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Memorials of the Saints – 22 April

St Abel McAedh
St Aceptismas of Hnaita
St Pope Agapitus I,
St Apelles of Smyrna
St Arwald
St Pope Caius I (Died 296)

St Epipodius of Lyon
St Euflamia
Bl Francis of Fabriano
St Helimenas
St Joseph of Persia
St Leo of Sens
St Leonidas of Alexandria
St Lucius of Laodicea
St Opportuna of Montreuil
St Senorina
St Pope Soter (Died c 174)
Biography:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/saint-of-the-day-st-pope-soter-died-c-174/

St Theodore of Sykeon (Died 613)
About St Theordore:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/saint-of-the-day-22-april-st-theodore-of-sykeon/
St Virginio

Martyrs of Alexandria:  No info yet

Martyrs of Persia: Bishops, priests, deacons and laity who were martyred in Persia and celebrated together. Several of them have their stories related in the Acta of Saints Abdon and Sennen.
• Abdiesus the Deacon
• Abrosimus
• Aceptismas of Hnaita
• Aithilahas of Persia
• Azadanes the Deacon
• Azades the Eunuch
• Bicor
• Chrysotelus of Persia
• Helimenas of Persia
• James of Persia
• Joseph of Persia
• Lucas of Persia
• Mareas
• Milles of Persia
• Mucius of Persia
• Parmenius of Persia
• Tarbula of Persia

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Saint of the Day – 19 April – St Expeditus (Died 303) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 19 April – St Expeditus (Died 303) Martyr – Roman Centurion, Martyr – Patronages – emergencies, expeditious solution, against procrastination, merchants, navigators.Saint_Expeditus._Oil_painting_by_a_painter_of_Palermo_Wellcome_L0076176

His position in the army was not compatible with conversion to Christianity, as this seemed to be an open challenge to the authority of the emperor.   In the Roman Empire of the 3rd and early 4th century AD, any military commander who converted to Christianity and refused to worship and make sacrifices to their pagan gods, immediately was subjected to derision.   The emperor did not tolerate a commander who challenged his laws.  st expeditus

Expeditus was quickly betrayed by a jealous rival.   Upon learning these facts, the Caesar Galerius sent orders for an immediate end to what he considered a military revolt.   The execution order came quickly.   On 19 April in the year 303, during the reign of Diocletian, by order of emperor Caesar Galerius, son of a Pagan priestess, Expeditus was tortured and executed in Melitene, now a part of Turkey.   Expeditus, who had fought and defeated many enemies in a hundred battles fought with honour and loyalty to a Caesar and culture that gave no mercy.

Expeditus perished in a most cruel manner, first scourged in view of his legion and then when given the opportunity to repent, he refused without hesitation and was beheaded.

St Expeditus is little known and given the fact, that very little is known about his life, it is absolutely astounding that an ever-growing number of people thank him for his help every day.   They thank him because he has helped them.   He seems to help everyone who asks for it, regardless of the fact that he is not really known – something like St Veronica.st expeditus 2.jpg

St Expeditus, is the saint of “just and urgent causes.”   He is our advocate and our mediator before God  . Veneration of St Expeditus, is not recent.   In Turin Italy St Expeditus was the patron saint of traders in the early Middle Ages.   In Germany in the 1700’s St Expeditus was pictured as an old man with a white beard (symbolising wisdom) near a clock with the inscription “hodie” (“today” in Latin).   In the rest of the world, he is depicted as a young Roman soldier with a palm frond in his left hand and tramples a black crow that shouts “cras” (“tomorrow” in Latin) and holding a crucifix in his right hand which has the word “hodie” on it.

Tradition has it that one day, while thinking about embracing the Lord the devil appeared to him in the form of a black crow, with the intention of delaying his conversion as long as possible.   The bird squawked saying “cras, cras” but the devil failed, because Expeditus realising it, roared angrily and stomped on the bird while yelling “Hodie, hodie” ” Today, today!”   I will not leave anything for tomorrow, starting now I will be Christian.   I will become a Christian today, because tomorrow I could be dead and may forfeit my chance at salvation.   He immediately found a group of Christians who welcomed him into their community and baptised him into the faith.The_statue_of_St._Expeditus

Prayer to St Expeditus in Urgent Need

Our dear martyr and protector, Saint Expeditus,
You who know what is necessary and what is urgently needed.
I beg you to intercede before the Holy Trinity,
that by your intercession,
my request will be granted.
……………………
(Clearly express what you want
and ask him to find a way to help you.)
May I receive your blessings and favours.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

If Saint Expeditus grants your request, place an ad in the newspaper thanking Saint Expeditus, so that his name and fame will grow.

