Friday, April 30, 2010

St. Adjutor


He was born near Normandy, France, where he was made a knight in the First Crusade. The stories given for his patronage of boaters vary. Some state that he was captured by Muslims in The Crusade, and escaped persecution by swimming. Additional legends state that it was in fact angels who freed him from his captors, and his association with the seas came when he calmed a whirlpool by throwing Holy water, and the chains of his captivity into it, and signing the cross. He returned to France and entered the abbey of Tiron. There he became a recluse, remaining recollected until his death of April 30.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

St. Peter of Verona


San Pedro, Dominican martyr, born towards 1205, in Verona, the Italian city of Lombardy prey to the heresy of the Cathars, propagators of Manichaeism in the central and northern Italy. These heretics Puritans, of warlike spirit and sectarian. Peter is a very intelligent, sincere, friendly and firm in his decisions, it seems destined to be an apostle of the heretical world, his family has no problems that a child's education is headed by a Catholic teacher.
Peter has grown. The University of Bologna is deservedly famous, but still enjoys greater influence Saint Dominic, the founder of the Dominicans and their followers that captivate both students and teachers. Many people join the newly founded Order of Preachers.
Peter at 16, is fascinated by the burning words of Fray Domingo de Guzman and received the Dominican habit of his hands.
Youth vehemently dedicated to the study, prayer and lives of austerity and penance in a radical, all is faithful follower of Dominic de Guzman. After the training church, was ordained priest and appointed preacher of the Gospel of Jesus.
Soon the Tuscany Region, the Milanese and the Romagna know this fiery preacher and formidable debater, he devoted himself to preaching especially among the Cathars. An important feature is that it always was a man of dialogue.
Peter is pious, austere and spread the word of his holiness everywhere. Was concerned with the defense of the faith, for it instituted the "Associations of faith" and the "Brotherhood for the praise of the Virgin Mary." He was solicitous for the spiritual welfare of the sisters who gave their advice and spiritual help. A true religion is a believer in community life
Love Jesus and how he experiences the test, the neglect of some sectors and the attack of those who thought differently. Their presence evangelizing through the preaching continues with intensity, his organizational ability led him to coordinate and found many more small organized groups. But all this would not have been possible without the intense prayer. It is said that one day in his contemplation, in his cell Dominican visited by the Holy Martyrs Agnes, Cecilia and Catherine that dialogue in your room. Other monks carried the news to Father Prior. Conventual Chapter is rebuked and corrected because it has violated the closure and has had women religious in his cell. His answer is a prudent silence and sent to the Convent of the Mark Ancona where intensified their study and prayer ... Vent one day before a crucifix, "What evil have I done, Lord, for me as I am?". Crucified Christ says, "And I, Peter, what harm did it?". These powers give tradition, are a true reflection of the intense communication with God was through prayer. Something that had leaked to others. The people of deep prayer transpires that experience and do not need to publish their mystical experiences. Usually, they become profound reflection and apostolic activities.
Pope Gregory IX called and in 1232 he was appointed Inquisitor General: Rome, Florence and Milan will meet this apostle of Christ. Miracles endorse devoted his life for Christ and for men.
Subsequently exceeds the Convent of Piaccenza, Como, Genoa. In 1243 Innocent IV confirmed Peter as Inquisitor General, but was threatened with a plot to assassinate him.
His martyrdom is like an echo of Christ's death, it is the result of 40 pounds (the currency in Milan). It was April 6, 1252. Milan returned to the Convent of Como, where he was Prior. Near the village of Barsalina receives two blows of an ax in his head, began to recite aloud the creed, you are missing forces and wetting a finger into his blood type on the ground "CREO"
The Creed is a summary of his life, his selfless devotion, fidelity to Christ Crucified exciting she loves. He was 46. His body was taken to the convent in Milan.
On 25 March the following year Pope Innocent IV canonized him. He the first martyr of the Dominican Order

Prayer
Father may the life and martyrdom
of your proto-martyr Peter help
us defend the holy Catholic
Church.
AMEN

References: Catholic.Net

St. Catherine of Siena


What a marvelous life of Saint Catherine of Siena is not unusual for both the role played in the history of his time, but how exquisitely feminine with what worked. The Pope, whom she called by the name of "sweet Christ on earth," he complained the little courage and invited him to leave Avignon and return to Rome, with most human words as these: "Courage, manfully, Father! I tell him not to be shaking. " A young man who sentenced to death and had accompanied her to the scaffold, he said at the last moment "to weddings, sweet my brother! soon you'll be in the long life. "
But the voice of submissive women changed in tone and often resulted in that "I want" that brooked no misrepresentations when it came into play the good of the Church and harmony among citizens.
Catherine was born in Siena (Italy) on March 25, 1347 and was the twenty-fourth daughter of James and Lapa Benincasa. At seven years held its mystical marriage with Christ. This was not due to childhood fantasies, but was the
Catherine of Siena, Saint
beginning of an extraordinary mystical experience, as seen later. At fifteen he entered the Third Order of St. Dominic, beginning a very strict life of penance. To overcome the reluctance to a stinking leper, bent and kissed the sores.
As he could not read or write, he began to say his letters to several secretaries, and wise afflicted, addressed to popes, kings, chiefs and humble folk. His bold social and political perplexities raised not a few among his own superiors and had to appear before the general chapter of the Dominicans, held in Florence in May 1377 to explain his conduct.
In Siena, in the seclusion of his cell, gave the "Dialogue on Divine Providence" to pay tribute to God her last love song. At the beginning of the great schism accepted the call of Urban VI to go to Rome. Here he became ill and died surrounded by his many disciples who recommended them to love each other. It was April 29, 1380: a month ago that it had met 33 years.
He was canonized on April 29, 1461. In 1939 he was declared patron saint of Italy with St. Francis of Assisi, and October 4, 1970 Paul VI proclaimed Doctor of the Church, and the October 1, 1999 Pope John Paul II declared her patroness of Europe.
Also Saint Catherine is patroness of against the fires, against bodily ills, against the disease, against the miscarriages, against temptations, Allentown, Pennsylvania, for fire prevention, of the fire, of the nurses, of people ridiculed for their piety, and of the sick. She is an inncorruptable.

Prayer
Father may the life of your
holy daughter Catherine be an
example of a life we Christians
can live by every day.
AMEN

References: Catholic.Net

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort


Born poor. Studied in Paris, France, and ordained in 1700. While a seminarian he delighted in researching the writings of Church Fathers, Doctors and Saints as they related to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom he was singularly devoted.

Under Mary’s inspiration, he founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom, a religious institute of women devoted to the care of the desititute. During this work, he began his apostolate of preaching the Rosary and authentic Marian devotion. He preached so forcefully and effectively against the errors of Jansenism that he was expelled from several dioceses in France. In Rome Pope Clement XI conferred on him the title and authority of Missionary Apostolic, which enabled him to continue his apostolate after returning to France. He preached Mary everywhere and to everyone. A member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic, Saint Louis was one of the greatest apostles of the Rosary in his day, and by means his miraculously inspiring book, The Secret of the Rosary, he is still so today; the most common manner of reciting the Rosary is the method that originated with Saint Louis’s preaching. In 1715, he founded a missionary band known as the Company of Mary.

His greatest contribution to the Church and world is Total Consecration to the Blessed Virgin. He propagated this in his day by preaching and after his own death by his other famous book True Devotion to Mary. Consecration to Mary is for Saint Louis the perfect manner of renewing one’s baptismal promises. His spirituality has been espoused by millions, especially Pope John Paul II, who has consecrated not only himself but every place he has visited as pope. In True Devotion to Mary, Saint Louis prophesied that the army of souls consecrated to Mary will be Her instrument in defeating the Devil and his Antichrist. As Satan gains power in the world, so much more shall the new Eve triumph over him and crush his head.

The cause for his declaration as a Doctor of the Church is now being pursued.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Our Lady of Montserrat


The Virgin of Montserrat was declared patron saint of Catalonia by Pope Leo XIII.
Etymologically means "serrated mountain." It comes from French.
Among a sea of natural beauty, rocks, peaks and shrines stands the shrine of the Virgin of Montserrat that appears in the ninth century.
During the time of the abbots Oliva Ripoll and spread a lot .. The latter gave a huge boost to his cult.
Practically, since it so far remains in place, and thousands and thousands of pilgrims from Catalonia, Spain and abroad spend days or hours praying before Moreneta of Serra. And from then until now is a great expansion of this Marian devotion.
Pope Leo XIII granted the privilege to be the first Virgin crowned and named patroness of Catalonia.

