Sunday, July 7, 2019

Saint July 8 : St. Priscilla and St. Aquila the Friends of St. Paul and Co-workers in Christ






































Today, July 8, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Priscilla and St. Aquila(first century),disciples and friends of Saint Paul. Priscilla and Aquila were a Jewish couple who had been exiled to Corinth, and hosted Saint Paul on his visit to that city. Likely converted by Saint Paul, they are later mentioned in the New Testament several times as “co-workers in Christ” and went on to preach and evangelize throughout the region. Holy legend tells us that Saint Priscilla was martyred by an angry mob at the end of her holy life.

3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. 4 They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. (Romans 16: 3-4)


19 The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. 20 All the brothers and sisters here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. (1 Corinthians 16:19-20)

Saints Priscilla and Aquila were tentmakers, sharing the same profession as Saint Paul, which is likely why he stayed with them. Priscilla and Aquila had likely been exiled from Rome by the order of Emperor Claudius who forbade Jews to live within the city walls. Following his time in Corinth, we learn in Acts of the Apostles that the holy couple—who Paul likely converted—accompanied him to Ephesus and worked alongside him for three years. It was in their home that Mass was likely celebrated.
1 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 


18 Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken. 19 They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. (Acts 18: 1-3; 18-19)

Upon Saint Paul’s departure, Aquila and Priscilla stayed behind, where they continued the work of the Lord.

24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. (Acts 18: 24-26)


Saints Priscilla and Aquila, as evident in the writings of Saint Paul, later met up with Paul in Rome, where they were likely martyred around the same time as Saint Paul. Catacombs in Rome are named for Saint Priscilla, where many holy men and women are buried.
It is interesting to note that Aquila and Priscilla are mentioned six times throughout the New Testament, and in half of those references, Aquila is listed first, whereas in the other half, Priscilla is mentioned first. This is likely indicative of Paul’s love of both, and his consideration of their being on equal terms in ministry and the eyes of the Lord. It is clear from the descriptions of this holy couple that Saint Priscilla was an effective teacher and evangelist without usurping or undermining her husband's ecclesial authority.
God of grace and might, we praise thee for thy servants Priscilla and Aquila, whom thou didst plenteously endow with gifts of zeal and eloquence to make known the truth of the Gospel. Raise up, we pray thee, in every country, heralds and evangelists of thy kingdom, that the world may know the immeasurable riches of our Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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Pope Francis explains "Our prayer should not be limited only to our needs..: a prayer is truly Christian if it also has a universal dimension." Full Text at Angelus

At the Angelus Prayer - by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square
Sunday, 7 July 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today's Gospel page (see Lk 10.1-12.17-20) presents Jesus who sends seventy-two disciples on a mission, in addition to the twelve apostles. The number seventy two probably indicates all nations. In fact in the book of Genesis seventy-two different nations are mentioned (see 10,1-32). Thus this sending prefigures the mission of the Church to proclaim the Gospel to all peoples. Jesus said to those disciples: "The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few! Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest "(v. 2).

This request of Jesus is always valid. We must always pray to the "master of the harvest", that is God the Father, so that he sends workers to work in his field which is the world. And each of us must do it with an open heart, with a missionary attitude; our prayer should not be limited only to our needs, our needs: a prayer is truly Christian if it also has a universal dimension.

In sending the seventy-two disciples, Jesus gives them precise instructions, which express the characteristics of the mission. The first - we have already seen -: pray; the second: go; and then: do not carry bag or bag ...; say, "Peace to this house" ... stay in that house ... Don't go from one house to another; heal the sick and tell them: "the Kingdom of God is near you"; and, if they do not welcome you, go out into the squares and take leave (see verses 2-10). These imperatives show that the mission is based on prayer; that it is itinerant: it is not still, it is itinerant; which requires detachment and poverty; which brings peace and healing, signs of the nearness of the Kingdom of God; that it is not proselytism but announcement and testimony; and which also requires frankness and evangelical freedom to leave, highlighting the responsibility of having rejected the message of salvation, but without condemnations and curses.

