Sunday Saints of this Day January  24 Nono Kaléndas Februárii.
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!)


  97 ST TIMOTHY, BISHOP AND MARTYR At Ephesus,
St. Timothy, disciple of the apostle St. Paul


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

Pride makes us forgetful of our eternal interests. It causes us to neglect totally the care of our soul.
-- St John Baptist de la Salle


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 St. Francis de Sales, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
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Sunday, January 24, 2015
  97 ST TIMOTHY, BISHOP AND MARTYR At Ephesus, St. Timothy, disciple of the apostle St. Paul
St. Paul ordained him bishop of that city.  After many labours for Christ, he was stoned for rebuking those who offered sacrifices to Diana, and shortly after went peacefully to his rest in the Lord.
1622  St. Francis de Sales converted 40,000 Calvinists back to Catholicism 
1679 Bl. William Ireland Jesuit English martyr for supposed complicity in the Popish Plot
1697 Bl. John Grove English martyr alleged in the Titus Oates plot


January 24 – Our Lady of Prayer (Toledo, Spain) – Saint Francis de Sales (d. 1622) 
 
Mary and the Jews
 Our Virgin comes from your stump; she comes from your offspring; she derives from your root, from your generations, and from your people. She comes from your nation, your origin, your very origin.
However, she belongs to our faith, our creed, our consent, our respect, our devotion, our praise,
our preaching, our celebration, our defense, and our claim.
 Ildefonsus of Toledo (607-667)

 
January 24: Recognizing and welcoming God's presence in the other in Jesus' name
"Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me" (Matthew 18: 5).

"To be an angel in prayer and a beast in one's relations with people is to go lame on both legs."
Saint Francis De Sales


January 24 - St Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church (1567 - 1622)
O Most Sweet Virgin Mary
O Most Sweet Virgin Mary, You are the common Mother of all poor humans
And mine in particular… My Mother, you are obliged to comply with all my requests.
For the honor and glory of your Son, Accept me as your child, Without considering my miseries and sins.
Deliver my soul and my body from all evil But most of all, give me humility.
Give me all the gifts, goods and Graces most pleasing to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saint Francis de Sales (d. December 28, 1622)

Mary's Divine Motherhood
  97 ST TIMOTHY, BISHOP AND MARTYR
Apud Ephesum sancti Timóthei, qui fuit discípulus beáti Pauli Apóstoli; atque, ab eódem Ephesi ordinátus Epíscopus, ibi, post multos pro Christo agónes, cum Diánæ immolántes argúeret, lapídibus óbrutus est, ac paulo post obdormívit in Dómino.
       At Ephesus, St. Timothy, disciple of the apostle St. Paul, who ordained him bishop of that city.  After many labours for Christ, he was stoned for rebuking those who offered sacrifices to Diana, and shortly after went peacefully to his rest in the Lord.     
       St. Thyrsus & Projectus Martyrs of an unknown year
       St. Macedonius Hermit of Syria, called Kriptophagus “the barley eater,” miracles of healing
       St. Mardonius Martyr of Asia Minor
 250 St. Babylas Martyred Antioch bishop w/companions refused Emperor Philip the Arab
 
254 ST FELICIAN, Bishop OF FOLIGNO, MARTYR is also regarded as the original apostle of Umbria; the earliest trace of the use of the pallium is met with in the account of the episcopal consecration of this saint
 268 St. Zama 1st recorded bishop of Bologna
4th v. St. Guasacht Bishop of Longford or Granard
 396 St. Artemius Bishop imperial legate
 430 ST MACEDONIUS; Theodoret relates many miraculous cures of sick persons, and of his own mother among them, wrought by water over which Macedonius had made the sign of the cross. He adds that his own birth was the effect of the anchoret’s prayers after his mother had lived childless in marriage thirteen years
5th v. St. Exuperantius Bishop of Cingoli
 580 St. Cadoc Welsh bishop martyr founded Llancarfan Monastery
 580 Saint Suranus, Abbot of the Sora Monastery;  
7th v. St. Bertrand Benedictine abbot of Saint-Quentin
1397 BD MARCOLINO OF FORLI; qualities most remarked were exact observance of rule, love of poverty and obedience, especially a spirit of great humility, supreme contentment undertaking lowliest and most menial offices; practised rigorous bodily penance; lover of the poor and little children; favoured with continual ecstasies
1622  St. Francis de Sales converted 40,000 Calvinists back to Catholicism 
1622 St Francis De Sales, Bishop Of Geneva And Doctor Of The Church, Co-Founder Of The Order Of The Visitation
1679 Bl. William Ireland Jesuit English martyr for supposed complicity in the Popish Plot
1697 Bl. John Grove English martyr alleged in the Titus Oates plot

The Protestant Soldier and the Icon of Our Lady (II). Our Lady of Damascus (Syria)
Once I had gathered my wits, I found that I was still holding the icon in my hands. I would never rid myself of it again.
I later took it home with me as a souvenir of the great protection that I had had from it.
So I put my treasure in the inside pocket of my jacket.
That night, we counter attacked. Machine and submachine guns sowed death in our ranks. During a lull, I felt my chest for my icon. To my amazement I found a bullet imbedded in its back, which was covered with a fairly thick layer of copper.
That bullet should have pierced my heart. I was so moved and full of gratitude that tears came to my eyes.
Then I placed my dear Madonna back on my heart.
This all took place many years ago. But I have never forgotten how the icon of the Mother of God saved my life.
I told this story to my wife and my children. The whole family now lovingly venerates Our Lady who brought back a father safely to his children, and a husband safely to his wife.
Today, the icon hangs in a niche in a place of honor in our home. Every day, my family and I gather around Our Lady, adorned with flowers and lit candles, to say our prayers. Why has devotion to Mary, Mother of Jesus, been deleted from our religion?
Saarbrucken (Germany), November 22, 1948 (by A. Dewald).
Reported and translated by Brother Albert Plfeger, Marist, in his Recueil Marial 1980


