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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul , Nuestra Señora del Refugio / Our Lady of Refuge, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico (1720) and Memorials of the Saints – 4 July

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul (29 June) +2021

Nuestra Señora del Refugio / Our Lady of Refuge, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico (1720) – 4 July:

Jesuit Missionary Father Juan José Güica brought a painting of Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners from Italy to Mexico in 1720. In a dream, the Virgin told Padre Güica to ask the Franciscans of Zacatecas to use and promote the image; – they distributed over 150 copies, making this one of the most widespread Marian devotions in Mexico.

In 1793 Franciscan Friars came to the new settlement which would become Matamoros, renaming the area “Nuestra Señora del Refugio de los Esteros Hermosos” (Our Lady of the Refuge of the Lovely Marshes).

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Refuge, built in 1832, displays an 1886 painting of her. Her fiesta, celebrated in many Mexican Towns, commemorates the coronation of the original “Refugium Peccatori” in the Jesuit Church of Frascati, Italy, on 4 July 1717.

St Elizabeth of Portugal TOSF (1271-1336) (Optional Memorial) Queen Consort, Franciscan Tertiary, Apostle of Charity and Peace, political negotiator and mediator.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/04/saint-of-the-day-4-july-st-elizabeth-of-portugal-t-o-s-f-1271-1336/

Bl Agatha Yun Jeom-Hye
St Albert Quadrelli
St Andrew of Crete
St Anthony Daniel
St Aurelian of Lyons
St Bertha of Blangy
St Carileffo of Anille
Bl Catherine Jarrige
St Cesidio Giacomantonio
Bl Damiano Grassi of Rivoli
St Donatus of Libya
St Edward Fulthrop
St Elias of Jerusalem
St Finbar of Wexford
St Fiorenzo of Cahors
St Flavian of Antioch
St Giocondiano
Bl Giovanni of Vespignano
St Haggai the Prophet
Bl Hatto of Ottobeuren
Bl Henry Abbot
St Henry of Albano
St Hosea the Prophet
St Innocent of Sirmium
Bl John Carey
Blessed John Cornelius SJ (1557– 1594) Martyr, English Priest of the Society of Jesus, Missionary.
Bl Jozef Kowalski
St Jucundian
St Laurian of Seville
St Lauriano of Vistin
Bl Maria Crocifissa Curcio
St Namphanion the Archmartyr
Bl Natalia of Toulouse
St Odo the Good
Bl Odolric of Lyon
Bl Patrick Salmon
Bl Pedro Romero Espejo

Blessed Petrus Kasui Kibe SJ (c 1587-1639) Priest of the Society of Jesus and Martyr
The first of the 188 Japanese Martyrs
His Life and Death:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/07/04/saint-of-the-day-4-july-blessed-petrus-kasui-kibe-sj-c-1587-1639-priest-and-martyr-a-christian-walking-through-the-world/

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati TOSF (1901-1925) Aged 24 – Incorrupt – “The Man of the Eight Beatitudes.”, Franciscan Tertiary, Apostle of Charity and Love, layman, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist and Eucharist Adoration.
About dear Blessed Pier Giorgio:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/saint-of-the-day-4-july-blessed-pier-georgio-frassati-t-o-s-d-the-man-of-the-eight-beatitudes/

St Sebastia of Sirmium
St Theodore of Cyrene
St Theodotus of Libya
Bl Thomas Bosgrave
Bl Thomas Warcop

St Ulric of Augsburg (c 890–973) Bishop of Augsburg, Germany, miracle-worker.
His Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/07/04/saint-of-the-day-4-july-saint-ulric-of-augsburg-c-890-973/

St Ulric of Ratzeburg
St Valentine of Langres
St Valentine of Paris
Bl William Andleby
Bl William of Hirsau

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Our Lady of Refuge and Memorials of the Saints – 4 July

4 July – Our Lady of Refuge, Nuestra Señora del Refugio, is Patroness of California and parts of Mexico.
This painting is from the hands of the artist, Joseph de Paez, 1750, Mexico.our lady of refuge

The Franciscan missionary Francisco Diego Garcia y Moreno was the first Bishop of Baja, California.   He proclaimed Nuestra Señora del Refugio, as Patron on 4 January 1843, at Mission Santa Clara in Alta California.

