Friday, March 9, 2018

Saint March 10 : St. John Ogilvie - #Jesuit #Priest of #Scotland

St John Ogilvie was a Jesuit priest, martyred for his faith at Glasgow on 10th March 1615. He is the only canonized martyr of the Scottish Reformation.
The year 2015 is the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie.
The Life of St John Ogilvie
John Ogilvie is born on 4th July at Drum-na-Keith, on the north east coast of Scotland . His father, Sir Walter Ogilvie, conformed to the state religion of Calvinism (established by act of parliament in 1560) and later known as Presbyterianism. His mother, Agnes Elphinstone, was a Catholic with two brothers in the Society of Jesus.
John's mother dies when he is three. Walter Ogilvie is remarried, to Mary Douglas.
Travels to Helmstedt (an illustrious Lutheran school founded in 1570) to begin his formal education, age 13.
Enrols at the Scots College (which had moved from Douai to Louvain), undergoes instruction from Cornelius a Lapide SJ and shortly becomes a Roman Catholic. Then continued his studies at the Jesuit university at Olmütz (Olomouc, founded 1570) in Bohemia because of the poverty of the Scots College.
Continues studies with the Benedictines at the Schottenkloster (Irish Monastery) Sankt JakobRatisbon (Regensburg).
Returns to Olmütz. Enters the novitiate of the Society of Jesus on 5 th November at Brno in Moravia.
Takes his first vows as a Jesuit on 26 th December at Graz in Austria and then teaches grammar in the Jesuit school (founded 1573) while studying philosophy at the Jesuit university (founded 1585/6).
Teaches grammar and humanities at Vienna (Jesuit college and university founded 1551).
Returns to study at Olmütz to study theology. Appointed Prefect of the Sodality of Our Lady.
Ordained priest at Paris and appointed confessor to the students of the Jesuit college at Rouen (founded 1593).
Returns to Scotland, landing at Leith, under the alias John Watson, horse dealer. He is accompanied by James Moffat SJ and the Capuchin Franciscan, John Campbell.
Ogilvie travels to London and on to France on a secret mission, seemingly under the protection of the King. He returns to Scotland in June. On 14th October, he is betrayed by Adam Boyd and arrested in Glasgow. Imprisoned and tortured for five months in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
John Ogilvie is executed at the Mercat Cross, Glasgow, on 10th March and is buried outside the city walls.
Ogilvie's Relatio (his own account of his arrest, imprisonment and torture, written in prison) is printed in various cities in Europe and circulated secretly in England and Scotland.
The process to have John Ogilvie declared 'Blessed' is begun but not completed for another 400 years.
22nd December - Declared 'Blessed' by Pope Pius XI.
17th October - Declared a 'Saint' by Pope Paul VI.
400th Anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie SJ.
Feast Day
The feast day of St John Ogilvie SJ is celebrated on 10th March (the day of his martyrdom in 1615) in the Jesuit calendar of the British Province and in the dioceses of Scotland, and on14th October (the date of his arrest in 1614 and the beginning of his martyrdom) in the rest of the universal Church.
Shared from Jesuitinstitute

#BreakingNews RIP Sister Consolata - 1st Nun of Padre's Pio's Hospital

Sister Consolata is dead, the first nun of Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza a hospital established by Padre Pio.

Sister Consolata di Santo, nun Clarissa, class of 1916, spiritual daughter of Padre Pio, flew to heaven yesterday in the cloistered monastery of the Capuchin clergymen of Rome.

Last of 10 children, she was born in Santeramo in Colle in the province of Bari on 10 April 1916. She was six months old when her mother, before dying, told the priest that he was laying his hands on her head for the anointing of the sick: « I leave the Madonna as his heir to my family and ask the Lord for the grace that all my children are consecrated to God ". So it was. All consecrated.

On September 21, 1936 he entered the convent, among the Sisters Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the nuns that Padre Pio wanted in the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza to serve among the sick. He arrived in San Giovanni Rotondo on September 23, 1955.