If lived in these terms, the mission of the Church will be characterized by joy. And how does this step end? "The seventy-two returned full of joy" (v. 17). This is not an ephemeral joy that comes from the success of the mission; on the contrary, it is a joy rooted in the promise that - says Jesus - "your names are written in heaven" (v. 20). With this expression he means inner joy, the indestructible joy that comes from the awareness of being called by God to follow his Son. That is the joy of being his disciples. Today, for example, each of us, here in the Piazza, can think of the name he received on the day of Baptism: that name is "written in heaven", in the heart of God the Father. And it is the joy of this gift that makes every disciple a missionary, one who walks in the company of the Lord Jesus, who learns from him to spend himself without reserve for others, free from himself and from his own possessions.

Together let us invoke the maternal protection of Mary Most Holy, so that in every place she may support the mission of the disciples of Christ; the mission to announce to everyone that God loves us, wants to save us and calls us to be part of his Kingdom.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

Even if a few days have passed, I invite you to pray for the poor defenseless people killed or injured by the air attack that hit a migrant detention center in Libya. The international community cannot tolerate such serious facts. I pray for the victims: the God of peace welcomes the dead to himself and supports the wounded. I hope that the humanitarian corridors for the most needy migrants will be organized in an extended and concerted way. I also remember all the victims of the massacres that recently took place in Afghanistan, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. Let's pray together. [moment of silence]

I address a cordial greeting to all of you, Romans and pilgrims! I greet the students of the "Scuola Sant’Ignazio" in Cleveland (United States), the young people of Basiasco and Mairago, and the priests participating in the course for formators, promoted by the "Sacerdos" Institute in Rome. I greet the Eritrean community in Rome: dear brothers and sisters, I pray for your people! And I greet the many Poles who are here in front!

I wish you all a good Sunday. Please don't forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye.

#BreakingNews 22 Catholic Hospitals and Clinics Closed and Nuns asked to Leave - Persecution by Government of Eritrea


AFRICA/ERITREA -
The Country's last Catholic hospital closed with force
Saturday, 6 July 2019 Asmara (Agenzia Fides) -
 In Eritrea, even the last Catholic hospital has been closed. On Friday 5 July, the nuns who ran the facility in Zager were forcibly taken away by the police and seals were placed on the doors. The nuns were told to leave the hospital immediately and were prevented from taking hospital equipment with them. The hospital provided maternity services and general medical assistance for the village of Zager some thirty kilometers from the capital, Asmara. In recent weeks, 22 Catholic hospitals and clinics have been closed. Some observers read in this wave of requisitions a response of the regime of Isayas Afeworki to the criticism of the Church towards its government. In their pastoral letters, Catholic bishops have called for profound political reforms in the Country that currently has no constitution and has never organized presidential and legislative elections.
The government has replied that the closures are in line with the rules introduced in 1995, which limit the activities of religious institutions from schools to agricultural projects, from hospitals to the assistance of the elderly. On Thursday, July 4, another group of nuns who ran a health facility in the south of the Country were also asked to leave their residence. One sister said she was heartbroken: "This action hurts ordinary people more than religious organizations". (E.C.) (Agenzia Fides, 6/7/2019)

Holy See announces new Saint Bartholomew and brings 8 others closer to Canonization


Pope Francis on Friday enrolled a Portuguese archbishop as a new saint of the Catholic Church and approved decrees bringing a woman and 7 men closer to sainthood.

New Portuguese saint
The Pope received in audience Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints and approved the favourable votes of the members of the Congregation and extended to the Universal Church the liturgical cult in honour of Blessed Bartholomew of the Martyrs (born Bartholomew Fernandes), the Dominican Archbishop of Braga, Portugal.

Born in Lisbon (Portugal) on 3 May 1514 and died in Viana do Castelo (Portugal) on 16 July 1590.  The Holy Father has  enrolled Blessed Bartholomew dei Martiri Dominican in the catalogue of Saints (equivalent to canonization).

Pope Francis also recognized the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Fulton Sheen, titular Archbishop of Newport, former Bishop of Rochester; born May 8, 1895 in El Paso, Illinois (United States of America) and died on December 9, 1979 in New York (United States of America).

