Saturday  Saints of this Day October 29 Quarto Kaléndas Novémbris  
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!)


Make a Novena and pray the Rosary to Our Lady of Victory
Mary Mother of GOD

The fall 40 Days for Life intention
Pray for post-abortive women who cannot forgive themselves;
may they understand that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.


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

Six to Be Canonized on Feast of Christ the King Nov 23 2014

CAUSES OF SAINTS April  2014

Our Bartholomew Family Prayer List  Here

Alas, what about you poor children! Being your spiritual father, I give you this advice:
When you see your parents, who miss religious services, who work on Sunday, who eat meat on forbidden days, who do not go to the Sacraments anymore, who do not improve their minds on religious matters--do the very opposite before them, so that your good example may save them, and if you are wise and good enough to do this, you will have gained everything.
That is what I most desire for you.
-- St. John M. B. Vianney

No tongue can express the greatness of the love which Jesus Christ bears to our souls.
He did not wish that between Him and His servants there should be any other pledge than Himself, to keep alive the remembrance of Him.
-- St. Peter of Alcantara

October 29 – Our Lady of Follina (Italy, 1150)

  If you must go through a time of aridity…
Love the Immaculate with your whole being, with all your will, and all your heart. But if you must go through a time of aridity when you are unable to awaken sentiments of love, do not worry too much, for such feelings are not the essence of love.  As long as your will desires only her will, be at peace, for then do you truly love her,
and through her, you love Jesus and the Father.   Saint Maximilian Kolbe
 
October 29 - Our Lady of Follina (Italy, 1150) 
Under This Sign You Shall Conquer*
*In hoc signo vinces (II) 313
Helen, Constantine's mother, came from a poor family, but a Roman general had remarked her great qualities and asked for her hand in marriage before he was to become the emperor Flavius Constantius.
She was a fervent Catholic, and she taught her son to know and love Jesus. 
In 306 when her son was proclaimed emperor by his army, Helen became a very important person, but she remained modest and only thought about doing good works for the poor, the prisoners and the oppressed. One of her greatest joys as a mother was to see her son declare, by the Edict of Milan in 313, that the Christian religion was to be the official religion of the Empire.
Helen asked her son to build several churches, and a Basilica on the site where Saint Peter was put to death. 
In 324, she left for the Holy Land in order to discover the places where the Lord breathed and died, and she actually found the Cross of Jesus, which caused multiple miracles, as well as relics of the Passion. This we know from the writings of Saint Ambrose of Milan and Rufinus. She had basilicas constructed on Golgotha, on the Mount of Olives, in Bethlehem, and also a church in Nazareth, on top of the Holy House of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The walls of this house are now in Loreto, Italy.

October 29 – Our Lady of Follina (Italy, 1150)  
 
Of all the ways of saying the holy Rosary, the most terrible to the devil is this…
 
Of all the ways of saying the holy Rosary, the most glorious to God, most salutary to our souls, and the most terrible to the devil is that of saying or chanting the Rosary publicly in two choirs. God is very pleased to have people gathered together in prayer. All the angels and the blessed unite to praise him unceasingly.

The just on earth, gathered together in various communities, pray in common, night and day. Our Lord expressly recommended this practice to his apostles and disciples, and promised that whenever there would be at least two or three gathered in his name he would be there in the midst of them.

What a wonderful thing to have Jesus Christ in our midst! And all we have to do to have him with us is to come together to say the Rosary. That is why the first Christians met so often to pray together, in spite of the persecutions of the Emperors, who had forbidden them to assemble. They preferred to risk death rather than to miss their gatherings where our Lord was present. Saint Louis de Montfort In The Secret of the Rosary, § 131 (excerpt)

 
October is the Month of the Rosary.
Our Lady of the Rosary Pope St. Pius V established this feast in 1573. The purpose was to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto—a victory attributed to the praying of the rosary.
Clement XI extended the feast to the universal Church in 1716.

 

