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Madonna delle Rose / Our Lady of the Roses (Albano Sant’Alessandro, Italy) (1417), Madonna della Treviso di San Jerome Emiliani / Our Lady of Treviso of St Jerome Emiliani and Memorials of the Saints – 4 January

Octave of the Holy Innocents

Madonna delle Rose / Our Lady of the Rose s(Albano Sant’Alessandro, Italy) (1417) – 4 January:

A few kilometers from Bergamo, on the way to Trescore Balneario , in a pleasant plain, lies Albano St. Alexander , a Town famous for its Roman origin and for many historical events and bloody battles between the Guelphs and Ghibellines. Today it is famous for the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of the Roses.

Until 1855, anyone travelling along this road came upon a small, rustic Chapel that appeared to manifest nothing special, neither painted nor written, which makes the unique devotion it attracted even more amazing. The Parish Priest of Albano, zealous and pious , devoted himself to research among the ancient documents the history of this powerful devotion. From this story , printed in Bergamo in 1880 , we are able to establish the origin of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Roses in Albano St. Alexander.

The events of the night between 3 and 4 January 1417, are as follows: – two Roman merchants travelling from Bergamo to Brescia, got lost and found themselves in a thicket near the Village called Albano. Bergamo is only eight miles away but for them, in the dark, between bushes and marshes covered by snow, they felt as if they would never find their way and would die of cold and fear . They turned so fervently to the Madonna with invocations and a vow to build a Chapel, if they would be rescued. Suddenly rays of bright light penetrated the darkness and a strip of luminous light shows them the way. With hearts relieved and grateful, they followed the light to the path and heard “This is the way, walk in it,” until its junction with the main road. Accompanied by a friendly glow they very quickly reached the City of Bergamo .

Desiring to thank the Blessed Virgin , they went to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore but given the hour of the night, it was closed. They found shelter in the nearby ruined tower, ruined by war. There, a great light stopped them and they saw the Immaculate Virgin sitting on a wreath of roses, which surrounded her completely, quite high up from the ground. The Blessed Virgin held the Divine Child close to her breast and the Child Jesus held, in one hand, a small bouquet of white roses, in the act of offering them to His Mother. The eyes of the Blessed Virgin and of the Divine Child, were turned compassionately towards the two merchants, who prostrated themselves at this heavenly vision.

Since that night, the site of the apparition was called “the Hill of Roses.” When day came, the merchants spread the news and attended at the Bishop’s house. After much investigation and many miracles at the Hill of Roses, the Bishop confirmed the miraculous event, judging it as a heavenly sign of mercy and protection for the City of Bergamo beset by many problems, for Italy plagued by discord and enmity, for the Church, torn by division and schism.

St Bernardine of Siena, who at this time was in Bergamo, was appointed as the final arbiter of the Blessing of Our Lady of the Night and of the Hill of Roses. The same Saint also had a vision of the Madonna in the same year, in Siena . The Holy Virgin appeared with great splendour to him, promising to help him in his mission to convert sinners.

All were eager to erect a Church in gratitude for so many graces from the Virgin Mary, The new Pope, Martin V also appointed in 1417, authorised the construction of a new Church. The two blessed visionaries returned to Albano to the site where they had been lost and seen the immense light. ,They bought the land at the place where the path of light guided them to Bergamo and there built the Chapel that would, for 438 years, in future generation,s attract the devotion of countless numbers of the faithful , until 1855. Then a terrible cholera epidemic ravaged the area and by unanimous vote of the population , they erected a new Sanctuary to the Blessed Virgin in thanksgiving and veneration. The epidemic subsided and on 20 September 1855 the construction of the Sanctuary began. The apse and dome of the Church are decorated with frescoes by Luigi Tagliaferri, the walls are adorned with paintings of the Nativity of Mary and the Descent of Jesus from the Cross by Vittorio Manini, the central painting above the High Altar depicting the Apparition to the two merchants and the medallions of the vault, are by Arturo Compagnoni. The Madonna of the Roses was canonically crowned in 1917. The terrible war that plagues the whole world prevented the solemn ceremony, which only occurred on 14 September 1920 celebrated by Don Mario Morra SDB.

