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############################################################# ############################################################# MAY 2021 From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# May 2021 - Overview for the Month:::::::::The month of May is dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary. The first 23 days fall within the liturgical season of Easter, which is represented by the liturgical color white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence (absolute or restored). The remainder of the month (beginning the Monday after Pentecost) is in Ordinary Time which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection.:::::::::::: @@@ From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# May 2021 -The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of May 2021::::::::::The World of Finance Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.::::::::::: @@@ From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# May 2021 - Feasts for May :::::::::::The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of May are: 1.Joseph the Worker, Opt. Mem. 2.Fifth Sunday of Easter, Sunday 3.Philip and James, Feast 9.Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday 10.Damien de Veuster, priest; John of Avila, Opt. Mem. 12.Nereus and Achilleus; Pancras, martyrs, Opt. Mem. 13.Ascension of the Lord; Our Lady of Fatima, Opt. Mem. 14.Matthias, Feast 15.Isidore the Farmer (USA), Opt. Mem. 16.Ascension or the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Solemnity 18.John I, Opt. Mem. 20.Bernardine of Siena, Opt. Mem. 21.Christopher Magallanes and companions; Eugene de Mazenod (Canada), Opt. Mem. 22.Rita of Cascia, Opt. Mem. 23.Pentecost Sunday; Whitsunday, Solemnity 25. St. Bede the Venerable; St. Gregory VII; St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin, Opt. Mem. 26.Philip Neri, Memorial 27.Augustine of Canterbury, Opt. Mem. 30.Trinity Sunday, Solemnity 31.Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast::::::::: @@@ From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# May 2021 - Focus of the Liturgy :::::::::::The Gospel readings for all the Sundays in May are taken from St. John and and St. Matthew and are from Year B, Cycle 1. May 2nd - 5th Sunday of Easter In today's Gospel Jesus says He is the vine and we are the branches. May 9th - 6th Sunday of Easter Christ gives the commandment to love as He loves. May 16th - Ascension or 7th Sunday of Easter Jesus tells his disciples to preach the Gospel to the whole world. May 23rd - Pentecost Sunday In this Gospel Jesus gives His disciples the power to forgive sins. May 30th - Trinity Sunday Jesus tells the apostles to "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."::::::::: @@@ From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# May 2021 - Highlights of the Month ::::::::::::As Spring blossoms forth and we are surrounded by new life, we spend this month full of the joy of our Easter celebration and in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit, our Consoler and Advocate. The saints that we will focus on this month — those who have already shared in the rewards of the Resurrection — are St. Joseph the Worker (May 1), Sts. Philip and James (May 3), St. Damian the Leper (May 10), St. Nereus & Achilleus, St. Pancras (May 12), Our Lady of Fatima (May 13), St. Matthias (May 14), St. Isidore the Farmer (May 15), St. John I (May 18), St. Bernadine of Siena (May 20), St. Christopher Magallanes (May 21), St. Rita of Cascia (May 22), St. Bede, St. Gregory VII and St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi (May 25), St. Philip Neri (May 26), St. Augustine of Canterbury (May 27) and the Visitation (May 31). The feasts of St. Athanasius (May 2) is superseded by the Sunday liturgy. The Solemnity of the Ascension (May 13) is celebrated on May 16 (Sunday) in most dioceses in the United States.:::::::: @@@ From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# May 2021 - A Time of Grace :::::::::The world is resplendent with Spring's increased light and new growth. It is Mary’s month in the Easter season and all of nature rejoices with the Queen of heaven at the Resurrection of the Son she was worthy to bear. During the remainder of Easter time, let us endeavor through the prayers of the Holy Liturgy and the Holy Rosary to deepen our gratitude for the mystery of our Baptismal rebirth in Christ. "The month of May, with its profusion of blooms was adopted by the Church in the eighteenth century as a celebration of the flowering of Mary's maidenly spirituality…With its origins in Isaiah's prophecy of the Virgin birth of the Messiah under the figure of the Blossoming Rod or Root of Jesse, the flower symbolism of Mary was extended by the Church Fathers, and in the liturgy, by applying to her the flower figures of the Sapiential Books-Canticles, Wisdom, Proverbs and Sirach. "In the medieval period, the rose was adopted as the flower symbol of the Virgin Birth, as expressed in Dante's phrase, 'The Rose wherein the Divine Word was made flesh,' and depicted in the central rose windows of the great gothic cathedrals-from which came the Christmas carol, 'Lo, How a Rose 'ere Blooming.' Also, in the medieval period, when monasteries were the centers of horticultural and agricultural knowledge, and with the spread of the Fransiscan love of nature, the actual flowers themselves, of the fields, waysides and gardens, came to be seen as symbols of Mary…" – John S. Stokes Pentecost, the birth of the Church, is also among the celebrations of May. Though sprung from the side of Christ on the Cross, the Church marks as her birthday the descent of the Holy Spirit on Mary and the Apostles. At the 'birth' of the world, the Holy Spirit — the Breath of God — was the "mighty wind [that] swept over the waters" (Gen 1:2); at the birth of the Church He is present again "like the rush of a mighty wind" to recreate the world in the image of Christ through His Church (Acts 2:2). We, the members of Christ’s Mystical Body, are the present-day disciples sent by the Holy Spirit to bring Christ to the world. May we go forth as did Mary, who set out in haste to assist St. Elizabeth (feast of the Visitation, May 31). Come upon us, O Holy Spirit, so that, with Mary, we may proclaim the greatness of the Lord who has done great things for us — for his mercy endures forever! "In the hierarchy of holiness it is precisely the 'woman', Mary of Nazareth, who is the 'figure' of the Church. She 'precedes' everyone on the path to holiness; in her person 'the Church has already reached that perfection whereby she exists without spot or wrinkle'". — JOHN PAUL II Mulieris Dignitatem, 1988::::::::::: @@@ From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# ############################################################# APRIL 2021 From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# APRIL 2021 :::::: Overview for the Month :: The month of April is dedicated to The Holy Spirit. The first three days of the month fall during the season of Lent which is represented by the liturgical color purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart. The remainder of April falls during the Easter season which is represented by the liturgical color white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence (absolute or restored). :::::: @@@ From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# APRIL 2021 ::::::The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of April 2021 :: Fundamental Rights We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis. :::::: @@@ From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# APRIL 2021 :::::: Feasts for April :: The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of April are: 1. Holy Thursday,Triduum 2. Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion,Triduum 3. Holy Saturday,Triduum 4. Easter Sunday,Solemnity 5. Monday in the Octave of Easter,Solemnity 6. Tuesday in the Octave of Easter,Solemnity 7. Wednesday in the Octave of Easter,Solemnity 8. Thursday in the Octave of Easter,Solemnity 9. Friday in the Octave of Easter,Solemnity 10. Saturday in the Octave of Easter,Solemnity 11. Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy),Solemnity 18. Third Sunday of Easter,Sunday 21. Anselm,Opt. Mem. 23. George; Adalbert,Opt. Mem. 24. St. Fidelis,Opt. Mem. 25. Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday),Sunday 28. Peter Chanel (NZ, Feast); Louis Mary de Montfort; Gianna Molla, mother (Italy),Opt. Mem. 29. Catherine of Siena,Memorial 30. Pius V; Bl. Marie de l'Incarnacion (Can),Opt. Mem. :::::: @@@ From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# APRIL 2021 :::::: Focus of the Liturgy :: The Gospel readings for the Sundays in April are taken from St. John and St. Luke are from Year B, Cycle 1. April 4th - Easter Sunday This Gospel recounts Mary Magdalen and the apostles visit to the empty tomb of Christ on Easter. April 11th - Divine Mercy Sunday The Gospel relates the story of doubting Thomas. April18th - 3rd Sunday of Easter This Gospel tells of Jesus appearance to the Apostles after the Resurrection. April 25th - 4th Sunday of Easter The Gospel is about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. :::::: @@@ From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# APRIL 2021 ::::::Highlights of the Month :: After our solemn commemoration of the last days and death of Our Lord we will spend the month of April celebrating. As Spring breaks forth even nature will join us as buds and blooms begin to surface and we spend this month basking in the joy of the Resurrection. We continue throughout the entire month our cry, "Christ is risen, Christ is truly risen." The Feast of Divine Mercy offers us the opportunity to begin again as though we were newly baptized. The unfathomable mercy of God is made manifest today if we but accept His most gracious offer. Easter is the feast of feasts, the unalloyed joy and gladness of all Christians. This truly is "the day that the Lord has made." From Sunday to Sunday, from year to year, the Easters of this earth will lead us to that blessed day on which Christ has promised that He will come again with glory to take us with Him into the kingdom of His Father. The saints that we will focus on this month — those who have already shared in the rewards of the Resurrection — are St. Martin I (April 13), St. Bernadette (April 16), St. Anselm (April 21), St. George and St. Adalbert (April 23), St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen (April 24), Our Lady of Good Counsel (April 26), St. Louis Mary de Montfort and St. Peter Chanel (April 28), St. Catherine of Siena (April 29) and St. Pius V (April 30). The feast of St. Mark (April 25) falls on Sunday and are superseded the Sunday liturgy. The feasts of St. Francis of Paola (April 2), St. Isidore (April 4), St. Vincent Ferrer (April 5), St. John Baptist de la Salle (April 7) are superseded by the Holy Week and Easter Week Liturgies. :::::: @@@ From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# APRIL 2021 :::::: A Time of New Life :: April boasts the most solemn and sublime event of human history: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ – the Paschal mystery. Though the way to the Resurrection was the Via Crucis, the Sacrificial Lamb of God is now and forever Christ our Light, the Eternal high priest of the New Covenant. And his sorrowful mother, the Stabat Mater of Good Friday, is now the jubilant Mother of the Regina Caeli. We the members of Christ’s Mystical Body exalt in the mystery by which we were redeemed. If in Baptism we were buried with Christ, so also will we share in his resurrection. By his death we were reborn; “by his stripes we were healed.” (Is 53:5) Easter, the epicenter of time, is the event that links time and eternity. It is indeed “the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” (Ps 118:24) :::::: @@@ From the Catholic Culture ############################################################# ############################################################# ############################################################## ############# THANK YOU : The Catholic Culture ################ ##############################################################

