Mary Mother of GOD
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!
  RDeo grátias. R.  Thanks be to God.

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



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9th v. BC Elisha The Holy Prophet was a native of the village of Abelmaum, near Jordan. By the command of the Lord he was called to prophetic service by the holy Prophet Elias (July 20). He spent more than 65 years in prophetic service, under six Israelite kings (from Ahab to Joash). While Elisha lived, he did not tremble before any prince, and no word could overcome him (Sirach 48: 13 ["Sirach" is called "Ecclesiasticus" in Catholic Bibles ]).
287 St. Valerius & Rufinus Martyrs served as missionaries in Gaul before being martyred at Soissons during the first years of the reign of Emperor Diocletian (r. 284-305).
 654 St. Nennus, or Nehemias, Abbot, from Ireland, he became abbot of monasteries on the isles of Arran and Bute. Nennus was the successor of St. Enda.
 847  Methodius I  as representative of Patriarch Nicephorus, was exiled by Emperor Leo V the Armenian for refusing to yield to the imperial decrees on the destruction of icons.
 853 St. Anastasius XVII Deacon and martyr. A monk in the Benedictine monastery in Tabanos, near Cordoba, Spain, Anastasius was caught up in the persecutions conducted by the Muslim Moors.
  886 St. Joseph the Hymnographer  The most prolific of the Greek hymn writers. A native of Sicily, he was forced to leave his island in 830 in the wake of an invasion by the Arabs,  journeying to Thessalonica and then Constantinople; credited with the composition of about one thousand canons
1100 St. Elgar Hermit on the isle of Bardsey, off the coast of Cearnarvon, Wales. He was born in Devonshire, England, and spent many years as a captive in Ireland.
1391 Bd Castora Gabrielli, Widow
1839 St. Augustine of Huy Vietnam native martyr, a soldier. discovered Christian, he joined St. Nicholas Thé in martyrdom. They were sawed into pieces. Augustine was canonized in 1988.
1916 St. Albert Chmielowski  founded the Brothers of the Third Order of Saint Francis, Servants to the Poor

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June 13 – Our Lady of Montaigu (Belgium, 1604)
– Second Apparition of Fatima (Portugal, 1917)
 June 14 – Apparitions to Frances Romaine Macuys in Skiemoniai (Lithuania, 1962,
devotion encouraged by Bishop Preikas)
 
They show her to us as unapproachable, but they should present her as imitable
For a sermon on the Blessed Virgin to please me and do me any good, I must see her real life,
not her imagined life. I'm sure that her real life was very simple.

They show her to us as unapproachable, but they should present her as imitable, bringing out her virtues, saying that she lived by faith just like ourselves, giving proofs of this from the Gospel, where we read: “And they did not understand the words which He spoke to them.” And that other no less mysterious statement: “His father and mother marveled at what was said about him.” This admiration presupposes a certain surprise, don't you think so?

We know very well that the Blessed Virgin is Queen of heaven and earth, but she is more Mother than Queen; and we should not say, on account of her prerogatives, that she surpasses all the saints in glory just as the sun at its rising makes the stars disappear from sight. My God! How strange that would be! A mother who makes her children's glory vanish! I myself think just the contrary. I believe she'll increase the splendor of the elect very much.
Saint Therese of Lisieux  Last Conversations (August 21, 1897)  www.archives-carmel-lisieux.fr
 
June 14 – Apparitions to Frances Romaine Macuys in Skiemoniai (Lithuania, 1962,
devotion encouraged by Bishop Preikas)     
 
"I will obtain a miracle from God, but the people must pray."
 
On Friday, June 13, 1962, at about 11:00 pm, and again the next day at the same time, in Janonai, near Skiemoniai, Lithuania, Frances Romaine Macuys, 18, said she saw the "Virgin dressed in white," who told her:

"I will save humanity if people turn to God and are converted... I will obtain a miracle from God, but the people must pray. They must make sacrifices, and especially follow the precepts of fasting and the commandments of the Church."

A local pilgrimage was born. On July 25, 1962 a "luminous phenomenon" was seen at the place of the apparitions.

The following month, an investigation was opened and prayers at the shrine have been encouraged
by the bishop of Panevezys, Bishop Preiskas.
  
René Laurentin & Patrick Sbalchiero
In Dictionnaire encyclopédique des apparitions de la Vierge, Fayard, Paris 2007.

 
As the Mother of God had promised
In Slovakia for the last fifty years, Fatima has become the heart of the veneration of Mary (…). We have meditated on the message of the Virgin of Fatima in our prayers of the Rosary and in our liturgies. (…). It was in a very profound manner that our nation received the promises of Fatima saying that Russia was going to be converted.
Atheism as an official ideology has collapsed. Holy Russia is in the process of rediscovering its Christian roots. The fall of atheism has given freedom to us in Central and Eastern Europe—as the Mother of God had promised at Fatima (…).
Now we pray to her to help us renew the spiritual life of our people, which has been laid waste over forty long years.
We know well that the Mother of God of Fatima is always with us!

 Cardinal Korec Former Bishop of Nitra, Slovakia
Excerpt from a homily pronounced in Fatima on May 10, 1992, published in Fatima, Russia
 and Pope John Paul II, by Timothy Tindal- Robertson, Ravengate Press, 1992, p. 65-66.
 
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.

June 14 - Our Lady of Arras (France, 371)
The 3 Ducats (II)
The king opened his satchel and took out eight hundred ducats. As for the queen, she searched carefully through her bag, but she could only find fifty ducats. "Gentlemen," she said, "is not eight hundred and fifty ducats enough to save this poor man?"
"The law requires one thousand ducats," said the unyielding magistrates.
So, all the lords in the entourage of the king and queen, in turn collected what they had on them to contribute, and then counted up the money. "Nine hundred, ninety-seven ducats," announced the Consuls. "You're still missing three ducats."
"This man would be hanged," cried the queen outraged, "for just three ducats?" "It is not our decision," answered the consuls, "nobody can change the law." And they made a sign to the executioner. "Stop!" shouted the queen. "Check in his pockets first. He may have three ducats on him, who knows?" The executioner obeyed, searched the convicted man's clothing ... and in one of the poor devil's pockets he found three pieces of gold!
Good people! The man you met in this story, in great danger of being hanged, is you and me, is sinful humanity! On the day of the Last Judgement, nothing will save us, not the mercy of God, or the intercession of the Virgin, or the merits of the Saints, unless we have three ducats of goodwill on us...
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God loves variety. He doesn't mass-produce his saints. Every saint is unique each 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 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.
Mary the Mother of God
9th v. BC Elisha The Holy Prophet was a native of the village of Abelmaum, near Jordan. By the command of the Lord he was called to prophetic service by the holy Prophet Elias (July 20).He spent more than 65 years in prophetic service, under six Israelite kings (from Ahab to Joash). While Elisha lived, he did not tremble before any prince, and no word could overcome him (Sirach 48: 13 ["Sirach" is called "Ecclesiasticus" in Catholic Bibles ]).
225 St. Marcian of Syracuse Martyred bishop of Syracuse, Italy, called “the First Bishop of the West." Jews of Syracuse threw Marcian from a tower
  287 St. Valerius & Rufinus Martyrs served as missionaries in Gaul before being martyred at Soissons during the first years of the reign of Emperor Diocletian (r. 284-305).
 293 St. Aquilina
 328 St. Mark of Lucera Bishop revered in southern Italy. He served the diocese of Lucerne and was respected for his concern with the poor and with evangelization.
6th v. St. Dogmael  Welsh monk of the house of Cunedda, the son of Ithel ab Ceredig ab Cunedda Wledig. He preached in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and then went to Brittany, in France. Several churches bear his name.
 654 St. Nennus, or Nehemias, Abbot, from Ireland, he became abbot of monasteries on the isles of Arran and Bute. Nennus was the successor of St. Enda.
 756 St. Lotharius Benedictine bishop and founder of Saint-Loyer-des-Champs Monastery in the forest of Argentan, France. He served as bishop of Seez for more than three decades.
 847  Methodius I  as representative of Patriarch Nicephorus, was exiled by Emperor Leo V the Armenian for refusing to yield to the imperial decrees on the destruction of icons.
 853 St. Anastasius XVII Deacon and martyr. A monk in the Benedictine monastery in Tabanos, near Cordoba, Spain, Anastasius was caught up in the persecutions conducted by the Muslim Moors. 

