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Saints Edmund Campion, Robert Southwell & companions

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eternal God, You raised up among the people of England and Wales the holy
martyrs Edmund, Robert and their companions, and willed that they should
imitate Christ, who died to redeem the world. Grant that, by their
intercession, Your people may be strengthened by the same faith and love and
always rejoice in Your gift of unity. 


On Saint
Edmund Campion

On Saint
Robert Southwel
l, plus there’s more here

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Behold the
father is his daughter’s son,

The bird that
built the nest is hatched therein,

The old of years
an hour hath not outrun,

Eternal life to
live doth now begin,

The Word is
dumb, the mirth of heaven doth weep,

Might feeble is,
and force doth faintly creep.


O dying souls,
behold your living spring;

O dazzled eyes,
behold your sun of grace;

Dull ears,
attend what word this Word doth bring;

Up, heavy
hearts, with joy your joy embrace.

From death, from
dark, from deafness, from despairs

This life, this
light, this Word, this joy repairs.


Gift better than
himself God doth not know;

Gift better than
his God no man can see.

This gift doth
here the giver given bestow;

Gift to this
gift let each receiver be.

God is my gift,
himself he freely gave me;

God’s gift am I,
and none but God shall have me.


Man altered was
by sin from man to beast;

Beast’s food is
hay, hay is all mortal flesh.

Now God is flesh
and lies in manger pressed

As hay, the
brutest sinner to refresh.

O happy field
wherein that fodder grew,

Whose taste doth
us from beasts to men renew.

Saint John Berchmans

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Lord our God, You invite us always to give our love, and You delight in a cheerful giver. Grant that we may follow the example of Saint John, and, with a young and eager spirit, seek You in all things and please You in all we do.

About Saint John Berchmans

Blessed Michael Augustine Pro Juarez

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God our Father, You gave Your servant Michael Augustine the grace to seek ardently Your greater glory and the salvation of Your people. Grant that, through his intercession and following his example, we may serve You and glorify You by performing our daily duties with fidelity and joy and effectively helping our neighbor.

Blessed Miguel’s biography

Blessed Rupert Mayer

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O God, You made Your priest Blessed Rupert a steadfast confessor of the
faith and a servant of the poor. Through his intercession, raise up in Your
Church fearless heralds of the Gospel and give us all a heart open to the needs
of others.

More on the life of Blessed Rupert

Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez

St Alphonsus Rodriquez.jpgI stand at the door and knock, says the Lord. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and sit down to supper with him, and he with me.

O God, in the faithful service of our brother Alphonsus You have shown us the way to joy and peace. Make us ready and watchful companions of Jesus, who became the servant of all, and now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
On the life of Saint Alphonsus Rodriquez is posted here.
In the 1990’s while reading the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, a Jesuit, I came across his poem honoring Saint Alphonsus. It reads,
In honour of
St. Alphonsus Rodriquez
laybrother of the Society of Jesus
Honour is flashed off exploit, so we say;
And those strokes once that gashed flesh or galled shield
Should tongue that time now, trumpet now that field,
And, on the fighter, forge his glorious day.
On Christ they do and on  the martyr may;
But be the war within, the brand we wield
Unseen, the heroic breast not outward-steeled,
Earth hears no hurtle then from fiercest fray.
Yet God (that hews mountain and continent, Earth, all, out;
who, with trickling increment,
Veins violets and tall trees makes more and more)
Could crowd career with conquest while there went
Those years and years by of world without event
That in Majorca Alphonso watched the door.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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