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Our Lady of the Bells, Cathedral of Saintes, France and Memorials of the Saints – 9 February

Our Lady of the Bells, Cathedral of Saintes, France – 9 February:

“Saintes” is the English translation for the French word meaning female saints. There is a great deal of history to the Poitou-Charentes region of western France where the town of Saintes is located.
The town of Saintes was originally a thriving settlement in ancient Gaul located along the Charente River. The town became known as Mediolanum Santonum once conquered by the Romans under Julius Caesar, and the remains of the triumphal arch of Germanicus and a large amphitheatre can still be seen there today.
The town takes its name, Saintes, due to a fascinating legend that many still piously believe. According to this tradition, Mary Salome and Mary Jacob, accompanied by other disciples of Jesus Christ, were forced to flee the Holy Land about the year 45. They left, taking a boat with no sail and were miraculously transported across the Mediterranean Sea, making land near the place which became known as Saintes Maries de la Mer.
Long before the arrival of the saints, indeed, since prehistoric times, Saintes Maries de la Mer (Saint Mary’s of the Sea) had been considered a holy place. This tradition was carried on by the Celts and then the Romans. It is recorded that St Eutropius was a Bishop there in the 3rd century and, that the first Cathedral was reconstructed by no less a personage than Charlemagne.

Norman invaders twice burned the town during the 9th century. Richard the Lionheart took refuge there against his father and King Saint Louis IX defeated the English on the plains before the town. The Cathedral of Saint Peter, built in the 12th century, was severely damaged by the Huguenots in the year 1568. Its bishopric was ended in 1790 due to the oppression of the French Revolution. The Church is now reduced to being only an historical monument.
It is recorded, though, that one year long ago, on the octave day of the Purification, the bells in the Cathedral of Saintes, France, rang out most sweetly of themselves. The sacristans, having run to the Church, saw what appeared to be several unknown men holding lighted tapers and melodiously chanting hymns in honour of the Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of the Bells, who was venerated in a Chapel of this Cathedral. Approaching softly, they – the men who had run to the church – begged the last of these men carrying lighted candles, to give them one in proof of the miracle they had witnessed. The light-bearers graciously complied.
This taper, or candle, in remembrance of Our Lady of the Bells, is said to be preserved in that Cathedral up to this day.

St Alexander of Rome
St Alexander of Soli
St Alto of Altomünster
St Ammon of Membressa
St Ammonius of Soli
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-blessed-anna-katharina-emmerick-anne-catherine-emmerich-1774-1824/

St Ansbert of Rouen
St Apollonia of Alexandria (Died c 249) Virgin Martyr
St Apollonia’s life and death:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-st-apollonia-of-alexandria-died-c-249/
St Attracta of Killaraght
St Brachio of Auvergne
St Cuaran the Wise
St Didymus of Membressa
St Donatus the Deacon
St Eingan of Llanengan
St Emilian of Membressa
Bl Erizzo
Bl Francisco Sanchez Marquez
Blessed Giacomo Abbondo (1720-1788)
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-blessed-giacomo-abbondo-1720-1788/
Bl Godeschalk of Želiv
St Lassa of Membressa
Bl Marianus Scotus
St Maro
St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz FSC (1854-1910)
About St Miguel:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-st-miguel-febres-cordero-munozbrother-miguel/

St Nebridius of Egara
St Nicephorus of Antioch
St Poëmus of Membressa
St Primus the Deacon
St Raynald of Nocera
St Romanus the Wonder Worker
St Ronan of Lismore
St Sabino of Abellinum
St Sabinus of Canosa (c 461–566) Bishop
St Teilo of Llandaff

Martyrs of Alexandria: An unknown number of Christians who were massacred in church in 4th century Alexandria, Egypt by Arian heretics for adhering to the orthodox faith.

Martyrs of Membressa: A group of 44 Christians martyred together. We know little else about them some names –
• Ammon
• Didymus
• Emilian
• Lassa
• Poemus
They were martyred in Membressa in Africa.

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Fifth Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time, Year A +2020 and Memorials of the Saints – 9 February

The Fifth Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time, Year A +2020

St Alexander of Rome
St Alexander of Soli
St Alto of Altomünster
St Ammon of Membressa
St Ammonius of Soli
Bl Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-blessed-anna-katharina-emmerick-anne-catherine-emmerich-1774-1824/

St Ansbert of Rouen
St Apollonia of Alexandria (Died c 249) Virgin Martyr
St Apollonia’s life and death:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-st-apollonia-of-alexandria-died-c-249/

St Attracta of Killaraght
St Brachio of Auvergne
St Cuaran the Wise
St Didymus of Membressa
St Donatus the Deacon
St Eingan of Llanengan
St Emilian of Membressa
Bl Erizzo
Bl Francisco Sanchez Marquez
Blessed Giacomo Abbondo (1720-1788)
Bl Godeschalk of Želiv
St Lassa of Membressa
Bl Marianus Scotus
St Maro
St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz FSC (1854-1910)
About St Miguel:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/saint-of-the-day-9-february-st-miguel-febres-cordero-munozbrother-miguel/

St Nebridius of Egara
St Nicephorus of Antioch
St Poëmus of Membressa
St Primus the Deacon
St Raynald of Nocera
St Romanus the Wonder Worker
St Ronan of Lismore
St Sabino of Abellinum
St Sabinus of Canosa
St Teilo of Llandaff

Martyrs of Alexandria: An unknown number of Christians who were massacred in church in 4th century Alexandria, Egypt by Arian heretics for adhering to the orthodox faith.

