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Notre-Dame de Bessiere / Our Lady of Bessiere, Limousin, France, Madonna della Vetrana / Our Lady of the Vetrana (Castellana Grotte, Bari, Puglia, Italy (1691) and Memorials of the Saints – 11 January

Sixth Day within the Octave of Epiphany

Notre-Dame de Bessiere / Our Lady of Bessiere, Limousin, France – 11 January:
Here

https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/11/memorials-of-the-saints-11-january-4/

Madonna della Vetrana / Our Lady of the Vetrana (Castellana Grotte, Bari, Puglia, Italy (1691) – 11 January:

In Castellana from time immemorial, there was a small Chapel dedicated to the Mother of God which contained a miraculous Fresco which was greatly revered ,after the Madonna had rid the region of the plague in the seventeenth century. Since then, the Shrine became a destination for faithful pilgrims reaping countless miracles, which the Virgin Mother obtained from her Divine Son.

In late 1690 the Church was almost ruined when a serious incident came to disturb the Castellana and the surrounding area. A serious disease spread, carrying death and mourning. Casimiro wrote in 1726. “This evil that made a great slaughter among the people, once attacked, all six children of Hadrian (Count of Conversano) and his wife Isabel Caracciolo. He who loved his wife and children, seeing this danger, resorted to the intercession of the Virgin … All his family was spared from evil.
Two good priests’ recourse to the intercession of Saint Mary of the Vetrana and on 11 January 1691 one of them heard a voice that ordering the scourge to cease. “The Lady also expressed her desire to expand the Church.
So – continues Casimiro – “the Castellana people in recognition of the benefits received from the Virgin, immediately agreed to rebuild and expand the Church of St Maria della Vetrana.” The work lasted only a year and all the citizens of the Castellana took part.

Castellana, began to be known around the world after 23 January 1938, when Prof. Franco Anelli, a Caver, discovered a karst cave system. In 1959 because of this fascinating underground world, Castellana changed its name to ‘Castellana Grotte.

The festivities and celebrations on 11 January

St Alexander of Fermo
St Anastasius of Suppentonia

Blessed Ana Maria Janer Anglarill (1800-1885) Founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Urgell, of which order she is the Patron, Nurse, Teacher.
Her Story:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-blessed-ana-maria-janer-anglarill-1800-1885/

St Boadin of Ireland
St Breandan of Ireland (the name is not an error)
St Eithne
St Fedelemia
Bl Francis Rogaczewski
St Francisca Salesia Aviat
St Honorata of Pavia
St Pope Hyginus (Died 142) Papal Ascension c 138
St Leucius of Alexandria
St Leucius of Brindisi
St Liberata of Pavia
St Lucius the Soldier
St Luminosa of Pavia
St Mark the Soldier
St Michael of Klopsk
St Palaemon
St Paldo
St Peter Balsam
St Peter of Alexandria
St Peter of Anea
St Peter the Soldier

St Salvius of Amiens (Died c 625) The 5th Bishop of Amiens, France, Monk, miracle-worker.
About St Salvius:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-saint-salvius-of-amiens-died-c-625/

St Severus of Alexandria
St Speciosa of Pavia
St Taso
St Theodosius the Soldier
St Theodosius of Antioch

St Theodosius the Cenobiarch (423-529) Hermit/ AbboT/Founder of the Cenobitical Communities.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2017/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-st-theodosius-the-cenobiarch/

St Tipasio of Tigava

St Tommaso da Cori OFM (1655-1729) Friar and Priest, of the Friars Minor of St Francis, Preacher, Spiritual advisor, Evangeliser, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist, Prayer and Charity – known as the “Apostle of the Sublacense.”
About St Tommaso:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-st-tommaso-da-cori-ofm-1655-1729/

St Vitalis of Gaza (Died c 625) Monk, Hermit. At Gaza, Vitalis was a monk for many years and earned considerable controversy for his methods in reforming the local prostitutes and scandalous women.” (Roman Martyrology).
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-st-vitalis-of-gaza-died-c-625/

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Our Lady of Bessiere and Memorials of the Saints – 11 January

Notre-Dame de Bessiere / Our Lady of Bessiere, Limousin, France – 11 January:

The region of Limousin is nestled near the heart of France, and the essentially rural area has suffered much from heresies such as that of the French Huguenots over the centuries. Devotion to Our Lady is always a sure remedy, so much so that one of her titles is Destroyer of Heresies.
Among the many miracles said to have taken place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Bessiere, in Limousin, France, is one told of a certain heretic who had derided the devotion paid to Our Lady. He would hide in the woods and waylay pilgrims on their way to the Shrine.
Fearing neither God nor his Holy Mother, he would block their way, mock them for undertaking such a journey, sneer at their Christian beliefs and taunt them with sarcastic reproaches and foul ridicule.
The unhappy man was soon to regret his folly. He was severely punished one day, as upon returning home, he saw his house go up in flames before his very eyes. Even with the assistance of his neighbours, all attempts to put out the flames were fruitless. In a matter of minutes his house was fully engulfed in flames.
As the fire was at its height, Our Lady appeared in the flames in all her majesty and was seen to frown upon the heretic. This vision was witnessed by all present, who immediately fell upon their knees, urging the heretic to do the same.
A broken man, frightened and frustrated, he prostrated himself, calling upon the Mother of God to be merciful to him.
His pleas were not in vain but it was not his house that she saved but his soul. In that moment he experienced a true and lasting conversion. He went onto live a very penitential life and died true believer.