References: Catholic.Net
The world of legend is no stranger to all these virgins. This, for example, is attributed to Luke. He says it was he who carved or carved. Virgin is a very beautiful Romanesque and Child on her knees in an attitude of blessing to all who come to this beautiful place. And the tradition continues to talk about who brought it. Some say that Lucas himself, other than St. Peter.
During the Arab invasion had to be buried until the end of the Reconquista
It is called Moreneta because, according to some authors and scholars, the smoke from so many candles lit in his honor as a sign of his protection or as a sign of asking favors or thanksgiving.
This devotion Montserrat soon reach more distant places. The sailors and conquerors Aragonese and Catalans took her to the same East and the New World.
Because of his great devotion, there are many churches built in his honor throughout the length and breadth of the Christian.
A Montserrat have come many saints from the thirteenth century. The kings of Spain have visited and samples of his faith and love for the Lady of Montserrat. Benedictine Monks give worship every day. And the choir helps to keep this devotion.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Our Lady of Good Counsel


The story of how the miraculous fresco of Our Lady of Good Counsel left Albania and traveled to Italy is one that is marvelous and true. There is a little town, about 25 miles outside of Rome, called Genazzano. In pagan times it was a celebrated shrine for the worship of Venus, but in the fourth century a church was built there in honor of Our Lady and called the Church of the Virgin Mother of Good Counsel. Through the course of time the church was abandoned and almost fell into ruins. So it remained until the mid 15th century when a pious woman gave all she had for its restoration.

This story is about that pious woman, who in many ways is a symbol for our times. Most of the time her name is lost in the marvel of the facts of the story. She is simply recorded as a pious widow, a tertiary of the Order of St. Augustine, and perhaps she would have it that way. But it seems to me that the story and the miracle of image of Our Lady of Good Counsel of Genazzano is in a special way her story, and her name should not be lost to history.


In 1436 Petruccia Noteria had been left a widow with respectable means. Living alone, for she had no children, she dedicated herself to prayer. Her special concern was the deplorable state of the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel because she had been favored with a vision in which the Virgin Mary entrusted her with the mission of restoring this church. Petruccia invoked the good will of the townspeople to assist in the work, but they proved unwilling. The strong walls of the small fortressed city had not been able to protect its inhabitants from the spirit of the Renaissance, with its love of luxury and comfort, from corrupting the customs and vanquishing the faith of its inhabitants. Convinced of her mission and confident that Our Lady would provide the means for her to accomplish what had been asked of her, Petruccia donated all her goods to pay for the restoration of the sacred building with the hope that others would join her in the pious undertaking as they saw it being realized. The work began and the rough beam walls of a side chapel were raised. But no noble souls joined in the enterprise. Instead Petruccia met with scorn and ridicule. Even some who formerly had called themselves her friends now reprimanded or laughed at her in public: “What imprudence! And at her age!” “Who does she think she is – another St. Francis?” “She must be mad! Who needs another church? The times have changed. The crazy visionary needs to wake up and see that the past is gone.”

Sunday, April 25, 2010

St. Mark


Patron of lawyers, notaries, stained glass artists, captives of Egypt, Venice, against impenitence and insect bites.
St. Mark is a Jew from Jerusalem, accompanied St. Paul and St. Barnabas, his cousin, to Antioch in the first such mission trip (Acts 12, 25), also accompanied Paul to Rome. He left them at Perga and returned to his home. (Acts 13:13). We do not know the reasons for this separation but if we know that later caused a separation between St. Paul and St. Barnabas, when St. Paul refused to accept St. Mark. St. Barnabas was so angry that he broke his missionary association with St. Paul and went to Cyprus with Mark (Acts 15.36-39). Years later, St. Paul and St. Mark returned to join in a mission trip.
He was a disciple of St. Peter and interpreter of it in his Gospel, the second canonical Gospel (the first written). St. Mark wrote in Greek in simple and strong. In their terminology is understood that his audience was Christian. His gospel contains history and theology. Debate is the date on which he wrote, was perhaps in the decade from 1960 to 1970 AD.
Together with Peter went to Rome. St. Peter for his part was to St. Mark as "my son" (1 Pet 5:13).
Sometimes called the New Testament John Mark (Acts 12:12).
Evangelized and established the church in Alexandria, and founded there the famous Christian school.
Died a martyr approx. on April 25, 1968 CE in Alexandria and his relics are in the famous cathedral of Venice.
Its symbol is the winged lion.

Prayer
Father may the life of
St. Mark help us proclaim
the word of the lord to the rest
of the world like he did.
We ask this through Christ our
Lord.
AMEN

References: Catholic.Net

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen


St. Fidelis was born in 1577, at Sigmaringen, Prussia. He was ordained a priest in 1612, and immediately afterwards was received into the Order of Friars Minor of the Capuchin Reform at Freiburg, taking the name of Fidelis. He has left an interesting memorial of his novitiate and of his spiritual development at that time in a book of spiritual exercises which he wrote for himself. This work was re-edited by Father Michael Hetzenauer, O.F.M. Cap., and republished in 1893 at Stuttgart under the title: "S. Fidelis a Sigmaringen exercitia seraphicae devotionis".
From the beginning of his apostolic career he was untiring in his efforts to convert heretics nor did he confine his efforts in this direction to the pulpit, but also used his pen. He wrote many pamphlets against Calvinism and Zwinglianism though he would never put his name to his writings. Unfortunately these publications have long been lost. Fidelis was still guardian of the community at Feldkirch when in 1621 he was appointed to undertake a mission in the country of the Grisons with the purpose of bringing back that district to the Catholic Faith. The people there had almost all gone over to Calvinism, owing partly to the ignorance of the priests and their lack of zeal. In 1614 the Bishop of Coire had requested the Capuchins to undertake missions amongst the heretics in his diocese, but it was not until 1621 that the general of the order was able to send friars there. In that year Father Ignatius of Sergamo was commissioned with several other friars to place himself at the disposal of this bishop for missionary work, and a similar commission was given to Fidelis who however still remained guardian of Feldkirche. Before setting out on this mission Fidelis was appointed by authority of the papal nuncio to reform the Benedictine monastery at Pfafers. He entered upon his new labors in the true apostolic spirit. Since he first entered the order he had constantly prayed, as he confided to a fellow-friar, for two favors: one, that he might never fall into mortal sin; the other, that he might die for the Faith. In this Spirit he now set out, ready to give his life in preaching the Faith. He took with him his crucifix, Bible, Breviary, and the book of the rule of his order; for the rest, he went in absolute poverty, trusting to Divine Providence for his daily sustenance. He arrived in Mayenfeld in time for Advent and began at once preaching and catechizing; often preaching in several places the same day. His coming aroused strong opposition and he was frequently threatened and insulted. He not only preached in the Catholic churches and in the public streets, but occasionally in the conventicles of the heretics. At Zizers one of the principal centers of his activity, he held conferences with the magistrates and chief townsmen, often far into the night. They resulted in the conversion of Rudolph de Salis, the most influential man in the town, whose public recantation was followed by many conversions.
Through the winter Fidelis labored indefatigably and with such success that the heretic preachers were seriously alarmed and set themselves to inflame the people against him by representing that his mission was political rather than religious and that he was preparing the way for the subjugation of the country by the Austrians. During the Lent of 1622 he preached with special fervor. At Easter he returned to Feldkirch to attend a chapter of the order and settle some affairs of his community. By this time the Congregation of the Propaganda had been established in Rome, and Fidelis was formally constituted by the Congregation, superior of the mission in the Grisons. He had, however, a presentiment that his laborers would shortly be brought to a close by a martyr's death. Preaching a farewell sermon at Feldkirch he said as much. On re-entering the country of the Grisons he was met everywhere with the cry: "Death to the Capuchins!" On April 24, 1622, being then at Grusch, he made his confession and afterwards celebrated Mass and preached. Then he set out for Sevis. On the way his companions noticed that he was particularly cheerful. At Sevis he entered the church and began to preach, but was interrupted by a sudden tumult both within and without the church. Several Austrian soldiers who were guarding the doors of the church were killed and Fidelis himself was struck. A Calvinist present offered to lead him to a place of security. Fidelis thanked the man but said his life was in the hands of God. 0utside the church he was surrounded by a crowd led by the preachers who offered to save his life if he would apostatize. Fidelis replied: "I came to extirpate heresy, not to embrace it", whereupon he was struck down. He was the first martyr of the Congregation of Propaganda.