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Saturday, May 15th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 16,23b-28.


Saturday of the Sixth week of Easter

15 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“I came from the Father and have come into the world.

Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 16,23b-28.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
I have told you this in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

 

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Saturday of the Sixth week of Easter

15 May 2021

Saint of the day

ISIDORE THE FARMER

(1070-1130)

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St. Isidore the Farmer
(1070-1130)

Isidore has become the patron of farmers and rural communities. In particular he is the patron of Madrid, Spain, and of the United States National Rural Life Conference.

When he was barely old enough to wield a hoe, Isidore entered the service of John de Vergas, a wealthy landowner from Madrid, and worked faithfully on his estate outside the city for the rest of his life. He married a young woman as simple and upright as himself who also became a saint—Maria de la Cabeza. They had one son, who died as a child.

Isidore had deep religious instincts. He rose early in the morning to go to church and spent many a holiday devoutly visiting the churches of Madrid and surrounding areas. All day long, as he walked behind the plow, he communed with God. His devotion, one might say, became a problem, for his fellow workers sometimes complained that he often showed up late because of lingering in church too long.

He was known for his love of the poor, and there are accounts of Isidore’s supplying them miraculously with food. He had a great concern for the proper treatment of animals.

He died May 15, 1130, and was declared a saint in 1622 with Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila and Philip Neri. Together, the group is known in Spain as “the five saints.”

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

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BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

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LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

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“Go into the whole world and

proclaim the Gospel to every creature.

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Friday, May 14th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15,9-17.


Saint Matthias, apostle – Feast

14 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

Jesus said to his disciples:

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15,9-17.

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”

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Saint Matthias, apostle – Feast

14 May 2021

Saint of the day

ST. MATTHIAS
Apostle

Saint Matthias,

Apostle –

After our blessed Lord’s Ascension his disciples met together, with Mary his mother and the eleven apostles, in an upper room at Jerusalem.

        The little company numbered no more than one hundred and twenty souls. They were waiting for the promised coining of the Holy Spirit, and they persevered in prayer. Meanwhile there was a solemn act to be performed on the part of the Church, which could not be postponed. The place of the fallen Judas must be filled up, that the elect number of the apostles might be complete.

        St. Peter, therefore, as Vicar of Christ, arose to announce the divine decree. That which the Holy Spirit had spoken by the mouth of David concerning Judas, he said, must be fulfilled. Of him it had been written, “His bishopric let another take.” A choice, therefore, was to be made of one among those who had been their companions from the beginning, who could bear witness to the Resurrection of Jesus.

        Two were named of equal merit, Joseph called Barsabas, and Matthias. Then, after praying to God, who knows the hearts of all men, to show which of these he had chosen, they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, who was forthwith numbered with the apostles.

        It is recorded of the Saint, thus wonderfully elected to so high a vocation, that he was above all remarkable for his mortification of the flesh. It was thus that he made his election sure.

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

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BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

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LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

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“Go into the whole world and

proclaim the Gospel to every creature.

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Thursday, May 13th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 16,15-20.


Ascension of the Lord – Solemnity

13 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

Jesus said to the eleven:

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 16,15-20.

Jesus said to the eleven: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents (with their hands), and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.

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Ascension of the Lord – Solemnity

13 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 28,16-20.

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

 

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Ascension of the Lord – Solemnity

13 May 2021

Saints of the day

Bl. Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich
Anchorite

(ca 1342 – 1420)

It was popular the 14th century for a number of English men and women to withdraw from the world as hermits, they were known as anchorites. Their hermitage, was a small room attached to a local church. Each room had two windows. One through the church wall permitting the anchorite to receive communion. Through the second window, the anchorite received food brought to him or her by village people. Thus they at all times had the window of their heart open to Christ, and open to the world.

As a young woman, Julian, who was born about 1342, became an anchorite at the Church of St. Edmund and St. Julian in Norwich. When she was 30 Julian suffered from a severe illness. Whilst apparently on her deathbed, Julian had a series of intense visions of Jesus Christ, which ended by the time she recovered from her illness on 13 May 1373. Julian wrote about her visions immediately after they had happened (although the text may not have been finished for some years), entitled Revelations of Divine Love. It is believed to be the earliest surviving book written in the English language by a woman. Twenty to thirty years later, perhaps in the early 1390s, Julian began to write a theological exploration of the meaning of the visions, known as The Long Text. This work seems to have gone through many revisions before it was finished, perhaps in the first or even second decade of the fifteenth century. Until her death in about 1420, at the age of 78, Julian stayed in her simple room. Like most anchorites, she prayed, fasted, did penance, studied, sewed clothing for the poor, and advised the village people.

But, like several other anchorites at that time, Julian also wrote a book, Revelations of Divine Love. In it, she described her 16 visions of Jesus. As she wrote this book about God’s great compassion for us, Julian developed a special vocabulary. She called the Creator our mother and our father. She called Jesus the Redeemer our brother. Revelations is a celebrated work in Catholicism and Anglicanism because of the clarity and depth of Julian’s visions of God. Julian of Norwich is now recognised as one of England’s most important mystics.

Julian of Norwich lived in a time of turmoil, but her theology was optimistic and spoke of God’s love in terms of joy and compassion, as opposed to law and duty. For Julian, suffering was not a punishment that God inflicted, as was the common understanding. She believed that God loved everyone and wanted to save them all. Popular theology, magnified by catastrophic contemporary events such as the Black Death and a series of peasant revolts, asserted that God punished the wicked. Julian suggested a more merciful theology, she believed that behind the reality of hell is a greater mystery of God’s love. In modern times, she has been classified as a proto-universalist, although she did not claim more than hope that all might be saved.