Sister Consolata in her simplicity also recounts the first meeting with Padre Pio: "The next day Father Carmelo accompanied us from Padre Pio to the convent. We waited in a room of the guesthouse. From a small window, which communicated with another room, we heard a knock: it was Padre Pio. We tried to open the window but we could not, so that from the other room came the guardian smiling and unlocking the hook that allowed the window to open. Padre Pio, looking out, with a beautiful smile and a joking tone said: "How will you cure the sick if you have not even been able to open a window?". Then, looking at the nuns, one by one he uttered the words of encouragement: "Do not worry, other nuns will come", and so it was. On the day of the inauguration of the House, we were 15 Sisters ".

It was November 3, 1955 when he first confessed to Padre Pio. After confession, he cried: it was a mask of tears. Sister Consolata said that after the confession was about to receive the blessing and looking at Padre Pio, he said to her: «" Ah well, are you? you had them solemn (the beatings, waving with your hand, n. a.) this morning ". It was my first confession and I asked him: "Father take me as his spiritual daughter", and he replied: "If you behaved well though!". It was my salvation, after Jesus and Our Lady ».

In 1959, when Padre Pio got sick, Sister Consolata was hospitalized and housed in the room next to that of Padre Pio, when the saint spent the night between 1 and 2 July 1959 in Casa Sollievo: "And when Padre Pio came ... .. "I could hear his breath from my room". When he returned to the convent, before leaving, he passed in front of my door and said to me: "How are you, Consolata?". And I replied: "But Father, ask me? how are you? Eh? ". "If I was not for you, poor to you," he said. I hugged him and kissed his hands: an unforgettable encounter ».

Sister Consolata lent her service in Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, in the service of the sick, from 1955 to 1975. She was 59 years old when she entered into a cloister among the Capuchins.

Pope Francis " God loved us first and, with love, he saves us completely." Confession Service at Vatican FULL TEXT + Video

Vatican Basilica
, 9 March 2018

What great joy and consolation are offered us by the words of Saint John that we just heard: God so loves us that that he has made us his children, and, when we see him face-to-face, we shall discover all the more the greatness of his love (cf. 1 Jn 3:1-10.19-22).  Not only that.  The love of God is always greater than anything we can imagine; it even reaches beyond any sin with which our conscience may charge us.  His is an infinite love, one that knows no bounds.  It is free of all those obstacles that we, for our part, tend to set in front of others, out of fear that they may strip us of our freedom.
We know that the state of sin distances us from God.  But in fact, sin is the way that we distance ourselves from him.  Yet that does not mean that God distances himself from us.  The state of weakness and confusion that results from sin is one more reason for God to remain close to us.  The certainty of this should accompany us throughout our lives.  The words of the Apostle are a reassuring confirmation that our hearts should trust, always and unhesitatingly, in the Father’s love: “No matter what our hearts may charge us with, God is greater than our hearts” (v. 20).
His grace is constantly at work in us, to strengthen our hope that his love will never be lacking, in spite of any sin we may have committed by rejecting his presence in our lives.
It is this hope that makes us realize at times that our life has lost its direction, as Peter did in the Gospel account that we heard.  “And immediately the cock crowed.  And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, ‘Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times’.  And he went out and wept bitterly” (Mt 26:74-75).  The evangelist is extremely sober.  The crowing of the cock startles a man who is bewildered; he then recalls the words of Jesus, and at last the curtain is lifted.  Peter begins to glimpse through his tears that God is revealed in Christ, who is buffeted and insulted, whom he himself has denied, yet who now goes off to die for him.  Peter, who wanted to die for Jesus, now realizes that he must let Jesus die for him.  Peter wanted to teach the Master; he wanted to go before him.  Instead, it is Jesus who goes off to die for Peter.  Peter had not understood this; he didn’t want to understand it.
Peter is now confronted with the Lord’s charity.  Finally he understands that the Lord loves him and asks him to let himself be loved.  Peter realizes that he had always refused to let himself be loved.  He had always refused to let himself be saved by Jesus alone, and so he did not want Jesus to love him completely.
How truly difficult it is to let ourselves be loved!  We would always like a part of us to be freed of the debt of gratitude, while in reality we are completely indebted, because God loved us first and, with love, he saves us completely.
Let us now ask the Lord for the grace to know the greatness of his love, which wipes away our every sin.

Let us allow ourselves to be purified by love, in order to recognize true love!

