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Maria Ausiliatrice a Valdocco / Our Lady of the Tower Secret, Turin, Italy (1863) and Memorials of the Saints – 12 November

Maria Ausiliatrice a Valdocco / Our Lady of the Tower Secret, Turin, Italy (1863) – 12 November:

Our Lady of the Tower, at Fribourg, built on the lands of the heretics, on the very spot where an image of Our Lady had been found.

Don John Bosco, the amiable saint of the nineteenth century built a major Shrine to Our Lady Help of Christians, tying it in with the past and with the future.
The Church was begun in 1863 with the sum of 8 cents. Don Bosco never revealed all that Our Lady had told him, in the several visions that preceded this but he did reveal that she asked him to build a great Shrine and that it would be a source of grace to all who came there to pray. He simply got permission, hunted up an architect who was willing, in the coldly realistic nineteenth century, to begin a Church on 8 cents and said, when the work was finished, that he had been paid every cent owing to him but, that he had been confronted in the beginning, by a man who many people said was completely mad. The architect must have had real faith, even to listen to Don Bosco.
Like everything else accomplished by the great Saint of Turin, the building was beset with difficulties. No-one could understand why he insisted on naming it for Our Lady; even his own fellow priests. The money to pay for the project did not come in by the thousands, or even by the hundreds but by the penny. Every stone in the building, every bit of decorations, was a gift of love, and sacrifice from some grateful person who had benefitted from Our Lady’s help. The completed building is a testimonial of miracles and a Shrine of beauty, fit to stand with the world’s finest.

The curious thing about Don Bosco’s Shrine to Our Lady, and the one that should cause us thought, is the story of the right-hand tower. There is a large central dome, and on each side of it, a smaller one. On top of left-hand one is an angel holding a banner. The right-hand dome is built in the same way but its decoration is an angel offering a crown to Our Lady. One who saw the original sketches of the Church, drawn out in Don Bosco’s own hand, saw on the right-hand tower, a date 19.., indicating that at some time, in this warring century, there would be a victory over evil to correspond with Lepanto. Our Lady often tells her secrets to the saints and apparently Don Bosco knew the name and the place and thought it better not to reveal what he knew. Our Lady of the Tower Secret would take care of it in time and the left-hand angel bearing a banner labelled LEPANTO would have a counterpart, if mankind proves worthy.
Don Bosco’s Church with Our Lady of the Tower was raised to the rank of a Basilica by Pope Pius X, Saint Pope Pius X.

St Josaphat Kuncewicz OSBM (1584-1623) Archbishop Martyr (Memorial)
All About St Josaphat:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/saint-of-the-day-12-november-st-josaphat-kuncewicz-1584-1623/
MORE:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/12/saint-of-the-day-12-november-st-josapha-osbm-1584-1623-martyr/

St Arsatius
St Astricus of Esztergom (Died c 1035) Bishop
St Aurelius
St Cadwallader
St Cummian Fada
St Cunibert of Cologne
St Emilian Cucullatus
St Evodius of Le Puy
St Hesychius of Vienne
Bl John Cini della Pace
Bl José Medes Ferrís

St Lebuinus of Deventer (Died 775) “Apostle of the Friesens,” Priest, Monk, Confessor, Missionary.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/11/12/saint-of-the-day-12-november-st-lebuinus-of-deventer-died-775-apostle-of-the-friesens/

St Livinus of Alost
St Machar of Aberdeen
St Margarito Flores-García

St Martin I, Pope (598-655) Martyr
Feast day moved in 1969
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2017/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-st-pope-martin-i/

St Namphasius
St Nilus the Elder
St Paternus of Sens
St Publius
St Renatus of Angers
St Rufus of Avignon
Bl Ursula Medes Ferris
St Ymar of Reculver

Five Polish Brothers – martyrs: They weren’t Polish and they weren’t related but were instead five Italian Benedictine monks who worked with Saint Adalbert of Prague as missionaries to the Slavs and were martyred together. They were – Benedict, Christinus, Isaac, John and Matthew. Born in Italy. They were martyred in 1005 at the Benedictine monastery near Gnesen, Poland and Canonised by Pope Julius II.

