kam
kam
29

Sept. 11, Bl. Bonaventure of Barcelona, Confessor of the first Order.

Bonaventure, who was born in 1620 of poor parents in Barcelona, spent his youth working in the fields. He heard the call of God early in life. He was married against his will, but lost his virtuous …More
Bonaventure, who was born in 1620 of poor parents in Barcelona, spent his youth working in the fields. He heard the call of God early in life. He was married against his will, but lost his virtuous wife a few months later. He then entered the Franciscans as a lay brother. From then on his whole live was spent in continual union with God, and in the practice of the most severe mortification. Although a lay brother, he was called upon to found several contemplative monasteries in Italy, for which he composed statutes which were approved by the Pope. He built the monastery of St. Bonaventure in Rome. Named Guardian several times, he carried out his duties with the greatest prudence. Men of great learning and even Popes came to consult him about their difficulties, drawn by the renown of his sanctity. He died in Rome on September 11, 1684, and was beatified by Pius X on June 10, 1906. – (from) The Franciscan Supplement.
kam
14256

Sept. 4, St. Rose of Viterbo, Virgin of the third Order.

St. Rose, who was born in Viterbo in 1234, was like that queen of flowers, which opens its leaves as soon as dawn breaks. The first words she uttered were the holy names of Jesus and Mary. It is …More
St. Rose, who was born in Viterbo in 1234, was like that queen of flowers, which opens its leaves as soon as dawn breaks. The first words she uttered were the holy names of Jesus and Mary. It is related how, when she was not yet four years old, she restored one of her aunts to life. The child had an admirable attraction for solitude. She therefore begged her father to allow her to live in a little cell in the house, so that she might devote herself to work and prayer.
There she suffered, mortified and scourged herself, and prayed for the Church, then cruelly persecuted by the German Emperor, Frederick II. She was in her ninth year when she put on the habit of the Third Order, on June 24, 1249, having been ordered to do so by the Blessed Virgin, and walked the streets of Viterbo preaching penance. She disputed publicly with the Manichaean heretics, defeated them, and to confirm the truth of her words, remained for three hours in the middle of a fiery furnace, with being touched.
She …More
St Rose pray for us.
mariamargarita and 3 more users like this.
kam
1141

Aug. 8, St. John Mary Vianney, Confessor of the third Order.

St. John Mary Vianney, better known as the Cure’ of Ars, was born in Dardilly, near Lyons, France, on May 8, 1786. From his earliest childhood he evinced singular piety and cherished an ardent …More
St. John Mary Vianney, better known as the Cure’ of Ars, was born in Dardilly, near Lyons, France, on May 8, 1786. From his earliest childhood he evinced singular piety and cherished an ardent desire to become a priest. Although he possessed but mediocre talents, his diligence and piety overcame all obstacles and he was finally ordained. A few years afterward he was appointed Cure’ of the parish of Ars, which at that time was known for its indifference to the Faith. Soon, however, under his spiritual care it became a center of fervor and divine charity, and immense crowds were drawn from all parts to this little village on account of his saintly ministry. As a member of the Third Order, he was a glorious example of the true Franciscan spirit of poverty, humility and charity. He died in 1859, and Pope Pius XI canonized him in 1925. – (from) The Franciscan Supplement to the St. Andrew Missal.
mariamargarita likes this.
kam
1150

August 2, Dedication of the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, or the Portiuncula.

St. Francis was especially fond of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Angels, where his Order originated. One day, in October 1221, while in his cell he was praying with fervor for the salvation of …More
St. Francis was especially fond of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Angels, where his Order originated. One day, in October 1221, while in his cell he was praying with fervor for the salvation of souls, it was miraculously announced to him that Jesus Christ and His Divine Mother, surrounded by a large multitude of angels, were in the chapel of the Portiuncula. He went there in transports of joy and fell down prostrate to render homage to the Majesty of the Son of God. Our Lord, looking at him with an expression of great love, said to him, “Francis, the zeal that you and your brothers have shown for the salvation of souls is such that you may ask some favor for them, for the glory of My Name, for I have set you up as a pillar to My Church, and for the salvation of nations.” In the midst of these marvels by which he was ravished, the Saint made this prayer, “O Most Holy Father, I implore You, miserable sinner that I am, to grant that all those who come to this spot, and visit this …More
rhemes1582 likes this.
kam
200

July 24, Bl. Felicia, Virgin of the second Order.