 870 St. Cearan Irish abbot called “the Devout,” also known as Ciaran. He was abbot of Bellach-Duin now Castle Kerrant, County Meath.
  886 St. Joseph the Hymnographer  The most prolific of the Greek hymn writers. A native of Sicily, he was forced to leave his island in 830 in the wake of an invasion by the Arabs,  journeying to Thessalonica and then Constantinople; credited with the composition of about one thousand canons
1100 St. Elgar Hermit on the isle of Bardsey, off the coast of Cearnarvon, Wales. He was born in Devonshire, England, and spent many years as a captive in Ireland.
14th v. Saint Niphon of Athos was the son of a priest. From childhood he was raised under the principles of strict Christian morality. Upon taking monastic tonsure he soon was ordained to the holy priesthood. Thirst for stillness and solitary labors led him to the Holy Mountain glorified by gifts of wonderworking and clairvoyance
1391 Bd Castora Gabrielli, Widow

1392  Saint Methodius, Igumen of Peshnosha founder of the Peshnosha monastery a cell in the forest beyond the River Yakhroma St Sergius came to him for spiritual conversation, this spot became known as "Beseda=Conversation-place"
1688 Saint Elisha of Suma was a monk at the Solovky monastery, and was occupied with the weaving of fishing nets. Before his death he became a schemamonk. In 1688 miracles began from the saint's grave in a crypt in the Nikolsk church of the city of Suma, Archangelsk diocese.
1839 St. Augustine of Huy Vietnam native martyr, a soldier. discovered Christian, he joined St. Nicholas Thé in martyrdom. They were sawed into pieces. Augustine was canonized in 1988.
1916 St. Albert Chmielowski  founded the Brothers of the Third Order of Saint Francis, Servants to the Poor.


9th v. BC Elisha The Holy Prophet was a native of the village of Abelmaum, near Jordan. By the command of the Lord he was called to prophetic service by the holy Prophet Elias (July 20).
He spent more than 65 years in prophetic service, under six Israelite kings (from Ahab to Joash). While Elisha lived, he did not tremble before any prince, and no word could overcome him
(Sirach 48: 13 ["Sirach" is called "Ecclesiasticus" in Catholic Bibles ]).
When it became time for the Prophet Elias to be taken up to Heaven, he said to Elisha, "Ask what shall I do for you, before I am taken from you." Elisha boldly asked for a double portion of the grace of God: "Let there be a double portion of your spirit upon me." The Prophet Elias said, "You have asked a hard thing; if you see me when I am taken from you, then so shall it be for you; but if you don't see me, it wilt not be" (4 [2] Kings 2: 12). As they went along the way talking, there appeared a fiery chariot and horses and separated them both. Elisha cried out, "My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horse!" (4 Kings 2: 12). Picking up the mantle of his teacher which fell from the sky, Elisha received the power and prophetic gift of Elias. He spent more than 65 years in prophetic service, under six Israelite kings (from Ahab to Joash). While Elisha lived, he did not tremble before any prince, and no word could overcome him (Sirach 48: 13 ["Sirach" is called "Ecclesiasticus" in Catholic Bibles ]).

The holy prophet worked numerous miracles. He divided the waters of the Jordan, having struck it with the mantle of the Prophet Elias; he made the waters of a Jericho spring fit for drinking; he saved the armies of the kings of Israel and Judah that stood in an arid wilderness by bringing forth abundant water by his prayer; he delivered a poor widow from death by starvation through a miraculous increase of oil in a vessel. The Shunamite woman showing hospitality to the prophet was gladdened by the birth of a son through his prayer, and when the child died, he was raised back to life by the prophet. The Syrian military-commander Namaan was healed from leprosy but the prophet's servant Gehazi was afflicted since he disobeyed the prophet and took money from Namaan on the sly.

Elisha predicted to the Israelite king Joash the victory over his enemies, and by the power of his prayer he worked many other miracles (4 Kings 3-13). The holy Prophet Elisha died in old age at Samaria. "In his life he worked miracles, and at death his works were marvellous" (Sir. 48: 15). A year after his death, a corpse was thrown into the prophet's grave. As soon as the dead man touched Elisha's bones, he came to life and stood up (4 Kings 13: 20-21). The Prophet Elisha and his teacher, the Prophet Elias, left no books behind them, since their prophetic preaching was oral. Jesus, son of Sirach, praised both great prophets (Sir. 48:1-15).
John of Damascus composed a canon in honor of the Prophet Elisha, and at Constantinople a church was built in his honor.

Julian the Apostate (361-363) gave orders to burn the relics of the Prophet Elisha, Abdia (Obadiah) and John the Forerunner, but the holy relics were preserved by believers, and part of them were transferred to Alexandria.
In the twentieth century, the humble priest Nicholas Planas had a great veneration for the Prophet Elisha,
and was accounted worthy to see him in visions.

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225 St. Marcian of Syracuse Martyred bishop of Syracuse, Italy, called “the First Bishop of the West." Jews of Syracuse threw Marcian from a tower
Marcian is traditionally believed to have been sent to Syracuse, in Sicily by St. Peter, but documentation places him in the third century.

       St. Quintian bishop who served a diocese in Gaul.

287 St. Valerius & Rufinus Martyrs served as missionaries in Gaul before being martyred at Soissons during the first years of the reign of Emperor Diocletian (r. 284-305).

287? Ss. Valerius And Rufinus, Martyrs
Nearly all the chief martyrologies of the West make mention of SS. Valerius and Rufinus who suffered at or near Soissons towards the close of the third century. According to some accounts they were two of a group of missionaries sent from Rome to evangelize that part of Gaul. According to others, they were local young Gallo-Romans who held the office of keepers of the granaries in one of the imperial palaces situated on the river Vesle. In any case they were Christians and openly practised their religion. When the persecution broke out under Diocletian, Valerius and Rufinus, knowing that they were marked men, fled to a cave in one of the neighbouring woods. They were, however, discovered and arrested. After making a bold confession they were scourged, tortured and beheaded. Over their place of burial a church was built and the town of Bazoches arose.