St Alexander of Fermo
St Anastasius of Suppentonia
Blessed Ana Maria Janer Anglarill (1800-1885)
Her Story:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-blessed-ana-maria-janer-anglarill-1800-1885/
St Boadin of Ireland
St Breandan of Ireland
St Eithne
St Fedelemia
Bl Francis Rogaczewski
St Francisca Salesia Aviat
St Honorata of Pavia
St Pope Hyginus
St Leucius of Alexandria
St Leucius of Brindisi
St Liberata of Pavia
St Lucius the Soldier
St Luminosa of Pavia
St Mark the Soldier
St Michael of Klopsk
St Palaemon
St Paldo
St Peter Balsam
St Peter of Alexandria
St Peter of Anea
St Peter the Soldier
St Salvius of Amiens (Died c 625) Bishop
St Severus of Alexandria
St Speciosa of Pavia
St Taso
St Theodosius the Soldier
St Theodosius of Antioch
St Theodosius the Cenobiarch
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2017/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-st-theodosius-the-cenobiarch/
St Tipasio of Tigava
St Tommaso da Cori OFM (1655-1729)
About St Tommaso:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-st-tommaso-da-cori-ofm-1655-1729/

St Vitalis of Gaza (Died c 625)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-st-vitalis-of-gaza-died-c-625/

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Memorials of the Saints – 11 January

St Alexander of Fermo
St Anastasius of Suppentonia
Bl Ana Maria Janer Anglarill (1800-1885)
St Boadin of Ireland
St Breandan of Ireland
St Eithne
St Fedelemia
Bl Francis Rogaczewski
St Francisca Salesia Aviat
St Honorata of Pavia
St Pope Hyginus
St Leucius of Alexandria
St Leucius of Brindisi
St Liberata of Pavia
St Lucius the Soldier
St Luminosa of Pavia
St Mark the Soldier
St Michael of Klopsk
St Palaemon
St Paldo
St Peter Balsam
St Peter of Alexandria
St Peter of Anea
St Peter the Soldier
St Salvius of Amiens
St Severus of Alexandria
St Speciosa of Pavia
St Taso
St Theodosius the Soldier
St Theodosius of Antioch
St Theodosius the Cenobiarch
His lifestory:
https://anastpaul.com/2017/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-st-theodosius-the-cenobiarch/
St Tipasio of Tigava
St Tommaso da Cori OFM (1655-1729)
About St Tommaso:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-st-tommaso-da-cori-ofm-1655-1729/

St Vitalis of Gaza (Died c 625)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/saint-of-the-day-11-january-st-vitalis-of-gaza-died-c-625/

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One Minute Reflection – 11 January – 5th day after Epiphany – Today’s Gospel: Luke 5:12–16

One Minute Reflection – 11 January – 5th day after Epiphany – Today’s Gospel: Luke 5:12–16

But he withdrew to the wilderness and prayed…Luke 5:16

REFLECTION – “Not by words alone but also by deeds, has God taught us to pray.   He Himself prayed frequently and demonstrated what we ought to do, by the testimony of His own example.   As it is written:  “But he himself was in retirement in the desert and in prayer,” and again, “He went out into the mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God.”   But if He who was without sin prayed, how much more ought sinners to pray and if He prayed continually, watching through the whole night with uninterrupted petitions, how much more ought we to lie awake at night in continuing prayer!”…St Cyprian of Carthage (c 200- c 258) Bishop and Martyr, Father of the Church (The Lord’s Prayer #29)luke 5 16 but he withdrew to the wilderness - but if he who was without sin - st cyprian 11 jan 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Almighty God and Father, by the guidance of a star, You revealed the birth of the Saviour of the world and by His teachings, the way of our path to You is shown to us. Open our minds and our hearts to these revelations and let them bear fruit in our lives. Listen we pray, to the prayers of St Tommaso da Cori on our behalf, who so diligently followed Your revelationS.   Through Jesus, our Lord and Christ, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.st tommaso of cori pray for us 11 jan 2019.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 11 January – St Tommaso da Cori OFM (1655-1729)

