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Optional Memorial of Saint Paul of the Cross, Priest

My confidence is placed in God who does not need our help for accomplishing His designs. Our single endeavor should be to give ourselves to the work and to be faithful to Him, and not to spoil His work by our shortcomings. - - Saint Isaac Jogues


May God in His mercy grant that every day we may be troubled, tried, disciplined, or make some progress. - Saint Augustine of Hippo


He who despises the poor despises Jesus Christ, and thus commits a crime against God Himself. - Blessed Hyacintha Mariscotti


Saint Paul of the Cross

Also known as

• God's Hunter of Souls
• Paolo Francesco Danei
• Paul Daneo

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The son of a merchant, Paul was a pius youth. After receiving a vision, and while still a layman, he founded the Congregation of Discalced Clerks of the Most Holy Cross and Passion (Passionists) in 1721 to preach about Jesus Crucified. Preacher of such power that hardened soldiers and bandits were seen to weep. At one point all the brothers in the Order deserted him, but in 1741 his rule was approved by Pope Benedict XIV, and the community began to grow again. Ordained in 1727 by Pope Benedict XIII. Missionary.

Born

3 January 1694 at Ovada, Piedmont (northern Italy) as Paolo Francesco Danei

Died

18 October 1775 at Rome, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

1 October 1852 by Blessed Pope Pius IX

Canonized

29 June 1867 by Blessed Pope Pius IX

Patronage

Ovada, Italy

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Readings

It is very good and holy to consider the passion of our Lord, and to meditate on it, for by this sacred path we reach union with God. In this most holy school we learn true wisdom, for it was there that all the saints learned it.

Therefore, be constant in practicing every virtue, and especially in imitating the patience of our dear Jesus, for this is the summit of pure love. Live in such a way that all may know that you bear outwardly as well as inwardly the image of Christ crucified, the model of all gentleness and mercy. For if a man is united inwardly with the Son of the living God, he also bears his likeness outwardly by his continual practice of heroic goodness, and especially through a patience reinforced by courage, which does not complain either secretly or in public. Conceal yourselves in Jesus crucified, and hope for nothing except that all men be thoroughly converted to his will. - from a letter by Saint Paul of the Cross

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-paul-of-the-cross/


Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin

Also known as

• Ann Francis Boscardin
• Anna Francesca Boscardin
• Maria Bertilla

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Born to a poor peasant family headed by Angelo Boscardin who, by his own account, was a violently abusive drunk. Anna had little education, was simple and innocent, and was considered mentally slow; referred to as the goose (as in, "silly as a..."). Worked as a house servant in her youth. Joined the Sisters of Saint Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Heart at Vincenza, Italy in 1904, taking the name Bertilla. After working in the convent's kitchen and laundry, she trained as a nurse in 1907.

Assigned to the hospital in Treviso, Italy, a facility managed by the Sisters of Saint Dorothy. Sister Maria worked in the children's ward, becoming a great favorite for her simple, gentle way with the young patients. She cared for wounded Italian soldiers during World War I, and was noted by local authorities for staying with patients in 1917 while the area was being bombed. A supervisor, angry at Bertilla's growing reputation, reassigned her to the hospital laundry. Her congregation's mother-general heard of this vindictive treatment, and transferred Bertilla back to nursing, making her the supervisor of the children's ward in 1919.

Born

6 October 1888 at Brendola, Italy as Anna Francesca Boscardin

Died

• 20 October 1922 of cancer at Treviso, Italy
• many healing miracles reported at her tomb

Canonized

• 11 May 1961 by Pope John XXIII
• the crowds gathered for the recognition included family members and an unknown number of her patients

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YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maria-bertilla-boscardin/


Saint Acca of Hexham

Additional Memorial

19 February (translation of relics)

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Grew up in the household of Saint Bosa of York, and became his spiritual student, aide, and travelling companion. Benedictine monk. Close friend of and chaplain to Saint Wilfrid, and accompanied him on trips to the continent. Friend of the Venerable Bede, who dedicated some of his writings to Acca. Abbot of Saint Andrews at Hexham, England in 709, nominated by Saint Wilfrid just before that holy man died. Bishop of Hexham.

Built churches, and re-outfitted the principal church at Hexham. Had a beautiful singing voice, and encouraged the revival of vocal music in British liturgy. First English prelate to appeal to Vatican in a dispute. Believed the Church in England needed to be more like Rome in liturgical form. Bible scholar with a large theological library who supplied information for Bede's Ecclesiastical History.

Political intrigues led to king Ceolwulf of Northumbria being kidnapped in 731, and forced to enter a monastery. Ceolwulf's supporters later restored him to the throne, and Acca was exiled, which probably indicates his involvement in the coup. Some records imply that he fled west, and was appointed bishop of Whithorn.

