Today Christians Celebrate Feast of Pope St. Pius X

Pope Saint Pius XPope Saint Pius X (1835-1914) –Image: Archbishop Jose Gomez

(CNA) Born into a poor family in Italy Venice, ‘Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto’ was one of eight children (Franciscan Media reports that he was the second of 10 children) Giuseppe felt a calling to become a Priest at an early age, studying at the Seminary at Italy Padua according to SQPN he became an exceptional student and was Ordained into the Priesthood in 1858; Bishop in 1884; Assistant to the Pontifical Throne in 1891; Cardinal in 1893 and selected as the 257th Pope in 1903 taking the name Pius X

As Pope Pius X, he issued decrees and may be best remembered according to Franciscan Media of the frequent reception of the Holy Communion especially by children, making the age of their First Holy Communion earlier (at age 7 instead of ones early teenage years) — Pope Pius X promoted the reading of the Bible among Lay people, would reform the Liturgy, promoted clear, simple and concise Homilies and brought back the ‘Gregorian Chant’ initially developed during the 9th and 10th centuries with later additions and redaction’s. — Pope Pius X, likewise revised the Breviary together with reorganizing the Curia and initiated the Codification of Canon Law.

Interested in politics according to Franciscan Media Pope Pius X encouraged Catholic’s to become more politically active — In 1905 when France renounced its agreement with the Holy See and threatened to confiscate Church property, if governmental control of Church affairs was not granted, Pope Pius X, courageously rejected this demand.

While Pope Pius X did not author an Encyclical as his predecessor had done, he did however denounce the ill-treatment of the indigenous people of Peru; sent a relief commission to Sicily Messina and subsequent to an earthquake, sheltered survivors at his own expense.

On the 11th anniversary of Pope Pius X election as the Holy Father, Europe was plunged into WW I which he had foreseen and may have hastened his death:

“This is the last affliction the Lord will visit on me. I would gladly give my life to save my poor children from this ghastly scourge.”

Pope Pius X died on this date in 1914 aggravated by concerns of the beginning of WW I — Pope Pius X was Beatified in 1951 and Canonized in 1954 by Pope Pius XII

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Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
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(CNA) Born into the nobility in France Burgundy, Bernard was educated at the age of 9 at the renowned school at Chattillon-sur-Seine according to EWTN maintained by the Secular Canons of Saint Vorles — Bernard developed a fondness of literature and devoted himself for sometime to poetry, his success in his studies won him the admiration of his Master and his growth in a virtuous life was no less marked.

In the year 1111 at the age of 20, Bernard left home to join the Monastic community at Citeaux according to Franciscan Media his 5 brothers, 2 uncles and some 30 young friends would follow him into the Monastery. After only 3 years, Bernard was sent with 12 other Monks to establish a new Monastery in the Diocese of Champagne, which became known as the Clairvaux (Valley of Light) he would subsequently lead other Monks there as the Abbot, where he would spend the rest of his life.

Bernard was quite zealous according to Franciscan Media and quite demanding but much more so on himself than others–Following an illness, he learned to be more patient with others and understanding.

The influence as Abbot of Clairvaux was soon felt in Provincial affairs according to EWTN with Bernard defending the rights of the Church against the encroachments of government (we need a St. Bernard of Clairvaux today — Please pray for us! — I digress) more-and-more, he was called away from the Monastery to help to settle long-standing disputes according to Franciscan Media and on more than one occasion, he apparently stepped on some sensitive toes in Rome.

Bernard was completely dedicated to the primacy of the Roman See–In reply to a letter of warning from Rome, he said that the Good Fathers had enough to do to keep the Church in one piece and if any matters arose that warranted their interest he would be the first to let them know. Shortly thereafter, Bernard became involved in a full blown schism and settled it in favor of the Roman Pontiff against the anti-pope.

The Holy See prevailed on Bernard to preach the ‘Second Crusade’ throughout Europe, his eloquence was so overwhelming that a great army was assembled and the success of the crusade seemed assured however, the ideals of the men and their leaders were not those of Abbott Bernard and the endeavor ended as a complete military and moral disaster which Bernard felt responsible in some way for which hastened his death which came on this date in 1153 at the Clairvaux Abbey in France.

