Mary the Mother of Jesus
 Friday Saints of  the Day 23 September  Nono Kaléndas Octóbris  
ABORTION IS A MORAL OUTRAGE

September 23 - OUR LADY OF VALVANCRE (Spain)

 - Saint Padre Pio
Let Us Strive to Stand Behind the Blessed Mother
Let us strive, like many saintly souls, to always stand behind the Blessed Mother, to always walk by her side, because there is no other path leading to life than the one our Mother took.  Let us not refuse to take this path, for all of us want to arrive at our destination.

  Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

 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!)


Friday, September 23, 2016

Galatians 2:19-20
;  19For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. 20I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
 
Psalms 16:1-2, 5-8, 11 ;  1Preserve me, O God, for in thee I take refuge. 2I say to the LORD, "Thou art my Lord; I have no good apart from thee." 5The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot. 6The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. 7I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. 8I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 11Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fulness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Matthew 16:24-27 24Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? 27For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done.

Pope Francis  PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR  September 2016
Universal:   Centrality of the Human Person
That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society
that places the human person at the center
.
Evangelization:   Mission to Evangelize
That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture,
Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize
.

First day of the 17th coordinated international 40 Days for Life campaign 2015

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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

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"The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul
to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain" (saying of Padre Pio).

September 23 - Our Lady of Valvanere (Spain) - Saint Padre Pio  Love and Praise Our Lady
"I wish I could love Our Lady as much as she deserves; but remember that all the saints and all the angels put together cannot love and praise the Mother of God worthily.  Saint Padre Pio"

Blessed are the bodies and souls of virgins, for they are acceptable to God and shall not lose the reward of their virginity, for the word of their Father shall prove effectual to their salvation in the day of his Son, and they shall enjoy rest forevermore.

late 1st v. St. Xantippa and Polyxena Virgins disciples of the Apostles who died in Spain
   67 Saint Linus a native of Tuscany succeeded St. Peter as Pope
 115 St. Thecla virgin Gospel preacher w/Paul; 72 years hermitess
6th century St. Constantius sacristan of St. Stephen’s Church in Ancona, Italy; renowned for the gift of miracles.
 305 Sosius, deacon of the church of Miseno In Campania, the commemoration of the blessed Sosius, deacon of the church of Miseno.  The holy bishop Januarius, upon seeing a flame arise from his head as he was reading the Gospel in the church, foretold that he would be a martyr.  Not many days after, when he was thirty years of age, he and the holy bishop suffered martyrdom by beheading.
7th century St. Cissa A Lindisfarne Benedictine  hermit in Northumbria, England; believed resided near Lindisfarne
 704  St  Adamnan,  Or Eunan, Abbot Of Iona

 900 St. Andrew and Companions Martyred by Saracens
1498 BD Mark of Modena credited with the working of many miracles
1520 Bd Helen Of Bologna, Widow

1588 Bl. Father William Way  Martyr of England
1968 St. Padre Pio da Pietrelcina b.1887; Born Francesco Forgione, Padre Pio grew up in a family of farmers in southern Italy. Twice (1898-1903 and 1910-17) his father worked in Jamaica, New York, to provide the family income.
September 23 - Our Lady of Valvanere. Spain. Our Lady of All France
In every village and on every hilltop  Our nation, for ever Christian,  Has erected chapels, facing heavenward, to your glory,  For you, all the mountain flowers  From Provence to Brittany  Waft their incense, and the tiny birds  Sing, with joyful elation, the songs  You taught them in Bethlehem,  When you cradled the Infant child in his lambent swaddling clothes.

There is not a single village that each year  Does not offer you their May time devotions,  Blessed lady, serpent's conqueror!  And no priest in his sermon,  No sailor on the sea, no shepherd in the desert  Who does not hail you as Our Lady!  And all creation, with heart and soul,  Prays to you on bended knee and joins with them in unison.

If, in Toulouse, you are called  Our Lady of the Golden Bream  (For the sun's pure gold fades before your glory);  If, from Avignon and Marseille to Vienne  The tomb of Saint Anna recalls your gracious deeds,  Our Lady of Provence;  In Le Puy, on Corneille's rock it is we  O, Virgin of great beauty,  Who have baptized you Our Lady of All France. 
Fridiric Mistral  (1830-1914)
Pope Benedict XVI to The Catholic Church In China {whole article here }
The saints are a “cloud of witnesses over our head”, showing us life of Christian perfection is possible.
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"Christianity is not a moral code or a philosophy, but an encounter with a person" -- Benedict XVI

The great psalm of the Passion, Chapter 22, whose first verse "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
Jesus pronounced on the cross, ended with the vision: "All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations shall worship before him"
For kingship belongs to the LORD, the ruler over the nations.   All who sleep in the earth will bow low before God; All who have gone down into the dust will kneel in homage.  And I will live for the LORD; my descendants will serve you.  The generation to come will be told of the Lord, that they may proclaim to a people yet unborn the deliverance you have brought.

“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.

Lord, what will Thou have me to do? Here is the true token of a soul absolutely perfect:
when one has succeeded in leaving behind his own will to such a degree as no longer to seek, to aim,
or to desire to do what he would will, but only what God wills.
-- St Bernard

First day of the 17th coordinated international 40 Days for Life campaign
Dear Readers
Today is the first day of the 17th coordinated international 40 Days for Life campaign ... as  40 days of prayer and fasting … peaceful vigil … and community outreach begins in 307 locations.