Two short texts of the supposed passio are printed in the Acta Sanctorum, June, vol. iii, and there is another, much longer, by Paschasius Radbertus. The fact that the names are entered on this day in the Hieronymianum constitutes a presumption for the real existence and early veneration of the two martyrs, but we hear little of them otherwise.

328 St. Mark of Lucera Bishop revered in southern Italy. He served the diocese of Lucerne and was respected for his concern with the poor and with evangelization.

6th v. St. Dogmael  Welsh monk of the house of Cunedda, the son of Ithel ab Ceredig ab Cunedda Wledig. He preached in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and then went to Brittany, in France. Several churches bear his name.

654 St. Nennus, or Nehemias, Abbot, A. D.  Abbot. From Ireland, he became abbot of monasteries on the isles of Arran and Bute. Nennus was the successor of St. Enda.

756 St. Lotharius Benedictine bishop and founder of Saint-Loyer-des-Champs Monastery in the forest of Argentan, France. He served as bishop of Seez for more than three decades.

847 Methodius as representative of Patriarch Nicephorus, was exiled by Emperor Leo V the Armenian for refusing to yield to the imperial decrees on the destruction of icons.

847 St Methodius I, Patriarch Of Constantinople
The Greeks regard St Methodius, Patriarch of Constantinople, with great venera­tion because of the important part he took in the final overthrow of Iconoclasm as well as for his heroic endurance of persecution, and they honour him with the titles of  “The Confessor” and “The Great”. He was a Sicilian by birth, and received an excellent education in his native town of Syracuse. He went to Constantinople with the object of obtaining a post at court, but through the influence of a monk he decided to abandon the world for the religious life. He built a monsatery in the island of Chios, from whence he was called to Constantinople by the Patriarch Nicephorus.

At the second outbreak of the iconoclastic persecution, under Leo the Armenian in 815, he stood out boldly in favour of the veneration of sacred images.
After the deposition and exile of St Nicephorus, however, he went to Rome, apparently charged to inform Pope St Paschal I of the condition of affairs; and he remained there until the death of Leo V. Great hopes were entertained of the next emperor, Michael the Stammerer, and St Methodius in 821 returned to Constantinople, following upon a letter from Pope Paschal which requested the reinstatement of St Nicephorus. But the emperor after reading the letter de­nounced Methodius as a stirrer-up of sedition and ordered that he should be scourged and deported.
He was confined for seven years in a tomb or mausoleum with two thieves one of whom died, and was left, we are told, to rot in the prison. It should be said, however, that there is a conflict of evidence regarding the place of his detention and the nature of the building.

When at last Methodius was liberated he was reduced to a skeleton and scarcely recognizable. His spirit, however, was unbroken. Fresh persecution broke out under the new emperor, Theophilus, and Methodius was summoned before him. Blamed for his past activities and for the letter which he was supposed to have incited the pope to write, he replied boldly, “If an image is so worthless in your eyes, how is it that when you condemn the images of Christ you do not also condemn the veneration paid to representations of yourself? Far from doing so, you are continually causing them to be multiplied.”
   The death of the emperor in 842 was followed by the proclamation of his widow, Theodora, as regent for her infant son, Michael III, and she now came forward as the champion of images. A cessation of persecution was declared, the exiled clergy
were recalled, and within thirty days the sacred images had been replaced in the churches of Constantinople amid great rejoicings. John the Grammarian, an iconoclast, was deposed from the patriarchate, St Methodius being installed in his place.

The chief events that marked the patriarchate of St Methodius were the holding in Constantinople of a synod which endorsed the decrees about eikons of the second Council of Nicaea, the institution of a festival called the feast of Orthodoxy, which is still held on the first Sunday in Lent, and the translation to Constantinople of the body of his predecessor, St Nicephorus. On the other hand, this period of recon­ciliation was marred by a very unfortunate quarrel with the Studite monks, who had formerly been Methodius’s most ardent supporters; one cause of this difference was apparently the patriarch’s condemnation of some of the writings of St Theodore Studites.

After ruling for four years, St Methodius died of dropsy on June 4, 847. He was a prolific writer, but of the many poetical, theological and contro­versial works attributed to him, there are only fragmentary remains which have any claim to be considered authentic. Recent opinion, however, in view of the manuscript evidence now available, is inclined to believe that he was really the author of certain hagiographical writings still preserved, notably the Life of St Theophanes.

The sources available for the history of St Methodius are considerable. We have, to begin with, an anonymous life in Greek, which will be found in the Acta Sanctorum, June, vol. iii, and elsewhere. Then there is a good deal to be learnt regarding particular phases of his career from three or four other hagiographical documents: a life of St Michael Syncellus published by the Russian Archaeological Institute at Constantinople in 1906 the Acts of SS. David and companions in the Analecta Bollandiana, vol. xviii (1899), pp. 211—259; and two long lives of St Joannicius printed in the Acta Sanctorum, November, vol. ii. There are also a variety of other materials belonging more directly to secular history, especially the continuation of Theophanes. A remarkably full and discerning bibliography is provided in the article on St Methodius, contributed by V. Laurent to DTC., vol. x (1928), cc. 1597—1606. He in particular calls attention to the articles published by Father Pargoire in the Échos d’Orient, vol. vi (1902); see also therein, in 5935, Fr Grumel on pp. 385—401.  See, further, Dobschütz, “Methodius und die Studiten” in the Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 5909, pp. 45—105 ; and the Regestes des Patriarches de Constantinople, 1935, fascicule 2.
Methodius returned in 821 and was himself scourged and imprisoned for seven years.
Finally, in 842, Empress Theodora arranged for his elevation as patriarch of Constantinople. In this office, he convened a council and promoted orthodoxy and the veneration of icons after the long years of iconoclasticism. Methodius was a prolific writer, being the author of a life of St. Theopanes.
St. Methodius Patriarch of Constantinople, modem Istanbul. He was born in Syracuse, Sicily, and builta monastery on the island of Chios. After some time in Constantinople, he was sent to Rome in 815

853 St. Anastasius XVII Deacon and martyr. A monk in the Benedictine monastery in Tabanos, near Cordoba, Spain, Anastasius was caught up in the persecutions conducted by the Muslim Moors. With St. Felix and St. Digna, Anastasius was beheaded for the faith.

870 St. Cearan Irish abbot called “the Devout,” also known as Ciaran. He was abbot of Bellach-Duin now Castle Kerrant, County Meath.