Blessed Felicia, who was born in Milan in 1378, distributed all her considerable inheritance in alms and good works to enter the Poor Clares where she was distinguished by her continual prayer, deep …More
Blessed Felicia, who was born in Milan in 1378, distributed all her considerable inheritance in alms and good works to enter the Poor Clares where she was distinguished by her continual prayer, deep humility, complete renunciation of her will, mortification of all kinds and admirable candour and innocence. The assaults of the devil – sometimes they were of a physical nature in the shape of blows or attempts to frighten her – merely strengthened her resolution to serve God. Her sisters edified by her example soon chose her as their abbess. This office she accepted for its responsibilities but refused the honours accompanying it, and although she was first in the community, she strove to be the last and most humble in all things. Sent by her superiors to found a convent of the Order she displayed in this work the same prudence and regularity. She died in 1444. – (from) The Franciscan Supplement.
kam
128

July 23, St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Confessor of the first Order.

St. Lawrence, who was born at Brindisi on July 22, 1559, was known in his youth for his love of prayer and mortification. He entered the Capuchins, where he devoted himself entirely to apostolic …More
St. Lawrence, who was born at Brindisi on July 22, 1559, was known in his youth for his love of prayer and mortification. He entered the Capuchins, where he devoted himself entirely to apostolic work. Italy, Germany and several other European countries were the scene of his indefatigable labors. In about 1598, he brought the Capuchin Order to Germany. In 1606, at the request of the Emperor Rudolf, who was threatened by the Turks, he asked for the help of the Catholic Princes. He marched at the head of the armies, brandishing a crucifix, buoying up the courage of the soldiers, and inciting them to battle. The enemy was completely routed. He was put in charge of several legations to the Princes and Sovereigns of Europe, and the success which he obtained greatly served the interests of the Church. In all circumstances he was outstanding for his great sanctity, which God rendered manifest by amazing miracles. He died on July 22, 1619. Leo XIII enrolled him among the saints. – (from) The …More
kam
11129

July 11, St. Veronica Giuliani, Virgin of the second Order.

Veronica was born of devout parents in Mercatello, Italy. She entered the convent of Capuchin nuns at Citta’ di Castello, in Umbria, where the primitive rule of St. Clare was observed. Obedient, …More
Veronica was born of devout parents in Mercatello, Italy. She entered the convent of Capuchin nuns at Citta’ di Castello, in Umbria, where the primitive rule of St. Clare was observed. Obedient, humble, mortified, a model of the true religious, she was favored by God with interior conversations and revelations. Later He deigned to impress on her head the crown of thorns amid untold sufferings, finally giving her all the stigmata. Her spirit was tried most rigorously, and at the conclusion, the bishop was able to report to Rome that she had scrupulously obeyed all his commands, rejoicing and remaining calm and peaceful in every trial. Veronica became ever more purified by sufferings and austere mortifications, and died in 1727, after fifty years of convent life. She was canonized in 1839. – (from) The Franciscan Supplement to the St. Andrew Missal.
rhemes1582
Just Beautiful. Deo GratiasMore
Just Beautiful.
Deo Gratias
mariamargarita likes this.
kam
2149

June 20, Bl. Michelina of Pesaro, Widow of the third Order.

Michelina, the daughter of an Italian nobleman, was pious from her youth. After the death of her husband and only son, God granted her the grace to seek the things of heaven with a greater readiness.…More
Michelina, the daughter of an Italian nobleman, was pious from her youth. After the death of her husband and only son, God granted her the grace to seek the things of heaven with a greater readiness. She entered the Third Order and gave all her wealth to the poor. She bore with heroic patience the scorn and abuse of her parents and relatives and strove to make herself in all things worthy of the rewards of heaven. Having predicted the day of her death, she died in her fifty-sixth year in 1356. – (from) The Franciscan Supplement to the St. Andrew Missal.
Please pray for my brother, today is his 72nd birthday, quite destroyed as a soldier in vietnam.
rhemes1582
Blessed Michelina of Pesaro; Pray for usMore
Blessed Michelina of Pesaro;
Pray for us
kam
115

April 8, Bl Julian of St. Augustine, Confessor of the first Order.

