Mary the Mother of Jesus
DAY 10 OF 40 DAYS FOR LIFE
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.-- Genesis 2:7

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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!)


October 8 - Mary, Mother of Hungary

Six Canonized on Feast of Christ the King Nov 23 2014

CAUSES OF SAINTS April  2014

Our Bartholomew Family Prayer List  Here

Acts of the Apostles

Nine First Fridays Devotion to the Sacred Heart From the writings of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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Mary Mother of GOD 15 Promises of the Virgin Mary to those who recite the Rosary

Accept as blessings the casualties that befall you,
assured that nothing happens without God. -- Didache 3:10


Novena to St. Gerard Majella, Patron Saint of Pregnant Mothers and of Childbirth October 8-16
St. Gerard Majella
 You worshiped Jesus as the Lord of Life.   I ask you today to pray  For my special intention.
 (Stavon Victoria Williams & family.)
 Lift up to Jesus  All those who seek to conceive a child,  All those having difficult pregnancies,
 All who have suffered the loss of a child,  And all who lovingly lift up their children to God.
 Pray that all of us,  By caring for mothers, fathers, and children born and unborn May build a Culture of Life,
 In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mary Mother of GOD 15 Promises of the Virgin Mary to those who recite the Rosary
Blessed Simeon; took our Lord Jesus in his arms prophesied concerning him when he was presented in the Temple.
  250 St. Reparata Virgin martyr of Caesarea, in Palestine
 300 St. Nestor Martyr
 302 St. Palatias and Laurentia Christian martyrs
4th v. St. Artemon,  priest, At Laodicea in Phrygia, during reign of Diocletian, gained crown of martyrdom by fire.
4th v. St. Thais Egyptian penitent; Repenting lifestyle through St. Paphnutius influence gave up money entered convent walled 3 years extreme penance for dissolute habits; at urging of St. Anthony, released permitted to join convent women, dying 5 days later.
        St. Pelagia more often called Margaret actress of Antioch
 4th v. St. Demetrius; Called a military martyr; and “the Megalomartyr” by the Greeks; deacon martyred at Sirmium,
        (former Yugoslavia); extremely popular in Middle Ages, and with St. George, he was the patron of the crusades

4th v. St. Triduna virgin assisted; Her shrine at Restalrig was long venerated until its destruction in 1560 during the
        Scottish Reformation
        St. Regulus in his mission to Scotland
       
St. Benedicta A virgin listed in the pre-1970 Roman Martyrology; birthday celebrated in Laon, France, as a martyr.
 
652  St GRATUS Profile French bishop at Chalons-sur-Saone. Died natural causes Canonized Pre-Congregation
 690 St. Ywi Benedictine monk and hermit at Lindisfarne Abbey; ministry of miraculous healing
; Spiritual student of
Saint Cuthbert at Lindisfarne

 
870 St. Badilo Benedictine abbot a monk at Vezelay France and became the abbot of Leuze in Hainault, Belgium.
9th v.St. Amor of Aquitaine Hermit founder of Munsterbilsen convent in Liege lived as a hermit in Maastricht, Belgium
1050 St. Martin Cid; Cistercian abbot-founder and co-worker with St. Bernard; founded Val-Paraiso, a Cistercian abbey staffed with monks sent by St. Bernard
         St. Keyne (Keyna or Cain) one of the 24 children King Brychan of Brecknock
; founded numerous churches in
         South Wales, Cornwall, and perhaps somerset

1230  HUGH CANEFRO  Chaplain of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem at Genoa, Italy; Born 1168
1287  Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena unknown pilgrim said, “Do not cover that child's face. He will one day be the glory of this city. A few days later the child suddenly stretch out his twisted limbs, pronounced the name “Jesus”, and all deformity left him. Mystic with deep contemplative prayer life. Received ecstacies. Visionary. Known to levitate when preaching, and was seen circled in a mystic light in which flew bright birds; Studied in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany with Saint Thomas Aquinas and Blessed Pope Innocent V under Saint Albert the Great.
1309 Bl. Matthew de Eskandely Martyr of China
       Bl. Peter of Seville Martyr

1609 St. John Leonardi; formed Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; congregation confirmed by Pope Clement in 1595; deliberate policy of the founder, the Clerks Regular of the Mother of God never had more than 15 churches and today form only a very small congregation

“Do not cover that child's face. He will one day be the glory of this city.
A few days later the child suddenly stretch out his twisted limbs, pronounced the name Jesus, and all deformity left him.  Mystic with deep contemplative prayer life. Received ecstacies. Visionary.  Known to levitate when preaching, and was seen circled in a mystic light  in which flew bright birds.

