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Quote/s of the Day – 22 July –’ … By the heart …’

Quote/s of the Day – 22 July –“Month of the Most Precious Blood” – Feast of St Mary of Magdala -– Readings: Song of Solomon 3:1-4, Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9, John 20:1-2, 11-18

“Do not touch me ”
“Noli me tangere”

John 20:17

“He [Christ], protects their faith
and gives strength to believers,
in proportion to the TRUST,
that each man,
who receives that strength,
is willing to place in Him.”

St Cyprian of Carthage (c 200- c 258)
Bishop and Martyr, Father of the Church

“By His rights as Lord,
He demands wholly
our hearts, tongues and heads.
He wishes to be the object
of our thought and understanding,
our belief and reading,
our fear and love. . . ”

St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431)
Father of the Church

Above Poem 10, from The Poems of St. Paulinus of Nola,

“And yet He could be touched
but by the heart, not by the hand;
by desire, not by the eye;
by faith, not by the sense. …

St Bernard (1091-1153)
Doctor of the Church

“To magnify her Royal Lover still further,
the soul must have eyes only for Him,
in other words,
with an ever-growing, anxiously eager attentiveness.
the soul must study all the details of His beauty,
His perfections,
must keep on discovering motives
for finding ever-increasing gratification
in the ineffable Beauty with which it is in love.”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Doctor of the Church

“Place all your trust in God,
let Him be your fear and your love.
He will answer for you,
He will do what is best for you.
You have here no lasting home.
You are a stranger and a pilgrim
wherever you may be
and you shall have no rest,
until you are wholly united with Christ.
Why do you look about here
when this is not the place of your repose?”

Thomas à Kempis CRSA (1380-1471)

O God, send forth Your Holy Spirit
By St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Doctor of the Church

O God,
send forth Your Holy Spirit
into my heart
that I may perceive,
into my mind,
that I may remember,
and into my soul,
that I may meditate.
Inspire me to speak
with piety,
holiness,
tenderness
and mercy.
Teach, guide and direct my thoughts
and senses, from beginning to end.
May Your grace,
ever help and correct me,
and may I be strengthened now
with wisdom from on high,
for the sake of Your infinite mercy.
Amen

St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)
Evangelical Doctor of the Church

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Quote/s of the Day – 22 June – St Paulinus of Nola, St John Fisher, St Thomas More

Quote/s of the Day – 22 June – “Month of the Sacred Heart” – The Memorial of St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431)

“He is the Light of Truth,
the Path of life,
the Power and Mind,
Hand and Strength of the Father.
He is the Sun of Justice,
Source of Blessings,
Flower of God,
God’s Son, Creator of the world,
Life of our mortality
and Death to our death.
He is the Master of the virtues.
He is God to us …!”

“By His rights as Lord,
He demands wholly
our hearts, tongues and heads.
He wishes to be the object
of our thought and understanding,
our belief and reading,
our fear and love. . . ”

Above Poem 10, from The Poems of St. Paulinus of Nola,

“With all my heart I pray,
for the hope of heaven
because hope and faith,
are of much more value,
than all the riches of this world.”

The man without Christ
is dust and shadow.”

St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431)
Father of the Church

ST JOHN FISHER QUOTES HERE;
https://anastpaul.com/2020/06/22/quote-s-of-the-day-22-june-st-john-fisher/

ST THOMAS MORE QUOTES HERE:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/06/22/quote-s-of-the-day-22-june-the-wisdom-of-st-paulinus-and-st-thomas-more/

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Madonna Ta’ Pinu, Gharb, Gozo, Malta ( 1883) and Memorials of the Saints – 22 June

Madonna Ta’ Pinu, Gharb, Gozo, Malta ( 1883) – 22 June and 15 Augus,the Feast of the Assumpton:

“Ta’ Pinu” means “Philip’s,” a reference to Pinu (Philip) Gauchi, who financed restoration of the country Chapel and in 1619, commissioned its Altarpiece, a painting of the Assumption by Amadeo Perugino.
The Chapel was again in disrepair by 22 June 1883, when Karmela Grima, a 40, year old woman, heard a female voice coming from the Chapel on her way home from the nearby fields:
“Come, because it will be another year before you will be able to return.”
After Karmela knelt to pray in the Chapel, the voice said,
“Recite three Hail Marys in honour of the three days my body remained in the tomb” (before being assumed into heaven).
Very soon the pious woman fell ill, remaining bedridden over a year without telling anyone about the voice.
In 1885, she told a friend, Francesco Pinelli, who revealed that about the same time, he also had heard a woman’s voice, asking for devotion to the “hidden wound” of her Son from carrying the Cross.
When Francesco’s mother was miraculously healed after praying to Our Lady of Ta Pinu, the isolated Chapel began attracting pilgrims. Soon a better building was needed.
A new Church, begun in 1920, was finally Consecrated in 1932. Still a place of pilgrimage, its major festival is the Assumption, on 15 August.

Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Of Ta’ Pinu.

Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary holds an annual ceremony of the presentation of babies to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu, during which. Baptised babies are presented to The Blessed Mother of Ta’ Pinu, while the parents pray to the Mother of God that she may keep her maternal protection over their children and families.
The Virgin of Ta’ Pinu has often been connected to several miraculous cures and graces, of both Maltese and foreigners, who have been saved, cured or helped through the intercession of the Virgin. The Sanctuary is adorned with many ex-votos which have been left by those who have either been cured, saved or received favours and graces through the intercession of Our Lady Of Ta’ Pinu. Today, these can still be seen by the many people who everyday visit the Basilica.

A mosaic of the Altarpiece image, one of 6 mosaics. There are also 76 stained glass windows in the Basilica.
Some of the ex-voto in the Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary.

St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431) (Optional Memorial) Bishop, Confessor, Poet, Writer, Apostle of Charity, Preacher, Orator, Senator and Governor.
St Paulinus was an inspiration to many—including six great Saints of the Church, who referenced him in letters of encouragement to others: St Augustine, St Jerome, Melania, St Martin of Tours, St Gregory and St Ambrose. St Augustine wrote, “Go to Campania– there study Paulinus, that choice servant of God. With what generosity, with what still greater humility, he has flung from him the burden of this world’s grandeurs to take on him the yoke of Christ and in His service how serene and unobtrusive his life!”
About St Paulinus:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/06/22/saint-of-the-day-22-june-st-paulinus-of-nola-c-354-431/

St John Fisher (1469-1535) Bishop, Martyr (Optional Memorial) Cardinal, Theologian, Academic, Writer .
His Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/06/22/saint-of-the-day-22-june-saint-john-fisher-1469-1535-bishop-martyr/
B0th were executed by order of Henry VIII during the English Reformation for refusing to accept him as the supreme head of the Church of England and for upholding the Catholic Church’s doctrine of Papal supremacy.
St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyr (Optional Memorial) English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman and noted Renaissance humanist. He was also a councillor to Henry VIII and Lord High Chancellor of England from October 1529 to 16 May 1532.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/06/22/saint-of-the-day-22-june-st-thomas-more-1478-1535-martyr/

St Aaron of Brettany
St Aaron of Pais-de-Laon
St Alban of Britain
Bl Altrude of Rome
St Consortia
St Cronan of Ferns
St Eberhard of Salzburg
St Eusebius of Samosata
St Exuperantius of Como
St Flavius Clemens
St Gregory of Agrigento
St Heraclius the Soldier
St Hespérius of Metz
Blessed Pope Innocent V OP (c 1225-1275) Papal Ascesion 21 January 1276
St John IV of Naples
St Julius of Pais-de-Laon
Bl Kristina Hamm
Bl Marie Lhuilier
St Nicetas of Remesiana
St Precia of Epinal
St Rotrudis of Saint-Omer
St Rufinus of Alexandria

Martyrs of Samaria – 1480 saints: 1480 Christians massacred in and near Samaria during the war between the Greek Emperor Heraclius and the pagan Chosroas of Persia. c 614 in the vicinity of Samaria, Palestine.

