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Notre-Dame de Banneux / Our Lady of Banneux, Belgium and Memorials of the Saints – 15 January

Notre-Dame de Banneux / Our Lady of Banneux, Belgium (under 2 Titles – Notre Dame des Pauvres / Our Lady of the Poor and Reine des Nations / Queen of Nations) (15 January – 2 March 1933) 15 January:
Here:
https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/15/our-lady-of-banneux-belgium-and-memorials-of-the-saints-15-january/

St Alexander of Goma
Bl Angelus of Gualdo Tadini

St Arnold Janssen SVD (1837-1909) Priest, Founder, Missionary, Teacher, advocate of the Sacred Heart, Director of the Apostleship of Prayer, He founded the Society of the Divine Word, a Catholic missionary religious congregation, also known as the Divine Word Missionaries, as well as two congregations for women.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/15/saint-of-the-day-15-january-st-arnold-janssen-svd-1837-1909/

St Blaithmaic of Iona
St Bonitus of Clermont
St Britta
St Ceolwulf of Northumbria
St Emebert of Cambrai
St Ephysius of Sardinia
St Eugyppius
St Francis Ferdinand de Capillas
Bl Geoffrey of Peronne
Bl Giacomo Villa
St Gwrnerth
St Habakkuk the Prophet
St Isidore of Scété
St Isidore the Egyptian
St Ita of Killeedy
St John Calabytes
St Liewellyn
St Lleudadd of Bardsey
St Macarius of Egypt
St Malard of Chartres

St Maurus OSB (c 512-584) Benedictine Monk, Abbot and Deacon, miracle-worker. Maurus was the first disciple of Saint Benedict of Nursia (512–584). He is mentioned in Saint Gregory the Great’s biography of the latter as the first oblate, offered to the Monastery by his noble Roman parents as a young boy, to be brought up in the monastic life. The formula and blessing of St Maurus were universally adopted and approved for use in the Blessing of the Sick.
His Life and Miracles: https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/15/saint-of-the-day-15-january-saint-maurus-osb-c-512-584/

St Maximus of Nola

Blessed Nikolaus Gross – (1898-1945) Martyr, layman, father of seven children, Union Activist, newspaper Editor, Apostle of charity. Martyr of the Second World War.
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/15/saint-of-the-day-blessed-nikolaus-gross-1898-1945-martyr/

St Pansofius of Alexandria

St Paul the Hermit (c 227-c 342) The First Hermit – (c 227 in the Thebaid region of Egypt-c 342) is regarded as the first Christian hermit, who lived alone in the desert from his sixteenth to the one hundred and thirteenth year of his life.
About:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/saint-of-the-day-15-january-st-paul-the-hermit-c-227-c-342/

Bl Peter of Castelnau
St Placid
St Probus of Rieti
St Romedio of Nonsberg
St Sawl
St Secondina of Anagni
St Secundina of Rome
St Tarsicia of Rodez
St Teath

Martyrs of Suances – 5 Beati: A Priest and four laymen in the Archdiocese of Burgos, Spain who were Martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Blessed Donato Rodríguez García
• Blessed Emilio Huidobro Corrales
• Blessed Germán García y García
• Blessed Valentín Palencia Marquina
• Blessed Zacarías Cuesta Campo
They were martyred on
15 January 1937 near Suances, Cantabria, Spain
The Beatification was celebrated in Burgos, Spain, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato.

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Notre-Dame de Banneux / Our Lady of Banneux, Belgium and Memorials of the Saints – 15 January

Notre-Dame de Banneux / Our Lady of Banneux, Belgium (under 2 Titles – Notre Dame des Pauvres / Our Lady of the Poor and Reine des Nations / Queen of Nations) (15 January – 2 March 1933) 15 January:

Our Lady of Banneux, or Our Lady of the Poor, is the sobriquet given to the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Mariette Beco, an adolescent girl living in Banneux, province of Liège (Belgium). Between 15 January and 2 March 1933, Beco told her family and parish priest of seeing a Lady in white who declared herself to be the “Virgin of the Poor,” saying I come to relieve suffering and believe in me and I will believe in you.

