Sunday   Saints of this Day August  14 Décimo nono Kaléndas  Septémbris.   

Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
Пресвятая Богородице спаси нас!  (Santíssima Mãe de Deus, salva-nos!)


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St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe Immaculata his inspiration
I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me.
She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red.
She asked if I would like to have them
—one was for purity, the other for martyrdom.

I said, ‘I choose both.’ She smiled and disappeared
.”

 “In the same way that the Immaculate belongs to Jesus and to God, each soul will belong to Jesus and to God through her and in her, in a much easier way than it would be without her."
Maximilian Mary Kolbe
Maximilian Mary Kolbe, when first arrested>


It is said that Eusebius heard a from heaven say to him:
"If you had not been found worthy to suffer, you could not be admitted into the court of Christ, or to the seats of the just."

To inflict a defeat on Satan and establish God’s kingdom
 
Modern times are dominated by Satan and will be even more so in the future. The battle against Hell cannot be led by men and women, even the most intelligent. Only the Immaculate has received from God the promise of victory over the Devil.

However, since she was assumed into Heaven, the Mother of God has asked for our collaboration. She is looking for souls who can consecrate themselves entirely to her, to become effective and reliable instruments in her hands, to inflict a defeat on Satan and establish God’s kingdom on this earth.


August 14 - Our Lady Beneath the Cross
- Saint Maximilian Kolbe (d. 1941)


The Immaculate Virgin Inspired His Life
August 14 - Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Martyr (d. 1941 in Auschwitz)

– Madonna del Sasso (Locarno, Switzerland, 1480)
  Like Mary, when we hear the voice that elects us and calls us…
Like Mary, when our heart is open enough that we can hear the voice that elects us and calls us, we cannot delay: we must hurry and go forth. Of course there are many types of vocations, and no one is left out!
Before setting off, however, we must know where we are going, and in which direction to direct our feet. (…) In her elevation to heaven, Mary sums up the essence of the goal towards which the Christian life leads us: the perfect union with Christ, or holiness. (…)
But how can we, poor sinners, even conceive responding to such a call? Like the Virgin Mary, we are tempted to ask: How can this come about?
It is impossible for us to reach that summit of holiness. The answer that the Lord gives us repeats the one that Mary received: The Holy Spirit will come upon you. In us also, it will be the Work of God.
P. Guy Frenod, Excerpt from a Sermon

 
"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).

>From today on, the Church desires to address as "Saint" a man who was granted the grace of carrying out these words of the Redeemer in an absolutely literal manner. For towards the end of July, 1941, when the camp commander ordered the prisoners destined to die of starvation to fall in line, this man--Maximilian Maria Kolbe--spontaneously came forward and declared himself ready to go to death in the place of one of them. This readiness was accepted and, after more than two weeks of torment caused by starvation,
Father Maximilian's life was ended with a lethal injection on August 14, 1941.
All this happened in the concentration camp at Auschwitz where during the last war some four million people were put to death, including the Servant of God, Edith Stein (the Carmelite Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross).
The Church has venerated Father Maximilian as "Blessed" since 1971. By laying down his life for a brother, he made himself like Christ. The inspiration of his whole life was the Immaculata. To her he entrusted his love for Christ and his desire for martyrdom. In the mystery of the Immaculate Conception there revealed itself before the eyes of his soul that marvelous and supernatural world of God's grace offered to man.
The faith and works of the whole life of Father Maximilian show that he thought of his cooperation with divine grace as a warfare under the banner of the Immaculate Conception. This Marian characteristic is particularly expressive in the life and holiness of Father Kolbe. His whole apostolate, both in his homeland
and on the missions, was similarly marked with this sign.
Excerpts from the Homily at the Canonization of Saint Maximilian Kolbe
By His Holiness Pope John Paul II on October 10, 1982


Alfeo Emaldi
Cuts Tongue To Save Seal of Confessional
 By Manual Mina, Madrid 1964
Reverend Alfeo Emaldi, S.C., an Italian Xavarian missionary, talks today with difficulty. 
But his Spanish, learned in a few months, is perfectly understandable.

 (Departing from Venice (Northern Italy) dated 26-2-1926 Father Alfeo China arrived at City-Chu is located Hoang-Ha riverside date 19-5-1926. Father immediately start learning Chinese, a language full much-complicated, particularly for people with severe myopia as Father. But with just one month later, Father explicable in Chinese and catechesis for the Chinese! It was wonderful.)



August 14, 2016
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest, Martyr (Memorial)

When I am before the Blessed Sacrament I feel such a lively faith that I can't describe it. Christ in the Eucharist is almost tangible to me...
When it is time for me to leave, I have to tear myself away from His sacred presence. -- St Anthony of Claret

Mary Mother of GOD
showing us life of Christian perfection is possible.
The saints are a “cloud of witnesses over our head”,

They Have Never Stopped Honoring You Aug 14 -Vigil of the Assumption of Our Lady - Saint Maximilian Kolbe
Here, in this land of France, I entrust to your motherly love, O Mother of God, the sons and daughters of this nation.
They have never stopped honoring you in their traditions, in the art of their cathedrals,
in their pilgrimages, in popular piety, as in the devotion of spiritual authors.
They are sure to stay close to Christ in contemplating you, listening to you and praying to you.
Many have chosen to devote themselves to you, including kings, such as Louis XIII on behalf of his people.
O Mary, give the gifts of the Holy Spirit to get these brothers and sisters of France, so as to impart new youth, the youth of faith, to these Christians and their communities,
which I entrust to your Immaculate Heart and your motherly love.
John Paul II (1920-2005)
Lourdes, 14 August 1983.
15 Promises of the Virgin Mary to those who recite the Rosary

August 14 – Madonna del Sasso (Locarno, Switzerland, 1480) - Saint Maximilian Kolbe 
 
On that "Rock" the Virgin appeared to him  
The Madonna del Sasso (Virgin of the Rock) is a Catholic shrine located in Orselina near Locarno, Switzerland. The wooded crag upon which the shrine is built is known as the Sacred Hill. The Madonna del Sasso is one of the most important religious and historical sites in southern Switzerland.
Tradition says that Fra Bartolomeo, a Franciscan monk from the convent of Locarno, wanted to build a place of worship on the "Rock" of Orselina, close to Locarno, following an apparition of the Virgin Mary. It is to this "Rock" that in 1480, the Capuchin had gone to pray at night, when the Virgin Mary appeared to him and filled him with joy.
The monk later built an oratory. With the influx of pilgrims and the many miraculous healings, the place was transformed into a shrine. In 1600 a Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) was added.
Today, with its church of the Annunciation at the foot of the hill, the Via Crucis and the Shrine of the Madonna del Sasso, the Sacro Monte (Sacred Hill) is an artistic, historical and spiritual attraction.
Its annual feast is celebrated on the first Sunday of September.  The Mary of Nazareth Team

Vigília Assumptiónis beátæ Maríæ Vírginis.
The Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
 Mary.


Mary's Divine Motherhood
Called in the Gospel "the Mother of Jesus," Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as "the Mother of my Lord" (Lk 1:43; Jn 2:1; 19:25; cf. Mt 13:55; et al.). In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father's eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity.
Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly "Mother of God" (Theotokos).