Madonna della Treviso di San Jerome Emiliani / Our Lady of Treviso of St Jerome Emiliani
https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/04/our-lady-of-treviso-and-memorials-of-the-saints-4-january/

St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) (Memorial, United States) Widow and Mother, Religious, Foundress, Teacher, first native-born citizen of the United States to be Canonised .
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/saint-of-the-day-st-elizabeth-ann-seton-1774-1821/

St Aedh Dubh
St Aggaeus the Martyr

St Angela of Foligno TOSF (1248-1309) known as the “Mistress of Theologians” – Wife, Mother, Widow, Religious, Mystic, Writer, Third Order Franciscan, Foundress of a religious community, which refused to become an enclosed religious order, so that it might continue her vision of caring for those in need.   It is still active today. 
About St Angela
:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/04/saint-of-the-day-4-january-saint-angela-of-foligno-tosf-1248-1309/

St Celsus of Trier
Bl Chiara de Ugarte
St Chroman
St Dafrosa of Acquapendente
St Ferreolus of Uzès
St Gaius of Moesia
St Gregory of Langres
St Hermes of Moesia
St Libentius of Hamburg
Bl Louis de Halles

St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940) “Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles.” Bishop, Founder of the Eucharistic Missionaries of Nazareth and established both the Disciples of Saint John and the Children of Reparation, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist and of Charity, Marian devotee.
St Manuel’s Story:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/04/saint-of-the-day-4-january-st-manuel-gonzalez-garcia-1877-1940-apostle-of-the-abandoned-tabernacles/

St Mavilus of Adrumetum
St Neophytos
St Neopista of Rome
St St St Oringa of the Cross
Bl Palumbus of Subiaco
St Pharaildis of Ghent (c 650-c 740) Virgin
St Rigobert of Rheims
Bl Roger of Ellant
St Stephen du Bourg
St Theoctistus

Blessed Thomas Plumtree (Died 1570) Priest, Martyr, Rector of Stubton, Military Chaplain to Blessed Thomas Percy (7th Earl of Northumberland), renowned Preacher of the uprising and Martyr of the Rising of the North
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/04/saint-of-the-day-4-january-blessed-thomas-plumtree-died-1570-priest-martyr/

Martyrs of Africa – 7 saints: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of the Arian Vandal king Hunneric. Saint Bede wrote about them. – Aquilinus, Eugene, Geminus, Marcian, Quintus, Theodotus and Tryphon. In 484 in North Africa.

Martyrs of Rome – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate for refusing to renounce Christianity as ordered. – Benedicta, Priscillianus and Priscus. In 362 in Rome, Italy.

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Madonna della Treviso / Our Lady of Treviso and Memorials of the Saints – 4 January

Madonna della Treviso di San Jerome Emiliani / Our Lady of Treviso of St Jerome Emiliani:
St Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537), founder of the Congregation of the Somascha Fathers, when still a layman, experienced in a marvellous way the mercy of Our Blessed Lady. A capable soldier, he was once entrusted with the defense of Castelnuevo, in Fruili, Italy, when this was stormed by the Venetians, who were commanded by Maximilian I. Jerome was captured and confined in a dark prison, where he was loaded with chains.

Being a man of many vices, he began to feel remorse for his past life, almost to the point of despair. Then, he thought of Mary, the Mother of God, as the Mother of Divine Mercy. To her he turned, promising to lead a better life in the future, if this loving Mother would deliver him from his miserable condition. In an instant, Jerome beheld his prison filled with light and the Virgin Mary descending from Heaven to loose, with her own hands, the chains with which he was bound. Moreover, she handed him a key with which to open the door of the prison and escape. Eluding his captors, he directed his steps toward Treviso, to the shrine of the Mother of God.

