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Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent, Apparition of Our Lady to St Bonitus (7th Century) and Memorials of the Saints – 29 March

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent +2022

Apparition of Our Lady to St Bonitus (7th Century) – 29 March:
HERE:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/03/29/apparition-of-our-lady-to-st-bonitus-7th-century-and-memorials-of-the-saints-29-march/

St Acacia of Antioch
St Archmimus of Africa
St Armogastes of Africa
St Barachasius

Blessed Bertold of Mount Carmel (Died 1195) Priest, Monk, Hermit, Crusader.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/03/29/saint-of-the-day-29-march-blessed-bertold-of-mount-carmel-died-1195/

St Constantine of Monte Cassino
St Eustachio of Naples (3rd Century) Bishop
St Firminus of Viviers

St Gladys (Sixth Century) Welsh Queen and Hermit, Mother and Widow.
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/03/29/saint-of-the-day-29-march-saint-gladys-sixth-century/

St Gwynllyw
Bl Hugh of Vaucelles
Bl John Hambley
St Jonas of Hubaham
St Lasar

St Ludolf of Ratzeburg O.Praem. (Died 1250) Bishop and Martyr, Preacher and founder of a community of Norbertine Sisters, Reformer and Counseller. St Ludolf was a Priest of the Premonstratensian (Norbertines) Order, particularly invoked as a Martyr for the freedom of the Church.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/03/29/saint-of-the-day-29-march-st-ludolf-of-ratzeburg-o-praem-died-1250-martyr/

St Mark of Arethusa
St Masculas of Africa
St Pastor of Nicomedia
St Saturus of Africa
St Simplicius of Monte Cassino
St Victorinus of Nicomedia
St William Tempier

Martyrs of Nicomedia:
Seven Christians who were Martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know nothing else about them but the names of two – Pastor and Victorinus.

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Apparition of Our Lady to St Bonitus (7th Century) and Memorials of the Saints – 29 March

Apparition of Our Lady to St Bonitus (7th Century) – 29 March:

The Abbot Orsini wrote: “Apparition of Our Lady to Saint Bonet, Bishop of Clermont, in Auvergne, whom she ordered to say Mass one night when he had remained in the Church to pray. The Saint, leaning against a pillar as if to hide himself, the stone became soft and made the place for him, which is seen to this day. But the Blessed Virgin, having obliged him to officiate, the ceremony being finished, she left him the Chasuble which had been brought him by angels to celebrate in. The heavenly present is still to be seen at Clermont, where it is preserved with great care.”

Saint Bonitus, or Saint Bonet, was the Bishop of Clermont in Auvergne, serving for ten years. He was known to be greatly devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to tradition, he actually saw the Blessed Virgin Mary while he was praying by himself in Church. On that day he was interrupted from his prayers when he heard angelic voices singing in heavenly harmonies. He lifted his head to see a multitude of Angels entering the Church, their light filling the entire area. With them were many of the Saints, who processed along behind the angels. They were followed by the Queen of Heaven, who was seated upon a magnificent throne that was held aloft by the Seraphim.
When the heavenly procession stopped before the main Altar, Saint Bonitus heard some of the Saints ask who was to say Mass. The Blessed Virgin herself turn to Saint Bonitus and said:

“Here is Bonitus, my faithful servant and excellent Bishop. He is worthy of fulfilling this holy function.”

Some of the blessed Saints then detached themselves from the others and approached the holy Bishop, who was startled and trembling as they raised him to his feet. Taking him by the hand, they accompanied him to the choir where they clothed him in a Chasuble of marvellous workmanship, which the Blessed Virgin had brought for him. The Saints and Angels assisted the Bishop as Acolytes.
When the Mass was ended, the Blessed Virgin, the Saints and Angels left the Bishop alone again. Two years later, Saint Bonitus retired and went to the Abbey of Manlieu, where he remained until he died in the year 710. The Chasub,e that was the gift of the Blessed Virgin, was kept at Clermont until the year 1793, when it was burned with many other sacred relics by the broad minded insurrectionists of the French Revolution.
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St Acacia of Antioch
St Archmimus of Africa
St Armogastes of Africa
St Barachasius
Blessed Bertold of Mount Carmel (Died 1195)
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/03/29/saint-of-the-day-29-march-blessed-bertold-of-mount-carmel-died-1195/
St Constantine of Monte Cassino
St Eustachio of Naples
St Firminus of Viviers
St Gladys (Sixth Century) Queen and Hermit
St Gwynllyw
Bl Hugh of Vaucelles
Bl John Hambley
St Jonas of Hubaham
St Lasar
St Ludolf of Ratzeburg O.Praem. (Died 1250) Martyr
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/03/29/saint-of-the-day-29-march-st-ludolf-of-ratzeburg-o-praem-died-1250-martyr/
St Mark of Arethusa
St Masculas of Africa
St Pastor of Nicomedia
St Saturus of Africa
St Simplicius of Monte Cassino
St Victorinus of Nicomedia
St William Tempier

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The Fifth Sunday of Lent +2020 and Memorials of the Saints -29 March