Pope Francis  PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR  October 2015
Universal:    That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it..
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Romans 8:31-39 ; Psalms 109:21-22, 26-27, 30-31 ; Luke 13:31-35 ;
THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
  215 St. Narcissus Bishop of Jerusalem 30th bishop; miracle of water to oil
  250 Anastasia the Roman The Martyr
  284
St. Maximilian
  285 Ss Claudius, Asterius, Neones and Theonilla of Aegae Martyrs in Cilicia
        St. Hyacinth Martyr of Lucania in Italy
  310 St. Zenobius Martyr doctor and priest at Sidon
         St. Eusebia virgin and martyr At Bergamo
4thv. Saint Abramius the Hermit and Blessed Maria, his niece of Mesopotamia, lived the ascetic life in the village of Chidan, near the city of Edessa. They were contemporaries and fellow countrymen of St Ephraim the Syrian (January 28), who afterwards wrote about their life.  The Lord forgave her and even granted her the gift of healing the sick
              Narcissus, a bishop At Jerusalem, the birthday of
  520 St. Terence Bishop of Metz noted scholar
  575 St. Theodore Abbot hermit
   7v. St. Bond Spaniard hermit a public penitent, trained by St. Artemius, the bishop there. He is also called Baldus.
  623 St. Colman of Kilmacduagh Abbot-bishop son of Irish chieftain; Among other fanciful stories about St Colman is that he was waited on by a cock, a mouse, and a fly: the cock woke him for the night office, the mouse prevented him from going to sleep again, and the fly acted as an indicator and book-marker.
        St. John bishop of Autun
  820 St. Anne a widow, born in Constantinople; Also called Euphemianus.
  900 Saint Serapion of Zarzma
1000 St. Elfleda Benedictine abbess; the daughter of Earl Ethelwold, who founded her abbey in Ramsey, England.
St. Abraham of Rostov Apostle Russian people healed by miracle
Douai Martyrs More than 160 priests execution by English authorities

      St. Donatus of Corfu
16th & 17th v. MARTYRS OF DOUAY; More than 160 priests execution by English authorities
Cardinal Mindszenty's Instructions to the Hungarian People
On the day of his elevation to the dignity of Prince-Primate, Cardinal Mindszenty adjured his faithful in these terms: “Let us be a people of prayer. If we re-learn how to pray, we will possess an inexhaustible source of strength and faith. I place my trust in these million and million prayers and pilgrimages and in the Rosary of my Mother.  In 1948, he declared: My deepest wish is that a million Hungarians would pick up their Rosary and start begging Mary.  And in one of his pastoral letters: We see the finger of God in the events of History--even in the perils and storms. This is why our trust in him will never flinch...why we are calling you to place your destiny-through Mary-in the hands of God. Let us return to the oldest sources of our Hungarian patrimony! Let us give back to the Virgin Mary the name of Queen, so she may take hold of our destiny.  Listen to his prayer to the Mother of God: Mary, our Mother, the pains we endure are offered up for our expiation. May the sighs and tears, the fear, the bitterness, the silent complaining of the world serve to expiate our sins. We are ready to suffer, O dolorous Mother, as much as your Son will judge it good for our salvation. However, we pray that you would lift up our sorely tested nation as Job was lifted up, and show us that you are still our Mother.
P.Werenfried van Straaten, Published in L'Homme Nouveau (June 15, 1975)

Full of Grace (I) October 29 - OUR LADY OF OROPA (Middle Ages, Biella, Italy)
Saying that Mary has been lifted above all other creatures, in the supernatural order, is to say that she has the highest possible perfection of supernatural fullness of grace: she possesses every gift of grace that can ever exist. The unique relationship she has with God by being his mother leads to that fullness of grace. This is why, at the Annunciation, the archangel Gabriel, coming as God's messenger, sought her consent to conceive the Redemptive Incarnation in her womb, and greeted Mary as full of grace (Lk 1: 28).
This passage of the Gospel ensures that all Christians, Protestants and Catholics, recognize the fullness of Mary's grace.
It is interesting to note that the three words which form the phrase full of grace, translated literally from the two Latin words gratia plena, do not convey the full richness of meaning of the original Greek expression used by St Luke. Indeed, Luke's Greek word, derived from the verb to cherish greets Mary as God's beloved, with an absolute fullness of love, and as God's most beloved creature, cherished more than any other creature. This explains the following greeting when the angel tells Mary that she is blessed among all women. This gives importance to the initiative of God's special love, which is the source of Mary's grace. This fills her with grace, because she is loved with such fullness and more than any other creature.
The best translation of the Greek is: Rejoice, Mary, you are God's beloved.
Christian Doctrine and Life, John Daujat, Tequi, Nihil Obstat (Claude Gay, o.s.b.) 1979.
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215  St. Narcissus Bishop of Jerusalem 30th bishop miracle of water to oil
Hierosólymis natális beáti Narcíssi Epíscopi, sanctitáte, patiéntia ac fide laudábilis, qui, centum et séxdecim annórum senex, felíciter migrávit ad Dóminum.
   
Narcissus, a bishop At Jerusalem, the birthday of blessed distinguished for holiness, patience, and faith, who went to the kingdom of God at the age of one hundred and sixteen years.

