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Notre-Dame de Valfleury / Our Lady of Valfleury, France (800) and Memorial of the Saints – 6 November

Notre-Dame de Valfleury / Our Lady of Valfleury, France (800) – 6 November:

The title traces its origins to the image of the Black Madonna at Valfleury (Loire), France, near St Etienne and St Chamond south of Lyons and is venerated annually on 6 November.

The original Statue, in wood, dates to Christmas 800 when the image was found in a broom bush. Pilgrimages began as early as the eighth century, almost ceased entirely during the years of the plagues that struck the region and resumed in earnest again in 1629. The Shrine is a Church partially underground that had appeared in the written records by the end of the tenth century. Entrance to the Church is at the base of a massive rock formation, on top of which, stands the Romanesque tower of the 12th century and steeple. Among the unique features of the Church are 22 steps cut from the rock inside the entrance. A number of frescoes depict eventS in Christ’s life. The miraculous cures of a child on a pilgrimage was reported to have occurred in the Chapel in 1842. In 1854, Pope Pius IX granted the pilgrimage of Vals, a plenary indulgence.

Benedictine Monks established a priory there and called the place “valley flowers.” In 1625, the Congregation of Saint Vincent de Paul succeeded them. They established a mission house and took care of the pilgrimage Church which replaced the original Shrine and was erected in 1809.

St Atticus
St Barlaam of Novgorod
Bl Beatrice of Olive
Bl Christina of Stommeln
St Demetrian of Cyprus
St Edwen of Northumbria
St Efflam of Brittany
St Emilian of Faenza
St Erlafrid of Hirschau
St Felix of Fondi
St Felix of Genoa
St Felix of Thynissa
St Illtyd
St Israel of Limoges

St Leonard of Noblac (c 496-559) Monk, Hermit, Abbot, Miracle-worker.
About St Leonard: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/saint-of-the-day-st-leonard-of-noblac-c496-559/

St Leonard of Reresby
Bl Leonianus of Autun
St Melaine of Rennes
St Paul of Constantinople
St Pinnock
St Severus of Barcelona
Bl Simon of Aulne
St Stephen of Apt
St Theobald of Dorat

St Théophane Vénard MEP (1829-1861) Priest Martyr, Missionary.
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/06/saint-of-the-day-6-november-saint-jean-theophane-venard-m-e-p-1829-1861-martyr/

St Valentine of Genoa
St Victor Chumillas-Fernández
St Winnoc of Wormhoult (Died 716/717) Abbot

Martyrs of Antioch – 10 saints: Ten Christians murdered together by Arabs after their seizure of Antioch, Syria. No names or other details about them have come down to us. 637 in Antioch, Syria.

Martyrs of Gaza – 9 saints: A group of Christian soldiers who were captured by Saracens invading the area of Gaza in Palestine. When the men continued to profess their Christianity, they were executed. We know the names of some of the martyrs – Himerius, John (2 of them), Kallinikos (Callinoco), Paul, Peter, Stephen and Theodore (2 of them). They were beheaded in Gaza, Palestine.

Martyrs of Spain – 498 saints and beati: – Martyred Franciscan Capuchins of Barcelona – 26 beati
Martyred Vincentians of Spain – 14 beati

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Memorials of the Saints – 6 November

St Atticus
St Barlaam of Novgorod
Bl Beatrice of Olive
Blessed Christina of Stommeln (1242–1312)
St Demetrian of Cyprus
St Edwen of Northumbria
St Efflam of Brittany
St Emilian of Faenza
St Erlafrid of Hirschau
St Felix of Fondi
St Felix of Genoa
St Felix of Thynissa
St Illtyd
St Israel of Limoges
St Leonard of Noblac (c 496-559)
About St Leonard:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/saint-of-the-day-st-leonard-of-noblac-c496-559/

St Leonard of Reresby
Bl Leonianus of Autun
St Melaine of Rennes
St Paul of Constantinople
St Pinnock
St Severus of Barcelona
Bl Simon of Aulne
St Stephen of Apt
St Theobald of Dorat
St Théophane Vénard MEP (1829-1861) Martyr
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/06/saint-of-the-day-6-november-saint-jean-theophane-venard-m-e-p-1829-1861-martyr/
St Valentine of Genoa
St Victor Chumillas-Fernández
St Winnoc (c 640-c 716/717)

Martyrs of Antioch – 10 saints: Ten Christians murdered together by Arabs after their seizure of Antioch, Syria. No names or other details about them have come down to us. 637 in Antioch, Syria.