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Thought for the Day – 12 November 2019 – ‘Make yourself small …’

Thought for the Day – 12 November 2019 – Tuesday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 17:7-10 and the Memorial of St Josaphat Kuncewicz (1584-1623)

“Say, ‘We are unprofitable servants”
Luke 17:10

St Isaac the Syrian of Nineveh (c 613-c 700)
Bishop of Nineveh, Monk at Mosul

The eyes of the Lord look on the lowly to make them glad.   But the face of the Lord turns away from the proud to humble them.   The lowly always receive pity from God…  Make yourself small before everyone and you will be raised up higher than this world’s princes.   Make all creatures go before you, embrace them, humble yourself before them, and you will be honoured more than those who make an offering of gold.   Descend lower than your own self and you will see God’s glory within you.   For where humility sprouts, God’s glory spreads…   If you have humility in your heart, God will reveal his glory to you in it…

Do not love honour and you will not be dishonoured.   Honour flees before someone who runs after it.   But honour pursues the one who flees it and makes known to everyone his humility.   If you despise yourself so as not to be honoured, God will make you known.   If you accuse yourself for love of the truth, God will permit you to be praised in front of every creature.   They will open before you the door to the glory of your Creator and praise you.   For you are truly made in His image and likeness (Gn 1:26).

Collect:

Stir up in Your Church, we pray, O Lord,
the Spirit that filled Saint Josaphat
as he laid down his life for the sheep,
so that through his intercession
we, too, may be strengthened by the same Spirit
and not be afraid
to lay down our life for others.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

St Josaphat, Pray for Us!st-josaphat-pray-for-us-12-nov-2017 and 2019-2.jpg

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Quote of the Day – 12 November – St Josaphat “I am ready to die….”

Quote of the Day – 12 November – The Memorial of St Josaphat Kuncewicz (1584-1623) Martyr

“I am ready to die for the holy union,
for the supremacy of Saint Peter
and of his successor,
the Supreme Pontiff.”i-am-ready-to-die-st-josaphat-12-nov-2017 and 2019

St Josaphat’s favourite devotional exercise was to make prostrations in which the head touches the ground, saying, the Jesus prayer:

‘Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of God,
have mercy on me,
a sinner.”

St Josaphat Kuncewicz (1584-1623)

Pope Pius XI’s “He gave his life for the unity of the Church” is here:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/12/thought-for-the-day-12-november-he-gave-his-life-for-the-unity-of-the-church-the-memorial-of-st-josaphat-1584-1623-bishop-and-martyr/

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One Minute Reflection – 12 November – ‘To Serve Thee’

One Minute Reflection – 12 November – Tuesday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 17:7-10 and the Memorial of St Josaphat (1584-1623) Martyr

“So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants, we have only done what was our duty.’ ”… Luke 17:10luke 17 10 - we are unworthy servants - 12 nov 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – “Thou, O my God, have a claim on me and I am wholly Thine!   Thou are the Almighty Creator and I am Thou workmanship.   I am the work of Thou Hands and Thou are my owner.   As well might the axe or the hammer exalt itself against it’s framer, as I against Thee.   Thou owe me nothing, I have no rights in respect to Thee, I have only duties.   I depend on Thee for life and health and every blessing every moment.   If Thou withdraw Thy breath from me for a moment, I die, I am wholly and entirely Thy property and Thy work and my one duty is to serve Thee.   Amen” … St John Henry Newman (1801-1890) Cardinal, Theologian, Poet, Writer, Apologist, Professorluke 17 10 we are unworthy servants - thou o lord have a claim on me - pg 195 heart to heart st john henry newman 12 nov 2019.jpg

PRAYER – O Lord our God, grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love and to be only good influences to our neighbour.   That by our love, our brothers in faith may be one . St Josaphat you fought and struggled to unite the Church and by your efforts achieved the crown of martyrdom, please pray for our world, for a one united faith.   Amenst-jospahat-pray-for-us-ora-pro-nobis-12-nov-2018 and 2019.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 12 November

St Josaphat Kuncewicz OSBM (1584-1623) Martyr (Memorial)
All About St Josaphat:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/saint-of-the-day-12-november-st-josaphat-kuncewicz-1584-1623/
MORE:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/12/saint-of-the-day-12-november-st-josapha-osbm-1584-1623-martyr/

St Arsatius
St Astricus of Ungarn
St Aurelius
St Cadwallader
St Cummian Fada
St Cunibert of Cologne
St Emilian Cucullatus
St Evodius of Le Puy
St Hesychius of Vienne
Bl John Cini della Pace
Bl José Medes Ferrís
St Lebuinus of Deventer (Died 775)
St Livinus of Alost
St Machar of Aberdeen
St Margarito Flores-García
St Namphasius
St Nilus the Elder
St Paternus of Sens
St Publius
St Renatus of Angers
St Rufus of Avignon
Bl Ursula Medes Ferris
St Ymar of Reculver

Five Polish Brothers – martyrs: They weren’t Polish and they weren’t related but were instead five Italian Benedictine monks who worked with Saint Adalbert of Prague as missionaries to the Slavs and were martyred together. They were – Benedict, Christinus, Isaac, John and Matthew. Born in Italy. They were martyred in 1005 at the Benedictine monastery near Gnesen, Poland and Canonised by Pope Julius II.