Born

c.660 in Northumbria, England

Died

• 20 October 742 at Whithorn, Galloway, Scotland of natural causes
• buried beside the east wall of Hexham Cathedral between two huge stone crosses decorated with vines and tendrils, which survive to today and can be seen in the abbey church
• relics translated in the late 10th century, in 1154, and in 1240

Patronage

learning

Representation

• abbot in a library with monks
• bishop in a library
• with the Venerable Bede

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-acca/


Saint Artemius Megalomartyr

Also known as

• Artemios of Antioch
• Artemois the Greatmartyr
• Challita, Shallita

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Noted soldier and military leader under Emperor Constantine the Great. Imperial prefect (viceroy) of Egypt and Duke of Alexandria, appointed by Emperor Constantius; he used his position to spread the faith. During the reign of Julian the Apostate, Artemius became a fanatical Arian heretic, hunting and persecuting monks, nuns and bishops, including Saint Athanasius. However, through prayer and the horror of the persecutions, Artemius converted to orthodox Christianity, supported the faith, and turned on pagans, including Julian. He was accused by heathens of destroying idols, arrested, taken to Antioch, tortured and martyred.

Died

• beheaded in 363 in Antioch
• buried by local Christians in Antioch
• relics later transferred to Constantinople

Readings

O victorious Artemios, thou wast a noble athlete. Now like a shining lamp thy miracles enlighten the world for the salvation of our souls. - Troparion, Tone 5

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-artemius-megalomartyr/


Saint Andrew of Crete

Also known as

Andrea il Calibita

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Eighth-century hermit on Crete. When the Byzantine Emperor Constantine Copronymus published his edict against venerating icons, Andrew went to Constantinople and denounced the iconoclast heresy so forcefully that he was taken before the emperor himself. Martyr.

Born

Crete

Died

• tortured and flogged to death c.763 in Constantinople
• body thrown off the city walls into the garbage dump

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-andrew-of-crete-20-october/


Saint Caprasius of Agen

Also known as

Caprasio

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Tried to hide out in the hills near his home during the persecutions of Diocletian, but the courage shown by Saint Faith led Caprasius to openly proclaim his own Christianity. Martyr.

Born

Agen, France

Died

beheaded in 303

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-caprasius-of-agen/


Saint Lucas Alonso Gorda

Also known as

Father Lucas of the Holy Spirit

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Dominican priest. Martyr.

Born

18 October 1594 in Carracedo de Vidriales, Zamora, Spain

Died

20 October 1633 in Nishizaka, Nagasaki, Japan

Canonized

18 October 1987 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lucas-alonso-gorda/


Saint Bernard of Bagnorea

Also known as

• Bernard of Castro
• Bernard of Vulcia

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Bishop of Vulcia, Italy. Moved the diocese to Ischia de Castro.

Born

Bagnorea, Italy

Died

c.800

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bernard-of-bagnorea/


Saint Adelina

Also known as

Adeline

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Grand-daughter of William the Conqueror. Sister of Saint Vitalis. Benedictine nun. Abbess of the convent of La Blanche, Moriton, Normandy, a house her brother had founded.

Died

1125 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-adelina/


Saint Barsabias

Also known as

Barsabas

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Monk. Abbot. Martyred with eleven of his monks in the persecutions of King Shapur II.

Born

Persian

Died

342 near the ruins of Persepolis (in modern Iran)

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-barsabias/


Blessed Gundisalvus of Silos

Also known as

Gonzalo

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Benedictine monk at Silos, Old Castile (Spain) under Saint Dominic of Silos.

Died

c.1073 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gundisalvus-of-silos/


Saint Vitalis of Salzburg

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Monk. Spiritual student of Saint Rupert of Salzburg. Abbot of Saint Peter's Abbey in Salzburg, Austria. Archbishop of Salzburg from 717 to 745.

Died

745

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vitalis-of-salzburg/


Saint Maximus of Aquila

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Zealous deacon at Aquila, Italy. Tortured and martyred during the persecutions of Decius.

Died

thrown off a cliff c.250

Patronage

Aquila, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maximus-of-aquila/


Saint Aderald

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Pilgrim to Palestine. Returned to France with a number of relics of the saints. Built Holy Sepulchre Abbey at Samblières, France.

Born

Troyes, France

Died

1004

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aderald/


Saint Leopardo of Osimo

Also known as

Leopardus

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First bishop of Osimo, Italy, serving in the 5th century.

Patronage

archdiocese of Ancona-Osimo, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-leopardo-of-osimo/


Saint Usthazanes

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Monk. Abbot in Persia. Tortured and executed with twelve of his brother monks during the persecutions of Sapor. Martyr.

Died

beheaded in 341 at Ishtar, Persia

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-usthazanes/


Saint Sindulf of Rheims

Also known as

Sindulphus

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Hermit in Aussonce, France.

Born

Gascony, France

Died

660

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sindulf-of-rheims/


Saint Irene

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Nun in Portugal, possibly at Santarem where her memory is especially revered. Died fighting off a rape attempt.

Died

c.653

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-irene-20-october/


Saint Martha of Cologne

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Martyr. May have been part of the group that travelled with Saint Ursula.

Died

Cologne, Germany

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-martha-of-cologne/


Saint Aidan of Mayo

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Eighth-century bishop of Mayo, Ireland.

Died

768

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aidan-of-mayo/


Saint Saula of Cologne

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Martyr.

Died

Cologne, Germany

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-saula-of-cologne/


Saint Bradan

Also known as

Bradano

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Saint venerated on the Isle of Man.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-bradan/


Saint Orora

Also known as

Crora

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Saint venerated on the Isle of Man.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-orora/


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