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Feast of the Divine Maternity and Memorials of the Saints – 11 October

Feast of the Divine Maternity – Second Sunday in October or 11 October:

The object of this feast is to commemorate the dignity of the Mary as Mother of God. Mary is truly the Mother of Christ, who in One Person unites the Human and Divine Nature. This title was solemnly ratified by the Council of Ephesus on 22 June, 431.
It was long celebrated in Portugal, where the Maternity of Our Lady was declared a feast on 22 January in 1751, at the request of King Joseph Manuel. The feast, granted to the Dioceses of Portugal, Brazil, and Algeria, was assigned to the first Sunday in May. In the following year it was extended to the Province of Venice; in 1778, to the Kingdom of Naples; in 1807, to Tuscany. It was finally instituted in 1931 by Pope Pius XI in view of the fifteenth Centenary of the Council of Ephesus.
At the same time the Pope ordered, at his own cost, the restoration of the Marian mosaics in Saint Mary Major, much decayed through age. He issued an encyclical letter, “Lux veritatis.In this, among the objects of the new festival, is named one truth that was particularly close to the heart of Pius XI, “…that Mary, who is loved and revered so warmly by the separated Christians of the East, would not suffer them to wander and be unhappily led further away from the unity of the Church and, therefore, from her Son, whose Vicar on earth we are.
At present the feast is not found in the Universal Calendar of the Church but nearly all Diocesan calendars have adopted it.

St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) (Optional Memorial) Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli became the 261st successor of St Peter, He reigned from 28 October 1958 until his death on 3 June 1963.
Biography here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/saint-of-the-day-11-october-st-pope-john-xxiii-1881-1963/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/11/saint-of-the-day-11-october-st-pope-john-xxiii-1881-1963-good-pope-john/

St Agilbert of Paris

St Alexander Sauli CRSP (1534-1592) Bishop “The Apostle of Corsica,” Clerk Regular of the Congregation of Saint Paul (The Barnabites) – St Alexander is referred to as “The Second Founder,” Missionary, Writer, Teacher of philosophy and theology at the University of Pavia, Reformer, Evangeliser, Confessor, Superior-General of the Barnabites in 1565. In addition, St Alexander Sauli was both friend, advisor and spiritual comfort to St Charles Borromeo, who held him in very high esteem.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/10/11/saint-of-the-day-11-october-saint-alexander-sauli-crsp-1534-1592/

St Anastasius V
St Anastasius the Apocrisarius
St Andronicus of Ephesus
St Andronicus the Soldier
St Ansilio
St Bruno the Great
St Canice
St Digna of Sicily
St Dionisio de Santarem
St Emilian of Rennes
St Ethelburgh of Barking
St Eufridus
St Firminus of Uzes
St Germanus of Besancon
St Gratus of Oloron
St Guiadenzio of Gniezno
St Gummarus (717-774) Lay Hermit
Bl James Grissinger
St Juliana of Pavilly

St Maria Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887) Religious Nun and Founder of Servants of Mary.
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/11/saint-of-the-day-11-october-saint-maria-soledad-torres-acosta-1826-1887/

St Nectarius of Constantinople
St Phêrô Lê Tùy
St Philip the Deacon
St Philonilla
St Placid
St Placidia
St Probus of Side
St Santino of Verdun
St Sarmata
St Taracus of Cladiopolis
St Zenaides

Martyrs of Vilcassin – 4 saints: Four Christians who were martyred together. We know little more than the names – Nicasius, Pienza, Quirinus and Scubicolus. Their martyrdom occurred in Vexin Lugdunense territory of Gaul (modern Vilcassin, France), date unknown.

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time +2020 and Memorials of the Saints- 11 October

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time +2020
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Traditional Calendar) +2020
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St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) (Optional Memorial)
Biography here:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/saint-of-the-day-11-october-st-pope-john-xxiii-1881-1963/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/11/saint-of-the-day-11-october-st-pope-john-xxiii-1881-1963-good-pope-john/

St Agilbert of Paris
St Alexander Sauli CRSP (1534-1592) Bishop “The Apostle of Corsica”
St Anastasius V
St Anastasius the Apocrisarius
St Andronicus of Ephesus
St Andronicus the Soldier
St Ansilio
St Bruno the Great
St Canice
St Digna of Sicily
St Dionisio de Santarem
St Emilian of Rennes
St Ethelburgh of Barking
St Eufridus
St Firminus of Uzes
St Germanus of Besancon
St Gratus of Oloron
St Guiadenzio of Gniezno
St Gummarus
Bl James Grissinger
St Juliana of Pavilly
St Maria Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887)
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/11/saint-of-the-day-11-october-saint-maria-soledad-torres-acosta-1826-1887/

Quotes by St Maria Soledad Torres Acosta:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/11/quote-s-of-the-day-11-october-it-is-him-that-we-serve/

St Nectarius of Constantinople
St Phêrô Lê Tùy
St Philip the Deacon
St Philonilla
St Placid
St Placidia
St Probus of Side
St Santino of Verdun
St Sarmata
St Taracus of Cladiopolis
St Zenaides

Martyrs of Vilcassin – 4 saints: Four Christians who were martyred together. We know little more than the names – Nicasius, Pienza, Quirinus and Scubicolus. Their martyrdom occured in Vexin Lugdunense territory of Gaul (modern Vilcassin, France), date unknown.

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Thought for the Day – 11 October – She knew that the Cross of Christ is the source of strength and joy

Thought for the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St Maria Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887)

Day after day, Mother Soledad did everything possible to provide for her Daughters’ spiritual well-being, her entire person reflected the gratuitousness and goodness of God. Her meek and humble heart was empty of herself and open to all, there were no limits of any kind for she knew that she belonged exclusively to God and she gave her life as a free gift without receiving anything in return.