 At the time of Julian’s death, people from all over Europe traveled to her room, or cell, to ask her advice. Everyone recognized that she was close to God. The Church never formally declared her a saint, but through the ages, people have called her “Blessed.”

“If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.”
― Julian of Norwich

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Ascension of the Lord – Solemnity

13 May 2021

Saints of the day

St. John the Silent

BISHOP

(454 – C. 558)

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SAINT JOHN THE SILENT
Bishop
(454 – c. 558)

        St. John was born in 454 to a noble family in Nicopolis, Armenia. His faith was transmitted through loving, Christian parents. After their death, he built a church in honor of the Blessed Virgin, and also a monastery with ten fervent companions; all at the age of eighteen. To protect against egotistic jabbering, and to practice listening in prayer, with the view of interior recollection, Fr. John seldom spoke. When obliged to, he spoke in few words and with discretion.

        When he was only twenty-eight years old, the Archbishop of Sebaste obliged Fr. John to quit his retreat, and ordained him Bishop of Colonia in Armenia in 482. In this dignity, Bishop John preserved always the same spirit, and continued his monastic austerities and exercises. While watching one night in prayer, Bishop John saw before him a bright cross formed in the air, and heard a voice which said to him, “If you desire to be saved, follow this light.” It seemed to move before him, and at length point out to the monastery of St. Sabas. After the vision, Fr. John abdicated the episcopal office, and retired to the neighboring monastery of St. Sabas, which at that time contained one hundred and fifty monks. St. John was then thirty-eight years old.

        After living there for some years, fetching water, carrying stones, and doing other menial work, St. Sabas, judging Fr. John worthy to be promoted to the priesthood, presented him to the Patriarch Elias. St. John took the patriarch aside, and, having obtained from him a promise of secrecy, said, “Father, I have been ordained bishop; but on account of the multitude of my sins have fled, and am come into this desert to wait the visit of the Lord.” The patriarch was startled, but God revealed to St. Sabas the state of the affair, whereupon, calling for John, he complained to him of his unkindness in concealing the matter from him. Finding himself discovered, John wished to quit the monastery, nor could St. Sabas prevail on him to stay, but on a promise never to divulge the secret. In the year 503, St. John withdrew into a neighboring wilderness, but in 510 went back to the monastery, and confined himself for forty years to his cell.

        St. John, by his example and counsels, conducted many fervent souls to God, and continued to emulate, as much as this mortal state will allow, the glorious employment of the heavenly spirits in an uninterrupted exercise of love and praise, till he passed to their blessed company, soon after the year 558; having lived seventy-six years in the desert, which had only been interrupted by the nine years of his episcopal dignity.

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Ascension of the Lord – Solemnity

13 May 2021

 

Our Lady of Fátima

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The canonically crowned image enshrined within the Chapel of the Apparitions
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Tuesday of the Fourth week of Easter

Feast of the Church : Our Lady of Fatima

13 MAY 2014

Feast of the Church : Our Lady of Fatima

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OUR LADY of FATIMA

From May 13 to October 13, 1917,

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared six times to
three children of Fatima, Portugal
(Lucia Santos, Blessed Francisco and
blessed Jacinta Marto).

Our Lady asked that prayers and sufferings be offered in reparation for sin,
for the conversion of sinners, and for world peace.

She urged that the rosary be recited with devotion.

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Tuesday of the Fourth week of Easter

Feast of the Church : Our Lady of Fatima

13 MAY 2014

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Three Secrets of Fátima

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First two secrets

Lúcia Santos (left) with her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, 1917

The first secret was a vision of hell, which Lúcia describes in her Third Memoir as follows:
“Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.”

The second secret included Mary’s instructions on how to save souls from hell and convert the world to the Christian faith, also revealed by Lúcia in her Third Memoir:
“I have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

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BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

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LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

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“Go into the whole world and

proclaim the Gospel to every creature.

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Wednesday, May 12th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 16,12-15.


Wednesday of the Sixth week of Easter

12 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told

you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 16,12-15.

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”

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Wednesday of the Sixth week of Easter

12 May 2021

Saint of the day

St. Epiphanius

ARCHBISHOP

(C. 310 – 403)

SAINT EPIPHANIUS
Archbishop
(c. 310 – 403)

        St. Epiphanius was born in Palestine around the year 310. In his youth, Epiphanius studied Holy Scripture, embraced a monastic life, and practiced prayer and asceticism in the deserts of Egypt. He returned to Palestine about the year 333, and built a monastery near the place of his birth. People sometimes said he worked too hard, but his apology was: “God gives the kingdom of heaven if we labor; but no amount of work bears proportion to the reward that awaits us.” Through travel, reading, mortifications, prayer and penance, Epiphanius already had the spirit and fervor of the saints.

        A spiritual director of countless others, St. Epiphanius took the great St. Hilarion as his director in spiritual life. Their work in monasteries and Gospel was from 333 to 356.

        Epiphanius by now had a reputation for serving the Church. About the year 367, he became Bishop of Salamis in Cyprus. Still wearing the monastic habit and occasionally visiting his monastery in Palestine, Bishop Epiphanius was indefatigable in serving the poor and marginalized. He relaxed his personal austerities whenever welcoming guests, putting charity ahead of abstinence. During the persecution of the Arian Emperor Valens, Bishop Epiphanius was spared thanks to his record of service.

        In 376, Bishop Epiphanius undertook a journey to Antioch in the hope of converting Vitalis, the Apollinarist bishop; and in 382 he accompanied St. Paulinus from that city to Rome, where they lodged at the house of St. Paula; our Saint in return entertained her afterward ten days in Cyprus in 385. The very name of an error in faith, or the shadow of danger of evil, affrighted him, and the Saint fell into some mistakes on certain occasions, which proceeded from zeal and simplicity.

        Saint Epiphanius was born to eternal life in 403, while returning to Salamis in Cyprus. He was bishop for thirty-six years.

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

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BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

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LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

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Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side 

with your rod and your staff 

that give me courage. 

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Tuesday, May 11th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 16,5-11.


Tuesday of the Sixth week of Easter

11 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.

But if I go, I will send him to you.”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 16,5-11.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
sin, because they do not believe in me;
righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me;
condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”

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Tuesday of the Sixth week of Easter

11 May 2021

Saint of the day

St. Mammertus

ARCHBISCHOP

(+ C. 477)

SAINT MAMMERTUS
Archbishop
(c. 477)

        St. Mammertus, Archbishop of Vienne in Dauphin, was a prelate renowned for his sanctity, learning, and miracles. He instituted in his diocese the fasts and supplications called the Rogations, on the following occasions.

        Almighty God, to punish the sins of the people, visited them with wars and other public calamities, and awaked them from their spiritual lethargy by the terrors of earthquakes, fires, and ravenous wild beasts, which last were sometimes seen in the very market-place of cities. These evils the impious ascribed to blind chance; but religious and prudent persons considered them as tokens of the divine anger, which threatened their entire destruction.

         Amidst these scourges, St. Mammertus received a token of the divine mercy. A terrible fire happened in the city of Vienne, which baffled the efforts of men; but by the prayers of the good bishop the fire on a sudden went out. This miracle strongly affected the minds of the people. The holy prelate took this opportunity to make them sensible of the necessity and efficacy of devout prayer, and formed a pious design of instituting an annual fast and supplication of three days, in which all the faithful should join, with sincere compunction of heart, to appease the divine indignation by fasting, prayer, tears, and the confession of sins.

        The Church of Auvergne, of which St. Sidonius was bishop, adopted this pious institution before the year 475, and it became in a very short time a universal practice.

        St. Mammertus died about the year 477

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

______________________________________________

BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

__________________________________________

LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

___________________________________________

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

________________________________________________________________

“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

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Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side 

with your rod and your staff 

that give me courage. 

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Monday, May 10th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15,26-27.16,1-4a.