215 ST NARCISSUS, BISHOP OF JERUSALEM
ST NARCISSUS was already very old when he was placed at the head of the church of Jerusalem. Eusebius says the Christians there preserved in his time the remembrance of several miracles which God had wrought by this bishop, as when on one Easter-eve the deacons were unprovided with oil for the lamps in the church, Narcissus sent for water, offered prayer over it, and then bade them pour it into the lamps. They did so, and it was immediately converted into oil.

Veneration of good men for this holy bishop could not shelter him from the malice of the wicked, and some, disliking his severity in the observance of discipline, laid to his charge a certain crime, which Eusebius does not specify. They confirmed their calumny by fearful imprecations on themselves, but their accusation did not find credit.

However, St Narcissus made it an excuse for leaving Jerusalem and spending some time alone, as had long been his wish. He spent several years undiscovered in his solitude and, that his church might not remain destitute of a pastor, the neighbouring bishops placed in it Dius, and after him Germanicus, who was succeeded by Gordius.

Whilst this last held the see, Narcissus appeared again like one from the dead. The faithful, delighted at the recovery of their pastor, induced him to resume the administration of the diocese. He acquiesced, but, under the weight of extreme old age, made St Alexander his coadjutor. This Alexander has been noticed herein under March 18. In a letter he wrote soon after the year 212 he refers to St Narcissus as being then 116 years.

The Bollandists in the Acta Sanctorum, October, vol. xii, have brought together from Eusebius and other sources all that is known, or likely to be known, about St Narcissus of Jerusalem.

St. Narcissus was born towards the close of the first century, and was almost fourscore years old when he was placed at the head of the church of Jerusalem, being the thirtieth bishop of that see.
In 195, he and Theophilus, bishop of Caesarea in Palestine, presided in a council of the bishops of Palestine held at Caesarea, about the time of celebrating Easter; in which it was decreed that this feast is to be kept always on a Sunday, and not with the Jewish passover.
Eusebius assures us, that the Christians of Jerusalem preserved in his time the remembrance of several miracles which God had wrought by this holy bishop; one of which he relates as follows.

One year on Easter-eve the deacons were unprovided with oil for the lamps in the church, necessary at the solemn divine office that day. Narcissus ordered those who had care of the lamps to bring him some water from the neighboring wells. This being done, he pronounced a devout prayer over the water; then bade them pour it into the lamps; which they did, and it was immediately converted into oil, to the great surprise of the faithful. Some of this miraculous oil was kept there as a memorial at the time when Eusebius wrote his history.
The veneration of all good men for this holy bishop could not shelter him from the malice of the wicked. Three incorrigible sinners, fearing his inflexible severity in the observance of ecclesiastical discipline, laid to his charge a detestable crime, which Eusebius does not specify. They confirmed their atrocious calumny by dreadful oaths and imprecations; one wishing he might perish by fire, another, that he might be struck with a leprosy, and the third, that he might lose his sight, if what they alleged was not the truth.
Notwithstanding these protestations, their accusation did not find credit; and, some time after, the divine vengeance pursued the calumniators. The first was burnt in his house, with his whole family, by an accidental fire in the night; the second was struck with a universal leprosy; and the third, terrified by these examples, confessed the conspiracy and slander, and by the abundance of tears which he continually shed for his sins, lost his sight before his death.

Narcissus, notwithstanding the slander had made no impression on the people to his disadvantage, could not stand the shock of the bold calumny, or rather made it an excuse for leaving Jerusalem, and spending some time in solitude, which had long been his wish. He spent several years undiscovered in his retreat, where he enjoyed all the happiness and advantage which a close conversation with God can bestow. That his church might not remain destitute of a pastor, the neighboring bishops of the province, after some time, placed in it Pius, and after him Germanion, who, dying in a short time, was succeeded by Gordius. While this last held the see, Narcissus appeared again like one from the dead.
The whole body of the faithful, transported at the recovery of their holy pastor, whose innocence had been most authentically vindicated, conjured him to reassume the administration of the diocese. He acquiesced; but afterwards, bending under the weight of extreme old age, made St. Alexander his coadjutor.
This primitive example authorizes the practice of coadjutorships; which, nevertheless, are not allowable by the canons except in cases of the perpetual inability of a bishop through age, incurable infirmity, or other impediment as Marianus Victorius observes in his notes upon St. Jerome.
St. Narcissus continued to serve his flock, and even other churches, by his assiduous prayers and his earnest exhortations to unity and concord, as St. Alexander testifies in his letter to the Arsinoites in Egypt, where he says that Narcisus was at that time about one hundred and sixteen years old. The Roman Martyrology honors his memory on the 29th of October.