Catechism of the Catholic Church 495, quoting the Council of Ephesus

  3rd v. Eusebius a priest of Palestine M (RM)
         St. Demetrius
  304  St. Ursicius Martyr  tribune from Illyrium (modern Albania) serving in the army of Emperor Diocletian
  357 Eusebius of Rome priest who founded a church in Rome (now called titulis Eusebii) (RM)
  389 Marcellus of Apamaea pulling down temple of Zeus BM (RM)
6th v. St. Fachanan (Fachtna) observed liturgically throughout all Ireland a "wise and upright man" a pupil of St. Ita
        St. Anastasius
 780 St Werenfrid of Arnheim English missionary who accompanied Saint Willibrord to Frisia, OSB (AC)
  860 Athanasia of Constantinople Matron married twice reluctantly turned their home into a convent venerated by
         Empress Theodora (RM)
  958 Blessed Eberhard of Einsiedeln, OSB Abbot Swabia's ducal family (AC)
1480 Blessed Antony Primaldi and Companions artisan known for his piety martyred by Turks MM (AC)
1490 Blessed Sanctes Brancasino  a Franciscan lay-brother at Scotameto, Italy OFM (AC)
1501 Blessed Juliana Puricelli  OSA the first companion of Blessed Catherine da Pallanza (AC)

       St. Callistus bishop , killed by Goths, succeeded by Fortunatus, whose body was taken to France;
Tudérti, in Umbria, sancti Callísti, Epíscopi et Mártyris.
    At Todi in Umbria, St. Callistus, bishop and martyr.
The great psalm of the Passion, Chapter 22, whose first verse "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
Jesus pronounced on the cross, ended with the vision: "All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations shall worship before him"
For kingship belongs to the LORD, the ruler over the nations.  All who sleep in the earth will bow low before God; All who have gone down into the dust will kneel in homage.  And I will live for the LORD; my descendants will serve you. 
The generation to come will be told of the Lord,
that they may proclaim to a people yet unborn the deliverance you have brough
t.
Mary the Mother of God

3rd v. Eusebius a priest of Palestine M (RM)

Died 3rd century. Eusebius, a priest of Palestine, was denounced as a zealous evangelist to Emperor Maximian, arrested and brought before him. Because the local populace complained about Eusebius' Maximian and his governor Maxentius insisted that he should sacrifice to the gods, although no new edict against the Christians had been published. The acta are still extant:
Maxentius:  "Sacrifice to the gods freely, or you shall be made to do it against your will."
Eusebius: "There is a greater law which says, You shall adore the Lord your God, and him alone shall you serve."
Maxentius:    "Choose either to offer sacrifice, or to suffer the most rigorous torments."
Eusebius:    "It is not consistent with reason for a person to adore stones, nothing is viler or more brittle."
Maxentius:    "These Christians are a hardened race of men, to whom it seems desirable rather to die than to live."
Eusebius:    "It is impious to despise the light for the sake of darkness."
Maxentius:    "You grow more obstinate by leniency and entreaties. Therefore I will lay them aside, and frankly tell you, that, unless you sacrifice, you shall be burnt alive."
Eusebius:    "As to that, I am in no pain. The more severe or cruel the torments are, the greater the crown will be."
At this point Eusebius was stretched on the rack and his sides torn with iron hooks. Throughout this torture Eusebius repeated, "Lord Jesus, preserve me. Whether we live or die, we are yours." Amazed at his resistance, Maxentius finally ordered that he should be released from the rack.
Maxentius:    "Do you know the decree of the senate, which commands all to sacrifice to the gods?"
Eusebius:    "The command of God is to take place before that of man."
The irate judge ordered Eusebius to be burnt alive. As the saint walked out with joy painted upon his face, onlookers were amazed.
Maxentius:    "You run to an unnecessary death; your obstinacy astonishes me. Change your mind."
Eusebius:    "If the emperor commands me to adore dumb metal, in contempt of the true God, let me appear before him."
He said this because the current emperors (Maximian and Diocletian) had not yet issued new laws against the Christians. So, Maxentius had Eusebius confined until Maximian could pass judgment the following day.
Maxentius:    "Great emperor, I have found a seditious man who is disobedient to the laws, and even denies to my face that the gods have any power, and refuses to sacrifice or to adore your name."
Maximian:    "Let him he brought before me."
A witness advised against it because he believed that the emperor would be moved by compassion or persuasion.
Maximian:    "Is he such a man that he can even change me?"
Maxentius:    "He will change not only you, but the minds of all the people. If you once behold his looks, you will feel yourself strangely moved to follow his inclinations."
Eusebius was brought into the audience chamber. His joy revealed itself in his dazzling visage. Courage shone in every glance and movement of this venerable, old priest.
Maximian:    "Old man, why are you come before me? Speak, and be not afraid."
Eusebius remained silent.
Maximian:    "Speak freely; answer my questions. I desire that you be saved."
Eusebius:    "If I hope to be saved by man, I can no longer expect salvation from God. If you excel in dignity and power, we are, nevertheless, all mortal alike. Neither will I be afraid to repeat before you what I have already declared. I am a Christian; nor can I adore wood and stones; but I most readily obey the true God whom I know, and whose goodness I have experienced."
Maximian:    "What harm is it if this man adores the God of whom he speaks, as above all others?"
Maxentius:    "Be not deceived, most invincible emperor; he does not call what you imagine, God, but I know not what Jesus, whom our nation or ancestors never knew."
Maximian:    "Go you forth and judge him according to justice and the laws. I will not be judge in such an affair."

Maximian, a rough and generally brutish man, was moved by the modest virtue of this stranger. Like Pilate before him, he would have preferred to save the man who so impressed him, but would not trouble himself to do something that might not be politically expedient. When Maximian left, Maxentius ascended his tribunal, and sternly commanded Eusebius to sacrifice to the gods.

Eusebius:    "I will never sacrifice so those which can neither see nor hear."
Maxentius:   "Sacrifice, or torments and flames must be your portion. He whom you fear, is not able to deliver you from them."
Eusebius:    "Neither fire nor the sword will work any change in me. Tear this weak body to pieces with the utmost cruelty; treat it in what manner you please. My soul, which is God's, cannot be hurt by your torments. I persevere firm in the holy law to which I have adhered from my cradle."

Thereupon Maxentius ordered that Eusebius be beheaded. As the sentence was pronounced, the saint offered thanksgiving.
Eusebius:    "I thank you for Your goodness, and praise Your power, O Lord Jesus Christ, that by calling me to the trial of my fidelity, You allowed me to be treated as one of Your own."

It is said that Eusebius heard a from heaven say to him: "If you had not been found worthy to suffer, you could not be admitted into the court of Christ, or to the seats of the just." Shortly thereafter, he knelt down and was decapitated (Husenbeth).
304 St. Ursicius Martyr  tribune from Illyria (modern Albania) serving in the army of Emperor Diocletian
In Illyrico sancti Ursícii Mártyris, qui, sub Maximiáno Imperatóre et Aristíde Præside, post multa et divérsa torménta, pro Christi nómine, gládio cæsus est.
    In Illyria, St. Ursicius, martyr, who was beheaded for Christ after suffering various torments under Emperor Maximian and the governor Aristides.
He was a tribune from Illyria (modern Albania) serving in the army of Emperor Diocletian (r. 284-305). Arrested for being a Christian, he was beheaded at Nicomedia (in modern Turkey).

