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Nostra Signora delle Colombe / Our Lady of the Doves (Bologna, Italy) and Memorials of the Saints – 10 February

Nostra Signora delle Colombe / Our Lady of the Doves (Bologna, Italy) – 10 February:
HERE:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/02/10/our-lady-of-the-doves-bologna-italy-and-memorials-of-the-saints-10-february/

St Scholastica (c482-547) (Memorial) Virgin Nun.
About this twin of St Benedict:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-st-scholastica/

Bl Alexander of Lugo

Blessed Alojzije/Aloysius Cardinal Stepinac (1898–1960) Martyr, Cardinal, Archbishop of Zagreb.
About:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-blessed-aloysius-stepinac-1898-1960/

St Andrew of Bethlehem
St Aponius of Bethlehem

St Austrebertha of Pavilly OSB (630–704) Abbess, Benedictine Nun and Abbess of Pavilly, France, miracle-worker.
Her Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-saint-austrebertha-of-pavilly-osb-630-704/

St St Baldegundis
St Baptus of Magnesia
Bl Catherine du Verdier de la Sorinière
St Charalampias
Blessed Clare Agolanti of Rimini OSC (1282-1346) Married, Widowed, Nun
St Desideratus of Clermont
St Erluph of Werden
Bl Eusebia Palomino Yenes
Bl Hugh of Fosse

St José Sánchez del Río “Joselito” (1913-1928) Boy Martyr was a Mexican Cristero who was put to death by government officials because he refused to renounce his Catholic faith. His death was seen as a largely political venture on the part of government officials in their attempt to stamp out dissent and crush religious freedom in the area. Patronages – Persecuted Christians, Catholic Children and Adolescents, Sahuayo, Mexico, his birthplace.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-st-jose-sanchez-del-rio-joselito-1913-1928-boy-martyr/

Bl Louise Bessay de la Voûte
Bl Louise Poirier épouse Barré
Bl Marie-Anne Hacher du Bois
Bl Marie-Louise du Verdier de la Sorinière
Bl Mikel Beltoja
Bl Paganus
Bl Paul of Wallachia
Bl Pierre Frémond
St Porfirio
St Prothadius of Besançon
St Salvius of Albelda
St Silvanus of Terracina
St Soteris the Martyr
St Troiano of Saintes
St Trumwin of Whitby

St William the Hermit (Died 1157) Hermit, Penitent, Spiritual Director, Miracle-worker, gifted with the charism of Prophecy.
About St William:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-saint-william-the-hermit-died-1157/

Martyred Soldiers in Rome: A group of ten Christian soldiers who were Martyred together for their faith. We know little more about them but four of their names – Amantius, Hyacinth, Irenaeus and Zoticus. • 120 at Rome, Italy. They were buried on the Via Lavicana outside RomeAmantius, Hyacinth, Irenaeus, Zoticus.

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Nostra Signora delle Colombe / Our Lady of the Doves (Bologna, Italy) and Memorials of the Saints – 10 February

Nostra Signora delle Colombe / Our Lady of the Doves (Bologna, Italy) – 10 February:

While the Pilgrim Virgin Statue was touring Europe, three snow-white doves came unexpectedly as the procession passed through a tiny village. No-one could be identified as their owner and they did not seem to be lost. They settled at the feet of the Madonna – soft, white doves, at home with Mary.
Day by day, as the pilgrimage drew near its destination of Bologna, Italy, the doves stayed on. They left the Statue only for short flights and never all at once. No minute passed that at least one of them was not at Our Lady’s feet.
When the procession neared the Cathedral where the Statue was to be enthroned, conjecture was made about the possible action of the doves. Eager eyes watched them as strong arms carried the Madonna to her pedestal in the Sanctuary. Softly, the doves hovered over, undisturbed by the noisy devotion of the crowd of Latin enthusiasts for Our Lady.
When the Statue was finally set firmly and left free to them once more, the doves returned to their resting place, as before, at the feet of Mary.
High Mass began at once. Through all the singing and incensing and preaching, the birds remained, watchful but not alarmed. Only as the Mass reached its climax at the Consecration did they stir. Then, as if by instinct, they left the Statue and flew to the Altar. Upon the high Crucifix they perched for the rest of the Mass.
Then, at the “Ite Missa est,” with one accord they flew from the Church and vanished. The doves of Mary had escorted her, Our Lady of the Doves, to the palace of the King.
Earthly royalty selects eagles for insignia. Mary, Queen of Peace and Mother of the Prince of Peace, selects doves. This type of incident has occurred several times, at a variety of different locations, in recent history.

