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Our Lady of Fatima: The Sixth & Final Apparition & the Miracle of the Sun (1917) (104th Anniversary and Memorials of the Saints – 13 October

Our Lady of Fatima: The Sixth & Final Apparition & the Miracle of the Sun (1917) 13 October (104th Anniversary +2021)

The Day the Sun Danced…
The Miracle of the Sun which occurred miraculously on 13 October 1917, attended by a large crowd who had gathered in Fátima, Portugal, in response to a prophecy made by three shepherd children, Lúcia Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto. The prophecy was that the Virgin Mary (referred to as Our Lady of Fátima), would appear and perform miracles on that date. Newspapers published testimony from witnesses who said that they had seen extraordinary solar activity, such as the Sun appearing to “dance” or zig-zag in the sky, careen towards the Earth, or emit multicolored light and radiant colours. According to these reports, the event lasted approximately ten minutes.

The local Bishop opened a canonical investigation of the event in November 1917, to review witness accounts and assess whether the private revelations from Mary were compatible with Catholic doctrine. The local Priest conducting the investigation was particularly convinced by the concurring testimony of the extraordinary solar phenomena, received from secular reporters, government officials and other skeptics in attendance. Bishop José da Silva declared the miracle “worthy of belief” on 13 October 1930, permitting “officially the cult of Our Lady of Fatima” within the Catholic Church.

At a gathering on 13 October 1951 at Fátima, the Papal Legate, Cardinal Federico Tedeschini, told the million people attending, that on 30 October, 31 October, 1 November and 8 November 1950, Pope Pius XII himself witnessed the miracle of the Sun from the Vatican gardens.

Blessed Alexandrina of Balazar/Maria da Costa (1904-1955) Portuguese Laywoman, Victim Soul, Mystic, Salesian Co-operator.
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-blessed-alexandrina-maria-da-costa-1904-1955/

St Benedict of Cupra
St Berthoald of Cambrai

St Edward King and Confessor (c 1003-1066) “Confessor ” reflects his reputation as a Saint who did not suffer Martyrdom, as opposed to King Edward the Martyr.
St Edward’s Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-st-edward-king-and-confessor-c-1003-1066/

St Carpus of Troas
St Chelidonia
St Comgan the Monk
St Florence of Thessalonica
St Fyncana
St Fyndoca
Bl Gebrand of Klaarkamp

St Gerald of Aurillac (855-909) Consecrated Celibate Noble Layman
Biography here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-gerald-of-aurillac-855-909/

St Leobono of Salagnac
St Lubentius (Died 370) Priest, Disciple of St Martin of Tours

Blessed Maddalena Panattieri OP (1443–1503) Religious of the Sisters of Penance of Saint Dominic, Stigmatist, she was blessed with many Mystical gifts.
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-blessed-maddalena-panattieri-op-1443-1503/

St Maurice of Carnoet
St Regimbald of Speyer
St Romulus of Genoa
St Simbert of Augsburg
St Theophilus of Antioch
St Venantius

Three Crowns of Cordoba – (3 saints): Three Christian men martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian – Faustus, Januarius and Martial.
They were burned to death in 304 in Cordoba, Spain.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Àngel Presta Batllé
• Blessed ángel Ramos Velázquez
• Blessed Antonio Ayet Canós
• Blessed Ruperto García Arce
• Blessed Salustiano González Crespo
• Blessed Tomás Pallarés Ibáñez
• Blessed Francesc Mitjá i Mitjá
• Blessed Herminio Motos Torrecillas
• Blessed Joan Puig Serra

Posted in MARIAN TITLES, MIRACLES, SAINT of the DAY

Our Lady of Fatima: 103rd Anniversary of the Sixth & Final Apparition & the Miracle of the Sun (1917) and Memorials of the Saints – 13 October

Our Lady of Fatima: The Sixth & Final Apparition & the Miracle of the Sun (1917) 13 October (103rd Anniversary +2020)

Blessed Alexandrina of Balazar/Maria da Costa (1904-1955)
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-blessed-alexandrina-maria-da-costa-1904-1955/

St Benedict of Cupra
St Berthoald of Cambrai
St Edward King and Confessor (c 1003-1066)
St Edward’s Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-st-edward-king-and-confessor-c-1003-1066/

