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Saint of the Day – 17 January – Blessed Rosalina of Villeneuve O.Cart. (1263–1329)

Saint of the Day – 17 January – Blessed Rosalina of Villeneuve O.Cart. (1263–1329) – Religious Nun of the Carthusaian Order, Mystic, Apostle of Charity – born in 1267 in a castle at Villeneuve, France and died on 17 January 1329.   Her body is incorrupt.

Rosalina belonged to the noble Southern French family of the ‘de Villeneuve’, which still exists today.   She was born in 1263.   When the Bishop of Fréjus gave her the sacrament of confirmation in 1270 in the chapel of the family castle, a supernatural light seemed to envelope the child.   At a very young age she made a private vow of virginity.220px-saint_rosaline_of_villeneuve

She loved more than anything else to take care of the poor, distributing generously from the family provisions, which alarmed the servants of the castle.   Once, after having filled her skirt with bread, Rosalina was on her way to the poor grouped together at the doors of the castle.   She was suddenly stopped by her father who asked her what she was carrying.   She answered: “These are the roses I just finished picking.”   Extending her skirt, she showed the said roses to the astonished eyes of her father.   It is to recall this miracle that Rosalina is often represented in portraits with her skirt full of roses.nicolas-mignard-saint-roseline-of-villeneuve.jpg

When she was sixteen years old she wanted to become a Carthusian nun.   She knew their life from the Charterhouse of la Celle-Roubaud close by, where her aunt Jeanne de Villeneuve was Prioress.   Since that House had no novitiate, it was at Saint André de Ramires that she entered and then she moved to the chief Charterhouse for women, Bertaud, not far from the city of Gap, in the French Alps.   She made profession there in 1280.

Her aunt at Celle Roubaud was getting on in age, so after a few years the Superior General of our Order permitted Rosalina to go to that House to help her aunt.   In 1288 she received virginal consecration at the hands of the Bishop of Fréjus.  It is told that this grace put her into a state of ecstasy which lasted the whole day.   Although she assisted in the choir and followed all the activities of the community, her soul was united with the Lord.   She was known for her inclination towards asceticism.   For example, she reduced her sleep and lived only on bread the days when she went to communion.   Prayer was for her most important in Carthusian life.   Each night she used to spend long hours in prayer, thus obtaining special graces for the Order, her family and town and for the entire Church.

Owing to her purity of heart God granted her the gift of reading what is in other people’s heart.   At the death of her aunt in 1300 the Superior General appointed Rosaline as Prioress.   She held that office for twenty-nine years.   It was during this time that her friend, the Bishop of Fréjus, became Pope as John XXII. saint_roseline

She died at the age of sixty-six with a great renown for holiness.    Immediately, there were miracles –  blind received their sight and sick were cured.   Five years after her death, in 1334, Pope John ordered to open her tomb.   Her body was found entirely incorrupt and it is still so today.   In 1602 it was transferred from the crypt to a newly built chapel.   In 1851 Blessed Pius IX authorised her feast for the diocese of Fréjus and in 1857 for the Carthusian Order.  Today, the Carthusians celebrate her memory on 6 July and her feast is a solemnity for the nuns of the Order.carthusian_coat_of_arms-2006_11_30_murraybuckley.svg

Grande Chartreuse Motherhouse of St Bruno



Lord God, for love of You, Saint Rosalina trampled underfoot the flattering allurements of the world, that she might adhere only to You.   Help us to follow her example and, turning away from things of earth, find our joy in sharing Your heavenly gifts.

Deus, pro cuius amore, beata Rossolina mundi sibi blandientis calcavit illecebras ut tibi unice adhaereret : tribue nobis ex eius imitatione terrena despicere, et caelestium donorum semper participatione gaudere

 text from from the Charterhouse of the Transfiguration.


Feast of Our Lady of Pontmain & Memorials of the Saints -17 January

St Anthony Abbot (251-356) (Memorial)

Our Lady of Pontmain – 17 January:  During the Franco-Prussian War, German troops approached the town of Pontmain, France and the villagers there prayed for protection. On the evening of 17 January 1871, Mary appeared in the sky for several minutes over the town.   She wore a dark blue dress covered in stars, carried a crucifix and below her were the words –  Pray please. God will hear you soon.   My son lets Himself be touched.   That night the German army was ordered to withdraw and an armistice ending the war was signed eleven days later on 28 January.   Approval of diocesan bishop.pontmain_53_statue_de_la_vierge_sur_le_parvis_de_la_basilique.jpg