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Saint of the Day – 12 November – St Josapha OSBM (1584-1623) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 12 November – St Josaphat OSBM (1584-1623) Martyr

In 1964, newspaper photos of Pope Paul VI embracing Athenagoras I, the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, marked a significant step toward the healing of a division in Christendom that has spanned more than nine centuries.Saint_Josaphat_Catholic_Church_(Detroit,_MI)_-_relic_of_Saint_Josaphat

In 1595, the Orthodox bishop of Brest-Litovsk in present-day Belarus and five other bishops representing millions of Ruthenians, sought reunion with Rome.   John Kunsevich—who took the name Josaphat in religious life—was to dedicate his life and die for the same cause.   Born in what is now Ukraine, he went to work in Wilno and was influenced by clergy adhering to the 1596 Union of Brest  . He became a Basilian monk, then a priest and soon was well known as a preacher and an ascetic.

He became bishop of Vitebsk at a relatively young age and faced a difficult situation. Most monks, fearing interference in liturgy and customs, did not want union with Rome. By synods, catechetical instruction, reform of the clergy and personal example, however, Josaphat was successful in winning the greater part of the Orthodox in that area to the union.st josaphat holy card

But the next year a dissident hierarchy was set up and his opposite number spread the accusation that Josaphat had “gone Latin” and that all his people would have to do the same.   He was not enthusiastically supported by the Latin bishops of Poland.st josaphat

Despite warnings, he went to Vitebsk, still a hotbed of trouble.   Attempts were made to foment trouble and drive him from the diocese – a priest was sent to shout insults to him from his own courtyard.   When Josaphat had him removed and shut up in his house, the opposition rang the town hall bell and a mob assembled.   The priest was released but members of the mob broke into the bishop’s home.   Josaphat was struck with a halberd, then shot and his body thrown into the river.   It was later recovered and is now buried in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. simmler_martyrdom_of_josaphat_kuntsevych_1-e1478942443428

Josaphat’s death brought a movement toward Catholicism and unity but the controversy continued and the dissidents, too, had their martyr.   After the partition of Poland, the Russians forced most Ruthenians to join the Russian Orthodox Church.

St Josaphat’s body was discovered incorrupt five years later, though the clothing had rotted away.   Again in 1637 it was still white and supple.    A beautiful silver reliquary was made for it, with a life-size image of the reclining Saint surmounting it.   The body was again exposed intact in 1767.   It was eventually taken to the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome.    Pope Leo XIII Canonised Saint Josaphat in 1867.  He was the first saint of the Eastern Church to be Canonised by Rome.tomb of st josaphat at the vatican

Remarkably, the saint’s onetime rival – the Orthodox Archbishop Meletius – was reconciled with the Catholic Church in later years.

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Thought for the Day – 12 November – The Memorial of St Josaphat Kuncewicz (1584-1623) Martyr of Holy Unity

Thought for the Day – 12 November – The Memorial of St Josaphat Kuncewicz (1584-1623) Martyr of Holy Unity

As deacon, priest and bishop, St Josaphat was distinguished by his extraordinary zeal in performing the Church services and by extraordinary devotion during the Divine Liturgy.   Not only in the church did he preach and hear confessions but likewise in the fields, hospitals, prisons and even on his personal journeys.  This zeal, united with his kindness for the poor, won great numbers of Orthodox Ruthenians for the Catholic faith and Catholic unity.   Among his converts were included many important personages such as Ignatius, former Patriarch of Moscow and Emmanuel Cantacuzenus, who belonged to the imperial family of the Byzantine Emperor Palaeologus.   His favourite devotional exercise was to make prostrations in which the head touches the ground, saying, the Jesus prayer: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.the jesus prayer - 12 nov 2017