Friday, April 23, 2010

St.George


The life of St George is popular in Europe during the Middle Ages, thanks to a rather "sober" in their reporting.
According to legend, the saint was a Christian knight who seriously injured a swamp dragon that terrorized the inhabitants of a small town. The people seized with fear was about to flee, when St. George said he had only to believe in Jesus Christ for the dragon died. The king and his subjects became the point and the monster died.
By then broke the cruel persecution of Diocletian and Maximian, the saint then began to encourage those who hesitate in the faith, for which he received cruel punishment and torture, but all in vain.
The emperor ordered the beheading of the saint, a sentence that was carried out without difficulty, but when Diocletian returned from the execution site was consumed by fire down from heaven.
This popular version of the saint's life, which actually leads to St. George was truly a martyr Diospolis (ie Lydda) in Palestine, probably before the time of Constantine.
No one knows exactly how he became England's patron St. George. Certainly his name was already known in the British Isles before the Norman conquest.
In any case, it is likely that the Crusaders especially Ricardo I have returned from the east with a very high on the powerful intercession of St. George.He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.He si the patron saint of England.

Prayer
Father may the life and death
of your martyr George help us
to love the name of Christ and
Mary our virgin mother.We ask
this through Christ our lord.
AMEN

References: Catholic.Net

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Saints Epipodius and Alexander


Saints Epipodius and Alexander, are venerated as Christian saints. Their feast day is 22 April. Epipodius was a native of Lyon; Alexander was said to be a native of Phrygia, and a physician by profession. They were both martyred during the reign of Marcus Aurelius. Epipodius and Alexander are said to have been close friends since childhood. Epipodius is said to have been a confirmed celibate bachelor, though he never joined a religious order. He devoted his time to Christian works and was betrayed to imperial authorities by a servant. Both men were subsequently imprisoned, tortured, and condemned to be devoured by wild beasts in the amphitheatre, and died "neither uttering a groan nor a syllable, but conversing in their heart with God."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Holy Infant of Good Health


The Holy Infant of Good Health is a statue of the Christ Child regarded by many to be miraculous, which was found in 1939, in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. The statue is eleven inches tall and has apparently been responsible for many healings. The veneration of the statue was approved by Luis M. Altamirano y Bulnes, Archbishop of Morelia, in 1944. That same year, the image was solemnly crowned by pontifical command. On January 5, 1959, a replica of the Infant was presented to Blessed Pope John XXIII. And on November 12, 1970, an Order of Religious sisters, the Missionaries of the Holy Infant of Good Health, were founded in Morelia.
The Holy Infant of Good Health.The little statue is dressed "with symbols of the power of Christ, wearing a royal mantle, trimmed in ermine, a golden scepter in the left hand while the right is raised in blessing, and on the head an imperial crown of precious stones." The Holy Infant of Good Health's Feast Day is celebrated on April 21st. This is all that is known of this apparition of Jesus Christ.

References:Wikipedia.org

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

St. Agnes of Montepulciano


Agnes was born into a noble family in Gracciano, a small village near Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy where, at the age of nine, she entered the monastery (or convent).
in 1281, the administration of the castle of Proceno, a fief of Orvieto, invited the nuns of Montepulciano to send some of their sisters to Proceno to found a new convent. Agnes was among the sisters at the new convent.
In 1288 Agnes, despite her youth at 20 years of age, was selected as prioress. There she gained a reputation for performing miracles: people suffering from mental and physical ailments seemed cured by her presence. She was reported to have "multiplied loaves", creating many from a few on numerous occasions, recalling the Gospel miracle of the loaves and fishes.
Later about 1306, Agnes established a convent of Dominican nuns in Gracciano. She presided over this convent until her death. After her death, her body was said to remain incorrupt rather than decomposing. It was reported that a perfumed liquid flowed from her hands and feet.
Raimondo da Capua, confessor to Saint Catherine of Siena, wrote an account of Agnese some fifty years later; Catherine referred to her as "Our mother, the glorious Agnes."

Monday, April 19, 2010

St. Expeditus


St. Expeditus was commander of a Roman legion and as such defended the Empire against the invasions of the barbarians. By becoming a Christian was martyred (possibly by the Emperor Diocletian) in Melitene, Armenia (now Malatya, Turkey). Along with him died his comrades in arms: Caio, Galatians, Hermogenes, and Rufus Aristonicus. Many other martyrs gave glory to God in his time, including St. Philomena and St. George.
According to tradition, at the time of conversion, the devil came to him in the form of a crow shouted "cras, cras cras" (in Latin means "Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow"). So trying to persuade him to leave his decision later as the devil knows that what is left for tomorrow is much chance of that is undone. But the raven tempting crushed Expedito promptly saying "Hodi, Hodi, Hodi!" (TODAY, TODAY, TODAY). Do not leave anything for tomorrow, from today I will be Christian. "Thus he became a soldier of Christ, since that time using his courage and discipline to the Kingdom of God.
Although his name unknown origin, appears in the Roman Martyrology with Hermogenes and colleagues. His name is synonymous with promptly and is held by many and soon intercessor.
A St. Expeditus invoked in urgent problems. We know that the most important is to renounce sin and decide life fully for Christ. Let us be inspired by their readiness for and value to follow Christ in such difficult circumstances when Christians were persecuted to death. We also say "TODAY" Jesus and crush the deceptions of the tempter.
He is also venerated as the protector of youth, students, patients, family and work problems, and trials.
It is alleged that the saint appears as a clerk error when, in the nineteenth century, a box of relics was sent to French nuns with the notation: "issue." Sheppard (1969). But this hypothesis can not be true because St. Expeditus was known in the eighteenth century
St. Expeditus
in Germany and Sicily and was invoked in cases of emergency (Attwater).
In the iconography, St. Expeditus is depicted as a soldier with a cross on which is written "Hodi" (Today) and the martyr palm . At his feet is a crow and the word "cras" (tomorrow).
Although not shown in the current liturgical calendar continues to be a saint recognized by the Church.

Prayer
Father may the life of your martyr
St. Expeditus help us love the
name of Jesus and the Virgin Mary
so much that we can die defending the
the Holiness of Jesus Christ,the Virgin Mary,
the Blessed Sacrament,and The Holy Catholic
church.
AMEN

References: Catholic.Net

Sunday, April 18, 2010

St. Perfectus

Perfectus was born in Córdoba when the area was under the control of the Moors (the Umayyad Caliphate). Perfecto was a monk and ordained priest. He served at the basilica of St. Acisclus in Córdoba. Christians were tolerated in the area, but not uniformly. According to his legend, in 850, Perfecto was challenged by two Muslim men to say who was the greater prophet: Jesus or Mohammed.

At first he refrained from responding, so as not to provoke them; but they insisted that he give them an answer, promising to protect him from reprisals. He then told them in Arabic that Muhammed was a false prophet and that he was an immoral man for supposedly seducing his adopted son's wife. The Muslims kept their promise and let him go, but several days later some of them changed their mind and had him arrested.

They had friends seize Perfecto (so as to not be forsworn) and tried. Perfecto was found guilty of blasphemy by the Islamic court and was executed. The legend says that Perfecto's final words were to bless Christ and condemn Muhammad and his Qur'an.

He was beheaded on April 18, 850.