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Quote/s of the Day – 23 March – The Word of the Cross

Quote/s of the Day – 23 March – Tuesday of Passion Week or the Fifth Week of Lent, Readings: Numbers 21:4-9, Psalms 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21, John 8:21-30

“Are you able to drink the cup
that I am to drink?”

Matthew 20:22

“…And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”

John 3:14-15

“The servant is not greater than his Master”

John 13:16

“He conquered death,
broke the gates of hell,
won for Himself a people
to be His co-heirs,
lifted flesh from corruption
up to the glory of eternity.”

“The Son of God is nailed to the Cross
but on the Cross,
God conquers human death.
Christ, the Son of God, dies
but all flesh is made alive in Christ.
The Son of God is in hell
but man is carried back to heaven.”

St Hilary of Poitiers (315-368)
Father & Doctor of the Church

The Word of the Cross
by Saint Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431)

Look on thy God, Christ hidden in our flesh.
A bitter word, the cross and bitter sight:
Hard rind without, to hold the heart of heaven.
Yet sweet it is, for God upon that tree
Did offer up His life upon that rood
My Life hung, that my life might stand in God.
Christ, what am I to give Thee for my life?
Unless take from Thy hands the cup they hold,
To cleanse me with the precious draught of death.
What shall I do? My body to be burned?
Make myself vile? The debt’s not paid out yet.
Whate’er I do, it is but I and Thou,
And still do I come short, still must Thou pay
My debts, O Christ, for debts Thyself hadst none.
What love may balance Thine? My Lord was found
In fashion like a slave, that so His slave
Might find himself in fashion like his Lord.
Think you the bargain’s hard, to have exchanged
The transient for the eternal, to have sold
Earth to buy Heaven? More dearly God bought me.

“How can you become a sharer,
in His glory (1 Pt 5:1)
if you will not consent,
to become a sharer,
in His humiliating death?”

St Simeon the New Theologian (949-1022)

“Let us then learn from the Cross of Jesus our proper way of living.
Should I say ‘living’ or, instead, ‘dying’?
Rather, both living and dying.
Dying to the world, living for God.
Dying to vices and living by the virtues.
Dying to the flesh, but liv­ing in the spirit.
Thus in the Cross of Christ, there is death
and in the Cross of Christ there is life.
The death of death is there and the life of life.
The death of sins is there and the life of the virtues.
The death of the flesh is there and the life of the spirit.”

St Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167)

“ … If you die with Him,
you shall also likewise
live with Him.
If you are His companion in punishment,
so shall you be in glory.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

(Book II, Ch 12)

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Memorials of the Saints – 22 June – A day of 3 Great Saints

St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431) (Optional Memorial)
About St Paulinus:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/06/22/saint-of-the-day-22-june-st-paulinus-of-nola-c-354-431/

St John Fisher (1469-1535) Bishop, Martyr (Optional Memorial)

St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyr (Optional Memorial)
His Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/06/22/saint-of-the-day-22-june-st-thomas-more-1478-1535-martyr/

St Aaron of Brettany
St Aaron of Pais-de-Laon
St Alban of Britain
Bl Altrude of Rome
St Consortia
St Cronan of Ferns
St Eberhard of Salzburg
St Eusebius of Samosata
St Exuperantius of Como
St Flavius Clemens
St Gregory of Agrigento
St Heraclius the Soldier
St Hespérius of Metz
Bl Pope Innocent V
St John IV of Naples
St Julius of Pais-de-Laon
Bl Kristina Hamm
Bl Marie Lhuilier
St Nicetas of Remesiana
St Precia of Epinal
St Rotrudis of Saint-Omer
St Rufinus of Alexandria

Martyrs of Samaria – 1480 saints: 1480 Christians massacred in and near Samaria during the war between the Greek Emperor Heraclius and the pagan Chosroas of Persia. c 614 in the vicinity of Samaria, Palestine.