The saints are a “cloud of witnesses over our head”,
showing us that a life of Christian perfection is not impossible.
January 24 - Our Lady of Damascus - Saint Francis de Sales.
Prayer to Mary
Saint Francis de Sales (d. 1622)
Most Holy Mary Virgin Mother of God, I am unworthy to be your servant.
Yet moved by your motherly care for me and longing to serve you, I choose you this day to be my Queen,
my Advocate, and my Mother. I firmly resolve ever to be devoted to you and to do what I can to encourage others
to be devoted to you. My loving Mother, through the Precious Blood of your Son shed for me,
I beg you to receive me as your servant forever.
Help me in my actions and beg for me the grace never by thought, word, or deed to be displeasing in your sight
and that of your most holy Son. Remember me, dearest Mother, and do not abandon me at the hour of death.
January 24 - Our Lady of Damascus - Saint Francis de Sales.

  Prayer to Mary

Most Holy Mary Virgin Mother of God, I am unworthy to be your servant.
Yet moved by your motherly care for me and longing to serve you,
I choose you this day to be my Queen, my Advocate, and my Mother.
I firmly resolve ever to be devoted to you and to do what I can to encourage others to be devoted to you.
My loving Mother, through the Precious Blood of your Son shed for me,
I beg you to receive me as your servant forever.
Help me in my actions and beg for me the grace never by thought, word, or deed
to be displeasing in your sight and that of your most holy Son.
Remember me, dearest Mother, and do not abandon me at the hour of death.
Saint Francis de Sales (d. 1622)



97 ST TIMOTHY, BISHOP AND MARTYR
ST TIMOTHY, the beloved disciple of St Paul, was probably a native of Lystra in Lycaonia. His father was a Gentile, but his mother Eunice a Jewess. She, with Lois, his grandmother, embraced the Christian religion, and St Paul commends their faith. Timothy had made the Holy Scriptures his study from early youth. When St Paul preached in Lycaonia the brethren of Iconium and Lystra gave Timothy so good a character that the apostle, being deprived of St Barnabas, took him for his companion, but first circumcised him at Lystra. St Paul refused to circumcise Titus, born of Gentile parents, in order to assert the liberty of the gospel, and to condemn those who affirmed circumcision to be still of precept in the New Law. On the other hand, he circumcised Timothy, born of a Jewess, that he might make him more acceptable to the Jews, and might show that he himself was no enemy of their law. Chrysostom here commends the prudence of Paul and, we may add, the voluntary obedience of the disciple. Then St Paul, by the imposition of hands, committed to him the ministry of preaching, and from that time regarded him not only as his disciple and most dear son, but as his brother and the companion of his labours. He calls him a man of God, and tells the Philippians that he found no one so truly united to him in spirit as Timothy.
St Paul travelled from Lystra over the rest of Asia, sailed to Macedonia, and preached at Philippi, Thessalonica and Berea. Being compelled to quit this last city by the fury of the Jews, he left Timothy behind him to confirm the new converts there. On arriving at Athens, however, St Paul sent for him, but learning that the Christians of Thessalonica lay under a very heavy persecution, he soon after deputed Timothy to go in his place to encourage them, and the disciple returned to St Paul, who was then at Corinth, to give him an account of his success. Upon this the apostle wrote his first epistle to the Thessalonians. From Corinth St Paul went to Jerusalem, and thence to Ephesus, where he spent two years. In 58 he seems to have decided to return to Greece, and sent Timothy and Erastus before him through Macedonia to apprise the faithful of his intention, and to prepare the alms he wished to send to the Christians of Jerusalem.
Timothy was afterwards directed to visit Corinth. His presence was needed there to revive in the minds of the faithful the doctrine which the apostle had taught them. The warm commendation of the disciple in I Corinthians xvi 10 no doubt has reference to this.
    Paul waited in Asia for his return, and then went with him into Macedonia and Achaia. St Timothy left him at Philippi, but rejoined him at Troas. The apostle on his return to Palestine was imprisoned, and after a two years’ incarceration at Caesarea was sent to Rome. Timothy seems to have been with him all or most of this time, and is named by him in the title of his epistle to Philemon and in that to the Philippians. St Timothy himself suffered imprisonment for Christ, and confessed His name in the presence of many witnesses, but was set at liberty. He was ordained bishop, it seems, as the result of a special inspiration of the Holy Ghost. St Paul having returned from Rome to the East left St Timothy at Ephesus to govern that church, to oppose false teachers, and to ordain priests, deacons and even bishops. At any rate, Chrysostom and other fathers assume that the apostle committed to him the care of all the churches of Asia, and St Timothy is always described as the first bishop of Ephesus.
St Paul wrote his first letter to Timothy from Macedonia, and his second from Rome, while there in chains, to press him to come to Rome, that he might see him again before he died. It is an out-pouring of his heart, full of tenderness towards this his dearest son. In it he encourages him in his many trials, seeks to revive in his soul that spirit of intrepidity and that fire of the Holy Ghost with which he was filled at his ordination, gives him instructions concerning the false brethren of the time, and predicts still further disorders and troubles in the Church.
We learn that St Timothy drank only water, but his austerities having prejudiced his health, St Paul, on account of his frequent infirmities, directed him to take a little wine. Upon which Chrysostom observes, “He did not say simply ‘take wine’ but ‘ a little wine’, and this not because Timothy stood in need of that advice but because we do”. St Timothy, it seems, was still young—perhaps about forty. It is not improbable that he went to Rome to confer with his master. We must assume that Timothy was made by St Paul bishop at Ephestis before St John arrived there. There is a strong tradition that John also resided in that city as an apostle, and exercised a general inspection over all the churches of Asia. St Timothy is styled a martyr in the ancient matyrologies.
The “Acts of St Timothy
”, which are in some copies ascribed to the famous Polycrates, Bishop of Ephesus, but which seem to have been written at Ephesus in the fourth or fifth century, and abridged by Photius, relate that under the Emperor Nerva in the year 97 St Timothy was slain with stones and clubs by the heathen; he was endeavouring to oppose their idolatrous ceremonies on a festival called the Katagogia, kept on January 22, on which day they walked in troops, everyone carrying in one hand an idol and in the other a club. We have good evidence that what purported to be his relics were translated to Constantinople in the reign of Constantius. The supernatural manifestations said to have taken place at the shrine are referred to as a matter of common knowledge both by Chrysostom and St Jerome.
See the Acta Sanctorum for January 24. The Greek text of the so-called Acts of St Timothy has been edited by H. Usener, who, in view of the small admixture of the miraculous element, inclines to regard them as reproducing a basis, derived perhaps from some Ephesian chronicle, of historical fact. The absence of any reference to the translation of St Timothy’s relics to Constantinople in 356 induces him to pronounce the composition of these “acts” to be earlier than that date. Cf. R. Lipsius, Die Apokryphen Apostelgeschichten, vol. ii, pt. 2, pp. 372 seq.; and BHL., n. 1200; BHG., n.135. 
1622  St. Francis de Sales converted 40,000 Calvinists back to Catholicism
1622 St Francis De Sales, Bishop Of Geneva And Doctor Of The Church, Co-Founder Of The Order Of The Visitation
Patron Saint of Journalists b: 1567 d: 1622 