Monday of the Sixth week of Easter

10 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

They will expel you from the synagogues

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15,26-27.16,1-4a.

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.
And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”

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Monday of the Sixth week of Easter

10 May 2021

Saints of the day

St. Jozef Damian De Veuster

PRIEST

(1840-1889)

Saint Jozef Damien De Veuster
Priest
(1840-1889)

        St. Jozef Damien De Veuster, ss.cc, was born at Tremelo, Belgium, on 3 January 1840 (see also p. 8). Jozef (“Jef”) began his novitiate with the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (“Picpus Fathers”) at the beginning of 1859 and took the name Damien. He would pray every day before a picture of St. Francis Xavier, patron of missionaries, to be sent on a mission. In 1863 his brother, who was to leave for a mission in the Hawaiian Islands, fell ill. Since preparations for the voyage had already been made, Damien obtained permission from the Superior General to take his brother’s place. He landed in Honolulu on 19 March 1864. He was ordained to the priesthood on the following 21 May.

        At that time, the Hawaiian Government decided on the harsh measure of quarantine aimed at preventing the spread of leprosy: the deportation to the neighbouring Island of Molokai of all those infected by what was then thought to be an incurable disease. The entire mission was concerned about the abandoned lepers and Bishop Louis Maigret, a Picpus father, felt sure they needed priests. He did not want to send anyone “in the name of obedience” because he was aware such an assignment was a potential death sentence. Of the four brothers who volunteered, Damien was the first to leave on 10 May 1873 for Kalaupapa.

        At his own request and that of the lepers, he remained on Molokai. Having contracted leprosy himself, he died on 15 April 1889, at the age of 49, after serving 16 years among the lepers. He was buried in the local cemetery under the same Pandanus tree where he had first slept upon his arrival in Molokai. His remains were exhumed in 1936 at the request of the Belgian Government and translated to a crypt of the Church of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts at Louvain. Damien is universally known for having freely shared the life of the lepers in quarantine on the Kalaupapa Peninsula of Molokai. His departure for the “cursed isle”, the announcement of his illness (leprosy) in 1884 and his subsequent death deeply impressed his contemporaries of all denominations.

        Damien was above all a Catholic missionary. Fr Damien is known today as a hero of charity because he identified so closely with the victims of leprosy.

        He respected the religious convictions of others; he accepted them as people and received with joy their collaboration and their help. With a heart wide open to the most abject and wretched, he showed no difference in his approach and in his care of the lepers. In his parish ministry or in his works of charity he found a place for everyone.

        Among his best friends were Meyer, a Lutheran, the superintendent of the leper colony, Clifford, an Anglican, and Moritz, a painter, a free-thinker who was the doctor on Molokai and Dr Masanao Goto, a Japanese Buddhist and leprologist.

        He continues to inspire thousands of believers and non-believers who wish to imitate him and to discover the source of his heroism. People of all creeds and all philosophical systems recognized in him the Servant of God which he always revealed himself to be, and respect his passion for the salvation of souls.

        John Paul II beatified Damien de Veuster in Brussels on June 4, 1995; Pope Benedict XVI canonized him on October 11, 2009 at Rome. His feastday is celebrated on May 10.

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Monday of the Sixth week of Easter

10 May 2021

Saints of the day

Bl. Ivan Merz

(1896-1928)

BLESSED IVAN MERZ
(1896-1928)

        Ivan Merz was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia, on 16 December 1896, and was baptized on 2 February 1897. He attended elementary and middle school in Banja Luka and, after a brief period of education at the military academy of Wiener Noustadt, he enrolled in 1915 at the University of Vienna, with the dream of teaching young people in Bosnia; thus, he would be following the example of his professor, Ljubomir Marakovic, who helped Ivan to discover the richness of the Catholic faith.

         In March 1916, Ivan was enlisted in the army and shipped to the Italian battle front, where he spent the greater part of two years beginning in 1917. The war experience and its horrors marked a turning point in Ivan’s young life and contributed greatly to his spiritual growth, prompting him to abandon his future into God’s hands and to strive with all his might towards the goal of Christian perfection.

        On 5 February 1918, he wrote in his diary: “Never forget God! Always desire to be united with Him. Begin each day in the first place with meditation and prayer, possibly close to the Blessed Sacrament or during Mass. During this time, plans for the day are made, one’s defects are put under examination and grace is implored for the strength to overcome all weakness. It would be something terrible if this war had no meaning for me!… I must begin a life regenerated in the spirit of this new understanding of Catholicism. The Lord alone can help me, as man can do nothing on his own”. At this time, Ivan also made a private vow of perpetual chastity.

        After the war, he continued his studies at Vienna (1919-20), and then in Paris (1920-22). In 1923 he obtained a degree in philosophy. His thesis was entitled “The influence of the Liturgy on the French authors”. He then became a professor of language and French literature and was exemplary in his dedication to the students and to his responsibilities as a teacher.

        In his spare time he studied philosophy and theology and deepened his knowledge of the documents of the Magisterium of the Church.

        Ivan was especially noted for his interest in young people and concern for their growth in faith and holiness. He started the “League of Young Croatian Catholics” and the “Croatian League of Eagles” within the Croatian Catholic Action Movement. Their motto was: “Sacrifice Eucharist Apostolate”.

        For Ivan, the purpose of this organization was to form a group of front-line apostles whose goal was holiness. This scope of this goal also flowed over into liturgical renewal, of which Ivan was one of the first promoters in Croatia.

        As a Catholic intellectual, Ivan was able to guide young people and adults to Christ and His Church through his writings and organized gatherings. He also sought to teach them love and obedience to the Vicar of Christ and the Church of Rome.

        In the face of any misunderstandings and difficulties, Ivan always had an admirable patience and calm, the fruit of his continual union with God in prayer. Those who knew him well described him as a person who had his “mind and heart immersed in the supernatural”. Convinced that the most effective way to save souls was through efficacious suffering, he offered to God all his physical and moral sufferings, particularly for the intention of the success of his apostolic endeavours.

        Shortly before his death, he offered his life for the youth of Croatia. In short, the young man believed that his vocation was very simply “the Catholic faith”.

        Ivan Merz died on 10 May 1928 in Zagreb. He was 32 years old. He was beatified by John Paul II at Banja Luka on June 22, 2003.

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

______________________________________________

BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

__________________________________________

LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

___________________________________________

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

________________________________________________________________

“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

______________________________________________________

Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side 

with your rod and your staff 

that give me courage. 

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Sunday, May 9th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15,9-17.


Sixth Sunday of Easter

9 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

Jesus said to his disciples:

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15,9-17.

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”

 

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

9 May 2021

Saint of the day

St. Pachomius

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Father of Spiritual Communal Monastic Life

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

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BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

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LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

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Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side 

with your rod and your staff 

that give me courage. 

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Saturday, May 8th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15,18-21.


Saturday of the Fifth week of Easter

8 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15,18-21.

Jesus said to his disciples: “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.”

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Saturday of the Fifth week of Easter

8 May 2021

Saint of the day

Bl. Teresa Demjanovich

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College yearbook picture of Demjanovich, 1916

Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, S.C.

(March 26, 1901–May 8, 1927)

Sr. Miriam Teresa was an American Ruthenian Catholic Sister of Charity, who has been beatified by the Catholic Church. The ceremony for this was the first to take place in the United States.

She was born Teresa Demjanovich in Bayonne, New Jersey, on March 26, 1901, the youngest of seven children, of Alexander Demjanovich and Johanna Suchy), Ruthenian immigrants to the United States from what is now eastern Slovakia. She received Baptism, Confirmation, and her First Holy Communion in the Byzantine Ruthenian rite of her parents.

Teresa felt called to the religious life from a very young age. She delayed her entrance to care for her mother who fell ill. Her family encouragedher to pursue a college education, she attended the College of St. Elizabeth graduating with highest honors in 1923. She pursued her desire to enter the discalced Carmel, but was discouraged by superiors because of health concerns. She then considered a teaching order and For the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, she made a novena and, at its conclusion on December 8, she decided she was called to enter the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth. She never received an official transfer of rite, and therefore remained a Byzantine Rite Catholic while serving as a Religious Sister in a Roman Rite congregation.