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Lenten Reflection – 31 March – The Word of the Cross

Lenten Reflection – 31 March – Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent, Readings: Numbers 21:4-9, Psalm 102:2-3, 16-21, John 8:21-30

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

“When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I Am He…”…John 8:28

john-8-28-when-yu-have-lifted-up-the-son-of-man-tuesdayfifthweeklent-9-april-2019 and 31 March 2020

Daily Meditation:
May we be lifted up with you.

“Jesus lifted up draws all to Himself.
Jesus lifted up on the Cross, reveals fully Whoe He really is.
Jesus is most Jesus, when He is on the Cross.
Even though at Calvary, Jesus was taunted and mocked
by the rabid rabble, to come down from the Cross,
He remained transfixed on it, till the very end.
We need to mount the Cross with Jesus!
We need to see the world from that vantage viewpoint.
Then, everything falls into proper perspective,
then we begin to see the world, as it is.
It is only when we are with Jesus on the Cross,
that we are stretched to our fullest dimensions!” … Msgr Alex Rebello

For my days pass away like smoke
and my bones burn like a furnace.
Psalm 102:3

Intercessions:
Praise to Christ, who has given us Himself as the bread from heaven.
Let us pray to Him, saying:
Jesus, You feed and heal our souls, come to strengthen us.

Lord, feed us at the banquet of the Eucharist,
– with all the gifts of Your Paschal Sacrifice.
Give us a perfect heart to receive Your word,
– that we may bring forth fruit in patience.
Make us eager to work with You in building a better world,
– so that it may listen to Your Church and its gospel of peace.
We confess, Lord, that we have sinned,
– wash us clean by Your gift of salvation.

Closing Prayer:

The Word of the Cross
by Saint Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431) 

Look on thy God, Christ hidden in our flesh.
A bitter word, the cross and bitter sight:
Hard rind without, to hold the heart of heaven.
Yet sweet it is, for God upon that tree
Did offer up His life upon that rood
My Life hung, that my life might stand in God.
Christ, what am I to give Thee for my life?
Unless take from Thy hands the cup they hold,
To cleanse me with the precious draught of death.
What shall I do? My body to be burned?
Make myself vile? The debt’s not paid out yet.
Whate’er I do, it is but I and Thou,
And still do I come short, still must Thou pay
My debts, O Christ, for debts Thyself hadst none.
What love may balance Thine? My Lord was found
In fashion like a slave, that so His slave
Might find himself in fashion like his Lord.
Think you the bargain’s hard, to have exchanged
The transient for the eternal, to have sold
Earth to buy Heaven? More dearly God bought me.

the word of the cross by st paulinus of nola - 31 march 2020

“Christ’s shoulders are the arms of the cross,
there it is, that I have laid down my sins,
on that gallows I have found my rest. “

St Ambrose (340-397)
Father & Doctor of the Church

christs-shoulders-are-the-arms-of-the-cross-st-ambrose-good-shepherd-luke-15-1-32-15-sept-2019 and 31 march 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 22 June – The Wisdom of St Paulinus and St Thomas More

Quote/s of the Day – 22 June – Saturday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time, Year C and The Memorial of St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431) and St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyr

“To my mind the only art, is the faith
and Christ is my poetry.”

St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431)

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“We cannot go to heaven in featherbeds.”we-cannot-go-to-heaven-st-thomas-more-22-june-2018.jpg

“You wouldn’t abandon ship in a storm,
just because you couldn’t control the winds.”you-wouldnt-abandon-ship-st-thomas-more-22-june-2018.jpg

“One of the greatest problems of our time,
is that many are schooled
but few are educated.”