His proclamation included the following:
The entire text of Bishop Garcia Diego’s declaration is recorded in Mission Santa Clara’s Libro de Patentes.   After citing the early Fathers of the Church on the practice and spiritual benefits of naming patron Saints, the first Bishop of the Californias stated:  “We make known to you that we hereby name the great Mother of God in her most precious title, ‘del Refugio, ‘ the principal patroness of our Diocese . . . With so great a patroness and protectress, what can we not promise ourselves? What can be wanting and whom need we fear?”

The Liturgical Feast:
In 1981 the California Catholic Conference of Bishops petitioned the Vatican Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship for authorisation to observe the Feast of Our Lady of Refuge on 5 July as an obligatory memorial. This was approved by official document dated 15 January 1982 and signed by Archbishop Giuseppe Casoria.

The Diocese of Baja California celebrate this Patronal Feast on 4 July.

Paintings of Our Lady of Refuge are, with few exceptions, quite similar in design and execution.   The heads of the Infant Jesus and his Mother Mary lean together with no background between them.   Both figures wear a crown.   Mary’s eyes are turned toward the observer, while the gaze of the child seems to turn left of the viewer.
In the Santa Clara Mission church the painting of Our Lady of Refuge is found above the larger picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe in one of the side altar niches on the left as one nears the sanctuary.   Another painting by Eulalio, a local Native American, is on display in Santa Clara University’s De Saisset Museum near the mission church.

The above image is darker than the Eulalio painting, which has a wood-tone background.   The flower motif is almost the same, the two figures are almost identical in both images.

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St Elizabeth of Portugal TOSF (1271-1336) (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/04/saint-of-the-day-4-july-st-elizabeth-of-portugal-t-o-s-f-1271-1336/

Bl Agatha Yun Jeom-Hye
St Albert Quadrelli
St Andrew of Crete
St Anthony Daniel
St Aurelian of Lyons
St Bertha of Blangy
St Carileffo of Anille
Bl Catherine Jarrige
St Cesidio Giacomantonio
Bl Damiano Grassi of Rivoli
St Donatus of Libya
St Edward Fulthrop
St Elias of Jerusalem
St Finbar of Wexford
St Fiorenzo of Cahors
St Flavian of Antioch
St Giocondiano
Bl Giovanni of Vespignano
St Haggai the Prophet
Bl Hatto of Ottobeuren
Bl Henry Abbot
St Henry of Albano
St Hosea the Prophet
St Innocent of Sirmium
Bl John Carey
Bl John Cornelius
Bl Jozef Kowalski
St Jucundian
St Laurian of Seville
St Lauriano of Vistin
Bl Maria Crocifissa Curcio
St Namphanion the Archmartyr
Bl Natalia of Toulouse
St Odo the Good
Bl Odolric of Lyon
Bl Patrick Salmon
Bl Pedro Romero Espejo
Blessed Petrus Kasui Kibe SJ (c 1587-1639) Priest and Martyr
The first of the 188 Japanese Martyrs

Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901-1925) Incorrupt
About dear Blessed Pier Giorgio:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/saint-of-the-day-4-july-blessed-pier-georgio-frassati-t-o-s-d-the-man-of-the-eight-beatitudes/

St Sebastia of Sirmium
St Theodore of Cyrene
St Theodotus of Libya
Bl Thomas Bosgrave
Bl Thomas Warcop
St Ulric of Augsburg (c 890–973)
His Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/07/04/saint-of-the-day-4-july-saint-ulric-of-augsburg-c-890-973/
St Ulric of Ratzeburg
St Valentine of Langres
St Valentine of Paris
Bl William Andleby
Bl William of Hirsau

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Saint of the Day – 4 July – Saint Ulric of Augsburg (c 890–973)