886 St. Joseph the Hymnographer  The most prolific of the Greek hymn writers. A native of Sicily, he was forced to leave his island in 830 in the wake of an invasion by the Arabs, journeying to Thessalonica and then to Constantinople; credited with the composition of about one thousand canons
He abandoned the Byzantine capital in 841 to escape the severe Iconoclast per­secution, but on his way to Rome he was captured by pirates and held for several years in Crete as a slave. Finally escaping, he returned to Constantinople and founded a monastery. For his ardent defense of the icons, he was sent into exile in the Chersonese. Joseph is credited with the composition of about one thousand canons. He should not be confused with Joseph of Thessalonica, brother of Theodore of Studium.

1100 St. Elgar Hermit on the isle of Bardsey, off the coast of Cearnarvon, Wales. He was born in Devonshire, England, and spent many years as a captive in Ireland.
                  Niphon_of_Mt_Athos
14th v. Saint Niphon of Athos was the son of a priest. From childhood he was raised under the principles of strict Christian morality. Upon taking monastic tonsure he soon was ordained to the holy priesthood. But the thirst for perfect stillness and solitary labors led the monk to the Holy Mountain glorified by gifts of wonderworking and clairvoyance
There he struggled for many years with the renowned Athonite Elder St Maximus Kavsokalyvites ("the Hut-burner," January 13).
St Niphon died at age 96, glorified by gifts of wonderworking and clairvoyance.


1391 Bd Castora Gabrielli, Widow
A member of one of the principal families of Gubbio in Umbria, Castora is described as having been very beautiful in her youth, and of a retiring disposition. She married a man of her own rank, a doctor of laws, whose home was at Sant’ Angelo in Vado. He proved to be a man of violent temper, from whom she had much to suffer, but she bore her trials with invincible patience. All the time she could spare from her domestic duties were spent in prayer, often in the local church of St Francis, for whom she had a great veneration. Thanks to her training and example, her only child, a son named Odo, grew up to be an upright and religious man. After her husband’s death, Bd Castora received the mantle of a Franciscan tertiary, and sold her possessions, the proceeds of which she gave to the poor. The remainder of her life she passed in prayer and austerities.

There is a short account of this servant of God in the Acta Sanctorum, June, vol. iii. It is taken for the most part from Jacobilli’s Sancti Umbriae. See also Stadler’s Heiligen Lexikon. There seems, however, to be no evidence that the cultus of Castora Gabrielli has received any sort of papal sanction; her feast is not kept among the Franciscans.

1392  Saint Methodius, Igumen of Peshnosha founder of the Peshnosha monastery after built himself a cell in the forest beyond the River Yakhroma St Sergius came to him for spiritual conversation, therefore this spot became known as "Beseda" ("Conversation-place").
In his youth he went to St Sergius of Radonezh and spent several years under his guidance. Later on, with the blessing of St Sergius, he withdrew to a solitary place and built himself a cell in the forest beyond the River Yakhroma. Soon several disciples came to him in this marshy place, wishing to imitate his life. St Sergius visited him and advised him to build a monastery and church. St Methodius himself toiled at the construction of the church and the cells, "on foot carrying" wood along the river, and from that time the monastery began to be called "the Peshnosha."
In 1391 St Methodius became igumen of this monastery. At times he withdrew two versts from the monastery and struggled in prayer. Here also St Sergius came to him for spiritual conversation, therefore this spot became known as "Beseda" ("Conversation-place").
St Methodius died in 1392 and was buried at the monastery he founded. A church dedicated to Sts Sergius of Radonezh and Methodius of Peshnosha was built over his relics in 1732. The beginning of his local veneration dates from the late seventeenth - early eighteenth centuries.  St Macarius is also commemorated on June 4.

1688 Saint Elisha of Suma was a monk at the Solovky monastery, and was occupied with the weaving of fishing nets. Before his death he became a schemamonk. In 1688 miracles began from the saint's grave in a crypt in the Nikolsk church of the city of Suma, Archangelsk diocese.

1916 St. Albert Chmielowski  founded the Brothers of the Third Order of Saint Francis, Servants to the Poor
(1845-)

   
Born in Igolomia near Kraków as the eldest of four children in a wealthy family, he was christened Adam. During the 1864 revolt against Czar Alexander III, Adam’s wounds forced the amputation of his left leg.

His great talent for painting led to studies in Warsaw, Munich and Paris. Adam returned to Kraków and became a Secular Franciscan. In 1888 he took the name Albert when he founded the Brothers of the Third Order of Saint Francis, Servants to the Poor. They worked primarily with the homeless, depending completely on alms while serving the needy, regardless of age, religion or politics. A community of Albertine sisters was established later.

Pope John Paul II beatified him in 1983 and canonized him six years later.
Comment: Reflecting on his own priestly vocation, Pope John Paul II wrote in 1996 that Brother Albert had played a role in its formation "because I found in him a real spiritual support and example in leaving behind the world of art, literature and the theater, and in making the radical choice of a vocation to the priesthood" (Gift and Mystery: On the Fiftieth Anniversay of My Priestly Ordination, p. 33). As a young priest, Karol Wojtyla repaid his debt of gratitude by writing The Brother of Our God, a play about Brother Albert’s life.
Quote:  The first reading at the canonization included Isaiah 58:6 (“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?”). The pope referred to this passage and said: “This is the theology of messianic liberation, which contains what we are accustomed to calling today the ‘option for the poor’.... In this tireless, heroic service on behalf of the marginalized and the poor, he [Albert] ultimately found his path. He found Christ. He took upon himself Christ’s yoke and burden; he did not become merely ‘one of those who give alms,’ but became the brother to those he served....” (L'Osservatore Romano 1989, Vol. 49, No. 9).



Mary's Divine Motherhood
Pope Francis  PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR June
National Leaders.
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade,
which victimizes so many innocent people.

 
ABORTION IS A MORAL OUTRAGE
Marian spirituality: all are invited.
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!
  RDeo grátias. R.  Thanks be to God.

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!)
                                                                                     
     
We are the defenders of true freedom.
  May our witness unveil the deception of the "pro-choice" slogan.
  Campaign saves lives Shawn Carney Campaign Director www.40daysforlife.com
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'

"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.
Saints and Popes mentioned June 02

350
St Barlaam The first Friday of the Apostles' Fast. St Barlaam also commemorated November 6 and February 10.

657
St. Eugene I a Roman priest who held various positions in the Church known for his charity and his sanctity


1340 John the New of Sochi The Holy Great Martyr a merchant, devout and firm in his Orthodoxy, and generous to the poor calling on the help of Him Who said, "When they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what you shall speak, neither do you premeditate; but whatsoever will be given you in that hour, speak that, for it is not you that speaks, but the Holy Spirit" (Mark 13:11)

1795  Ibrahim El-Gohari Departure of the most honored Layman transscribe the religion books, and distribute them to the church at his own expense

1819 Constantine The Holy Martyr was born upon the island of Mytilene into a Mahometan family.
In his youth he fell ill with smallpox, from which he completely lost his eyesight and awaited death.
A certain Christian took him to church and washed him with holy water.
They brought him out of the temple completely healthy.