As a postulant and novice, Demjanovich taught at the Academy of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station during 1925-1926. In June 1926, her spiritual director, Father Benedict Bradley, O.S.B., asked her to write the conferences for the novitiate. She wrote 26 conferences which, after her death, were published in a book, Greater Perfection.

In November 1926, Demjanovich became ill. After a tonsillectomy, she returned to the convent, but was soon diagnosed with myocarditis and acute appendicitis. Doctors did not think she was strong enough for an operation and her condition worsened. Demjanovich’s profession of permanent religious vows was made “in articulo mortis” (danger of death) on 2 April 1927. She was operated on for appendicitis on 6 May 1927 and died on 8 May 1927.

Favors and cures attributed to her intercession are continually being reported. On December 17, 2013, Pope Francis approved the attribution of a miraculous healing to the intercession of Demjanovich, opening the way to her beatification. Demjanovich was beatified at a ceremony on October 4, 2014, held at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

______________________________________________

BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

__________________________________________

LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

___________________________________________

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

________________________________________________________________

“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

______________________________________________________

Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side 

with your rod and your staff 

that give me courage. 

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Friday, May 7th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15,12-17.


Friday of the Fifth week of Easter

7 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“This I command you: love one another.”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15,12-17.

Jesus said to his disciples: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”

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Friday of the Fifth week of Easter

7 May 2021

Saint of the day

St. Rosa Venerini

(1656-1728)

SAINT ROSA VENERINI
(1656 – 1728)

Origins

        Rosa Venerini was born in Viterbo, on February 9, 1656. Her father, Goffredo, originally from Castelleone di Suasa (Ancona), after having completed his doctorate in medicine at Rome, moved to Viterbo where he practiced the medical profession brilliantly in the Grand Hospital. From his marriage to Marzia Zampichetti, of an ancient family of Viterbo, four children were born: Domenico, Maria Maddalena, Rosa and Orazio.

        Rosa was naturally gifted with intelligence and an uncommon human sensibility. The education that she received in her family allowed her to develop her many talents of mind and heart, forming her in steadfast Christian principles. According to her first biographer, Father Girolamo Andreucci, S.I., she made a vow to consecrate her life to God at the age of seven. During the early years of her youth, she lived through a conflict between the attractions of the world and the promise made to God. Rosa overcame this crisis with trusting prayer and mortification.

        At age twenty, Rosa raised questions about her own future. The women of her time could choose only two orientations for their live: marriage or the cloister. Rosa esteemed both, but she felt called to realize another project for the good of the Church and the society of her time. Urged on by prophetic interior occurrences, she committed much time in suffering and searching before reaching a resolution that was completely innovative.

        In the autumn of 1676, on the advice of her father, Rosa entered the Dominican Monastery of St. Catherine, with the prospect of fulfilling her vow. With her Aunt Anna Cecilia beside her, she learned to listen to God in silence and in meditation. She remained in the monastery for only a few months because the sudden death of her father forced her to return to her suffering mother.

        In the years immediately following, Rosa had to bear the burden of serious events for her family: her brother Domenico died at only twenty-seven years of age; a few months later her mother died, unable to bear the sorrow.

        In the meantime, Maria Maddalena married. There remained at home only Orazio and Rosa, by now twenty-four years old. Challenged by the desire to do something great for God, in May of 1684, the Saint began to gather the girls and women of the area in her own home to recite the rosary. The way in which the girls and women prayed, and above all, their conversation before and after the prayer, opened the mind and heart of Rosa to a sad reality: the woman of the common people was a slave of cultural, moral and spiritual poverty. She then understood that the Lord was calling her to a higher mission which she gradually identified in the urgent need to dedicate herself to the instruction and Christian formation of young women, not with sporadic encounters, but with a school understood in the real and true sense of the word.

        On August 30, 1685, with the approval of the Bishop of Viterbo, Cardinal Urbano Sacchetti and the collaboration of two friends, Gerolama Coluzzelli and Porzia Bacci, Rosa left her father’s home to begin her first school, according to an innovative plan that had matured in prayer and her search for the will of God. The first objective of the Foundress was to give the girls of the common people a complete Christian formation and prepare them for life in society. Without great pretense, Rosa opened the first “Public School for Girls in Italy”. The origins were humble but the significance was prophetic: the human promotion and spiritual uplifting of woman was a reality that did not take long to receive the recognition of the religious and civil authorities.

Expansion of the Work

        The initial stages were not easy. The three Maestre (teachers) had to face the resistance of clergy who considered the teaching of the catechism as their private office. But the harshest suspicion came from conformists who were scandalized by the boldness of this woman of the upper middle class of Viterbo who had taken to heart the education of ignorant girls. Rosa faced everything for the love of God and with her characteristic strength, continuing on the path that she had undertaken, by now sure that she was truly following the plan of God. The fruits proved her to be right. The same pastors recognized the moral improvement that the work of education generated among the girls and mothers.

        The validity of this initiative was acknowledged and its fame went beyond the confines of the Diocese. Cardinal Mark Antonio Barbarigo, Bishop of Montefiascone, understood the genius of the Viterbo project and he called the Saint to his diocese. The Foundress, always ready to sacrifice herself for the glory of God, responded to the invitation. From 1692 to 1694, she opened ten schools in Montefiascone and the villages surrounding Lake Bolsena. The cardinal provided the material means and Rosa made the families aware, trained the teachers, and organized the schools. When she had to return to Viterbo to attend to the strengthening of her first school, Rosa entrusted the schools and the teachers to the direction of a young woman, St. Lucia Filippini, in whom she has seen particular gifts of mind, heart and spirit.

        After the openings in Viterbo and Montefiascone, other schools were started in Lazio. Rosa reached Rome in 1706, but the first experience in Rome was a real failure which marked her deeply and caused her to wait six long years before regaining the trust of the authorities. On December 8, 1713, with the help of Abate Degli Atti, a great friend of the Venerini family, Rosa was able to open one of her schools in the center of Rome at the foot of the Campidoglio.

        On October 24, 1716, they received a visit from Pope Clement XI, accompanied by eight Cardinals, who wanted to attend the lessons. Amazed and pleased, at the end of the morning he addressed these words to the Foundress: “Signora Rosa, you are doing that which we cannot do. We thank you very much because with these schools you will sanctify Rome “.

        From that moment on, Governors and Cardinals asked for schools for their areas. The duties of the Foundress became intense, consisting of travels and hard work interwoven with joys and sacrifices for the formation of new communities. Wherever a new school sprang up, in a short time a moral improvement could be noted in the youth.

        Rosa Venerini died a saintly death in the community of St. Mark’s in Rome on the evening of May 7, 1728. She had opened more than forty schools. Her remains were entombed in the nearby Church of the Gesù, so loved by her. In 1952, on the occasion of her Beatification, they were transferred to the chapel of the Generalate in Rome. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 15, 2006 at Rome.

Her Spirituality

        During her entire life, Rosa moved in the ocean of the Will of God. She said, “I feel so nailed to the Will of God that nothing else matters, neither death nor life. I want what He wants; I want to serve Him as much as pleases Him and no more”.

        After her first contacts with the Dominican Fathers at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Oak Tree, near Viterbo, she definitely followed the austere and balanced spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola under the direction of the Jesuits, especially Father Ignatius Martinelli.

        The crises of adolescence, the perplexity of youth, the search for a new way, the institution of the schools and the communities, the rapport with the Church and the world-all were oriented to the Divine Will.

        Prayer was the breath of her day. Rosa did not impose on herself or her Daughters long vocal prayers, but recommended that the life of the Maestre, in the practice of the precious education ministry, be a continuous speaking with God, of God and for God.