St Scholastica (c482-547) (Memorial)
About this twin of St Benedict:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-st-scholastica/

Bl Alexander of Lugo
Blessed Alojzije/Aloysius Cardinal Stepinac (1898–1960) Martyr
About: https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-blessed-aloysius-stepinac-1898-1960/

St Andrew of Bethlehem
St Aponius of Bethlehem
St Austrebertha of Pavilly OSB (630–704) Abbess
St St Baldegundis
St Baptus of Magnesia
Bl Catherine du Verdier de la Sorinière
St Charalampias
Bl Clare Agolanti of Rimini
St Desideratus of Clermont
St Erluph of Werden
Bl Eusebia Palomino Yenes
Bl Hugh of Fosse
St José Sánchez del Río “Joselito” (1913-1928) Martyr
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-st-jose-sanchez-del-rio-joselito-1913-1928-boy-martyr/

Bl Louise Bessay de la Voûte
Bl Louise Poirier épouse Barré
Bl Marie-Anne Hacher du Bois
Bl Marie-Louise du Verdier de la Sorinière
Bl Mikel Beltoja
Bl Paganus
Bl Paul of Wallachia
Bl Pierre Frémond
St Porfirio
St Prothadius of Besançon
St Salvius of Albelda
St Silvanus of Terracina
St Soteris the Martyr
St Troiano of Saintes
St Trumwin of Whitby
St William the Hermit (Died 1157)
About St William:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-saint-william-the-hermit-died-1157/

Martyred Soldiers in Rome: A group of ten Christian soldiers who were martyred together for their faith. We know little more about them but four of their names – Amantius, Hyacinth, Irenaeus and Zoticus. • 120 at Rome, Italy. They were buried on the Via Lavicana outside RomeAmantius, Hyacinth, Irenaeus, Zoticus.

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Saint of the Day – 10 February – Saint William the Hermit (Died 1157)

Saint of the Day – 10 February – Saint William the Hermit (Died 1157) Hermit, Penitent, Spiritual Director, Miracle-worker, gifted with the charism of Prophecy.   Patronages – armourers, blacksmiths, tinsmiths, Laoag City – Diocese of, San Fernando – Diocese of.   He is also known as St William of Maleval and St William the Great.

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St William by Antonio Nasini (1643–1715)

St William neither founded a Religious Order nor wrote a Rule of life.   But two of his followers formed the Order of Saint William, also known as Williamites, shortly after William’s death.   One of them, named Albert, composed a Rule, which he entitled The Rule of St William.   He also wrote the life of St William, which sadly has been lost.

At the time of the Augustinian Grand Union in 1256, when many diverse religious groups were incorporated into the Augustinian Order, the Williamites were among those who became Augustinians.   However, this union did not work well and many former Williamites withdrew from the Augustinians a short time later.   Nevertheless, Augustinians have venerated Saint William since the thirteenth century.

Little is known about the early life of William, who is thought to have been born in France.   His youth and young adulthood were spent in the army, living freely and licentiously, common among soldiers of that time period.   Through the grace of God, William came to understand the error of his ways and becoming penitent, made a pilgrimage to the tombs of the holy apostles in Rome.   There, he begged an audience with Pope Eugenius III and upon receiving it, implored the Holy Father for pardon and prescriptive penance for his sinfulness.st william the hermit 2