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Memorials of the Saints – 13 April

St Pope Martin I (598-655) Martyr (Optional Memorial)
Biography:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-st-pope-martin-i/

St Agathonica of Pergamus
St Agathodorus of Pergamus
St Caradoc of Wales
St Carpus of Pergamus
Bl Edward Catherick
Bl Francis Dickenson
St Guinoc
St Hermengild
St Ida of Boulogne
Bl Ida of Louvain
Bl Isabel Calduch Rovira
Bl James of Certaldo
Bl John Lockwood
Bl Margaret of Castello OP (1287-1320)
About Blessed Margaret:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/saint-of-the-day-13-april-blessed-margaret-of-castello-o-p-1287-1320/

St Martius of Auvergne
Bl Miles Gerard
St Papylus of Pergamus
St Proculus of Terni
St Sabas Reyes Salazar
Bl Scubilion Rousseau FSC (1797-1867)

St Ursus of Ravenna

Martyrs of Dorostorum – 3 saints: A lector and two students martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian – Dadas, Maximus and Quinctillianus. Beheaded c303 in Dorostorum, Lower Mysia (modern Sillistria, Bulgaria.

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Saint of the Day – 9 April – Blessed Thomas of Tolentino OFM (c 1255–1321) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 9 April – Blessed Thomas of Tolentino OFM (c 1255–1321) Martyr, professed Franciscan Friar, Missionary.bl thomas of tolentino.JPG

Thomas was born in Tolentino in the March of Ancona within the Papal States around 1250 to 1260.   Becoming a Franciscan early in life, he developed a reputation for his strict adherence to its rule, particularly concerning his vow of poverty.   A fellow of St Nicholas of Tolentino (c 1246–1305) and one of Angelo da Clareno’s Spiritual Franciscans, Thomas was jailed twice for his excessive condemnation of luxury.

After being released through the intervention of Raymond Godefroy, a new minister general who sympathised with the Spiritualists, Thomas travelled with companion Franciscans as missionaries to Lesser Armenia in 1289.   In 1291, its King Haython II directed him to return to the courts of Rome, Paris and London to seek help against his Muslim foes.   His efforts to raise a new crusade were unsuccessful and he returned east, departing a second time to gather more missionaries.
Returning with twelve companions in 1302, he worked in Armenia and Persia.   He debated Armenian Christians he considered heretics and participated in the Council of Sis that partially reunited the Armenian and Roman Catholic churches in 1307.

While in Persia, two letters dated 1305 and 1306 arrived from John of Montecorvino, the Franciscan missionary to China and Thomas again travelled to Europe, delivering the correspondence to Rome in 1307.   While there, he addressed a public consistory of the pope and cardinals, praising John’s work in China and asking for assistance in developing his mission.   He also discussed the matter with Clement V at Poitiers in 1308, after which an ecclesiastical hierarchy was established for the Roman Catholics in China. The pontiff named John archbishop of Khanbaliq (now within modern Beijing) and seven Franciscan bishops and many friars were sent to join him.   Only three of the bishops and a few friars, however, successfully completed the journey.   Thomas seems to have then travelled a fourth time to Armenia and Persia.

There is a gap until 1320, during which Thomas may have laboured in India or China.   In 1320, Thomas left from Hormuz with his fellow Franciscan, Blessed James of Padua and Blessed Peter of Siena, the Dominican Blessed Jordan of Severac and the layman Blessed Demetrio da Tifliz.   A Georgian or Armenian, Demetrius was proficient at languages and served as the group’s interpreter.   A storm en route, forced the party to land at Thane on the island of Salsette Island near Mumbai in India. Jordan left them to preach at Bharuch, before he heard Demetrius and the Franciscans had been arrested.

The family with whom they were staying had fallen into a quarrel and the husband had beaten his wife.   When she went to the magistrate to report this abuse, she had mentioned the four clerics as witnesses and they were called before him.   Thomas, James and Demetrius had gone to the court while Peter remained behind to look after their things.   Having begun a discussion of religion, the magistrate had asked them their opinion of Muhammad and Thomas replied bluntly that he was “the son of perdition and had his place in Hell with the Devil his father”.   At this, the Muslims around the court called for their death for blasphemy.   Some accounts claim they were scourged and tortured before their execution by beheading on 8 April 1321. Peter was martyred three days later on 11 April.

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Bernardino Licini Franciscan Martyrs

The local Christians may have buried Thomas and his companions but Jordanus Catalani, arriving too late to save them, removed their bodies to the church at Supera with the help of a Genovese youth.   In 1323 or 1326, Blessed Odoric of Pordenone (1286-1331) passed through the region.   Having learned about Thomas and his companions, he took their relics with him to Quanzhou in Fujian.   Thomas’s skull he took back to Europe, where he bestowed it on the Franciscan chapter in Tolentino in 1330.   It was later moved to the town’s cathedral by a Pisan merchant in the late 14th century, who erected a chapel there in the martyr’s honour with the approval of Boniface IX.   It is now kept in the central cathedral in a silver bust.

Thomas and his companions had been unofficially reckoned beatified since the 14th century.   Jordan claimed to have miraculously healed the dysentery of his Genovese companion with one of Thomas’s teeth  . Thomas’s cult was approved by Pius VII in 1809 and again by Leo XIII in 1894.   He is venerated sometimes together with his companions as the Four Martyrs of Thane, on 9 April.franciscan saints

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Thought for the Day – 2 April – A martyr dies and his rule begins.

