Mary Mother of GOD
 Tuesday   Saint of the Day June 14 Décimo octávo Kaléndas Júlii  
Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum.
And elsewhere in divers places, many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
Пресвятая Богородице спаси нас! 
(Santíssima Mãe de Deus, salva-nos!)


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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

Mary's Divine Motherhood

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...
Excerpt from "Tales of the Virgin" MDN Productions
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).




Pope Francis  PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR  May 2016
Universal:   “That in every country in the world, women may be honoured and respected
and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed”.

Evangelization:  “That families, communities and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelisation and peace”.
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On Death and Life
"Man Needs Eternity -- and Every Other Hope, for Him, Is All Too Brief"
Пресвятая Богородице спаси нас!
   (Santíssima Mãe de Deus, salva-nos!)


 
40 Days for Life  11,000+ saved lives in 2015
We are the defenders of true freedom.
  May our witness unveil the deception of the "pro-choice" slogan.
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Please help save the unborn they are the future for the world

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

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


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


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

  Month by Month of Saintly Dedications


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God loves variety. He doesn't mass-produce his saints. Every saint is unique, for each is the result of a new idea.  As the liturgy says: Non est inventus similis illis--there are no two exactly alike. It is we with our lack of imagination, who paint the same haloes on all the saints. Dear Lord, grant us a spirit that is not bound by our own ideas and preferences.  Grant that we may be able to appreciate in others what we lack in ourselves. O Lord, grant that we may understand that every saint must be a unique praise of Your glory. Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives.  Each saint the Church honors responded to God's invitation to use his or her unique gifts.   God calls each one of us to be a saint in order to get into heavenonly saints are allowed into heaven. The more "extravagant" graces are bestowed NOT for the benefit of the recipients so much as FOR the benefit of others.
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Where there is no honor for the elderly, there is no future for young people.
During his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis made this strong statement while continuing his catechesis on the family, with this and next week focusing on the elderly.  Confining this week’s address to their problematic current condition, the Holy Father said the elderly are ignored and that a society that does this is perverse.
While noting that life has been lengthened thanks to advances in medicine, he lamented that while the number of older people has multiplied, "our societies are not organized enough to make room for them, with proper respect and concrete consideration for their fragility and their dignity.”

“As long as we are young, we are led to ignore old age, as if it were a disease to be taken away. Then when we become older, especially if we are poor, sick and alone, we experience the shortcomings of a society planned on efficiency,
which consequently ignores the elderly.”


He went on to quote his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI, who, when visiting a nursing home in November 2012, “used clear and prophetic words: ‘The quality of a society, I would say of a civilization, is judged also on how the elderly are treated and the place reserved for them in the common life.’"  Without a space for them, Francis highlighted, society dies.

Cultures, he decried, see the elderly as a burden who do not produce and should be discarded.
“You do not say it openly, but you do it!” he exclaimed. "Out of our fear of weakness and vulnerability, we do not tolerate and abandon the elderly," he said. “It’s sickening to see the elderly discarded. It is ugly. It’s a sin. Abandoning the elderly is a mortal sin.”
“Children who do not visit their elderly and ill parents have mortally sinned. Understand?”

The Pope expressed his dismay at children who go months without seeing a parent, or how elderly are confined to little tables in their kitchens alone, without anyone caring for them.  He noted that he observed this reality during his ministry in Buenos Aires.  Unwilling to accept limits, society, he noted, doesn’t allow elderly to participate and gives into the mentality that only the young can be useful and enjoy life.
The whole society must realize, the Pope said, the elderly contain the wisdom of the people.
The tradition of the Church, Pope Francis reaffirmed, has always supported a culture of closeness to the elderly, involving affectionately and supportively accompanying them in this final part of life.  The Church cannot, and does not want to, Francis underscored, comply with a mentality of impatience, and even less of indifference and contempt towards old age.
Sooner or later, we will all be old, he said. If we do not treat the elderly well, he stressed we will not be treated well either.
“We must awaken the collective sense of gratitude, of appreciation, of hospitality, which make them feel the elderly living part of his community.”

Concluding his address, Pope Francis noted how old age will come to all one day and reminded the faithful how much they have received from their elders. He also challenged them to not take a step back and abandon them to their fate.