Saint of the Day – 4 July – Saint Ulric of Augsburg (c 890–973) Bishop of Augsburg, Germany – born in 893 at Kyburg, Zurich, Switzerland and died on 4 July 973 at Augsburg, Germany of natural causes.   His remains are interred in the Church of Saint Afra and Ulrich in Augsburg.   Earth from his grave is reported to repel rodents and over the centuries, much has been carried away for that purpose,   Patronages – against birth complications, against faintness, against fever, against mice and moles, diocese of Augsburg, Germany; happy death, weavers, San Dorligo della Valle, Creazzo, Italy.Leonhard_Beck_-_Heiliger_Ulrich_(Veste_Coburg).jpg

St Ulric, renowned for his virtues and the miracles he wrought, was born towards the close of the ninth century.   His parents were Kupald, Count of Kueburg and Thielburga, daughter of Burkard, Duke of Suabia.   When he was only seven years old, his education was entrusted to the religious of the Abbey of Saint Gall, where he progressed in virtue and learning much more than could be expected at his tender age.   When he became older, he entertained the fervent desire to enter the religious state and in order to learn the will of the Almighty, he passed some time in prayer and penance.   He also asked the advice of Wigerade, a virgin renowned for her holiness, who, after having, by a three days’ prayer, called on God for light, said to Ulric that he was not destined by heaven to be a monk, but to become a secular priest.   Hence he left the monastery and returned to his parents, who sent him to Augsburg to the virtuous bishop Adalberon, who soon recognising the virtues and talents that were in Ulric, employed him in all the manifold affairs of his sacred functions and ordained him priest.

After some years, with the permission of the bishop, he made a pilgrimage to Rome, during which time Adalberon died.   The Pope desired to nominate Ulric to the vacant See but when the latter heard of it, he was frightened and secretly left.   The Holy Father, being informed of this, said – “If Ulric is not pleased to take the See of Augsburg, while it is in a peaceful condition, he will be forced to accept it when it will be in a state of great disturbance and anarchy.”   This really happened, for, after the death of Hiltin, who had succeeded Adalberon, Ulric was obliged to yield to the unanimous voice of the clergy and laity.   It was a most sad period, for the enemy had devastated the land with fire and sword, the churches were either reduced to ashes or robbed of all their valuables and the inhabitants were greatly suffering from poverty.   The holy bishop was unwearied in his endeavours to restore the churches, to assist the poor and afflicted, and, when he had nothing else to give, he brought consolation and hope to them.   For fifty years he governed the See of Augsburg and words fail to describe the work he performed, the suffering he endured during this time for the glory of the Almighty and the temporal and spiritual welfare of his flock.Saint-Ulric-of-Augsburg

The Roman Martyrology praises him especially for these virtues: temperance, liberality, and vigilance.   His temperance in eating, drinking and sleeping was so great that more could not have been required of one belonging to an austere religious order.   He never partook of meat, although he had it served to strangers and to the poor.   In short, he was so frugal that his whole life may be called one continued fast.   His bed was straw and his sleep but a short rest, as he passed the greater portion of the night in devout exercises. He wore no linen but a garment of wool and beneath it a rough hair-cloth.   His liberality to the poor could not be surpassed, some of them ate daily at his own table.   He sometimes waited on them, sometimes shared the meal with them, during which a devout book was read aloud.   All that remained of his revenues after he had restored the Church, was devoted to the needy, for whom he procured corn, clothing and houses.   He spent nothing to ornament or furnish his own dwelling, in order to be the better able to assist the poor  . The best evidence of this is that he ate off wooden dishes, one of which is still shown.   Before his death he had all that the house contained brought to him and divided it among the poor.

His vigilance over his fold was indefatigable and truly apostolic.   He preached, administered the Sacraments, visited the sick, comforted the dying and yearly visited every parish in his whole diocese on foot, accompanied by only one chaplain.    He several times assembled the clergy and consulted with them about abolishing abuses, or about some plan that he had devised for the benefit of the people.   In a word, he evinced a father’s solicitude, not only for the spiritual but also for the temporal prosperity of those entrusted to his care and regarded neither care nor danger when their welfare was concerned.st ulrich.jpg

In 955, the Hungarians pillaged Bavaria, and coming to Augsburg, besieged the city. Ulric exhorted the men to be brave and the women, children and sick to pray.   The whole night he was with them in the church, strengthening the soldiers with the blessed Sacrament.   When the morning broke, he mounted a horse, shielded, not in armour but in a stole and accompanied the soldiers out of the city to fight against the barbarians. During this time he received from an angel, who visibly appeared to him, a small cross, which he kept in his hand, not fearing the darts or sword-strokes of the enemy and the sight of which inflamed the courage of his people, who, before long, won a most brilliant victory over the enemy.   All this took place on the feast of Saint Lawrence and the happy result was, under God, ascribed justly to the bishop, as the emperor Otho himself declared when he came to assist the distressed people.