Ursicius of Nicomedia
a tribune of the imperial army from Illyrium, was beheaded under Diocletian at Nicomedia (Benedictines) M (RM)
357 Eusebius of Rome priest who founded a church in Rome (now called titulis Eusebii) (RM)
Romæ natális beáti Eusébii, Presbyteri et Confessóris, qui, ab Ariáno Imperatóre Constántio, ob cathólicæ fídei defensiónem, in quodam domus suæ cubículo inclúsus, ibi, cum menses septem in oratióne constánter perseverásset, dormitiónem accépit.  Ipsíus autem corpus collegérunt Gregórius et Orósius Presbyteri, et in cœmetério Callísti, via Appia, sepeliérunt.
    At Rome, the birthday of the blessed priest Eusebius, who for the defence of the Catholic faith was shut up in a room of his own house by the Arian emperor Constantius, where constantly persevering in prayer for seven months, he rested in peace.  His body was removed by the priests Gregory and Orosius, and buried in the cemetery of Callistus, on the Appian Way.

St Eusebius Of Rome  (Fourth Century)
St Eusebius lived in Rome during the latter part of the 4th century, but the story of his life as related in his acta is entirely spurious. This relates that he was a priest who opposed the Arian emperor Constantius, supported "St Felix II" (July 29), and celebrated the Holy Mysteries in his own house after he had been forbidden the churches.  He was therefore imprisoned in a tiny room of the same house, where he died after seven months. He was buried, we are told, in the cemetery of Callistus on the Appian Way, with the inscription over his tomb :  "To Eusebius, the Man of God"  this circumstance may be true, but no trace of the tomb has been found.
  This is one of the cases in which we have clear evidence of the historical existence of a person who was afterwards the object of a certain cultus, though the story subsequently told is quite untrustworthy.  Eusebius beyond doubt founded what we may call a parish church in Rome which was known as the titulus Eusebii As founder an annual commemorative Mass was offered for him, which in course of time was regarded as a Mass celebrated in his honour, and in 595 we find that the parish was already referred to as the titulus sancti Eusebii
See H. Delehaye, Sanctus (1927), p. 149; J. Wilpert in Romische Quartalschrift, vol. xxii, pp. 80-82; J. P. Kirsch, Die ramisehen Titelkirchen, pp. 58-61; with the whole discussion in CMH., pp. 443-444. Alban Butler printed also on this day almost in its entirety the passio of a martyred Eusebius, said to be in Palestine. But the document is worthless and there is no indication of cultus, so this strangely obscure martyr is here omitted.
Usuard's ancient martyrology calls this priest who founded a church in Rome (now called titulis Eusebii) a confessor. The spurious acta, say that he was martyred under the Arian Emperor Constantius for having preached against Pope Liberus' signing of the confession of Sirmium. According to these, he was imprisoned for many months and died during confinement (Benedictines, Encyclopedia). In art, Saint Eusebius is portrayed being carried to heaven. The angels hold a chain, a chalice, and the Gospel of John. He may also be shown speaking without a tongue (Roeder) .
St. Demetrius
In Africa sancti Demétrii Mártyris.      In Africa, St. Demetrius, martyr.
An African martyr about whom nothing is known.
Demetrius of Africa M (RM)
This is another of the many martyrs of whom there is no extant information. The Roman Martyrology records simply that he was martyred in Africa on this day (Benedictines)
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389 Marcellus of Apamaea pulling down temple of Zeus BM (RM)
Apaméæ, in Syria, sancti Marcélli, Epíscopi et Mártyris; qui, cum Jovis delúbrum diruísset, a furéntibus Gentílibus occísus est.
    At Apamea in Syria, St. Marcellus, bishop and martyr, who was killed by the enraged heathen for having pulled down a temple of Jupiter.
St  Marcellus, Bishop Of Apamaea, Martyr
Among the undertakings of the Emperor Theodosius the Great was the attempt completely to christianize the Roman empire, and in 380 he and the co-emperor, Gratian, issued a decree that all their subjects were to profess the faith of the bishops of Rome and Alexandria.  Eight years later he sent an officer into Egypt, Syria, and Asia Minor, whose duty it was to enforce an edict that all pagan temples were to be destroyed;  this violent policy was carried out very roughly and not unnaturally aroused the anger and resentment of the pagans. When the imperial prefect arrived at Apamaea in Syria he set his soldiers to work to pull down the temple of Zeus there, but it was a large building and well built and the soldiers, being inexpert at systematic demolition, made little progress.
  Bishop of the place was Marcellus.  He told the prefect to take off his men to their next job and in his absence means would be sought efficiently to destroy the temple.  The very next day a navvy came to the bishop and said that, if he would pay him double wages, he could do the work himself.  St Marcellus agreed, and the man proceeded to demolish the temple by the simple device of undermining some of the supporting columns, holding up the foundations with timber, and then burning it away, in much the same way as a tall chimney-stalk is brought down today.

   Marcellus proceeded to have other temples dealt with in this manner, until he went to one in a certain unidentified place;  this building was stoutly defended by those who worshipped in it, and the bishop had "to take up a position some way from the scene of conflict, out of the reach of the arrows, for he suffered from gout and so was not able either to fight or to run away".   But while he was watching from this point of vantage, some of the pagans stole a march on him, seized him, and put him to death by throwing him into the flames.  The sons of St Marcellus (he had been married) afterwards wanted to take vengeance on his murderers, but the council of the province forbade them, saying they should rather rejoice that God had accounted their father worthy to die in His cause.
   This St Marcellus nust not be confused with another St Marcellus, born at Apamaea and abbot in Constantinople, whose feast is observed on December 29.