Saints and Popes mentioned June 03
On his deathbed he said:
It is not that the gospel has changed;
it is that we have begun to understand it better.
Those who have lived as long as I have…were enabled to compare different cultures and traditions, and know that the moment has come to discern the signs of the times, to seize the opportunity and to look far ahead.
1963 Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli ordination 1904.  Secular Franciscan; canon law studies;
worked as his bishop’s secretary; Church history teacher in the seminary;
publisher of the diocesan paper; stretcher-bearer for the Italian army during World War I;
1921 national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith; taught patristics at Eternal City seminary;
1925 papal diplomat, first in Bulgaria, then Turkey finally in France (1944-53). 

During World War II, became well acquainted with Orthodox Church leaders
with the help of Germany’s ambassador to Turkey. Archbishop Roncalli helped save 24,000 Jewish people. 
Cardinal and appointed patriarch of Venice in 1953, finally residential bishop; elected pope at 78,
taking the name John, his father’s name and the two patrons of Rome’s cathedral, St. John Lateran;


270-275 Saint Lucillian pagan priest old age became persuaded falseness of pagan religion turned to faith in Christ the Savior; martyred with Claudius,
Hypatius, Paul and Dionysius and later holy virgin Paula who cared for them
 

545 Clotilda of France Queen Widow At her passing, a dazzling light and heavenly incense filled the room Clothilde built Church of the Apostles, later  called Saint Geneviève, in Paris her relics survived the French Revolution found in the church of Saint-Leu, Paris.) (RM)

7th v. Glunshallaich Saint Kevin preached the Gospel and the Holy Spirit led the heart of the Irish Saint Glunshallaich to conversion penitent rest of his life

1051 Davinus (Dalidus) of Lucca native Armenian died on a pilgrimage to Rome (RM)

1254 Blessed Andrew Caccioli 1/original 72 followers of Saint Francis, OFM (AC)

1600 BD JOHN "THE SINNER" His active life did not prevent him from attaining to great spiritual heights. Often he was rapt in ecstasy-sometimes when he was on his errands of mercy caring for prisoners, the sick and destitute.

1885 St. Charles Lwanga and Companions MARTYRS OF UGANDA canonized in 1964 feast added to the Roman Calendar in 1969. When the The Society of Missionaries of Africa, known as the White Fathers were expelled from the country, new Christians carried on their work, translating and printing the catechism into their native language and giving secret instruction on the faith. Without priests, liturgy, and sacraments their faith, intelligence, courage, and wisdom kept the Catholic Church alive and growing in Uganda. When the Missionaries of Africa returned after King Mwanga's death, they found 500 Christians and 1000 catchumens waiting for them.

1886 St. Achilleus Kewanuka One of the Martyrs of Uganda, with Charles Lwanga


Saints and Popes mentioned June 04
  Martyrs of Niculitsel graves of Saints Zoticus, Atallus, Camisius and Philip were discovered in 1971.
Lesser Scythia (modern Romania), between the Danube and the Black Sea in the northeastern territory of the Roman Empire, was a place of exile or death for Christians who refused to worship the pagan gods. During the persecutions of Decius (249-251), Diocletian and Maximilian (284-305), and Licinius (308-324) thousands of people died there from cold, hunger, or torture. The relics of those who endured martyrdom because they openly proclaimed their faith in Christ were taken by Christians and buried in secret places. Accounts of the lives and sufferings of these holy martyrs were written and preserved so they would not be forgotten. When the persecutions ended, the relics were moved from their temporary resting places and placed in special crypts (martyria). Churches were built over these crypts, and the ruins of some of them may be seen today in Dobrogea.

In September 1971 a creek overflowed its banks near the village of Niculitsel in the county of Tulcea, revealing one of the oldest of these martyria. The crypt, which is made of bricks, is divided into two rooms, one on top of the other. In the upper room, the relics of four martyrs were found in a single wooden coffin. All had been decapitated. The heads of three martyrs were found atop their necks, while the head of the fourth martyr was resting on his chest. An inscription on the left wall reads: "Christ's martyrs." The names of the four martyrs (Zoticus, Attalus, Camasius, and Philip) were scratched into the right wall.

5th-6th v. St. Breaca Disciple of St. Brigid went from Ireland to Cornwall, England, about 460 Breaca and her companions settled on the bank of the Hoyle River

1150 St. Walter Benedictine abbot English served as a monk and then abbot of Fontenelle, France, the famed Benedictine spiritual center.  Pope Innocent II (r. 1130-1143)  noted his zeal and holiness.

1392 Saint Methodius, Igumen of Peshnosha founder of the Peshnosha monastery under guidance St Sergius of Radonezh

1608 St. Francis Caracciolo priest Founder of the Minor Clerks Regular with St. John Augustine Adorno

Archbishop Andronicus of Perm The holy New Martyr was an outspoken critic of the Communist decree which ordered the separation of Church and State

1847 ST VINCENTIA GEROSA, VIRGIN, COFOUNDRESS OF THE SISTERS OF CHARITY OF LOVERE

1886 Charles Lwanga and Companions; One of 22 Ugandan martyrs, Charles Lwanga is the patron of youth and Catholic action in most of tropical Africa.

Saints and Popes mentioned June 05
305-311 The Holy Martyrs Marcian, Nicander, Hyperechius, Apollonius, Leonidas, Arius, Gorgias, Pambo, and the women martyrs Selenia and Irene natives of  Egypt angel appeared and healed their wounds

6th v. St. Tudno Welsh saint after whom Llandudno in Gwynedd, Wales, is named. He figures in various Welsh Christian legends

583 Saint Theodore the Wonderworker In his youth he left the world, embraced monasticism and withdrew into the Jordanian wilderness. He received from God the gift of wonderworking.


754 St. Boniface {Winfrith} of Mainz missionary bishop; Pope Gregory II talked to Winfrith all winter long before finally sending him on a test mission to Thuringia in Germany; known as the Apostle of Germany He brought the Christian faith and Roman Christian civilization to this portion of Europe

1443 BD FERDINAND OF PORTUGAL  IT is as the hero of one of the finest plays of the great Spanish dramatist Calderon that Prince Ferdinand the Constant is best known to the world to-day.
He was born at Santarem on September 29, 1402. His father was King John I of Portugal, and his mother was Philippa, daughter of John of Gaunt; he was therefore a great-grandson of King Edward III of England. Even as a child he was devout, and although he was delicate and often prostrated by illness, he always led an austere disciplined life. From the age of fourteen, he regularly recited the canonical hours, according to the Use of Sarum-a practice he must have learnt from his English mother-and he was untouched by the temptations and dissipations of court life.


1840 St. Luke Loan Martyr of Vietnam native ordained a priest and then served the Catholic community until his arrest by anti-Christian forces. He was beheaded. His canonization took place in 1988.

1900 Bl. Franciscan Martyrs of China 29 Franciscans and Franciscan tertiaries who became victims of the Boxer Rebellion. They represent more than 100,000 Christians of China who were martyred in the reign of Empress Tz’u hsi. These martyrs are recorded as being slain in the palace of the viceroy of Taiyuan-fu of Xian-fu Province.