        Intimate communion with the Lord was nourished by mental prayer, which the Saint considered “essential nourishment of the soul”. In meditation, Rosa listened to the Teacher who taught along the roads of Palestine and in a particular way from the height of the Cross. With her gaze upon the crucifix, Rosa always felt more strongly her passion for the salvation of souls. For this reason, she celebrated and lived daily the Eucharist in a mystical way. In her imagination, the Saint saw the world as a great circle; she placed herself in the center of it and contemplated Jesus, the immaculate victim, who offered Himself from every part of the world to the Father through the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

        She called this means of elevating herself to God “The Greatest Circle”. With incessant prayer, she participated spiritually in all the Masses being celebrated in every part of the world. She united with love the sufferings, hard work and joys of her own life to the sufferings of Jesus Christ, concerned that His Precious Blood would not be shed in vain.

The Charism

        We can summarize the charism of Rosa Venerini in a few words. She lived consumed by two great passions: passion for God and passion for the salvation of souls. When she understood that the girls and women of her time needed to be educated and instructed in the truths of the faith and of morality, she spared nothing of time, hard work, struggle, and difficulties of every kind, as long as it responded to the call of God. She knew that the proclamation of the Good News could be received if people were first liberated from the darkness of ignorance and error. Moreover, she intuited that professional training could give woman a human promotion and affirmation in society. This project required an educating Community and Rosa, without pretense and well before its time in history, offered to the Church the model of the Apostolic Religious Community.

        Rosa did not practice her educational mission only in the school but took every occasion to announce the love of God. She comforted and cured the sick, raised the spirits of the discouraged, consoled the afflicted, called sinners back to a new life, exhorted to fidelity consecrated souls not observing their call, helped the poor and freed people from every form of moral slavery.

        “Educate to save” became the motto that urged the Maestre Pie Venerini to continue the Work of the Lord intended by their Foundress and radiate the charism of Rosa to the world: to free from ignorance and evil so that the project of God which every person carries within can be visible.

        This is the magnificent inheritance that Rosa Venerini left her Daughters. Wherever the Maestre Pie Venerini strive to live and transmit the apostolic concern of their Mother, in Italy as in other lands, they give preference to the poor.

        After having made its contribution to the Italian immigrants to the USA from 1909 and in Switzerland from 1971 to 1985, the Congregation extended its apostolic activity to other lands: India, Brazil, Cameroon, Romania, Albania, Chile, Venezuela and Nigeria.

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

______________________________________________

BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

__________________________________________

LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

___________________________________________

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

________________________________________________________________

“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

______________________________________________________

Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side 

with your rod and your staff 

that give me courage. 

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Thursday, May 6th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15,9-11.


Thursday of the Fifth week of Easter

6 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“As the Father loves me,

so I also love you. Remain in my love.”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15,9-11.

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”

 

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Thursday of the Fifth week of Easter

6 May 2021

Saint of the day

Bl. Anna Rosa Gattorno

(1831-1900)

BLESSED ANNA ROSA GATTORNO 
(1831-1900)

        “My love, what can I do to make the whole world love you? … Make use once again of this wretched instrument to renew the faith and the conversion of sinners”.

        This generous outburst, uttered at the feet of her ‘Supreme Good’ – who drew her ever closer to him – constituted the deepest yearning of Anna Rosa Gattorno’s heart, leading her to offer her life totally in a continuous sacrifice for the glory and pleasure of the Father.
        She was born in Genoa on 14 October 1831 into a deeply Christian, well-to-do family of good name. She was baptized the same day in the parish of S. Donato and received the names Rosa, Maria, Benedetta.
        In her father Francesco and her mother Adelaide Campanella, like their other five children, she found the first models for her moral and Christian life. When she was 12 years old, she was confirmed at S. Maria delle Vigne by Cardinal Archbishop Tadini.
        As a young girl she was educated at home, as was the custom in rich families at that time. With her serene and loveable character, open to piety and charity, she was nonetheless firm and knew how to react to the confrontations of the political and anticlerical climate of the time, which did not spare even some members of the Gattorno family.
        At the age of  21 Rosa married her cousin Gerolamo Custo (5 November 1852), and moved to Marseilles. Unforeseen financial difficulties very soon upset the happiness of the new family which was forced to return to Genoa in a state of poverty. More serious misfortunes were looming: their first child, Carlotta, after a sudden illness was left deaf and dumb for life; Gerolamo’s attempt to find fortune abroad ended with his return, aggravated by a fatal illness; the happiness of the other two children was deeply disturbed by her husband’s disappearance which left her a widow less than six years after their marriage (9 March 1858) and, a few months later, by the loss of her youngest little son.
        The succession of so many sad events in her life marked a radical change which she called her “conversion” to the total gift of herself to the Lord, to his love and to love of neighbour. Purified by her trials and strengthened in spirit, she understood the true meaning of pain and was confirmed in the certainty of her new vocation.
        Under the guidance of her confessor, Fr. Giuseppe Firpo, she made private perpetual vows of chastity and obedience on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception 1858; followed by vows of poverty (1861) in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, as a Franciscan tertiary. Since 1855, she had also obtained the benefit of daily communion, which was uncommon in those days. She remained constantly anchored to this source of grace and, encouraged by ever growing intimacy with the Lord, she found support, missionary fervour, strength and zeal in service to her brothers and sisters.
        In 1862, she received the gift of hidden stigmata, perceived most intensely on Fridays.
        As a faithful wife and exemplary mother, never depriving her children of anything – always following and loving them tenderly – with greater availability she learned to share in the sufferings of others, giving herself in apostolic charity: “I dedicated myself with greater zeal to pious works and to visiting hospitals and the poor sick at home, helping them by meeting their needs as much as I could and serving them in all things”.
        The Catholic associations in Genoa competed for her, so that although she loved silence and concealment, her genuinely evangelising way of life was remarked by all.
        Progressing on this path, she was made president of the “Pious Union of the New Ursulines Daughters of Holy Mary Immaculate”, founded by Frassinetti, and was entrusted with the revision of the Rule destined for the Union at the express wish of Archbishop Charvaz.
        On that precise occasion (February 1864), redoubling her prayers to Christ Crucified, she received the inspiration for a new Rule, her own specific Foundation.
        Fearful of being forced to abandon her children she prayed, made acts of penance and asked advice. Fra Francis of Camporosso, a lay Capuchin, who is hom a saint,  to whom she also expressed her apprehension before the serious troubles that were imminent, supported and encouraged her, as did her confessor and the Archbishop of Genoa.
        However, feeling her maternal duties more and more acutely, she sought authoritative confirmation in the words of Pius IX, with the secret hope of being relieved. The Pontiff, at an audience on 3 January 1866, instead enjoined her to start her foundation immediately, adding: “This Institute will spread in all the parts of the world as swiftly as the flight of the dove. God will take care of your children: you must think of God and his work” She therefore accepted to do the Lord’s will, and as she then wrote in her Memoirs: “I generously offered them to God and repeated to him Abraham’s words: ‘Here I am, ready to do your divine will’…. Having offered myself for his Work, I received immense consolations…”.
        Overcoming the resistance of her relatives and, to the disappointment of her Bishop, leaving the associations in Genoa, she founded her new religious family in Piacenza, and named it definitively “Daughters of St. Anne, mother of Mary Immaculate” (8 December 1866). She was clothed on 26 July 1867 and on 8 April 1870 made her religious profession, together with 12 sisters.
        Fr. Tornatore, a priest of the Congregation of the Mission, collaborated with her in the Institute’s development. Expressly requested, he wrote the Rule and was then considered Co-Founder of the Institute.
        Entrusting herself totally to divine Providence and motivated from the start by a courageous charitable impulse, Rosa Gattorno began with a spirit of motherly dedication to consolidate God’s Work as the Pope had called it and as she too, chosen to cooperate in it, would always call it, attentively caring for any form of suffering and moral or material poverty, with the one intention of serving Jesus in his painful and injured members and of “evangelising first and foremost with life”.
        Various works came into being for the poor and the sick with any form of illness, for lonely, elderly or abandoned persons, the little and the defenceless, adolescents, and young girls “at risk” for whom she arranged appropriate instruction and subsequent integration in the working world. In addition, she soon opened schools for the people and for the education of the children of the poor, and other works of human and evangelical advancement in accordance with the greatest needs of the time and with an effective presence in ecclesial and civil life. “Servants of the poor and ministers of mercy” she called her daughters, and she urged them to accept, as a sign of the Lord’s favour to serve their brethren with love and humility: “Be humble … only think that you are the lowliest and the most wretched of all creatures who render service to the Church… and have the grace to belong to her”.
        Less than 10 years after its foundation, the Institute obtained the Decree of Praise (1876), and its definitive approval in 1879. For the Rule, it had to wait until 1892.
        Highly esteemed and appreciated by all, she also worked in Piacenza with Bishop Scalabrini, who has now been beatified, and in particular in the institute for deaf-mutes which he founded.
        However Mother Rosa Gattorno was not spared humiliations, difficulties and tribulations of all kinds. Despite this, the Institute spread rapidly, in Italy and abroad, thus achieving the Foundress’ ardent missionary desire: “Oh my Love! How I feel myself burning with the desire to make you known and loved by all! I would like to attract all the world, to give to all, to appease all … I would like to go everywhere and shout out for everybody to come and love you”. To be “Jesus’ voice” and to bring all people the message of the love that saves was and always remained her heart’s deepest desire. In 1878, she was already sending the first Daughters of St. Anne to Bolivia, then to Brazil, Chile, Peru, Eritrea, France and Spain. In Rome, where her work began in 1873, she organised boys’ and girls’ schools for the poor, nursery schools, assistance for the new-born babies of workers in the tobacco factory, houses for former prostitutes, serving women, nurses for home care, etc. There she also had the Generalate built, with its adjacent church.
        In all, at her death there were 368 houses in which 3,500 sisters were carrying out their mission.
The secret of her journey of holiness, of the dynamism of her charity and of the strength of mind with which she could face all obstacles with firm faith and guide the Institute with full dedication, courage and far-sightedness for 34 years, was her continuous union with God and total, trusting abandonment in him: “Although I am in the midst of such a torrent of things to do, I am never without the union with my Good”; her attention and docility to the impulses of the Spirit; her deep and loving participation in Christ’s Passion; her ceaseless prayers for the conversion of sinners and the sanctification of all mankind.
        She had a deep sense of belonging to Church and was ever humble, devout and obedient to the directives of the Pope and the hierarchy.
        With her fondness of St. Anne, she had a special love for Mary, to whom she entirely entrusted herself, in order to belong totally to God and totally to her brethren.
A pure and simple instrument in the hands of the “superfine Craftsman”, conformed to the Poor Christ and with him, a victim of love, she fulfilled in her life the desire she inculcated in her daughters: “To live for God, to die for him and to spend life for love”.
        She lived like this until February 1900, when she caught a dangerous form of influenza and rapidly deteriorated: her health, sorely tried by her acts of penance, frequent exhausting journeys and an enormous mass of correspondence, worries and serious disappointments, no longer resisted. On 4 May she received the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, and two days later, on 6 May, at 9.00 a.m., having ended her earthly pilgrimage, she died a holy death in the Generalate.
        The fame of holiness which had surrounded her during her life, spread after her death and grew unimpeded all over the world.
        As an expression of a rare plan of God, in her three-fold experience of wife and mother, widow and then religious and Foundress, in her mission of service to humanity and to extending the kingdom Rosa Gattorno brought great honour to the “feminine genius”. Although she was ever faithful to God’s call and a genuine teacher of Christian and ecclesial life, she remained essentially a mother: of her own children, whom she constantly followed, of the Sisters, whom she deeply loved, and of all the needy, the suffering and the unhappy, in whose faces she contemplated the face of Christ, poor, wounded and crucified.
        Her charism has spread in the Church with the birth of other forms of evangelical life: Sisters of Contemplative Life; a Religious Association of Priests; the Secular Institute and the Ecclesial Movement for the Laity, which are active in the Church in almost all the parts of the world.

