledoyen
Bl Joan Grau Bullich
St Kiara
St Lomer of Corbion
Bl Marcelina Darowska
Bl Maria Repetto
Bl Paula of Tuscany
Nl Pierre Tessier
Bl Pietro Bonilli
St Simeon Stylites
St Syncletica
St Talida of Antinoë

Martyrs of Africa – 14 saints: A group of Christians martyred together in Africa, date unknown, exact location unknown. We know nothing more than their names – Acutus, Anastasia, Candidus, Coelifloria, Felix, Honorius, Januaria, Jucundus, Lucianus, Marcus, Petrus, Secundus, Severus and Telesphorus.

Martyrs of Sais: A group of Christians martyred for their faith, but about whom no details have survived. They were martyred by drowning near Sais, Egypt.

Martyrs of Upper Egypt: There were many martyrs who suffered in the persecutions of Diocletian in the Thebaid region. Though we know these atrocities occurred, to the point that witnesses claim the torturers and executioners were exhausted by the work, we do not know the names of the saints and we honour them as a group. Many were beheaded and or burned alive in 303 in Upper Egypt.