Saints and Popes mentioned June 06
   90 St. Philip the Deacon "Acts" ministering to needy members of the Church 1st preacher in Samaria converted Simon Magus then eunuch chief treasurer of the Queen of Ethiopia on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza

293 Sts Archelais, Thekla and Susanna Holy Virgin Martyrs sought salvation in a small monastery near Rome received; gift of healing from God in the 19 C. Susanna appeared to a disciple of Elder Boniface saying, "We must pray to God with soul, mind, and the heart." described as maiden of untold beauty, with a soft, pleasant voice.

 455 St. Ceratius Bishop of Grenoble present at the Council of Orange in 441

 466 Saint Bessarion Wonderworker of Egypt baptized in youth led strict life, preserving grace given during Baptism

 550  St. Jarlath, Bishop founder principle patron of Tuam, Archdiocese in Galway; pupils were St. Brendan of Clonfert and St.Colman of Cloyne

 699 St. Claud restored the monastic buildings in the Jura mountains enforced the Rule of St. Benedict burial place for centuries a favorite place of pilgrimage at which miraculous cures took place

 786  St. Willibald dedicated as a child to God porter in the great monastery of Monte Cassino ordained priest and became bishop of Eichstaett; over 50 years pioneering work in a barbarous land (RM)

845 Saint Hilarion the New was born of pious parents Peter and Theodosia raised in the virtues; instructed him in Holy Scripture. At 12 tonsured as a monk at the Hesychius monastery near Constantinople, from there transferred to Dalmatus monastery, where he received the Great Schema and became a disciple of St Gregory the Dekapolite (November 20).  Hilarion beheld holy angels taking soul of St Theodore to Heaven.

 950 St. Amantius Bishop governed Noyon, France and 5 priests were martyred for the faith, 3 were his brothers

1134 Saint Norbert early life devoted to worldly pleasures including financial benefices as cannon then struck down w/lightning regain conscious first words were "Lord, what do you want me to do?" same words Saul spoke on road to Damascus Norbert heard in his heart, "Turn from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it." became itinerant preacher severe and popular reformer; Norbert's community first evidence of lay affiliation with a 
religious orderTheobald, Count of Champagne, aspired to enter the order, but St Norbert, who recognized his lack of vocation, dissuaded him, urging him rather to carry out the duties of his station and to marry. At the same time he gave him a small white scapular to wear under his outer garments, and prescribed certain rules and devotions for his use. This seems to have been the first known case of the affiliation of a layman living in the world to a recognized religious order, and from the Premonstratensians St Dominic is thought to have derived the idea of secular tertiaries.

1470 Saint Jonah, Bishop of Great Perm converted the inhabitants of Great Perm to Christ. He journeyed throughout his extensive diocese to spread and consolidate the Christian Faith

1537 Bl. John Davy Carthusian martyr of England member of the Carthusian Charterhouse of London, he was an opponent of the Act of Supremacy of King Henry VIII

1840 St Marcellin Champagnat founder of the Little Brothers of Mary the Marists classmate of St Vianney


Saints and Popes mentioned June 07
 1st v. Hesia and Susanna The Holy Women were disciples of the PriestMartyr Pankratios, Bishop of Tauromeneia (Comm. 9 July),  a disciple of the Apostle Peter.

 3rd v. St Sisinius deacon suffered at Rome along with hieromartyr Marcellus, Bishop of Rome, holy deacon Cyriacus; also Smaragdus, Largus, Apronian, Saturninus, Crescentian, Papias and Maurus and the holy women martyrs Priscilla, Lucy and the Emperor's daughter Artemia

 350 St. Paul of Bishop of Constantinople during the period of bitter controversy in the Church over the Arian heresy

 610    Colman (Mocholmoc) of Dromore first abbot of Muckmore, County Antrim many miracles to the bishop; teacher of Saint Finnian of Clonard B (AC)

 786 St. Willibald Bishop and missionary native of Wessex England brother of Sts. Winebald and Walburga related to St. Boniface; Willibald was the first recorded English pilgrim to the Holy Land, and his vita the earliest travel book by an English writer.

 851 St. Peter Spanish martyr with Wallabonsus, Sabinian, Wistremundus, Habentius, and Jeremias martyred in Cordoba at the order of Emir Abd al-Rahman II for preaching against Muhammad.

1066 St. Gottschalk Martyr Prince of the Wends collected scattered tribes of the Slavs into one kingdom, and to make that Christian established monasteries at Oldenburg, Mecklenburg, Ratzeburg, Lubeck, and Lenzen

1302 St. Meriadoc native of Brittany ordained then embraced the life of a hermit then Bishop of Vannes most conspicuous in his labors on behalf of the poor

1527 BD BAPTISTA VARANI, VIRGIN; Poor Clare; mystical revelations on the Passion-revelations which under obedience she embodied in a book entitled The Sufferings of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus; she drew up a series of instructions upon how to attain perfection. They exhibit that shrewd common sense not unmixed with humour which characterizes some of the great mystics. Though written for a fifteenth-century monk, they would form an excellent rule of life for any devout twentieth-century Catholic.

1592 The Monk Antonii of Kensk (Kozheezersk), with schema-monk name Avramii disciple and successor of the Monk Serapion (Comm. 27 June) in the guiding of the Kozheezersk ("Leather-tanning Lake") monastery

1626 Bld Anne of Saint Batholomew shepherdess  the first to join Saint Teresa of Ávila's reformed order sent to France introduce the reform there appointed prioress of the convents at Pontoise and Tours; founded convent at Antwerp for English refugees OCD V (AC)

1846 St. Anthony Mary Gianelli Bishop of Bobbio, Italy founded a congregation of missionaries and a congregation of teaching sisters

1928 Joseph Perez Servant of God Franciscan "The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church," said Tertullian in the third century. Joseph Perez carried on that tradition; body was later brought in procession to Salvatierra, it was buried there amid cries of "Viva, Cristo Rey!"

Saints and Popes mentioned June 08
90 St. Maximinus of Aix First bishop of Aix Provence one of Christ's 72 disciples and accompanied Mary Magdalene Martha, Lazarus, and Mary Cleopas to Provence to evangelize the area
319 Theodore Stratelates Holy Great Martyr suffered for Christ in Heraklea church dedicated to him at a place called Karsat, near Damascus
410 St. Melania the Elder relationship with Saint Jerome was a clash of titans
  425 Saint Ephraim, Patriarch of Antioch defended teaching of the Orthodox Church union of two natures the divine and the human in the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ; a Syrian distinguished for his virtue, piety, and compassion for all the destitute; miracle of the omophorion

 511 St. Bron Bishop; disciple of St. Patrick; continued St. Patrick's mission; introduced literary and artistic standards in Irish monastic life

Saint Zosimus of Phoenicia born in Syrian village of Synda, near city of Tyre; accepted monasticism and zealous in his fasting, prayer, labors and other virtues. The monk received from God the gift of clairvoyance.
 This holy icon belonged to St Cyril of White Lake (June 9), and he kept it in his cell. St Cyril was living at the Simonov Monastery, but his soul yearned for solitude, and he asked the Mother of God to show him a place conducive for salvation. One night he was reading an Akathist in his cell before the Hodigitria icon of the Mother of God, and had just reached the eighth Kontakion, "Seeing the strange Nativity, let us become strangers to the world and transport our minds to heaven." Then he heard a voice say, "Go to White Lake (Belozersk), where I have prepared a place for you." He left the Simonov Monastery and at the desolate and sparsely populated White Lake, he found the place which he had seen in the vision. St Cyril and his companion St Therapon of White Lake and Mozhaisk (May 27), set up a cross and dug a cell in the ground near Mount Myaura at Siversk Lake. The White Lake Icon is also commemorated on July 28.