If it’s the first time you’re joining us, welcome! Here's what you can expect:

God using the 40-day time period to bring about transformation in you and your community
Daily campaign updates showing you how God is at work ... including babies saved from abortion, workers experiencing a change of heart and many other inspiring results
A daily scripture and devotional to help guide you as you pray to end abortion where YOU live
Here’s a quick look at two events where 40 Days for Life headquarters team members helped get campaigns off to an enthusiastic start.

Manhattan, New York
Manhattan's first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign kicked off on Saturday night with a crowd of over 100 pro-life New Yorkers. The vigil will take place outside the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood Center in lower Manhattan. 

40 Days for Life’s national director, David Bereit, was the guest speaker, sharing the inspiring story of how 40 Days for Life started. Of the abortion center named after Planned Parenthood’s founder, David said, “This is where it began and this is where it must end.”
Campaign leader Jill Gadwood spoke about the need to bring 40 Days for Life to New York City, which is infamously known as the "abortion capital of America." 
“I'm so encouraged by the amount of email I've seen about our upcoming campaign,” Jill said. 
The videos exposing the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal have helped build interest in Manhattan.
 “I'm sure many of you have already seen some of these videos and are disgusted by them,” she said, “but you may not be sure what you can do about it.  Well, I have just the thing. Join Manhattan's first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign to pray and witness for an end to abortion.” 

Aurora, Illinois
Steve Karlen, the 40 Days for Life North American outreach director, helped launch the Aurora campaign. Being there brought back memories for Steve.
 “My wife grew up in nearby Naperville,” he said, “and that is where we lived in 2007, when the Planned Parenthood abortion mega-center in Aurora was being finalized. That was our first exposure to 40 Days for Life – and a big reason why we got involved.”
Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League, who organized that first 40 Days for Life effort in Aurora, recalled the massive response when Planned Parenthood was trying to open … and told the crowd of the need to bring back that same spirit.
One of the rally speakers told a truly remarkable story. His mom tried taking multiple drugs to have an abortion, but they did not work. She tried to schedule a surgical abortion, but the doctor refused to do it. He attributes his survival to prayer. He now wants to start a maternity safe house in Ghana.
Day One Prayers Day One 2015, 


St Linus, Pope And Martyr
Romæ sancti Lini, Papæ et Mártyris, qui, primus post beátum Petrum Apóstolum, Romanum Ecclésiam gubernávit, et, martyrio coronátus, sepúltus est in Vaticano, prope eundem Apóstolum.
    At Rome, St. Linus, pope and martyr, who governed the Roman Church next after the blessed apostle Peter. 
He was crowned with martyrdom and was buried on the Vatican Hill beside the same apostle.

IT is now not disputed that St Linus was the first successor of St Peter in the see of Rome, but practically nothing is known about him. St Irenaeus, writing about the year 189, identifies him with the Linus mentioned by St Paul in his second letter to Timothy (iv zi), and implies that he was appointed bishop before the death of Peter. St Linus is named among the martyrs in the canon of the Mass and his feast as a martyr is kept throughout the Western church today, but his martyrdom is very doubtful as no persecution is recorded in his time moreover, Irenaeus names only St Telesphorus as a martyr among the earliest popes after Peter.

See the Liber Pontificalis (ed. Duchesne), vol. i, p. 121 ; Grisar, Geschichte Roms und der Papste, p. 220; Lightfoot, St Clement of Rome, vol. i, p. 201.
Pope St. Linus (Reigned about A.D. 64 or 67 to 76 or 79).

All the ancient records of the Roman bishops which have been handed down to us by St. Irenaeus, Julius Africanus, St. Hippolytus, Eusebius, also the Liberian catalogue of 354, place the name of Linus directly after that of the Prince of the Apostles, St. Peter. These records are traced back to a list of the Roman bishops which existed in the time of Pope Eleutherus (about 174-189), when Irenaeus wrote his book "Adversus haereses". As opposed to this testimony, we cannot accept as more reliable Tertullian's assertion, which unquestionably places St. Clement (De praescriptione, xxii) after the Apostle Peter, as was also done later by other Latin scholars (Jerome, "De vir. ill.", xv). The Roman list in Irenaeus has undoubtedly greater claims to historical authority. This author claims that Pope Linus is the Linus mentioned by St. Paul in his II Timothy 4:21. The passage by Irenaeus (Adv. haereses, III, iii, 3) reads:

After the Holy Apostles (Peter and Paul) had founded and set the Church in order (in Rome) they gave over the exercise of the episcopal office to Linus. The same Linus is mentioned by St. Paul in his Epistle to Timothy. His successor was Anacletus.
We cannot be positive whether this identification of the pope as being the Linus mentioned in II Timothy 4:21, goes back to an ancient and reliable source, or originated later on account of the similarity of the name.

Linus's term of office, according to the papal lists handed down to us, lasted only twelve years. The Liberian Catalogue shows that it lasted twelve years, four months, and twelve days. The dates given in this catalogue, A.D. 56 until A.D. 67, are incorrect. Perhaps it was on account of these dates that the writers of the fourth century gave their opinion that Linus had held the position of head of the Roman community during the life of the Apostle; e.g., Rufinus in the preface to his translation of the pseudo-Clementine "Recognitiones". But this hypothesis has no historical foundation. It cannot be doubted that according to the accounts of Irenaeus concerning the Roman Church in the second century, Linus was chosen to be head of the community of Christians in Rome, after the death of the Apostle. For this reason his pontificate dates from the year of the death of the Apostles Peter and Paul, which, however, is not known for certain.