The Pope   authorized the promulgation of decrees on the heroic virtues of a woman and 6 men who hail from 6 countries:

-        The heroic virtues of the Lebanese Servant of God  Elias Hoyek, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, Founder of the Congregation of the Maronite Sisters of the Holy Family.  He was born in Helta (Lebanon) on 4 December 1843 and died in Bkerké (Lebanon) on 24 December 1931.

-        The heroic virtues of the Italian Servant of God Giovanni Vittorio Ferro, of the Order of the Clerics Regular of Somasca, Archbishop of Reggio Calabria-Bova.  He was born in Costigliole d'Asti (Italy) on 13 November 1901 and died in Reggio Calabria (Italy) on 18 April 1992;

-        the heroic virtues of the Spanish Servant of God Angel Riesco Carbajo, titular Bishop of Limisa, Auxiliary Bishop of Tudela, founder of the Institute of the Missionaries of Charity.  He was born in Bercianos de Vidriales (Spain) on 9 July 1902 and died in La Bañeza (Spain) on 2 July 1972.

-        The heroic virtues of the Polish Servant of God Władysław Korniłowicz, a diocesan priest. Born in Warsaw (Poland) on August 5, 1884, and died in Laski (Poland) on September 26, 1946;

-        The heroic virtues of the Italian Servant of God Angelico Lipani (born Vincenzo), a professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Lord. He was born in Caltanissetta (Italy) on 28 December 1842 and died there on 9 July 1920.

-        The heroic virtues of the Servant of God Francisca of the Holy Spirit (born: Francisca de Fuentes), Foundress of the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena.  She was born in Intramuros (Philippines) in 1647 and died in Manila (Philippines) on 24 August 1711.

-        The heroic virtues of the Servant of God Étienne Pierre Morlanne, layman, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Maternal Charity. He was born in Metz (France) on May 22, 1772, and died there on January 7, 1862.
Edited from VaticanNews.va

Cardinal Zen writes on Concerns about Civil Registration of Priests in China - Full Text

"Dubia" by Card Zen on the pastoral guidelines of the Holy See concerning the civil registration of the clergy in China
by Card Joseph Zen Ze-kiun
Hong Kong’s bishop emeritus contributes to the debate over the new guidelines made public by the Holy See.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – In paragraphs 1 and 2 the document explains the problem and the general solution.

1. The problem is that the government has reneged on its promises to respect Catholic doctrine. In the civil registration of the clergy, it almost always requires the clergy to accept the principle of self-governance, self-support, and self-propagation of the Church in China (this could be completed with what the letter from Pope Benedict XVI says in point 7.8: “to adopt  attitudes, make gestures and undertake commitments that are contrary to the dictates of their conscience as Catholics.”

2. Faced with this complex situation, which is not always the same everywhere, the Holy See provided a general outline on how to behave: on the one hand, it says it does not intend to force people; hence calling for respect for the conscience of Catholics (but omitting to explicitly say "the government"); on the other hand, it states as a general principle that "The clandestine condition is not a normal feature of the Church's life", that is, it is normal for her to come out of it.

With respect the quotation from Pope Benedict XVI's letter at 8.10, I took the liberty of taking almost the entire paragraph:

a) "Some of them, not wishing to be subjected to undue control exercised over the life of the Church, and eager to maintain total fidelity to the Successor of Peter and to Catholic doctrine, have felt themselves constrained to opt for clandestine consecration."

b) "The clandestine condition is not a normal feature of the Church's life,"

c) "and history shows that Pastors and faithful have recourse to it only amid suffering, in the desire to maintain the integrity of their faith,"

d) "and to resist interference from State agencies in matters pertaining intimately to the Church's life."

Fr Jeroom Heyndrickx and Card Parolin like to cite part b); Pope Francis also adds part c); but it seems to me that parts a) and d) are also important.

The paragraph clearly shows that non-normality is not the choice of the underground clergy. The choice is inevitable. It is the situation that is abnormal! Has this situation changed now?

3. The third, long paragraph tries to prove that which is suggested in par. 5.

First test: the Constitution

    What does the long history of persecution tell us, the Constitution notwithstanding?

Second test: After the Agreement, independence logically should no longer be understood as absolute independence, but ...

    First of all, if I cannot see the text of the Agreement, it is difficult for me to believe that they have really recognised the "particular role of the successor of Peter".

