Saints: November 2010 Archives
O God, source and origin of all fatherhood, who kept the Martyrs Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions faithful to the Cross of your Son, even to the shedding of their blood, grant, through their intercession that, spreading your love among our brothers and sisters, we may be your children both in name and in truth.
Saint Andrew and his 117 companions are known as the Martyrs of Vietnam, killed for their faith in Christ between 1745 and 1862, but these people are few in number compared with the vast number of people thought to have been persecuted. Saint Andrew was a secular priest who was killed in 1839. Among the companions there were 8 bishops, 50 priests, 59 lay faithful of Vietnamese, Spanish and French nationalities. Pope John Paul II canonized these saints in 1988.
Saint Rose Philippine was called "the woman who is always praying." Her singular focus on Christ and the mission won her esteem among those who found the Christian Gospel foreign. She is buried in St. Charles, MO, having died there on this date in 1852 at the age of 83. She lived the Lord's parable of the Pearl of Great Price.
Beatified by Pope Pius XII in 1940 and canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988, Duchesne is the US founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, an order of religious women who were first founded in France by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat.
We praise you for this virgin wise
Who, lighted lamp in hand, went forth
To preach her Groom and win his prize!
From early youth she heard your voice
And longed to work in Asian lands;
But "in the west you'll find your east,"
The pope said, firm in his commands.
So from her home, Francesca came
That she might care for those who left
Italian homes to seek for work,
But in the New World were bereft.
She founded schools and hospitals
And orphan homes, and traveled wide;
Despite ill health and stature small
Her works became our Church's pride.
She labored long with sisters brave,
And soon her congregation spread
From North to Southern hemisphere,
Although she sailed the seas with dread.
In labors long and hard, she worked
That Christ her Lord might be well served
In poor and sick and ignorant,
That they might feel God's love deserved.
O Trinity of love most great,
O Father, Son, and Spirit blest,
With Frances and with all your saints
Bring us, at length, to heaven's rest.
J. Michael Thompson
Copyright © 2009, World Library Publications
LM; DUKE STREET, ROCKINGHAM NEW, HAMBURG
Lord, fill Your Church with the Spirit that gave Saint Josaphat the courage to lay down his life for his people. By his prayers may Your Spirit make us strong and willing to offer our lives for our brothers and sisters.
God, you are the martyrs' crown!Hear the hymn we raise in gladness,
Praising good Saint Josaphat,
Who in midst of earthly sadness
Followed Truth, and Way, and Life,
Braving trouble, scorn, and strife.
Josaphat, a preacher bold,
Was a bishop strong and fearless.
In his love for all his flock
And his ardor, he was peerless:
"That in Christ we one may be"
Was his earnest, heart-felt plea.
Strong defender of his Church,
Lover of the Eastern teaching,
Faithful priest and leader true
Urged his people through his preaching,
And, by God's mysterious grace,
Took in heav'n a martyr's place.
God the Father, God the Son,
God the Spirit, hear our praises
With our hymns on this glad day;
Which your Church in glory raises.
With Saint Josaphat, in song,
Echoing the ages long!
J. Michael Thompson
Copyright © 2009, World Library Publications
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You may be curious to know the saints and blessed Pope Benedict references in Verbum Domini, or whose work he used.
The Pope said, "The interpretation of sacred Scripture would remain incomplete were it not to include listening to those who have truly lived the word of God: namely, the saints" (48).
And, "No sooner do I glance at the Gospel, but immediately I breathe in the fragrance of the life of Jesus and I know where to run. Every saint is like a ray of light streaming forth from the word of God..." (49).
Who are the saints?
Saint John the Evangelist
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Saint John of the Cross
Saint Irenaeus of Lyons
Saint John Chysostom
Saint Maximus the Confessor
Saint Gregory the Great
Saint Anthony Abbot
Saint Basil the Great
Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Clare of Assisi
Saint Teresa of Avila
Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus
Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Saint John Bosco
Saint John Mary Vianney
Saint Pius of Pietrelcina
Saint Josemaría Escrivá
Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Saints Gaetano Errico
Saint Maria Bernarda Bütler
Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception
Saint Narcisa de Jesús Martillo Morán
Saint Ignatius of Antioch
Blessed Jordan of Saxony
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
Blessed Aloysius Stepinac
"Read the divine Scriptures frequently; indeed, the sacred book should never be out of your hands. Learn there what you must teach."