The "Liber Pontificalis" asserts that Linus's home was in Tuscany, and that his father's name was Herculanus; but we cannot discover the origin of this assertion. According to the same work on the popes, Linus is supposed to have issued a decree "in conformity with the ordinance of St. Peter", that women should have their heads covered in church. Without doubt this decree is apocryphal, and copied by the author of the "Liber Pontificalis" from the first Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (11:5) and arbitrarily attributed to the first successor of the Apostle in Rome. The statement made in the same source, that Linus suffered martyrdom, cannot be proved and is improbable. For between Nero and Domitian there is no mention of any persecution of the Roman Church; and Irenaeus (1. c., III, iv, 3) from among the early Roman bishops designates only Telesphorus as a glorious martyr.

Finally this book asserts that Linus after his death, was buried in the Vatican beside St. Peter. We do not know whether the author had any decisive reason for this assertion. As St. Peter was certainly buried at the foot of the Vatican Hill, it is quite possible that the earliest bishops of the Roman Church also were interred there. There was nothing in the liturgical tradition of the fourth-century Roman Church to prove this, because it was only at the end of the second century that any special feast of martyrs was instituted and consequently Linus does not appear in the fourth-century lists of the feasts of the Roman saints. According to Torrigio ("Le sacre grotte Vaticane", Viterbo, 1618, 53) when the present confession was constructed in St. Peter's (1615), sarcophagi were found, and among them was one which bore the word Linus. The explanation given by Severano of this discovery ("Memorie delle sette chiese di Roma", Rome, 1630, 120) is that probably these sarcophagi contained the remains of the first Roman bishops, and that the one bearing that inscription was Linus's burial place. This assertion was repeated later on by different writers. But from a manuscript of Torrigio's we see that on the sarcophagus in question there were other letters beside the word Linus, so that they rather belonged to some other name (such as Aquilinus, Anullinus). The place of the discovery of the tomb is a proof that it could not be the tomb of Linus (De Rossi, "Inscriptiones christianae urbis Romae", II, 23-7).

The feast of St. Linus is now celebrated on 23 September. This is also the date given in the "Liber Pontificalis". An epistle on the martyrdom of the Apostles St. Peter and Paul was at a later period attributed to St. Linus, and supposedly was sent by him to the Eastern Churches. It is apocryphal and of later date than the history of the martyrdom of the two Apostles, by some attributed to Marcellus, which is also apocryphal ("Acta Apostolorum apocrypha", ed. Lipsius and Bonnet, I, ed; Leipzig, 1891, XIV sqq., 1 sqq.).
115 St. Thecla virgin Gospel preacher 72 years hermitess
Iconii, in Lycaónia, sanctæ Theclæ, Vírginis et Mártyris; quæ, a sancto Paulo Apóstolo ad fidem perducta, ignes ac bestias, sub Nerone Imperatóre, in Christi confessióne devicit; et, post plurima ad multórum doctrínam superáta certamina, venit Seleuciam, ibique requiévit in pace.  Ipsam vero sancti Patres summis láudibus celebrarunt.
    At Icónium in Lycaónia, St. Thecla, virgin and martyr, who was brought to the faith by the apostle St. Paul.  Under Emperor Nero, she was victorious over the flames and the beasts to which she was exposed for the faith of Christ.  After many combats endured for the instruction of others, she went to Seleucia, where she ended her days in peace.  Her memory has been eulogized by the holy Fathers.
According to a popular second century tale, Acts of Paul and Thecla, she was a native of Iconomium who was so impressed by the preaching of St. Paul on virginity that she broke off her engagement to marry Thamyris to live a life of virginity. Paul was ordered to be scourged and banished from the city for his teaching, and Thecla was ordered burned to death. When a storm providentially extinguished the flames, she escaped with Paul and went with him to Antioch. There she was condemned to wild beasts in the arena when she violently resisted the attempt of Syriarch Alexander to kidnap her, but again escaped when the beasts did no harm to her.
She rejoined Paul at Myra in Lycia, dressed as a boy, and was commissioned by him to preach the Gospel. She did for a time in Iconium and then became a recluse in a cave at Meriamlik near Seleucia
{Seleucus I Nicator of Syria founded Seleucia Pieria in 301 B.C. as a port for his capital in Antioch.  The city became one of the “Syrian Tetrapolis,” designed to promote Hellenistic culture in Syria.  It was then an important political, military, and economic game piece in the Ptolemaic-Seleucid wars.  In 63 B.C. Rome made Seleucia a free city and then in 70 A.D. made it the base for the imperial fleetSeleucia was the seaport from which Paul and Barnabas left with John Mark for their first missionary journey (ca. 49 A.D., see Acts 13:4). acts Part of the ancient (manmade) harbor can still be seen, although it has since silted up.  This harbor caused continual problems and required frequent maintenance.