Born in France in 1567, Francis was a patient man. He knew for thirteen years that he had a vocation to the priesthood before he mentioned it to his family. When his father said that he wanted Francis to be a soldier and sent him to Paris to study, Francis said nothing. Then when he went to Padua to get a doctorate in law, he still kept quiet, but he studied theology and practiced mental prayer while getting into swordfights and going to parties. Even when his bishop told him if he wanted to be a priest that he thought that he would have a miter waiting for him someday, Francis uttered not a word. Why did Francis wait so long? Throughout his life he waited for God's will to be clear. He never wanted to push his wishes on God, to the point where most of us would have been afraid that God would give up!

God finally made God's will clear to Francis while he was riding. Francis fell from his horse three times. Every time he fell the sword came out of the scabbard. Every time it came out the sword and scabbard came to rest on the ground in the shape of the cross. And then, Francis, without knowing about it, was appointed provost of his diocese, second in rank to the bishop.

Perhaps he was wise to wait, for he wasn't a natural pastor. His biggest concern on being ordained that he had to have his lovely curly gold hair cut off. And his preaching left the listeners thinking he was making fun of him. Others reported to the bishop that this noble-turned- priest was conceited and controlling.

Then Francis had a bad idea -- at least that's what everyone else thought. This was during the time of the Protestant reformation and just over the mountains from where Francis lived was Switzerland -- Calvinist territory. Francis decided that he should lead an expedition to convert the 60,000 Calvinists back to Catholicism. But by the time he left his expedition consisted of himself and his cousin. His father refused to give him any aid for this crazy plan and the diocese was too poor to support him.

For three years, he trudged through the countryside, had doors slammed in his face and rocks thrown at him. In the bitter winters, his feet froze so badly they bled as he tramped through the snow. He slept in haylofts if he could, but once he slept in a tree to avoid wolves. He tied himself to a branch to keep from falling out and was so frozen the next morning he had to be cut down. And after three years, his cousin had left him alone and he had not made one convert.

Francis' unusual patience kept him working. No one would listen to him, no one would even open their door. So Francis found a way to get under the door. He wrote out his sermons, copied them by hand, and slipped them under the doors. This is the first record we have of religious tracts being used to communicate with people.

The parents wouldn't come to him out of fear. So Francis went to the children. When the parents saw how kind he was as he played with the children, they began to talk to him.
By the time, Francis left to go home he is said to have converted 40,000 people back to Catholicism.
In 1602 he was made bishop of the diocese of Geneva, in Calvinist territory. He only set foot in the city of Geneva twice -- once when the Pope sent him to try to convert Calvin's successor, Beza, and another when he traveled through it.
It was in 1604 that Francis took one of the most important steps in his life, the step toward holiness and mystical union with God.
In Dijon that year Francis saw a widow listening closely to his sermon -- a woman he had seen already in a dream. Jane de Chantal was a person on her own, as Francis was, but it was only when they became friends that they began to become saints. Jane wanted him to take over her spiritual direction, but, not surprisingly, Francis wanted to wait. "I had to know fully what God himself wanted. I had to be sure that everything in this should be done as though his hand had done it." Jane was on a path to mystical union with God and, in directing her, Francis was compelled to follow her and become a mystic himself.

Three years after working with Jane, he finally made up his mind to form a new religious order. But where would they get a convent for their contemplative Visitation nuns? A man came to Francis without knowing of his plans and told him he was thinking of donating a place for use by pious women. In his typical way of not pushing God, Francis said nothing. When the man brought it up again, Francis still kept quiet, telling Jane, "God will be with us if he approves." Finally the man offered Francis the convent.

Francis was overworked and often ill because of his constant load of preaching, visiting, and instruction -- even catechizing a deaf man so he could take first Communion. He believed the first duty of a bishop was spiritual direction and wrote to Jane, "So many have come to me that I might serve them, leaving me no time to think of myself. However, I assure you that I do feel deep-down- within-me, God be praised. For the truth is that this kind of work is infinitely profitable to me." For him active work did not weaken his spiritual inner peace but strengthened it. He directed most people through letters, which tested his remarkable patience. "I have more than fifty letters to answer. If I tried to hurry over it all, i would be lost. So I intend neither to hurry or to worry. This evening, I shall answer as many as I can. Tomorrow I shall do the same and so I shall go on until I have finished."