Bernard in his lifetime founded 163 Monasteries according to EWTN in different parts of Europe and wrote a number of books available at these include: Homilies on the Gospel ‘Missus Est’ (1120); Apology to William of St. Thierry, Against the Claims of the Monks of Cluny (1122); De Laudibus Novae Militiae (1129); Book of Precepts and Dispensations (1131) and others.

Canonized in 1170 by Pope Alexander III — In 2009, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI spoke of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux saying of today’s Great Saint:

“For Bernard, in fact, true knowledge of God consisted in a personal, profound experience of Jesus Christ and His love…this is true of every Christian. Faith is first and foremost a personal and intimate encounter with Jesus, it is having an experience of His closeness, His friendship and His love. It is in this way that we learn to know Him even better, to love Him and to follow Him more and more. May this happen to each one of us!

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Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. John Eudes

St John EudesSt John Eudes (1601-1680) Pray For Us –Image: Pinterest

(CNA) Born in France at Ri, at the age of 14 John took a vow of chastity and from then forward, he pursued a life that would be pleasing and to emulate the Lord Jesus — At the age of 24, John was Ordained a Priest and immediately was thrust into service on behalf of victims of the plague, who he selflessly cared for charitably.

Eight years later according to Franciscan Media Fr. John Eudes became a Parish Missionary, his gifts as a minister and confessor won him great popularity–preaching at over 100 Parish Missions throughout France and Normandy, sometimes from several weeks to months.

In 1641 Fr. John Eudes founded the ‘Congregation of Our Lady of Charity'”to provide haven and assistance to Women and young girls (Prostitutes) mistreated by life,” according to New Advent together with bringing ‘people to the love of Christ and Virgin Mary…to which we are called.’ In 1643 Fr. John Eudes founded the ‘Society of Jesus and Mary’ for the education of Priests and Missionary work.

Fr. John Eudes may be best known for the central theme of his writings: Jesus as the Source of Holiness, Mary as the Model of the Christian Life. 

In 1903 Fr. John Eudes’ Virtues were declared Heroic by Pope Leo XIII; In 1909 he was Beatified by Pope Saint Pius X and in 1925 Canonized by Pope Pius XI

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Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. Louis of Toulouse, Patron Saint of Mission San Luis Obispo

St Louis of Toulouse

St. Louis of Toulouse (1274-1297)
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(Franciscan Media) Born in Italy Nocera the son of Charles II of Anjou, King of Naples according to SQPN and Great-Nephew of Saint Louis IX (Feast Day: 25 August) and Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (Feast Day: 17 November) Louis at an early age exhibited early signs of attachment to prayer and compassion to those in need. As a child, he would take food from the castle to feed the poor.

When Louis was 14 yrs old, he along with two of his brothers were taken as hostages to the King of Aragon’s Court as part of a political deal involving their father. At the Court, Louis was tutored by the Franciscan Friars under which he made great progress both in his studies and spiritually. — Like St.Francis of Assisi Louis developed a very special love for those afflicted with leprosy.

While still a hostage, Louis decided to renounce his royal title in favor of his brother Robert and was Ordained a Priest at the age of 23 — Very shortly thereafter Fr. Louis was appointed Bishop of Toulouse.

The Franciscan spirit pervaded Fr. Louis: “Jesus Christ is all my riches, He alone is sufficient for me,” Bishop Louis of Toulouse kept repeating.

Even as Bishop, Fr. Louis continued to wear the Franciscan Habit and sometimes would yet go out a beg for charity–Bishop Louis of Toulouse assigned a Friar to offer him correction, in public if necessary and the Friar always did his job.

Bishop Louis of Toulouse service to the Diocese was richly blessed, in no time he was considered a Saint — Bishop Louis of Toulouse set aside 75% of his income to feed the poor and maintain Churches, each day he would feed on average 25 poor people at his table.

