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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Visit of the Ordinary on November 9th

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Sep 20 - Homily from the Franciscans of the Immaculate: Persevering in the Christian Life

Sept. 20- S. Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, and Paul Chong Hasang and Companions, martyrs

On this day honours the Korean Martyrs. It was in 1784, Korean Yi Sung-hun was baptized in China. He returned to his native land to work in the establishment of a Christian community. The numbers of Christians in Korea grew rapoidly. It was between 1791 and 1866 that a number of persecutions against the Christians began. Over 10 000 were martyred during this period. Saints Andrew Kim and Paul Chong persevered in their efforts of evangelization despite this threat. As a result, St. Andrew Kim was beheaded in 1846.

St. Paul Chong was a layman who made an appeal to the government. Because of his efforts, Pope Gregory X sent more priests to the mission field in Korea. Finally, he was martyred in 1839. 

Today there are four million Catholics in South Korea and an unknown of underground Christians in North Korea.

Sermon by St. Augustine of Hippo

Dearly beloved brethren, as often as we keep the Feasts of the holy Martyrs, we look to obtain of the Lord, by their intercession, such good things in this life that thereby we, following them, may gain better in that which is to come. For they only do truly keep Holiday on the Feasts of the Martyrs, who follow after the Martyrs' example. These Feasts of the Martyrs are the Martyrs' preaching, whereby to stir us up to imitate what we are not loath to honour.

But we, who would fain rejoice with the Saints, would fail not share with them the persecution of the world. Whosoever will not take example of the holy Martyrs, as far as lieth in him, such an one cannot attain unto their blessedness. Thus preacheth the Apostle Paul, when he saith "As ye are partakers of the suffering: so shall ye be also of the consolation." Yea, the Lord Himself saith in the Gospel: "If the world hate you, ye know the it hated Me before it hated you He will not be in the body, who will not be hated with the Head.

But some man will say: And who is he that can tread in the footsteps of the blessed Martyrs? To such an one I answer that, by the Lord's help, we are able, if we so will, to tread in the footsteps, not of the blessed Martyrs only, but even of the same Lord Himself. Hearken, not to me, but to the same Lord, Who crieth unto all men: "Learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart."  Hear also with what words the Apostle Peter warneth us: "Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow His steps."

V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.


O God, who dost permit us to keep the birthday of thy holy Martyrs . Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, and Paul Chong Hasang, grant that we may enjoy their fellowship in everlasting happiness through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
R. Amen.

Sept. 20th- Franciscan Calendar- St. Francis Mary of Camporossa, Religious, First Order

Francis of Camporosso was born December 27, 1804, and died on September 17, 1866. 

This poverello was a most generous individual in regard to the poor by offering not only bread, but advice and consolation. He did all that he could to  minister to the sufferings and needs of all who came to him. This  austere and holy life was  crowned with the sacrifice he made of himself at the beginning of an epidemic that took place in 1866.

In his early life as a shepherd in the little village of Camporosso near San Remo he was obliged to contribute to the support of his family. Later he joined the Capuchins an Genoa where he clothed his ideals and intentions in the words: "I came to the convent to be its beast of burden."
The opportunity to become such a beast of burden occurred  when he was made infirmarian, and especially when he was appointed to collect alms. In this process he called at the palaces of the nobles, but oftener at the huts of the poor in order to distribute to them the alms he had just begged. He also ministered in the ill-famed quarters of the seaport. When stones were thrown at him he would pick them up and kiss them thus gladly being prepared to suffer any consequence of his ministry to those in need materially and spiritually.  Reports soon circulated that he was working miracles, cures, and conversions of a most unusual kind. People of prestige and rank as well as the lowliest souls came to him to seek advice.

He had a deep devotion to Our Lady often  spending  entire nights on his knees before the Blessed Sacrament. When an epidemic broke out in 1866, he was inspired  with the desire to make his last and greatest sacrifice. He knelt before the altar of the Immaculate Virgin, and through her hands offered himself to God as a victim soul. Thus it was  on September 17th, he departed this life. The epidemic ceased that very day. 

He was beatified by Pope Pius XI and canonized in 1962 by John XXIII.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Franciscan Calendar for the Fourteenth Week After Trinity

Sept. 21 (Sun)  Blessed Leopold of Castelnovo Confessor, First Order

Sept. 22 (Mon)   Blessed Lucy of Caltagirone  Virgin, Third Order

Sept. 23 (Tues)  St. Pio of Pietrelcina  Confessor, First Order

Sept. 24  (Wed)  St. Pacifico of San Severino   Confessor, First Order

Sept. 25  (Thurs) Blessed Charles of Blois  Confessor, Third Order

Sept. 26 (Fri)  St. Elzear and Blessed Delphine   Husband and Wife,  Third Order

Sept. 27 (Sat)  The Servant of God Mary Emmanuela    Widow,  Second Order

Ordinariate Calendar for the Fourteenth Week after Trinity


Sep 22 (Mon) Feria

Sep 23 (Tue) St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), Priest


Sep 25 (Thu) Feria

Sep 26 (Fri) [ABS] Sts. Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs [Optional]

Sep 27 (Sat) St. Vincent de Paul, Priest

And This Morning in Naples- Napoli- The Miracle of the Liquification of the Blood of St. Januarius Has Taken Place - San Gennaro, si ripete il miracolo. Sepe annuncia la visita del Papa -live- (19.09.14)