Martyrs of Gaza – 9 saints: A group of Christian soldiers who were captured by Saracens invading the area of Gaza in Palestine. When the men continued to profess their Christianity, they were executed. We know the names of some of the martyrs – Himerius, John (2 of them), Kallinikos (Callinoco), Paul, Peter, Stephen and Theodore (2 of them). They were beheaded in Gaza, Palestine.

Martyrs of Spain – 498 saints and beati: – Martyred Franciscan Capuchins of Barcelona – 26 beati
Martyred Vincentians of Spain – 14 beati

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Thought for the Day – 6 November – The Memorial of St Théophane Vénard (1829-1861) Martyr – “The Original little Flower”

Thought for the Day – 6 November – The Memorial of St Théophane Vénard (1829-1861) Martyr – “The Original little Flower”

Today, 6 November, the Church celebrates the feast of St Jean Théophane Vénard, a French missionary to Vietnam who was martyred for the faith.

Famous for having inspired St Therese of Lisieux, who said of St Théophane that he was someone who had lived her own image of a martyr and missionary, St Théophane was born in France, became a priest in the Society of Foreign Missions and was sent to Vietnam.

It was during his incarceration that he wrote many letters, some to his family. His most famous line is from a letter to his father in which he said, “We are all flowers planted on this earth, which God plucks in His own good time – some a little sooner, some a little later . . . Father and son, may we meet in Paradise. I, poor little moth, go first. Adieu.”

In reading these letters, St Therese the Little Flower came to understand and use the image of being a little flower, whom God nevertheless cared for and cultivated, despite her minute size.

St Théophane Vénard was beheaded 2 February 1861.

His severed head was later recovered and is preserved as a relic in Vietnam. The rest of his body rests in the crypt of the Missions Etrangères in Paris.

St Théophane Vénard, Pray for Us!st-thc3a9ophane-vc3a9nard-pray-for-us-6-nov-2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 6 November – The Memorial of St Théophane Vénard (1829-1861) Martyr


Quote/s of the Day – 6 November – The Memorial of St Théophane Vénard (1829-1861) Martyr

“Try to fulfil each day’s task
steadily and cheerfully.
The life of a true Christian
should be a perpetual jubilee,
a prelude to the festivals of eternity.”try-to-fulful-each-days-st-theophane-venard-13-april-2018

“Be merry, really merry.
The life of a true Christian
should be a perpetual joy,
a prelude to the
festival of eternity.”be merry really merry - st thephane venard - 6 nov 2018

“Carry gently
the cross of this life,
like Jesus did,
until the day
of the peaceful passing.”carry gently the cross of this life - st theophane venard - 6 nov 2018

“Courage!
God asks of us
only our goodwill.
His grace does the rest.”

St Théophane Vénard (1829-1861) Martyrcourage god ask of us only our good will - st theophane venard - 6 nov 2018

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Saint of the Day – 6 November – Saint Jean-Théophane Vénard, M.E.P. (1829-1861) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 6 November – Saint Jean-Théophane Vénard, M.E.P. (1829-1861) Martyr, Missionary – born on 21 November1829 at Saint-Loup-sur-Thouet, Diocese of Poitiers, France – martyred on 2 February 1861 in Tonkin, Vietnam.   St  Théophane was a French Catholic missionary to Indo-China.   He was a member of the Paris Foreign Missions Society.   He was Beatified in company with thirty-three other Catholic martyrs, most of whom were natives of Tonkin, Cochin-China, or China.    StPope John Paul II Canonised him, with nineteen other martyrs, in 1988 (their combined memorial is 24 November).header Theophane_Venard

Théophane Vénard studied at the College of Doué-la-Fontaine, Montmorillon, Poitiers, and at the Paris Seminary for Foreign Missions which he entered as a sub-deacon. Ordained a priest on 5 June 1852, he departed for the Far East on 19 Sept.   After fifteen months at Hong Kong he arrived at his mission in West Tonkin (northern Vietnam).   At the time, it was illegal to proselytise in Vietnam.

Shortly after Father Vénard’s arrival, a new royal edict was issued against Christians and bishops and priests were obliged to seek refuge in caves, dense woods and elsewhere. Father Vénard continued to exercise his ministry at night and, more boldly, in broad day. On 30 November 1860, he was betrayed and captured.   Tried before a mandarin, he refused to apostatise and was sentenced to be beheaded.   He remained a captive until 2 February and during this interval lived in a cage, from which he wrote to his family beautiful and consoling letters, joyful in anticipation of his crown.   His bishop, Monsignor Retord, wrote of him at this time:  “Though in chains, he is as gay as a little bird”.6BEST42px-Jean-Theophane_Venard

He wrote these words in a farewell to his father:

“All those around me are civil and respectful and a good number love me.

