Posted in MARIAN TITLES, MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Nuestra Señora del Milagro / Our Lady of the Miracle, Lima, Peru (1630) and Memorials of the Saints – 19 July

Nuestra Señora del Milagro / Our Lady of the Miracle, Lima, Peru (1630) – 19 July and 27 November:

The Franciscan Friars who accompanied the Conquest to Peru hung an image of the Immaculate Conception over the door of their first Church in Lima. On missionary journeys around the region, they would take the image, “La Misionera,” with them. They were in Cusco, the Inca capital, on 23 May 1536 when, during the rebellion of Manco Inca against the two-year Spanish regime, natives trapped many Spaniards in a hut and set fire to the straw roof. La Misionera was seen by all to leave her place inside and to appear above the burning building together with Santiago (St.James the Greater). The fire ceased and all were saved. In honoUr of this event, the Spanish built the Church of the Triumph, now an adjunct of the Cusco Cathedral.
Back in Lima, after the Franciscans surrounded the little Chapel with a big Monastery complex, the image over the door was gradually forgotten. By the 1600s, it had one regular devotee, a poor woman. One day she heard the Virgin speak: “You alone, daughter, among all the people here, visit me and pray to me. One day I will repay you.” After the woman told saintly Brother Juan Gomez, he often remarked, “Lima does not recognise the great good it has in this miraculous image, but soon it will know.”

On 27 November 1630, when most of the people of Lima were attending a bullfight in the main plaza, a violent earthquake struck the City. All were terrified, for it seemed certain that they would perish. But those near the Franciscan Church saw the image of Our Lady turn in the direction of the Blessed Sacrament, with her hands held in suppliant gesture. Abruptly, the earthquake stopped.

Several hours later, at vespers that evening, while the populace was leaving the Church, the image, in full view of all present, returned to its original position, when the Marian hymn Tota Pulchra was intoned. This painting shows the Virgin kneeling in prayer, with her arms crossed upon her breast, presumably interceding for Lima.

Now called “Our Lady of the Miracle,” the image was given a magnificent new Church. In 1835, the church burned down. Only the image remained intact. On J19 une 1953, the Papal Nuncio crowned the miraculous image The feast of Our Lady of the Miracle is on 27 November the anniversary of the 1630 earthquake and today the Crowning is honoured each year.

St Ambrose Autpertus
Bl Antonio of Valladolid
St Aurea of Cordoba
St Arsenius the Great (c 354-c 449) Deacon, Hermit, Desert Father.
Bl Bernhard of Rodez
St Daria of Constantinople
St Epaphras of Colosse
St Felix of Verona

St John Plessington (c 1637-1679) Martyr, Priest. Also celebrated on 25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
About St John Plessington:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/saint-of-the-day-19-july-st-john-plessington/

Blessed Józef Puchala OFM Conv (1911-1943) Martyr, Priest, Franciscan Friaer.
Bl Jozef’s Story:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/19/saint-of-the-day-19-july-blessed-jozef-achilles-puchala-ofm-conv-1911-1943-martyr/

St Macrina the Younger (c 327-379) Virgin, Ascetic. With charm and grace, St Macrina ruled the roost in a family of saints. St Basil the Elder and St Emmelia, her parents, had ten children including the younger St Basil the Great (329-379) Father and Doctor of the Church, St Gregory of Nyssa (c 335–C 395) Father of the Church and St Peter of Sebaste Bishop (c 340–391). As the eldest child, Macrina exercised a formative influence on her more famous brothers and even on her mother.
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/07/19/saint-of-the-day-19-july-saint-macrina-the-younger-c-327-379/

St Martin of Trier
St Michael the Sabaitè
Bl Pascasio of Lyon

St Peter Crisci of Foligno TOSF (c 1243-1323) called a “Fool for Christ” – Franciscan Tertiary, Penitent, Hermit, Pilgrim, Beggar, Preacher.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/07/19/saint-of-the-day-19-july-st-peter-crisci-of-foligno-tosf-c-1243-1323/

St Romain of Ryazan
St Pope Symachus
St Vicente Cecilia Gallardo

Martyrs of Meros – 3 saints: Three Christians tortured and martyred together in the persecutions of emperor Julian the Apostate and governor Almachio. We know nothing else about them but the names – Macedoniuis, Tatian and Theodule.
They were burned to death on an iron grill in Meros, Phrygia (in modern Turkey).