His martyrdom was one of the first in a period of Muslim persecution of the Christians in Al-Andalus, which began in 850 under Abd ar-Rahman II, continued under his successor Muhammad I, and went on intermittently until 960

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pope St.Anicetus


The information we have about his life are few. It is the tenth successor of St. Peter was pope from St. Pius I and Saint Sotero, ruled the Church by the time they last eleven years from 155 to 166 - and was a native of Emesa in Syria.
The circumstances under which worked are given by the social, political, economic and cultural life of the time. In the second century Greek was used as the language worship, the Popes are usually from poor families of the people elected for that service choice for martyrdom was (until the fourth century all popes gave their lives for the faith).
The care or service to the brothers had to be intense, self-sacrificing, courageous, generous and very demanding but full of goodness. The disciples of Jesus had increased every day still a precarious existence even in periods of peace. Even with the Antonines, death to the Christian could be behind any allegations or event, to the Stoic Marcus Aurelius believed that the patience of the Christian martyrs was fanaticism.
Had to strive to bring the pagan mystery, for the kingdom was also to give it to them. It was necessary to counteract the pagan ready thinking that with sarcasm, irony and slander, ridicule the spirit and life of Christians. So the faith was further apology.
A care out there to add the primary care of the flock with the problems that arise from within. Already swarming everywhere Christian faith versions that differed from the genuine model and had to be maintained at any cost the purity of the faith received. That was the situation of the complex system later called Gnosticism "are Christians and taught the secret knowledge of the divine, are influenced by Platonic and dualistic Persian religion, form cliques, they deny the atoning death of Jesus and reject the resurrection of earthly body.
Marcion was a gnostic, lived in Rome and the Pope Aniceto time, said there were two principles: the good was God and the evil spirit created the world, matter and the body was rich with shipping business, made havoc among Christians sowing confusion and denying the value of the body with extreme rigor.
In these life care Anicetus mused.
There was a peculiar case that deserves comment. Polycarp came to Rome with the Pope address a serious issue. He once was a direct disciple of St. John the Apostle young, and now is the bishop of Smyrna. With his eighty-five year-old wants to leave the date agreed upon the main Christian festival. Easterners are the Johannine tradition, while the West follow the tradition of Peter. They failed to agree. It is a question-that of the Pascua-it will take to be resolved until the Council of Nicea. But he fired in communion without breaking the unit or breaking charity Role Model!
There is no explicit and conclusive data on the location and means of transit. The Liber Pontificalis-although using an expression for the unusual, strange places him among the martyrs, then the constant tradition of the martyrologies speaks of martyrdom and marking the date 17 April, although not unanimous. With regard to the place of his burial, cemetery noted in St. Callistus, where often the popes were buried.
The relic of his head was delivered to the archbishop of Munich, Minucius, in 1590, and is venerated in the church governing the Jesuits in the city. The remains are buried in the sarcophagus which supports the main altar which enshrined the Cardinal Merry del Val in 1910 - the Spanish chapel of the Pontifical College in Rome, were transferred from the then Renaissance palace of the Dukes of Altemps, in the year 1604. Therefore, in the vault is painted, among many garlands and cherubs baroque, the apotheosis of Saint Anicetus, with layer deployed and ascending to heaven.

References: Catholic.Net

Friday, April 16, 2010

St. Benedict Joseph Labre

Benedict Joseph Labre was the oldest of fifteen children in a prosperous middle class family. Educated by his uncle, a parish priest. Following his uncle’s death, he tried to join the Trappists, Carthusians, and Cistercians, but was rejected by them all. He spent years wandering Europe, especially Rome, Italy, in complete poverty, spending his days in perpetual adoration in the cathedrals. Given to religious ecstacies when contemplating the crown of thorns; reputed to float, soar, and bilocate when in these swoons. He begged in the streets, and if he was given more than he needed for the day, he would give the remainder to some one he considered more in need than he was. Benedict healed some of his fellow homeless, and was reported to have multiplied bread for them. Noted counselor to people of all walks in Rome. He died in a hospice, exhausted from his life of austerity. His biography, written by his confessor Marconi, describes 136 miraculous cures attributed to him within three months of his death.

SORRY FOR THE INCONVINIENCE THE PHOTO UPLOAD THING WASN'T WORKING but here's the link to the image... http://vultus.stblogs.org/Antonio-Cavallucci-xx-Saint-Benedict-Joseph-Labre.jpg

Thursday, April 15, 2010

St. Paternus of Avranches


Saint Paternus of Avranches in Normandy (c. 482-565) was born around the year 482, although the exact year is unknown, in Poitiers, Poitou. He was born into a Christian family. His father Patranus went to Ireland to spend his days as a hermit in holy solitude. Because of this, Paternus embraced religious life. He became a monk at the Abbey of Marnes in France. Later on, St Paternus went to Wales where he built a monastery called Llanpatenvaur.Before long, he wished to attain the perfection of Christian virtue by a life of penance in solitude. He went into solitude with his fellow monk, Saint Scubilion. The forest of Seicy in the diocese of Coutances was the place he became a hermit.
At a later date, the abbot of the region who knew Paternus recommended him to the Bishop of Coutances and the bishop made him a priest in 512. Together with St Scubilion he evangelized the western coasts and established several monasteries of which he was made the abbot general.

Prayer
Father may we follow the life
of Paternus so we two can
embrace the religious life
like he did.
AMEN

References: Wikipedia.Org

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

St. Peter Gonzalez


Peter Gonzales, also known as St. Elmo or St. Telmo, was born to a Castilian family of nobility. He was educated by his uncle, the Bishop of Astorga, named canon of the local cathedral, famous for his penances and mortifications, joined the Dominican Order, preached and made chaplain of the court of King St. Ferdinand III. He converted and influenced the soldiers of his country, evangelized, and died on Easter Sunday. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XIV in 1741. Peter evangelized throughout his country and all along the coast. He had a special fondness for sailors. He used to visit them aboard their ships, preaching the Gospel and praying for their needs.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pope St. Martin I


A native of Todi and deacon of the Roman Church, Martin was elected pope to succeed Pope Theodore, who died on May 13, 649. Immediately demonstrated very strongly in the conduct of the Church. Indeed, no consent asked or hoped for election by the emperor Constans II had issued a year before the type, a document in defense of the thesis of the Monothelites heretical. To stop the spread of this heresy, three months after his election, Pope Martin convened at the Lateran Basilica a great council, to which were invited all the bishops of the West.
The condemnation of all pleadings Monothelites, solemnly declared in the five sessions the council, raised the furious reaction of the Byzantine court. The emperor ordered the Exarch of Ravenna, Olimpio, who was arrested in Rome and the Pope. Olimpio proposed not only meet the imperial orders, but tried to assassinate the Pope by a gunman during the celebration of Mass at Santa Maria Maggiore.
At the time of receiving the Host in the hands of the Pontiff, the vile assassin drew his dagger, but at that moment was suddenly blind.
Maybe this fact Olimpio persuaded to change their attitude and to be reconciled with the Holy Pontiff and project an armed struggle against Constantinople. In the 653, Olimpio died of plague, the Emperor was able to carry out his revenge by making arrest the Pope through the new Exarch of Ravenna, Theodore Calliope.
Martin, accused of having illegally seized the papal senior and having engineered with Olimpio against Constantinople was taken by sea to the city on the Bosporus. The long journey, which lasted fifteen months, was the beginning of a cruel martyrdom. During the many scales were not allowed any of the faithful who came out to greet the pope who would approach him. The prisoner was not given even water for bathing. The September 17, 654 reached Constantinople, was placed on a stretcher and exposed for an entire
I Martin, Saint
days to the insults of the people, and then locked up for three months in jail Prandiaria. Then began a long and exhausting process, during which the seditious were such that the accused did mutter, "Do with me what you want, any kind of death will be a good for me."
Publicly degraded, naked and exposed to the rigors of cold chains, was put in a cell reserved for those condemned to death. On 26 March 655 did secretly from exile in the Crimea. He suffered hunger and neglect suffered in the most absolute for four months, until death came, exhausted in body but not in the will, on 16 September 655.