Is there something logical in totalitarian systems? The only logic is that, according to Deng Xiaoping, a white cat is the same as a black cat, as long as it serves the purposes of the Party.

In the immediate post-agreement period, nothing has been changed. Everything has been officially restated and the facts prove it.

Third test: The context of the "consolidated" dialogue

    Does the document not acknowledge that the government has reneged on its promises, as noted in both in the first and ninth paragraphs of this document?

Fourth test: All bishops are legitimised.

    This only proves the infinite generosity of the pope or perhaps the all-powerful pressure of the government, but we see no change on the part of the forgiven and "rewarded"; no sign of repentance; only clear acts of bold triumph, laughing at others who have bet on the losing horse.

4. Paragraph 4 states that the aforementioned reasons justify a new attitude. Here at least there is the honesty of saying that what is proposed is something new, and that it is thus not in continuation with the past, but a denial of the past as something already bygone, something no longer valid.

It is also said that the Holy See is trying to agree with the government on a formula (and have it both ways).

But our question is: "A formula"? What is being asked and accepted is not the statement of a theory: it is an entire system, a regime in which there will be no pastoral freedom, in which everyone will follow orders of the Party, including minors under 18 banned from taking part in any religious activity.

5. In par. 5 we find the real pastoral guidelines. In short: By all means, let us accept everything the government requires, possibly with a written clarification that denies what is signed. If the written clarification is not possible, let it be done verbally, with or without a witness. As long as there is the intention of conscientiously not accepting what was actually signed.

A text is signed against the faith and it is stated that the intention is to promote the good of the community, a more suitable evangelisation, and the responsible management of Church assets. This is obviously the general rule.

6. In par. 6 it is said that the Holy See understands and respects those who, in good conscience, do not accept the aforementioned rule. Obviously, this is compassion towards a "stubborn" minority that still fails to understand the new rule.

7. Par.7 speaks of certain duties that fall on bishops, citing a document that has nothing to do with our issue.

8. In par. 8 it is said that the faithful welcome the decision of their pastors. What does that mean? That they do not have the individual freedom to choose? Mustn’t their conscience be respected?

When brothers ask me what to do, I have always given an answer similar to the one contained in these guidelines, that is, to respect the choices of others and to remain firm in the conviction of one’s conscience. This is because I have no authority to impose my views on others about what is right or wrong. But doesn't the Holy See have the authority and therefore the duty to clarify precisely this to the members of the Church?

9. In par. 9 it is said that in the meantime the Holy See asks (and omits again the word “the government”) that unofficial Catholic communities not be placed under undue pressures, like in the past

The decision not to use the word "government" is almost like the traditional reverence in not mentioning the name of the emperor.

Finally, it is recommended that everyone discern God’s will with patience and humility. I wonder though: did the steadfastness of the faith get lost somewhere?

Then it says that "the present journey is also marked by many hopes, despite the difficulties". It seems to me instead, that the facts have destroyed every foundation of human hope. As for hope in God, it can never be separated from the sincere desire to suffer in accordance with His will.

This document has radically turned upside what is normal and what is abnormal, what is rightful and what is pitiable. Those who wrote it hope perhaps that the pitied minority will die a natural death. By this minority I mean not only underground priests, but also the many brothers in the official community who have worked with great tenacity to achieve change, hoping for the support of the Holy See.

May the Lord not allow the fulfilment of the wishes of those who want the death of the true faith in my dear homeland.
FULL TEXT Source: Asia News IT

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. July 7, 2019 - Readings + Video - #Eucharist - 14th Ord. Time - C


Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 102

Reading 1IS 66:10-14C

Thus says the LORD:
 Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her,
 all you who love her;
 exult, exult with her,
 all you who were mourning over her!
 Oh, that you may suck fully
 of the milk of her comfort,
 that you may nurse with delight
 at her abundant breasts!
 For thus says the LORD:
 Lo, I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem like a river,
 and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent.
 As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms,
 and fondled in her lap;
 as a mother comforts her child,
 so will I comfort you;
 in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort.

 When you see this, your heart shall rejoice
 and your bodies flourish like the grass;
 the LORD's power shall be known to his servants.