Mariette Beco, waiting for her brother to come home, pressed her face against the window while darkness fell – it was seven o’clock in Banneux.  Mrs Beco was working in a back room; the rest of the family had retired – none of them had attended Mass that Sunday morning – the father was a lapsed Catholic.  Suddenly Marietta called, “Mother, there is a Lady in the garden.  It is the Holy Virgin.”  Mrs Beco scoffed at this.  Taking a Rosary Marietta had found on the road, she began to pray it.  When Julien came home and heard what had happened, he said there was ‘nothing in the garden’ perhaps the icicles reflected weirdly and confused Marietta.
The Parish Priest was informed but he did not put much stock in the story, thinking the vision of Beauraing and Lourdes was resulting in an epidemic of visions.  He sent word to Marietta to forget about it and not spread stories.  The next morning, Wednesday, the Priest was surprised to see Marietta at Holy Mass – she had quit school because she failed in her First Holy Communion examination three times and after that, had not gone to Mass again.  That day, Marietta went to school and for the first time in her life, knew her lessons well.  The next evening she went into the garden, knelt and said the Rosary; her father followed her with a coat which he threw around her shoulders.  He tried to get the Priest who was out, then called a neighbour, a practicing Catholic, and together they followed.  The child was being beckoned onto the highway by the Lady, until they reached a spring,, into which Marietta plunged her hands at the command of the Lady, who said, “This spring is set aside for me.  Good night!”  Then she vanished.  When they reached home, the Priest was waiting for them.  Marietta described the Lady:  “Her robe was long and white; she wore a blue belt and rays of light shone from her head.  She was a little more than five feet tall; her right foot was bare and under it, a golden rose.  Her hands were raised to her breast on which was a golden heart.  A Rosary hung from her right arm” – all similar to the Lourdes apparition.

There were six or seven more apparitions; at one of these, Marietta, on the advice of the Priest asked the Lady her name, to which Mary replied, “I am the Virgin of the poor” and leading the girl to the spring, said, “This spring is for all nations…for the sick…I would like a Chapel built.  I come to relieve suffering.  Have faith in me and pray much.  My dear child, pray hard…”  At the end of each visit Mary would say “Au revoir,” which means, “until we meet again” but, at the last visit Our Lady said, “Adieu”, which means, “good-bye.”   She blessed Marietta then, at which the girl fainted.  Marietta did not see the Lady depart.
The Beco family and many others became model Catholics.  The Chapel was built and the spring became the site of endless cures.  During the German occupation of Belgium in 1942, the Bishop encouraged the cult of Our Lady of Banneux, Our Lady of the Poor.

In 1947, the Bishop approved the devotion.  In 1948 the cornerstone of a new Basilica was laid; this was to supplant the small Chapel.  During the war, Marietta married a Dutch salesman.  During the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, an American Chaplain found them and their fifteen month old baby living in a cellar of a small home occupied by American troops.
Belgium is one more reminder in these days when communism seems to be sweeping everything before it, that our great hope – our only hope – lies in our carrying out the requests Our Lady made at Fatima and here at Banneux  Mary, our Mother, prays for us without ceasing but we, too, must pray, must sacrifice.  We must do our part, if we expect Mary to help us!