 FIRST JOURNEY
{From La Chiesa Delle Origini Negli Atti degli Apostoli E nei Loro Scritti
“The Early Church in the Acts of the Apostles and in their Writings” By the MIMEP 1972}
The rapid expansion of Christianity among the pagans at Antioch and the special revelation which he had personally, received, brought home to Paul the vastness of the field of labor presented by the pagan world.  In this, his first missionary activity of wide range, Paul was not satisfied with limiting his efforts to pagans who lived in the area of Jewish influence, but went directly to seek them out. The wonderful results, which he achieved among them, again brought to a head the problem of the way in which they were to be received into the new Christian community. That problem was to be finally resolved by the Council of Jerusalem that, in the plan of the Acts, represents the conclusion of Paul's first missionary journey.
Paul and Barnabas receive their commission
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, The Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."  Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Cyprus
So, being sent out by The Holy Spirit t, they went down to Seleucia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus.  When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews.  And they had John to assist them.
When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet, named Bar-Jesus.  He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus,{Under the empire, the governors of the senatorial provinces were usually called proconsuls, although they were in fact former praetors. They served typically twelve months.} a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.  But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) withstood them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith. 
<>But Saul, who is also called Paul, filled with The Holy Spirit, looked intently at him " and said, "You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?  "And now, behold, the- hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind and unable to see the sun for a time."  Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand."
Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord }

She lived as a hermitess there for the next seventy-two years and died there (or in Rome, where she was miraculously transported when she found that Paul had died and was later buried near his tomb). The tale had tremendous popularity in the early Church but is undoubtedly a pious fiction and was labeled apocryphal by St. Jerome.

1st v. ST THECLA OF ICONIUM, VIRGIN AND MARTYR CENTURY?)

ST THECLA, referred to liturgically in the East as "protomartyr among women and equal with the Apostles", was one of the most revered heroines of the earlier ages of the Church.  St Methodius of Olympus in his Banquet of the Ten Virgins tells us that she was well versed in profane philosophy and literature, and he commends the ease, strength, sweetness and modesty of her speech, having received her instruction in divine and evangelical knowledge from St Paul.  St Augustine, St Epiphanius, St Ambrose and other fathers mention that St Paul by his preaching converted her to the faith, and that his discourses kindled in her a love of virginity.  St Gregory of Nyssa says that she undertook the sacrifice of herself by a life dead to the senses, so that nothing seemed to remain living in her but reason and spirit.

  It is, however, by no means certain that this St Thecla ever existed; there may have been a convert of St Paul of that name who devoted herself to the service of the Church, but if there was we know nothing about her. Her widespread and popular legend depends entirely on a romance composed at the end of the second century and known as the Acts of Paul and Thecla.  St Jerome recognized this work as apocryphal, and Tertullian tells us that it was written by a presbyter of Asia who, on being convicted of having falsely used St Paul's name, was deposed from his office.  In spite of this the book continued to be popular in the Church, and its incidents were referred to by a long succession of fathers, of whom some are mentioned above.
  It relates how St Paul (who is described as "a little man, bald-headed, bow-legged, stoutly built, with eyebrows meeting, rather long-nosed, graceful"), preaching in the house of Onesiphorus at Iconium, attracts the attention of the maiden Thecla, who determines to put into practice his teaching on virginity.  She therefore broke off her engagement to marry a certain Thamyris.
   Her parents were indignant; Thatnyris sought to move her with flatteries and caresses, her servants entreated her with tears, her friends and neighbours argued with her, and the authority and threats of the magistrate were employed to bring her to change her mind. Thecla, strengthened by the arm of the Almighty, was proof against all this.
 Thamyris thereupon laid information against St Paul, who was sentenced to be scourged and cast out of the city for persuading maidens from marriage and wives from their husbands.   Thecla was ordered to be burnt, but a storm from Heaven put out the fire and she escaped to Paul and accompanied him to Antioch. Here the Syriarch Alexander tried to abduct her in the street.  In defending herself, Thecla tore off his cloak and rolled his crown in the dust, and he, furious at being made a public laughing-stock, haled her before the governor, and she was coademned to the beasts.  For a time she was sheltered in the house of a certain Queen Tryphaena (an historical personage), whose dead daughter had told her in a dream to adopt Thecla, for the reason that "she may pray concerning me and that I may be transferred to the place of the just."

   When the time came for her execution she was exposed in the amphitheatre. But the lions walked gently up to the maiden and, laying themselves down at her feet, licked them as if it had been respectfully to kiss them, and the other beasts fought among themselves, so that the keepers had to turn others into the arena.
Then Thecla saw a ditch full of water and was reminded thereby that she was not yet baptized.   And she threw herself in, saying: " In the name of Jesus Christ I am baptized on my last day."   The seals that were in the water floated about dead, and when Thecla came out there was a cloud of fire around her, so that the animals could not reach her nor the people see her naked.     Then Alexander suggested to the governor that goaded bulls should be tried, "and the governor, looking gloomy, said: `Do as you like.'"
But the fire consumed the ropes which bound Thecla to the bulls. At this moment Queen Tryphaena fainted.
 Then the governor put a stop to the games, for Tryphaena was a kinswoman of Caesar (second cousin to the Emperor Caligula) and amid the applause of the multitude Theclá was released.
  Dressed as a boy she rejoined St Paul at Myra in Lycia and was by him commissioned to teach the word of God, which she did to her mother in Iconium, and then retired to live in a cave at Seleucia for seventy-two years.  Then it was rumoured among the Greek physicians of the city that "this Thecla is a virgin, and serves Artemis, and from this she has power of healing," for many miracles were done by her; and they were jealous and sent a band of young men to slay (or to ravish) her. Thecla praying to the Lord, the rock opened to receiveher, and so she was taken to Him. But another account says that within the rock she found a passage and thence made her way to Rome, where she found that St Paul was dead.  "And after staying there a brief space she rested in a glorious sleep  and she is buried about two or three stadia from the tomb of her master, Paul."