At that time, the way of holiness was only for monks and nuns -- not for ordinary people.
Francis changed all that by giving spiritual direction to lay people living ordinary lives in the world. But he had proven with his own life that people could grow in holiness while involved in a very active occupation. Why couldn't others do the same? His most famous book, INTRODUCTION TO THE DEVOUT LIFE, was written for these ordinary people in 1608. Written originally as letters, it became an instant success all over Europe -- though some preachers tore it up because he tolerated dancing and jokes!

For Francis, the love of God was like romantic love. He said, "The thoughts of those moved by natural human love are almost completely fastened on the beloved, their hearts are filled with passion for it, and their mouths full of its praises. When it is gone they express their feelings in letters, and can't pass by a tree without carving the name of their beloved in its bark. Thus too those who love God can never stop thinking about him, longing for him, aspiring to him, and speaking about him.
If they could, they would engrave the name of Jesus on the hearts of all humankind."

The key to love of God was prayer. "By turning your eyes on God in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with God. Begin all your prayers in the presence of God."
For busy people of the world, he advised "Retire at various times into the solitude of your own heart, even while outwardly engaged in discussions or transactions with others and talk to God."
The test of prayer was a person's actions:
"To be an angel in prayer and a beast in one's relations with people is to go lame on both legs."

He believed the worst sin was to judge someone or to gossip about them.
Even if we say we do it out of love we're still doing it to look better ourselves. But we should be as gentle and forgiving with ourselves as we should be with others.

As he became older and more ill he said, "I have to drive myself but the more I try the slower I go." He wanted to be a hermit but he was more in demand than ever. The Pope needed him, then a princess, then Louis XIII. "Now I really feel that I am only attached to the earth by one foot...
" He died on December 28, 1622, after giving a nun his last word of advice: "Humility."
He is patron saint of journalists because of the tracts and books he wrote.

St. Francis de Sales
(1567-1622)
 
Francis was destined by his father to be a lawyer so that the young man could eventually take his elder’s place as a senator from the province of Savoy in France. For this reason Francis was sent to Padua to study law. After receiving his doctorate, he returned home and, in due time, told his parents he wished to enter the priesthood. His father strongly opposed Francis in this, and only after much patient persuasiveness on the part of the gentle Francis did his father finally consent. Francis was ordained and elected provost of the Diocese of Geneva, then a center for the Calvinists. Francis set out to convert them, especially in the district of Chablais. By preaching and distributing the little pamphlets he wrote to explain true Catholic doctrine, he had remarkable success.
At 35 he became bishop of Geneva. While administering his diocese he continued to preach, hear confessions and catechize the children. His gentle character was a great asset in winning souls. He practiced his own axiom, “A spoonful of honey attracts more flies than a barrelful of vinegar.”

Besides his two well-known books, the Introduction to the Devout Life and A Treatise on the Love of God, he wrote many pamphlets and carried on a vast correspondence. For his writings, he has been named patron of the Catholic Press. His writings, filled with his characteristic gentle spirit, are addressed to lay people. He wants to make them understand that they too are called to be saints. As he wrote in The Introduction to the Devout Life: “It is an error, or rather a heresy, to say devotion is incompatible with the life of a soldier, a tradesman, a prince, or a married woman.... It has happened that many have lost perfection in the desert who had preserved it in the world. ”

In spite of his busy and comparatively short life, he had time to collaborate with another saint, Jane Frances de Chantal (August 12), in the work of establishing the Sisters of the Visitation. These women were to practice the virtues exemplified in Mary’s visit to Elizabeth: humility, piety and mutual charity. They at first engaged to a limited degree in works of mercy for the poor and the sick. Today, while some communities conduct schools, others live a strictly contemplative life.

Comment:  Francis de Sales took seriously the words of Christ, “Learn of me for I am meek and humble of heart.” As he said himself, it took him 20 years to conquer his quick temper, but no one ever suspected he had such a problem, so overflowing with good nature and kindness was his usual manner of acting. His perennial meekness and sunny disposition won for him the title of “Gentleman Saint.” Quote:  Francis de Sales tells us: “The person who possesses Christian meekness is affectionate and tender towards everyone: he is disposed to forgive and excuse the frailties of others; the goodness of his heart appears in a sweet affability that influences his words and actions, presents every object to his view in the most charitable and pleasing light.” 
St. Thyrsus & Projectus Martyrs.
 Item sanctórum Mártyrum Thyrsi et Projécti.       Also, the holy martyrs Thyrsus and Projectus.
St. Mardonius Martyr of Asia Minor.
 Neocæsaréæ, in Mauritánia, sanctórum Mártyrum Mardónii, Musónii, Eugénii et Metélli; qui omnes igni tráditi sunt, et eórum relíquiæ in flumen dispérsæ.
      At Neocaesarea, the holy martyrs Mardonius, Musonius, Eugenius, and Metellus, who were all burned to death, and their remains thrown into the river.
with Eugene, Metellus, and Musonius, burned at the stake at an unknown location.
  250 St. Babylas Martyred Antioch bishop w/companions refused Emperor Philip the Arab
 Antiochíæ sancti Bábilæ Epíscopi, qui, in persecutióne Décii, póstea quam frequénter passiónibus suis ac cruciátibus glorificáverat Deum, gloriósæ vitæ finem sortítus est in vínculis férreis, cum quibus et suum corpus sepelíri mandávit.  Referúntur étiam passi cum eo tres púeri, scílicet Urbánus, Prilidiánus et Epolónius, quos ille in Christi fide instrúxerat.
      At Antioch, in the persecution of Decius, Bishop St. Babylas, who frequently glorified God by his sufferings and torments, ended his life in chains, with which he ordered his body to be buried.  Three boys, whom he had instructed in the faith of Christ, Urbanus, Prilidian, and Epolonius, are said to have suffered with him.