On this date in 1297 at the age of 23, Bishop Louis of Toulouse fell asleep in the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ — In  1317 Bishop Louis of Toulouse was Canonized by Pope John XXII

  • Publishers Note: Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was the 5th California Mission founded in 1772 and named after St. Louis of Toulous by Fr. Junipero Serra who will soon be Canonized a Saint by Pope Francis, during the Holy Father’s visit to the United States next month.

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Today Christians Celebrate the Feast of St. Joan (Delanoue) of the Cross

Saint Joan of the Cross

St. Jeanne (Delanoue) of the Cross
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(Franciscan Media) An encounter with a shabby old Woman many dismissed as insane prompted Jeanne Delanoue (Saint Joan of the Cross) to dedicate her life to the poor–For Jeanne who had a reputation as a businesswoman intent on monetary success, this was a significant conversion.

Born 1666 in France Saumur in the valley of the Loire River according to the Vatican Jeanne was the youngest of twelve children. Jeanne’s parents owned a business near the Sanctuary of Notre-Dame-des-Ardilliers. Although but only 6 yrs of age when her father died, she helped her mother run the family business in order to maintain the welfare of her family.

Jeanne’s qualities were quite remarkable at such a tender age, she was skillful, energetic and determined, even to the point of keeping the store open on Sunday’s and Holy Days. — Jeanne’s future was hers as the business grew and prospered. It was precisely in this context of success at the age of 27 (shortly after the death of Jeanne’s mother) an elderly Woman, faithful to Notre-Dame-des Ardelliers, invited Jeanne to consecrate herself to the many impoverished people of her neighborhood.

Despite the responsibilities Jeanne had accrued in response to this call which she believed to have come from God, Jeanne turned toward the poor. — They assumed more of her time each day than did her other patrons until they became Jeanne’s  full-time occupation.

Within a short time no longer did the poor await her visits to them but they started coming to her. In 1700 Jeanne warmly welcomed a child into her home and soon thereafter, she began taking in the sick, seniors and the destitute too.

Now with so many requiring lodging–the only other place that the poor had to go was to the grottos hollowed (park) out on the tuff — Jeanne made them as comfortable as possible however at this point, it was necessary for her to seek help.

Within 4 yrs some young girls were interested in helping Jeanne and were willing to wear a religious habit if she wished them to do so. It was then, the ‘Congregation of St. Anne de la Providence’ was born.

Jeanne Delanoue tenacity, supported by the dedicated Woman that worked with her, brought about the foundation pf Saumur’s first home for the poor in 1715

Very quickly Jeanne’s charity spread beyond the limits of Saumur and the local Diocese–More than that, there were 40 helpers who were under her direction and had made the decision to follow her example of self-sacrifice, prayer and chastity.

At the time of Jeanne’s death on this date in 1736, she left a dozen communities, together with homes for the poor and schools.

Everyone could admire Jeanne Delanoue zeal and the work she accomplished in the numerous visits she received and made but only Jeanne’s closest friends knew of her chastity, her life of prayer and of union with God, it is from this, her untiring charity proceeded.

Jeanne Delanoue was attracted toward all those who suffered but especially those who were poor and God knows they were many during those sad years of want. of cold, of famine and of war. 

In November, 1947 Jeanne Delanoue was Beatified by Pope Pius XII and in 1982 she was Canonized by Pope Saint John Paul II

Today Christians Honor St. Roch, Patron Saint of Dog’s & Knee Problems

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Saint Roch (1295-1327)
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(Bartleby) Born into a noble family in France Montpelier, Roch was orphaned at the age of 20 according to SQPN and gave away his fortune to the poor.

Roch made a pilgrimage of devotion to Rome, devoting himself in Italy to serve the sick during a raging pestilence. — Falling ill himself and then unable to then assist others, Roch found himself shunned and abandoned except for his dog. Roch bore his trials however always with patience and holy joy. Continually faithful to God, he was restored to good health.

Returning to France, Roch was very solemn in his Christian observances and charitable always. — Subsequently arrested according to SQPN for allegedly being a spy, he languished imprisoned for 5 years never mentioning his noble connections, where he would die.

Reportedly, many cities have been speedily delivered from the plague by imploring his intercessory prayer–in particular, that of Constance during the general council in 1414

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