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Pope Francis:
Cross Not Optional, Says Benedict XVI
Reflects on Peter's "Immature" Faith CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 31, 2008 (Zenit.org).-
Taking up one's cross isn't an option, it's a mission all Christians are called to, says Benedict XVI.
The Pope said this today before reciting the midday Angelus with several thousand people gathered in the courtyard of the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome.
Referring to the Gospel reading for today's Mass, the Holy Father reflected on the faith of Peter, which is shown to be "still immature and too much influenced by the 'mentality of this world.'”  He explained that when Christ spoke openly about how he was to "suffer much, be killed and rise again, Peter protests, saying: 'God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.'"
"It is evident that the Master and the disciple follow two opposed ways of thinking," continued the Pontiff. "Peter, according to a human logic, is convinced that God would never allow his Son to end his mission dying on the cross.  "Jesus, on the contrary, knows that the Father, in his great love for men, sent him to give his life for them, and if this means the passion and the cross, it is right that such should happen."
Christ also knew that "the resurrection would be the last word," Benedict XVI added.
Serious illness
The Pope continued, "If to save us the Son of God had to suffer and die crucified, it certainly was not because of a cruel design of the heavenly Father.  "The cause of it is the gravity of the sickness of which he must cure us: an evil so serious and deadly that it will require all of his blood. 
"In fact, it is with his death and resurrection that Jesus defeated sin and death, reestablishing the lordship of God."
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 “Where there is no honor for the elderly, there is no future for young people.” Pope Francis:
It Is a Mortal Sin When Children Don't Visit Their Elderly Parents.

Popes mentioned in articles of Saints today  June 14
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. 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.
1916 St. Albert Chmielowski  Pope John Paul II --  St. Albert Chmielowski  founded the Brothers of the Third Order of Saint Francis, Servants to the Poor
(1845-)
. Pope John Paul II beatified him in 1983 and canonized him six years later.

Popes mentioned in articles of Saints today  June 13
At Padua, St. Anthony, a native of Portugal, priest of the Order of Friars Minor and confessor, illustrious for the sanctity of his life, his miracles, and his preaching.  Pope Gregory IX placed him on the canon of the saints within a year after his death.  He died in Padua in 1231 and was canonised by Pope Gregory IX in 1232.
1942 Pope Yoannis the Nineteenth 113th Patriarch of Alexandria Departure of; monk; priest; an 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
On this day, of the year 1658 A.M. (1942 A.D.) Pope Yoannis the Nineteenth, 113th Patriarch of Alexandria, departed. He was born in the village of Dair Tasa, Asyiut governorate in the year 1571 A.M. (1855 A.D.).

Popes mentioned in articles of Saints today  June 12

Pope Saint Gelasius and Saint Gregory the Great -- 3rd V.-end  Sts Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor, and Nazarius all soldiers martyrs At Rome, on the Aurelian Way The quartet is mentioned in the sacramentaries of Pope Saint Gelasius and Saint Gregory the Great as interred on the Aurelian road. Their unreliable acta states that they were four soldiers in the army of Maxentius. Sts Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor, and Nazarius all soldiers martyrs At Rome, on the Aurelian Way, during the persecution of Diocletian and Maximian, and under the prefect Aurelius, the birthday of the holy martyrs Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor, and Nazarius, all soldiers who were cast into prison for the confession of the Christian name, scourged with knotted whips, and finally beheaded.
683  Pope St. Leo II At Rome, in the Vatican basilica, to whom God miraculously restored his eyes and his tongue after they had been torn out by impious men.
ON the very day after the death of Pope Adrian I the electors proceeded to appoint his successor.
816 Pope Leo III, On Christmas Day Leo crowned Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor in Saint Peter's Basilica. beginning of the Holy Roman Empire, affected European history for many centuries