The Fifth Sunday of Lent +2020

St Acacia of Antioch
St Archmimus of Africa
St Armogastes of Africa
St Barachasius
Blessed Bertold of Mount Carmel (Died 1195)
St Constantine of Monte Cassino
St Eustachio of Naples
St Firminus of Viviers
St Gladys (Sixth Century)
St Gwynllyw
Bl Hugh of Vaucelles
Bl John Hambley
St Jonas of Hubaham
St Lasar
St Ludolf of Ratzeburg O.Praem. (Died 1250) Martyr
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/03/29/saint-of-the-day-29-march-st-ludolf-of-ratzeburg-o-praem-died-1250-martyr/
St Mark of Arethusa
St Masculas of Africa
St Pastor of Nicomedia
St Saturus of Africa
St Simplicius of Monte Cassino
St Victorinus of Nicomedia
St William Tempier

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Quote of the Day – 29 March – O great and good God

Quote of the Day – 29 March – Friday of the Third week of Lent, Year C and the Memorial of St Ludolf of Ratzeburg O.Praem. (Died 1250) Martyr

“O great and good God,
allow me,
Your useless servant,
to belong to You
for all eternity.”

St Ludolf of Ratzeburg (Died 1250) Martyr
His last wordso great and good god - st ludolf of ratzeburg 29 march 2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 29 March – St Ludolf of Ratzeburg O.Praem. (Died 1250) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 29 March – St Ludolf of Ratzeburg O.Praem. (Died 1250) Bishop and Martyr, Preacher and founder of a community of Norbertine Sisters, Reformer and Counseller.   St Ludolf was a Priest of the Premonstratensian (Norbertines) Order, particularly invoked as a martyr for the freedom of the Church.576px-Altenmarkt_Chorgestühl_-_St.Ludolf.jpg

Ludolph was a Norbertine Canon who was appointed to the See of the newly-formed Prince-Bishopric of Ratzeburg in 1236.   He led such a strict religious life that his community was nicknamed the “carcer ordinis” (Prison of the Order).

Nothing is known of the early years of Ludolph.   He joined the Norbertine Cathedral Chapter of Ratzeburg where he was treasurer before being elected eighth bishop of Ratzeburg in 1236.   He was renowned for his exemplary religious life and powerful preaching of the word of God.   He also founded a community of Norbertine sisters at Rehna.

Like the Good Shepherd, Ludolph focused all his energies on the care of souls.   He preached and made pastoral visitations.   The pope entrusted him with several political missions, forcing him to fight for the rights and freedom of the Church.   His most difficult trial involved standing up to Prince Albert, the “Bear of Saxony,” who had taken possession of cathedral properties—an act that Ludolph resisted.   The prince’s insults and threats did not intimidate him.   The Duke had him imprisoned, where he was beaten and later sent into exile.   Albert consequently ordered Ludolph thrown into a dungeon, where he had to suffer severe tortures.   Realising that his treatment of the bishop was unpopular, the prince decided to set Ludolph free.   After his release from prison, he was brought half-dead to the Franciscans at Wismar but he died shortly after.ludolph

It was during this exile that Ludolph, weighed down by the infirmities suffered in prison and by his advancing old age, fell gravely ill.   He celebrated his last Mass on Holy Thursday.   His final words were “O great and good God, allow me, your useless servant, to belong to you for all eternity.”

His body was returned to Ratzeburg for burial.   As the procession passed through Schlagsdorf, the bells of the city were said to ring of their own accord.   At the command of the Duke, Ludolph’s body was carried from the bridge to the cathedral by the nobility of Ratzeburg.   Ludolph’s confreres carried him into the cathedral themselves where he found his final resting place.   Ludolph is honoured as a “Bishop and a Martyr for the Rights and Freedom of the Church.”   He is portrayed with the regalia of a bishop, bearing the shackles that bound him in prison and holding the palm of martyrdom.

After his death, those who visited his grave in the Cathedral of Ratzeburg reported numerous favours received.   The centuries-old veneration of Ludolph was confirmed and extended to the whole order by Pope Benedict XIII on 12 April 1728.

The head of Ludolph was kept in the possession of the Norbertine nuns of Meer in Prussia, beginning in the 17th century.   After the secularisation of this convent, the relic came into the possession the abbot of Hamborn in 1826.  Saint Ludolph of RatzeburgOn 5 March 1984, the Congregation for Divine Worship granted permission for the public veneration of the three Norbertine bishop-saints of Ratzeburg, see image right – Ludolph, Evermode and Isfrid.

Concerning the “punishment”, the Apostle says:   “Because through many trials it is fitting that we enter the kingdom of God”.   And again: “The sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared to the future glory which will be revealed in us”.

Concerning the “cause”, we read:  “It is not the punishment that makes the martyr but the cause”.   In this regard we read in the Gospel:  “Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice”.

– Life of St Norbert, Vita B, Chapter V

Almighty God, you made the bishop and martyr Ludolph a zealous and fearless witness of your Church.   Through his intercession grant that we may be filled with patience in all the trials of life and be found worthy to belong to you for all eternity.   We ask this through Christ our Lord, AMEN.