St Thomas More (1478-1535)one-of-the-greatest-problems-st-thomas-more-22-june-2018.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 22 June

St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431) (Optional Memorial)
About St Paulinus:   https://anastpaul.com/2018/06/22/saint-of-the-day-22-june-st-paulinus-of-nola-c-354-431/

St John Fisher (1469-1535) Martyr (Optional Memorial)

St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyr (Optional Memorial

St Aaron of Brettany
St Aaron of Pais-de-Laon
St Alban of Britain
Bl Altrude of Rome
St Consortia
St Cronan of Ferns
St Eberhard of Salzburg
St Eusebius of Samosata
St Exuperantius of Como
St Flavius Clemens
St Gregory of Agrigento
St Heraclius the Soldier
St Hespérius of Metz
Bl Pope Innocent V
St John IV of Naples
St Julius of Pais-de-Laon
Bl Kristina Hamm
Bl Marie Lhuilier
St Nicetas of Remesiana
St Precia of Epinal
St Rotrudis of Saint-Omer
St Rufinus of Alexandria

Martyrs of Samaria – 1480 saints: 1480 Christians massacred in and near Samaria during the war between the Greek Emperor Heraclius and the pagan Chosroas of Persia. c 614 in the vicinity of Samaria, Palestine.

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Thought for the Day – 22 June – The Memorial of St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431)

Thought for the Day – 22 June – The Memorial of St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431)

Of him, Pope Benedict XVI said:

“In our catechesis on the great teachers of the early Church, we now turn to Saint Paulinus, the Bishop of Nola in southern Italy.
A native of Bordeaux in Gaul, Paulinus became the Roman governor of Campania, where, after encountering the depth of popular devotion to Saint Felix Martyr, he was led to embrace the Christian faith.   After the tragic loss of their first child, he and his wife sold their goods and undertook a life of chastity and prayer.
Ordained a priest and then Bishop of Nola, Paulinus distinguished himself by his charity to the poor during the troubled times of the barbarian invasions.
A man of letters and a gifted poet, Paulinus placed his art at the service of Christ and the Church. In his poetry and his vast correspondence, Paulinus expressed his deep faith and his love of the poor.   

His letters to such contemporary churchmen as Saints Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome and Martin of Tours, reflect his asceticism, his deep sense of the Church’s communion and his cultivation of the practice of spiritual friendship as a means of experiencing that communion within the mystery of Christ’s mystical Body, enlivened by the Holy Spirit.”

Many of us are tempted to “retire” early in life, after an initial burst of energy.   Devotion to Christ and His work is waiting to be done all around us.   Paulinus’ life had scarcely begun when he thought it was over, as he took his ease on that estate in Spain.   “Man proposes, but God disposes.”

The life of Saint Paulinus is one of great accomplishments and positions—none more important than those which began with his baptism into the faith.   As with all baptism, Paulinus was made anew, filled with the Holy Spirit and through this rebirth, was able to devote himself to the holy work of God, serving others and bringing many to the faith. Today, we pray for a renewal of our own baptismal promise, awake and alive in our faith!

The Word of the Cross

by Saint Paulinus of Nola

Look on thy God, Christ hidden in our flesh.
A bitter word, the cross, and bitter sight:
Hard rind without, to hold the heart of heaven.
Yet sweet it is; for God upon that tree
Did offer up His life: upon that rood
My Life hung, that my life might stand in God.
Christ, what am I to give Thee for my life?
Unless take from Thy hands the cup they hold,
To cleanse me with the precious draught of death.
What shall I do? My body to be burned?
Make myself vile? The debt’s not paid out yet.
Whate’er I do, it is but I and Thou,
And still do I come short, still must Thou pay
My debts, O Christ;  for debts Thyself hadst none.
What love may balance Thine? My Lord was found
In fashion like a slave, that so His slave
Might find himself in fashion like his Lord.
Think you the bargain’s hard, to have exchanged
The transient for the eternal, to have sold
Earth to buy Heaven? More dearly God bought me.