Martyrs of China: 3 Beati
Elisabeth Qin Bianshi Elisabeth
Ioannes Baptista Zhu Wurui
Simon Qin Chunfu

Posted in MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time +2020 and Memorials of the Saints – 19 July

The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time +2020
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St Ambrose Autpertus
Bl Antonio of Valladolid
St Aurea of Cordoba
Bl Bernhard of Rodez
St Daria of Constantinople
St Epaphras of Colosse
St Felix of Verona
St John Plessington (c 1637-1679) Martyr
About St John Plessington:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/saint-of-the-day-19-july-st-john-plessington/
Blessed Józef Puchala OFM Conv (1911-1943) Martyr
Bl Jozef’s Story:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/19/saint-of-the-day-19-july-blessed-jozef-achilles-puchala-ofm-conv-1911-1943-martyr/
St Macrina the Younger (c 327-379)
Her Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/07/19/saint-of-the-day-19-july-saint-macrina-the-younger-c-327-379/
St Martin of Trier
St Michael the Sabaitè
Bl Pascasio of Lyon
St Peter Crisci of Foligno TOSF (c 1243-1323)
St Romain of Ryazan
St Pope Symachus
St Vicente Cecilia Gallardo

Martyrs of Meros – 3 saints: Three Christians tortured and martyred together in the persecutions of emperor Julian the Apostate and governor Almachio. We know nothing else about them but the names – Macedoniuis, Tatian and Theodule.
They were burned to death on an iron grill in Meros, Phrygia (in modern Turkey).

Martyrs of China: 3 Beati
Elisabeth Qin Bianshi Elisabeth
Ioannes Baptista Zhu Wurui
Simon Qin Chunfu

Posted in MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 19 July – “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”

One Minute Reflection – 19 July – Friday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 12:1-8 and the Memorial fo St Macina the Younger

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REFLECTION – “I desire mercy”, namely the loyalty of a heart that recognises its own sins, that mends its ways and returns to be faithful to the covenant with God. “  And not sacrifice” – without a penitent heart, every religious action is ineffective! … Pope Francis (General Audience, 13 April 2016)i-desire-mercy-namely-the-loyalty-pope-francis-20-july-2018

PRAYER – Father and almighty God, You have given Your Son to redeem us with complete and absolute love and mercy.   He has taken our flesh and given Himself to us and extended endless mercy for all time.   He has taught us the path of love and mercy.  Grant, we pray, that our hearts may grieve and repent with true sorrow.   And may the prayers of St Macrina, assist us to extend mercy to all.   We make our prayer through the merits of His saving love and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever, amen.st macrina the younger pray for us 19 july 2019

Posted in FATHERS of the Church, SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day -19 July – Saint Macrina the Younger (c 327-379)

Saint of the Day -19 July – Saint Macrina the Younger (c 327-379) Virgin, Ascetic  – born c 327 at Caesarea, Cappadocia (in modern Turkey) and died in 379 at Pontus (in modern Turkey) of natural causes.

With charm and grace, St Macrina ruled the roost in a family of saints.   St Basil the Elder and St Emmelia, her parents, had ten children including the younger St Basil (329-379) Doctor of the Church, St Gregory of Nyssa (c 335–C 395) and St Peter of Sebaste Bishop (c 340–391).   As the eldest child, Macrina exercised a formative influence on her more famous brothers and even on her mother.saint_macrina_the_younger.jpg

A beautiful young woman, Macrina had been betrothed at age twelve.   But when her fiancé died, she chose to remain single to devote herself to Christian service.   Emmelia had given her daughter a Christian version of a classic education, training her in Scripture instead of Greek literature.   In turn, Macrina conducted the early education of her younger brothers and sisters and formed them in piety.