     That this story is a romance in at least its details is apparent on the face of it.  It was written to a considerable extent in praise of virginity and to impress on its hearers the Christian teaching about chastity. Even here text of the Acts of Paul and Thecla is somewhat extravagant, making St Paul teach that salvation is hardly possible without virginity, so that some commentators suppose it to have been written under the influence of the Encratites, an heretical sect which reprobated the use of wine, flesh-meat and marriage.
  St Thecla did not actually give her blood for Christ; her martyrdom consists in the reproaches she received from her lover and her mother, her trial at the stake, and her trial among the lions.
  These are the three torments referred to in the Rituale Ronzanum where, in the recommendation of a departing soul, occurs the prayer,  "And as thou didst deliver the blessed virgin and martyr Thecla from three most cruel torments, so deign to deliver the soul of this thy servant and bring him to rejoice with thee in heavenly happiness."
 From the great church built over her alleged cave at Meriamlik, near Seleucia,
St Thecla veneration spread over all Christendom; she has a commemoration in the Roman liturgy, and she is named in the canon of the Ambrosian Mass.

  The Greek text of the Acts of Paul and Thecla was edited by Tischendorf in 1851; and again by Lipsius-Bonnet in their Acta Apostolorum Apocrypha, 1891, vol. i.  The Syriac version was rendered accessible by W. Wright in 1871 and the Armenian by F. C. Conybeare in The Apology and Acts of Apollonius and other Monuments of Early Christianity (1894). See also Pirot, Supplement au Dictionnaire de la Bible (1926), vol. i, cc. 494-495.  Sir W. M. Ramsay in his book The Church in the Roman Empire committed himself to the view that there was a real persoa of the name of Thecla who embraced the teaching of the apostle St Paul.  There is a very long discussion in DCB., vol. iv, pp. 882-896, and an English translation of the  "Acts" in J. Orr, New Testament Apocryphal Writings (1903).
late 1st v. St. Xantippa and Polyxena Virgins; disciples of the Apostles who died in Spain
In Hispánia sanctárum mulíerum Xantippæ et Polyxenæ, quæ fuérunt Apostolórum discipulæ.
    In Spain, the holy women Xantippa and Polyxena, who were disciples of the apostles.
described in the pre-1970 Roman Martyrology as being disciples of the Apostles who died in Spain. Little is known of them.

305 Sosius, deacon of the church of Miseno In Campania, the commemoration of the blessed Sosius, deacon of the church of Miseno.  The holy bishop Januarius, upon seeing a flame arise from his head as he was reading the Gospel in the church, foretold that he would be a martyr.  Not many days after, when he was thirty years of age, he and the holy bishop suffered martyrdom by beheading.
In Campánia commemorátio beáti Sosii, Diáconi, Misenatis, quem sanctus Epíscopus Januarius, cum de cápite illíus, Evangélium in Ecclésia legentis, flammam vidéret exsúrgere, Mártyrem futúrum præannuntiávit; et, non post multos dies, ipse Sosius, cum esset annórum trigínta, cápitis detruncatióne martyrium cum eodem Episcopo suscépit.
    In Campania, the commemoration of the blessed Sosius, deacon of the church of Miseno.  The holy bishop Januarius, upon seeing a flame arise from his head as he was reading the Gospel in the church, foretold that he would be a martyr.  Not many days after, when he was thirty years of age, he and the holy bishop suffered martyrdom by beheading.

At night when each group was seeking to carry away the bodies of their own as patrons, the Neapolitans taking the Bl. Januarius as their patron were favored by the Lord, whose body at first indeed they hid at Marcian's farm. Afterwards when peace was restored venerable bishops, together with all the relatives of St. Januarius, and with the clergy taking his body brought it amidst hymns and canticles to Naples and deposited it in the basilica where it now rests. Who through his merits with Jesus Christ ceases not to confer memorable favors down to the present day: his Natal day is celebrated September 19. His fellow-citizens of Miseno took the deacon St. Sosius and placed him in the basilica where he now rests, September 23: and their fellow-citizens of Pozzuoli took the deacon St. Proculus, and St. Eutychetes and St. Acutius and deposited them in the villa of Falcidius which is adjoining the basilica of St. Stephen at the junction of the three roads. In the same way their fellow-citizens brought St. Festus and St. Desiderius to Beneventum.

from the martyrology of Bede as given by the Bollandists.
"Sept. 19, at Naples in Campania the feast of Saints Januarius, bishop of Beneventum with Sosius of Mesenum a deacon and Festus his deacon and Desiderius his lector; who after chains and prison were beheaded at Pozzuoli under Diocletian, emperor and Dracontius, judge. When they were being led to death they saw among others, Proculus of Pozzuoli deacon, and two laymen, Eutychetes and Acutius, and these asked why were the just sentenced to be killed, whom when the judge saw they were Christians he ordered them to be beheaded with the others. So all seven equally suffered death. And the Christians took their bodies by night; the Neapolitans placed St. Janaurius in a basilica near the city, and the Misenese, Sosius also in a basilica, and the Puteolani, Proculus and Eutychetes and Acutius in the basilica of St. Stephen, and the Beneventians took Festus and Desiderius."