Pope Eugenius encouraged William to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1145. William did as he was told and spent eight years journeying through the deserts of the Holy Land, visiting tombs, shrines, and holy places and communing with the desert hermits and learned scholars.   Returning to Rome a changed man, he embraced the eremitical life, becoming a hermit on the isle of Lupacavio (near Pisa) in Tuscany. Wishing nothing more than to live in solitude and contemplate the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness, William found himself besieged by pilgrims and those seeking his spiritual counsel and guidance.   He was convinced to lead and govern these pilgrims but found himself poorly suited for this task and failed to maintain discipline and austerity among the monks in his care.   Unable to bear this, he travelled to Monte Bruno, where the same situation repeated itself.   This time, he fared little better and organised the monks into an abbey.st william the hermit

Again, he withdrew from governing, realising that God’s plan for him was elsewhere.   He embraced life as a hermit at Maleval (near Siena).   There, he lived in an underground cave until a local lord built him a cell.   William kept company with the wild beasts of the region and foraged for his food.  He undertook extreme penances and austerities, in atonement for his earlier sinfulness.   Sleeping only on the bare ground, eating only uncooked foods he could gather and drinking limited amounts of water, he devoted his waking moments to prayer, contemplation and manual labour.   William also received the gifts of miracle-working and prophecy, for which he was frequently sought.st william with wolf

Saint William accurately predicted his death, on 10 February 1157 and he was buried by two disciples in his garden.   These disciples, Albert and Renauld, continued to live and study together according to Saint William’s example.   There numbers increased and they built a chapel and hermitage over their founder’s grave.   The order, the Hermits of Saint William, spread throughout Europe and were known as the “Bare-Footed Friars” and the Williamites.   Eventually, the order was incorporated into the Hermits of Saint Augustine but their tradition continues to this day.

St William’s cultus was confirmed, namely him Blessed by Pope Innocent III and Canonised by the same Pope in 1202.

Saint William’s life is marked by conversion, forgiveness and penance.   We are reminded that we have all sinned, sometimes gravely but that through the grace of God, we are made new and forgiven.   Throughout his life, Saint William never took the saving grace of the Lord for granted, spending his days in contemplation and wonder at the mercy and love of God.   We are called to do the same, recognising our own sinfulness and humbly and contritely asking the Lord for forgiveness.   Freed from the burden of our sins, like Saint William, we may find a world full of the beauty of God’s creation!st william the hermit statue

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Memorials of the Saints – 10 February

St Scholastica (c482-547) (Memorial)
About this twin of St Benedict:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-st-scholastica/

Bl Alexander of Lugo
Blessed Alojzije/Aloysius Cardinal Stepinac (1898–1960) Martyr
About:  https://anastpaul.com/2019/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-blessed-aloysius-stepinac-1898-1960/

St Andrew of Bethlehem
St Aponius of Bethlehem
St Austrebertha of Pavilly
St St Baldegundis
St Baptus of Magnesia
Bl Catherine du Verdier de la Sorinière
St Charalampias
Bl Clare Agolanti of Rimini
St Desideratus of Clermont
St Erluph of Werden
Bl Eusebia Palomino Yenes
Bl Hugh of Fosse
St José Sánchez del Río “Joselito” (1913-1928) Martyr
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/saint-of-the-day-10-february-st-jose-sanchez-del-rio-joselito-1913-1928-boy-martyr/

Bl Louise Bessay de la Voûte
Bl Louise Poirier épouse Barré
Bl Marie-Anne Hacher du Bois
Bl Marie-Louise du Verdier de la Sorinière
Bl Mikel Beltoja
Bl Paganus
Bl Paul of Wallachia
Bl Pierre Frémond
St Porfirio
St Prothadius of Besançon
St Salvius of Albelda
St Silvanus of Terracina
St Soteris the Martyr
St Troiano of Saintes
St Trumwin of Whitby
St William the Hermit (Died 1157)

Martyred Soldiers in Rome: A group of ten Christian soldiers who were martyred together for their faith. We know little more about them but four of their names – Amantius, Hyacinth, Irenaeus and Zoticus. • 120 at Rome, Italy. They were buried on the Via Lavicana outside RomeAmantius, Hyacinth, Irenaeus, Zoticus.