The account in the Acta Sanctorum, August, vol. iii, seems to have gathered up all that  known concerning this Marcellus. Theodoret, Eccies. Hist., bk v, ch. 21, is the main authority. 
In art, Saint Marcellus is shown overturning a statue of Jupiter (Roeder).
6th v. St. Fachanan (Fachtna) observed liturgically throughout all Ireland "wise and upright man"; pupil of St. Ita
St  Fachanan, Bishop
This saint's feast is observed liturgically throughout all Ireland and he is patron of the diocese of Ross, where he was probably the first bishop.
  He was born at Fulachteann, was one of the pupils of St Ita, and founded the monastery of Molana on an island in the Blackwater, near Youghal. His great achievement was the establishment of the monastic school of Ross, at what is now Rosscarbery, in county Cork, one of the most famous schools of Ireland, which flourished for three hundred years and survived in some form until the coming of the Nonnans.
  Fachanan (Fachtna) suffered for a time from blindness, from which he recovered at the intercession of Ita's sister, who was about to give birth to St Mochoemog.   St Fachanan was revered as a "wise and upright man", with a great gift for preaching; St Cuimin of Connor said of him that he was "generous and steadfast, fond of preaching to the people and saying nothing that was base or displeasing to God." The St Fachanan honoured on this day as the patron of Kilfenora diocese may be a different person from him of Ross.
  St Fachanan is another Irish saint of whom no early biography survives.  He is mentioned, however, on this day in the Félire of Oengus and is described as, "son of Mongach, the son of the wright, a fair captive".   There is also a passing reference to him and to his school in the Latin life of St Moehoemog. 
See O'Hanjon, LIS., vol. viii, pp. 191 seq.
6th v. Fachanan of Ross B (AC)
Died late 6th century. Saint Fachanan may have been the first bishop of Ross, Ireland, of which he is the patron. He founded the monastic school of Roscarbery (or Ross-Altair in County Cork) and appointed Saint Brendan as one of its teachers (Benedictines, Montague)
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760  St. Werenfrid Benedictine missionary. From England, he journeyed to become an assistant to St. Willibrord in his labors to convert the Frisians. He died at Arnheim, in the Netherlands.
780 Werenfrid of Arnheim English missionary who accompanied Saint Willibrord to Frisia, OSB (AC)
Died at Arnheim. Werenfrid was an (Benedictines, Encyclopedia). In art, Saint Werenfrid is vested for Mass holding a ship with a coffin in it. Sometimes his body is placed in a ship, with or without sails (Roeder). He is venerated at Arnheim, and is the patron of vegetable gardeners. Werenfrid is invoked against gout of stiff joints (Roeder)
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860 Athanasia of Constantinople Matron married twice reluctantly turned their home into a convent venerated by Empress Theodora (RM)
In Ægína ínsula sanctæ Athanásiæ Víduæ, monástica observántia et miraculórum dono illústris.
    In the island of Aegina, St. Athanasia, widow, celebrated for monastical observance and the gift of miracles.
St Athanasia, Matron
    She was born on the island of Aegina, in the gulf of that name, and married an officer in the army; but only sixteen days after their union he was killed while fighting against the Arabs, who had made a descent on the Grecian coast. Athanasia was now anxious to become a nun, especially as she had had a dream or vision in which the passingness of all earthly things had been strongly impressed on her.  But she was persuaded by her parents to marry again. Her second husband was a devoted and religious man, and shared in and encouraged his wife's good works.  She gave alms liberally and helped the sick, strangers, prisoners and all who stood in need; after the Liturgy on Sundays and holy-days she would gather her neighbours round her and read and explain to them a passage from the Bible. After a time her husband decided he wanted to become a monk, which with Athanasia's consent he did, and she turned her house into a convent, of which she was made abbess.
  These nuns followed a life of excessive austerity, till they came under the direction of a holy abbot called Matthias; he found that they had by mortifications reduced themselves to such weakness that they could hardly walk.   He therefore insisted to St Athanasia that she should modify the austerities of her subjects, and also arranged for the community to move from their noisy house in a town to one more quiet and suited for monastic life at Timia.  Here so many came to them that their buildings had to be enlarged, and the fame of St Athanasia caused her to be called away to the court of Constantinople as adviser to the Empress Theodora.  She had to live there for seven years, being accommodated in a cell similar to that which she occupied in her own monastery.  She had not been allowed to return to Timia long when she was taken ill  for twelve days she tried to carry on as usual, but at last she had to send her nuns to sing their office in church without her, and when they returned their abbess was dying and survived only long enough to give them her blessing.
The evidence for this history is unsatisfactory, for though the author of the life which the Bollandists have translated from the Greek (Acta Sanctorum, August, vol. iii) claims to be virtually a contemporary, such pretensions are not of themselves convincing. No great cultus seems to have existed, but an account of Athanasia is given in some texts of the synaxaries on April 4. I. Martynov, Annus Ecclesiasticus Graeco-Slavicus, pp. 107-108, speaks of her on April 12. One point of interest in the Greek life is the stress laid upon the commemoration on the fortieth day after burial, which amongst the Greeks corresponded to the "month's mind" in western lands.
Born on the island of Aegina. Some complain that most of the saints were hermits and virgins, priests and popes, who bear little resemblance to the typical Catholic in the pews.
Saint Athanasia was married. Not only was she married, she was married twice. Both times she did so reluctantly.
The first time her parents arranged a marriage to an army officer. Although Athanasia would have preferred the religious life, she readily complied with their wishes. Three weeks after their wedding, her husband was killed in a battle with a Moorish raiding party from Spain. The savagery of these raids so decimated the population of Aegina that authorities passed a law that make celibacy illicit. So, Athanasia married again.
   She was equally yoked with her second spouse. Together they led a life of good works and prayer so that their home became a center of religious activity. His wealth permitted them the means to extend considerable charity to those in need. In a division of labor, Athanasia visited the sick in their homes in the city and countryside, while her husband remained at home and dispensed aid to all who came to them. On Sundays, Athanasia conducted Bible- reading groups.
   After a few years of marriage, her husband decided to become a monk. He turned over all his property to Athanasia, so that she could continue their work. When he had entered the monastery, Athanasia turned their home into a convent. The sisters lived an extremely austere life that was moderated by the able guidance of an abbot named Matthias, who also suggested that they move the convent to a more isolated location called Tamia.
  The monastery grew and so prospered at Tamia that the fame of Athanasia reached the ears of the empress at Constantinople. Theodora, the wife of Emperor Theophilus the Iconoclast, called her to Constantinople to help her restore the veneration of images. Athanasia stayed in Constantinople for seven years, and fell deathly ill shortly after her return to Tamia. Nevertheless, Athanasia continued to attend divine office until the eve of her death (Benedictines, Encyclopedia).
In art, Saint Athanasia is shown weaving. There is a star over her or on her breast.
Sometimes the picture will include Empress Theodora (Roeder). She is venerated in the Eastern Church (Roeder).
958 Blessed Eberhard of Einsiedeln, OSB Abbot Swabia's ducal family (AC).
Bd Eberhard, Abbot 
   Bd Eberhard was of the ducal family of Swabia and became provost of the cathedral of Strasburg.  In the year 934 he gave up this dignity and went to the hermitage of Einsiedeln in Switzerland, to join his friend Benno, who had been bishop of Metz.   Benno already had a few followers there and the coming of Eberhard, who enjoyed a wide reputation for spiritual wisdom and holiness, considerably increased their numbers.  He therefore devoted his fortune to building a monastery to shelter them and a church wherein they might worship, and after the death of Benno he was recognized as first abbot of the monastery of our Lady of the Hermits.
  In 942 there was a great famine in Alsace, Burgundy and Upper Germany, and Bd Eberhard and his monks gave a large supply of corn for the relief of the suffering people.  The consecration of the abbey-church of Einsiedeln, which incorporated the hermits' chapel, by our Lord himself, assisted by the four Evangelists, St Peter and St Gregory the Great, is fabled to have taken place in 948, ten years before the death of Bd Eberhard.  Actually it seems consecrated in that year by St Conrad of Constance and St Ulric of Augsburg. 
Einsiedeln is still a great place of pilgrimage.
See 0. Ringholz, Geschichte des fürstl. Benediktinerstiftes Einseideln (1904), vol. i, pp. 33-43. R Henggeler, Reliquien der Stiftskirche Einsiedeln (1927), pp. 7 seq.
Born into Swabia's ducal family, Eberhard became provost of the Strasbourg's cathedral chapter. He resigned in 934 to join his friend Blessed Benno at Saint Meinrad's hermitage on Mount Etzel in Switzerland. After the death of his blinded friend, Eberhard built a Benedictine monastery--Our Lady of the Hermits, which became famous as Einsiedeln--and served as its first abbot (Benedictines, Delaney) .
St. Anastasius 11th century
Benedictine archbishop
. He served the monastery of Pannonhalma in Hungary from 996 to 1006 as abbot. He was then named archbishop of Eszterzom, becoming the primate of Hungary.
1480 Blessed Antony Primaldi and Comp. artisan known for his piety martyred by Turks MM (AC)
Bd. Antony Primaldi And His Companions, Martyrs 
   In 1480, Turks under Mohammed II captured and pillaged the city of Otranto in southern Italy, putting to the sword many of its inhabitants and defenders.  Some of these victims are regarded as martyrs, principal among them being Bd Antony Primaldi (or Grimaldi) and the eight hundred who suffered with him. He was an old man, an artisan, and well known in the city as a good workman and a good Christian.
   When Turks rounded up those males who had escaped the first massacre, sacking their houses and carrying off their wives, Antony and the others were led out into a valley near the town, and offered the restoration of their liberty, their wives and their goods if they would apostatize and become Moslems. Antony, as spokesman for the rest, replied that they confessed there was only one God, and that the Lord Jesus Christ was His divine Son, and that on no account would they abandon that faith.   The Turkish general threatened them with fearful torments and some began to waver, seeing which Antony loudly appealed to them: "We have fought for our city and for our lives. Now we must fight for our souls and for Jesus Christ; He died for us we must die for him."  The waverers rallied to him, and it was ordered that all be beheaded.
   Bd Antony was the first to die, and it is said that his headless body remained upright on its feet, as it were to encourage the others, until all the rest were slain.  The place where this massacre took place is to this day called the Valley of the Martyrs, and there their bodies lay unburied during the twelve months that the Turks occupied the country. The cultus of these martyrs was confirmed in 1771.
There is a long account of these martyrs in the Acta Sanctorum, August, vol. iii, under the heading "Martyres Hydruntini", at the end of which the evidence of certain witnesses is printed in full. Unfortunately these depositions were not taken until 1539, fifty-nine years after the event.  See also DHG., vol. iii, cc. 805-806, which gives further references.
Cultus approved in 1771. Antony Primaldi was an artisan in Otranto, Italy, who was known for his piety. In 1480, the Turks invaded the city and offered the inhabitants the choice between death and conversion to Islam. The ancient Antony became the spokesman for the town. For himself and 800 men of Otranto, he chose Christ. All were hacked to pieces (Benedictines).
1490 Blessed Sanctes Brancasino  a Franciscan lay-brother at Scotameto, Italy OFM (AC)
Born at Monte Fabri near Urbino, Italy; cultus approved by Pope Clement XIV. Sanctes was a Franciscan lay-brother at Scotameto, Italy (Benedictines)
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1501 Blessed Juliana Puricelli  OSA  the first companion of Blessed Catherine da Pallanza (AC)
Born in Busto-Arizio, Italy, in 1427; died at Sacro Monte sopra Varese (near Milan), 1501; cultus approved in 1769. Blessed Juliana was the first companion of Blessed Catherine da Pallanza (Benedictines)
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1941 St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe Immaculata his inspiration  b. 1894
 "I don’t know what’s going to become of you!” How many parents have said that? Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s reaction was,
 “I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me.
She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them—one was for purity, the other for martyrdom. I said, ‘I choose both.’ She smiled and disappeared.” After that he was not the same.