Julian, the son of a nobleman of Toulouse, at that time living in Spain, was received as a novice among the Friars Minor at the age of seventeen, but to try him God allowed him to be sent away. He …More
Julian, the son of a nobleman of Toulouse, at that time living in Spain, was received as a novice among the Friars Minor at the age of seventeen, but to try him God allowed him to be sent away. He was later re-admitted as a lay brother. His fasting and austerities were almost frightening in their intensity. For twenty-six years he wore on his body an iron chain weighing twenty pounds; whatever the weather he never wore sandals; bread and water mixed with bitter herbs formed his sole food. He spent parts of his nights in taking the discipline or in prayer, kneeling on thorns or brambles. He died in 1606 and was beatified in 1825 by Leo XII. – (from) The Franciscan Supplement.
kam
18

March 29, Bl. Jane Mary of Maille' Widow of the third Order.

Blessed Jane Mary of Maille’, who sprang from one of the oldest families of Touraine, was in turn the perfect virgin, wife, and widow. From her earliest childhood she was favoured with the blessings …More
Blessed Jane Mary of Maille’, who sprang from one of the oldest families of Touraine, was in turn the perfect virgin, wife, and widow. From her earliest childhood she was favoured with the blessings of heaven and showed a compassionate charity for the poor. After the death of her husband, Baron de Silly, with whom she had been living in perfect continence, Jane Mary gave up her inheritance and embraced a life of voluntary poverty. She spent the last twenty-five years of her long life in a miserable cell adjoining the monastery of the Friars Minor in Tours. In this humble place of refuge, and under the direction of the children of St. Francis, she practiced all the virtues. Even though busying herself with works of mercy, she did not lose sight of her own sanctification. Like St. Elizabeth, patron of the Third Order, God tested her with the most crucifying trials but gave her at the same time the strength to support them with invincible patience. She died at the age of eighty-two, on …More
kam
1161

March 28, St. John of Capistrano, Priest, religious of the Franciscan 1st Order.

St. John Capistran, born in 1385, seems to have been selected by God as a chosen vessel in which to carry the Name of Jesus to all nations. On foot he covered Italy, the Tyrol, Bavaria, Austria, all …More
St. John Capistran, born in 1385, seems to have been selected by God as a chosen vessel in which to carry the Name of Jesus to all nations. On foot he covered Italy, the Tyrol, Bavaria, Austria, all the Principalities of Germany, Bohemia, Hungary, Moravia, Silesia, Bosnia, Poland and several provinces in France and in Russia, everywhere repressing evil, destroying schisms and confounding heresies. Popes Martin V, Eugenius IV, Nicholas V and Calixtus III used him in succession for affairs of the greatest importance. He was in turn nuncio, legate, apostolic commissary and inquisitor general. The heathen, schematics, heretics and sinners who owed their conversion to him cannot be numbered. Preaching one day in Bohemia on the Last Judgment, he brought a multitude of young men to God, 60 of whom joined his Order soon after. Later, he converted 130 more, of whom 100 became Franciscans. He founded a monastery of his Order in Vienna, and more than 200 young men, who through his preaching now …More
CatMuse likes this.
kam
25

March 6, St. Colette of Corbie, Virgin of the second Order.

In the little town of Corbie, France, St Colette was born on January 12, 1381, of exemplary working people. She was a child of grace, an answer to her mother's incessant prayers, for the latter was …More
In the little town of Corbie, France, St Colette was born on January 12, 1381, of exemplary working people. She was a child of grace, an answer to her mother's incessant prayers, for the latter was already 60 years old then and had been childless up to that time.
The little girl took great pleasure in prayer, in compassion for the poor, and in rigorous mortification, making of her soul and of her tender body a sacrifice to God. Up to her 14th year St Colette de Corbie remained unusually small in stature; the was a great grief got her father. St Colette begged God to console her father in this matter, and then she began to grow very rapidly to normal height.
On the other hand, St Colette de Corbie asked God to deprive her of the rare beauty she possessed, which she believed might be the occasion of danger to herself and others; that request, too, was granted, and Colette developed features of a severe cast which inspired great respect.
When both her parents had died, St Colette de Corb…More
kam
1160

The First Friday in March. Feast of the Mysteries of the Way of the Cross.