Pastors of the primitive church, animated with the spirit of the apostles were faithful imitators of their heroic virtues, discovering the same fervent zeal. the same contempt of the world, the same love of Christ.

If we truly respect the church as the immaculate spouse of our Lord, we will incessantly pray for its exaltation and increase, and beseech the Almighty to give it pastors according to his own heart, like those who appeared in the infancy of Christianity. And, that no obstacle on our part may prevent the happy effects of their zeal, we should study to regulate our conduct by the holy maxims which they inculcate, we should regard them as the ministers of Christ; we should listen to them with docility and attention; we should make their faith the rule of ours, and shut our ears against the language of profane novelty.

O! that we could once more see a return of those happy days when the pastor and the people had but one heart and one soul; when there was no diversity in our belief; when the faithful seemed only to vie with each other in their submission to the church, and in their desire of sanctification.

St. Narcissus of Jerusalem 
Life in second- and third-century Jerusalem couldn’t have been easy, but St. Narcissus managed to live well beyond 100. Some even speculate he lived to 160.
Details of his life are sketchy, but there are many reports of his miracles. The miracle for which he is most remembered was turning water into oil for use in the church lamps on Holy Saturday when the deacons had forgotten to provide any.

We do know that Narcissus became bishop of Jerusalem in the late second century. He was known for his holiness, but there are hints that many people found him harsh and rigid in his efforts to impose church discipline. One of his many detractors accused Narcissus of a serious crime at one point. Though the charges against him did not hold up, he used the occasion to retire from his role as bishop and live in solitude. His disappearance was so sudden and convincing that many people assumed he had actually died.

Several successors were appointed during his years in isolation. Finally, Narcissus reappeared in Jerusalem and was persuaded to resume his duties. By then, he had reached an advanced age, so a younger bishop was brought in to assist him until his death.
250 Anastasia the Roman The Martyr
She lost her parents in infancy, and was then taken to be reared by the abbess of a women's monastery, named Sophia. She raised Anastasia in fervent faith, in the fear of God and obedience.

The persecution against Christians by the emperor Decius (249-251) began at that time. The city administrator, Probus, on the orders of the emperor commanded Anastasia be brought to him. Blessed by her abbess to suffer for Christ, the young martyr Anastasia humbly came out to meet the armed soldiers. Seeing her youth and beauty, Probus first attempted flattery to make her deny Christ.
“Why waste your youth, deprived of pleasure? What is there to gain by enduring tortures and death for the Crucified? Worship our gods, marry a handsome husband, and live in glory and honor.

The saint steadfastly replied, My spouse, my riches, my life and my happiness are my Lord Jesus Christ, and you will not turn me away from Him by your deceit!

Probus subjected Anastasia to fierce tortures. The holy martyr bravely endured them, glorifying and praising the Lord. In anger the torturers cut out her tongue.
The people, seeing the inhuman and disgusting treatment of the saint, became indignant, and the ruler was compelled to end the tortures by beheading the martyr. In this manner, St Anastasia received the crown of martyrdom.
The body of the saint was thrown out beyond the city to be eaten by wild animals, but the Lord did not permit her holy relics to be dishonored. At the command of a holy angel, Abbess Sophia went to find St Anastasia's mutilated body. With the help of two Christians, she buried it in the earth.

284 St. Maximilian  of Lorch martyr; and Valentine, confessor.
 Sanctórum Episcopórum Maximiliáni Mártyris, et Valentíni Confessóris.
    The holy bishop Maximian, martyr, and Valentine, confessor.

A duplicate feast day of St. Maximilian of Lorch.
In this account he is given an unknown St. Valentine as a companion in martyrdom.
285 Claudius, Asterius, Neones and Theonilla of Aegae Martyrs in Cilicia
Suffered for Christ in the year during the reign of the emperor Diocletian (284-311). After their father's death, the stepmother, who did not want to give the children their inheritance, betrayed them to the persecutors of Christians. The governor of Cilicia, who was named Licius, urged the martyrs to renounce Christ and instead to worship idols, and he employed various means of torture. They crucified the unyielding brothers, and St Theonilla was thrown into the sea after torture.

Bérgomi sanctæ Eusébiæ, Vírginis et Mártyris.
   