He erected, as well in the city as out of it, many churches and rebuilt those which had been burned or injured by the enemy.   Among the latter was the church of Saint Afra, who was greatly honoured by the holy bishop.   She appeared to him several times, informed him where her holy body was concealed and foretold to him several events, among which was the happy result of the above-mentioned battle.   On account of these and many other admirable qualities, the people called him only the holy bishop, while God proclaimed the sanctity of His servant by many miracles which were known over the whole Christian world.   The oil, which he had consecrated on holy Thursday, healed many sick and restored the limbs of the lame.   He was seen to walk over the river without even wetting his feet.

Once, at Easter, when, in presence of a large multitude of people, he celebrated High Mass, a hand, coming from heaven, was seen, which, jointly with Ulric’s hand, blessed the chalice before the consecration.

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Having thus faithfully laboured for many years in the service of the Most High, the Saint felt that his end was approaching and prepared himself for his Master’s call.   On the festival of Saint John, he said Holy Mass for the last time, after which he was brought home and occupied the remainder of his life in devotional exercises.   He humbly requested all those around him to pardon any offence of which he might have been guilty towards them and gave them many wholesome instructions.   When his end was near, he had ashes strewn on the floor in the form of a cross, and sprinkled with holy water, then, requesting to be laid on them, he remained in prayer until, at the dawn of day, while he was chanting the Litany, death closed his eyes in the eighty-third year of his life, 973.

St Ulric was the first saint to be Canonised by a pope, Pope John XV on 3 February 993, which led to the canonical process which the church uses today to determine sainthood.

Lives of the Saints, by Father Francis Xavier WeningerGora_Oljka_-_Saint_Ulrich.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 4 July

St Elizabeth of Portugal TOSF (1271-1336) (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/04/saint-of-the-day-4-july-st-elizabeth-of-portugal-t-o-s-f-1271-1336/

Bl Agatha Yun Jeom-Hye
St Albert Quadrelli
St Andrew of Crete
St Anthony Daniel
St Aurelian of Lyons
St Bertha of Blangy
St Carileffo of Anille
Bl Catherine Jarrige
St Cesidio Giacomantonio
Bl Damiano Grassi of Rivoli
St Donatus of Libya
St Edward Fulthrop
St Elias of Jerusalem
St Finbar of Wexford
St Fiorenzo of Cahors
St Flavian of Antioch
St Giocondiano
Bl Giovanni of Vespignano
St Haggai the Prophet
Bl Hatto of Ottobeuren
Bl Henry Abbot
St Henry of Albano
St Hosea the Prophet
St Innocent of Sirmium
Bl John Carey
Bl John Cornelius
Bl Jozef Kowalski
St Jucundian
St Laurian of Seville
St Lauriano of Vistin
Bl Maria Crocifissa Curcio
St Namphanion the Archmartyr
Bl Natalia of Toulouse
St Odo the Good
Bl Odolric of Lyon
Bl Patrick Salmon
Bl Pedro Romero Espejo
Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901-1925) Incorrupt
About dear Blessed Pier Giorgio:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/saint-of-the-day-4-july-blessed-pier-georgio-frassati-t-o-s-d-the-man-of-the-eight-beatitudes/

St Sebastia of Sirmium
St Theodore of Cyrene
St Theodotus of Libya
Bl Thomas Bosgrave
Bl Thomas Warcop
St Ulric of Augsburg (c 890–973)
St Ulric of Ratzeburg
St Valentine of Langres
St Valentine of Paris
Bl William Andleby
Bl William of Hirsau