From the great mandarin down to the last soldier, they all regret that the laws of the country condemn me to death.

I have not had to endure any torture, like so many of my brothers.

One light saber blow will separate my head from my body, like a spring flower that the master of the garden picks for his pleasure.

Let us all try to please our sovereign Lord and Master by the gift and the fragrance He has given us.   

I wish you, dear father, a long, quiet and virtuous life.   Carry gently the cross of this life, like Jesus did, until the day of the peaceful passing.   Father and son will meet again in paradise.   I, little ephemeral, I will go there first.   Goodbye.

Your very devoted and respectful son

J Théophane Vénard”

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On the way to martyrdom Father Vénard chanted psalms and hymns.   To his executioner, who coveted his clothing and asked what he would give to be killed promptly, he answered:   “The longer it lasts the better it will be”.   His head, after exposure at the top of a pole, was secured by the Christians and is now venerated in Tonkin.   The body rests in the crypt at the motherhouse of the Paris Foreign Mission Society in Paris, France.

The cause of his beatification was introduced at Rome in 1879 and he was declared Blessed, 2 May 1909.   He was Canonised on 19 June 1988 by St Pope John Paul II.2 theophane

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Remains of St Théophane Vénard at the Paris Foreign Missions Society.

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Quote/s of the Day – 13 April – Friday of the Second Week of Eastertide “Just Random”

Quote/s of the Day – 13 April – Friday of the Second Week of Eastertide                          “Just Random”

Try to fulfil each day’s task
steadily and cheerfully.
The life of a true Christian
should be a perpetual jubilee,
a prelude to the festivals of eternity.

St Théophane Vénard (1829-1861) Martyrtry to fulful each day's - st theophane venard - 13 april 2018.jpg

Do not waste time bothering
whether you “love” your neighbour;
act as if you did.
As soon as we do this we find
one of the great secrets.
When you are behaving as if
you loved someone,
you will presently come to love him.

C S Lewis (1898-1963)do not waste time - c s lewis - 13 april 2018

Our solid conviction
is that Jesus is who He said He is
and He can do what He says He can do.
Not only that but if Jesus is,
who He says He is,
then you are, who He says you are.
And if He is who He says He is,
then you can do what He says you can do.

Father Mike Schmitzour solid conviction - fr mike - 13 april 2018

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Thought for the Day – 6 November – The Memorial of St Théophane Vénard (1829-1861) Martyr of Vietnam

Thought for the Day – 6 November – The Memorial of St Théophane Vénard (1829-1861) Martyr of Vietnam (The Saint who influenced St Therese of the Child Jesus to dream of becoming a Missionary – she is of course, now a patron of Missionaries).

The letter below holds the last words of Saint Jean-Théophane Vénard—a French Catholic missionary sentenced to death in Vietnam—to his father, written in the night before his execution.

It is said that “on the way to martyrdom Father Vénard chanted psalms and hymns. To his executioner, who coveted his clothing and asked what he would give to be killed promptly, he answered:  ‘The longer it lasts the better it will be’.”last-words-before-execution-by-saint-jean-the--ophane-ve--nard-to-his-father_low-res

“20 January 1861

Very dear, very respected and beloved father,

Because my sentence keeps me waiting I want to send you another goodbye which will probably be the last.   The days of my imprisonment are passing gently.   Everybody around me honours me, a great number [of people] loves me.   From the great Mandarin to the last soldier, everybody regrets that the law of the kingdom condemns me to death. I did not have to endure torture, like many of my brothers.   A light cut of a saber will separate my head [from my body], like the gardener cuts a spring flower for his pleasure. We are all flowers planted on this earth that God reaps in His due time, some earlier, some later.   May it be the purple rose, the maiden lily, or the humble violet.   Let’s all try to please the Lord and Master according to the scent or colour that is given to us.

I wish you, dear father, a long, quiet and virtuous life.   Carry gently the cross of this life, like Jesus did, until the day of the peaceful passing.   Father and son will meet again in paradise.   I, little ephemeral, I will go there first.   Goodbye.

Your very devoted and respectful son

J Théophane Vénard”

However, Théophane’s decapitation at the hands of an executioner was a gruesome event.   He died, a martyr of Indochina, on February 2, 1861.   The best word to describe Théophane Vénard is “happy.”   He was happy at home, happy at school and seminary, happy when he was sick, happy to be sent to Vietnam.   And he was happy in his hiding hole, happy in his cage and happy to bend his neck for the executioner’s saber.   We may not wish for martyrdom but undoubtedly we would like to be infected with a joy like Théophane Vénard.

St Théophane Vénard, Pray for us!St Théophane Vénard - pray for us - 6 nov 2017