St. Eusebia, virgin and martyr At Bergamo,
310 St. Zenobius Martyr; doctor and priest at Sidon
Sidóne, in Phœnícia, sancti Zenóbii Presbyteri, qui, sub novíssimæ persecutiónis acerbitáte, ad martyrium álios exhórtans, martyrio et ipse dignátus est.
    At Sidon in Phoenicia, St. Zenobius, a priest.  When the last persecution was raging, by exhorting others to martyrdom, he himself was deemed worthy of it.
Zenobius  Lebanon, at the time of his execution during the persecution of Emperor Galerius (r. 293-311). Zenobius was martyred at Antioch (modern Turkey), or Tyre, Lebanon
St. Donatus of Corfu  
Cassíope, in ínsula Corcyra, sancti Donáti Epíscopi, de quo scribit beátus Gregórius Papa.
    At Cassiope, in the island of Corfu, Bishop St. Donatus, mentioned by blessed Pope Gregory.
Saint whose relics were brought to Corfu, Greece, and enshrined there by Pope St. Gregory the Great.
4thv. Saint Abramius the Hermit and Blessed Maria, his niece of Mesopotamia, lived the ascetic life in the village of Chidan, near the city of Edessa. They were contemporaries and fellow countrymen of St Ephraim the Syrian (January 28), who afterwards wrote about their life.  The Lord forgave her and even granted her the gift of healing the sick

St Abramius began his difficult exploit of the solitary life in the prime of youth. He left his parents' home and settled in a desolate wilderness place, far from worldly enticements, and he spent his days in unceasing prayer. After the death of his parents, the saint refused his inheritance and requested his relatives to give it away to the poor. By his strict ascetic life, fasting, and love for mankind, Abramius attracted to him many seeking after spiritual enlightenment, prayer and blessing.

Soon his faith was put to a serious test, as he was appointed presbyter in one of the pagan villages of Mesopotamia. For three years, and sparing no efforts, the saint toiled over the enlightenment of the pagans. He tore down a pagan temple and built a church. Humbly enduring derision and even beatings from obstinate idol-worshippers, he entreated the Lord,
Look down, O Master, upon Your servant, hear my prayer. Strengthen me and set Your servants free from diabolical snares, and grant them to know You, the one true God. The zealous pastor was granted the happiness to see the culmination of his righteous efforts: the pagans came to believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and St Abramius baptized them himself.

Having fulfilled his priestly duty, Abramius again withdrew into his wilderness, where he continued to glorify God, and doing His holy will. The devil, put to shame by the deeds of St Abramius, tried to entrap him with proud thoughts. Once at midnight, when St Abramius was at prayer in his cell, suddenly a light shone and a voice was heard,
Blessed are you, Abramius, for no other man has done my will as you have! Confuting the wiles of the enemy, the saint said: I am a sinful man, but I trust in the help and grace of my God. I do not fear you, and your illusions do not scare me. Then he ordered the devil to depart, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Another time, the devil appeared before the saint in the form of a youth, lit a candle and began to sing Psalm 118/119,
Blessed are the blameless in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Perceiving that this also was a demonic temptation, the Elder crossed himself and asked, If you know that the blameless are blessed, then why trouble them?

The temper answered,
I provoke them in order to conquer them and turn them away from every good deed. To this the saint replied, You gain victory over those who, like yourself, have fallen away from God. You are forced to vanish, like smoke in the wind, from before the face of those who love God. After these words the devil vanished. Thus St Abramius defeated the Enemy, being strengthened by divine grace. After fifty years of ascetic life, he peacefully fell asleep in the Lord.

St Abramius's niece, the Nun Maria, grew up being edified by his spiritual instruction. Her father died when she was seven, and so she was raised by her saintly uncle. But the Enemy of the race of man tried to turn her from the true path. At twenty-seven years of age she fell into sin with a man. Thoroughly ashamed, she left her cell, went to another city and began to live in a brothel. Two years later, when he learned of this, St Abramius clad himself in soldier's garb, so that he should not be recognized, and he went to the city to find his niece. Pretending to be one of her
clients, he revealed his identity once they were alone. With many tears and exhortations, he brought her to repentance and took her back to her cell.
St Maria returned to her cell and spent the rest of her days in prayer and tears of repentance.
The Lord forgave her and even granted her the gift of healing the sick. She died five years after St Abramius.
520 St. Terence Bishop of Metz noted scholar; Sixteenth Bishop of Metz in the east of France  
Metz, France, who was and advocate of the orthodox doctrines of his era.

575 St. Theodore Abbot hermit
Viénnæ, in Gállia, deposítio beáti Theodóri Abbátis.
    At Vienne in France, the death of blessed Theodore, abbot.
also called Theudar or Chef. A disciple of St. Caesarius of Arles, he served as abbot over a monastery in Vienne, Gaul, for some years before becoming a hermit.