   Maximilian was born in 1894 in Poland and became a Franciscan. He contracted tuberculosis and, though he recovered, he remained frail all his life. Before his ordination as a priest, Maximillian founded the Immaculata Movement devoted to Our Lady. After receiving a doctorate in theology, he spread the Movement through a magazine entitled "The Knight of the Immaculata" and helped form a community of 800 men, the largest in the world.

Maximilian went to Japan where he built a comparable monastery and then on to India where he furthered the Movement. In 1936 he returned home because of ill health. After the Nazi invasion in 1939, he was imprisoned and released for a time. But in 1941 he was arrested again and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz.

He entered the minor seminary of the Conventual Franciscans in Lvív (then Poland, now Ukraine), near his birthplace, and at 16 became a novice. Though he later achieved doctorates in philosophy and theology, he was deeply interested in science, even drawing plans for rocket ships.

Ordained at 24, he saw religious indifference as the deadliest poison of the day. His mission was to combat it.  He had already founded the Militia of the Immaculata, whose aim was to fight evil with the witness of the good life, prayer, work and suffering.
He dreamed of and then founded Knight of the Immaculata, a religious magazine under Mary’s protection to preach the Good News to all nations. For the work of publication he established a “City of the Immaculata”—Niepokalanow—which housed 700 of his Franciscan brothers. He later founded one in Nagasaki, Japan. Both the Militia and the magazine ultimately reached the one-million mark in members and subscribers. His love of God was daily filtered through devotion to Mary.

In 1939 the Nazi panzers overran Poland with deadly speed. Niepokalanow was severely bombed. Kolbe and his friars were arrested, then released in less than three months, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

In 1941 he was arrested again. The Nazis’ purpose was to liquidate the select ones, the leaders. The end came quickly, in Auschwitz three months later, after terrible beatings and humiliations.

A prisoner had escaped. The commandant announced that 10 men would die. He relished walking along the ranks. “This one. That one.” As they were being marched away to the starvation bunkers, Number 16670 dared to step from the line. “I would like to take that man’s place. He has a wife and children.” “Who are you?” “A priest.” No name, no mention of fame. Silence. The commandant, dumbfounded, perhaps with a fleeting thought of history, kicked Sergeant Francis Gajowniczek out of line and ordered Father Kolbe to go with the nine. In the “block of death” they were ordered to strip naked and the slow starvation began in darkness. But there was no screaming—the prisoners sang. By the eve of the Assumption four were left alive. The jailer came to finish Kolbe off as he sat in a corner praying. He lifted his fleshless arm to receive the bite of the hypodermic needle. It was filled with carbolic acid. They burned his body with all the others. He was beatified in 1971 and canonized in 1982.
Comment: Father Kolbe’s death was not a sudden, last-minute act of heroism. His whole life had been a preparation. His holiness was a limitless, passionate desire to convert the whole world to God. And his beloved Immaculata was his inspiration. Quote: "Courage, my sons. Don’t you see that we are leaving on a mission? They pay our fare in the bargain. What a piece of good luck! The thing to do now is to pray well in order to win as many souls as possible. Let us, then, tell the Blessed Virgin that we are content, and that she can do with us anything she wishes"
1941 Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe son of Franciscan tertiaries taught ecclessial history in a seminary founded a militant sodality and a magazine of apologetics for Christians (RM)
Born at Zdunska Wola (near Lodz), Poland, in 1894; died at Auschwitz (near Cracow), August 14, 1941; beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1971; canonized in 1982 by Pope John Paul II.
Kolbe  "Pray that my love will be without limits." --Saint Maximilian Kolbe in his last letter to his mother.  
Media Communications in Service of Our Lady
Saint Maximilian Kolbe (d. August 14, 1941) produced ten separate periodicals (including Knight of the Immaculata, which had a press run of 1 million copies a month). He also had plans to build an airstrip and train friars as pilots for better distribution of the magazines.  At the height of its development, Niepokalanow, an evangelization center near Warsaw (Poland) founded by St Maximilian in 1927, had its own radio station and fire department. The friars used the most modern printing equipment and administrative techniques available including devices that they invented themselves. (One of their patents won first prize at two different trade fairs.) In the martyr's own words: "Every means, every latest invention in machinery or methods should be put into service in the task of sanctifying souls through the Immaculata." See http://www.marytown.com/