EDITOR'S NOTE: As many people are aware, a vial containing what is said to be the blood of St. Januarius is preserved in Naples. The liquefaction of the saint's blood on his feast day, observed by many skeptical witnesses, has been cited as an example of a scientifically verified miracle, although a non-supernatural explanation (a thixotropic chemical reaction) has also been proposed. A similar miracle is found in the Eastern Church connected with the Great-Martyr Panataleimon.

The legend conserved in the Atti Bolognesi states that during the persecutions carried out by Diocletian, Januarius, bishop of Benevento, escaped from his see and traveled to Pozzuoli "incognito." However, his presence became known to Christians in the area, and Januarius maintained contact with a deacon of Miseno, Sossius, as well as the deacon Festus and the lector Desiderius.

Sossius was soon discovered to be a Christian by the local authorities and he was condemned by the judge Dragontius, who condemned him to be killed by wild bears in the local amphitheater. Januarius, Festus, and Desiderius, on hearing of Sossius’ arrest, took a risk and visited him in prison at the sulphur mines of Pozzuoli, near the volcano of Solfatara.

The authorities discovered that these men were also Christians and they were thrown to the wild beasts as well, but as one modern account states, "...when the animals came near the Saints, they fell affectionately at their feet and refused to harm them." They were then condemned to be beheaded, along with Sossius.

The deacon Proculus and the laymen Eutyches and Acutius protested this sentence while the other men were being led to their execution. As a result, these three were also decapitated with the others near the Solfatara, on September 19, 305.
6th century St. Constantius sacristan of St. Stephen’s Church in Ancona, Italy; renowned for the gift of miracles.
Anconæ sancti Constantii, Ecclésiæ Mansionarii, miraculórum grátia conspicui.
    At Ancona, St. Constantius, sacristan of the church, renowned for the gift of miracles.
The sacristan of St. Stephen’s Church in Ancona, Italy. He is greatly venerated there.

7th century St. Cissa A Lindisfarne Benedictine  hermit in Northumbria, England. It is believed he resided near Lindisfarne.
St. Paternus, bishop of Avranches and confessor.
Sescíaci, in Constantiénsi Galliæ territorio, item Commemorátio sancti Paterni, Epíscopi Abrincénsis et Confessóris; cujus dies natális sextodécimo Kaléndas Maji recolitur.
    At Scicy in the district of Coutances in France, the commemoration of St. Paternus, bishop of Avranches and confessor, whose birthday is recalled on the 16th of April.

704  St  Adamnan,  Or Eunan, Abbot Of Iona
ADAMNAN, whom St Bede calls "a good and wise man, remarkably learned in the Holy Scriptures", was born about the year 624 at Drumhome in the county of Donegal. He entered a monastery which had been founded there.  Afterwards, following the steps of his holy kinsman Columba, he retired to the monastery of Iona, of which he became ninth abbot in the year 679.
   On death of Oswy, King of Northumbria, his son Aldfrid had to fly from the usurper Egfrid, and taken shelter at Iona, where he met Adamnan.
  In 686, Aldfrid being then on his throne, someone was required to go on behalf of the Irish to the Northumbrians to negotiate for release of some captives.  It was therefore natural that St Adamnan should be chosen for the mission.  He succeeded, and while in England again in 688 he visited the monasteries of Wearmouth and Jarrow, and was seen by the young Bede, who was then a boy of thirteen.  The important result of this visit was that, by persuasion of St Ceolfrid, he laid aside the custom of his predecessors and conformed to the true time of celebrating Easter.
  Upon his return home he used his utmost endeavours to guide his monks at Iona into the same practice, but without success.   After his failure to convert his monks from Celtic to Roman customs, St Adamnan spent a good deal of time in Ireland.   At the Council of Burr he was instrumental in persuading the assembly that women should not take part in warfare end that they and their children should be neither killed nor taken as prisoners; this decision was called after him, Adamnan's Law. All the time he was zealously propagating the observance of the true Easter, which was accepted nearly wherever he went, except where the influence of Columban monasteries was strong, and notably in his own Iona.    He made a final fruitless attempt to overcome the opposition of his community; "and it so happened that he departed this life before the next year came round, the divine Goodness so ordaining that, as he was a great lover of peace and unity, he should be received into everlasting life before he sliould be obliged, by the return of the time of Easter, to dispute yet more seriously with those who would not follow him".  This was on September 23, 704.

   St Adamnan, "a man of tears and penitence, devoted in prayer, diligent, mortified, and learned in God's holy scriptures", was after St Columba Iona's brightest light and most accomplished scholar.  He himself refers to writing-tablets, pens and stili, ink-horns, in the monastic scriptorium, and of these he made full use himself.
  His own name is remembered for, more than anything, his Life of St Columba, one of the most important hagiographical documents in existence and the most complete biography of the early middle ages.  He wrote it in Latin at the request of his brethren.  In the latter part of the seventh century a Frankish bishop called Arculf went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and on the way back his ship was so driven by contrary winds that he was eventually cast up on the western coast of Britain (which, unless they were trying to make a port on the west coast of France, seems a very remarkable occurrence). 
Arculf "after many adventures" found himself at Iona, where he was warmly received by Adamnan and gave a long account to the monks of all he had seen in the East.  St Adamnan wrote this narrative down, and so composed his other well-known work, De locis sanctis, "beneficial to many and particularly to those who, being far from those places where the patriarchs and apostles lived, know no more of them than they can learn by reading".   This book was presented by Adamnan to King Aldfrid, and through his bounty it came to be read by lesser persons ", even to the present day.