Prayer
Father may the life anf martyrdom
of Martin I help us love Jesus
so much we can give our life defending
his holy name.
AMEN

References: Catholic.Net

Monday, April 12, 2010

St. Zeno of Verona




From his life, compiled from his writings And other monuments, by Peter and Jerome Ballerini, two learned priests of Verona, and brothers, in their third dissertation in the excellent edition they gave of this father's works, p. 109. See also the marquis Scipio Maffei, Historia Diplomaticae Monumenta, at the end, p. 329. Also the same author, Veronae Illustratae, par. II. The history of the translation of his relics by an anonymous monk; and Serie Chronologica dei Vescovi di Verona, par Biancolini, a Verona, 1761, 4to.
This holy prelate is styled a martyr by St. Gregory the Great, and in several martyrologies. But was honored only with the title of confessor, in the ancient missal of Verona, before the time of Lewis Lippoman, bishop of that city, in 1548:. and it appears, from the manner in which St. Ambrose, who was his contemporary, writing to Syagrius, our saint's successor, speaks of his happy death, and extols his eminent sanctity, that he did not die by the sword. Living in the days of Constantius, Jubtan, and Valens, he might deserve the title of martyr, by sharing in the persecutions carried on by those princes. Hence, in some calendars he is styled martyr, in others confessor.
The marquis Scipio Maffei, and some others, pretend from his name that he was a Grecian: but the Ballerini show, from the natural easiness, and the sharpness and conciseness of his style, that he was by birth, or at least by education, a Latin, and an African; which is confirmed from his panegyric on St. Arcadius, a martyr of Mauritania. From the African martyr, called Zeno, it is clear this name was there in use. Our saint seems to have been made bishop of Verona in the year 362, in the reign of Julian the Apostate. We learn, from several of his sermons, that he baptized every year a great number of idolaters, and that he exerted himself with great zeal and success against the Arians, whose party had been exceedingly strengthened in those parts by the favor of the emperor Constantius, and the artifices of the ringleaders of that sect, Ursacius and Valens, and particularly of Auxentius, who held the see of Milan, into which the heretics had intruded him, for twenty years, till 374. He also opposed himself, as a strong bulwark, against the errors of the Pelagians. The church of Verona was purged by his zealous labors and holy prayers, in a great measure, both of heresy and of idols. His flock being grown exceeding numerous, he found it necessary to build a great church, in which he was liberally assisted by the voluntary contributions of the rich citizens. In this church he mentions a cross of wood erected, as it were, to defend the doors. By the precepts and example of this good pastor, the people were so liberal in their alms, that their houses were always open to poor strangers, and none of their own country had occasion even to ask for relief, so plentiful were the necessities of all prevented. And he congratulates them upon the interest which they accumulate in heaven by money bestowed on the poor, by which they not only subdue avarice, but convert its treasures to the highest advantage, and without exciting envy. "For what can be richer than a man to whom God is pleased to acknowledge himself debtor?"After the battle of Adrianople, in 378, in which the Goths defeated Valens, with a greater slaughter of the Romans than had ever been known since the battle of Cannnae?, the barbarians made in the neighboring provinces of Illyricum and Thrace an incredible number of captives. It seems to have been on this occasion, that the charities of the inhabitants of Verona were dispersed like fruitful seeds through the remotest provinces, and by them many were ransomed from slavery many rescued from cruel deaths, many freed from hard labor. St. Zeno himself lived in great poverty. He makes frequent mention of the clergy which he trained up to the service of the altar, and the priests his fellow-laborers, to whom a retribution was allotted at Easter, according to every one's necessities and functions. He speaks of the ordinations which he performed at Easter: also the solemn reconciliation of penitents, which was another function of that holy time. St. Ambrose mentions, at Verona, virgins consecrated to God by St. Zeno, who wore the sacred veil, and lived in their own houses in the city; and others who lived in a monastery, of which he seems to have been both the founder and director, before any were established by St. Ambrose at Milan. Love-feasts, or agapes, were originally established on the festivals of martyrs in their cemeteries, which, by the degeneracy of manners, were at length converted into occasions of intemperance and vanity. St. Zeno inveighed warmly against this abuse. Nor can we doubt but he was one of the principal amongst the bishops of Italy, who, by their zeal and eloquence. entirely banished out of their dioceses a custom which gave occasion to such an abuse, for which St. Austin gave them due praise. St. Zeno extended his charity to the faithful departed, and condemned severely the intemperate grief of those who interrupted by their lamentations the divine sacrifices and public office of the church for their deceased friends," which the priests performed by apostolic tradition at the death and funerals of those who slept in Christ. St. Zeno received the crown of his labors by a happy death, in 380, on the 12th of April, on which day he is commemorated in the Roman Martyrology. He is honored at Verona with two other festivals, that of the translation of his relics on the 21st of May, and that of his episcopal consecration, and also of the dedication of his new church in the reign of Pepin, king of Italy, on the 6th of December. The first church which bore his name was built over his tomb, on the banks of the river Adige, without the walls of the city. St. Gregory the Great relates the following miracle, which happened two centuries after the death of the saint, and which he learned from John the Patrician, who was an eye-witness, with king Autharis and count Pronulphus. In the year 589, at the same time that the Tiber overflowed a considerable quarter of Rome, and the flood over-topped the walls, the waters of the Adige, which fails from the mountains with excessive rapidity, threatened to drown great part of the city of Verona. The people flocked in crowds to the church of their holy patron Zeno: the waters seemed to respect its doors, they gradually swelled as high as the windows! yet the flood never broke into the church, but stood like a firm wall, as when the Israelites passed the Jordan; and the people remained there twenty-foul hours in prayer, till the water subsided within the banks of the channel This prodigy had as many witnesses as there were inhabitants of Verona. The devotion of the people to St. Zeno was much increased by this and other miracles; and, in the reign of Pepin, king of Italy, son of Charlemagne, and brother of Louis Debonnaire, Rotaldus, bishop of Verona, translated his relics into a new spacious church, built under his invocation in 865, whore they are kept with singular veneration in a subterraneous chapel.
St. Zeno is chiefly known to us by his sufferings for the faith. Persecutions and humiliations for Christ are not a chastisement, but a recompense, and the portion of his most faithful servants. Happy are they who know their value, and bear them at least with patience and resignation; but more happy they who, with the martyrs and all the saints, suffer them with a holy joy and exultation. From his own feeling sentiments, and perfect practice of patience, St. Zeno composed his excellent sermon on that virtue, which he closes with this pathetic prayer and eulogium: "How earnestly do I desire, if I were able, to celebrate thee, O Patience, queen of all things! but by my life and manners more than by my words. For thou restest in thy own action and council more than in discourses, and in perfecting rather than in multiplying virtues. Thou art the support of virginity, the secure harbor of widowhood, the guide and directress of the married state, the unanimity of friendship, the comfort and joy of slavery, to which thou art often liberty. By thee, poverty enjoys all, because, content with itself, it bears all. By thee, the prophets were advanced in virtue, and the apostles united to Christ. Thou art the daily crown and mother of the martyrs. Thou art the bulwark of faith, the fruit of hope, and the friend of charity. Thou conductest all the people and all divine virtues, and dishevelled hairs bound up into one knot, for ornament and honor. Happy, eternally happy, is he who shall always possess thee in his soul." In the following discourse, he speaks no less pathetically on humility: but surpasses himself in his sermon or charity, or divine love. "O Charity! how tender, how rich, how powerful art thou! He who possesseth not thee, hath nothing. Thou couldst change God into man. Thou hast overcome death, by teaching a God to die"

Sunday, April 11, 2010

St. Gemma Galgani



The history of this holy, so close to us by the time (1878-1903) and the customs of everyday life, is incredible things for the mystical phenomena which he starred.
In certain periods of his tormented life endured harassment of any kind. The devil appeared to her to under the figure of the confessor to suggest obscenities. Other times he appeared as a bright angel, when she was unmasked, disappeared into a red flame on the ground leaving a trail of ashes. Sometimes he beat her and left her lifeless on the floor, where their faces were swollen and dislocated bones.
But often encouraged the company of Christ, the Virgin and her guardian angel. So she narrated, for obedience, the events preceding the mysterious phenomenon of stigmata: "It was the night of June 8, 1899, when suddenly I feel a pain inside of my sins ... Jesus appeared with all the open wounds, but could not get those wounds and blood, but that came about as flames of fire, which came to touch my hands, my feet and my heart. I thought to die ...".
The wounds that were opened appeared each week of eight Thursday night until three in the afternoon of Friday, accompanied with ecstasy. Given these mysterious phenomena, which were soon cause for curiosity of neighbors Gema Lucca where he lived, people began to call her "the girl of grace." It was a little girl grown rapidly and matured by the experience of pain.
She was the daughter of a pharmacist in the province of Lucca, and when he was eight years old he lost her mother. Care of her seven siblings. A few years later the father died and she was miraculously healed from a serious illness that tormented her, asked to enter the convent, but her request was rejected. She was received at the home of Matthew Giannini gentleman, and there was a very retired life, calm and obedient to the directives of the spiritual father of the Passionist Sisters who cared for her. Under the modest dress gloves and concealed the evidence of their participation in the passion of Christ.
Meanwhile, the manifestations of her holiness had passed the limits of the district and the city. Many who had gone home out of curiosity, out transformed into her spirit. The bone disease that had attacked the very young reappeared and made her suffer terribly. She realized that his ordeal was ending. But in her humility did not believe they have paid enough with the coin from suffering the privilege of being associated with the passion of Christ.
She died at age 25 on 11 April 1903. was the morning of Holy Saturday.
Due canonized by S.S. Pius II on May 2, 1940, her canonization faced strong opposition from those who wished to avoid it Diara attention to her visions and stigmata.