Maxilian Kolbe was the son of Franciscan tertiaries, who were impoverished weavers. He entered the minor seminary at Lwow in 1907 and became a Franciscan in 1910. When their children were grown, his parents followed their natural inclinations and separated to become religious. His mother first entered the Benedictines and later became a Felician lay sister. His father was a Franciscan until he left the order to run a bookstore at the Our Lady's shrine at Czestochowa. At the beginning of World War I, he enlisted with Palsudski's patriots, wounded by Russians, was hanged as a traitor to Mother Russia in 1914 at the age of 43.

Maximilian studied in Rome, where he was ordained in 1919. Upon being diagnosed with tuberculosis, he returned to Poland and took up the teaching of ecclessial history in a seminary. After he came close to dying of the disease, he became even more zealous. He founded a militant sodality and a magazine of apologetics for Christians. When he moved the antiquated presses from Cracow to Grodno circulation increased to 45,000. New machinery was installed, which was run solely by priests and lay brothers. Following another attack of tuberculosis, Maximilian re-established the presses near Warsaw at Niepokalanow. Here Kolbe founded a Franciscan community that combined prayer, poverty, and the production of a daily and weekly newspaper using the latest technology.

As unlikely as it may seem, Kolbe's next act was the founding of a Franciscan community at Nagasaki, Japan. In 1936, he was recalled to Niepokalanow as the superior over 762 friars. When the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, Kolbe sent most of the brothers home with the warning that they should not join the underground resistance. Those that remained were interned, released, and returned to the monastery, which had become a refugee camp for 3,000 Poles and 1,500 Jews. The remaining friars continued to publish newspapers critical of the Third Reich.

In 1940, the Nazis established a concentration camp at Oswiecim in southern Poland--Auschwitz. Prisoner #16670, a Catholic priest named Maximilian Kolbe, who had refused German citizenship, was arrested on February 17, 1941, on the charge that he was a journalist, publisher, and intellectual. The Gestapo officers who seized Maxilian and four other brothers were amazed at how little food was prepared for the brothers. They were sent to Auschwitz in May 1941.

Priests in Auschwitz were especially vilified. They were given the job of moving loads of logs and were beaten when their strength gave way under the heavy work. One of the savage guards once horsewhipped Kolbe 50 times and left him for dead in a wood. The saint recovered some of his strength, and continued to comfort his fellow prisoners, insisting that everything, even sufferings, came to an end, and the way to glory was through the cross.

Father Kolbe also undertook the task of moving the bodies of the tortured. Throughout his internment, he continued his priestly ministry: hearing confessions in unlikely places and smuggling in bread and wine for covert Masses. He was conspicuous for his compassion towards those even less fortunate than himself.

One day a prisoner escaped, which meant that men from the same bunker must be selected to die. In reprisal the prison guards chose ten men, whom they planned to starve to death. One was a married Polish sergeant named Francis Gajowniczek. Maximilian Kolbe begged the camp commandant to let him take Gajowniczek's place, "I am a Catholic priest. I wish to die for that man." The request was granted. "I am," argued the 47-year-old priest, "old and useless; he has a wife and children" Maximilian Kolbe comforted each one in the death chamber of Cell 18 as they prepared to die with dignity by prayers, Psalms, and the example of Christ's Passion. Two weeks later only four were left alive and Maximilian alone was still fully conscious. His guards could scarcely bear the saint's composure, and they speeded his end by injecting him with phenol.

Although Maximilian Kolbe had been a brilliant scientist, mathematician, and religious journalist, he is remembered for this last act of charity. Kolbe was epitomized the Polish religious and the many unsung heroes of the concentration camps. Pope John Paul II, previously archbishop of Cracow, canonized Father Kolbe in the presence of the sergeant whose life had been saved (Bentley, Farmer).


Pope Francis  PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR  July 2016
Universal:  
Indigenous Peoples; That indigenous peoples, whose identity
and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.
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Evangelization:  Latin America and the Caribbean; That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean,
by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. 

God Bless Mother Angelica 1923-2016
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On Death and Life
"Man Needs Eternity -- and Every Other Hope, for Him, Is All Too Brief"
Пресвятая Богородице спаси нас!    (Santíssima Mãe de Deus, salva-nos!)
     
                                           
 
40 Days for Life  11,000+ saved lives in 2015
We are the defenders of true freedom.
  May our witness unveil the deception of the "pro-choice" slogan.
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Please help save the unborn they are the future for the world

It is a great poverty that a child must die so that you may live as you wish
 -- Mother Teresa

 Saving babies, healing moms and dads, 'The Gospel of Life'  Mother Teresa
 Saving babies, healing moms and dads, 'The Gospel of Life'
 'The Gospel of Life'


"Man Needs Eternity -- and Every Other Hope, for Him, Is All Too Brief"
It Makes No Sense Not To Believe In GOD 
Every Christian must be a living book
wherein one can read the teaching of the gospel

Jesus brings us many Blessings
 
The more we pray, the more we wish to pray. Like a fish which at first swims on the surface of the water, and afterwards plunges down, and is always going deeper; the soul plunges, dives, and loses itself in the sweetness of conversing with God. -- St. John Vianney

  Month by Month of Saintly Dedications


The Rosary html Mary Mother of GOD -- Her Rosary Here
Mary Mother of GOD Mary's Divine Motherhood: FEASTS OF OUR LADY
     of the Virgin Mary to those who recite the Rosary

May 9 – Our Lady of the Wood (Italy, 1607) 
Months of Dedication
January is the month of the Holy Name of Jesus since 1902;
March is the month of Saint Joseph since 1855;
May, the month of Mary, is the oldest and most well-known Marian month, officially since 1724;
June is the month of the Sacred Heart since 1873;
July is the month of the Precious Blood since 1850;
August is the month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary;
September is the month of Our Lady of Sorrows since 1857;
October is the month of the Rosary since 1868;
November is the month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory since 1888;
December is the month of the Immaculate Conception.