   Among the popular tales told of this saint is that, to provide wood for his monastery, he felled with his own hands enough oak trees on a neighbouring island to load twelve boats.  He is also said one day to have been missing from choir, and when his brethren sought him they found him in ecstasy before a vision of the Holy Child.  St Adamnan was very greatly venerated among the people of Scotland, and the common Scots baptismal name of Adam is a corruption of his own.   His feast is still observed in the diocese of Argyll and the Isles. Throughout Ireland he is commemorated on this day as St Eunan, and celebrated at Raphoe as its first bishop ; but it is not certainly established that this Eunan and Adamnan are one and the same.
That he was ever bishop in Raphoe is unlikely.
Our most reliable information about Adamnan comes from Bede, Ecclesiastical History see Hummer's edition and notes. But, though of a more legendary character, Irish materials are also available, at least in the form of casual anecdotes  Plummer's Miscellanea Hagiographica HibernicaCeltic Review, vol. v (1908), pp. 97-507.   The best text of Adamnan's De locis sanctis is that of Geyer in the Vienna Corpus Scriptorum, vol. xxxix, while the Life of St Columba has been well edited by J. T. Fowler (1920).  See also L. Gougaud, Christianity in Celtic Lands (1932); and J. F. Kenney, The Sources of the Early History of Ireland, vol. i, 1929. supplies references to many of these.
 There is even a short Irish Life of St Adamnan, of which a translation has been printed in the St. Adamnan abbot biographer of St. Columba (Columcille)
Adamnan, born in Drumhome, Donegal, Ireland, became a monk at the monastery there. Later at Iona, of which he became ninth abbot in 679. He gave sanctuary to Aldfrid when the crown of Northumbria was in dispute after the death of Aldfrid's father, King Oswy. In 686, when Aldfrid had ascended the throne, Adamnan visited him to secure the release of Irish prisoners. Two years later Adamnan visited several English monasteries and was induced by St. Ceolfrid to adopt the Roman calendar for Easter. Adamnan worked ceaselessly thereafter with much success to get Irish monks and monasteries to replace their Celtic practices with those of Rome. His success in convincing the Council of Birr that women should be exempt from wars and that women and children should not be taken prisoners or slaughtered caused the agreement to be called Adamnan's law. A scholar noted for his piety, he wrote a life of St. Columba, one of the most important biographies of the early Middle Ages. He also wrote DE LOCIS SANCTIS, a description of the East told to him by a Frank bishop, Arculf, whose ship was driven ashore near Iona on the way back from Jerusalem. Adamnan is thought by some in Ireland to be the same as St. Eunan, though this is uncertain. He died at Iona on September 23
900 St. Andrew and Companions Martyred by Saracens
In Africa sanctórum Mártyrum Andreæ, Joánnis, Petri et Antonii.
    In Africa, the holy martyrs Andrew, John, Peter and Anthony.

Andrew, with John, Peter, and Anthony, were deported from Sicily to Africa by the Saracens, who occupied that land at the time. In Africa, they were tortured brutally and martyred for defending the faith.
1498 BD MARK OF MODENA credited with the working of many miracles
THIS Mark was born at Modena and entered the Dominican order, in which he became a renowned preacher throughout northern Italy.  He was for many years prior of the friary at Pesaro and whilst there was credited with the working of many miracles.  Bd Mark died at Pesaro on September 23, 1498. His body, buried in the church of his order, was afterwards solemnly transferred to the Lady chapel, where it was venerated every year on Whit Monday. His cultus was approved in 1857.
   See the Acta Sanctorum, September, vol. vi; L. Alberti, De viris illustribus OP., fol. 248   Année Dominicaine, vol. vii, p. 49; L. Vedriani, Vita...(1663); Taurisano, Catalogus hagiographicus OP., p. 49.
1520 Bd Helen Of Bologna, Widow

BD HELEN DUGLIOLI has been selected by popular acclamation from among the unknown numbers of those who have served God heroically "in the world" to be exalted at the altars of the Church.  She was born at Bologna, and when she was about seventeen years old married Benedict dali' Oglie.  Husband and wife lived together for thirty years in amity and happiness, supporting and encouraging one another in the life of Christians, and when Benedict died, Helen shortly after followed him to the grave.  The common people, who have an almost unerring instinct for detecting true holiness, knew she was a saint, and the continual cultus they had given her was confirmed in 1828.
  The most important part of the notice devoted to her by the Bollandists consists of an extract from the De Servorum Dei beatificatione of Prosper Lambertini (afterwards Pope Benedict XIV), written when he was archbishop of Bologna.  In this he quotes the tributes paid to Bd Helen at Bologna as an almost typical case of a spontaneous and immemorial cultus, and refers to sundry local publications which bore witness to the devotion of the citizens.  Among other evidence cited by the Bollandists it is curious to find a passage from the Ragionamenti of Pietro Aretino, of all people, a contemporary of the beata, who refers satirically to the crowds of candles, pictures and ex votos deposited " alla sapoltura di santa Beata Lena dalI' Olio a Bologna."
  See the Acta Sanctorum, September, vol. vi .
1588 Bl. Father William Way  Martyr of England
Born in Exeter, England, he went to Reims, France, where he was ordained in 1586. Using the name Flower, William started his labors, but was arrested within six months. He was executed at Kingston-on-Thames by being hanged, drawn, and quartered.
1968 St. Padre Pio da Pietrelcina b.1887; Born Francesco Forgione, Padre Pio grew up in a family of farmers in southern Italy. Twice (1898-1903 and 1910-17) his father worked in Jamaica, New York, to provide the family income.
September 23, 2005

In one of the largest such ceremonies in history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on June 16, 2002. It was the 45th canonization ceremony in Pope John Paul's pontificate. More than 300,000 people braved blistering heat as they filled St. Peter's Square and nearby streets. They heard the Holy Father praise the new saint for his prayer and charity. "This is the most concrete synthesis of Padre Pio's teaching," said the pope. He also stressed Padre Pio's witness to the power of suffering. If accepted with love, the Holy Father stressed, such suffering can lead to "a privileged path of sanctity."