        She was beatified by John Paul II on April 9, 2000 at Rome.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2019

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

***********************************************

“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

______________________________________________

BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

__________________________________________

LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

___________________________________________

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

________________________________________________________________

“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

______________________________________________________

Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side 

with your rod and your staff 

that give me courage. 

__________________________________________________________

Wednesday, May 5th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15,1-8.


Wednesday of the Fifth week of Easter

5 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

If you remain in me and my words remain in you,

ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15,1-8.

Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

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Wednesday of the Fifth week of Easter

5 May 2021

Saint of the day

St. Antoninus

BISHOP

(1389-1459)

SAINT ANTONINUS
Bishop
(1389-1459)

        Antoninus, or Little Antony, as he was called from his small stature, was born at Florence in 1389. After a childhood of singular holiness, he begged to be admitted into the Dominican house at Fiesole; but the Superior, to test his sincerity and perseverance, told him he must first learn by heart the book of the Decretals, containing several hundred pages. This apparently impossible task was accomplished within twelve months; and Antoninus received the coveted habit in his sixteenth year.

        While still very young, he filled several important posts of his Order, and was consulted on questions of difficulty by the most learned men of his day; being known, for his wonderful prudence, as “the Counsellor.” He wrote several works on theology and history, and sat as Papal Theologian at the Council of Florence.

        In 1446, he was compelled to accept the archbishopric of that city; and in this dignity earned for himself the title of “the Father of the Poor,” for all he had was at their disposal. St. Antoninus never refused an alms which was asked in the name of God. When he had no money, he gave his clothes, shoes, or furniture. One day, being sent by the Florentines to the Pope, as he approached Rome a beggar came up to him almost naked, and asked him for an alms for Christ’s sake. Outdoing St. Martin, Antoninus gave him his whole cloak. When he entered the city, another was given him; by whom he knew not. His household consisted of only six persons; his palace contained no plate or costly furniture, and was often nearly destitute of the necessaries of life. His one mule was frequently sold for the relief of the poor, when it would be bought back for him by some wealthy citizen.

        He died embracing the crucifix, May 5th, 1459, often repeating the words, “To serve God is to reign.”

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2019

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

______________________________________________

BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

__________________________________________

LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

___________________________________________

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

________________________________________________________________

“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

______________________________________________________

Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side 

with your rod and your staff 

that give me courage. 

__________________________________________________________

Tuesday, May 4th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14,27-31a.


Tuesday of the Fifth week of Easter

4 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14,27-31a.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.
I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me,
but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”

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Tuesday of the Fifth week of Easter

4 May 2021

Saints of the day

The English Martyrs

The English Marytrs

        Today the Church celebrates English Men and Women martyred for the Catholic Faith 1535-1680 and beatified or canonised by the Holy See.

        On this day in 1535 there died at Tyburn three Carthusian monks, the first of many martyrs, Catholic and Protestant, of the English reformation. Of these martyrs, forty two have been canonised and a further two hundred and forty two declared blessed, but the number of those who died on the scaffold, perished in prison, or suffered harsh persecution for their faith in the course of a century and a half cannot now be reckoned.

        They came from every walk of life; there are among them rich and poor, married and single, women and men.

        They are remembered for the example they gave of constancy in their faith, and courage in the face of persecution.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2019

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

***********************************************

“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

______________________________________________

BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

__________________________________________

LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

___________________________________________

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

________________________________________________________________

“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

______________________________________________________

Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side 

with your rod and your staff 

that give me courage. 

__________________________________________________________

Monday, May 3rd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14,6-14.


Saints Philip and James, apostles – Feast

3 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“If you ask anything of me in my name,

I will do it.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14,6-14.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.