In all, five months of the year are dedicated to Mary.
The idea of dedicating months came from Rome and promotion of the month of Mary owes much to the Jesuits.  arras.catholique.fr


Pray that the witness of 40 Days for Life bears abundant fruit, and that we begin again each day to storm the gates of hell until God welcomes us into the gates of heaven.

If you seek patience, you will find no better example than the cross. Great patience occurs in two ways:
either when one patiently suffers much, or when one suffers things which one is able to avoid and yet does not avoid.
Christ endured much on the cross, and did so patiently, because when he suffered he did not threaten;
he was led like a sheep to the slaughter and he did not open his mouth.-- St. Thomas Aquinas


We begin our day by seeing Christ in the consecrated bread, and throughout the day we continue to see Him in the torn bodies of our poor. We pray, that is, through our work, performing it with Jesus, for Jesus and upon Jesus.
The poor are our prayer. They carry God in them. Prayer means praying everything, praying the work.
We meet the Lord who hungers and thirsts, in the poor.....and the poor could be you or I or any person kind enough to show us his or her love and to come to our place.
Because we cannot see Christ, we cannot express our love to Him in person.
But our neighbor we can see, and we can do for him or her what we would love to do for Jesus if He were visible.
-- Mother Teresa
My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee.  I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not love Thee.  O most Holy trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly.
 I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the Tabernacles of the world,  in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended,
and by the infite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

I beg the conversion of poor sinners,  Amen Fatima Prayer, Angel of Peace
Mary's Divine Motherhood
Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI { 2013 } Catholic Church In China { article here}
1648 to1930 St. Augustine Zhao Rong and 120 Companions Christianity arrived in China by way of Syria -- 600s.
        Depending on China's relations with outside world,
Christianity for centuries was free to grow or forced to operate secretly.

How do I start the Five First Saturdays? 
Called in the Gospel “the Mother of Jesus,” Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as “the Mother of my Lord” (Lk 1:43; Jn 2:1; 19:25; cf. Mt 13:55; et al.). In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father's eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly Mother of God (Theotokos). 
Catechism of the Catholic Church 495, quoting the Council of Ephesus (431): DS 251.
“The Blessed Virgin was eternally predestined, in conjunction with the incarnation of the divine Word, to be the Mother of God. By decree of divine Providence, she served on earth as the loving mother of the divine Redeemer, an associate of unique nobility, and the Lord's humble handmaid. She conceived, brought forth, and nourished Christ.”
The voice of the Father is heard, the Son enters the water, and the Holy Spirit appears in the form of a dove.
   THE spirit and example of the world imperceptibly instil the error into the minds of many that there is a kind of middle way of going to Heaven; and so, because the world does not live up to the gospel, they bring the gospel down to the level of the world. It is not by this example that we are to measure the Christian rule, but words and life of Christ. All His followers are commanded to labour to become perfect even as our heavenly Father is perfect, and to bear His image in our hearts that we may be His children. We are obliged by the gospel to die to ourselves by fighting self-love in our hearts, by the mastery of our passions, by taking on the spirit of our Lord.
   These are the conditions under which Christ makes His promises and numbers us among His children, as is manifest from His words which the apostles have left us in their inspired writings. Here is no distinction made or foreseen between the apostles or clergy or religious and secular persons. The former, indeed, take upon themselves certain stricter obligations, as a means of accomplishing these ends more perfectly; but the law of holiness and of disengagement of the heart from the world is geeral and binds all the followers of Christ.

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We are called upon with the whole Church militant on earth to join in praising and thanking God for the grace and glory he has bestowed on his saints. At the same time we earnestly implore Him to exert His almighty power and mercy in raising us from our miseries and sins, healing the disorders of our souls and leading us by the path of repentance to the company of His saints, to which He has called us.
   They were once what we are now, travellers on earth they had the same weaknesses, which we have. We have difficulties to encounter so had the saints, and many of them far greater than we can meet with; obstacles from kings and whole nations, sometimes from the prisons, racks and swords of persecutors. Yet they surmounted these difficulties, which they made the very means of their virtue and victories. It was by the strength they received from above, not by their own, that they triumphed. But the blood of Christ was shed for us as it was for them and the grace of our Redeemer is not wanting to us; if we fail, the failure is in ourselves.
   THE saints and just, from the beginning of time and throughout the world, who have been made perfect, everlasting monuments of God’s infinite power and clemency, praise His goodness without ceasing; casting their crowns before His throne they give to Him all the glory of their triumphs: “His gifts alone in us He crowns.”
“The saints must be honored as friends of Christ and children and heirs of God, as John the theologian and evangelist says: ‘But as many as received him, he gave them the power to be made the sons of God....’ Let us carefully observe the manner of life of all the apostles, martyrs, ascetics and just men who announced the coming of the Lord. And let us emulate their faith, charity, hope, zeal, life, patience under suffering, and perseverance unto death, so that we may also share their crowns of glory” Exposition of the Orthodox Faith

Called in the Gospel the Mother of Jesus, Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as the Mother of my Lord (Lk 1:43; Jn 2:1; 19:25; cf. Mt 13:55; et al.). In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father's eternal Son,  the second person of the Holy Trinity.
Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly Mother of God (Theotokos).
Catechism of the Catholic Church 495, quoting the Council of Ephesus (431): DS 251.
Nine First Fridays Devotion to the Sacred Heart ... From the writings of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
On Friday during Holy Communion, He said these words to me, His unworthy slave, if I mistake not:
I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that its all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on nine first Fridays of consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they will not die under my displeasure or without receiving their sacraments, my divine Heart making itself their assured refuge at the last moment.
Margaret Mary was inspired by Christ to establish the Holy Hour and to pray lying prostrate with her face to the ground from eleven till midnight on the eve of the first Friday of each month, to share in the mortal sadness.
He endured when abandoned by His Apostles in His Agony, and to receive holy Communion on the first Friday of every month. In the first great revelation, He made known to her His ardent desire to be loved by men and His design of manifesting His Heart with all Its treasures of love and mercy, of sanctification and salvation.
He appointed the Friday after the octave of the feast of Corpus Christi as the feast of the Sacred Heart; He called her the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart, and the heiress of all Its treasures. The love of the Sacred Heart was the fire which consumed her, and devotion to the Sacred Heart is the refrain of all her writings. In her last illness she refused all alleviation, repeating frequently: What have I in heaven and what do I desire on earth, but Thee alone, O my God, and died pronouncing the Holy Name of Jesus.
With regard to this promise it may be remarked: (1) that our Lord required Communion to be received on a particular day chosen by Him; (2) that the nine Fridays must be consecutive; (3) that they must be made in honor of His Sacred Heart, which means that those who make the nine Fridays must practice the devotion and must have a great love for our Lord; (4) that our Lord does not say that those who make the nine Fridays will be dispensed from any of their obligations or from exercising the vigilance necessary to lead a good life and overcome temptation; rather He implicitly promises abundant graces to those who make the nine Fridays to help them to carry out these obligations and persevere to the end; (5) that perseverance in receiving Holy Communion for nine consecutive First Firdays helps the faithful to acquire the habit of frequent Communion, which our Lord eagerly desires; and (6) that the practice of the nine Fridays is very pleasing to our Lord He promises such great reward, and all Catholics should endeavor to make nine Fridays.
How do I start the Five First Saturdays? by Fr. Tom O'Mahony.
On July 13,1917, Our Lady appeared for the third time to the three children of Fatima an showed them the vision of hell and made the now - famous thirteen prophecies. In this vision Our Lady said that 'GOD WISHES TO ESTABLISH IN THE WORLD DEVOTION to Her Immaculate Heart and that She would come TO ASK FOR THE COMMUNION OF REPARATION ON THE FIRST SATURDAYS...'  Eight years later, on December 10, 1925, Our Lady did indeed come back. She appeared (with the Child Jesus) to Lucia in the convent of the Dorothean Sisters in Pontevedra.
The Child Jesus spoke first:
'HAVE COMPASSION ON THE HEART OF YOUR MOST HOLY MOTHER WHICH IS COVERED WITH THORNS WITH WHICH UNGRATEFUL MEN PIERCE IT AT EVERY MOMENT, WHILE THERE IS NO ONE TO REMOVE THEM WITH AN ACT OF REPARATION.'