When Archbishop St Josaphat went to Vitebsk to calm the tumult in 1623, he knew well that his hour had come.   “Grant that I be found worthy, Lord, to shed my blood for the union and obedience to the Apostolic See”, he had prayed and his prayer was answered on 12 November as an enraged mob cruelly butchered him and profaned his body. He was in his 44th year.
After five days his mortal remains were recovered from the waters of a river and taken to Polotsk to be exposed to the veneration of the faithful.   For nine days they constantly emitted a fragrance of roses and lilies and a councillor of the city abandoned the schism merely at the sight of the Saint’s beautiful countenance.   Many of the murderers struck their breasts and did likewise.   The martyr had gone gladly to his death, offering his life that the schism might end;  he had said as much beforehand and amongst the many miracles consequent to his murder was the conversion of his assassins.   Four years later the author of the troubles, the dissident bishop Meletius Smotrytsky, was himself struck with remorse and consecrated his life to penance, prayer and the defence of the Union.   Such changes of heart are indeed the greatest of miracles, won by the sanctity of the true servants of God.

Some years after St Josaphat’s martyrdom his body was found to be incorrupt, though the clothing had rotted away.   Again in 1637 and 1767 it was found to be still white and supple. It was eventually taken to the Basilica of St Peter in Rome where it reposes today.

Today, let us offer our prayers, our devotions, our Sunday Mass for unity between ourselves and most especially our Orthodox brethren, our closest family in Christ.   St Josaphat, please pray with us and for us all!st josaphat pray for us.2.

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Quote of the Day – 12 November – The Memorial of St Josaphat Kuncewicz (1584-1623)

Quote of the Day – 12 November – The Memorial of St Josaphat Kuncewicz (1584-1623)

“I am ready to die for the holy union,
for the supremacy of Saint Peter
and of his successor,
the Supreme Pontiff.”

St Josaphat Kuncewicz (1584-1623)i am ready to die - st josaphat - 12 nov 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 12 November – The Memorial of St Josaphat Kuncewicz (1584-1623)

One Minute Reflection – 12 November – The Memorial of St Josaphat Kuncewicz (1584-1623)

Why, then, does one of you make himself judge over his brother and why does another among you despise his brother? All of us will have to stand in front of the judgement-seat of God…… Let us each stop passing judgement, therefore, on one another and decide instead, that none of us will place obstacles in any brother’s way, or anything that can bring him down…Romans 10,13

REFLECTION – “You people of Vitebsk want to put me to death. You make ambushes for me everywhere, in the streets, on the bridges, on the highways and in the marketplace. I am here among you as a shepherd and you ought to know that I would be happy to give my life for you.”…St Josaphatyou people of bitebsk want to - st josaphat - 12 nov 2017

PRAYER – O Lord our God, grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love. That by our love, our brothers in faith may be one. St Josaphat you fought and struggled to unite the Church and by your efforts achieved the crown of martyrdom, please pray for our world, for a one united faith. Amenst josaphat pray for us

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Saint of the Day – 12 November – St Josaphat Kuncewicz (1584-1623)

Saint of the Day – 12 November – St Josaphat Kuncewicz O.S.B.M. (1580-1623) Archbishop and Martyr.  Born 1580 at Volodymyr, Lithuania (modern Ukraine) as John Kunsevyc – St Josaphat was  struck in the head with a halberd, shot and beaten with staves on 12 November 1623 at Vitebsk, Belarus.   His body thrown into the Dvina River but later recovered and buried at Biala, Poland.  His body was found incorrupt five years after his death.   He was Beatified on 16 May 1643 by Pope Urban VIII and Canonised on  29 June 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX.  St Josaphat, a contemporary of St Francis de Sales and St Vincent de Paul was the first Eastern saint canonised by Rome.   Patronages – Ukraine, Edmonton, Alberta, eparchy of,  Toronto, Ontario, eparchy of.   Attributes – • chalice,• crown,• winged deacon.st Josaphat

Josaphat Kuncewicz was born of noble Catholic parents at Vladimir in Volhynia.   When a child, as he was listening to his mother telling him about the Passion of Christ, a dart issued from the image of Jesus Crucified and wounded him in the heart.   Set on fire with the love of God, he began to devote himself with such zeal to prayer and other works of piety, that he was the admiration and the model of his older companions.   At the age of twenty he became a monk under the Rule of St. Basil and made wonderful progress in evangelical perfection.   He went barefoot even in the severe winter of that country;  he never ate meat, drank wine only when obliged by obedience and wore a rough hair-shirt until his death.   The flower of his chastity, which he had vowed in early youth to the Virgin Mother of God, he preserved unspotted.   He soon became so renowned for virtue and learning, that in spite of his youth he was made superior of the monastery of Byten; soon afterwards he became Archimandrite of Vilna;   and lastly, much against his will, but to the great joy of Catholics, he was chosen Archbishop of Polotsk.