Saint Charles Borromeo's intercession is as much needed today as ever we needed it. He was an unexpected gift of God to his family and to the Church and we ask him to intercede for us. Some interesting points about the legacy of Saint Charles Borromeo, whose feast we celebrate today.
- His nephew, Federico Borromeo (1564-1631), was archbishop of Milan from 1595 and, furthering Charles' support for Catholic learning, in 1609 founded the Ambrosian Library in that city. He donated a tremendous collection of art and literature to the library.
- Borromeo's emblem is the Latin word humilitas (humility), which is a portion of the Borromeo shield. He is usually represented in art in his robes, barefoot, carrying the cross as archbishop; a rope round his neck, one hand raised in blessing, thus recalling his work during the plague.
- Borromeo is one of only four people mentioned at the beginning of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, citing them as responsible for the Council of Trent, which gave way to the modern day catechism. The others mentioned are St. Peter Canisius, St. Turibius of Mongrovejo and St. Robert Bellarmine.
- The city and county of St. Charles, Missouri are named for Borromeo.
Today is the day since the time of Pope Gregory III that the Church has observed a day for all the saints ever recognized officially, and for those who are in the process of becoming listed saints in the martyrology, and certainly all those holy men and women who ever lived. Looking at the Roman Martyrology, the book that contains all the saints of the Church, but it doesn't list the all the Baptized. Hence, our feast day. There is a great dynamic of love that we observe today, but it should be a dynamic that we live every day of our lives. How many people, holy men and women have we known who touched out lives in great and small ways. I think of the various priests, and laity who promised to pray for me.
During his September visit to England, Pope Benedict boldly asked the young (indeed, all of us) to consider becoming saints and not to settle for something less than what we are made for. The value here, if you want to speak in this way, is that holiness is not for plastic people, people who have no sense of relationships, no concept of community, no understanding of the value of good friends. Holiness means taking ourselves seriously as loved people and worthy of friendship with the Lord and with another person; holiness is means setting aside distractions, sinful tendencies and the lack of attentiveness of God and what Jesus did for us. That is, Jesus' death and resurrection for love of us personally. It's taken me a long time to understand this point, and what the Pope has invited to, but there is solid, reliable truth in that God alone satisfies me. Which means, other things and mediocre relationships do not. Here is a portion of his homily:
What God wants most of all for each one of you is that you should become holy. He loves you much more than you could ever begin to imagine, and he wants the very best for you. And by far the best thing for you is to grow in holiness.
Perhaps some of you have never thought about this before. Perhaps some of you think being a saint is not for you. Let me explain what I mean. When we are young, we can usually think of people that we look up to, people we admire, people we want to be like. It could be someone we meet in our daily lives that we hold in great esteem. Or it could be someone famous. We live in a celebrity culture, and young people are often encouraged to model themselves on figures from the world of sport or entertainment. My question for you is this: what are the qualities you see in others that you would most like to have yourselves? What kind of person would you really like to be?
When I invite you to become saints, I am asking you not to be content with second best. I am asking you not to pursue one limited goal and ignore all the others. Having money makes it possible to be generous and to do good in the world, but on its own, it is not enough to make us happy. Being highly skilled in some activity or profession is good, but it will not satisfy us unless we aim for something greater still. It might make us famous, but it will not make us happy. Happiness is something we all want, but one of the great tragedies in this world is that so many people never find it, because they look for it in the wrong places. The key to it is very simple - true happiness is to be found in God. We need to have the courage to place our deepest hopes in God alone, not in money, in a career, in worldly success, or in our relationships with others, but in God. Only he can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts.Pope Benedict XVI
Greeting to Catholic Pupils of the United Kingdom
St Mary's College, Twickenham
17 September 2010