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Notre-Dame des Miracles et Vertus / Our Lady of Miracles and Virtues, Rennes, France (14th Century) and Memorials of the Saints

Notre-Dame des Miracles et Vertus / Our Lady of Miracles and Virtues, Rennes, France (14th Century) – 3 November:

The Statue of Our Lady of Miracles and Virtues, often simply called Our Lady of Miracles, is a depiction of Virgin and Child. Installed in 1876, it replaces the original Statue venerated since the fourteenth century and destroyed during the French Revolution. The original Statue was first mentioned in the fourteenth century , as part of a miracle that would have occurred during a siege of the City. It is created in 1445 and her hands were restored in 1522.

The English, having made a mine to ignite the Town, it is said that the candles in the Chapel were found miraculously alight; t he bells rung of themselves and the image of the Blessed Virgin was seen to stretch out its arms towards the middle of the Chapel where the mine had been concealed, which by that means, was discovered. The people rushed to the spot and so the plot was uncovred and the entire Town saved through the intervention of Our Lady of Rennes. Great was the rejoicing and deep the gratitude of the people.
Known today as the Basilica of Saint Sauveur in Rennes, it is located in the heart of historic Rennes, which was once the capital of Brittany. It is situated at the termination of Saint-Sauveur Street on which its façade faces.
As the original Gothic Church partially collapsed in the year 1682, the Classical style Church that can currently be seen, was constructed beginning in 1703 and Consecrated in August of 1719.

In the year 1793, during the French Revolution, the Church was made into a Temple of Reason and the miraculous Statue of Our Lady was destroyed. It was not until 1802, after the end of the Terror, that the Church was opened again to worship. The Church was made into a minor Basilica in 1916 by Pope Benedict XV.
In 1634, the miracle of Our Lady’s intervention against the English invaders, was officially recognised by the Bishop of Rennes, Pierre Cornulier.
There are many more miracles attributed to Our Lady, including the miraculous cure of Magdalene Morice in the year 1761. She had gangrene in her right foot which was instantly healed on Easter Sunday.
The Statue of Our Lady of Miracles and Virtues currently displayed at the Basilica was placed there in February of 1876.
In 1684 a boy of eleven left home for the City of Rennes in the hopes of enrolling at the Jesuit College of Thomas a Becket. The young Louis-Marie was an intelligent boy who was taken under the guidance of the Jesuit Priest, and it was at Rennes that he began to consider a possible vocation to the Priesthood. It was here, at the Shrine of Our Lady at Rennes, that Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort made the final decision to become a Priest.

St Martin de Porres OP (1579-1639) (Optional Memorial) “Saint of the Broom,” Dominican lay Brother, Miracle-worker, Apostle of Charity, Mystic.
Full biography here:

St Acepsimas
St Acheric of Vosges
Bl Alphais of Cudot
Bl Berardo dei Marsi
Bl Berchtold of Engelberg
St Caesarius
St Cecilio Manrique Arnáiz
St Clydog
St Cristiolus
St Domnus of Vienne
St Elerius
St Englatius
St Florus of Lodeve
St Francisco Colom González
St Gaudiosus of Tarazona
St Germanus
St Guenhael
St Hermengaudius of Urgell
St Hilary of Viterbo
St Hubert of Liege (c 656-727) Bishop, the “Apostle of the Ardennes”
Bl Ida of Toggenburg
St José Llorach Bretó
St José Ruiz de la Torre
St Libertine of Agrigento
Bl Lorenzo Moreno Nicolás

St Malachy O’More of Armagh (1094 – 1148) Bishop, Abbot, Confessor, Reformer, Miracle-Worker, Primate of Ireland, gifted with the charism of Propjecy.

St Papulus
St Pierre-François Néron
St Pirmin
St Quartus
St Rumwold of Buckingham
St Sylvia of Rome
St Theophilus
St Valentine of Viterbo
St Valentinian
St Vitalis
St William of Vosges
St Winifred of Wales
St Wulganus

Innumerable Martyrs of Saragossa: A large group of Christians martyred in Zaragoza, Spain by Dacian during the persecutions of Diocletian. Dacian ordered all Christians of the city into exile under pain of death; when they were assembled to leave, Dacian ordered imperial soldiers to massacre the lot of them. They were martyred in 304.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Cecilio Manrique Arnáiz
• Blessed Francisco Colom González
• Blessed José Llorach Bretó
• Blessed José Ruiz de la Torre

Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 3 November – St Malachy of Armagh (1094 – 1148)

Saint of the Day – 3 November – St Malachy O’More/ of Armagh (1094 – 1148) Bishop, Abbot, Confessor, Reformer, Miracle-Worker – Primate of Ireland – born in 1094 at Armagh, Ireland and died on 2 November 1148 at Clairvaux Abbey, France of natural causes.    Patronages – Armagh, Ireland, archdiocese of, Down and Connor, Ireland, diocese of and Ireland. St Malachy was an Irish saint and Archbishop of Armagh, to whom were attributed several miracles and an alleged vision of 112 Popes later attributed to the apocryphal (i.e. of doubtful authenticity) Prophecy of the Popes. It is now believed by scholars that this document was a forgery created by Cardinal Girolamo Simoncelli.   Saint Malachy was the first native born Irish saint to be Canonised. His brother was Gilla Críst Ua Morgair who later became Bishop Christian of Clogher from 1126 to 1138.Sligo_Cathedral_of_the_Immaculate_Conception_Ambulatory_Window_07_Malachy_2013_09_14