Popes mentioned in articles of Saints today  June 11
1320 Departure of Pope Yoannis the Eighth; last to reside in the church of Abu-Saifain in Cairo (80th Patriarch).  
On this day also, of the year 1036 A.M. (May 29th, 1320 A.D.) Pope Yoannis the Eighth (80th Patriarch), departed. He was from Meniat Bani-Khosaim, and was known as El Mo'ataman Ebn El-Kedees, and his name was Yohanna Ben-Ebsal. He became a monk in the monastery of El-Shahran, and was ordained Patriarch on the 19th day of Amshir, 1016 A.M. (February 14th, 1300 A.D.).
St. Gregory Nazianzen the translation of At Rome, whose revered body was brought from Constantinople to Rome, and kept for a long time in the Church of the Mother of God.  It was then transferred with great solemnity by Pope Gregory XIII to a chapel of the basilica of St. Peter, magnificently decorated by His Holiness, and the next day placed with due honour beneath the altar.
Pope Pius IX. confirmed his ancient cultus in 1856. 1450 Bd Stephen Bandelli; doctor of canon law, University of Pavia professor, honoured as saint and wonder-worker;
1971 Blessed Manuel Lozano Garrido, Venerated 17 December 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI (decree of heroic virtues) 1971 Blessed Manuel Lozano Garrido, Spanish layman, beatified Saturday 12, 2010 June in Linares, Spain.
Beatified 12 June 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI

Popes mentioned in articles of Saints today  June 10
During the Papacy of Pope Gabriel (88th Patriarch) the relics of the saint were relocated to his well-known church in Old Cairo. That was on the 16th day of Abib, 1240 A.M. (July 10, 1024 A.D.).
729  Departure of Pope Cosmas, the 44th Patriarch from the village of Abi-Sair monk in the monastery of St. Macarius. {Coptic}
1053 Pope St. Leo IX -- advised Bardo to lighten his duties and relax some of his personal austerities and mortifications.  1053 St. Bardo Benedictine archbishop official of the Holy Roman Empire.
Canonized 1251 by Pope Innocent IV -- 1093 MARGARET of Scotland Memorial 16 November; formerly 10 June; 16 June in Scotland  founded abbeys and used her position to work for justice and improved conditions for the poor
1315 Bd Henry of Treviso The cultus of Bd Henry was confirmed by Pope Benedict XIV. 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.
1386 Pope Innocent VI -- Bd Bonaventure of Peraga, Cardinal of The Holy Roman Church. when Pope Innocent VI established a theological faculty at the University of Bologna, Bonaventure was one of the earliest occupants of a chair.  On several occasions he acted as ambassador for Pope Urban VI during the Schism.
Pope Gregory XII -- 1419 Bd John Dominici, Archbishop of Ragusa and Cardinal; instrumental in helping to end the great schism,In 1406 he attended the conclave which elected Pope Gregory XII, and he afterwards became confessor and adviser to that pope, who created him archbishop of Ragusa and cardinal of San Sisto. By encouraging Pope Gregory to resign—as the only possible means of inducing the antipopes likewise to forego their claims—Bd John was instrumental in helping to end the great schism, and it was he who conveyed Gregory’s resignation to the Council of Constance.  The next pope, Martin V, appointed him legate to Bohemia and Hungary, charged especially with the duty of counteracting the influence of the Hussites.
1914 Pope Kyrillos the Fifth-- 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.. The abbot of the monastery of El-Baramous at that time was archpriest Youhanna the Scribe, who became later on Pope Kyrillos the fifth (112th Patriarch). In the year 1597 A.M. (1881 A.D.), Pope Kyrillos the Fifth chose and ordained him a bishop for the parish of El-Fayyoum and El-Giza. He replaced its reposed bishop, Anba Eisak, and was ordained with the name of Abba Abraam.


Popes mentioned in articles of Saints today  June 09
Pope Theodore -- 297 Primus and Felician Roman patricians who had converted to Christianity relieving poor visiting prisoners refusing to sacrifice to the public gods MM first martyrs bodies later reburied within walls of Rome (RM) Pope Theodore  caused their relics to be brought to San Stefano Rotondo, and this translation is said to have been the first instance of the removal of the bodies of martyrs from a church dedicated to them outside the walls of Rome to a basilica within the city.

373;  -- Pope Benedict XV; Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon, Doctor (RM) (also known as Ephraem, Ephraim) Born c. 306 in Nisibis (Syria), Mesopotamia; died at Edessa (Iraq) on June 9, 373; declared Doctor of the Church in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV; feast day formerly June 18 and February 1.  Ephrem passed his entire life in his native Mesopotamia (Syria). He was long thought to be the son of a pagan priest, but it is now believed his parents were Christians. He was baptized at eighteen, served under Saint James of Nisibis, became head of his school, and probably accompanied him to the Council of Nicaea in 325.