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Friday March 9, 2018 - #Eucharist

Friday of the Third Week of Lent
Lectionary: 241

Reading 1HOS 14:2-10

Thus says the LORD:
Return, O Israel, to the LORD, your God;
you have collapsed through your guilt.
Take with you words,
and return to the LORD;
Say to him, "Forgive all iniquity,
and receive what is good, that we may render
as offerings the bullocks from our stalls.
Assyria will not save us,
nor shall we have horses to mount;
We shall say no more, 'Our god,'
to the work of our hands;
for in you the orphan finds compassion."

I will heal their defection, says the LORD,
I will love them freely;
for my wrath is turned away from them.
I will be like the dew for Israel:
he shall blossom like the lily;
He shall strike root like the Lebanon cedar,
and put forth his shoots.
His splendor shall be like the olive tree
and his fragrance like the Lebanon cedar.
Again they shall dwell in his shade
and raise grain;
They shall blossom like the vine,
and his fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

Ephraim! What more has he to do with idols?
I have humbled him, but I will prosper him.
"I am like a verdant cypress tree"–
Because of me you bear fruit!

Let him who is wise understand these things;
let him who is prudent know them.
Straight are the paths of the LORD,
in them the just walk,
but sinners stumble in them.

Responsorial PsalmPS 81:6C-8A, 8BC-9, 10-11AB, 14 AND 17

R. (see 11 and 9a) I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.
An unfamiliar speech I hear:
"I relieved his shoulder of the burden;
his hands were freed from the basket.
In distress you called, and I rescued you."
R. I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.
"Unseen, I answered you in thunder;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah.
Hear, my people, and I will admonish you;
O Israel, will you not hear me?"
R. I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.
"There shall be no strange god among you
nor shall you worship any alien god.
I, the LORD, am your God
who led you forth from the land of Egypt."
R. I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.
"If only my people would hear me,
and Israel walk in my ways,
I would feed them with the best of wheat,
and with honey from the rock I would fill them."
R. I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.

Verse Before The GospelMT 4:17

Repent, says the Lord;
the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.

GospelMK 12:28-34

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
"Which is the first of all the commandments?"
Jesus replied, "The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.

The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these."
The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
He is One and there is no other than he.
And to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself

is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
he said to him,
"You are not far from the Kingdom of God."
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Saint March 9 : St. Frances of Rome : Patron of: #Benedictine #oblates; #Automobile Drivers

Feast Day:
March 9
1384, Rome
March 9, 1440, Rome
1608, Rome by Pope Paul V
Major Shrine:
Santa Francesca Romana Church, Romea
Patron of:
Benedictine oblates; automobile drivers

One of the greatest mystics of the fifteenth century; born at Rome, of a noble family, in 1384; died there, 9 March, 1440. Her youthful desire was to enter religion, but at her father's wish she married, at the age of twelve, Lorenzo de' Ponziani. Among her children we know of Battista, who carried on the family name, Evangelista, a child of great gifts (d. 1411), and Agnes (d. 1413). Frances was remarkable for her charity to the poor, and her zeal for souls. She won away many Roman ladies from a life of frivolity, and united them in an association of oblates attached to the White Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria Nuova; later they became the Benedictine Oblate Congregation of Tor di Specchi (25 March, 1433) which was  approved by Eugene IV (4 July, 1433). Its members led the life of religious, but without the strict cloister or formal vows, and gave themselves up to prayer and good works. With her husband's consent Frances practiced continency, and advanced in a life of contemplation. Her visions often assumed the form of drama enacted for her by heavenly personages. She had the gift of miracles and ecstasy, we well as the bodily vision of her guardian angel, had revelations concerning purgatory and hell, and foretold the ending of the Western Schism. She could read the secrets of consciences and detect plots of diabolical origin. She was remarkable for her humility and detachment, her obedience and patience, exemplified on the occasion ofher husband's banishment, the captivity of Battista, her sons' death, and the loss of all herproperty.
On the death of her husband (1436) she retired among her oblates at Tor di Specchi, seeking admission for charity's sake, and was made superior. On the occasion of a visit to her son, she fell ill and died on the day she had foretold. Her canonization was preceded by three processes (1440, 1443, 1451) and Paul V declared her a saint on 9 May, 1608, assigning 9 March as her feast day. Long before that, however, the faithful were wont to venerate her body in the church of Santa Maria Nuova in the Roman Forum, now known as the church of Santa Francesca Romana.

(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)