In its literal meaning, the Way of the Cross is the path that our blessed Saviour followed from Pilate’s Pretorium up to Calvary. It is made up of fourteen stations, each corresponding to one of the …More
In its literal meaning, the Way of the Cross is the path that our blessed Saviour followed from Pilate’s Pretorium up to Calvary. It is made up of fourteen stations, each corresponding to one of the places where our blessed Lord was compelled to stop. After the Ascension, tradition tells us that the Blessed Virgin and the Apostles liked to visit those places at which our Lord had stopped. Following their example, the faithful in Palestine, and later those from more distant lands, came to visit these places consecrated by the blood of Christ. The Popes enriched these holy pilgrimages with precious indulgences.
When the Holy Land fell once more into the hands of the Saracens after the crusades, and it became more difficult to visit it, the faithful wished to make up for this by building images of the way of sorrows in their own lands. These figures of Christ’s path to Calvary were given the name of Stations of the Cross. The Friars Minor, who were the appointed guardians of the Holy …More
Humilitatis shares this.
kam
24

Feb. 26, Bl. Isabella, Virgin of the Second Order.

Isabella, the sister of St. Louis, King of France, was trained to a pious life by her saintly mother Queen Blanche. From her tenderest years she determined to live in virginity. Secluded from court …More
Isabella, the sister of St. Louis, King of France, was trained to a pious life by her saintly mother Queen Blanche. From her tenderest years she determined to live in virginity. Secluded from court life, she practiced penance, the works of charity and prayer. After the death of her mother she entered the convent of Poor Clares in Longchamps which she herself had founded. She died in 1270, the same year in which her sainted brother was called to heaven. – (from) The Franciscan Supplement to the St. Andrew Missal.
kam
3179

Feb. 21, St. Margaret of Cortona, penitent, Franciscan Third Order Secular, d. 1297, Plenary Indulg…

This Magdalen of the Franciscan Order, Saint Margaret of Cortona, came into the world in the year 1247 at Laviano near Cortona in the province of Tuscany. When Saint Margaret of Cortona was 7 years …More
This Magdalen of the Franciscan Order, Saint Margaret of Cortona, came into the world in the year 1247 at Laviano near Cortona in the province of Tuscany. When Saint Margaret of Cortona was 7 years old, she lost her pious mother. She was neglected by her careless father, who married again within a short time, and her unsympathetic stepmother dealt harshly with her, so that when Margaret was 18 years old, she left home to earn her bread among strangers.
Saint Margaret of Cortona was possessed of rare beauty, and ere long this became a snare for her. For the space of 9 years she gave herself up to a life of sin and scandal. Then one day she waited a long time in vain for her accomplice in sin to return home to the place where she lived with him. Presently his dog came to her whining and tugging at her dress. She followed the animal into the heart of the forest, and there she suddenly stood before the blood stained corpse of the unfortunate man; his enemies had murdered him.
At the appal…More
sheepette and 2 more users like this.
kam
37

Feb. 19, St. Conrad of Piacenza, Confessor of the third Order.

Conrad was born in Piacenza, Lombardy, of a noble family. He had a passionate love for chivalrous sports, especially hunting. One day while on the hunt, he ordered a fire to be kindled to drive the …More
Conrad was born in Piacenza, Lombardy, of a noble family. He had a passionate love for chivalrous sports, especially hunting. One day while on the hunt, he ordered a fire to be kindled to drive the quarry from the underbrush. The fire spread and destroyed a whole grain field and a large forest. A poor peasant was accused in the affair and was about to be executed when Conrad, filled with remorse, confessed his guilt and, together with his wife offered to make reparation for the damage. This incident taught both Conrad and his wife the vanity of earthly things, and they resolved to dedicate themselves to God alone. Conrad, who was only twenty at the time, joined a group of hermits of the Third Order and his wife took the veil in a convent of the Poor Clares. He led a life of the severest penance, and God granted him the gifts of miracles and prophecy. He died in 1351. – (from) The Franciscan Supplement to the St. Andrew Missal.
kam
3574

Feb. 18, St. Bernadette Soubirous, Virgin, cordbearer, d. 1879 Plenary Indulgence possible for the …