Duomo (Treviso) – interior – Assumption of the Virgin by Domenico Capriolo

St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) (Memorial, United States)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/saint-of-the-day-st-elizabeth-ann-seton-1774-1821/

St Aedh Dubh
St Aggaeus the Martyr
St Angela of Foligno TOSF (1248-1309)
About St Angela:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/04/saint-of-the-day-4-january-saint-angela-of-foligno-tosf-1248-1309/

St Celsus of Trier
Bl Chiara de Ugarte
St Chroman
St Dafrosa of Acquapendente
St Ferreolus of Uzès
St Gaius of Moesia
St Gregory of Langres
St Hermes of Moesia
St Libentius of Hamburg
Bl Louis de Halles
St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940) “Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”
St Manuel’s Story:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/04/saint-of-the-day-4-january-st-manuel-gonzalez-garcia-1877-1940-apostle-of-the-abandoned-tabernacles/
St Mavilus of Adrumetum
St Neophytos
St Neopista of Rome
St St St Oringa of the Cross
Bl Palumbus of Subiaco
St Pharaildis of Ghent
St Rigobert of Rheims
Bl Roger of Ellant
St Stephen du Bourg
St Theoctistus
Blessed Thomas Plumtree (Died 1570) Priest, Martyr


Martyrs of Africa – 7 saints: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of the Arian Vandal king Hunneric. Saint Bede wrote about them. – Aquilinus, Eugene, Geminus, Marcian, Quintus, Theodotus and Tryphon. In 484 in North Africa.

Martyrs of Rome – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate for refusing to renounce Christianity as ordered. – Benedicta, Priscillianus and Priscus. In 362 in Rome, Italy.

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Memorials of the Saints – 4 January

St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) (Memorial, United States)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/saint-of-the-day-st-elizabeth-ann-seton-1774-1821/

St Aedh Dubh
St Aggaeus the Martyr
St Angela of Foligno TOSF (1248-1309)

St Celsus of Trier
Bl Chiara de Ugarte
St Chroman
St Dafrosa of Acquapendente
St Ferreolus of Uzès
St Gaius of Moesia
St Gregory of Langres
St Hermes of Moesia
St Libentius of Hamburg
Bl Louis de Halles
St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940) “Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”
St Manuel’s Story:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/04/saint-of-the-day-4-january-st-manuel-gonzalez-garcia-1877-1940-apostle-of-the-abandoned-tabernacles/
St Mavilus of Adrumetum
St Neophytos
St Neopista of Rome
St St St Oringa of the Cross
Bl Palumbus of Subiaco
St Pharaildis of Ghent
St Rigobert of Rheims
Bl Roger of Ellant
St Stephen du Bourg
St Theoctistus
Bl Thomas Plumtree

Martyrs of Africa – 7 saints: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of the Arian Vandal king Hunneric. Saint Bede wrote about them. – Aquilinus, Eugene, Geminus, Marcian, Quintus, Theodotus and Tryphon. In 484 in North Africa.

Martyrs of Rome – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate for refusing to renounce Christianity as ordered. – Benedicta, Priscillianus and Priscus. In 362 in Rome, Italy.

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Thought for the Day – 4 January on the Memorial of St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940) the “Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”

Thought for the Day – 4 January on the Memorial of St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940) the “Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”

Excerpt from an interview with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza who was the Relator of the Cause of St Manuel.

Eminence, I understand that there are three committees present that must analyse an alleged miracle – the Medical Commission of theologians and Cardinals and bishops. What is the Mission of this Commission, of Cardinals and bishops, in the process of approval of a miracle?   Which elements should you take into account to give your vote?

Examining the alleged miracles, the Congregation for the causes of Saints comes with a lot of seriousness.   The study involves a series of steps, including the medical part is especially important.   Finally, the Commission of Cardinals and bishops members of the Congregation examines the case.   They receive, along with the letter … full documentation of the case and a booklet with a summary, that highlights the most relevant areas of the analysis, as well as possible difficulties.

You have been the Relator of the cause of Blessed Manuel González García at the regular meeting of cardinals and bishops.   Can you explain the role of the Relator?

A cardinal is designated or a Bishop from among the members of the Congregation, and is called the ‘speaker’.   He is responsible for presenting the case and expresses his own outlook.   After this takes place, interventions of all those present, that is to adhere to or not to the conclusions of the Relator and then they present their own views.