October 8 - Mary, Mother of Hungary The Messenger of the Mother of God (I)
In the suburbs of Paris, there lived a well known doctor named Louis Granpas.  He was known for his great medical skills and his benevolence towards the poor.  Louis came from a rich family and he had married the heiress of a great fortune.  He was a fervent Christian and he took it as a duty to treat all his poor patients for free.  He devoted all his spare time to the poor.  Even during rare vacation times, he found a way to continue treating poor patients for nothing.   One Sunday, He returned late in the night after a medical congress.  He had a heavy trunk with him and signaled to a taxi and gave the driver his address.  The driver had a grim face and the strength of Hercules. He grabbed the trunk and set in on the seat close to him and he said in a dry tone: “Get in!” Usually, Mr. Granpas would not judge anybody according to his appearance, but the driver’s manners appeared strange to him. He was even more astonished when the fellow hit the gas and raced down the street in the opposite direction. The doctor opened the door and ordered the driver to stop.  But he didn’t listen and carried on down the street at a neck-breaking speed.  Then he left the city, taking a bad never-ending road…Instinctively, the passenger wanted to seize his revolver.  He remembered that he had left it in the trunk, which was next to the driver. At that point, he found his rosary, which he always had on him and entrusted the outcome of this adventure to the Mother of God.
Testimony of Suzanne Voiteau, in  “Maria Regina”, #11, 1952, Told by Brother Albert Pfleger

October 8 - Act of Entrustment to Mary by Pope John Paul II
We Entrust to You the New Millennium
Today we wish to entrust to you the future that awaits us, and we ask you to be with us on our way. We are the men and women of an extraordinary time, exhilarating yet full of contradictions. Humanity now has instruments of unprecedented power: we can turn this world into a garden,  or reduce it to a pile of rubble.  We have devised the astounding capacity to intervene in the very well-springs of life:  man can use this power for good, within the bounds of the moral law, or he can succumb to the short-sighted pride of a science which accepts no limits, but tramples on the respect due to every human being.
Today as never before in the past, humanity stands at a crossroads. And once again, O Virgin Most Holy, salvation lies fully and uniquely in Jesus, your Son.
Pope John Paul II in the presence of 1,500 bishops in Rome, on October 8, 2000

1274 St. Thomas Aquinas Philosopher, theologian, doctor of the Church (Angelicus Doctor), patron of Catholic universities, colleges, and schools.

Blessed Pope Innocent V 1277 Pierre de Tarentaise -a simple, humble friar Blessed Pope Innocent V masterly tutelage of Saint Albert the Great visited on foot all Dominican houses under his care; sent to Paris to replace Thomas Aquinas at the University of Paris; succeeded solving questions of Greek schism establishing short-lived truce OP Pope (RM); Pope Innocent V was the author of several works in philosophy, theology, and canon law, including commentaries on the Pauline epistles and on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, and is sometimes referred to as famosissimus doctor.



Saint Albert the Great; The principal fame of St Albert as doctor resides  in the fact that, realizing autonomy of philosophy and seeing the use that could be made of the philosophy of Aristotle in ordering the science of theology, he re-wrote the works of the Philosopher so as to make them acceptable to Christian critics, and by the application of Aristotelean methods and principles to the study of theology inaugurated (with the Englishman Alexander of Hales) the scholastic system which was to be brought to perfection by his pupil St Thomas Aquinas. He was the principal pioneer and forerunner of the "preferred system of the Church"; he collected and selected the materials, even laid the foundations; St Thomas built the edifice.