THE GREAT PROMISE
Our Lady then said: 'MY DAUGHTER LOOK AT MY HEART SURROUNDED WITH THORNS WITH WHICH UNGRATEFUL MEN PIERCE IT AT EVERY MOMENT BY THEIR BLASPHEMIES AND INGRATITUDE. YOU, AT LEAST, TRY TO CONSOLE ME, AND SAY THAT I PROMISE TO ASSIST AT THE HOUR OF DEATH WITH ALL THE GRACES NECESSARY FOR SALVATION, ALL THOSE WHO, ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF FIVE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS GO TO CONFESSION AND RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION, RECITE FIVE DECADES OF THE ROSARY AND KEEP ME COMPANY FOR A QUARTER OF AN HOUR WHILE MEDITATING ON MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY, WITH THE INTENTION OF MAKING REPARATION TO ME.'

The Five Reasons
Lucia once asked this question of Our Lord and received as an answer: 'MY DAUGHTER, THE MOTIVE IS SIMPLE, THERE ARE FIVE KINDS OF OFFENCES AND BLASPHEMIES UTTERED AGAINST THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY: (1) BLASPHEMIES AGAINST THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: (2) BLASPHEMIES AGAINST HER VIRGINITY: (3) BLASPHEMIES AGAINST HER DIVINE MATERNITY: (4) BLASPHEMIES OF THOSE WHO OPENLY SEEK TO FOSTER IN THE HEARTS OF CHILDREN INDIFFERENCE OR EVEN HATRED FOR THIS IMMACULATE MOTHER: (5) THE OFFENCES OF THOSE WHO DIRECTLY OUTRAGE HER IN HOLY IMAGES.'
From the above, it is easy to see that each of the Five Saturdays can correspond to a specific offence. By offering the graces received during each First Saturday as reparation for the offence being prayed for, the participant can hope to help remove the thorns from Our Lady's Heart.
What Do I Have To Do?
The devotion of First Saturdays, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima, carries with it the assurance of salvation. However, to derive profit from such a great promise of Our Lady, the devotion must be properly understood and duly performed.
The requirements as stipulated by Our Lady are as follows:
(1) CONFESSION, (2) COMMUNION, (3) FIVE DECADES OF THE ROSARY, (4) MEDITATION ON ONE OR MORE OF THE ROSARY MYSTERIES FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES, (5) TO DO ALL THESE THINGS IN THE SPIRIT OF REPARATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, and (6) TO OBSERVE ALL THESE PRACTICES ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF FIVE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS.
(1) CONFESSION: A reparative confession means that the confession should not only be good (valid and licit), but also be offered in the spirit of reparation, in this case, to Mary's Immaculate Heart. This confession may be made on the First Saturday itself or some days before or after the First Saturday within the preceding octave would suffice.
(2) COMMUNION: The communion of reparation must be sacramental duly received with the intention of making reparation. This offering, like the confession, is an interior act and so no external action to express the intention is needed.
(3) THE ROSARY: The Rosary mentioned here was indicated by the Portuguese word 'terco' which is commonly employed to denote a Rosary of five decades, since it forms a fourth of the full Rosary of 20 decades. This too must recited in a spirit of reparation.
(4) MEDITATION FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES: Here the meditation on one mystery or more is to be made without simultaneous recitation of the Rosary decade. As indicated, the meditation may be either on one mystery alone for 15 minutes, or on all 20 mysteries, spending about one minute on each mystery, or again, on two or more mysteries during the period. This can also be made before each decade spending three minutes or more in considering the mystery of the particular decade. This meditation has likewise to be made in the spirit of reparation to the Immaculate Heart.
(5) THE SPIRIT OF REPARATION: All these acts, as said above, have to be done with the intention of offering reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the offences committed against Her. Everyone who offends Her commits, so to speak, a two-fold offence, for these sins also offend her Divine Son, Christ, and so endanger our salvation. They give bad example to others and weaken the strength of society to withstand immoral onslaughts. Such devotions therefore make us consider not only the enormity of the offence against God, but also the effect of sins on human society as well as the need for undoing these social effects even when the offender repents and is converted. Further, this reparation emphasises our responsibility towards sinners who, themselves, will not pray and make reparation for their sins.
(6) FIVE CONSECUTIVE FIRST SATURDAYS: The idea of the Five First Saturdays is obviously to make us persevere in the devotional acts for these Saturdays and overcome initial difficulties. Once this is done, Our Lady knows that the person would become devoted to Her immaculate Heart and persist in practising such devotion on all First Saturdays, working thereby for personal self-reform and for the salvation of others.

Unless Russia is converted, the movement against God and for sin will continue to spread, promoting wars and persecutions, and making the attainment for peace and justice impossible for this world. One means of obtaining Russia's conversion is to practise the Fatima Message. The stakes are so great that to encourage Catholics to practise the devotion of the First Saturdays, Our Lady has assured us that She will obtain salvation for all those who observe the first Saturdays for five consecutive months in accordance with Her conditions.
At the supreme moment the departing person will be either in the state of grace or not. In either case Our Lady will be by his side. If in the state of grace, She will console and help him to resist whatever temptations the devil might put before him in his last attempt to take the person with him to hell. If not in the state of grace, Our Lady will help the person to repent in a manner agreeable to God and so benefit by the fruits of redemption and be saved.

God loves variety. He doesn't mass-produce his saints. Every saint is unique, for each is the result of a new idea.  As the liturgy says: Non est inventus similis illis--there are no two exactly alike. It is we with our lack of imagination, who paint the same haloes on all the saints. Dear Lord, grant us a spirit that is not bound by our own ideas and preferences.  Grant that we may be able to appreciate in others what we lack in ourselves. O Lord, grant that we may understand that every saint must be a unique praise of Your glory. Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives.  Each saint the Church honors responded to God's invitation to use his or her unique gifts.   God calls each one of us to be a saint in order to get into heavenonly saints are allowed into heaven. The more "extravagant" graces are bestowed NOT for the benefit of the recipients so much as FOR the benefit of others.
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