Saturday, August 26, 2017

Saint Fursey Abbot 567-648

Saint Fursey
Abbot 567-648

St. Fursey led a life of dedication for God’s people, and St Bede’s Ecclesiastical History contains an article that talks about his zealous and unrelenting labor that made him one of the best – known Irish Saints in England and France.
He was born in Munster, Ireland in 567 and died near Paris in 648. He was buried at Peronne where many miracles were reported at his tomb. 
While a priest, he was imbued with a pioneering religious spirit. He travelled for 12 years throughout Ireland where he preached and established monasteries. He also went to England and France where he continued his mission of preaching and founding more monastic houses.
This great saint was favored with visions which he related to his followers and which are found in his book entitled Visions of Fursey. The book talks about the struggle between the forces of evil and the power of God and it also contains glimpses of heaven and hell.
Also remembered on this day is St. Marcellus, the pope on the last year of the religious persecution under Diocletian. A tyrant – Emperor, Maxentius, sent him onto exile when he refused to pardon the sinners who were not sorry for their misdeeds.

Blessed Arnold Janssen Priest and Founder 1837 – 1909

Blessed  Arnold Janssen
 Priest and Founder 1837 – 1909


        Blessed Arnold Janssen was born in Goch, Germany in 1837, was ordained a priest in August 1861, and became the Chaplain and director of the Ursuline convent in Kempen in 1873. He led the diocesan Apostleship of Prayers as Director in 1874.
He established a missionary society named Society of Divine Word in Steyl, Holland in 1875 which received the approval from the Pope in 1901.
The house in Holland soon branched out to other countries in Europe, and now the society has houses in different parts of the globe. 
The SVD congregation is composed of missionary priest who work in countries in practically all the continents of the world. 
Bl. Arnold Janssen is also remembered as the founder of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters who assist the priest as teachers in mission lands. He also formed the Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration whose members are contemplative Sisters who spend most of their time in the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and in prayer for their missionary work. Because of the color of their habit, they are called “Pink Sisters.”

Bl. Arnold Janssen died in 1909 and was beatified John Paul VI in 1975.

Saint Sava Bishop 1175-1235

Saint Sava
 Bishop 1175-1235

Saint Sava was  born in 1176, joined the monastery of Mt. Athos  in 1191, became a bishop in 1219  and  Archbishop  in 1222 in Serbia, and died in 1235.
A descendant of a family of leadership and great responsibility, he was the younger son of Stephen I who founded the Nemanydes dynasty and the independent state of Serbia people, but unlike his father his concerns included secular and religious affairs.
Through his dedicated efforts and example, he mobilized the other monks in the pastoral and missionary work among the poor and abandoned. He was able to organize a stronger Christian Faith among the Serbians. Establishing Serbians Bishops contributed much to the more consolidated Christianity among his people. His participation in secular or non – religious affairs helps in the integration of the Serbian kingdom under his brother, King Stephen II. His life of holiness, commitment, and dedication ended on his death in 1235. 


Also venerated on this day is St. Felix, a priest and a martyr from Nola in Italy. He experienced brutal suffering during the persecution under Decius in 250. Many pray to him that they may be also have the strength to stand firm in defend in their faith. 

Bantayog: Saint Hilary Bishop and Doctor of the Church 315-3...

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Saint Hilary Bishop and Doctor of the Church 315-367

  Saint Hilary
Bishop and Doctor of the Church 315-367


      Saint Hilary the leading Theologian of the 4th  Century, was born of a noble family at Poitiers, France in 315. He was brought up in idolatry, got married and had a daughter, Apra. At thirty he discovered the absurdity of polytheism and got convinced that there could only be one eternal God, the author of all things. He found an answer in search for truth in the Christian Scriptures that led him to conversion and baptism.
     Though a layman, he was chosen by the people to become Bishop of the Poitiers. He did all in his power to escape the promotion, but his humility only made the people more confident with their choice. Elected Bishop in 353, he distinguished himself by his stand against Arianism and became one of the most strenuous defenders of the Divinity of Jesus Christ. Exiled in 356 by Emperor Constantius because of his anti-arian efforts, he used the time to write his theological masterpiece, On the Trinity. He returned to Poitiers in 361 and continued to defend the Catholic faith until his death in 367. He was the mildest of men, affable to all; but he was steadfast against the enemies of the church.



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Saint Margaret Bourgeoys Virgin and Foundress 1620-1700

Saint Margaret Bourgeoys
Virgin and Foundress 1620-1700


      Saint Margaret Bourgeoys, the first Canadian Saint, was born in Troyes France in 1620. She emigrated to Canada in 1652, opened the first school for children in 1657, founded the Congregation of Notre Dame in 1671 and died in 1700.
     She was only twenty years old when she followed a call to consecrate herself to the service of God. She became a member of congregation of Troyes made up of Pious and charitable young women who were dedicated teachers of the children of the poorest in the neighborhood. At the direct invitation of the governor, Margaret migrated to Montreal, Canada to tutor the children of the French garrison. Her devotion to the service of others also included the young women who went to the French colony to marry and start their own families. This led to the establishment of a school system that eventually extended to the whole country. This holy and dedicated servant gained the titles Mother of Colony  and Cofoundress of the Church of Canada.
     Saint Margaret founded the Congregation of Notre Dame brought about by other women who wished to follow her life of prayer, heroic poverty, and service to others. Her Congregation, which received its civil charter from King Louis XIV in 1671, its canonical approval from Bishop Laval of Quebec in 1676, and the approbation of its religious constitutions in 1698, spread throughout Canada and later in different parts of the world.
     She was beatified and canonized in 1982. 

Saint Theodosius the Cenobiarch Abbot 423-529

Saint Theodosius the Cenobiarch
Abbot 423-529


        Saint Theodosius the Cenobiarch was born in Garisus, Cappadocia in 423, he had a very pious parents whose example contributed much to his excelling knowledge of the scriptures. His stay in the Holy land exposed him more to different means of sanctification.
     Having chosen a solitary life, he settled in the dessert in Judah. His extraordinary piety reached the many hermits who were also living in the dessert and this bought many disciples to his place. He built a monastery of cathismus to house these disciples. Attached to the monastery were three hospitals; for the sick, for the aged, and for the insane. Saint Theodosius’s friend and compatriot Saint Sabbas was appointed head of all those living in the hermitages in Palestine and Saint Theodosius took charge of all living in the community. That’s the reason for the name of cenobiach which means head of persons living in common.
He was removed from cenobiach by Emperor Anastacius because he honestly defended church teaching and fought against heretical doctrine. However, he was recalled when Justinian became Emperor. Saint Theodosius assumed his duties as the overall head of those living in his community until his death in 529.