975 St. Edgar the Peaceful; English king patron of St. Dunstan, who served as his counselor

1154 St. William of York, Bishop austere life of a monk, practicing much prayer and mortification; Following his death, many miracles were attributed to him.
1482 Bl. Pacificus of Cerano Franciscan friar renowned preacher missionary especially respected for his knowledge of moral theology Summa Pacifica was popular
1609 Saint Tevdore was a simple priest who labored in the 16th century in the village of Kvelta led them in the wrong direction Embittered hungry for revenge, they beheaded Fr. Tevdore.

Saints and Popes mentioned June 09
  ORTHODOXY IN CHINA June 9th, 2007 (Byz/Julian Cal.: May 27th, year of the world 7515)

 297 Primus and Felician Roman patricians; converts to Christianity; relieving poor visiting prisoners; refusing to sacrifice to the public gods; MM first martyrs;  bodies later reburied within walls of Rome (RM)
 346 Thekla, Martha and Mary Holy Women Martyrs beheaded during the reign of the Persian emperor Sapor II 
 370 St. Julian Christian sold into slavery in Syria; monk under St. Ephraem
 373 St. Ephrem the only Syrian recognized as a Doctor of the Church; left us hundreds of hymns and poems on the
       faith that inflamed and inspired the whole Church;  Poet, teacher, orator and defender of the faith
see june 18


444 Saint Cyril, Archbishop of Alexandria, a distinguished champion of Orthodoxy a great teacher of the Church
 594 St. Maximian of Syracuse Benedictine bihop, monk trained by St. Gregory I the Great at St. Andrew’s Abbey in Rome; Aposcrisarius apostolic delegate in Sicily
 597 St. Columba royal descent fifteen years preaching setting up foundations built
world famous monastery island of Iona off the coast of Scotland; developed a monastic rule poet

13 th v. Blessed Diana, Caecilia, and Amata  1st members of Saint Agnes Dominican Convent in Bologna OP VV (AC)
1348 Blessed Silvester Ventura age of 40 he joined the Camaldolese at Santa Maria degli Angeli at Florence as a lay brother cook favored with ecstasies heavenly visions, angels were wont to come and cook for him spiritual advice was in great demand, OSB Cam. (AC)
1427 Saint Cyril, Igumen of White Lake

1666 BD HENRY THE SHOEMAKER he formed a religious society for his fellow tradesmen under the traditional patronage of SS. Crispin and Crispinian.
1837 Anne Mary Taigi Endowed with the gift of prophecy, read thoughts described distant events; Christ revealed to her,"The humble are always patient, and the patient sanctify themselves. Patience is the best of all penances, and he who is truly patient possesses all earthly treasure, and will receive a heavenly crown."

Saints and Popes mentioned June 10
  67 St. Crispulus & Restitutus 1st century Martyrs who died in Rome in the reign of Emperor Nero. Some scholars state that they were martyred in Spain.

  362 St. Timothy Martyr and bishop. The Prusa, in Bithynia (modern Turkey), he was put to death during the persecutions of the Church under Emperor Julian the Apostate.

4th v. St. Maximus   Martyred bishop of Naples, from 359; died in exile from his see and is venerated as a martyr.
 371 Martyrdom of St. Alladius (Hilarius or Hilarion) the Bishop.  {coptic}
 430 Saint Bassian, Bishop of Lodi friend of St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan (December 7)  glorified by miracles providing his flock example of a virtuous life


 661 St. Landericus (or Landry) Bishop of Paris, from 650-661 A sincere and dedicated servant of God great love for the poor and the lowly; erect the city's first real hospital

1093 MARGARET of Scotland see Memorial 16 November; formerly 10 June; 16 June in Scotland  founded abbeys and used her position to work for justice and improved conditions for poor.

1270 Bl. Amata Dominican co-foundress. Amata was a Dominican nun in Rome. She co-founded the convent of St. Agnes at Valle di Pietro, in the Bologna area of Italy.
Bl. Olive (Olivia) achieved a large following when her story from biography;  held in great esteem by Christians and Muslims.


1315 Bd Henry of Treviso; 276 miracles, wrought by his relics, recorded within days of death by notaries appointed by the magistrates: they occupy thirty-two closely printed columns of the Acta Sanctorum

1609 Saint Basil, Bishop of Ryazan Uncovering and Transfer of the Holy Relics into the Ryazan-Dormition (afterwards Nativity) church in the Kremlin of Ryazan-Pereslavl

1626 Bl. Caspar Sadamazu Japanese martyr a Jesuit received into the Order at Bungo in 1582 served as secretary to several provincials before being arrested as a Christian
1715 Saint John, Metropolitan of Tobolsk and All Siberia Wonderwonder teacher of the Latin language Kiev Spiritual Academy monasticism at the Kiev Caves "How ought man to conform his will with the will of God?"


1914 Departure of St. Abraam, bishop of El-Fayyoum ordained a monk and  priest; meek, humble, had a pure life, and he prayed much in seclusion; Many patients, of different religions, came to him, seeking the blessing of his prayers and were healed miracles were manifested through him after his departure, and his tomb became and still is a pilgrimage for many who have special needs or infirmities.

Saints and Popes mentioned June 11

  61 St. Barnabas A Jew, born in Cyprus and named Joseph, he sold his property, gave the proceeds to the Apostles, who gave him the name Barnabas, and lived in common with the earliest converts to Christianity in Jerusalem.

June 11 - Sacred Heart - Revelation of Axion Estin at Mount Athos  
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It is truly meet to call thee blest, the Mother of God
  One night in 982, an angel in the guise of a monk asked for hospitality at the monastery of Mont Athos, where the disciple of an elder monk, absent that night, put him up for the night. At Matins, they rose to sing the Office. But when they came to the ninth ode of the hymn (…), turning to the icon of the Mother of God, the stranger used the following prelude:
"It is truly meet to call thee blest, the Theotokos, the ever-blessed and all-immaculate and Mother of our God..."

Marveling at what he heard, the disciple asked his guest to put the words in writing, and since they had no paper, the strange monk inscribed it effortlessly on a piece of slate, using just his fingers. "From now on," he added, "all Orthodox should sing the hymn to the Mother of God in this manner." Then he disappeared.