St Paulinus of Nola, Pray for us!st paulinus of nola pray for us - 22 june 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 22 June – The Memorial of St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431) and St John Fisher (1469-1535) and St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyrs

Quote/s of the Day – 22 June – The Memorial of St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431) and St John Fisher (1469-1535) and St Thomas More (1478-1535) Martyrs

“To my mind the only art, is the faith
and Christ is my poetry.”to my mind - st paulinus of nola - 22 june 2018

“It is not surprising if, despite being far apart,
we are present to each other and
without being acquainted, know each other,
because we are members of one body,
we have one head,
we are steeped in one grace,
we live on one loaf,
we walk on one road
and we dwell in the same house.”

St Paulinus of Nolait is not surprising if - st paulinus of nola - 22 june 2018

“A good man is not a perfect man;
a good man is an honest man,
faithful and unhesitatingly responsive
to the voice of God in his life.”

St John Fishera good man is not a perfect man - st john fisher - 22 june 2018

“I reckon in this realm no one man,
in wisdom, learning
and long approved virtue together,
meet to be matched and compared with him.”

St Thomas More speaking of St John Fisheri reckon in this realm - st thomas more speaking of st john fisher - 22 june 2018

“The things we pray for, good Lord,
give us grace to labour for.”the things we pray for good lord give us grace to labour for - st thomas more - 22 june 2018.jpg

“We cannot go to heaven in featherbeds.”we cannot go to heaven - st thomas more - 22 june 2018

“One of the greatest problems of our time,
is that many are schooled
but few are educated.”one of the greatest problems - st thomas more - 22 june 2018

“If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable,
common sense would make us saintly.
But since we see that avarice, anger,
pride and stupidity commonly profit,
far beyond charity, modesty, justice and thought,
perhaps we must stand fast a little,
even at the risk of being heroes.”if we lived in a state - st thomas more - 22 june 2018

“You wouldn’t abandon ship in a storm,
just because you couldn’t control the winds.”

St Thomas Moreyou wouldn't abandon ship - st thomas more - 22 june 2018

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Saint of the Day – 22 June – St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431)

Saint of the Day – 22 June – St Paulinus of Nola (c 354-431) Bishop, Confessor, Poet, Writer, Apostle of Charity, Preacher, Orator, Senator and Governor,  – born Pontius Meropius Anicius Paulinus in c354 at Burdigala, Gaul (modern Bordeaux, France) and died on 22 June 431 of natural causes. 768px-Linzer_Dom_-_Fenster_-_Paulinus_von_NolaSt Paulinus was an inspiration to many—including six great saint of the Church who referenced him in letters of encouragement to others: St Augustine, St Jerome,  Melania, St Martin of Tours, St Gregory and St Ambrose .   St Augustine wrote, “Go to Campania– there study Paulinus, that choice servant of God.   With what generosity, with what still greater humility, he has flung from him the burden of this world’s grandeurs to take on him the yoke of Christ and in His service how serene and unobtrusive his life!”

It is believed that St Ambrose would have chosen him to replace him as bishop of Milan, but Paulinus was far from Milan when Ambrose died.   He said of him that “Christians should follow and imitate Paulinus,” and that the greatest good fortune of the century in which they were living was to be “witness to the life of so rare and admirable a man.”  Throughout his life, Saint Paulinus devoted himself to the care and service of the poor, giving away all that he had to improve the lives of others.