Gregory of Nyssa, her biographer, reported that when Basil returned from Athens University all puffed up with self-importance, Macrina put him in his place—as only an older sister can.   Apparently, she persuaded her extremely talented brother to become a monk and subordinate his gifts to God’s purposes.st macrina the younger img-The-Sister-of-Saint-Basil.jpg

When Naucratius (he was a the famous Christian jurist), the handsome and athletic family favourite, died suddenly, Macrina supported Emmelia through her grief.   Later she persuaded her mother to join her in renouncing their high standard of living and embracing the simpler life of their servants. Together they formed a small monastic community of nuns under the younger Basil’s direction on the family estate at Annesi in Pontus in present-day Turkey.

In 379, shortly after Basil died, Macrina fell ill.   Gregory came to visit her and found her in a very weakened condition, lying on two planks.  Even on her deathbed, Macrina continued to live a life of sanctity, as she refused a bed and instead chose to lie on the ground.   Although Macrina could barely talk, she spoke eloquently with her brother about death and the future life.   Just before she died she prayed as follows:

“O Lord, You have freed us from the fear of death.

You have made the end of life here the beginning of a true life for us.

You, who compassionately gave paradise back to the man crucified with You, remember me also in Your kingdom.

If I have committed sins in word, deed or thought because of the weakness of our nature, don’t let Your eyes discover them.

You, who have power on earth to forgive sins, forgive me so that I may be refreshed.

May I be found before you once I have put off my body, having no fault in the form of my soul.

May my soul be received into Your hands, blameless and spotless, as an offering before You.”

St Gregory of Nyssa expanded his sister’s deathbed reflections on the future life in his book, “Dialogue on the Soul and Resurrection”

Macrina had a profound influence upon her brothers and her mother with her adherence to an ascetic ideal.   Her brother, St Gregory of Nyssa wrote a work entitled Life of Macrina in which he describes her sanctity throughout her life.   Macrina lived a chaste and humble life, devoting her time to prayer and the spiritual education of her younger brother, Peter.   Gregory presents her, as one who consciously rejected all Classical education, choosing instead devoted study of Scripture and other sacred writings.

Saint Macrina is significant in that her brother, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, was able to set standards for being a holy Early Christian woman.   He believed that virginity reflected the “radiant purity of God.”

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Posted in MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Memorials of the Saints -19 July

St Ambrose Autpertus
Bl Antonio of Valladolid
St Aurea of Cordoba
Bl Bernhard of Rodez
St Daria of Constantinople
St Epaphras of Colosse
St Felix of Verona
St John Plessington (c 1637-1679) Martyr
About St John Plessington:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/saint-of-the-day-19-july-st-john-plessington/

Bl Józef Puchala OFM Conv (1911-1943) Martyr
Bl Jozef’s Story:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/19/saint-of-the-day-19-july-blessed-jozef-achilles-puchala-ofm-conv-1911-1943-martyr/
St Macrina the Younger (c 327-379) 
St Martin of Trier
St Michael the Sabaitè
Bl Pascasio of Lyon
St Romain of Ryazan
St Pope Symachus
St Vicente Cecilia Gallardo

Martyrs of Meros – 3 saints: Three Christians tortured and martyred together in the persecutions of emperor Julian the Apostate and governor Almachio. We know nothing else about them but the names – Macedoniuis, Tatian and Theodule.
They were burned to death on an iron grill in Meros, Phrygia (in modern Turkey).

Martyrs of China: 3 Beati
Elisabeth Qin Bianshi Elisabeth
Ioannes Baptista Zhu Wurui
Simon Qin Chunfu