Saint of the Day – 11 January – St Tommaso da Cori OFM (1655-1729) Franciscan Friar and Priest, Preacher, Spiritual advisor, Evangeliser, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist, Prayer and Charity – known as the “Apostle of the Sublacense” – born Francesco Antonio Placidi on 4 June 1655 in Cori, Latina, Italy as Francesco Antonio Placidi and died on 11 January 1729 at Bellegra, Rome, Italy of natural causes.   Patronages – Subiaco, Province of Rome (co-patron), Preachers.119tomaso4_zpsfb73ac5d

St Tommaso was born in Cori (Latina) on 4 June 1655.   He knew a childhood marked by the premature loss first of his mother and then of his father, thus being left alone at the age of 14 to look after his younger sister.   Shepherding sheep, he learned wisdom from the simplest things.   Once his sister was married, the youth was free to follow the inspiration that for some years he had kept in the silence of his heart – to belong completely to God in the Religious Life of a Franciscan.   He had been able to get to know the Friars Minor in his own village at the St Francis convent.   Once his two sisters were settled in good marriages and he was rendered free of all other preoccupations, he was received into the Order and sent to Orvieto (PG) to fulfill his novitiate year.   After professing his vows according to the Rule of St Francis and completing his theological studies, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1683.   He was immediately nominated vice master of novices at Holy Trinity convent in Orvieto, since his superior recognised at once his gifts.

After a short time, Fr Tommaso heard of the hermitages that were beginning to bloom in the Order and the intention of the superiors of the Roman Province to inaugurate one at the convent at Civitella (today Bellegra).   His request was accepted and the young friar thus knocked at the door of the poor convent in 1684, saying, “I am Fr Tommaso of Cori and I come here to become holy!”   In speech perhaps distant from ours, he expressed his anxiousness to live the Gospel radically, after the spirit of Saint Francis.st tommaso young

From then, Fr Tommaso lived at Bellegra until death, with the exception of six years in which he was Guardian at the convent of Palombara, where he initiated the Hermitage modelled after the one at Bellegra.   He wrote the Rule first for one and then for the other, observing it scrupulously and consolidating by word and example the new institution of the two Hermitages.

The long years spent at Saint Francis of Bellegra can be summed up in three points:

Prayer:
St Tommaso of Cori was surely – as is said of St Francis – not so much a man who prayed as a man who became prayer.   This dimension animated the entire life of the founder of the Hermitage.   The most evident aspect of his spiritual life was undoubtedly the centrality of the Eucharist, as attested by St Tommaso in his celebration of the Eucharist, which was intense and attentive and in the silent prayer of adoration during the long nights at the Hermitage after the Divine Office, celebrated at midnight.   His life of prayer was marked by a persistent aridity of spirit.   The total absence of sensible consolation in prayer and in his life of union with God was protracted for a good 40 years, finding him always serene and totally in living the primacy of God.   Truly, his prayer was configured as a remembrance of God that made concretely possible a unity of life, notwithstanding his manifold activities.

Evangelisation:
St Tommaso did not close himself up in the Hermitage, forgetting the good of his brothers and sisters, and the heart of the Franciscan vocation, which is apostolic.   He was called with good reason the Apostle of Sublacense (the Subiaco region), having crossed the territory and its villages with the indefatigable proclamation of the Gospel, in the administration of the sacraments and the flowering of miracles at his passage, a sign of the presence and nearness of the Kingdom.   His preaching was clear and simple, convincing and strong.   He did not climb the most illustrious pulpits of his time, his personality was able to give its best in an ambit restricted to our territory, living his Franciscan vocation in littleness and in the concrete choice of the poorest.

Exquisite charity:
St  Tommaso of Cori was to his brothers, a very gentle father.   In the face of the resistance of some brothers before his will to reform and his radicality in living the Franciscan ideal, the Saint knew how to respond with patience and humility, even finding himself alone to mind the convent.   He had understood well that every true reform initiates itself.st tomasso of cori

The considerable correspondence left by him, demonstrates St Tommaso’ attention to the smallest expectations and needs of his Friars and of numerous friends, penitents and Friars who turned to him for his counsel.   In the convent, he demonstrated his spirit of charity in his availability for every necessity, even the most humble.

Rich in merits, he fell asleep in the Lord on 11 January 1729.   St Tommaso of Cori shines among us and in Rome, of which he is the co-patron, above all in his thirst for a Christian and Franciscan ideal that is pure and lived in its essentials.   A inspiration for all of us, not to take lightly the Gospel and its all-encompassing exigencies….Vatican.vastatua-san-tommaso-da-cori-620x639

St Tommaso’s body is enshrined in the Franciscan Chapel of Bellagra.   He was Beatified on 3 September 1786, at Saint Peter’s Basilica, by Pope Pius VI and Canonised on 21 November 1999, at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City by St Pope John Paul II.st tommaso body