"The answers to many of life's questions can be found by reading the Lives of the Saints. They teach us how to overcome obstacles and difficulties,
how to stand firm in our faith, and how to struggle against evil and emerge victorious." 

1913 Saint Barsanuphius of Optina
God calls each one of us to be a saint in order to get into heaven.
The more "extravagant" graces are bestowed NOT for the benefit of the recipients so much as FOR the benefit of others.
October 8 - OUR LADY OF GIFTS (Ireland, early 16th century)
Bartolo Longo: from Spiritualism to the Apostolate of the Rosary (IV)
Bartolo Longo had houses built for the workmen around the building site of the new church, which became the first edifices of a new town, Nuova Pompei, that he willed to be as modern and as attractive as possible,
even thinking about its future touristic prospects.
In 1884, he founded the publication "Il Rosario e la Nuova Pompeii," which was soon distributed worldwide.

Bartolo was also concerned about the children of prison inmates, so he founded an institute to ensure them an education, a trade, and religious instruction. He later wrote to criminologists of the period, for whom the children of criminals would necessarily imitate their parents: "What have you done by removing Christ from the schools? You have produced subversives, enemies of social order. On the contrary, what have we obtained by bringing Christ to the schools of inmates' children? We have transformed those poor youngsters into honest and virtuous young people,
the same ones you wanted to abandon to their own misery or throw in an insane asylum!"



Eódem die natális beáti Simeónis senis, qui in Evangélio Dóminum Jesum, præsentátum in Templo, suis in ulnis accepísse ac de illo prophetásse légitur.
   

Also, the birthday of blessed Simeon, an aged man, who as we read in the Gospel, took our Lord Jesus in his arms and prophesied concerning him when he was presented in the Temple.

Sanctæ Birgíttæ Víduæ, cujus dies natális décimo Kaléndas Augústi, ac Translátio Nonis Octóbris recensétur.
    St. Bridget, widow, whose birthday is observed on the 23rd of July, and the translation of her holy body on the 7th of October.

Eódem die natális beáti Simeónis senis, qui in Evangélio Dóminum Jesum, præsentátum in Templo, suis in ulnis accepísse ac de illo prophetásse légitur.
    Also, the birthday of blessed Simeon, an aged man, who as we read in the Gospel, took our Lord Jesus in his arms and prophesied concerning him when he was presented in the Temple.

Laodicéæ, in Phrygia, sancti Artémonis Presbyteri, qui per ignem, sub Diocletiáno, martyrii corónam accépit.
    At Laodicea in Phrygia, during the reign of Diocletian, St. Artemon, a priest, who gained the crown of martyrdom by fire.

Ancónæ sanctárum Palatiátis et Lauréntiæ, quæ, in persecutióne Diocletiáni, sub Dióne Præside, in exsílium deportátæ, labóribus et ærúmnis conféctæ sunt.
    At Ancona, Saints Palatius and Lauréntia, who were sent into exile during the persecution of Diocletian, under the governor Dion, and were overcome by the weight of toil and misery.

Rotómagi sancti Evódii, Epíscopi et Confessóris.    At Rouen, St. Evodius, bishop and confessor.