Martyrs of Membressa: A group of 44 Christians martyred together. We know little else about them some names –
• Ammon
• Didymus
• Emilian
• Lassa
• Poemus
They were martyred in Membressa in Africa.

Posted in QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on JOY, QUOTES on the CHURCH, SAINT of the DAY

Quote/s of the Day – 9 February Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich & St Miguel Febres Cordero

Quote’s of the Day – 9 February – The Memorial of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) & St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz FSC (1854-1910)

The Church is the only one, the Roman Catholic!
And if there were left upon earth but one Catholic,
he would be the one, universal Church,
the Catholic Church,
the Church of Jesus Christ
against which the gates of Hell shall never prevail.”…

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“The heart is rich
when it is content
and it is always content
when its desires
are fixed
on God.”

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Posted in EUCHARISTIC Adoration, MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 9 February

Thought for the Day – 9 February

It seems at times that the saints begin with an unfair advantage.  Today’s highlighted Saint, Miguel Febres Cordero, was born with a Club foot.  At the age of five Our Lady appeared to him and he who previously could not stand alone or walk, ran to her – from then on his disability vanished!   Where is our ‘unfair advantage’?   Is it not in running to Him who waits in the Tabernacle?   Our Lord is truly with us, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – is this not an unfair advantage?

St Miguel, Pray for us!

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

One Minute Reflection – 9 February

One Minute Reflection – 9 February

By patient endurance you will save your lives……Luke 21:19

REFLECTION – “Practice patience toward everyone and especially toward yourself.
Never be disturbed because of your imperfections but always get up bravely after a fall.”………..St Francis de Sales

PRAYER – God of Patience, let me endure my imperfections without rebelling. Help me to be patient with myself as well as with others. St Miguel, from your spiritual father, St Francis de Sales, you learnt the patience and joy of teaching and following the path of love, please pray for us all, amen.

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Saint of the Day – 9 February -St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz/Brother Miguel

Saint of the Day – 9 February -St Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz F.S.C. (1854-1910 aged 55) Patron of Brothers of the Christian Schools/Christian Brothers, Ecuador, Teachers, Writers.   His name uses Spanish naming customs:  the first or paternal family name is Febres-Cordero and the second or maternal family name is Muñoz.

Francisco Luis Febres-Cordero y Muñoz (7 November 1854 – 9 February 1910) , known as Saint Miguel Febres Cordero and more popularly as Brother Miguel.   He became a professed member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, colloquially known as the La Salle Brothers.   He assumed the name Miguel upon his admittance into the order.   He resided in his native home of Ecuador for almost four decades where he promoted education and evangelisation before he relocated to Spain where he continued to perform his duties for his order.   He also became a prolific writer and penned various manuals and poems and hymns amongst other publications.   Pope Paul VI beatified him on 30 October 1977 and Pope John Paul II canonised him almost a decade later on 21 October 1984 as the first Ecuadorian saint.   He remains a national hero in his native land and his tomb has become a site of pilgrimage.

How would you like to have a teacher who was described like this:  he was kind to everyone and treated all of his students, rich or poor, the same.   He liked to be with the students and they liked to be with him.   All of the children in the school loved him.   That is exactly what a saint said about today’s saint.San Miguel Febres,10a.jpg

Miguel was born in Ecuador where his family was influential in politics.   As a child, he suffered from a disability that kept him from standing and walking like other children.   He could not stand alone until he was five years old, when it was said he experienced a vision of Our Lady.    Miguel was educated at home until he was 14, then went to school taught by the Christian Brothers.   He was a gifted student and when he was only 17, he published the first of many books, a textbook on Spanish grammar.

He joined the Christian Brothers and was a teacher for 32 years in Ecuador.   As a teacher he was always looking for new ways to present the material.   He wanted to make the lessons and work more pleasant for students.   He laughed with his students and was understanding and patient.

Brother Miguel continued writing and his scholarly works in literature earned him academic honours in South America and Europe.   But Brother Miguel did not think he was very important.   He thought the most important ones were his students.st-miguel-febres-cordero-munoz-9-feb-542x720.jpg

In 1907, Miguel was called to the Motherhouse in Belgium to translate some books.   On the way he stopped for a short visit in New York City.   From Belgium he went to a school in Spain where young men were preparing to become Christian Brothers.   In 1909, during the Spanish Revolution, the school came under attack.   Brother Miguel took the Blessed Sacrament from the chapel and led the novices across the bay to safety in Barcelona.   He died of pneumonia a year later.   He laid to rest in Ecuador and the people welcomed him home with a great procession through the streets of Quito, Ecuador.   He is, a national hero and an extremely busy saint, answering the prayers of many.