Paulinus was born to a Roman family noteworthy for the long line of senators, prefects, consuls and other important governmental figures it produced.   Given the family’s status and station, Paulinus received the finest of educations available at the time.   He was soon recognised for his eloquence in oratory, prose and verse and was admired by many for his hymns, poetry and eloquent speeches.   Paulinus first served as Roman Consul, and then Prefect (or Governor) of Rome and had amassed a large fortune, which he promptly doubled by marring Theresia, a virtuous (yet rich!) Spanish noblewoman.   The couple became one of the wealthiest and most respected couples in Europe, owning property in several nations across the continent. Saint_Paulinus_of_Nola._Line_engraving._Wellcome_V0032823Despite the admiration and respect he earned from many of his contemporaries (now saints), Paulinus was a catechumen and had yet to devote himself to the faith.   Rather, he attempted to maintain his status and riches in the world.   Only through suffering and sorrow was Paulinus more fully drawn into the holy life the Lord had planned for him. Sadly, the first and only child of Paulinus and Theresia died shortly after his birth.   Not long afterward, Paulinus was baptised into the faith, at the age of 38. 

Paulinus and Theresia moved to Spain, and began to live lives of solitude and prayer and St Paulinus was ordained.   He and his wife liberated the slaves that worked in the area and then piece by piece, sold off their vast fortunes in real estate and holdings, distributing the earnings throughout the world—so widely and generously that St Jerome wrote “both East and West were filled with his alms.”st paulinus of nola 4He and his wife then moved to Nola, near Naples.   He had a great love for Saint Felix of Nola (died in 255),  he credited his conversion to S. Felix and each year would write a poem in honour of the saint and he spent much effort in promoting devotion to St Felix. Paulinus gave away most of his remaining property—to the consternation of his relatives—and continued his work for the poor.   Supporting a host of debtors, the homeless and other needy people, he lived a monastic life in another part of his home.   He had the beautiful Church of Saint Felix constructed, where he devoted himself at all hours of the day in service to others.   Paulinus undertook a life of extreme abstinence and toil, living a celibate life as brother to his wife, exchanging their fine robes for rough clothing and the fine silver furnishings of their home for wood.   Together, they embraced a life of true poverty, embracing the Gospel and giving all they had—sometimes to excess—to those in need.   They also founded a small community of monks in Nola and opened a hospice for the poor and for travellers to the region.St. Paulinus of Nola BiographyAt the age of 55, Paulinus was elected Bishop of Nola (by this time his wife had died) a post he served faithfully for 21 years.   He comforted his peoples during the invasion of the Vandals and subsequent enslavement of the community.   It is said that following the ransom of the captives, a poor widow, whose only son had been taken away by the Vandal king came to see Saint Paulinus, recounting her tale.   “What I have I give you,” said the Saint to her. ”We will go to Africa and you will offer me to the prince, saying I am one of your slaves, in exchange for the prisoner.”   This they did, and Paulinus was accepted in place of the widow’s son and employed as gardener.   After a time the king discovered, by divine interposition, that this valuable slave was the renowned Bishop of Nola.   He at once set him free, granting him also the freedom of the remainder of the townsmen of Nola who were enslaved.

 

Paulinus, having returned to Nola, died in 431.   His holy remains were transferred several times but restored to the cathedral of Nola in 1908.   Although some of his wonderful writings have been lost, thirty-two poems and fifty-one letters remain.   His writings contain one of the earliest examples of a Christian wedding song.

The life of St Paulinus is one of great accomplishments and positions—none more important than those which began with his baptism into the faith.   As with all baptism, Paulinus was made anew, filled with the Holy Spirit and through this rebirth, was able to devote himself to the holy work of God, serving others and bringing many to the faith.

St Paulinus is credited with the introduction of bells in Christian worship and ecclesiastical celebrations and helped resolve the disputed election of Pope Boniface I.622paulinus14The people of modern-day Nola and the surrounding regions remain devoted to St Paulinus.   His feast day is celebrated annually in Nola during “La Festa dei Gigli” (the Feast of the Lilies), in which lilies and other flowers are arranged around large statues in honour of the saint which are then placed on tower-like structures,and carried upon the shoulders of the faithful around the city.   In the United States the descendants of Italian immigrants from Nola and Brusciano continue the tradition in Brooklyn.768px-StatuadiSanPaolinodaNola

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