Hierosólymis sanctæ Pelágiæ, cognoménto Pæniténtis.    At Jerusalem, St. Palagia, surnamed the Penítent.
250 St. Reparata Virgin martyr of Caesarea, in Palestine
Cæsaréæ, in Palæstína, pássio sanctæ Reparátæ, Vírginis et Mártyris; quæ, cum nollet idólis sacrificáre, sub Décio Imperatóre, váriis tormentórum genéribus cruciátur, ac demum gládio percútitur.  Ipsíus autem ánima, in colúmbæ spécie, de córpore égredi cælúmque conscéndere visa est.
    At Caesarea in Palestine, in the reign of Decius, St. Reparata, virgin and martyr.  For refusing to sacrifice to idols, she was subjected to various kinds of torments and was finally struck with the sword.  Her soul was seen to leave her body in the form of a dove and ascend to heaven.
Known mainly through unreliable legend, she was supposedly a twenty year old girl in Caesarea who was denounced as a Christian during the persecutions launched by Emperor Trajanus Decius. She was tortured and thrown into a furnace. Miraculously surviving the flames, she still refused to sacrifice to the pagan gods and the Romans beheaded her.
300 St. Nestor Martyr
Ibídem sancti Néstoris Mártyris.    In the same place, St. Nestor, martyr.
executed at Thessalonika under Emperor Diocletian, although the account of his martyrdom is considered dubious in its details.
302 St. Palatias and Laurentia Christian martyrs
were put to death during the persecutions launched by Emperor Diocletian. According to tradition, Palatias was a noblewoman who resided in the city of Ancona, Italy. Converted to the faith by her slave, Laurentia, she was arrested with Laurentia and put to death at Fermo, near Ancona
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Thessalonícæ sancti Demétrii Procónsulis, qui, cum plúrimos ad Christi fidem perdúceret, ideo, Maximiáni Imperatóris jussu lánceis confóssus, martyrium consummávit.
4th v. 
St. Demetrius, a proconsul At Thessalonica, For having brought many to the faith of Christ he was pierced with spears by order of Emperor Maximian, and thus completed his martyrdom.
Laodicéæ, in Phrygia, sancti Artémonis Presbyteri, qui per ignem, sub Diocletiáno, martyrii corónam accépit.
4th v.
St. Artemon, a priest, At Laodicea in Phrygia, during the reign of Diocletian, who gained the crown of martyrdom by fire.
4th century St. Thais Egyptian penitent; Repenting her lifestyle through St. Paphnutius influence gave up money entered convent walled 3 years extreme penance for dissolute habits; at urging of St. Anthony, was released and permitted to join the convent women, dying 5 days later.
According to legend, Thais was a wealthy woman raised in Alexandria, Egypt, as a Christian. She decided to become a courtesan. Repenting of her lifestyle through the influence of St. Paphnutius, she gave up her money and entered a convent where she was walled up for three years to perform extreme penance for her dissolute habits. Finally, at the urging of St. Anthony, she was released from her spiritual incarceration and permitted to join the other women of the convent, dying a mere fifteen days after her release
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652  GRATUS Profile; French bishop at Chalons-sur-Saone. Died natural causes Canonized Pre-Congregation  
1050 St. Martin Cid; Cistercian abbot-founder and co-worker with St. Bernard; founded Val-Paraiso, a Cistercian abbey staffed with monks sent by St. Bernard
Martin was born in Zamora, Spain. He founded Val-Paraiso, a Cistercian abbey staffed with monks sent by St. Bernard
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4th v.St. Triduna virgin assisted St. Regulus in his mission to Scotland; Her shrine at Restalrig was long venerated until its destruction in 1560 during the Scottish Reformation
A virgin who, according to tradition, assisted St. Regulus in his mission to Scotland during the fourth century. She is also listed as Trallen and Tredwall. Her shrine at Restalrig was long venerated until its destruction in 1560 during the Scottish Reformation
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4th v. St. Demetrius; Called a military martyr; and “the Megalomartyr” by the Greeks; deacon martyred at Sirmium, (former Yugoslavia); extremely popular in Middle Ages, and with St. George, he was the patron of the crusades
Thessalonícæ sancti Demétrii Procónsulis, qui, cum plúrimos ad Christi fidem perdúceret, ideo, Maximiáni Imperatóris jussu lánceis confóssus, martyrium consummávit.
    At Thessalonica, St. Demetrius, a proconsul.  For having brought many to the faith of Christ he was pierced with spears by order of Emperor Maximian, and thus completed his martyrdom.
and “the Megalomartyr” by the Greeks. He was a deacon martyred at Sirmium, in the former Yugoslavia. Early legends about Demetrius credit him with a military career. He was extremely popular in the Middle Ages, and with St. George, he was the patron of the crusades
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Bl. Peter of Seville Martyr
Híspali, in Hispánia, sancti Petri Mártyris.    At Seville in Spain, St. Peter, martyr.
Almost nothing is known about this saint beyond his martyrdom on an unknown date. While he figures into a variety of legends, he remains a mystery owing to the unreliability of these stories.
St. Pelagia more often called Margaret actress of Antioch
Pelagia is the patroness of actresses and penitents (Roeder).