The Relator presents the essential features of the biographical profile of Blessed, ie, describes the fundamentals of the case being examined, presents the evidence, the medical report (diagnosis of healing, prognosis, therapy, healing) and theological evaluation.   Finally, it formulates its conclusion, issues its own vote also asking the agreement of the other members and then presentation of all the results is proposed to the Holy Father.

BL Manuel González García devoted many of his energies to the clergy and to the formation of the same, as well as seminarians.   How can his message assist the current profile of the priest?

You ask me what particular message of Bl Manuel, can assist the priests and bishops of our time, in the whirlwind of their commitments.

Priests yesterday, today’s priests, priests of about-to-be:   Yes, it is right to pay attention to time and to the diverse situations and circumstances but I would like to talk about what transcends time.

Being priests is to be Christ and Christ is the one who atones for others, He is the one who begs for everyone.   He is the One at the top of the pedestal;   on the other hand, the priest is under the pedestal and carries its weight.   The priest elevates that weight to God with prayer.   And this is what is called in the Eucharist: the offering of Christ and of the whole Church.   In the instant that God raises His Son, raised, with the Son, also, is all mankind who, through the priest, must be saved.   Yes, also by the means of his Ministry, which closely associates it with Christ the Saviour.   This is the prayer of the priest.   It is true that the only saviour of the world is God but this prayer  brings God’s salvation.

Blessed Manuel Gonzalez with his example preached and believed that too much human activity, too, in a disproportionate manner, ends in a sort of Pelagianism.   The activity of man is worth something if it is presented and united to God in prayer and it is imbued in this charity.   From this it also follows, that the priest cannot be a victim because it is Christ, who has united in His person the priesthood and the victim.   In pagan sacrifices, the priest sacrifices to someone else – in Christianity Christ Himself is sacrificed.
 
That is the great warning of our blessed [Manuel] – there is no possibility of priesthood if not through self-sacrifice [and the] immolation that the priest lives in the continuing gift of his own being.

The one thing made very clear from the whole of the writings of St Manuel, is how much we leave Christ alone in the tabernacle of our hearts and our lives, how much we are cheating ourselves of Christ’s presence and gaze.   Saint Manuel González García’s writings are a means of discovering Who we adore, as well as reminding us constantly, why we ought to seek to always be adoring.

St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940)
“Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”
Pray for Us!st manuel gonzalez garcia pray for us no 2 -4 jan 2019

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Quote/s of the Day – 4 January – Eucharistic Adoration

Quote/s of the Day – 4 January – The Memorial of St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) and St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940) the “Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”

“God is everywhere, in the very air I breathe,
yes everywhere
but in His Sacrament of the Altar
He is as present actually and really
as my soul within my body;
in His Sacrifice daily offered
as really as once offered on the Cross!”

“Our Lord Himself I saw in this venerable Sacrament . . .
I felt as if my chains fell, as those of St Peter,
at the touch of the Divine messenger.”

“How sweet, the presence of Jesus
to the longing, harassed soul!
It is instant peace and balm to every wound.”

St Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)god-is-everywhere-st-e-a-seton-4-jan-2018

“My faith was looking at Jesus
through the door of that tabernacle,
so silent, so patient, so good, gazing right back at me…
His gaze was telling me much and asking me for more.
It was a gaze in which all the sadness of the Gospels was reflected;
the sadness of ‘no room in the Inn”;
the sadness of those words, “Do you also want to leave me?”;
the sadness of poor Lazarus begging for crumbs from the rich man’s table;
the sadness of the betrayal of Judas,
the denial of Peter,
of the soldier’s slap,
of the spittle of the Praetorium
and the abandonment of all.”my faith was look at jesus - st manuel gonzalez garcia 4 jan 2019

“The Heart of Jesus in the tabernacle looks at me.
He looks at me always.
He looks at me everywhere.
He looks at me as if He doesn’t have
anyone else to look at but me.”

St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940)
“Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”the heart of jesus in the tabernacle - st manuel gonzxalez garcia - 4 jan 2019

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One Minute Reflection – 4 January – Christmas Weekday – Today’s Gospel: John 1:35–42

One Minute Reflection – 4 January – Christmas Weekday – Today’s Gospel: John 1:35–42

“….he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”   The two disciples heard him say this and they followed Jesus.”...John 1: 36-37behold the lamb of god - john 1 36-37 4 jan 2019

REFLECTION – “He is the Way, because He leads us through Himself;   Door, as letting us in;   Shepherd, as making us dwell in green pastures and bringing us up to the waters of rest, leading us there and protecting us from wild beasts, restoring the erring and bringing back the lost sheep.  He binds the wounded, guards the strong and thanks to His words of pastoral knowledge He gathers them together into the Fold on high.”…St Gregory Nazianzen (330-390) Father & Doctorhe is the way because he leads us - st gregory of nazianzen 4 jan 2019

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, thank You for making me a child of eternity.   Help me to live each day in such a way that I may deserve to be a child of Yours forever.   Grant that by the prayers of St Elizabeth Ann Seton and St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, we may strive always to keep our eyes fixed on Your Son, our entry to You, our Shepherd and our Saviour who will lead us to our eternal home.   May we never waiver from Your commandments. Amen.st-e-a-seton-pray-for-us-4-jan-2018

st manuel gonzalez garcia pray for us 4 jan 2019

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Saint of the Day – 4 January – St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940) “Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles”

Saint of the Day – 4 January – St Manuel Gonzalez Garcia (1877–1940) “Apostle of the Abandoned Tabernacles” – Bishop, Founder of the Eucharistic Missionaries of Nazareth and established both the Disciples of Saint John and the Children of Reparation, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist and of Charity, Marian devotee – born on 25 February 1877 at Seville, Spain and died on 4 January 1940 in Madrid, Spain of natural causes.   Patronages – Diocese of Palencia, the Children of Reparation, the Disciples of Saint John and the Eucharistic Missionaries of Nazareth.st manuel garcia

St Manuel was born in Seville on 25 February 1877.   He entered the Minor Seminary of Seville on September of 1889 where he wrote:  “If I would be born a thousand times; a thousand times I would be a priest.”st manuel young

He was ordained by Blessed Cardinal Spínola, the founder of the newspaper “El Correo de Andalucía”, where he worked when he was still a seminarian.   On 29 September 1901, he celebrated his first Mass at the Church of the Holy Trinity and entrusted himself to the intercession of Mary, Help of Christians.

Blessed Manuel was sent by the Archbishop of Seville to Palomares del Río, a beautiful and secluded village of Aljarafe but upon his arrival no one came out to meet him. he church was abandoned, filled with dust and dirt, cobwebs inside the tabernacle and torn altar cloths.   Upon seeing this situation, he knelt before the altar and thought about the many abandoned tabernacles in the world.   This prompted him to start the Children of Reparation.

At the age of 28, he was sent to Huelva where he was saddened to find many children living on the streets.   He devoted his attention mainly to assisting these children and founded schools, homes and established classes to catechise them with the help of his parishioners.

On 6 December 1915, Pope Benedict XV appointed Blessed Manuel as auxiliary bishop of Málaga.   He celebrated his appointment with a banquet to which he invited, not the authorities but the poorest children of the area.   Three thousand children attended the banquet and accompanied him to the Episcopal Palace.   He remained there until the night of the 11 May 1931, the proclamation of the Republic, where a revolt expelled him and the Palace was burnt, destroying everything.st manuelgonzalezobispo

On 5 August 1935 he was appointed bishop of Palencia by Pope Pius XI.   During a visit to Zaragoza in 1939 he fell seriously ill and had to be transferred to Madrid where he died on the 4 January 1940.   Before he died he asked to be buried at the foot of the tabernacle. Fulfilling his wish, he was buried beside the Tabernacle at the main altar of the Cathedral of Palencia.st manuel garcia bishop

His heroic virtues were recognised on the 6 April 1998 and he was Beatified by St Pope John Paul II on 29 April 2001.   The Beatification miracle involved the healing of Sara Ruiz Ortega, then 18 years old, of tuberculosis peritonitis which had left her paralysed. He was Canonised on 16 October 2016 by Pope Francis.   The Canonisation miracle involved the healing of a Galician woman who suffered from aggressive lymphoma.st manuel canonisation