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Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C +2019, World Mission Sunday and Memorials of the Saints – 20 October

Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C +2019
World Mission Sunday

St Acca (c 660-742)
St Adelina
St Aderald
St Aidan of Mayo
St Andrew of Crete
St Artemius Megalomartyr
St Barsabias
St Bernard of Bagnorea
St Bradan
St Caprasius of Agen
Blesseds Daudi Okello (c 1902 -1918) & Jildo Irwa (c 1906.-1918) – Martyrs
Biography here:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/20/saints-of-the-day-20-october-blessed-daudi-okelo-1902-ca-1918-and-jildo-irwa-1906-ca-1918/

Bl Gundisalvus of Silos
St Irene
St Leopardo of Osimo
St Lucas Alonso Gorda
St Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/20/saint-of-the-day-20-october-st-maria-bertilla-boscardin-1888-1922/

St Martha of Cologne
St Maximus of Aquila
St Orora
St Saula of Cologne
St Sindulphus of Rheims

Blessed Tiburcio Arnáiz Muñoz SJ (1865-1926) (Beatified today in the Cathedral of Malaga, Spain) His feast day will be 20 October

St Usthazanes
St Vitalis of Salzburg

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Thought for the Day – 20 October – The Memorial of St Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922)

Thought for the Day – 20 October – The Memorial of St Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922)

“The humble nun of Brendola is the confirmation of a tradition that makes a fervent parish the first school of how to live a life of goodness and of holiness.   Saint Bertilla is now on the altars above those people called the wise and the prudent of this century.   She did not attend an extensive training in the schools but was able to carry out with good grace each task entrusted to   her. Her book, kept jealously among her most treasured possessions was the Catechism, given to her by her parish priest.   From it, she drew inspiration and comfort as a child, retiring with it alone in solitude, after having finished the housework, to read and re-read it all the time and to teach it with fervour to her contemporaries.

Here we have a simple soul who from the first unfolding of her vocation is pleased to throw herself into it entirely and without reservation, helped on by the respect the consent and encouragement of her parents.   She was happy to do even the most humble service, because she does not ask for anything for herself, nor was she diverted by fancies of curiosity or by personal preferences.

Someone – that is, the Lord – was always with her to direct and enlighten her….”…St Pope John XXIII at the Canonisation of St Maria

And ‘they’ called her “the Goose” but she is a Saint, high above all of ‘them’!   The simple peasant woman who was once called “the Goose” had taken flight and soared all the way up to Heaven.

St Maria Bertilla Boscardin, Pray for us!st maria bertilla boscardin pray for us 2 - 20 oct 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 20 October – The Memorial of St Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922)

Quote/s of the Day – 20 October – The Memorial of St Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922)

“Here I am, Lord, to do Your will, whatever comes.”

Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922)
(from her diary)here i am lord - st maria bertilla boscardin - no 2 - 20 oct 2018

Take, Lord and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To You, Lord, I return it.
Everything is Yours,
do with it what You will.
Give me only Your love
and Your grace,
that is enough for me.

St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)suscipe - st ignatius loyola - 20 oct 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 20 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 12:8-12

One Minute Reflection – 20 October – Today’s Gospel: Luke 12:8-12 = – Saturday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – The Memorial of The Memorial of Blesseds Okelo & Irwa & (1918) St Maria Bertilla Boscardin
(1888 – 1922)

“…do not be anxious how or what you are to answer or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”…Luke 12:11-12

REFLECTION – “The Christian should not fear or be distressed in difficult circumstances and thus be distracted from trust in God.   He should take courage as if the Lord were at hand directing his affairs and strengthening him against all his adversaries.   It is as if the Holy Spirit were instructing him, even as to the very replies he should make to his enemies.”… St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Church (The Morals, 63)”for the holy spirit - luke 12 12 - the christian should not fear - st augustine 20 oct 2018

PRAYER – All-powerful, eternal God, grant us the grace of Your Spirit and fill us with the light of understanding and love.   Grant that by the prayers of your Saints we may be strengthened and depend only on You.   Blessed Okelo and Irwa and St Maria Bertilla, pray for us.   We make our prayer through Jesus, our Lord with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.

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Saint of the Day – 20 October – St Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922)

Saint of the Day – 20 October – St Maria Bertilla Boscardin (1888 – 1922) – Religious nursing Sister of the Teachers of Saint Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Heart – born on 6 October 1888 at Brendola, Italy as Anna Francesca Boscardin and died on 20 October 1922 of cancer at Treviso, Italy.header -st maria bertilla

St Maria (1888–1922) was an Italian nun and nurse who displayed a pronounced devotion to duty in working with sick children and victims of the air raids of World War I.   She was born into a peasant family and was known as Annette in her family and hometown.   Her father, Angelo Boscardin, would testify during her beatification process that he was jealous, violent and frequently drunk.   As a child she could only attend school irregularly, as she was needed to help at home and in the fields.   When she did attend school, she also worked as a servant in a nearby home. ,,She did not display any particular talents, was thought to be not particularly intelligent and was often the target of insulting jokes. ,,These included being referred to as a “goose” for her slowness by a local clergyman.

She was allowed to make her First Holy Communion at eight and a half years old, when the authorised age in those years was eleven.   At twelve years old, she was accepted into the parish association of the “Children of Mary” apostalate.    The parish priest gave her a catechism as a gift.   They found it in the pocket of her habit, when she died, at 34 years old.

After being rejected for admission to one order because of her slowness, she was accepted as a member of the Teachers of Saint Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Heart at Vicenza in 1904, taking the name “Maria Bertilla”.   She herself internalised some of her earlier criticism, telling the novice-mistress of the order, “I can’t do anything.   I’m a poor thing, a goose.   Teach me.   I want to be a saint.”   She worked there as a kitchen maid and laundress for three years.sister maria bertilla boscardin

She was then sent to Treviso to learn nursing at the municipal hospital there, which was under the direction of her order.   During her training period, she was once placed to work in the kitchen.   However, upon completing her training, she was promoted to working with victims of diphtheria in the hospital’s children’s ward.   During the air raids of Treviso following the disastrous Battle of Caporetto, the hospital fell under the control of the military.   Sister Bertilla was noted for her unwavering care of her patients, particularly those who were too ill to be moved to safety.Santa_Maria_Bertilla_Boscardin

This devotion to duty, attracted the attention of the authorities of a local military hospital.   However, her Sister Supervisor did not appreciate Sister Bertilla’s work and reassigned her to work in the laundry, a position she remained in for four months until being reassigned by a higher superior, who put Sister Bertilla in charge of the children’s isolation ward at the hospital.   Shortly thereafter, Sister Bertilla’s already poor health got worse.   A painful tumour which she had had for several years had progressed to the point of requiring an operation, which she did not survive.   She died in 1922.

Her reputation for simplicity and devoted, caring hard work had left a deep impression on those who knew her.   A memorial plaque placed on her tomb refers to her as “a chosen soul of heroic goodness … an angelic alliviator of human suffering in this place.” Crowds flocked to her first grave at Treviso.   After a tomb was erected for her at Vicenza, it became a pilgrimage site where several miracles of healing took place.

In 1961, 39 years after her death, she was Canonised as a saint by St Pope John XXIII. The crowd in attendance included members of her family as well as some of her patients.st maria bertilla boscardin snip.2