Upon hearing about the story when he returned, the older monk understood that the visitor was the Archangel Gabriel, and proclaimed the miracle to the Elders. Consequently, they transferred the icon that had been the object of the miracle to the Protaton Church, where it is still kept today (…). This "Axion Estin" ("it is meet") Icon is, along with the Portaïtissa, one of the most famous of all miraculous icons.  www.histoire-russie.fr

June 11 - Pope Leo XIII's Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Rome, 1899)
June 11 - Leo XIII consecrated the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus that is one with the Heart of Mary (1899) 


1158 Blessed Hugh of Marchiennes educated at Rheims, became a Benedictine at Saint Martin's in Tournai, in 1148 was named abbot of Marchiennes, OSB Abbot (PC)

1242 St. Peter Rodriguez and Companions group of seven Spanish martyrs members of the Knights of Santiago of
Portugal put to death by the Moors

1445 Saint Barnabas of Vetluga priest born in Great Ustiug wilderness people would visit "for a blessing," and he would predict to them that after his repose on the banks of the River Vetluga "God would multiply the human habitation, and upon the place of his dwelling monks would live."  At Red Hill the monks built two churches, one in honor of the Most Holy Trinity, and the other, over the grave of the monk, dedicated to St Nicholas the Wonderworker. They founded a cenobitic monastery, which received as its name "the Varnavinsk wilderness-monastery."

1882 St. Paula Frasinetti Foundress began the Congregation of St. Dorothy her brother was a parish priest in the city,
and she assisted him by teaching poor children in their parish.

Saints and Popes mentioned June 12
67 St. Ampliatus Bishop martyr, mentioned by St. Paul with Sts. Narcissus and Urban bishop, join St. Andrew mission in Balkans.

4th v. St. Amphion Bishop defender of the faith, praised by St. Athanasius bishop of Epiphania, Cicilia and bishop of Nicomedia when Arians began to spread their heresy attended Council of Nicaea in 325.

683  Pope St. Leo II  God restored his eyes and his tongue after they had been torn out by impious men.

734  St. Peter of Mount Athos first hermit to reside on Mount Athos; St Simeon touched his staff to the chains binding St Peter, and the chains melted away like wax.

1138 St. Christian Bishop brother of St. Malachy of Armagh. Celtic name was Croistan O'Morgair,

1298 Blessed Jolenta (Yolanda) of Poland daughter of Bela IV, King of Hungary. sister, St. Kunigunde miracles, still occur at her grave

1626 Blessed Louis Naisen 7 year old Japanese boy, son of Blessed John and Monica Naisen. beheaded in Nagasaki  M (AC)

1971 Blessed Manuel Lozano Garrido, Spanish layman, beatified Sat 12, 2010 June in Linares, Spain.


Saints and Popes mentioned June 13
 370 St. Triphyllius Bishop convert to Christianity and eventually named bishop of Nicosia, Cyprus a devoted supporter of St. Athanasius of Alexandria against the Arians and consequently was persecuted by them.  

 600 St. Peregrinus murdered by Lombards-drowned in the Aterno River after pleading for mercy for a prisoner condemned to death.

 680 St. Rambert he opposed corruption;  member of the court of the Frankish king Thierry III of Neustria murdered in the Jura Mountains.


852 St. Fandila entered the Benedictine monastery of Tabanos at Cordoba habitual practices of frequent prayer, vigils, and penances. His zeal to preach the faith and defend it prompted him to take the audacious step of going before a Moorish magistrate to deliver a refutation of Islam; miracle of hailstones.

1138 Blessed Gerard Of Clairvaux St Bernard' second and favorite brother a monk he became the right hand of St Bernard, whom he accompanied to Clairvaux;  a pattern of obedience and of religious fervor: How good it is of God to be the Father of men, and what glory it is for men that they are the children of God

1410 Saint Sava of Moscow succeeded St Andronicus as the igumen of the monastery of the Savior, dedicated to the Icon of Christ Not-Made-By Hands (August 16) in 1395.  Saint James acquired the gift of discernment, learned the straight and narrow path of God, and became a great wonderworker

1716 Saint Anthimus of Iberia was one of the most highly educated people of his time. He was fluent in many languages, including Greek, Romanian, Old Slavonic, Arabic, and Turkish and well-versed in theology, literature, and natural sciences; unusually gifted in the fine arts—in painting, engraving, and sculpture in particular; famed for his beautiful calligraphy; great writer, a renowned orator, and a reformer of the written Romanian language.

1839 St. Augustine of Huy A martyr of Vietnam native of Vietnam a soldier; discovered a Christian, he joined St. Nicholas in martyrdom they were sawed into pieces. Augustine was canonized in 1988.

1886 St. Gyavire Martyr of Uganda, slain by a King; Gyavire was known as “the good runner of messages” before being martyred for the faith.


1942 Pope Yoannis the Nineteenth 113th Patriarch of Alexandria Departure of ; monk ; priest; example of, ambition, honesty, purity of conduct, firmness, godliness, and good management loved, since his young age, to read the biographies of saints. He longed to follow their example  {Coptic}

Saints and Popes mentioned June 14
9th v. BC Elisha The Holy Prophet was a native of the village of Abelmaum, near Jordan. By the command of the Lord he was called to prophetic service by the holy Prophet Elias (July 20).He spent more than 65 years in prophetic service, under six Israelite kings (from Ahab to Joash). While Elisha lived, he did not tremble before any prince, and no word could overcome him (Sirach 48: 13 ["Sirach" is called "Ecclesiasticus" in Catholic Bibles ]).

287 St. Valerius & Rufinus Martyrs served as missionaries in Gaul before being martyred at Soissons during the first years of the reign of Emperor Diocletian (r. 284-305).

 756 St. Lotharius Benedictine bishop and founder of Saint-Loyer-des-Champs Monastery in the forest of Argentan, France. He served as bishop of Seez for more than three decades.

 847  Methodius I  as representative of Patriarch Nicephorus, was exiled by Emperor Leo V the Armenian for refusing to yield to the imperial decrees on the destruction of icons.


886 St. Joseph the Hymnographer  The most prolific of the Greek hymn writers. A native of Sicily, he was forced to leave his island in 830 in the wake of an invasion by the Arabs,  journeying to Thessalonica and then Constantinople; credited with the composition of about one thousand canons

1100 St. Elgar Hermit on the isle of Bardsey, off the coast of Cearnarvon, Wales. He was born in Devonshire, England, and spent many years as a captive in Ireland.

14th v. Saint Niphon of Athos was the son of a priest. From childhood he was raised under the principles of strict Christian morality. Upon taking monastic tonsure he soon was ordained to the holy priesthood. Thirst for stillness and solitary labors led him to the Holy Mountain glorified by gifts of wonderworking and clairvoyance


1688 Saint Elisha of Suma was a monk at the Solovky monastery, and was occupied with the weaving of fishing nets. Before his death he became a schemamonk. In 1688 miracles began from the saint's grave in a crypt in the Nikolsk church of the city of Suma, Archangelsk diocese.

1839 St. Augustine of Huy Vietnam native martyr, a soldier. discovered Christian, he joined St. Nicholas Thé in martyrdom. They were sawed into pieces. Augustine was canonized in 1988.

1916 St. Albert Chmielowski  founded the Brothers of the Third Order of Saint Francis, Servants to the Poor.

Saints and Popes mentioned June 15