Although a Bishop, he relaxed nothing of his former manner of life and had nothing so much at heart as the divine service and the salvation of the sheep entrusted to him.   He energetically defended the Catholic Faith and Unity and laboured to bring back schismatics and heretics to communion with the See of Saint Peter.   He never ceased to defend the Sovereign Pontiff, both by preaching and by writings full of piety and learning, against the shameless calumnies and errors of the wicked.   He vindicated episcopal rights and restored ecclesiastical possessions which had been seized by laymen.   Incredible was the number of heretics he won back to the bosom of Holy Mother Church;  and the words of the Popes bear witness how greatly he promoted the union of the Greek schismatic with the true Latin Church.   His revenues were entirely expended in restoring the beauty of God’s house, in building dwellings for consecrated virgins and in other pious works.   So bountiful was he to the poor, that, on one occasion, having nothing wherewith to supply the needs of a certain widow, he ordered his Omophorion, or episcopal pallium, to be pawned.

The great progress made by the Catholic Faith so stirred up the hatred of wicked men against the soldier of Christ, that they determined to put him to death.   He knew what was threatening him and foretold it when preaching to the people.   As he was making his pastoral visitation at Vitebsk, the murderers broke into his house, striking and wounding all whom they found.    St Josaphat meekly went to meet them and accosted them kindly, saying:  “My little children, why do you strike my servants? If you have any complaint against me, here I am.”   Thereupon they rushed at him, overwhelmed him with blows, pierced him with their spears and at length killed him with an axe and threw his body into the river.   This took place on the 12 November 1623, in the 43rd year of his age.   His body, surrounded with a miraculous light, was rescued from the waters.

Martyrdom of Josaphat Kuntsevych (c. 1861) by Józef Simmler, National Museum in Warsaw
Martyrdom of St Josaphat (c. 1861) by Józef Simmler, National Museum in Warsaw

The martyr’s blood won a blessing first of all for his murderers-for being condemned to death, they nearly all abjured their schism and repented of their crime.   As the death of this great Bishop was followed by many miracles, Pope Urban VIII granted him the honour of beatification.   On June 29th, 1867, when celebrating the centenary of the Princes of the Apostles, Pope Pius IX, in the Vatican Basilica, in the presence of the College of Cardinals and of about 500 Patriarchs, Metropolitans and Bishops of every Uniate Rite, assembled from all parts of the world, solemnly enrolled among the Saints this great defender of the Church’s Unity, who was the first of the Oriental Rites to be thus honoured.   Pope Leo XIII extended his Mass and Office to the universal Church.Saint_Josaphat_K

St Josaphat will always be the patron and model of future apostles for the conversion of Russia and the whole Greco-Slavonic world.   By his birth, education and studies, by the beauty of his piety and all his habits of life, he resembled far more the Russian monks of later times than the Latin prelates of his own time.   He always desired the ancient liturgy of his Rite to be preserved entire and even to his last breath he carried it out lovingly, without the least alteration or diminution, just as the first apostles of the Christian Faith had brought it from Constantinople to Kiev.   May prejudices born of ignorance be someday obliterated and then, despised though his name now is in Russia, St Josaphat will soon be known and loved and invoked by the Russians themselves.  Below is the The Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee.Basilica_of_St._JosaphatSt._Josaphat_Basilica_1Our Lord and Our Lady receive St. Josaphat into Heaven.

(The Bull of Pius IX declaring Josaphat Kuntsevych a Saint: 29/6/1867)

“Pius, Bishop, Servant of the Servants of God . . . For the honoir of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, for the enhancement of the Catholic Faith and for the increase and beauty of the Christian religion, by the power of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and by our own power, after mature deliberation and frequent invocation of God’s help and following the advice of our worthy brothers of the Holy Roman Church, the Cardinals, Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops and Bishops.  We declare the said Blessed Josaphat, Archbishop of Polotsk, of the Eastern Rite of the Order of Saint Basil the Great, a SAINT and place him on the list of the holy martyrs….”