St Achillas of Sketis
St Amoes of Sketis
St Antony of Rome
Bl Euphemia Domitilla
Bl Gamelbert of Michaelsbuch
St Genitus
St Genulfus
St Jenaro Sánchez Delgadillo
St John of Rome
Bl Joseph of Freising
St Julian Sabas the Elder
St Marcellus of Die
St Merulus of Rome
St Mildgytha
St Nennius
St Neosnadia
St Pior
St Richimir
Bl Rosalina of Villeneuve O.Cart. (1263–1329)
St Sabinus of Piacenza
St Sulpicius of Bourges

Martyrs of Langres: Eleusippus, Leonilla, Meleusippus, Speusippus

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Memorials of the Saints – 16 January

St Berard and Companions (Peter, Adjute, Accurs, Odo and Vitalis)
St Dana of Leuca
St Dunchaid O’Braoin
St Fulgentius of Ecija
St Fursey of Peronne
Bl Gonzalo de Amarante
Bl Giuseppe Tovini OFS (1841-1897)
St Henry of Coquet
St Honoratus of Arles
St Honoratus of Fondi
Bl James of Luino
St James of Tarentaise
Bl Joan of Bagno di Romagna

St Joseph Vaz CO (1651-1711) Apostle of Sri Lanka
About St Joseph:

St Juana Maria Condesa Lluch
Bl Konrad II of Mondsee
St Leobazio
St Liberata of Pavia
St Pope Marcellus I
St Melas of Rhinocolura
St Priscilla of Rome
St Sigeberht of East Anglia
St Titian of Oderzo
St Triverius
St Valerius of Sorrento

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Feast of The Baptism of the Lord – Year C (2019) & Memorials of the Saints – 13 January

Feast of The Baptism of the Lord – Year C (2019)

(This one is worth every second of viewing time!)

St Hilary of Poitiers (315-368) Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial)

St Agrecius of Trier
St Andrew of Trier
St Berno of Cluny
St Ðaminh Pham Trong Kham
St Designatus of Maastricht
St Elian of Brittany
St Emil Szramek
St Enogatus of Aleth
St Erbin of Cornwall
Bl Francesco Maria Greco (1857-1931)
Bl Francisca Inés Valverde González
St Giuse Pham Trong Ta
St Glaphyra
St Gumesindus of Córdoba
St Hermylus
Bl Hildemar of Arrouaise
Bl Ida of Argensolles
Bl Ivetta of Huy
St Kentigern of Glasgow
St Leontius of Caesarea
St Luca Pham Trong Thìn
Bl María Francisca Espejo y Martos
Bl Matteo de Lana
St Peter of Capitolíade
St Servusdei of Córdoba
St Stephen of Liège
St Stratonicus
Bl Veronica of Milan
St Viventius
St Vivenzio of Blera

Forty Martyred Soldiers at Rome: Forty soldiers martyred in the persecutions of Gallienus.
They werr martyred in 262 on the Via Lavicana, Rome, Italy.

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The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord and Memorials of the Saints – 6 January

The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord – Epiphany celebrates the visit of the three kings or wise men to the Christ Child, signifying the extension of salvation to the Gentiles.   The date of Epiphany, one of the oldest Christian feasts, is 6 January the 12th day after Christmas.   However, in most countries, the celebration of Epiphany is transferred to the Sunday that falls between January 2 and January 8 (inclusive).   Greece, Ireland, Italy and Poland continue to observe Epiphany on 6 January as do some dioceses in Germany.
Because Epiphany is one of the most important Christian feasts, it is a Holy Day of Obligation in most countries.

Epiphany 2018:

St Andre Bessette (1845-1937) (7 January in Canada)

St Andrew Corsini
St Antoninus
St Basillisa of Antinoë
St Charles of Sezze OFM (1613-1670)

About St Charles:

St Demetrius of Philadelphia
St Diman Dubh of Connor
St Edeyrn
St Eigrad
St Erminold of Prüfening
St Felix of Nantes
Bl Frederick of Saint-Vanne
Bl Gertrud of Traunkirchen
Bl Gertrude van Oosten
St Guarinus of Sion
St Guy of Auxerre
St Honorius
St Hywyn of Aberdaron
St John de Ribera
St Julian of Antinoë
St Julius
Bl Luc of Roucy
Bl Macarius the Scot
St Macra of Rheims
St Merinus
St Nilammon of Geris
St St Petran of Landévennec
St Peter of Canterbury
Bl Peter Thomas
St Pia of Quedlinburg
St Pompejanus
St Rafaela Porras y Ayllón
Bl Raymond de Blanes
Bl Rita Amada de Jesus
St Schotin
St Wiltrudis of Bergen

Martyrs in Africa: Unknown number of Christian men and women who were martyred in the persecutions of Septimus Severus. They were burned to death c 210.