Death of Saint Babylas, Patriarch of Antioch, and his martyred companions.

 Besides the universally well-known Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Ignatius, Babylas is very popular in Eastern Catholic circles. He and his companions were thrown in chains and left to die during the terrible persecution of the Roman emperor Decius.


250 ST BABYLAS, Bishop OF ANTIOCH, MARTYR
THE most celebrated of the ancient bishops of Antioch after St Ignatius was St Babylas, who succeeded Zebinus about the year 240, but regrettably little is known about him. According to St John Chrysostom he was the bishop who, Eusebius reports, refused admittance to the church on Easter day in 244 to Philip the Arabian—alleged to be a Christian—till he had done penance for the murder of his predecessor the Emperor Gordian. St Babylas died a martyr during the persecution of Decius, probably in prison as Eusebius says, but Chrysostom states he was beheaded.
St Babylas is the first martyr of whom a translation of relics is recorded. His body was buried at Antioch; but in 351 the caesar Gallus removed it to a church at Daphne a few miles away to counteract the influence there of a famous shrine of Apollo, where oracles were given and the licentiousness was notorious.
The oracles were indeed silenced, and in 362 Julian the Apostate ordered that the relics of the martyr be removed. Accordingly they were taken back to their former resting-place, the Christians accompanying them in procession, singing the psalms that speak of the powerlessness of idols and false gods. The following evening, we are told, the temple of Apollo was destroyed by lightning. A little later there was a third translation, made by the bishop St Meletius, to a basilica he built across the Orontes; Meletius himself was buried next to St Babylas.
See the Analecta Bollandiana, vol. xix (1905), pp. 5-8, and the Acta Sanctorum for January 24, where two passions of St Babylas are printed, admittedly of no authority. Neither can the two panegyrics preached by Chrysostom be regarded as trustworthy historical sources, as Delehaye has shown in chap. ii of Les passions des martyrs . . . (1921), especially pp. 209 and 232. St Babylas, however, not only figures in the earliest Syriac martyrology, but was widely celebrated even in the West, and we have an account of him both in prose and verse written by St Aldhelm of Sherborne in the seventh century. These have been edited with the rest of Aldhelm’s works by R. Ehwald in MGH., Auctores antiquissimi, vol. xv, pp. 274, 397. Cf. Tillemont, Mémoires…, vol. iii, pp. 400—408; and Delehaye, Origines du culte… (1933), pp. 54, 58, etc.  
Urban, Prilidian, and Epolonius. Babylas became the bishop of Antioch, Turkey, about 240. St. John Chrysostom related that Babylas refused permission for Emperor Philip the Arab (244-249 A.D.) to enter his church until he performed penances.
Philip had murdered his predecessor Gordian III. Babylas and his companions, young students of his, were arrested during the persecutions of Emperor Trajanus Decius (250), and Babylas died while awaiting execution. His relies were enshrined near a temple of Apollo.

254 ST FELICIAN, Bishop OF FOLIGNO, MARTYR is also regarded as the original apostle of Umbria; the earliest trace of the use of the pallium is met with in the account of the episcopal consecration of this saint
 Fulgínei, in Umbria, sancti Feliciáni, qui, a sancto Victóre Papa Primo Epíscopus ejúsdem civitátis ordinátus, illic, post multos labóres, in última senectúte, sub Décio Imperatóre, martyrio coronátus est.
    At Foligno in Umbria, St. Felician, consecrated bishop of that city by Pope St. Victor I.  After many labours, in extreme old age, he was crowned with martyrdom in the time of Decius.

Death of Saint Felician, Bishop of Foligno who is purported to be the first prelate other than a Pope to be presented the woolen pallium. This was done by Pope Saint Victor I when the Holy Father traveled to Felician's site in Italy to ordain him a bishop and make the presentation. Felician governed his see for five decades before being arrested by Decius and condemned to death. He died at the age of 94 from excessive torture and whippings being dragged behind a Roman chariot outside of Foligno.

THE Roman Martyrology commemorates on this day an early bishop and patron of Foligno, St Felician, who is also regarded as the original apostle of Umbria. It is difficult to say how much foundation of fact may underlie the two Latin biographies that have been preserved of him. He is represented as having always been given up to missionary labours, as a trusted disciple of Pope St Eleutherius, who ordained him priest, and then as the friend of Pope St Victor I, who consecrated him bishop of Foligno. If we could trust the details given in the longer of the two lives, we should be able to claim that the earliest trace of the use of the pallium is met with in the account of the episcopal consecration of this saint: for the pope, we are told, granted to him as a privilege that he might wear a woollen wrap outwardly round his neck, *{* “Concessit ut extrinsecus lineo [probably an error for laneol sudario circumdaretur collo ejus” (Analecta Bollandiana, vol. ix, p. 383).} and with this is associated in the same context the duty of consecrating bishops outside of Rome.
  Felician was bishop for more than fifty years, but in the persecution of Decius he was arrested and, refusing to sacrifice to the gods, was tortured by the rack and repeated scourgings. While he lay in prison he was tended by a maiden, St Messalina, who in consequence of the devotion she showed to him was herself accused and required to offer sacrifice; but remaining steadfast in the faith, was then tortured until released by death. Orders were given that Felician should be conveyed to Rome that he might suffer martyrdom there, but he died on the way, only three miles from Foligno, as a result of the torments and imprisonment he had undergone. He was ninety-four years of age, and had been fifty-six years a bishop.
See the Acta Sanctorum for January 24; the Analecta Bollandiana, vol. ix (1890), pp. 379—392; and A San Feliciano, protettore di Foligno (1933) short essays, with many pictures, ed. Mgr Faloci—Pulignani. 
268 St. Zama 1st recorded bishop of Bologna
 Bonóniæ sancti Zamæ, qui, a sancto Dionysio, Románo Pontífice, primus ejúsdem civitátis Epíscopus ordinátus, illic Christiánam fidem mirífice propagávit.
      At Bologna, St. Zamas, the first bishop of that city, who was consecrated by Pope St. Denis, and there did wonders in spreading the Christian faith.
Italy. He was ordained by Pope St. Dionysius and entrusted with the founding of this illustrious see.
4th v. St. Guasacht Bishop of Longford or Granard.
Ireland, a convert of St. Patrick. He was the son of Maelchu, the master of St. Patrick when St. Patrick was a slave in Ireland.

