Deacon Ed’s Message – Saints of October 2016

Continuing on with our saints of the month, this month’s, saints are as follows:

October 1st. is the feast day of St. Teresa of Jesus of the child of Jesus. St. Teresa of Jesus was of the order of Our Lady of Carmel as stated by St. Teresa of Avilia. Teresa expresses in beautiful language her language, her dear relationship with God. Her words of wisdom have inspired Christians everywhere for centuries. A Spanish Carmelite nun’s autobiography provides the perfect entrance to mental prayer in her writings relates to her visions and instructions received from God.

October 4th. is the feast day of St. Francis of Assis (1181-1226).

Was the son of Peter Bernadone, a wealthy silk merchant. He was born at Assisi Italy and christened John by his mother during his father’s absence. On his return he insisted he be named Francis. Francis spent his youth in extravagant living and pleasure seeking, he went gladly to war and was taken prisoner in 1202. On his release he experienced a vision Of Christ at Spoleto by another on his return to Assisi. This changed his life and he went on a pilgrimage to Rome. He from there began to take care of the poor and the sick. He was denounced by his father as a mad man and was disinherited from the family. After repairing several churches in Assisi he retired to a little chapel

October 6th. is the feast day St. Bruno and Blessed Marie Rose Durocher.

St. Bruno (1030-1101) was born in Cologne of the prominent Hatenfaust family. He studied at the cathedral school at Rheims in 1506 as a professor of theology. He remained there until 1074 when he was appointed chancellor of Rheims by its archbishop, Manasses. Bruno was forced to flee Rheims in 1076. The people of Reims wanted him to be archbishop but he decided to pursue an eremitical life. He became a hermit under St. Robert of Molasses. He founded St. Mary’s at La Torre in Calabria. He became a close friend of Count Robert of Sicily and remained with him until his death on Oct.6, 1101.

Blessed Marie Rose Durocher. She was home schooled by her Grandfather Oliver Durocher until the age of ten. On his death in 1821 she became a boarding pupil at a convent run by, the congregation of Notre Dame in St. Denisosur Richelieu, until 1823, where she took her first communion at the age of twelve. After leaving the convent she was tutored at home. In 1827 she entered the boarding school of the Congregation of Notre Dame in Montreal in 1827. On Feb.28, 1844 she assumed the religious habit and received her religious name. Troubled by bad health throughout her life she died on October 6, 1849 at the age of 38 years. On May 23, 1982 she was beatified by Pope John Paul II bestowing upon her the title “Servant of God”. She has been credited with several miracles. Beatification is the 3rd. step toward becoming a Saint.

October 14th. is the feast day of St. Callistus the 1st. (222). He was a Roman from Trastevere section of Rome and the son of Domitius. He was a slave of Carpophorus who was put in charge of the bank. He lost the bank’s money and fled, but was caught at Porto and sentenced to a punishment reserved for slaves, the dreaded hand mill. Released at the request of his creditors he was arrested again for fighting in a synagogue trying to recover some of his money and sentence to the mines in Sardinia. He was released by the request of the Emperor Commodious mistress Marcia and about 199 was made a deacon and director of the Christian cemetery. And became an advisor to the Pope. He was elected as Pope in 217. Because of his forgiving nature of murderers and adulterers, permitting multimarried men to become priest and recognizing the marriages of free women and slaves and refusing to depose bishops of committing mortal sin he was killed in an uprising and is so considered by the church to be martyr.

October 15th. is the feast day of St. Teresa of Jesus (1515-1582 is also known as Teresa of Avila). She was born on March 28, 1515 the daughter of Alonso Sanchez de Sepeda and his second wife, Beatrice Dapvila Abumada. She was educated by Augustinian nuns but had to leave the convent because of bad health. She became a Carmelite at Avila in 1536 was professed the next year and later returned in 1540. From 1555-1556 she experienced visions and heard vices. Which gave her great anguish until St. Peter of Aleantara became her spiritual advisor and convinced her that they were authentic. She founded St. Joseph Convent of Avila in 1562 for nuns who which to live an enclosed spiritual life. Meeting a young friar named John Yepes (John of the Cross) and founded a monastery for men. She died at Alba de Tormes, Spain on October the fourth. October the 14th. by the Gregorian calendar which went into effect the next day. She was canonized by Pope Gregory XV in1 622 and was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1970 or of the church in 1622.

October 17th. is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Antioch (107). He was a convert to Christianity and a disciple of St. John. Legend has it that that he was appointed and consecrated bishop of Antioch by St. Peter after Peter left the death bed of Evodius. He governed for forty years when he was arrested during the persecution of Emperor Trajan. When he returned to Rome he was by crowds of Christians where ever he went. He arrived in Rome on December 20th, the last day of the public games and there he was killed by lions in the arena. Redemption and the Eucharist were among the earliest of Christians writings s He is often surnamed Theophorus, which means God bearer.

October 18th. is the feast day of St. Luke Evangelist. Luke (1st century is the author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. He was a Greek physician probably from Antioch.

He accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey about the year 51 and stayed at Philippi as a leader of a Christian community until 57, when he rejoined Paul on his 33rd. missionary journey. He was with Paul in Rome during Paul’s imprisonment. After Paul’s death in 66 he seemed to went to Greece. Legend has it that he was a painter of several pictures of Mary, thought he may have visited her in Jerusalem, where he wrote his gospel. He is believed to have died in Boetia at the age of 84. He is the patron of painters and physicians.

October 19th. is the feast day of St. John De Brebeul and St. Isaac Jogues.

St. John De Brebeul was born March 25, 1593 in Normandy and died on March 16, 1649. He was canonized in 1930 on October the 19th. He was sent as a missionary to New France and became the Patron Saint of Canada. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1617. He was ordained a priest in 1623. He was assigned to Christianize the Huron Indians at Lake Huron. He lived in danger of death until forced by the English to return to France in 1629. He was a veteran of 18 missions. At that time there was a competition between the Iroquois and Hurons in foreign trade. In a war where villages were destroyed he taking a prisoner along with his companions, they were tortured to death. He was canonized with other martyrs of North America in 1930.

St. Isaac Jogues (1607-1646) was a French Jesuit priest and martyr. He was a missionary bringing Christianity to the North American Indians. He was born I Orleans and entered the Jesuit order at the age of seventeen. He was ordained a priest in 1636 and went to Canada as a missionary to the Hurons. While preaching at Lake St. Peter they were attacked and captured and taken to a village in the area that is now New York State. Although he had his hands mutilated he struggled on with his work. On October 18 he was murdered by the Mohawks. He was beatified by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and canonized by him in 1930. Although accomplished little as a missionary his courage fully justified his sainthood.

October 20th. is the feast day of St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775) was born at Ovada, Italy on January 3, 1694. Paul Francis Danei was the eldest son of impoverished noble parents. He adopted a lifestyle of rigorous austerity and great mortification at his home at Castellazzo, Lombardy. In 1714 at the age of 15 he joined the Venetian army to fight against the Turks. Upon his discharge he resumed his life of prayer and penance. He refused marriage and in 1720 he had a vision of Our Lady in a black habit with the name Jesus and a cross in which she told him to find an order preaching the Passion of Christ. In 1727 he acquired novices and they were ordained by Pope Benedict XIII. He was blessed with supernatural gifts of prophecy and given the power to perform miracles and to appear to others. He was the most celebrated preachers of his time. He became ill in the last three years of his life and died in Rome on October 18th. and was canonized on October 19, 1867 prophecy and given the power to perform miracles and to appear to others. He was the most celebrated preachers of his time.

October 22nd. is the feast day of St. John Paul II (Pope) was the first non-Italian Pope in 450 years. He was born Krol Jozef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. He was ordained on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice Poland. He was ordained in 1946, became a bishop of Ombi in 1958 and became the archbishop of Krakow in1964. He was made cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1967. He was a vocal advocate for human rights and used his influence to effect political change. He died in Italy in 2005. He was declared a saint in April 2013.His early life was marked with great losses. He lost his mother when he was nine and lost his older brother when he was twelve. In his youth he was athletic and enjoyed skiing and swimming. Wanting to become a priest he began studying at a seminary run by the archbishop of Krakow. He became known for his world traveling ways. He visited over 100 countries. He was a champion of human rights and conservative positions on social issues, as abortion, homosexuality and contraception. He survived an assignation attempt by a Turk. He was hit four times in the attempt. He was the longest serving Pope in the 20th. century. Suffering from poor heath related to Parkinsons. He received last rites on March 31, 2005. In died in his apartment on April 2, 2005 and was beatified by Pope Benedict on May 2011.

October 24th. is the feast day of St. Anthony Mary Claret was born on December 23, 1807 in Sallent Spain. He was the 5th. child of John Claret and his wife Josephine. His vocation to become a priest became evident at an early age. He entered the seminary in Vich and was ordained on June 13, 1835. He started preaching in his own diocese and then at the request of his bishop he went on to cover all of Spain and the Canary Islands. He was known to give 8 sermons a day had heard confessions for ten solid hours. Everywhere he went there were miracles of conversion. He was appointed as archbishop of the See of Santiago in Cuba. He was consecrated on October 6, 1850 taking for his motto “Charity of Christ”, adding the name of Mary on his own. He became the confessor to Queen Isabella. His enemies banished him from the country and from his exile in Paris he traveled to Rome for the Vatican Council. While there he suffered a stroke. He passed away on October 24, 1870. Twice during his life he was miraculously cured from illness through the intersession of the Blessed Mother.

October 28th. is the feast day of St. Simon and St. Jude (apostles).

St. Simon was called the Zealous one because he had such devotion to the Jewish law. Once called by Jesus to be an Apostle he gave his heart and all his energy to preaching the Gospel. Like the other Apostles he received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. He first went to Egypt, then went with St. Jude to Persia to spread the Good News and was persecuted there.

St. Jude is sometimes called Thaddeus which means the brave one. It was St. Jude who ask Jesus at the last supper, “Lord how is it that you are about to show yourself to us and not the world. Jesus answered him. If anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my father will love him, and come make our home with him. St. Jude is also attached to be the saint of desperate and impossible situations. Often God answers the prayers of them that pray to St. Jude for his intersession. St. Jude like St. Simon went to Persia to spread the good news and was persecuted there

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