575 ST THEUDERIUS, OR CHEF, ABBOT
ST THEUDERIUS was born at Arcisia (Saint-Chef-d’Arcisse) in Dauphiné. Having exercised himself in monastic life at Lérins and been ordained priest by St Caesarius at Arles, he returned to his own country; and, being joined by several disciples, built for them first cells and afterwards a monastery near the city of Vienne. It was anciently a custom here that some monk of whose sanctity the people entertained a high opinion was chosen voluntarily to lead the life of a recluse he retired to a cell and spent his whole time in fasting and praying to implore the divine mercy in favour of himself and his country. This practice would have been an abuse and superstition if any persons, relying on the prayers of others, were themselves remiss in prayer or penance. St Theuderius was asked to undertake this penitential state, which obligation he willingly took upon himself, and discharged with much fervour at the church of St Laurence during the last twelve
years of his life. An extraordinary gift of miracles made his name famous. He died about the year 575.
A life, first printed by Mabillon and the Bollandists, has been again edited by B. Krusch in MGH., Scriptores Merov., vol. iii, pp. 526—530. As it was written by Ado in the ninth century, it merits no great confidence. It is not, however, true as was formerly believed that Ado inserted the name of Theuderius in his martyrology see Quentin, Martyrologes historiques, p. 477.
7th v. St. Bond Spaniard hermit
venerated in Sens, France. Bond became a public penitent, trained by St. Artemius, the bishop there.
 He is also called Baldus.

623 St. Colman of Kilmacduagh Abbot-bishop son of Irish chieftain; Among other fanciful stories about St Colman is that he was waited on by a cock, a mouse, and a fly: the cock woke him for the night office, the mouse prevented him from going to sleep again, and the fly acted as an indicator and book-marker.

He lived as a hermit at Arranmore and Burren, in County Clare, Ireland. Made a bishop against he will, he founded a monastery at Kilmacduagh, on landgiven by King Guaire of Connaught.

THE feast of this Colman is kept throughout Ireland on this day. He was born at Corker in Kiltartan about the middle of the sixth century and lived first on Aranmore and then, for greater solitude, at Burren among the mountains of County Clare. He is said to have hidden himself there because he had been made a bishop against his will; he had one disciple, and they subsisted for many years on wild vegetables and water. He then founded a monastery at the place called after him Kilmacduagh (the cell of the son of Dui), and is venerated as the first bishop there. The land was given him by his near relation, King Guaire of Connacht, who discovered Colman’s retreat, according to legend, through his Easter dinner being whisked away and carried by angels to the cell of the hermit at Burren. Among other fanciful stories about St Colman is that he was waited on by a cock, a mouse, and a fly: the cock woke him for the night office, the mouse prevented him from going to sleep again, and the fly acted as an indicator and book-marker.

In the Bollandists, October, vol. xii, there is a copious notice of Colman, borrowed for the most part from Colgan’s Acta Sanctorum Hiberniae. See also O’Keeffe in Ériu, vol. i, pp. 43—48 and Whitley Stokes in the Revue Celtique, vol. xxvi, pp. 372—377. “Colman mac Duach” is entered first on February 3 in the Martyrology of Tallaght, in which there are twelve Colmans mentioned during the single month of October.
900 Saint Serapion of Zarzma
Serapion was the son of a Klarjeti aristocrat famed for his wealth and good deeds. Serapion had two brothers, who were still young when their mother died.  Their father also reposed soon after.
From childhood St. Serapion longed to lead the life of a hermit. With his younger brother, John, he set off for Parekhi Monastery, where he requested the spiritual guidance of “the spiritual father and teacher of orphans,” the great wonderworker Michael of Parekhi.
The older brother remained at home to continue the family tradition of caring for wanderers and the poor.
St. Michael perceived in the young Serapion true zeal for a divine ministry and blessed him to enter the priesthood.
Once, while he was praying, St. Michael was instructed in a vision to send his disciples Serapion and John to Samtskhe to found a monastery.
Serapion was alarmed at the thought of such a great responsibility, but he submitted to his spiritual father’s will and set off for Samtskhe with several companions. He took with him a wonder-working icon of our Lord’s Transfiguration.
The monks climbed to the peak of a very high mountain and, having looked around at their environs, decided to settle there and begin construction of the monastery.
Soon villagers chased the monks away, and the holy fathers located the exact place that their shepherd, St. Michael, had seen in the vision. At that time a faithful nobleman named George Chorchaneli ruled in this mountainous region. Once, while he was out hunting, George saw smoke over the dense forest and sent a servant to discover the cause. He was soon informed that two remarkable monks had settled in that place. Immediately he set off for the spot, humbly greeted the monks, venerated the wonder-working icon, and asked for the fathers’ blessings.
Overjoyed and inspired by Serapion’s preaching, the prince fell on his knees before him and promised to help him in every way to establish the new monastery. Having donated this land and the surrounding area to the monastery, he presented the monks with a deed assigning ownership of all the territory the monks could cover on foot in one day to the future monastery. The prince sent his servant to accompany them.
The brothers walked over unexplored territory, through dense forests, and over rocky paths. Two local residents, the God-fearing Ia and Garbaneli, accompanied them. But not all the local people received the monks so warmly: residents of Tsiskvili met them with hostility and tried to block their path.
That very same night a miracle occurred: an earthquake split the rocks that were holding back Lake Satakhve and washed away the entire village of Tsiskvili. Only two brothers survived. To this day this place has been called “Zarzma” [the word “zari” is often used to denote a tragic occurrence].