396 St. Artemius Bishop imperial legate.
Artemius was on his way to Spain but fell ill and settled in Clermont, France. There he was appointed as bishop.

430 ST MACEDONIUS; Theodoret relates many miraculous cures of sick persons, and of his own mother among them, wrought by water over which Macedonius had made the sign of the cross. He adds that his own birth was the effect of the anchoret’s prayers after his mother had lived childless in marriage thirteen years
This Syrian ascetic is said to have lived for forty years on barley moistened in water till, finding his health impaired, he ate bread, reflecting that it was not lawful for him to shorten his life in order to shun labours and conflicts. This also was the direction he gave to the mother of Theodoret, persuading her, when in a poor state of health, to use proper food, which he said was a form of medicine. Theodoret relates many miraculous cures of sick persons, and of his own mother among them, wrought by water over which Macedonius had made the sign of the cross. He adds that his own birth was the effect of the anchoret’s prayers after his mother had lived childless in marriage thirteen years. The saint died when ninety years old, and is named in the Greek menologies.
Practically all our information comes from Theodoret’s Historia Religiosa (see Migne, PG., vol. lxxxii, 1399), but Macedonius also has a paragraph in the Synaxary of Constanti­nople (ed. Delehaye, pp. 457—458), under date February 11. Cf. also DCB., vol. iii, p. 778 and the Acta Sanctorum for January 24.
St. Macedonius Hermit of Syria, called Kriptophagus “the barley eater,” miracles of healing
as grain was his only sustenance for four decades. He is reported to have performed many miracles of healing in Syria, Phoenicia, and Cilicia .

5th v. St. Exuperantius Bishop of Cingoli; attained great fame by his miracles
 Cínguli, in Picéno, sancti Exsuperántii Confessóris, ejúsdem civitátis Epíscopi, ob miraculórum famam illústris.
       At Cingoli in Piceno, St. Exuperantius, confessor and bishop of that city, who attained great fame by his miracles.
Italy, possibly a native African.
580 St. Cadoc Welsh bishop martyr founded Llancarfan Monastery
a companion of St. Gildas. Cadoc is also called Docus, Cathmael, and Cadvael. He founded Llancarfan Monastery near Cardiff, Wales, before becoming a missionary on the coast of Brittany, in France. Returning to Britain, Cadoc was involved in the Saxon occupation of the British lands. He was martyred by the Saxons near Weedon, England.

580 Saint Suranus, Abbot of the Sora Monastery;
Death of Saint Suranus, Abbot of the Sora Monastery. Legend has it that when the Lombards threatened the village at Sora St. Suranus gave the refugees fleeing the city anything they could carry with them for survival, totally depleting the monastery for he knew the Lombards would level it anyway. They did as well as making St. Suranus a martyr on this date in 580 when they realized there was nothing to salvage.
7th v. St. Bertrand Benedictine abbot of Saint-Quentin
companion of St. Bertinus and aide to St. Omer. He worked as a missionary in northern France and Flanders, Belgium, before becoming the abbot of Saint-Quentin.

1397 BD MARCOLINO OF FORLI; qualities most remarked were exact observance of rule, love of poverty and obedience, especially a spirit of great humility, supreme contentment undertaking lowliest and most menial offices; practised rigorous bodily penance; lover of the poor and little children; favoured with continual ecstasies
THE family name of Bd Marcolino was Amanni, and he is said to have entered the Dominican noviceship when only ten years old. The qualities most remarked in him were his exact observance of rule, his love of poverty and obedience, but especially a spirit of great humility, which led him to avoid all occasions of drawing notice upon himself and to find his supreme contentment in undertaking the lowliest and most menial offices. We are told also that he practised rigorous bodily penance, that he was a lover of the poor and of little children, and that he was favoured with continual ecstasies. He spent so much time in praying upon his knees that calluses had formed there, as was discovered after his death.
   Bd Raymund of Capua, master general of the Dominicans, had a high opinion of Father Marcolino, though he was unable to make use of him in carrying out the reform of the Order of Preachers after the ravages of the Black Death and the troubles which followed on the Great Schism, because of his retiring disposition. Father Marcolino, who is said to have foretold the time of his own death, passed away at Forli on January 2, 1397, at the age of eighty. To the surprise of his brethren, who had failed to appreciate his holiness, a great concourse attended his funeral, drawn thither, we are told, by an angel who in the guise of a child gave notice of it in the entire surrounding district. The cultus was confirmed in 1750.
Our knowledge of Bd. Marcolino is largely based on certain letters of Bd John Dominici. See Mortier, Histoire des Maitres Généraux O.P., vol. iii, pp. 564—568; and Procter, Short Lives, pp. 13—15. 
1697 Bl. John Grove English martyr alleged in the Titus Oates plot
the servant of Blessed William Ireland. He served several Jesuits at a London house until his arrest. John was martyred at Tyburn with Blessed William Ireland for alleged involvement in the Titus Oates Plot. He was beatified in 1929.