Born at Lourdes, France, on January 7, 1844. She was the oldest child of a miller named Francis Soubirous and his wife, Louise. She went by Bernadette as a child, and lived in abject poverty with …More
Born at Lourdes, France, on January 7, 1844. She was the oldest child of a miller named Francis Soubirous and his wife, Louise. She went by Bernadette as a child, and lived in abject poverty with her parents. She suffered from asthma, and was a poor student, which kept her from making her first Holy Communion until she was 14.
On February 11, 1858, while collecting firewood with her sisters along the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes, she alone saw a vision of a beautiful woman inside a cave above the riverbank. She was dressed in white and blue with golden roses on her feet. St Bernadette’s report was not immediately accepted, even by her mother, but her visions of the Lady drew increasingly larger crowds. Despite great hostility on the part of the socialist civil authorities, St Bernadette Soubirous’ reports of the visions continued, and on February 25 Our Lady told St Bernadette to “Drink of the fountain,” and caused a spring to flow from the earth.
On March 25, Our Lady finally…More
mattsixteen24 and 2 more users like this.
kam
35

Feb. 6, Bl. Pius IX, Pope, Franciscan Third Order Secular.

Pope Pius IX (Italian: Pio; 13 May 1792 – 7 February 1878), born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, was head of the Catholic Church from 16 June 1846 to his death on 7 February 1878. He was the longest-…More
Pope Pius IX (Italian: Pio; 13 May 1792 – 7 February 1878), born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, was head of the Catholic Church from 16 June 1846 to his death on 7 February 1878. He was the longest-reigning elected pope in the history of the Catholic Church, serving for over 31 years. During his pontificate, Pius IX convened the First Vatican Council (1869–70), which decreed papal infallibility, but the council was cut short owing to the loss of the Papal States.
Europe, including the Italian peninsula, was in the midst of considerable political ferment when the bishop of Imola, Cardinal Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, was elected pope. He took the name Pius, after his generous patron and the long-suffering prisoner of Napoleon, Pius VII. He had been elected by the faction of cardinals sympathetic to the political liberalization coursing across Europe, and his initial governance of the Papal States gives evidence of his own moderate sympathies; under his direction various sorts of …More
kam
27

Jan. 24, Bl. Paula Gambara-Costa, widow, Franciscan Third Order Secular.

Almighty God destined this holy woman to be a special pattern for Christian wives and widows in bearing the trials and difficulties of their state. Paula was born in Brescia, in northern Italy, of a …More
Almighty God destined this holy woman to be a special pattern for Christian wives and widows in bearing the trials and difficulties of their state. Paula was born in Brescia, in northern Italy, of a very noble family. Even in her youth she showed a special love for solitude and a quiet, devout life. Prayer and spiritual reading were her delight, and she would gladly have changed her place in the world for life in a convent. But since her parents promised her in marriage to the young count Louis Costa, lord of Benasco, Paula recognized the will of God in this arrangement and complied with the wishes of her parents.
After the wedding the count conveyed his young wife in great pomp to the castle at Benasco in the province of Piedmont. He himself was quite fond of gaiety and amusement, and would have drawn his inexperienced wife into the whirl of worldly pleasures, for in the beginning she believed it a duty to yield in everything to the tastes of her husband. But Blessed Angelo of …More
kam
12204

Nov. 29, Feast of All Saints of the Seraphic Order.

The Franciscan Order has always been the source of great sanctity. Its Menology includes six thousand martyrs, confessors, virgins or widows, all found within the Franciscan family. And how great …More
The Franciscan Order has always been the source of great sanctity. Its Menology includes six thousand martyrs, confessors, virgins or widows, all found within the Franciscan family. And how great must be the multitude of disciples of St. Francis whose merits and sacrifices, known by God and angels alone, will only be revealed at the last day. For this reason the Church celebrates in one single solemnity the feast days of all the elect that the Franciscan Order has given to God. Remembering the virtues of their predecessors, members of the Franciscan family should be filled with a desire to emulate them and should remember the words which so strongly moved the soul of St. Augustine: “Why could you not do what these and those have done” Therefore we should ask our saints to give us their continual protection, and to help us in purifying ourselves of our faults, so that we may share in their glory. – (from) The Franciscan Supplement.
Prayhard
This Order played a notable role in ensuring a more general use of the Missale Romanum, through St Francis insisting on its use, as opposed to local …More
This Order played a notable role in ensuring a more general use of the Missale Romanum, through St Francis insisting on its use, as opposed to local Uses with heavily troped ordinary and propers. A Franciscan Missal would be called a Missale Romanum Sepharicum, but that was a MR with Franciscan Masses and calendar.
GTVisrockin and one more user like this.