The brethren began to search for a suitable place to build their church. St. Serapion wanted to construct the church on a high hill, but John and the other brothers objected. “It is not necessary, Holy Father, to build in this place,” they said. “It is high and cold here, and the brothers are dressed only in rags.”
To resolve this question, the holy fathers filled two small icon lamps with equal amounts of oil. Serapion placed one of them at the top of the hill, John placed the other near a stream on the southern side of the hill, and they began to pray. At daybreak Serapion’s lamp had already gone out, but John’s lamp continued to burn until midday. Thus they began to build the church in the place that John had chosen.
The monks faced many obstacles in the construction of their church. The area was covered with dense forest, and the stones necessary for building could be found only in the river. At George Chorchaneli’s suggestion, they salvaged the stone from a church that had been destroyed by the earthquake.
After three years of construction, the monastery was completed, and the wonder-working icon of the Transfiguration was placed in the altar of the church. The monks fashioned cells, and St. Serapion established the rules of the monastery.
When he was approaching death, Michael of Parekhi sent two of his disciples to Serapion and John. When he learned that the construction of the monastery was completed, he rejoiced exceedingly and blessed its benefactor, George Chorchaneli. Then he took the withered branch of a box tree and presented it to him, saying, “My son, plant this tree near the church and, if it blossoms again, know that it is God’s will that you zealously continue the work you have begun in His name.” After some time the branch blossomed, and this miracle became known to many.
When the blessed Serapion sensed the approach of death, he summoned the brothers, bade them farewell, and appointed Hieromonk George his successor as abbot. He was buried with great honor on the eastern side of the altar at the monastery church.

820 St. Anne a widow, born in Constantinople
Also called Euphemianus. From a good family, Anne was forced to marry. When widowed, she assumed a male disguise and the name of Euphemianus. As this male, Anne entered an abbey on Mount Olympus. Revered for holiness, she was asked to become an abbess but remained in an obscure monastery.
Saint Anna and her son Saint John lived in the ninth century. St Anna was the daughter of a deacon of the Blachernae church in Constantinople. After the death of her husband, she dressed in men's clothing and called herself Euthymianus. She and her son St John lived in asceticism in one of the Bythinian monasteries near Olympus.
St Anna died in Constantinople in 826. Her memory is also celebrated on October 29.
St. John bishop of Autun
Augustodúni sancti Joánnis, Epíscopi et Confessóris.
    At Autun, St. John, bishop and confessor.
he was venerated in that city.
St. Hyacinth Martyr of Lucania in Italy
 In Lucánia sanctórum Mártyrum Hyacínthi, Quincti, Feliciáni, et Lúcii.
    In Lucania, the holy martyrs Hyacinth, Quinctus, Felician, and Lucius.

1000 St. Elfleda Benedictine abbess
the daughter of Earl Ethelwold, who founded her abbey in Ramsey, England.
12th v. St. Abraham of Rostov; Abbot; Russian people healed by miracle
founder of religious institutions. He received many graces even before converting to Christianity and becoming a model of the faith. Born in Galicia, Russia, Abraham followed the pagan beliefs of the region. He was stricken with a severe disease and called upon Christ in his sufferings, whereupon he was healed miraculously. In gratitude, Abraham became a Christian and was baptized. He became a monk, and went to the city of Rostov where he began his apostolate among the pagans. He built two parish churches as well as a monastery.
Many institutions for the poor and suffering were also started by this apostle of the faith.

THIS holy monk and missionary seems to have lived during the earlier years of the twelfth century. He was born of heathen parents near Galich, and as a young man suffered from an obstinate disease, of which he was cured when he called upon the God of the Christians. Thereupon he received baptism, and soon after left his father’s house to become a monk.