Thought for the Day – 2 April – The Memorial of St Pedro Calungsod (1654–1672) Martyr

SOREN Kierkegaard once said,
“A tyrant dies and his rule ends.
A martyr dies and his rule begins.”the tyrant dies and his rule is over the martyr dies and his rule begins - soren kierkegaard 21 jan 2019

Pope Benedict XVI referred to San Pedro Calungsod in his homily by his English and German name ‘Peter’.   Without saying it directly the Holy Father was signalling all of us to go beyond our usual, if natural, patriotic yet myopic perspective when looking at San Pedro’s elevation to the altar of the Lord.   San Pedro or St Peter Calungsod now belongs to the whole Church or, rather, to the whole believing world.   We need to rejoice, as he is now officially one of our intercessors with God, for our various needs and concerns.

We need San Pedro Calungsod’s courage to shine through our efforts to face up to the spears of secularism, materialism and hedonism that subject our young and adult Filipinos under constant attack.   We need the same courage of San Pedro Calungsod who did not abandon a priest-mentor-friend in mortal danger, to prod us not to abandon what we once heard from the tender lips of our mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers and catechists – the things of God, of His Son Jesus Christ, of His Church, of eternal life, not only of the life here and now.

The early Christian writer Tertullian once wrote, “The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.”   May the blood of St Pedro Calungsod give birth to all of us becoming more Christ-like, not abandoning the truth of the Lord for the tricks of the world.

Then we, like him, shall rediscover the secret of eternal youth.
Fr Eutiquio Belizar SThD (Excerpt)

St Pedro Calungsod, Pray for us!ST PEDRO CALUNGSOD MARTYR 2 APRIL 2019 PRAY FOR US.jpg

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Saint of the Day – 2 April – St Pedro Calungsod (1654–1672) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 2 April – St Pedro Calungsod (1654–1672) Martyr, Sacristan, Missionary Lay Catechist – born in c 1654 in Ginatilan, Cebu, Philippines, named after Saint Peter the Apostle and died by being hacked to death with a catana on 2 April 1672 at Tomhom, Guam.   His mutilated body was thrown into the sea.   Patronages – Filipino youth, Catechumens, altar boys, the Philippines, Overseas Filipino Workers, Guam, Cebuanos, Visayans, Archdiocese of Cebu.st pedro snip 2.JPG

Pedro Calungsgod was young native of the Visayas Region in the Philippines.   Little is known about his life.   Based on accounts, Pedro was taught as a lay catechist in a Jesuit minor seminary in Loboc, Bohol.   For young recruits like him, the training consisted of learning the Catechism, Spanish, and Latin.   They would be later sent with the priests to the countryside to perform daily religious functions as altar boys or catechists.   Some of them were even sent to mission centres overseas to accompany the Jesuits in their arduous task of proclaiming the Good News and establishing the Catholic faith in foreign lands.   And that was the case of Pedro Calungsod.

He served as a teenage catechist alongside Spanish Jesuit missionaries to the violent Chamarros in the Ladrones Islands (modern Marianas) in 1668 at age 14.

When he was 17, he and his companion Fr Diego Luis de San Vitores were martyred after baptising the daughter of a Christian woman and a non-Christian village chief in the now-U.S. territory of Guam.   Upon hearing of her baptism (with the mother’s consent), the chief attacked the two missionaries.   Though Pedro could have escaped, he did not leave his companion.

“From his childhood, Pedro Calungsod declared himself unwaveringly for Christ and responded generously to His call.   Young people today can draw encouragement and strength from the example of Pedro, whose love of Jesus inspired him to devote his teenage years to teaching the faith as a lay catechist,” Pope St. John Paul II declared during his beatification in 2000.

“In a spirit of faith, marked by strong Eucharistic and Marian devotion, Pedro undertook the demanding work asked of him and bravely faced the many obstacles and difficulties he met.   In the face of imminent danger, Pedro would not forsake Fr Diego but as a ‘good soldier of Christ’ preferred to die at the missionary’s side,” he added.

He was Beatified on 5 March 2000 by St Pope John Paul II at Vatican City and Canonised on 21 October 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI.Pedro_Calungsod_2012_stamp_of_the_Philippines.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 2 April

St Francis of Paola O.M. (1416-1507) (Optional Memorial)
St Francis’s Life: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/saint-of-the-day-2-april-st-francis-of-paola-o-m-1416-1507/

St Abundius of Como
St Agnofleda of Maine
St Appian of Caesarea
St Bronach of Glen-Seichis
St Constantine of Scotland
St Ðaminh Tuoc
Bl Diego Luis de San Vitores-Alonso
St Ebbe the Younger
St Eustace of Luxeuil
St Francis Coll Guitart
St John Payne
Bl Leopold of Gaiche
St Lonochilus of Maine
St Musa of Rome
Bl Mykolai Charnetsky
St Nicetius of Lyon
St Pedro Calungsod (1654–1672) Martyr

St Rufus of Glendalough
St Theodora of Tiria
St Urban of Langres
St Victor of Capua
Bl Vilmos Apor