Many people have turned to the Italian Capuchin Franciscan to intercede with God on their behalf; among them was the future Pope John Paul II. In 1962, when he was still an archbishop in Poland, he wrote to Padre Pio and asked him to pray for a Polish woman with throat cancer. Within two weeks, she had been cured of her life-threatening disease.

Born Francesco Forgione, Padre Pio grew up in a family of farmers in southern Italy. Twice (1898-1903 and 1910-17) his father worked in Jamaica, New York, to provide the family income.

At the age of 15, Francesco joined the Capuchins and took the name of Pio. He was ordained in 1910 and was drafted during World War I. After he was discovered to have tuberculosis, he was discharged. In 1917 he was assigned to the friary in San Giovanni Rotondo, 75 miles from the city of Bari on the Adriatic.

On September 20, 1918, as he was making his thanksgiving after Mass, Padre Pio had a vision of Jesus. When the vision ended, he had the stigmata in his hands, feet and side.

Life became more complicated after that. Medical doctors, Church authorities and curiosity seekers came to see Padre Pio. In 1924 and again in 1931, the authenticity of the stigmata was questioned; Padre Pio was not permitted to celebrate Mass publicly or to hear confessions. He did not complain of these decisions, which were soon reversed. However, he wrote no letters after 1924. His only other writing, a pamphlet on the agony of Jesus, was done before 1924.

Padre Pio rarely left the friary after he received the stigmata, but busloads of people soon began coming to see him. Each morning after a 5 a.m. Mass in a crowded church, he heard confessions until noon. He took a mid-morning break to bless the sick and all who came to see him. Every afternoon he also heard confessions. In time his confessional ministry would take 10 hours a day; penitents had to take a number so that the situation could be handled. Many of them have said that Padre Pio knew details of their lives that they had never mentioned.

Padre Pio saw Jesus in all the sick and suffering. At his urging, a fine hospital was built on nearby Mount Gargano. The idea arose in 1940; a committee began to collect money. Ground was broken in 1946. Building the hospital was a technical wonder because of the difficulty of getting water there and of hauling up the building supplies. This "House for the Alleviation of Suffering" has 350 beds.

A number of people have reported cures they believe were received through the intercession of Padre Pio. Those who assisted at his Masses came away edified; several curiosity seekers were deeply moved. Like St. Francis, Padre Pio sometimes had his habit torn or cut by souvenir hunters.

One of Padre Pio’s sufferings was that unscrupulous people several times circulated prophecies that they claimed originated from him. He never made prophecies about world events and never gave an opinion on matters that he felt belonged to Church authorities to decide. He died on September 23, 1968, and was beatified in 1999.

Comment: At Padre Pio's canonization Mass in 2002, Pope John Paul II referred to that day's Gospel (Matthew 11:25-30) and said: “The Gospel image of 'yoke' evokes the many trials that the humble Capuchin of San Giovanni Rotondo endured. Today we contemplate in him how sweet is the 'yoke' of Christ and indeed how light the burden are whenever someone carries these with faithful love. The life and mission of Padre Pio testify that difficulties and sorrows, if accepted with love, transform themselves into a privileged journey of holiness, which opens the person toward a greater good, known only to the Lord.”
Quote: "The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain" (saying of Padre Pio).


 Friday Saints of  the Day 23 September  Nono Kaléndas Octóbris  

Pope Francis  PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR  September 2016
Universal:   Centrality of the Human Person
That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center
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Evangelization:   Mission to Evangelize
That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize
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On Death and Life
"Man Needs Eternity -- and Every Other Hope, for Him, Is All Too Brief"
Пресвятая Богородице спаси нас!    (Santíssima Mãe de Deus, salva-nos!)
                      

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

It is a great poverty that a child must die so that you may live as you wish -- Mother Teresa
 Saving babies, healing moms and dads, 'The Gospel of Life'

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

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

  Month by Month of Saintly Dedications


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God loves variety. He doesn't mass-produce his saints. Every saint is unique, for each is the result of a new idea.  As the liturgy says: Non est inventus similis illis--there are no two exactly alike. It is we with our lack of imagination, who paint the same haloes on all the saints. Dear Lord, grant us a spirit that is not bound by our own ideas and preferences.  Grant that we may be able to appreciate in others what we lack in ourselves. O Lord, grant that we may understand that every saint must be a unique praise of Your glory. Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives.  Each saint the Church honors responded to God's invitation to use his or her unique gifts.   God calls each one of us to be a saint in order to get into heavenonly saints are allowed into heaven. The more "extravagant" graces are bestowed NOT for the benefit of the recipients so much as FOR the benefit of others.
There are over 10,000 named saints beati  from history
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