on account of the magnificence of the pearls for which she had so often sold herself, was equally celebrated for her beauty, her wealth and the disorder of her life.  During a synod at Antioch, she passed Bishop St. Nonnus of Edessa, who was struck with her beauty; the next day she went to hear him preach and was so moved by his sermon that she asked him to baptize her which he did. She gave her wealth to Nonnus to aid the poor and left Antioch dressed in men's clothing. She became a hermitess in a cave on Mount of Olivette in Jerusalem, where she lived in great austerity, performing penances and known as "the beardless monk" until her sex was discovered at her death.

Though a young girl of fifteen did exist and suffer martyrdom at Antioch in the fourth century, the story heretold is a pious fiction, which gave rise to a whole set of similar stories under different names
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St. Benedicta A virgin listed in the pre-1970 Roman Martyrology; birthday celebrated in Laon, France, as a martyr.
In território Laudunénsi natális sanctæ Benedíctæ, Vírginis et Mártyris.
    In the country of Laon, St. Benedícta, virgin and martyr.

690 St. Ywi Benedictine monk and hermit at Lindisfarne Abbey; ministry of miraculous healing; Spiritual student of Saint Cuthbert at Lindisfarne
Ywi (d.c. 690) + , England. He was ordained a deacon by St. Cuthbert. When Ywi died as a hermit, his relics were enshrined at Wilton, near Salisbury. IWI Also known as Iwigius; Ywi
Profile Monk. Deacon. Spiritual student of Saint Cuthbert at Lindisfarne. Following the Irish ideal of an exile for Christ, he took ship without bothering to ask its destination, planning to evangelize where it landed. It turned out to be Brittany, where he lived as a hermit and followed a ministry of miraculous healing.

About 250 years later a group of Breton monks carrying the relics of Ivi arrived at Wilton abbey in southwest England. When they were ready to leave they found they could not move the relics; they had found a home at the abbey altar, and the monks were forced to leave them behind. Born 7th v Northumbria, England Died 6 October  natural causes; relics at Wilton Abbey
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St. Keyne (Keyna or Cain) one of the 24 children King Brychan of Brecknock; founded numerous churches in South Wales, Cornwall, and perhaps somerset
Wales. She refused several suitors' offers of marriage and became a hermitess on the banks of the Severn River in Somersetshire, England. After living there for several years, during which she traveled widely, she was persuaded by her nephew, St. Cadoc, to return to Wales, though exactly where she spent her last days is not known. During her travels, she founded numerous churches in South Wales, Cornwall, and perhaps somerset
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9th v.St. Amor of Aquitaine Hermit and founder of Munsterbilsen convent in Liege and lived as a hermit in Maastricht, Belgium
Belgium. Also called Amour, he was born in Aquitaine, and lived as a hermit in Maastricht, Belgium
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870 St. Badilo Benedictine abbot a monk at Vezelay France and became the abbot of Leuze in Hainault, Belgium.
1230  HUGH CANEFRO Profile Chaplain of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem at Genoa, Italy; Born 1168
1287  Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena; an unknown pilgrim said, Do not cover that child's face. He will one day be the glory of this city. A few days later the child suddenly stretch out his twisted limbs, pronounced the name Jesus, and all deformity left him.
Mystic with deep contemplative prayer life. Received ecstacies. Visionary. Known to levitate when preaching, and was seen circled in a mystic light in which flew bright birds; Studied in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany with Saint Thomas Aquinas and Blessed Pope Innocent V under Saint Albert the Great.