1679 Bl. William Ireland Jesuit English martyr for supposed complicity in the Popish Plot
He was born in Lincolnshire and studied at St. Omer, France, where he joined the Jesuits in 1655. He was professed in 1673 and was a confessor to nuns until he was sent to England, where he became known as William Ironmonger or Iremonger. William worked for the English mission until his arrest at the London Jesuit house and his subsequent execution at Tyburn for supposed complicity in the Popish Plot. He was beatified in 1929.



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!)


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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Pope Gregory IX 1227-1241 , having called St Raymund to Rome in 1230, nominated him to various offices and took him likewise for his confessor, in which capacity Raymund enjoined the pope, for a penance, to receive, hear and expedite im­mediately all petitions presented by the poor. Gregory also ordered the saint to gather into one body all the scattered decrees of popes and councils since the collection made by Gratian in 1150. In three years Raymund completed his task, and the five books of the “Decretals” were confirmed by the same Pope Gregory in 1234. Down to the publication of the new Codex Juris Canonici in 1917 this compilation of St Raymund was looked upon as the best arranged part of the body of canon law, on which account the canonists usually chose it for the text of their commentaries.

Popes mentioned in articles of Saints

250 St. Fabian layperson dove descended this stranger was elected Pope able built Church of Rome
Pope ST FABIAN succeeded St Antherus in the pontificate about the year 236. Eusebius relates that in an assembly of the people and clergy held to elect the new pope, a dove flew in and settled on the head of St Fabian.

Pope Paschal II 1086 St. Canute IV Martyred king of Denmark -- authorized the veneration of St Canute, though it is not easy to see upon what his claim to martyrdom rests. Aelnoth adds that the first preachers of Christianity in Denmark and Scandinavia were Englishmen, and that the Swedes were the most difficult to convert.

Pope Leo XIII 1924 Saint Joseph Sebastian Pelczar; Bishop of Przemysl in 1900 until his death in 1924. He made frequent visits to the parishes, supported the religious orders, conducted three synods, and worked for the education and religious formation of his priests.
He worked for the implentation of the social doctrine described in the writings of Pope Leo XIII.

The Church without Mary is an orphanage
 Pope Francis:
“It is very different to try and grow in the faith without Mary's help. It is something else. It is like growing in the faith, yes, but in a Church that is an orphanage. A Church without Mary is an orphanage. With Mary—she educates us, she makes us grow, she accompanies us, she touches consciences. She knows how to touch consciences, for repentance.”
Pope Francis Speech of October 25, 2014, to the Schönstatt Apostolic Movement on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of its founding

Pope Clement IX --  1670 St. Charles of Sezze Franciscan Pope Clement IX called Charles to his bedside for a blessing

Popes mentioned in articles of Saints
Pope St. Stephen.  -- 155? SS. SPEUSIPPUS, ELEUSIPPUS AND MELEUSIPPUS, MARTYRS
 Romæ Invéntio sanctórum Mártyrum Diodóri Presbyteri, Mariáni Diáconi, et Sociórum; qui, sancto Stéphano Papa Ecclésiam Dei regénte, martyrium Kaléndis Decémbris sunt assecúti.
At Rome, the finding of the holy martyrs Diodorus, priest, and Marian, deacon, and their companions.  They suffered martyrdom on the 1st of December during the pontificate of Pope St. Stephen.


308-309 Pope St. Marcellus I
Romæ, via Salária, natális sancti Marcélli Primi, Papæ et Mártyris; qui, ob cathólicæ fídei confessiónem, jubénte Maxéntio tyránno, primo cæsus est fústibus, deínde ad servítium animálium cum custódia pública deputátus, et ibídem, serviéndo indútus amíctu cilícino, defúnctus est.
       At Rome, on the Salarian Way, the birthday of Pope St. Marcellus I, a martyr for the confession of the Catholic faith.  By command of the tyrant Maxentius he was beaten with clubs, then sent to take care of animals, with a guard to watch him.  In this servile office, dressed in haircloth, he departed this life.

Popes mentioned in articles of Saints
Pope Innocent III : 1208 Bl. Peter of Castelnau  Martyred Cistercian papal legate and inquisitor
To him, aided by another of his religious brethren,
Pope Innocent III
in 1203 confided the mission of taking action as apostolic delegate and inquisi­tor against the Albigensian heretics, a duty which Peter discharged with much zeal, but little success.

Pope Sylvester I (r. 314-335) named St. Agrecius Bishop to this see of Treves (modern Trier), Germany Agrecius missionary trusted associate of St. Helena 

Pope Alexander VI.
Several times Christ gave to St. Martha, blessed Veronica of Binasco, virgin, of the Order of St. Augustine.in prayer important messages which she carried to influential persons such as the Duke of Milan and Pope Alexander VI.



Pope St. Innocent I  401-41 ;   Pope St. Celestine I  422-432;

 681  Pope St. Agath678-681 a holy death, concluded a life remarkable for sanctity and learning.

1276 Teobaldo Visconti Pope St. Gregory X 1210-1276; Arriving in Rome in March, he was first ordained priest, then consecrated bishop, and crowned on the 27th  of the same month, in 1272. He took the name of Gregory X, and to procure the most effectual succour for the Holy Land he called a general council to meet at Lyons. This fourteenth general council, the second of Lyons, was opened in May 1274. Among those assembled were St Albert the Great and St Philip Benizi; St Thomas Aquinas died on his way thither, and St Bonaventure died at the council. In the fourth session the Greek legates on behalf of the Eastern emperor and patriarch restored communion between the Byzantine church and the Holy See.;  miraculous cures performed by him

Saints of Previoius Days
St. Hyginus, Pope Greek 137-140 confront Gnostic heresy
 Romæ sancti Hygíni, Papæ et Mártyris; qui, in persecutióne Antoníni, glorióse martyrium consummávit.
       At Rome, St. Hyginus, pope, who suffered a glorious martyrdom in the persecution of Antoninus.
Pope from 137-140, successorto Pope St. Telesphorus. He was a Greek, and probably had a pontificate of four years. He had to confront the Gnostic heresy and Valentinus and Cerdo, leaders of the heresy, who were in Rome at the time. Some lists proclaim him a martyr. His cult was suppressed in 1969.