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Saints Philip and James, apostles – Feast

3 May 2021

Saints of the day

Saints Philip and James,

Apostles –

Feast

 

 

 

 

 

St. James the Less                                                                                                             St. Philip    

 

 

 

Saints Philip and James,

Apostles –

Feast

Saints PHILIP and JAMES
Apostles

        Philip was one of the first chosen Disciples of Christ. On the way from Judea to Galilee Our Lord found Philip, and said, “Follow me” Philip straightway obeyed; and then in his zeal and charity sought to win Nathaniel also, saying, “We have found him of whom Moses and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth;” and when Nathaniel in wonder asked, “Can any good come out of Nazareth?” Philip simply answered, “Come and see,” and brought him to Jesus.

        Another characteristic saying of this apostle is preserved for us by St. John. Christ in his last discourse had spoken of his Father; and Philip exclaimed, in the fervor of his thirst for God, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough”

        St. James the Less, the author of an inspired epistle, was also one of the Twelve. St. Paul tells us that he was favored by a special apparition of Christ after the Resurrection. On the dispersion of the apostles among the nations, St. James was left as Bishop of Jerusalem; and even the Jews held in such high veneration his purity, mortification, and prayer, that they named him the Just.

The earliest of Church historians has handed down many traditions of St. James’s sanctity. He was always a virgin, says Hegesippus, and consecrated to God. He drank no wine, wore no sandals on his feet, and but a single garment on his body. He prostrated himself so much in prayer that the skin of his knees was hardened like a camel’s hoof. The Jews, it is said, used out of respect to touch the hem of his garment. He was indeed a living proof of his own words, “The wisdom that is from above first indeed is chaste, then peaceable, modest, full of mercy and good fruits.”

        He sat beside St. Peter and St. Paul at the Council of Jerusalem; and when St. Paul at a later time escaped the fury of the Jews by appealing to Cæsar, the people took vengeance on James, and crying, “The just one hath erred,” stoned him to death.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894
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Saints Philip and James, apostles – Feast

3 May 2021

Saints of the day

Bl. Tommaso Acerbis

(† 1631)

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BLESSED TOMMASO ACERBIS
  
Friars Minor Capuchin

(1563-1631)

        Bl. Tommaso Acerbis, from Olera (Italy) was born in 1563 and died in Austria in 1631.

        He has been beatified by Pope Francis on September 21st, 2013.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2019
Image from CatholicSaints.Info

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

***********************************************

“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

______________________________________________

BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

__________________________________________

LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

___________________________________________

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

________________________________________________________________

“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

______________________________________________________

Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side 

with your rod and your staff 

that give me courage. 

__________________________________________________________

Sunday, May 2nd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 15,1-8.


Fifth Sunday of Easter

2 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15,1-8.

Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

2 May 2021

Saints of the day

St. José Maria Rubio y Peralta

St. José Maria Rubio y Peralta
Priest

(1864 – 1929)

        St. José was born in Spain in 1864 to a large family of farmers. He entered the seminary in 1876 when only 12 years old. After his ordination in 1887, Fr. Jose was both a parish priest and professor at Seminary in Madrid.

        After a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Fr. Jose asked his bishop’s permission to join the Society of Jesus. He had postponed this dream for many years in order to care for an elderly priest.

        Fr. Jose took his first vows as a Jesuit when he was 44. He became known as the “Apostle of Madrid.” People came from great distances to celebrate the sacrament of Penance with him because of his compassion and healing words. He helped people to change their lives and live for Jesus.

        Fr. Jose was deeply attached to poor people and preached about causes – rising to the occassion and serving our communities. Many lay people came to Fr. Jose to ask how they could help. He guided them to open tuition-free schools, clinics, housing for needy families, and jobs for the unemployed. Fr. Jose also provided for the spiritual needs of the poor by making the sacraments more available to them.

        At the center of the Priest’s life and ministry was his love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. He told the people he ministered that prayer must always come first.

        Fr. Jose was born to eternal life on 1929, and the Church has honored him as a saint since 1985. Pope St. John Paul II remembered him for following Christ’s example.

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

2 May 2021

Saints of the day

St. Athanasius

BISHOP & DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

(+ 373)

SAINT ATHANASIUS
Bishop & Doctor of the Church
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        St. Athanasius was born in Egypt towards the end of the third century, and was from his youth pious, learned, and deeply versed in sacred writings, as befitting one whom God chose to be champion and defender against the Arian heresy.

        Though only a deacon he was chosen by his bishop to go with him to the Council of Nicæa, in 325, and attracted the attention of all by the learning and ability with which he defended the faith. A few months later, he became Patriarch of Alexandria. For forty-six years, he bore – often well-nigh alone – the whole brunt of the Arian assault.

        When the Saint refused to restore Arius, the heretic, to Catholic communion, the emperor ordered Constantinople’s Patriarch to do so. Arius took an oath that he always believed the Church’s teachings. The Patriarch, after vainly using every effort to move the Emperor, had recourse to fasting and prayer, that God would avert the frightful sacrilege. When the day came for Arius’ solemn entrance in the great church of Sancta Sophia, he met with death while on the way, and the sacrilege was averted.

        St. Athanasius stood unmoved against four Roman emperors; although being exiled five times, the victim of perpetual calumny, and living in constant peril of death. Though firm and adamant in his defence of the Faith, St. Athanasius was meek and humble, pleasant and winning in converse, beloved by his flock, unwearied in labors, in prayer, in mortifications, and in zeal for souls.  

        In the year 373, Athanasius’ stormy life closed in peace. He left to the Church the whole and ancient Faith, defended and explained in writings rich in thought and learning, clear, keen, and stately in expression.

        He is honored as one of the greatest Doctors of the Church.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2019

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

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BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

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LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

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Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side 

with your rod and your staff 

that give me courage. 

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Saturday, May 1st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 14,7-14.


Saturday of the Fourth week of Easter

1 May 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it. “

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14,7-14.

Jesus said to his disciples:  “If you know me, then you will also know my Father.  From now on you do know him and have seen him.”  
Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.

 

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Saturday of the Fourth week of Easter

1 May 2021

Saint of the day

St. Joseph the Worker

Saint Joseph the Worker

Readings proper for the feast: Gn. 1:26-2:3 or Col. 3:14-24; Mt 13:54-58    

Today is also a wonderful occasion to reflect on the importance of work in the life of the human person, the family and the community. We are made in the image and likeness of God, we participate with God in the work of maintaining and sanctifying His creation. We work with Jesus, Jesus said “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” Jn. 5:17

   “Every day St. Joseph, as a carpenter, provided for the family’s needs with manual work. Thus the Church rightly points to him as the patron of workers.

   The dignity of the human person is constructed through work, and in the light of this truth, we can clearly perceive the fundamental connection between the person, work and society. Human activity – the Second Vatican Council recalls – proceeds from the human person and is ordered to the person. According to God’s design and will, it must serve the true good of humanity and allow “man as an individual and as a member of society to cultivate and carry out his integral vocation” (cf. Gaudium et spes, n. 35).

   In order to fulfil this mission, a “tested spirituality of human work” must be cultivated that is firmly rooted in the “Gospel of work” and believers are called to proclaim and to witness to the Christian meaning of work in their many activities and occupations (cf. Laborem exercens, n. 26).

   May St. Joseph, such a great and humble saint be an example that inspires Christian workers, who should call on him in every circumstance. Today I wish to entrust to the provident guardian of the Holy Family of Nazareth the young people who are training for their future profession, the unemployed, and those who are suffering from the hardship of the shortage of employment, families and the whole world of work, with the expectations and challenges, the problems and prospects that characterize it.”

(Partially taken from John Paul II – General audience, Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Wednesday, 19 March 2003)

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2019

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“I am with you always, until

the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

***********************************************

“This is my commandment:

love one another as I love

you.”

______________________________________________

BE MERCIFUL, O LORD,  FOR WE HAVE SINNED. 

__________________________________________

LORD, FORGIVE THE WRONG I HAVE DONE. 

___________________________________________

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

________________________________________________________________

“Behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

______________________________________________________

Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side 

with your rod and your staff 

that give me courage.

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