St Alexander of Goma
Bl Angelus of Gualdo Tadini
St Arnold Janssen SVD (1837-1909)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/15/saint-of-the-day-15-january-st-arnold-janssen-svd-1837-1909/

St Blaithmaic of Iona
St Bonitus of Clermont
St Britta
St Ceolwulf of Northumbria
St Emebert of Cambrai
St Ephysius of Sardinia
St Eugyppius
St Francis Ferdinand de Capillas
Bl Geoffrey of Peronne
Bl Giacomo Villa
St Gwrnerth
St Habakkuk the Prophet
St Isidore of Scété
St Isidore the Egyptian
St Ita of Killeedy
St John Calabytes
St Liewellyn
St Lleudadd of Bardsey
St Macarius of Egypt
St Malard of Chartres
St Maurus OSB (c 512-584) Abbot and Deacon
St Maximus of Nola
Blessed Nikolaus Gross – (1898-1945) Martyr
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/15/saint-of-the-day-blessed-nikolaus-gross-1898-1945-martyr/
St Pansofius of Alexandria
St Paul the Hermit (c 227-c 342)
About:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/saint-of-the-day-15-january-st-paul-the-hermit-c-227-c-342/

Bl Peter of Castelnau
St Placid
St Probus of Rieti
St Romedio of Nonsberg
St Sawl
St Secondina of Anagni
St Secundina of Rome
St Tarsicia of Rodez
St Teath

Martyrs of Suances – 5 beati: A priest and four laymen in the archdiocese of Burgos, Spain who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Blessed Donato Rodríguez García
• Blessed Emilio Huidobro Corrales
• Blessed Germán García y García
• Blessed Valentín Palencia Marquina
• Blessed Zacarías Cuesta Campo
They were martyred on
15 January 1937 near Suances, Cantabria, Spain
Venerated on 30 September 2015 by Pope Francis (decree of heroic virtues)
and Beatified on 23 April 2016 by Pope Francis. The beatification was celebrated in Burgos, Spain, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato.

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Feast of Our Lady of Banneux and Memorials of the Saints – 15 January

Our Lady of Banneux, Belgium (under 2 Titles Our Lady of the Poor and Queen of Nations):   Our Lady of Banneux, or Our Lady of the Poor, is the sobriquet given to the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Mariette Beco, an adolescent girl living in Banneux, province of Liège (Belgium).   Between 15 January and 2 March 1933, Beco told her family and parish priest of seeing a Lady in white who declared herself to be the “Virgin of the Poor,” saying I come to relieve suffering and believe in me and I will believe in you.

St Alexander of Goma
Bl Angelus of Gualdo Tadini
St Arnold Janssen SVD (1837-1909)

St Blaithmaic of Iona
St Bonitus of Clermont
St Britta
St Ceolwulf of Northumbria
St Emebert of Cambrai
St Ephysius of Sardinia
St Eugyppius
St Francis Ferdinand de Capillas
Bl Geoffrey of Peronne
Bl Giacomo Villa
St Gwrnerth
St Habakkuk the Prophet
St Isidore of Scété
St Isidore the Egyptian
St Ita of Killeedy
St John Calabytes
St Liewellyn
St Lleudadd of Bardsey
St Macarius of Egypt
St Malard of Chartres
St Maura
St Maximus of Nola
Bl Nikolaus Gross – (1898-1945) Martyr
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/15/saint-of-the-day-blessed-nikolaus-gross-1898-1945-martyr/
St Pansofius of Alexandria
St Paul the Hermit (c 227-c 342)
About:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/saint-of-the-day-15-january-st-paul-the-hermit-c-227-c-342/

Bl Peter of Castelnau
St Placid
St Probus of Rieti
St Romedio of Nonsberg
St Sawl
St Secondina of Anagni
St Secundina of Rome
St Tarsicia of Rodez
St Teath

Martyrs of Suances – 5 beati: A priest and four laymen in the archdiocese of Burgos, Spain who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Blessed Donato Rodríguez García
• Blessed Emilio Huidobro Corrales
• Blessed Germán García y García
• Blessed Valentín Palencia Marquina
• Blessed Zacarías Cuesta Campo
They were martyred on
15 January 1937 near Suances, Cantabria, Spain
Venerated on 30 September 2015 by Pope Francis (decree of heroic virtues)
and Beatified on 23 April 2016 by Pope Francis. The beatification was celebrated in Burgos, Spain, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato.