Born in the late eleventh century of a princely family, in the archiepiscopal city of Armagh, Saint Malachy was raised in the fear and love of God.   He seemed to have the virtues of maturity hidden under the appearances of childhood. Praises did not inflate him and reproaches did not sadden him.   He had a horror of idleness and a command from his preceptors was always like a law for him.   He would often separate from his companions to converse in prayer with God. When he was still a young man, he made himself the disciple of a holy hermit who had established a little cell near the cathedral church of Armagh.   The archbishop of Armagh made him a deacon of his church and when at the age of twenty-five he was ordained a priest, commanded him to preach the Gospel and catechise his people.   He uprooted vices and corrected abuses and the archdiocese derived great profit from his malachy

An episode from the life of Saint Malachy teaches us several truths concerning purgatory. He had a sister who was very worldly and whom he found indifferent to his efforts to lead her to reflect on the reason for her existence and her last ends.   He learned one day that she had died after having manifested regret for her sins and he offered a Mass for her soul but he did not think of continuing this practice.   After thirty days he heard in a dream that she was standing outside the church and had not eaten for one month.   He began again to pray for her and then in a dream beheld her clothed in a black robe, near the door of the church but unable to enter.   He continued his suffrages and on a third occasion saw her in a robe which was more or less white, having entered the church but unable to approach the altar.   The last time he saw her she was within the church, clothed in white and near the altar, in the company of the just.   We learn from this how serious our indifference and lack of love for God are, that our prayers are efficacious in relieving our dear ones and that it is ordinarily a little at a time that souls are delivered from the bonds of their sins and negligence.

Saint Malachy brought about several miracles and manifested great devotion and zeal in the reconstruction and re-establishment of a monastery whose nine hundred religious had been massacred by pirates, these facts led to his being consecrated Bishop of Connor, a small see whose inhabitants were Christian in name but pagan in practice. The venerable pastor taught the people with patience and warned them with gentleness. He endured many insults and outrages but finally the hardened hearts were softened and began to listen to his voice and instructions.  He remained in this see until a hostile king and his army decimated the city of Connor.   At that time, the Archbishop of Armagh was nearing death and named him to succeed him in this metropolitan see, overriding his humility and protestations of insufficient virtue and competence.Saint_Malachy

Again he had a great deal to suffer in the exercise of his new charge.   The see of Armagh, by a longstanding abuse, had been held somewhat like a throne by one single family and it required on the part of the Saint no little tact and firmness to calm the dissensions caused by his election.   Ecclesiastical discipline had been forgotten and depraved morals everywhere had virtually annihilated faith and piety.   The good bishop who had named Saint Malachy had laboured to correct the abuses and hoped his virtuous successor might better succeed in the same post.   Nonetheless, two years passed before Malachy could even enter into the city as its archbishop – troops were levied against his entry by the pretender to the same title.   Saint Malachy had accepted the office on the condition that he assume the charge only after the death or flight of the false bishop, for he did not want to cause a war and the death of those whose salvation he desired to procure.   The pretender and his cousin, with several others of the same lineage, were struck down soon afterwards by the hand of God and their exemplary chastisements gave great credit to the Saint and enabled him to make ordinances to countermand the disorders.   He divided the diocese and left the larger portion, that of Connor, to a colleague, a very holy man worthy of the charge.   He retired to the other part, the new see of Down.   There he convoked synods, renewed ancient ordinances and made appropriate ones, everywhere he intimidated sinners and implanted religion and piety.

We must not neglect to mention the famous prophecy of Saint Malachy, in which he assigns to every Pope of the future a motto describing each pontificate, from his own day until the last Pope he mentions, whom he calls Petrus Romanus — Peter the Roman.   After the motto attributed to the present Vicar of Jesus Christ (in the year 2000), De Labore Solis, only one, De Gloria Olivae — From the glory of the Olive Tree — separates us from Peter II.   The prophecy, which begins with Celestine II (1143-1144), was discovered in 1590 and includes one hundred and eleven mottos.   Many a motto has been shown to have a striking exactitude in the description of its subject and his pontificate.   Many interpreters have laboured to prove the prophecy’s accuracy, however, as stated above, these ‘prophecies’ now appear to be total forgeries and fiction, though why they were written can only be left to the imagination.   Most scholars consider the document a 16th-century elaborate hoax.   James Weiss, a professor of church history at Boston College, has stated:  “It is widely thought … given who the author was and his relationship, [that the prophecies] were published to establish the case for election of one particular cardinal.”   Thomas Groome, chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College, has a similar notion:   “For myself – and even as a native Irishman – the ‘Prophecies of St Malachy’ are a grand old fun tale that have about as much reliability as the morning horoscope”.   Thomas J Reese, SJ, of Georgetown University, had only this to say:  “St Malachy’s prophecy is nonsense.”686px-St._Malachy

Saint Malachy twice made a pilgrimage to Rome to consult Christ’s Vicar, the first time returning as a Papal Legate for all of Ireland, amid the joy of his people.   The second time, however, he was bound for a happier home – he was taken ill in France at the monastery of Clairvaux, where his great friend and biographer, Saint Bernard, was Abbot.   He died there in the monastery where he would gladly have lived, at the age of fifty-four, on the 2nd of November, 1148.   Saint Bernard, in his Life of Saint Malachy, narrates many of his miracles, one of which he himself brought about, when he touched the paralysed arm of a young boy to that of the mortal remains of the bishop, while he was laid out in his coffin at Clairvaux.   It was instantly cured.

St Malachy was Canonised on 6 July 1190 by Pope Clement III.

Bone Relics of St Malachy at Clairvaux Abbey