Martyrs of Sirmium – 8 saints: A group of Christians martyred together for their faith. The only surviving details are the names of eight of them – Anastasius VIII, Florianus, Florus, Jucundus, Peter, Ratites, Tatia and Tilis. They were martyred in the 4th century at Syrmium, Pannonia (modern Sremska Mitrovica, Vojvodina, Serbia).

Twelve Apostles Saints of Ireland: Twelve 6th century Irish monks who studied under Saint Finian at Clonard Abbey and then spread the faith throughout Ireland. Each has his own commemoration but on this day they and their good work are considered and celebrated together. Though Saint Finian is sometimes included, most ancient writers list them as –
• Brendan of Birr
• Brendan the Navigator
• Columba of Iona
• Columba of Terryglass
• Keiran of Saighir
• Kieran of Clonmacnois
• Canice of Aghaboe
• Lasserian of Leighlin
• Mobhí of Glasnevin
• Ninnidh the Saintly of Loch Erne
• Ruadh´n of Lorrha
• Senan of Iniscathay

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Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus and Memorials of the Saints – 3 January

Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (Optional Memorial) – moved to 3 January
The Holy Name of Jesus:

The Titular Feast of the Society of Jesus

St Pope Antherus
Bl Arnold Wala
St Athanasius of Cilicia
St Bertilia of Mareuil
St Bertille of Thuringia
St Blitmund of Bobbio
St Constant of Gap
St Cyrinus of Cyzicus
St Daniel Himmerod the Younger
Bl Daniel of Padua
St Eustadius
St Finlugh
St Fintan of Doon
St Florentius of Vienne
St Florentius of Vienne the Martyr
St Genevieve
Bl Gerard Cagnoli
St Gordius of Cappadocia
St Imbenia
St Kuriakose Elias Chavara
St Lucian of Lentini
St Melorius
St Peter of Palestine
St Primus of Cyzicus
St Salvator of Belluno
St Theogenes of Cyzicus
St Theonas
St Theopemptus of Nicomedia
St Wenog
Bl Bl William Vives
St Zosimus of Cilicia

Martyrs of Africa – 12 saints: A group of Christians martyred together in Africa, date unknown, exact location unknown. We know nothing more than their names – Acuta, Candidus, Constantius, Eugenia, Firmus, Hilarinus, Lucida, Martial, Poenica, Possessor, Rogatianus and Statutianus.

Martyrs of Tomi – 7 saints: A group of Christians martyred together, date unknown. We know nothing more than their names – Claudon, Diogenius, Eugene, Eugentus, Pinna, Rhodes and Rhodo. They were martyred at Tomi, Exinius Pontus, Moesia (modern Constanta, Romania).

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Saint of the Day – 29 December – St Thomas a Becket (1118-1170) Martyr, Archbishop of Canterbury

Saint of the Day – 29 December – St Thomas a Becket (1118-1170) Martyr, Archbishop of Canterburyst thomas a becket martyrdom

A strong man who wavered for a moment but then learned one cannot come to terms with evil and so became a strong churchman, a martyr and a saint—that was Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, murdered in his cathedral on 29 December

His career had been a stormy one.   While archdeacon of Canterbury, he was made chancellor of England at the age of 36 by his friend King Henry II.   When Henry felt it advantageous to make his chancellor the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas gave him fair warning – he might not accept all of Henry’s intrusions into Church affairs. Nevertheless, in 1162 he was made archbishop, resigned his chancellorship and reformed his whole way of life!

Troubles began.   Henry insisted upon usurping Church rights.   At one time, supposing some conciliatory action possible, Thomas came close to compromise.   He momentarily approved the Constitutions of Clarendon, which would have denied the clergy the right of trial by a Church court and prevented them from making direct appeal to Rome.   But Thomas rejected the Constitutions, fled to France for safety and remained in exile for seven years.   When he returned to England he suspected it would mean certain death.

Because Thomas refused to remit censures he had placed upon bishops favoured by the king, Henry cried out in a rage, “Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest!”   Four knights, taking his words as his wish, slew Thomas in the Canterbury cathedral.the-murder-of-st-thomas-a-becket-after-the-painting-by-a-dawant

Henry did penance at the grave of Thomas, seeking forgiveness for the actions of his knights and the tomb soon became a place of pilgrimage for the faithful.

Thomas Becket remains a hero-saint down to our own times.XJF359008

Richard Burton played St Thomas in the film “Becket” with Peter O”Toole as King Henry II – here is a snip from “the Best Scenes”

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