Open and willing to carry out the divine will, she had a deep sense of God’s presence within her.   She constantly lived in the presence of God in everything she did – her work, various circumstances, unexpected events, the most ordinary tasks. She discovered God in everything because her heart was immersed in Him.

She solved everything with the logic of love based on humility, charity and gratitude. Because she lived poverty to the extreme and because she was profoundly humble, she acquired the liberty of spirit to be equable and magnanimous toward all, making herself the smallest and least of all.

Her secret was simple – seek the will of God always and in everything – in her many hours of prayer, in her personal encounter with God’s providence, in her friendship with Christ in the Holy Spirit whose growing presence she perceived in her soul as it became more transparent and penetrating every day, impelling her to work in her preferred and beloved field, the sick.

Her life revolved around the Lord’s presence in the Eucharist.   Her nourishment was the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, from whom she received the strength necessary to endure life’s hardships with patience and serenity and to guide the Congregation with faith and unlimited trust in God whom she recognised as the ultimate guiding hand of the Institute.   From the Eucharist Mother Soledad received the grace to give herself without reserve to her work.

Mother Soledad showed us that the most wonderful gift from God is to be able to be fully identified with Christ who was obedient unto death on the cross.   She experienced the emptiness, the loneliness and the abandonment of many, but never did she lack trust in Him who can do all things.   She knew that the Cross of Christ is the source of strength and joy and that there are crosses, that renew the life of the Church.   She would exclaim, “May I know how to suffer” “Give me light and grace to be able to suffer and endure more for You” (Letter 75).   For her Daughters she prayed for “the grace to follow Him unto Calvary and to die crucified for love of Him” (Letter 75).

Today we can say that Mother Soledad let herself be led by the Holy Spirit who emptied her of herself so as to fill her with God.   Flooded with His love, she caught a glimpse of new horizons in the Church and impelled by this same Spirit from whom she received the precious gift of the new charism, she enriched and renewed the Church with the new Institute according to the Gospel:  “Go and cure the sick”.   She revealed to us by her life the new and unique language of God: love.   “The sick are the image of the suffering Christ and it is Him that we serve.” Mother Soledad taught us how to discover Christ in the poorest of the poor and the sick.   “You did it to me.”   

St Maria Soledad Torres Acosta, Pray for Us!st maria soledad pray for us 11 oct 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 October – It is Him that we serve

Quote/s of the Day – 11 October – The Memorial of St Maria Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887) and St Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

“May the Lord grant us
His holy peace and patience,
so that with these two shields,
we may carry the holy cross
that Our Lord in His mercy
has destined for us.”may the lord grant us his holy peace and patience - 11 oct 2019 st maria torres acosta

“The sick are the image
of the suffering Christ
and it is Him that we serve.”

St Maria Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887)

Quotes of St John XXIII here:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/10/11/quote-s-of-the-day-11-october-the-memorial-of-st-pope-john-xxiii-1881-1963/the sick ar the image of the suffring christ - st maria soledad torres acosta - 11 oct 2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 11 October – Saint Maria Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887)

Saint of the Day – 11 October – Saint Maria Soledad Torres Acosta (1826-1887) Religious Nun and Founder of Servants of Mary.   Her apostolic actions – and those of her order – were dedicated towards the nursing of the sick and the poor.  Patronage – the Servants of Mary. st maria soledad torres acosta

St Maria Soledad was born and baptised with the name Bibiana Antonia Acosta, in Madrid, Spain, on 2 December 1826.   She was the second of five children.   Her parents ran a small business in Madrid.   St Maria Soledad was educated by the Daughters of Charit, and often visited the sick in her neighbourhood.   She performed small penances for the benefit of others.

Because of her poor health, she was unsuccessful in entering the Dominican community, as she desired to become a nun.   In 1851, Fr Michael Martinez, a parish Priest and member of the Third Order of the Servites, asked her to minister to the sick and poor of his parish, in their homes.   She accepted and with six companions she began this ministry taking the name Maria Soledad.

Five years into the ministry, Fr Michael took six of the Sisters with him to the missions, leaving only six behind.   Maria Soledad was appointed as their Superior and the Sisters that remained with Maria immediately removed her from this office.   The move so disorganised the community, that the Bishop threatened to dissolve it.   The Bishop held an investigation and re-appointed Maria as Superior, with the help of the new Director, Fr Gabino Sanchez, an Augustinian.   It was at this time, that the community took the name of “Handmaids of Mary Serving the Sick”.   The Bishop formally approved their ministry and extended their work to care for the delinquents of Madrid.   Their order received much publicity by their care for the sick when the cholera epidemic broke out.Santa Soledad, Torres Acosta 11 octubre.jpg

St Maria Soledad faced several trials throughout her time of leadership in the congregation and was the victim of slander and was once again removed from her office as superior.   Fr Gabino reinstalled her as the Superior for a second time, after an investigation.   The Handmaids grew in number and in 1875, began a ministry in Havana, Cuba.   The new institute received Papal approval in 1876.   Maria governed the community for 35 years.maria acosta fundadora_article.jpg

St Maria Soledad was working in Havana, Cuba when she contracted pneumonia.   She died on 11 October 1887.   At the time of her death there were 46 Houses in Europe and Latin America.   She was buried in the Sisters cemetery in the Motherhouse in Madrid, Spain and in 1893 her body was exhumed and transferred to the Chapel.   Her body was intact, exuding a bloody liquid, her body exuding a sweet odour.

She was Beatified in 1950 by Pope Pius XII, and Canonised by St Pope Paul VI in 1970.   In the United States, the Congregations is known as the Sister Servants of Mary, Ministers to the sick.   There are six communities in the US, still providing health care as of today.314px-Maria_Soledad_Torres_Acosta