Posted in DECEMBER - The IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, DOGMA, MARIAN QUOTES, MARTYRS, QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY, St Louis-Marie Grignion de MONTFORT

Vigil of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and Memorials of the Saints – 7 December

Vigil of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – 7 December
On this vigil day, Catholics stand in the remains of the night as the dawn makes its appearance. This resplendent dawn is that Singular Conception, the Immaculate Conception, who ushers in the Light of Christ.
A day of Fast and Abstinence following the Rubrics of Pope Pius X for the Universal Calendar of the Church.

“It is through the most Blessed Virgin Mary, that Jesus Christ came into the world and, it is also through her, that He will reign in the world.” St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716)

St Ambrose (c 340-397) – Father and Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
https://anastpaul.com/2018/12/07/saint-of-the-day-7-december-st-ambrose-c-340-397-father-and-doctor-of-the-church-2/
And More:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/12/07/more-on-todays-saint-st-ambrose-c340-397-father-and-doctor-of-the-church/

St Agatho of Alexandria
St Anianas of Chartres
St Antonius of Siya
St Athenodoros of Mesopotamia
St Buithe of Monasterboice
St Burgundofara
St Diuma
St Geretrannus of Bayeux
Bl Humbert of Clairvaux
St Martin of Saujon
St Maria Giuseppa Rosello FdM (1811-1880) Founder
About St Maria Giuseppa:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/12/07/saint-of-the-day-7-december-st-maria-giuseppa-rosello-fdm-1811-1880/
St Nilus of Stolbensk
St Polycarp of Antioch
St Sabinus of Spoleto (Died c 303) Bishop Martyr
St Servus the Martyr
St Theodore of Antioch
St Urban of Teano
St Victor of Piacenza

Posted in SAINT of the DAY

Saint of the Day – 7 December – St Maria Giuseppa Rosello FdM (1811-1880)

Saint of the Day – 7 December – St Maria Giuseppa Rosello FdM (1811-1880) Religious sister and Founder of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy.   Also known as St Maria Joseph Rosello – Born as Benedetta Rosello on 27 May 1811 at Albissola Marina, Liguria, diocese of Savona, Italy and died on 7 December 1880 (aged 69) in Savona, Italy. She is the Patron of the Order she founded.

Three hundred years after the apparitions of Our Lady of Mercy on the hillsides of Savona, Italy in 1536.   That same city was the scene of another important event – the founding of the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1837.st-maria-joseph-rossello

Chosen by God to accomplish this task was an unassuming young woman named Benedetta Rossello, today invoked as Saint Maria Joseph Rossello.   Pope Pius XII raised her to the altars of sainthood on 12 June 1949.

One of nine children, her father was a potter.   Born in poverty, she suffered from poor health all her life.   Pious from early youth she tried to enter a religious order but was refused admission due to her health and lack of dowry.   The pious, childless couple she worked for could have given her a dowry but would not because they did not want to lose her as member of their family.   Benedetta was devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary which led her to becoming a member of the Third Order of Saint Francis at the age of sixteen.   Benedetta would become the sole support of her family after the death of her mother and second brother and her sister, Josephine and then her father too.

“Oh, that I could find a generous person who would care for these neglected children of my flock.”   These were the words of Bishop De Mari of Savona one day as he came upon a group of uncouth girls playing on the street.   Benedetta heard them as words from heaven and offered her services to the Bishop immediately.

Bishop DeMari was quick to see in the young woman before him a truly apostolic and generous person whom God had destined for great work.   He did not hesitate to confide his plans to her, as he realised that God had sent Benedetta to him.st-maria josepha-rosello

On 10 August 1837, Benedetta Rossello and three companions who shared her vision laid the foundation of a new religious family in the Church – the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy.   They began in a small unpretentious house in the city of Savona on a street called Vico del Vento.

After a brief but intense period of preparation, the Bishop presented a religious habit to each young woman as well as a new name to symbolise their consecration to God and His service.   Benedetta became Sister Maria Joseph because Saint Joseph was to be her protector, provider and father throughout her whole life.   Two years later, the new Sisters sealed their consecration to God by taking the three vows – poverty, chastity and obedience.   These new Religious – the first Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy – dedicated themselves wholeheartedly to the work for which God had called the new Congregation to life – the education of youth, the care of the sick and all the works of mercy.7-Santa Maria JosefaRossello-7.jpg

The Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy spread rapidly throughout Italy and during the lifetime of the Foundress, even to South America.   In 1875, Saint Maria Joseph Rossello sent 15 Sisters to Buenos Aires, Argentina and there too, they spread far and wide, now having foundations in Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Peru and many parts of Argentina.

In 1919, the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy arrived in North America in response to an appeal similar to that of Bishop DeMari.   They were requested to open a Social and Parish Mission Center in Springfield, MA, principally to offer religious Instruction to the children.   Thus the mission and spirit of St Maria Joseph Rossello was extended to the United States.

Presently, the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy minister in 19 countries on 5 continents. They may be found in Italy, Africa, India, Germany, Romania as well as North and South America and the Caribbean Islands.st maria joseph roselli

Posted in DOCTORS of the Church, FATHERS of the Church, SAINT of the DAY

Memorials of the Saints – 7 December

St Ambrose (c 340-397) – Father and Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
https://anastpaul.com/2018/12/07/saint-of-the-day-7-december-st-ambrose-c-340-397-father-and-doctor-of-the-church-2/
And More:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/12/07/more-on-todays-saint-st-ambrose-c340-397-father-and-doctor-of-the-church/

St Agatho of Alexandria
St Anianas of Chartres
St Antonius of Siya
St Athenodoros of Mesopotamia
St Buithe of Monasterboice
St Burgundofara
St Charles Garnier
St Diuma
St Geretrannus of Bayeux
Bl Humbert of Clairvaux
St John the Silent
St Martin of Saujon
St Maria Giuseppa Rosello FdM (1811-1880)
St Nilus of Stolbensk
St Polycarp of Antioch
St Sabinus of Spoleto
St Servus the Martyr
St Theodore of Antioch
St Urban of Teano
St Victor of Piacenza