Responsorial PsalmPS 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20

R. (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
 sing praise to the glory of his name;
 proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God, "How tremendous are your deeds!"
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
"Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
 sing praise to your name!"
Come and see the works of God,
 his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
He has changed the sea into dry land;
 through the river they passed on foot;
 therefore let us rejoice in him.
He rules by his might forever.
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. 
Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
 what he has done for me.
Blessed be God who refused me not
 my prayer or his kindness!
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Reading 2 GAL 6:14-18

Brothers and sisters:
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world has been crucified to me,
and I to the world.
For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does uncircumcision,
but only a new creation.
Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule
and to the Israel of God.

From now on, let no one make troubles for me;
for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit,
brothers and sisters. Amen.

AlleluiaCOL 3:15A, 16A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Let the peace of Christ control your hearts;
let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 10:1-12, 17-20 

At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
'Peace to this household.'
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
'The kingdom of God is at hand for you.'
Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you,
go out into the streets and say,
'The dust of your town that clings to our feet,
even that we shake off against you.'
Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand.
I tell you,
it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town."

The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said,
"Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name."
Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power to 'tread upon serpents' and  scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.  Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

Or LK 10:1-9

At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
'Peace to this household.'
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
'The kingdom of God is at hand for you.'"

Saint July 7 : Saint Benedict XI a Dominican Pope who Died in 1304


Pope Benedict XI (Latin: Benedictus XI; 1240 – 7 July 1304), born (Nicholas Boccasini) Born at Treviso, Italy, 1240; died at Perugia, 7 July, 1304. He entered the Dominican Order at the age of fourteen. After fourteen years of study, he became lector of theology, which office he filled for several years. In 1296 he was elected Master General of the Order. As at this time hostility to Boniface VIII was becoming more pronounced, the new general issued an ordinance forbidding his subjects to favour in any way the opponents of the reigning pontiff; he also enjoined on them to defend in their sermons, when opportune, the legitimacy of the election of Boniface. This loyalty of Boccasini, which remained unshaken to the end, was recognized by Boniface, who showed him many marks of favour and confidence.
Thus with the two cardinal-legates, the Dominican General formed the important embassy, the purpose of which was the concluding of an armistice between Edward I of England and Philip IV of France, then at war with each other. In the year 1298 Boccasini was elevated to the cardinalate; he was afterwards appointed Bishop of Ostia and Dean of the Sacred College. As at that time Hungary was rent by civil war, the cardinal-bishop was sent thither by the Holy See as legate a latere to labour for the restoration of peace.
At the time of the return of the legate to Rome, the famous contest of Boniface VIII with Philip the Fair had reached its height. When, in 1303, the enemies of the pope had made themselves masters of the sacred palace, of all the cardinals and prelates only the two Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia and Sabina remained at the side of the venerable Pontiff to defend him from the violence of William of Nogaret and Sciarra Colonna.
 A month after this scene of violence, Boniface having died, Boccasini was unanimously elected Pope, 22 October, taking the name of Benedict XI. The principal event of his pontificate was the restoration of peace with the French court. Immediately after his election Philip sent three ambassadors to the pope bearing the royal letter of congratulation.
The king, while professing his obedience and devotion, recommended to the benevolence of the pope the Kingdom and Church of France. Benedict, judging a policy of indulgence to be necessary for the restoration of peace with the French court, absolved Philip and his subjects from the censures they had incurred and restored the king and kingdom to the rights and privileges of which they had been deprived by Boniface. The Colonna cardinals were also absolved from their censures, but not reinstated in their former dignities. This policy of leniency Benedict carried out without compromising the dignity of the Holy See or the memory of Boniface VIII. Nogaret and Sciarra Colonna and those implicated in the outrage of Anagni were declared excommunicated and summoned to appear before the pontifical tribunal.
After a brief pontificate of eight months, Benedict died suddenly at Perugia. It was suspected, not altogether without reason, that his sudden death was caused by poisoning through the agency of William of Nogaret. Benedict XI was beatified in the year 1773. His feast is celebrated at Rome and throughout the Dominican Order on the 7th of July. He is the author of a volume of sermons and commentaries on a part of the Gospel of St. Matthew, on the Psalms, the Book of Job, and the Apocalypse. Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia