Posted in MARIAN TITLES, SAINT of the DAY

Our Lady of Conquest, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Memorials of the Saints – 12 January

Our Lady of Conquest, Santa Fe, New Mexico – 12 January:
In the North Chapel of the beautiful Cathedral of Santa Fe stands a little statue (scarcely three feet tall) of Our Lady holding the Child Jesus. It was skilfully carved by loving hands in Spain. Mary is clad in a richly embroidered dress, topped by a jewelled crown. Her regal countenance wears a serene, detached expression that is strangely impressive. This is Our Lady of Conquest, or La Conquistadora.
The statue of Our Lady of Conquest came to the new world in the care of the Franciscan missionary Fray Alonso da Venevides. She was installed with great ceremony in a Church in Santa Fe. Over the ensuing decades, as often happens, the men living in the region did not practice their religion as they should. Mary appeared in a vision to a young girl, warning her that the colony would be overrun due to the loss of reverence for Priests and the Faith.
In the year 1680 the local Indians rose up and attacked the Spanish. Twenty-one Priests were killed and the colonists completely driven out of the region. The statue was rescued from the burning Church and taken back to Mexico with the colonists who escaped the wrath of the Indians.


It was not until the year 1691 that Don Diego de Vargas was sent by the King of Spain to attempt the re-settlement of the city of Santa Fe. Like so many Spanish heroes who had accomplished seemingly impossible deeds during their lifetimes, he was as fervent a Catholic as he was a capable knight. Don Diego de Vargas carried with him the statue of Our Lady as he re-entered New Mexico. Although he had only a small force, he was able to peacefully negotiate a peace with the various Indian nations. He attributed his success to “the Sovereign Queen, Most Blessed Mary.” He is said to have vowed to build a chapel for her and hold a yearly procession if she would grant him a speedy and bloodless victory over the Indian, which she did.
Upon reaching his goal, however, the Indians refused to allow the Spanish colonists to return to Santa Fe. The Spanish under Don Diego were few in number and they were forced to fight a numerically superior force.
The colonists prayed the Rosary before the statue of the Blessed Virgin, as the men engaged the Indians in battle. The fighting lasted all day and it was not until evening when they reclaimed the city. Once again, Mary was credited for the victory and to show her sovereignty, Don Diego placed an officer’s baton in her hand.
The Shrine symbolises a spirit of deep-rooted Faith and devotion, which characterised the “Conquistadores” of this land. There is still a great deal of devotion shown to Mary at the Cathedral of St Francis, which includes processions, fiestas and other celebrations.
The statue was formally crowned by Cardinal Francis Spellman and in 1960 received a Papal Coronation.

St Aelred of Rievaulx OCSO (1110-1167)
About St Aelred:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/saint-of-the-day-12-january-st-aelred-of-rievaulx-1110-1167-saint-bernard-of-the-north/

Bl Antoine Fournier
St Antonio Maria Pucci OSM (1819-1892)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/12/saint-of-the-day-st-anthony-mary-pucci-osm-1819-1892/
St Arcadius of Mauretania
Bl Bartholomew Alvarez
Bl Bernardo de Plano
St Biccianus
St Benedict Biscop OSB (c 628-690) – Bishop and Abbot of Wearmouth, who introduced Stained Glass windows to England and raised the Venerable Saint Bede
St Bernard of Corleone
St Caesaria of Arles
St Caroticus
Bl Emmanuel d’Abreu
St Eutropius
St Ferreolus of Grenoble
Bl John Gaspard Cratz
St John of Ravenna
Bl Lucia of Valcaldara
St Marguerite Bourgeoys CND (1620-1700)
St Marguerite’s Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/saint-of-the-day-12-january-st-marguerite-bourgeoys/

St Martinian of Belozersk
St Martin of León
Bl Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung
St Peter of Abessala
Blessed Pierre-François Jamet (1762-1845)
About Blessed Pierre-François:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/12/saint-of-the-day-12-january-blessed-pierre-francois-jamet-1762-1845/
St Probus of Verona
St Quinctus the Soldier
St Satyrus
St Tatiana of Rome
St Tigrius
St Victorian of Asana
Bl Vincent da Cunha

Martyrs of Africa – 44 saints: A group of 44 Christian soldiers murdered together for their faith in Africa. The only details that survive are four of their names – Castulus, Modestus, Rogatus and Zoticus.

Martyrs of Ephesus – 42 saints: Forty-two monks martyred at a monastery in Ephesus (modern Turkey) during the persecutions of the Iconoclast Byzantine Emperor Constantine V. Their names have not come down to us. Martyred c 762.

Martyrs of Iona – 38 saints: Thirty-eight monks martyred in Iona, Ireland. Their names have not come down to us. They were Martyred in 750 at Iona, Ireland.

Posted in FEASTS and SOLEMNITIES, SAINT of the DAY

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord – 12 January and Memorials of the Saints

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord – 12 January 2020
2019:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/13/feast-of-the-baptism-of-the-lord-13-jan-2019/
St Aelred of Rievaulx OCSO (1110-1167)
About St Aelred:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/saint-of-the-day-12-january-st-aelred-of-rievaulx-1110-1167-saint-bernard-of-the-north/

Bl Antoine Fournier
St Antonio Maria Pucci OSM (1819-1892)

Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/12/saint-of-the-day-st-anthony-mary-pucci-osm-1819-1892/
St Arcadius of Mauretania
Bl Bartholomew Alvarez
Bl Bernardo de Plano
St Biccianus
St Benedict Biscop
St Bernard of Corleone
St Caesaria of Arles
St Caroticus
Bl Emmanuel d’Abreu
St Eutropius
St Ferreolus of Grenoble
Bl John Gaspard Cratz
St John of Ravenna
Bl Lucia of Valcaldara
St Marguerite Bourgeoys CND (1620-1700)

St Marguerite’s Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/saint-of-the-day-12-january-st-marguerite-bourgeoys/

St Martinian of Belozersk
St Martin of León
Bl Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung
St Peter of Abessala
Blessed Pierre-François Jamet (1762-1845)
St Probus of Verona
St Quinctus the Soldier
St Satyrus
St Tatiana of Rome
St Tigrius
St Victorian of Asana
Bl Vincent da Cunha

Martyrs of Africa – 44 saints: A group of 44 Christian soldiers murdered together for their faith in Africa. The only details that survive are four of their names – Castulus, Modestus, Rogatus and Zoticus.

Martyrs of Ephesus – 42 saints: Forty-two monks martyred at a monastery in Ephesus (modern Turkey) during the persecutions of the Iconoclast Byzantine Emperor Constantine V. Their names have not come down to us. Martyred c 762.

Martyrs of Iona – 38 saints: Thirty-eight monks martyred in Iona, Ireland. Their names have not come down to us. They were Martyred in 750 at Iona, Ireland.

Posted in MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on CHARITY, QUOTES on LOVE, QUOTES on PRAYER, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 12 January – The Memorials of St Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167) and St Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700)

One Minute Reflection – 12 January – The Memorialsof St Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167) and St Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700)

And we have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.   And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is ours…1 John 5:14-151 john 5 - 14 15

REFLECTION – “It seems to me, that we do not pay enough attention to prayer, for unless it arises from the heart, which ought to be its centre, it is no more than a fruitless dream. Prayer ought to carry over into our thoughts, our words and our actions…..It is true that all I have ever desired most deeply and what I still most ardently wish, is that the great precept of the love of God, above all things and of the neighbour as oneself, be written in every heart.”… St Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700)
“Charity may be a very short word but with its tremendous meaning of pure love, it sums up man’s entire relation to God and to his neighbour.”…St Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167) it seems too me - st amarguerite bourgeoys - 12 jan 2018charity may be - st aelred - 12 jan 2018

PRAYER – Loving Father, grant me the grace to strive after perfect love.   Help me to bring forth frequent acts of love towards my neighbour, which flow from You, the summit of my prayer and the teacher of all that is good and in this, to grow each day in love for You and for all your creatures….St Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167), St Marguerite Bourgeoys Pray for us, amen.

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

One Minute Reflection – 12 January

One Minute Reflection – 12 January

May the Lord ….make you overflow with love for one another and for all……..1 Thes 3:12

REFLECTION – “It seems to me that we do not pay enough attention to prayer, for unless it arises from the heart which ought to be its centre, it is no more than a fruitless dream. Prayer ought to carry over into our thoughts, our words and our actions…..It is true that all I have ever desired most deeply and what I still most ardently wish is that the great precept of the love of God above all things and of the neighbour as oneself be written in every heart.”……..St Marguerite Bourgeoys (Saint of the Day)

PRAYER – Loving Father, grant me the grace to strive after perfect love.  Help me to bring forth frequent acts of love for my neighbour and in this, to grow each day in love for You.St Marguerite Bourgeoys Pray for us, amen.

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Saint of the Day – 12 January – St Marguerite Bourgeoys

Saint of the Day – 12 January – St Marguerite Bourgeoys C.N.D.- 1620-1700 (aged 79) – Founder of the Congreagation of Notre Dame/Teacher/Missionary/Apostle of Charity – Patron against poverty; loss of parents; people rejected by religious orders (Video – Apostleship of Prayer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QJesJSHibw)

Born the sixth of 12 children in Troyes, France, Marguerite at the age of 20 believed that she was called to religious life. Her applications to the Carmelites and Poor Clares were unsuccessful. A priest friend suggested that perhaps God had other plans for her.

In 1654, the governor of the French settlement in Canada visited his sister, an Augustinian canoness in Troyes.   Marguerite belonged to a sodality connected to that convent.   The governor invited her to come to Canada and start a school in Ville-Marie (eventually the city of Montreal).   She sailed on June 20, 1653, and arrived in Canada in mid-November.   When she arrived, the colony numbered 200 people with a hospital and a Jesuit mission chapel.

Marguerite began the construction of a chapel in 1657. It was to honour Our Lady of Good Help.   In 1658, she opened her first school. Marguerite realized the need to recruit more teachers.   She returned to France in 1659 and returned with four companions.   In 1670, she went to France again and brought back six companions.   These brave women became the first sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame.

St. Marguerite and her sisters helped people in the colony survive when food was scarce. They opened a vocational school and taught young people how to run a home and farm.   St. Marguerite’s congregation was growing.   By 1681 there were eighteen sisters. Seven were Canadian.   They opened more missions and two sisters taught at the Indian mission. St. Marguerite herself received the first two Indian women into the congregation.In 1693, Mother Marguerite handed over her congregation to her successor.   The new superior was Marie Barbier, the first Canadian to join the order.   St. Marguerite’s religious rule was approved by the Church in 1698.   Marguerite spent her last few years praying and writing an autobiography.   On the last day of 1699, a young sister lay dying.   Mother Marguerite asked the Lord to take her life in exchange.   By the morning of January 1, 1700, the sister was completely well. Mother Marguerite had a raging fever.   She suffered for twelve days and died on January 12, 1700.   She was declared a saint by Pope John Paul II on April 2, 1982.