St Carpus of Troas
St Chelidonia
St Comgan the Monk
St Florence of Thessalonica
St Fyncana
St Fyndoca
Bl Gebrand of Klaarkamp

St Gerald of Aurillac (855-909)
Biography here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/saint-of-the-day-13-october-gerald-of-aurillac-855-909/

St Leobono of Salagnac
Blessed Maddalena Panattieri OP (1443–1503)
St Maurice of Carnoet
St Regimbald of Speyer
St Romulus of Genoa
St Simbert of Augsburg
St Theophilus of Antioch
St Venantius

Three Crowns of Cordoba – (3 saints): Three Christian men martyred in the persecutions of Diocletian – Faustus, Januarius and Martial.
They were burned to death in 304 in Cordoba, Spain.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Àngel Presta Batllé
• Blessed ángel Ramos Velázquez
• Blessed Antonio Ayet Canós
• Blessed Ruperto García Arce
• Blessed Salustiano González Crespo
• Blessed Tomás Pallarés Ibáñez
• Blessed Francesc Mitjá i Mitjá
• Blessed Herminio Motos Torrecillas
• Blessed Joan Puig Serra

Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, FATHERS of the Church, MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on SUFFERING, SAINT of the DAY, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 13 October – The Memorial of St Gerald of Aurillac

One Minute Reflection – 13 October – The Memorial of St Gerald of Aurillac

I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.
Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties, for the sake of Christ;  for when I am weak, then I am strong….2 Cor 12:9-102 cor 12 - 9,10

REFLECTION – “Trials and tribulations offer us a chance to make reparation for our past faults and sins.
On such occasions the Lord comes to us like a physician to heal the wounds left by our sins.  Tribulation is the divine medicine.”…St Augustine of Hippo (354-430)trials and tribulations-staugustine-13 oct 2017

PRAYER – Almighty Father, let Your light so penetrate our minds, that walking by Your commandments, we may always follow You, our leader and our Guide in the path of Him who suffered and died for our love.   St Gerald of Aurillac, you consecrated yourself and gave up your riches to the poor to follow the way of the Lord, please pray for us.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amenst gerald of aurillac pray for us - 13 oct 2017

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Saint of the Day – 13 October – St Gerald of Aurillac (855-909)

Saint of the Day – 13 October – St Gerald of Aurillac (855-909) Consecrated Celibate Noble Layman (855 in Aurillac, France – 909 at Cenezac, France).  He was buried in his abbey in Aurillac, France.  Patronages –  bachelors, counts, disabled, handicapped of physically challenged people, Aurillac, France, Upper Auvergne, France.

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Gerald was born into the Gallo-Roman nobility, counting Cesarius of Arles among his forebears, though the title “Count of Aurillac” was not held by his father, to whose estates he succeeded and was assumed by him in later life.   The details of his life known today come primarily from The Life of St Gerald of Aurillac (c. 930–931) written by St Odo of Cluny (images below) – you can download St Odo’s Life of St Gerald here http://www.strobertbellarmine.net/books/Sitwell–OdoofCluny.pdf

According to Odo, Gerald suffered an illness as a child, sufficient in duration to advance his reading and may have been disfigured by acne.   In later life he was to suffer blindness.   He seriously considered joining a religious order but was persuaded against it by his friend Geusbert, Bishop of Rodez, on the grounds that with his social position he could do more good by remaining in the world as a layman.   Nevertheless, secretly tonsured under his habitual cap, he consecrated his life in service to God, gave away his possessions, took a personal vow of chastity and prayed the breviary each day.

He founded a church and abbey on his estate of Aurillac, where he was buried after dying at Cenezac, on a 13 Friday October, probably in 909.   The validation of his local cult by Odo of Cluny served to establish his wider veneration.   Saint Gerald, considered by his Church and his followers as a great example of a celibate Christian aristocrat, is the patron saint of counts and bachelors.   Because of his poor health and blindness, more emphasized in his developing cult than in Odo’s Life, he is also the patron saint of the disabled, handicappedand physically challenged.

The church of Saint-Géraud and surrounding buildings, in Aurillac known as the Quarter of St Gerald
St Church and district of St Gerald of Aurillac, France