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Saint of the Day – 15 January – St Paul the Hermit (c 227-c 342)

Saint of the Day – 15 January – St Paul the Hermit – also known as Paul of Thebes – The First Hermit – (c 227 in the Thebaid region of Egypt-c 342) is regarded as the first Christian hermit, who lived alone in the desert from his sixteenth to the one hundred and thirteenth year of his life.  Attributes – two lions, palm tree, raven.   Patronage – San Pablo (Philippines).   He is not to be confused with Paul the Simple, who was a disciple of Anthony the Great.Matthias_Grünewald_-_St_Paul_(detail)_-_WGA10761St-Paul-Hermitst paul - the hermit

St Paul’s story is told in the book Life of Saint Paul the First Hermit (Vitae Patrum (Vita Pauli primi eremitae) was composed in Latin by Saint Jerome, probably in 375–376.

A Christian from his youth, Paul was orphaned at age 15.   In 250 the persecution by Decius forced him into hiding, first at a friend’s house and then, fearing exposure, to a cave in the Egyptian desert.   He had planned to return home after things quieted down but the peaceful solitude of the desert seduced him to stay.   A palm tree and a spring near his cave provided him food, clothing and water until he turned 43.   After that time, as it had happened for Elias, a raven brought him half a loaf of bread each day.header 2 st paul the hermitst paul hermit

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In Paul’s 90th year in the desert his presence was revealed to St Anthony, who immediately went to find him.   Anthony met Paul in his cave when the latter was aged 113 and the two hermits became friends overnight.   They shared a whole loaf of bread brought by the raven, discussed world events and prayed.   Anthony thought he had found a companion but Paul knew that God had sent Anthony to help him die.   The biography described their meeting:

Blessed Paul said to Anthony:   “For a long time now, I have known that you dwelled in these regions.   And for a long time God had promised you to me for a companion.   Since my hour of eternal sleep has arrived and because I have always desired ‘to be dissolved and to be with Christ’ (see Philippians 1:23), having ‘finished the course, . . . a crown of justice’ (see 2 Timothy 4:7–8) remains for me. You have been sent by God to bury my miserable body, rather to return earth to earth.”

Anthony listened to these words with tears and groans, begging Paul not to leave him behind but to accept him as a companion on that journey.   Paul answered: “You ought not seek your own interests but those of another.   It is indeed profitable for you to cast off the burden of the flesh to follow the Lamb but it is also profitable for the rest of your brethren that they may be the more instructed by your example.   I beg of you, hasten, if is not too much to ask and bring back the cloak which Athanasius the bishop gave you, to wrap about my wretched body.”   Now, blessed Paul made this request, not because he cared at all whether or not his body decayed covered up or naked, since for a long time now he had been wearing garments woven from palm leaves but because he wanted to spare Anthony the grief of witnessing his death.

Anthony went to get the cloak.   When he returned he found Paul kneeling with arms outstretched but already dead.   Two lions dug Paul’s grave and Anthony buried him.   But he kept Paul’s outer garment woven from palm leaves, which he treasured from that time and which he always wore on the great feast days of Easter and Pentecost.Francisco Collantes, St. Paul the Hermit, 17th century

St Paul’s Monastery (Deir Mar Boulos) is traditionally believed to be on the site of the cave where the saint lived and where his remains are kept.    The monastery is located in the eastern desert mountains of Egypt near the Red Sea.   The Cave Church of St Paul marks the spot where St Anthony, “the Father of Monasticism” and St Paul, “the First Hermit”, are believed to have met.

St Paul is also the patron saint of the Diocese of San Pablo (Philippines) and is the titular of the Cathedral of the said Diocese in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippines. The Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit was founded in Hungary in his honour in the 13th century. He is usually represented with a palm tree, two lions and a raven.