444 Pope Celestine  -- Saint Cyril, Archbishop of Alexandria, a distinguished champion of Orthodoxy and a great teacher of the Church Then the saint sent out epistles against Nestorianism to the clergy of Constantinople and to the holy emperor Theodosius the Younger (408-450), denuncing the heresy. Cyril wrote also to other Churches, to Pope Celestine and to the other Patriarchs, and even to monks of several monasteries, warning of the emergence of a dangerous heresy.

594 St. Gregory I the Great -- 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

1196 Pope St Gelasius I  -- St. Richard of Andria Bishop of Andria, Italy and patron of that see known for miracles and his extraordinary sanctity he was one of the three prelates commissioned by Pope St Gelasius I to dedicate the sanctuary on Monte Gargano after the famous vision of St Michael. He may possibly have owed his elevation to the episcopate to Pope Adrian IV, himself an Englishman. The remains of St Richard, which had been long lost, were discovered in 1434 with documents testifying to his ancient cultus, and Eugenius IV consented to its revival and continuance. St Richard, or Riccardo, is the principal patron of Andria.


Popes mentioned in articles of Saints today  June 08
543 Pope Virgilius -- At Camerino, St. Victorinus, confessor, the twin brother of St. Severin, bishop of Septempeda.
Victorinus, brother of Saint Severinus, was made bishop of Camerino in 540 against his will by Pope Virgilius. Pope Vigilius forced both to become bishops in 540-- Severinus in Septempeda and Victorinus in Camerino. Severinus died shortly before Septempeda was destroyed by Totila the Ostrogoth (Benedictines)
1154 Pope Honorius III. --St. William of York, Bishop austere life of a monk, practicing much prayer and mortification; Following his death, many miracles were attributed to him.  He was placed in the calendar of the saints by Pope Honorius III.a new Pope, the Cistercian Eugene III, suspended William, and in 1147, he was deposed as archbishop of York.
William then retired to Winchester where he led the austere life of a monk, practicing much prayer and mortification. Upon the death of his accusers and Eugene III, Pope Anastastius IV restored William his See and made him archbishop.

Pope Sixtus IV -- 1482 Bl. Pacificus of Cerano Franciscan friar renowned preacher missionary especially respected for his knowledge of moral theology Summa Pacifica was popular   In 1480 came another summons to go to Sardinia, this time as visitor and commissary general for the convents of the strict observance, and also as apostolic nuncio charged by Pope Sixtus IV to proclaim a crusade against Mohammed II.


Popes mentioned in articles of Saints today  June 06
Pope St Leo the Great  -- 441 St. Ceratius Bishop of Grenoble present at the Council of Orange in 441 We know that he was present at the Council of Orange in 441, also that he with two other Gaulish bishops wrote to Pope St Leo the Great in 450, and finally there is mention of him in a letter written to the same pope by Eusebius of Milan.
518 St. Eustorgius II Reportedly a Greek who lived in Rome spent vast amounts of money ransoming members of his flock. lived in Rome during the reigns of Popes Gelasius, Symmachus and Hormisdas.

Popes mentioned in articles of Saints today  June 05

St Clement, Pope -- Lucian The Hieromartyr lived in Romes pagan name Lucius was converted to Christ by the Apostle Peter, and was baptized At the request of St Clement, Pope of Rome (November 25), he agreed to preach the Gospel in the West, and gathered companions and helpers for this task.

Pope Gregory II -- 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 not only brought the Christian faith but Roman Christian civilization to this portion of Europe.
In 731 Pope Gregory II died, and his successor, Gregory III, to whom St Boniface had written, sent him the pallium and constituted him metropolitan of Germany beyond the Rhine, with authority to found bishoprics wherever he thought fit. Several years later the saint went to Rome for the third time, in order to confer about the churches he had founded. He was then appointed legate of the Apostolic See; and at Monte Cassino he obtained another missionary for Germany in the person of St Walburga's brother, St Willibald.
Pope St Zachary created him primate of Germany as well as apostolic legate for Germany and Gaul.
Pope Benedict VIII -- 1036 BD MEINWERK, BISHOP OF PADERBORN
ALTHOUGH his cultus appears never to have been formally confirmed, Bd Meinwerk was undoubtedly one of the greatest and most high-minded churchmen of his age. Of noble Saxon birth, he was educated for the priesthood, first at Halberstadt and afterwards in the cathedral school of Hildesheim, where he formed what was to prove a life-long friendship with his kinsman, the future sainted Emperor Henry II. These expeditions enabled the bishop to satisfy a passion for relic collecting, in which he found Pope Benedict VIII specially generous.
Pope Eugenius IV -- 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.
Pope Eugenius IV sent a legate to offer the prince the cardinal's hat, but again Ferdinand's scruples stood in the way, and he declined the honour, on the plea that he could not take that burden upon his conscience.

Popes mentioned in articles of Saints today  June 04

Pope Innocent II -- 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.
Pope Clement VIII -- 1608 St. Francis Caracciolo priest Founder of Minor Clerks Regular with St. John Augustine Adorno

When Pope Paul VI canonized these 22 martyrs on October 18, 1964, 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. he referred to the Anglican pages martyred for the same reason.

Popes mentioned in articles of Saints today  June 03

Pope Benedict XIV.-- The cultus was approved by 1264 Blessed Andrew Caccioli 1/original 72 followers of Saint Francis, OFM (AC)
The apostolic letter of Pope Benedict XV, which includes a detailed statement of the names and of the more outrageous barbarities of which the martyrs were victims, may be read in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, vol. xii (1920), pp. 272-281. 1885 St. Charles Lwanga Pope Paul VI in 1964; -- and Companions Martyrs of Uganda When the White Fathers were expelled from the country, the new Christians carried on their work, translating and printing the catechism into their natively 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 White Fathers returned after King Mwanga's death, they found five hundred Christians and one thousand catchumens waiting for them. The twenty-two Catholic martyrs of the Uganda persecution were canonized.
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.
Pope John Paul II beatified him on September 3, 2000, and assigned as his feast day October 11, the day that Vatican II’s first session opened.

Popes mentioned in articles of Saints today  June 02
304 Pope St. Damasus composed an epitaph in verse for their tomb. -- Sts. Marcellinus and Peter Martyrs respect in which they were held are the basilica Constantine built over their tombs and the presence of their names in the first eucharistic prayer.  The bodies of the saints were sent in 827 by Pope Gregory IV to Eginhard, Charlemagne’s former secretary, to enrich the monasteries he had built or restored, and were eventually deposited at Seligenstadt, fourteen miles from Frankfort-on-the-Main. Accounts are preserved to us recording every detail of the miracles which attended this very famous translation. That there was an active cultus of these two martyrs in Rome is proved by such inscriptions as, “Sancte Petr(e) Marcelline, suscipite vestnim alumnum”.
657 St. Eugene I a Roman priest who held various positions in the Church known for his charity and his sanctity
Romæ sancti Eugénii Primi, Papæ et Confessóris.    At Rome, Pope St. Eugene I, Confessor.
He was consecrated Pope on August 10, 654, while his predecessor, Pope St. Martin I, was still alive (he died on September 6), an exile and prisoner in the Crimea by order of Monothelite Emperor Constans II.
1094 --   At Trani in Apulia, St. Nicholas Peregrinus, confessor, whose miracles were recounted in the Roman Council under Pope Urban II.
1795  Departure of the most honored Layman Ibrahim El-Gohari;  transscribed the religion books, and distribute them to the church at his own expense.  He brought the books to Pope John (Youhanna) the Eighteenth, and 107th patriarch of Alexandria Who was enthroned from 1486-1512 A.M. (1769-1796 A.D.)  The many books presented to the church by Ibrahim El-Gohari got the attention of the pope, together with the high cost of transcribing the books and binding them. The pope asked Ibrahim about his resource, and Ibrahim revealed to them his zealously and his godly life. The pope blessed him saying:  “may the lord uplift your name and bless your work, and keep your memory forever.” The relation between Ibrahim El-Gohari and the pope became stronger from that time.
Popes mentioned in articles of Saints today  June 01
Gregory XIII -- 304 542 ST PROCULUS, “THE SOLDIER “, AND ST PROCULUS, BISHOP OF BOLOGNA, MARTYRS: in 1584 Pope Gregory XIII sanctioned the keeping, on June 1, of an annual feast in honour of the translation.
Bonóniæ sancti Próculi Mártyris, qui sub Maximiáno Imperatóre passus est.
  At Bologna, St. Proculus, martyr, who suffered under Emperor Maximian.

Pope Benedict IX   -- 1035 ST SIMEON OF SYRACUSE spent two ye