Prayer
Eternal and al knowing God
may the life of your servant Gemma
help us have a great devotion to the Passion
of Christ so we can get closer to your Holy Catholic
Church and The Kingdom of Heaven.
AMEN

References: Catholic.Net

Saturday, April 10, 2010

St. Michael de Sanctis



Michael decided at age six that he wanted to be a monk. Imposed such austerities on himself as a child that he had to be restrained. Orphaned, he became the apprentice of a merchant. Tried to join the Trinitarian monastery at Barcelona at age 12. Took his vows at age 15 at the monastery of Saint Lambert at Saragossa on 5 September 1607. Later felt drawn to the more austere Discalced Trinitarians; began his novitiate at Madrid, studied in Seville and Salamanca and took vows at Alcalá. Priest. Twice elected superior of the monastery at Valladolid. Lived a life of prayer and great mortification; especially devout towards the Holy Eucharist, and is said to have been rapt in ecstasy several times during Consecration. He was considered by his brothers to be a saint in life.

Friday, April 9, 2010

St. Waldetrudis


Saint Waltrude is the patron saint of Mons, Belgium, where she is known in French as Sainte Waudru, and of Herentals, Belgium, where she is known in Dutch as Sint-. Both cities boast a large medieval church that bears her name.

Married to the Count of Hainault, she raised four children. After her husband retired to an abbey, she herself became a nun in 656. She founded her own convent and the city of Mons grew around it.

The shrine of Saint Waltrude is kept in the collegiate church dedicated to her in Mons. Each year as part of the Ducasse de Mons festival, the shrine is placed on the car d'or, a gilded cart, and drawn by horses through the city streets. She died April 9, c. 688 AD. This is all that is known ab out this Saint.

Prayer
Father may the life of
St. Waldetrudishelp us become
better Christians so we can
love Christ,Virgin Mary,abd
the Blessed Sacrament
more each and every day.
AMEN

References: Wikipedia.Org

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Saint Perpetuus


Saint Perpetuus was the eighth Bishop of Tours, who governed that see for more than thirty years, from 461 to 494. During all that time he labored by zealous sermons, many synods and wholesome regulations, to lead souls to virtue.
Saint Perpetuus had great veneration for the Saints and respect for their relics; he adorned their shrines and enriched their churches. As there was a continual succession of miracles at the tomb of Saint Martin, Perpetuus, finding the church built by Saint Bricius too small for the concourse of people coming there, directed its enlargement. When the building was finished, the good bishop solemnized the dedication of this large new church, which a writer of that time said was one of the marvels of the world and worthy to be compared with the temple of Solomon. The translation of the body of Saint Martin was carried out on the 4th of July in 491. It is believed that either Saint Martin or his Angel assisted on this occasion, for the coffin was so heavy that no means were found to move it, until an unknown elderly gentleman came forward and offered his aid, immediately efficacious.
Saint Perpetuus had made and signed his last will, which is still extant, on the 1st of March, 475, a number of years before his death. In this testament of love, he remited all debts owing to him; and having bequeathed to his church his library and several farms, and establishing a fund for the maintenance of lamps and the purchase of sacred vessels, he declared the poor his heirs for all the rest. He added exhortations to concord and piety, and begged a remembrance in prayer. His ancient epitaph equals him to the great Saint Martin. He died on the 8th of April, 494.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

St. John Baptist de La Salle


John was born into a world very different from ours. It was the first son of wealthy parents living in France 300 years ago. John Baptist de La Salle was born in Reims, received the tonsure at the age of 11 years and was appointed canon of the Cathedral of Reims in the 16th. When they died their parents had to deal with the management of family assets. , He completed his theological studies and was ordained priest on April 9, 1678. Two years later, he obtained a doctorate degree in theology. In that period of his life, tentatively involved with a group of rough and barely literate young people, to establish schools for poor children.
At that time a few people lived in luxury, while the great majority lived in extreme poverty: peasants in the villages and slum dwellers in cities. Only a few could send their children to school. Most children had little hope for the future. Moved by the plight of the poor who seemed so "far from salvation" in one situation or another, made the decision to put his talents to the children "often left to themselves and without education." To be more effective, he abandoned his family home and went to live with the teachers, renounced his position as Canon and his wealth, and so formed the community that became known as the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
His enterprise met opposition from the ecclesiastical authorities who resisted the creation of a new form of religious life, a community of consecrated laymen dealing with schools "together and by association." The educational establishment of that time were troubled by his innovative methods and his insistence on gratuity for all, regardless
John Baptist de la Salle, Saint
the fact of whether the parents could pay or not. Nevertheless, De La Salle and his Brothers succeeded in creating a network of quality schools, characterized by the use of the vernacular, the students grouped by ability and achievement, religious education based on original themes, prepared by teachers with a religious vocation and missionary at the same time and by the involvement of parents in education. In addition, De La Salle pioneered in programs for training lay teachers, Sunday courses for youth workers and one of the first institutions for the care of delinquents. " Worn out by austerities and labors, he died at Saint Yon near Rouen, in 1719, just weeks before turning 68.
John was a pioneer in founding training centers for teachers, reform schools for delinquents, technical schools, secondary schools for modern languages, arts and sciences. His work quickly spread through France, and after his death, all over the world. In 1900, John Baptist de La Salle was declared a Saint. In 1950, because of his life and inspirational writings, received the Patron Saint of those working in the field of education. John Baptist showed how to teach and care for young people, how to meet failure and frailty with compassion, how to help, heal and strengthen. Today, the Lasallian schools exist in 85 countries. He is the Founder of the Institute Brothers of the Christian Schools. Patron Saint of Christian Teachers.

Prayer
Oh holy Saint John Baptist
de la Salle please hear our
prayer of intercession to
God so we too can go to the
Kingdom Of Heaven.
AMEN

References: Catholic.Net

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pope St. Sixtus I


Pope St. Sixtus I (in the oldest documents, Xystus is the spelling used for the first three popes of that name), succeeded St. Alexander and was followed by St. Telesphorus. According to the "Liberian Catalogue" of popes, he ruled the Church during the reign of Adrian "a conulatu Nigri et Aproniani usque Vero III et Ambibulo", that is, from 117 to 126. Eusebius, who in his "Chronicon" made use of a catalogue of popes different from the one he used in his "Historia ecclesiastica", states in his "Chronicon" that Sixtus I was pope from 114 to 124, while in his "History" he makes him rule from 114 to 128. All authorities agree that he reigned about ten years. He was a Roman by birth, and his father's name was Pastor. According to the "Liber Pontificalis" (ed. Duchesne, I, 128), he passed the following three ordinances: (1) that none but sacred ministers are allowed to touch the sacred vessels ; (2) that bishops who have been summoned to the Holy See shall, upon their return, not be received by their diocese except on presenting Apostolic letters ; (3) that after the Preface in the Mass the priest shall recite the Sanctus with the people. The "Felician Catalogue" of popes and the various martyrologies give him the title of martyr. His feast is celebrated on 6 April. He was buried in the Vatican, beside the tomb of St. Peter. His relics are said to have been transferred to Alatri in 1132, though O Jozzi ("Il corpo di S. Sisto I., papa e martire rivendicato alla basilica Vaticana", Rome, 1900) contends that they are still in the Vatican Basilica. Butler (Lives of the Saints, 6 April) states that Clement X gave some of his relics to Cardinal de Retz, who placed them in the Abbey of St. Michael in Lorraine. The Xystus who is commemorated in the Canon of the Mass is Xystus II, not Xystus I.

