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Saint Rose of Lima

Saint Rose of Lima lived from 1586 – 1617 in Lima, Viceroyalty of Peru. Her father was in the cavalry while her mother raised their large family. At a young age, Saint Rose began pursuing Christ through penance, purity, and prayer. As she approached womanhood, many suitors were attracted. In opposition, Saint Rose cut off her hair and begged her father to allow her to remain chaste. He granted Rose her will but insisted she remain un-cloistered. In obedience, she joined the Third Order of St. Dominic. Her mortifications increased to include fasting, coarse clothing, isolation, and prolonged prayer. These sufferings she offered up for the sake of lost souls, her country, and the conversion of sinners. Her efforts granted her a supernatural love through which she served the poor, funding these efforts through her artistic needlework and tatting. Saint Rose was canonized in 1671 by Clement X and is known as the first American saint.

Canonizations of John XXIII, John Paul II

Catholic News Service is reporting on the possible dates for the Canonizations of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. Read here.

Feast of St. Bernard

St. Bernard was born in 1090 in eastern France. His father was Lord of Fontaine, one of the noblest families in Burgundy. St. Bernard was very astute, gaining admittance to the prestigious Chatillon-sur-Seine, where he devoted himself to the study of literature, Sacred Scripture and poetry. At 23, he gathered 30 young nobles and together, they sought entrance into the monastery of Citeaux, a Cistercian Order. Three years later he was commissioned to form another house which he would later name Claire Vallee in Clairvaux. St. Bernard’s influence continued to grow and turned towards peacemaking. He was secretary of the council at the Council of Troyes, was chosen as judge in a Church schism between two elected popes, and attended the Council of Reims and the Second General Lateran Council. His monastery in Clarivaux grew, too, and monks were sent to Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Sweden, England, and Ireland. He was canonized in 1174 by Pope Alexander III and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1830 by Pope Pius VIII.

Pope signs canonization decrees for John XXIII and John Paul II

(Vatican Radio) Journalists in the Holy See Press Office busy getting to grips with Pope Francis’ first encyclical the Light of Faith, were somewhat surprised Friday lunchtime when Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. called them back for a second announcement: Pope Francis had approved the cause for canonization of two of his venerable and much loved predecessors Blessed John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, Friday morning, Pope Francis approved the promulgation of the decree and also convoked a special Consistory of the College of Cardinals to discuss the canonization of the Polish pope in depth.

Furthermore, he approved the favorable votes of the Ordinary Session of the Congregations Cardinals and Bishops regarding the raising to the altars of sainthood of Blessed John XXII.

This slightly unusual gesture was explained by Fr. Lombardi who told journalists that despite the absence of a second miracle it was the Pope’s will that the Sainthood of the great Pope of the Second Vatican Council be recognized.
Fr. Lombardi stated that a canonization without a second miracle is still valid, given that there is already the existing miracle that lead to the Roncalli Pope’s beatification. He also pointed to ongoing discussions among theologians and experts about whether it is necessary to have two distinct miracles for beatification and canonization. Certainly, he added the Pope has the power to dispense, in a Cause, with the second miracle.

However, there was no mention of dates. Neither for the Consistory nor for the Canonizations. Fr. Lombardi did not rule out that both celebrations could coincide, and he did express his belief that they would take place by the end of the year. Either way any date would be established during the Consistory.

Stayed tuned. Possible big news around the corner!

Reliable sources are saying that Pope Francis will sign documents tomorrow from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints assenting to the canonizations of both Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII.

The Congregation met earlier this week, but their recommendations are not announced until affirmed by the Holy Father. I guess this time they invoked the “Italian Secret” rule, which means you can only tell 100 of your closest friends, and they can tell only 10 of their friends, etc.

Anyhow, the cat seems to be out of the bag. Pope Francis’ affirmation would probably put the official canonization ritual sometime around the end of the year. It is presumed that both would be canonized at the same time.

Stayed tuned, folks. (It will be nice to know that I was ordained by a saint!)

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Saint Anthony of Padua background

Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Saint Anthony was the son of a wealthy Portuguese family in the 13th century. At fifteen, he joined the Canons Regular of St. Augustine at the Abbey of Saint Vincent and later, studied theology at the prestigious Abbey of the Holy Cross in Coimbra, Portugal.

In his role as guestmaster at the abbey, Saint Anthony befriended Franciscan friars who were soon to be martyred in Morocco. Inspired by their tragic heroism, he changed orders and became a poor Franciscan; initially following their evangelical trail but ending up sickly and spending the next chapter of his life in deep prayer and study. After his illness, God revealed his plan for Saint Anthony’s life and called him to preaching. His supreme gift took him all the way to the papal court, where he served under Pope Gregory IX and was commissioned to write a collection of his sermons. He was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946.

Written by Sarah Ciotti

From divineoffice.org

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June 5 – St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

May the Martyr Saint Boniface
be our advocate, O Lord,
that we may firmly hold the faith he taught
with his lips and sealed in his blood
and confidently profess it by our deeds.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
– Amen.