Quote: Pope Paul VI’s 1969 Instruction on the Contemplative Life includes this passage:  
 "To withdraw into the desert is for Christians tantamount to associating themselves more intimately with Christ’s passion, and it enables them, in a very special way, to share in the paschal mystery and in the passage of Our Lord from this world to the heavenly homeland" (#1).

"Christianity is not a moral code or a philosophy, but an encounter with a person" -- Benedict XVI

"To withdraw into the desert is for Christians tantamount to associating themselves more intimately with Christ’s passion, and it enables them, in a very special way, to share in the paschal mystery and in the passage of Our Lord from this world to the heavenly homeland" (#1).
Christianity is not a moral code or a philosophy, but an encounter with a person -- Benedict XVI

Nazareth is the School of the Gospel (II)
It is first a lesson of silence.
May the esteem of silence be born in us anew, this admirable and indispensable condition of the spirit, in us who are assailed by so much clamor, noise and shouting in our modern life, so noisy and hyper sensitized. O silence of Nazareth, teach us recollection, interiority, disposition to listen to the good inspirations and words of the true masters; teach us the need and value of preparation, study, meditation, personal and interior life, and prayer that God alone sees in secret.

It is a lesson of family life.
May Nazareth teach us what a family is, with its communion of love, its austere and simple beauty, its sacred and inviolable character; let us learn from Nazareth how sweet and irreplaceable is the formation one receives within it; let us learn how primordial its role is on the social level.

It is a lesson of work. Nazareth, the house of the carpenter's son; it is there that we would like to understand and celebrate the severe and redeeming law of human labor; there, to reestablish the conscience of work's nobility; to remind people that working cannot be an end in itself, but that its freedom and nobility come, in addition to its economic value, from the value that finalize it; how we wish to salute here all the workers of the world and show them their great model, their divine brother, the prophet of all their just causes, Christ Our Lord.
Homily of Paul VI in Nazareth January 5, 1964

Pope Warns Against Domesticating Memory of Salvation
At Morning Mass, Says It's 'So Wonderful to Be Saved' That We Must Feast
- Pope Francis reflected today on the joy of the Christian life, specifically, the awareness that Christ came to save us.

He celebrated his habitual morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae with the eight cardinals who he has chosen to be his advisory council. The council is meeting these days at the Vatican.

Vatican Radio reported that the Holy Father's homily was drawn from the First Reading, from Chapter 8 of Nehemiah, which describes the people's rejoicing as Ezra read from the Book of the Law.

The People of God, he said, “had the memory of the Law, but it was a distant memory.” The recovery of the Law brought them "the experience of the closeness of salvation."
“This is important not only in the great moments in history, but also in the moments of our life: we all have the memory of salvation, everyone. I wonder, though: is this memory close to us, or is it a memory a bit far away, spread a little thin, a bit archaic, a little like a museum [piece]… it can get far away [from us]… and when the memory is not close, when we do not experience the closeness of memory, it enters into a process of transformation, and the memory becomes a mere recollection.”
When memory is distant, Francis added, “it is transformed into recollection, but when it comes near, it turns into joy, and this is the joy of the people.” This, he continued, constitutes “a principle of our Christian life.” When memory is close, said Pope Francis, “it warms the heart and gives us joy.”:

“This joy is our strength. The joy of the nearness of memory. Domesticated memory, on the other hand, which moves away and becomes a mere recollection, does not warm the heart. It gives us neither joy nor strength. This encounter with memory is an event of salvation, it is an encounter with the love of God that has made history with us and saved us. It is a meeting of salvation - and it is so wonderful to be saved, that we need to make feast.”

The Church, said Pope Francis, has “[Christ’s] memory”: the “memory of the Passion of the Lord.” We too, he said, run the risk of “pushing this memory away, turning it into a mere recollection, in a rote exercise."
“Every week we go to church, or perhaps when someone dies, we go to the funeral … and this memory often times bores us, because it is not near. It is sad, but the Mass is often turned into a social event and we are not close to the memory of the Church, which is the presence of the Lord before us. Imagine this beautiful scene in the Book of Nehemiah: Ezra who carries the Book of Israel’s memory and the people once again grow near to their memory and weep, the heart is warmed, is joyful, it feels that the joy of the Lord is its strength – and the people make a feast, without fear, simply.”

“Let us ask the Lord,” concluded Pope Francis, “for the grace to always have His memory close to us, a memory close
and not domesticated by habit, by so many things, and pushed away into mere recollection.”
Pope Francis VATICAN CITY, October 03, 2013 (Zenit.org)


"Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you shall receive it, and it shall come to you. St. Mark 11:24"

"Christianity is not a moral code or a philosophy, but an encounter with a person" -- Benedict XVI
"To withdraw into the desert is for Christians tantamount to associating themselves more intimately with Christ’s passion, and it enables them, in a very special way, to share in the paschal mystery and in the passage of Our Lord from this world to the heavenly homeland" (#1).
 

Pope Francis

The more "extravagant" graces are bestowed NOT for the benefit of the recipients so much as FOR benefit of others.   Non est inventus similis illis