Monday, April 5, 2010

St. Vincent Ferrer


Vincent was born in Valencia (Spain) in 1350. At 17 he had already so successfully completed his studies in philosophy and theology that included teachers as faculty immediately.
He entered the Dominican convent of Valencia and was ordained priest in 1375, a date in the history of the Church is remembered as the beginning of the Great Western Schism (1378-1417). The great confusion divided Christians into two obedience to Rome and Avignon. It was inevitable that even straight spirits, as Vincent Ferrer, of the pope were illegitimate. The good faith of Vincent Ferrer is tested with the fact that he has done everything possible to solve the great conflict and restore the unity of the Church. He traveled throughout Europe, warming to his great speaking to crowds of faithful, attracted also by a special phenomenon: the Dominican preacher, who only knew the Castilian, Latin and some Hebrew, "I understand all the faithful of the various nations where he went, each in their own language, thus repeating the miracle of Pentecost.
Authentic preaching the Christian message, St. Vincent recovered all the youthful vigor, even in old age as soon rose to the pulpit or in makeshift boxes in the streets, because the churches were not enough for large crowds, and this despite not touch the audience with words of hope, but customs lashed with a threatening tone. Pontificate achieved the unity of the Council of Constance and the election of Martin V, Vicente toured the north of France trying to end the Hundred Years War. He died on April 5, 1419, during the mission in Vannes, and was canonized by Calixtus III fellow in 1455.He is a confessor of the church.He is the patron saint of builders, construction workers,and plumbers.He was a Cardinal of the Church.

Prayer
Father may the life of your
servant Vincent help us during
our every day life as Catholics so
we can reach the Gates of Heaven.
We ask this through Christ our lor
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit,one God forever and ever.
AMEN

References: Catholic.Net

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday 2010


Easter is the time when we celebrate the Glorious Resurrection of Christ. As we look in the Gospel of Matthew we read, "After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."


And so let us triumph with Christ, as he was dead among men, came back from the dead and broke the barrier between the Earth and the Heavens. Let us praise him forever and ever. Aleluya Aleluya....

St. Isidore of Seville


Isidore was literally born into a family of saints in sixth century Spain. Two of his brothers, Leander and Fulgentius, and one of his sisters, Florentina, are revered as saints in Spain. It was also a family of leaders and strong minds with Leander and Fulgentius serving as bishops and Florentina as abbess.
This didn't make life easier for Isidore. To the contrary, Leander may have been holy in many ways, but his treatment of his little brother shocked many even at the time. Leander, who was much older than Isidore, took over Isidore's education and his pedagogical theory involved force and punishment. We know from Isidore's later accomplishments that he was intelligent and hard-working so it is hard to understand why Leander thought abuse would work instead of patience.
One day, the young boy couldn't take any more. Frustrated by his inability to learn as fast as his brother wanted and hurt by his brother's treatment, Isidore ran away. But though he could escape his brother's hand and words, he couldn't escape his own feeling of failure and rejection. When he finally let the outside world catch his attention, he noticed water dripping on the rock near where he sat. The drops of water that fell repeatedly carried no force and seemed to have no effect on the solid stone. And yet he saw that over time, the water drops had worn holes in the rock.
Isidore realized that if he kept working at his studies, his seemingly small efforts would eventually pay off in great learning. He also may have hoped that his efforts would also wear down the rock of his brother's heart.
When he returned home, however, his brother in exasperation confined him to a cell (probably in a monastery) to complete his studies, not believing that he wouldn't run away again.
Either there must have been a loving side to this relationship or Isidore was remarkably forgiving even for a saint, because later he would work side by side with his brother and after Leander's death, Isidore would complete many of the projects he began including a missal and breviary.
In a time where it's fashionable to blame the past for our present and future problems, Isidore was able to separate the abusive way he was taught from the joy of learning. He didn't run from learning after he left his brother but embraced education and made it his life's work. Isidore rose above his past to become known as the greatest teacher in Spain.
His love of learning made him promote the establishment of a seminary in every diocese of Spain. He didn't limit his own studies and didn't want others to as well. In a unique move, he made sure that all branches of knowledge including the arts and medicine were taught in the seminaries.
His encyclopedia of knowledge, the Etymologies, was a popular textbook for nine centuries. He also wrote books on grammar, astronomy, geography, history, and biography as well as theology. When the Arabs brought study of Aristotle back to Europe, this was nothing new to Spain because Isidore's open mind had already reintroduced the philosopher to students there.
As bishop of Seville for 37 years, succeeding Leander, he set a model for representative government in Europe. Under his direction, and perhaps remembering the tyrannies of his brother, he rejected autocratic decision- making and organized synods to discuss government of the Spanish Church.
Still trying to wear away rock with water, he helped convert the barbarian Visigoths from Arianism to Christianity.
He lived until almost 80. As he was dying his house was filled with crowds of poor he was giving aid and alms to. One of his last acts was to give all his possessions to the poor.
When he died in 636, this Doctor of the Church had done more than his brother had ever hoped; the light of his learning caught fire in Spanish minds and held back the Dark Ages of barbarism from Spain. But even greater than his outstanding mind must have been the genius of his heart that allowed him to see beyond rejection and discouragement to joy and possibility.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Holy Saturday 2010


This day is also known as "The Day Christ laid in the tomb", due to the fact that after we read the 14th Station, Christ is buried. And thus on that Saturday we are in a hopeful vigil to see the return of our Lord and King, Jesus Christ. In the Gospels, the final passage we come across is, "Christ was then laid in the tomb, with a large boulder covering its entrance, and Christ laid there for 3 days, until Sunday when rose again." This is what we see/hear of Christ before he Resurrects on Sunday. Little is know about what took place within the tomb of Christ before the Glorious and Triumphant Sunday.

In the primitive Church Holy Saturday was known as Great, or Grand, Saturday, Holy Saturday, the Angelic Night, the Vigil of Easter, etc. It is no longer, like Maundy Thursday, a day of joy, but one of joy and sadness intermingled; it is the close of the season of Lent and penance, and the beginning of paschal time, which is one of rejoicing. The night of the vigil of Easter has undergone a strange displacement. During the first six or seven centuries, ceremonies were in progress throughout the entire night, so that the Alleluia coincided with the day and moment of the Resurrection.

St. Richard of Chichester


At the end of the twelfth century is born Richard, Wyche, a family of farm workers. Bump permanent austerity and harshness of life in the style of the greats of his time. The bishops are "lords" and loving human care, the monks abound in prosperity and luxury, the nobles are ambitious and on the throne is seen a flow strongly royalist. The lower class of people is poor and is steeped in ignorance and superstition. Richard is energetic and uncompromising when dealing with matters in which is present injustice, immorality or greed.
Possibly the natural condition it is what leads to a distancing, if not rejection of the powerful. The fact is that austerity lived in the house of his parents when he was child-must prepare for the mission to be played as an adult.
March to study at Oxford where he has good teachers Franciscans and Dominicans, and as more resources are not stretched, starved and cold. A short stay in Paris and returned to Oxford, graduating in Arts. In Bologna learns fees for seven years, doing what we would today call a law degree. When you return to Oxford he was appointed Chancellor of the University, Chancellor of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lincoln, where he was a bishop his old friend and teacher Grosseteste. Teaches in Orleans for two years and there became a priest.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is appointed by the Bishop of Chichester, on the death of Bishop Ralph Neville. And here begins a period of difficulties and of strong evidence.
King Henry III, who takes hold in a system of ecclesiastical vacancies, is strongly opposed to this choice. In addition, preferred for the free seat Robert Passelewe for reasons of "the royal treasury." Pope Innocent IV Speaker who is presiding at this time the Council of Lyon, confirming the appointment of Richard and consecrating him personally, March 5, 1245. But this makes things worse. And is that the high prestige acquired by the papacy since the ninth century has greatly diminished from that sank the House of Hohenstaufen and popes have leaned toward France, the rivalry between England and France leads to rebound against Rome that reactions manifested in a strong English nationalism, the strength of the throne to accept the decisions of the pope and intransigence and interference in the mixed materials. Even the papal legates are unwelcome, if not ignored in the English court.
In these circumstances, the appointment of Ricardo has fallen humanity, at the wrong time. The king has commanded physically shut the doors of the episcopal palace and forbidden to shelter and money. People's fear of retribution leads to real see-Bishop Richard bum as his lawful diocese, making missionary bishop, traveling on foot and devoid of service. Must be a curious picture at the time that the bishops were "lords" and never worked without entourage. Visit the homes of the fishermen and the humble catechizes who share food. Any scandal for senior churchmen who like ostentation and monks who enjoy good food! Condemns the abuse of power and the vices of the time with extraordinary energy has a special way the right-ditch defense against arbitrariness and abuse of power, preached the Gospel teaching against nepotism prevailed.
They were eight years as bishop in that knew how to keep, with strength, free from pressures. In fact, no one can explain how it was possible to again and again to his council in taking forward the Constitutions which are of that era, and sets out ways to do next, pointing to a different pastoral praxis and more responsive to Gospel principles.
He died at the home-seekers - "Mas-Dieu" - for poor priests and pilgrims, at age 55.