Hearing a divine call to go to Rostov, where there were still many pagans, he obeyed and gave himself zealously to the preaching of the gospel there. Many of his hearers were converted, and Abraham built two churches for them. The first, in honour of St John the Divine, was in a place where he had beheld that apostle in a vision; the other was at a place that was before given over to the worship of a well-known idol. At this second church, named from the Epiphany of our Saviour, Abraham founded a community of monks; but he did not allow the direction of a monastery to lessen the energy and enthusiasm with which he sought to bring the light of Christ to the souls of un­believers. The date of St Abraham’s death is not known, but he was receiving public cultus by the end of the twelfth century.

See Martynov’s Annus ecclesiasticus Graeco-Slavicus, in Acta Sanctorum,, October, vol. xi. St Abraham of Rostov is a very uncertain figure; he has sometimes, been assigned to the tenth-eleventh century, as apostle of Rostov.

Saint Abramius, Archimandrite of Rostov, in the world Abercius, left his parents' home in his youth and entered upon the path of Christian asceticism. Having assumed the monastic schema, Abramius settled at Rostov on the shore of Lake Nero. In the Rostov lands there were not many pagans, and the saint worked intensely at spreading the true Faith.

Not far from the cell of the saint was a pagan temple, where the pagans worshipped a stone idol of Veles (Volos), which caused fright among the inhabitants of Rostov. In a miraculous vision the Apostle John the Theologian stood before Abramius, and gave him a staff with a cross on top, with which the venerable one destroyed the idol. At the place of the pagan temple, St Abramius founded a monastery in honor of the Theophany and became its head.

In memory of the miraculous appearance, the holy monk built a church named for St John the Theologian. Many of the pagans were persuaded and baptized by St Abramius. Particularly great was his influence with the children whom he taught the ability to read and write, instructing them in the law of God, and tonsured monastics from among them.

Everyone who came to the monastery was accepted with love. The saint's life was a constant work of prayer and toil for the benefit of the brethren: he chopped firewood for the oven, he laundered the monks' clothing and carried water for the kitchen. St Abramius reposed in old age and was buried in the church of the Theophany.

His holy relics were uncovered in the time of Great Prince Vsevolod (1176-1212). In the year 1551, Tsar Ivan the Terrible, before his campaign against Kazan, made the rounds of holy places. At the Theophany-Abramiev monastery the monks showed him the staff with which St Abramius had destroyed the idol of Veles. The Tsar took the staff with him on the campaign, but the cross remained at the monastery. And returning again after the subjugation of the Khan, Ivan the Terrible gave orders to build a new stone church at the Abramiev monastery in honor of the Theophany, with four chapels, and he also supplied it with books and icons.

16th & 17th v. MARTYRS OF DOUAY; More than 160 priests execution by English authorities
Trained in the English College of Douai, France, returned to England and Wales and faced arrest, torture. A large group - more than eighty- were beatified in 1929, and English dioceses celebrate the feasts of these martyrs.

IN the year 1568 the English College at Douay was founded by William Allen (afterwards cardinal; the anniversary of his death in 1594 is kept on the 16th of this month). Its original object was to train young men for the priesthood with an eye to the needs of England when the faith should be re-established there, but within a short time these priests were being sent back to their country as mission­aries—the “seminary priests” at whom legislation was aimed. These began to arrive in 1574 and on November 29, 1577, their first martyr, Bd Cuthbert Mayne, suffered at Launceston.

During the next hundred years more than one hundred and sixty priests from the college (which from 1578 till 1594 was transferred to Rheims) were put to death in England and Wales, and of these over eighty have been beatified they are referred to under their respective dates in these volumes.

For these martyrs from Douay a special collective feast is kept in the dioceses of Westminster today and of Hexham and Newcastle tomorrow. When the Revolution made it impossible to carry on the college in France, it was re-established in 1794 at St Edmund’s, Old Hall Green, for the south of England, and at Crook Hall, Durham (in 1808, St Cuthbert’s, Ushaw), for the north, which colleges are respectively in the above dioceses. “Kindle in us, Lord, the spirit to which the blessed martyrs of Douay ministered, that we too being filled therewith may strive to love what they loved and do as they taught” (collect for the feast).
 The Douay Diaries, with the exception of the sixth volume, which is lost, have now all been published. The first two appeared as Records of the English Catholics under the Penal Laws, vol. i (1878), and were edited by Father T. F. Knox. They extend from 1568 to 1593. The third, fourth, fifth, and seventh diaries have been printed by the Catholic Record Society as vols. x, xi and xxviii of their publications.

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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!)
                      

                                                                           
       40 days for Life Day 30
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.
There are over 10,000 named saints beati  from history
 and Roman Martyology Orthodox sources

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