Also known as Ambrogio Sansedoni Ambrose Sansedone
The son of a book illuminator, he was born so badly deformed that his mother gave him off to the care of a nurse. The nurse claimed that the only time the child was peaceful was in the local Dominican church, especially when near the altar of relics. Legend says that one day in church, the nurse covered the baby's face with a scarf; an unknown pilgrim told her, "Do not cover that child's face. He will one day be the glory of this city." A few days later the child suddenly stretch out his twisted limbs, pronounced the name "Jesus", and all deformity left him.
A pious child, getting up during the nights to pray and meditate. At age two he was given the choice of two of his father's books - and chose the one about saints. From age seven he daily recited the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin. Charitable, and even when young he worked with the poor, the abandoned, and the sick.
When he announced he wanted to join the preaching friars, his parents and friends tried to talk him out of it. But Ambrose had heard the call, and joined the friars in Siena in 1237 on his 17th birthday.
Studied in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany with Saint Thomas Aquinas and Blessed Pope Innocent V under Saint Albert the Great. Taught in Cologne. Ambrose wanted to write, but saw the greatness of Saint Thomas, decided he could not match it, and devoted himself to preaching.
Worked on diplomatic missions for popes and secular rules. Evangelized in Germany, France, and Italy. Mystic with deep contemplative prayer life. Received ecstacies. Visionary. Known to levitate when preaching, and was seen circled in a mystic light in which flew bright birds.
Born 1220 at Siena, Italy Died 20 March 1287 at Siena, Italy of natural causes
Beatified 8 October 1622 by Pope Gregory XV (cultus confirmed)
Patronage betrothed couples, affianced couples, engaged couples, Siena Italy
Prayers Merciful God, may this feast of Blessed Ambrose bring joy to the Church, that she may be strengthened with spiritual help and be made worthy to enjoy everlasting happiness. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. - General Calendar of the Order of Preachers
Representation Dominican with a dove at his ear; holding a model of Siena, Italy; holding a book; preaching

1309 Bl. Matthew de Eskandely Martyr of China
He was one of the first missionaries to reach China during the Middle Ages. Born in Buda, Hungary, he entered the Church and set out as a missionary to the Far East. Few details survived of his labors, but it is known that he was martyred in China
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1609 St. John Leonardi; formed the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, congregation was confirmed by Pope Clement in 1595; deliberate policy of the founder, the Clerks Regular of the Mother of God have never had more than 15 churches and today form only a very small congregation
I am only one person! Why should I do anything? What good would it do? Today, as in any age, people seem plagued with the dilemma of getting involved. In his own way John Leonardi answered these questions. He chose to become a priest.  After his ordination, he became very active in the works of the ministry, especially in hospitals and prisons. The example and dedication of his work attracted several young laymen who began to assist him. They later became priests themselves.
John lived in a time of reform after the Reformation and the Council of Trent. He and his followers projected a new congregation of diocesan priests. For some reason the plan, which was ultimately approved, provoked great political opposition and he was an exile from his home town of Lucca, Italy, for almost the entire remainder of his life. He received encouragement and help from St. Philip Neri [whose feast is May 26], who gave him his quarters—along with the care of his cat!
In 1579 he formed the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, and published a compendium of Christian doctrine that remained in use until the 19th century.  Father Leonardi and his priests became a great power for good in Italy, and their congregation was confirmed by Pope Clement in 1595. He died at the age of 68 from a disease caught when tending those stricken by the plague.
By the deliberate policy of the founder, the Clerks Regular of the Mother of God have never had more than 15 churches and today form only a very small congregation.
Comment:  What can one person do? If you ever glanced through a Christopher Notes pamphlet you know—plenty! In the life of each saint one thing stands clear: God and one are a majority! What one person, following God's will and plan for his or her life, can do is more than our mind could ever hope for or imagine. Each of us, like John Leonardi, has a mission to fulfill in God's plan for the world. Each one of us is unique and has been given talent to use for the service of our brothers and sisters for the building up of God's kingdom.
Quote: 
Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.” (Luke 12:32-33).

 Saturday  Saints of this Day October  0Octávo Idus Octóbris  

Pope Francis  PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR  October 2016
Universal:   Universal: Journalists
That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.
Evangelization:  Evangelization: World Mission Day
That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.

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!)
                      

                                                                           
        DAY 10 OF 40 DAYS FOR LIFE
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.
40 days for Life 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
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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,
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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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