Prayer
Father may the life of Richard
your bishop hlep us a holy life
like him so we too can become
Saints.
AMEN

References: Catholic.Net

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday 2010





As early as the first century, the Church set aside every Friday as a special day of prayer and fasting. It was not until the fourth century, however, that the Church began observing the Friday before Easter as the day associated with the crucifixion of Christ. First called Holy or Great Friday by the Greek Church, the name "Good Friday" was adopted by the Roman Church around the sixth or seventh century. With every Good Friday and also every Friday during Lent we walk alongside Christ and venerate his Passion, Death and Resurrection.



We First begin with the Betrayal of Judas, which is said to have taken place in Gethsemane at some time around Mid-Night. Later Jesus is taken before the High Priests and is interrogated and later judged and sent before Pilate in the early morning hours. Pilate then sent Jesus to King Herod, the son of Herod the Great, to which to his belief, Jesus was a crazy person who just needed to be taught a lesson or ignored. Christ then returns to Pilate and is interrogated by him. Pilate then wishes to set Christ free, but to this the Jewish people began to riot and complain about setting one prisoner free for the Passover holiday. Pilate then let Barabbas free had Jesus imprisoned and flogged and then turned him over to the Jewish authorities with the words, "I am not responsible for the blood of this man, you are responsible for it, I wash my hands of this affair." It was around 9 in the morning when Christ and the two prisoners began their way to the Mount of Calvary. Christ in all his pain and suffering fell for the very first time, the soldiers then stood him up without mercy and made him continue. Later on Christ saw his mother, the Virgin Mary. Christ had a mini-fall before the blessed Mother, to which the soldiers picked Simon of Cyrene to help him out on the way to his crucifixion. A few meters later, a woman named Veronica went to clean the face of Christ and thus he gave her a gift for her compassion and love towards him. Leaving his holy face upon the simple piece of cloth. When he fell for the second time with Simon the soldiers were now even more brutal towards Christ. They stood him up and made him proceed, to where he saw a group of women crying and lamenting for him, to which he said, "Don't cry for me Daughters of Jerusalem, but rather yet cry for yourselves and your children for their will be a day where you will wish to have been sterile." Christ, then fell for the third time on his way, to which they had finally arrived at Calvary. Christ was to be crucified naked but they decided to leave him with his loin cloth. Christ was crucified at around noon and the cross exalted soon after he was crucified. He was there for 3 hours as we read in the Gospel of Luke, "It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"; and when he had said this he breathed his last. " Also at the foot of the Cross, he then gave Mary his Blessed Mother to his Beloved Disciple John. After his death he was then taken down from the cross due to the intercession of Joseph of Arimathea, who also donated an empty burial cave so that Christ could be laid to rest. And thus ends Good Friday with the Burial of Christ and our await of his Glorious Resurrection.

St. Francis of Paola


Francis was born at Paola, Italy and was educated at the Franciscan friary of San Marco there, and when fifteen became a hermit near Paola. In 1436, he and two companions began a community that is considered the foundation of the Minim Friars. He built a monastery where he had led his eremitical life some fifteen years later and set a Rule for his followers emphasizing penance, charity, and humility, and added to the three monastic vows, one of fasting and abstinence from meat; he also wrote a rule for tertiaries and nuns. He was credited with many miracles and had the gifts of prophesy and insight into men's hearts. The Order was approved by Pope Sixtus IV in 1474 with the name Hermits of St. Francis of Assisi (changed to Minim Friars in 1492). Francis established foundations in southern Italy and Sicily, and his fame was such that at the request of dying King Louis XI of France, Pope Sixtus II ordered him to France, as the King felt he could be cured by Francis. He was not, but was so comforted that Louis' son Charles VIII, became Francis' friend and endowed several monasteries for the Minims. Francis spent the rest of his life at the monastery of Plessis, France, which Charles built for him. Francis died there on April 2nd and was canonized in 1519. His feast day is April 2.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Holy Thursday 2010


The feast of Maundy (or Holy) Thursday solemnly commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and is the oldest of the observances peculiar to Holy Week. In Rome various accessory ceremonies were early added to this commemoration, namely the consecration of the holy oils and the reconciliation of penitents, ceremonies obviously practical in character and readily explained by the proximity of the Christian Easter and the necessity of preparing for it. Holy Thursday could not but be a day of liturgical reunion since, in the cycle of movable feasts, it brings around the anniversary of the institution of the Liturgy. On that day, whilst the preparation of candidates was being completed, the Church celebrated the Missa chrismalis of which we have already described the rite and, moreover, proceeded to the reconciliation of penitents. In Rome everything was carried on in daylight, whereas in Africa on Holy Thursday the Eucharist was celebrated after the evening meal, in view of more exact conformity with the circumstances of the Last Supper. Canon 24 of the Council of Carthage dispenses the faithful from fast before communion on Holy Thursday, because, on that day, it was customary take a bath, and the bath and fast were considered incompatible. St. Augustine, too, speaks of this custom, he even says that as certain persons did not fast on that day, the oblation was made twice, morning and evening, and in this way those who did not observe the fast could partake of the Eucharist after the morning meal, whilst those who fasted awaited the evening repast.
Holy Thursday was taken up with a succession of ceremonies of a joyful character. the reconciliation of penitents, the consecration of the holy oils, the washing of the feet, and commemoration of the Blessed Eucharist, and because of all these ceremonies, the day received different names, all of which allude to one or another of solemnities.

St. Hugh of Châteauneuf


Born in Valence, on the banks of the Isar, in Dauphiné, in the year 1053. Almost everything in her life happens infrequently. His father Odilon, after fulfilling their patriotic duties, he retired with the consent of his wife at the Charterhouse and at the end of his days he received from his son's hand the last rites. So the son was educated exclusively by his mother.
Young still get the perk of a canonry and happy career in the church is promised by his friendship with the papal legate. As they see it is good and pious bishop to do twenty-seven very much against their will not be considered for the job qualities, and it seems that he was right, "but once set there was no remedy provided attributed their refusal to excessive humility. Grenoble consecrated him bishop to Pope Gregory VII in the year 1080, and coasted the Countess Matilde costs.
Arriving at his diocese in a state of depressing prevailing usury, are bought and sold church property (simony), clerical concubinage abound, the morality of the faithful is below the minimum with the examples of the clergy, and only debts is the mismanagement of the diocese. The scandal together is a fact. Hugo-between tears and prayers, "wants to turn around, but neither penances nor visits and calls for a rude people and rude take effect. After two years everything is in disorder and confusion. Finish the bishop go to the abbey of the Maison-Dieu in Clermont (Auvergne) and the habit of St. Benedict. But Pope sends exhaustively re-take the reins of his church in Grenoble.
Reluctantly obeys. Delivered to faithfully and dislike their sacred ministry. Health is not accompanying him and torment him devilish temptations inside. Needless to insist that the popes that follow relieve it of its obligations, and agree to appoint another bishop to resign. Erre que erre followed in the pit of taking forward the plot bishop of the Church under his shepherding. Mules sold his car to help the poor because there was no where to get food rooms or visit the diocese on foot along the roads, was present at councils and excommunicated the antipope Anacleto; received
Hugo de Grenoble, Saint
Pope Innocent II, who also declined to accept his resignation, he fled the schismatic Pedro de Lyon and helped eliminate the schism of France.
He helped St. Bruno and six companions to settle in the monastery that he was always a haven of peace and consolation happens frequently visit and live there as the most seasons of all the friars friar.
As he was faithful and God is good, it worked its work in Grenoble around more than half a century of work of a bishop. Clergy were reformed, customs changed, it ordered the nobles and the poor were hospital for the ills of body and peace of the souls. At the end of his life, tormented by temptations that led him to doubt the Divine Providence, who lost her memory ensure so far as to not recognize their friends, while maintaining clarity to what is referred to the good of souls. His life was exemplary for all, while, died April 1, 1132, was canonized only two years, the council held at Pisa, Pope Innocent.
Bishop had no vocation for ever, but it was sincere, honest at work, pious, and obedient. The strength of God is like. It is a model of bishops and the holiest of all time.

Prayer
Father almighty help us
during this Year of The Priests
so we all have a very religious
and holy life.
We ask this through Christ our lord.
AMEN

References: Catholic.Net