Saturday, June 16, 2018

Pope Francis "You are an icon of God: the family is an icon of God." to Families - FULL TEXT

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

Goodmorning everyone,

I thought it would be a welcome speech ... But hearing Gianluigi I saw that there was fire there, there was mysticism. It's a great thing: for some time I did not hear about the family with so much passion. And it takes courage to do it today! It takes courage. And for this, thank you! I have prepared a speech, but after the heat with which he spoke, I find it cold. I deliver it, because he distributes it afterwards, and then I will publish it.

While he was talking, many things came to mind and heart, so many things about the family, things that are not said, do not say normally, or, if they say, they say well educated, like a school on the family. .. He spoke with his heart, and you all want to talk like that. I will take something that he has said, and I too would like to speak with my heart, and say in arm what came into my heart when he spoke.

He used an expression: "to look each other in the eyes". The man and the woman, the husband and the bride, look each other in the eye. I tell an anecdote. I like to say hello to the couples who make the fiftieth, the twenty-fifth ...; even when they come to Mass in Santa Marta. Once, there was a couple doing the sixtieth. But they were young, because they were married at eighteen, as in those days. In those days they married young people. Today, because you marry a son ..., poor mothers! But the recipe is clear: do not iron the shirts anymore, and so will you marry soon, or not? I find myself in front of this couple, and they looked at me ... I said: "Sixty years! But do you still have the same love? ". And they, looking at me, looked at each other, then came back to look at me, and I saw that their eyes were wet. And they both told me: "We are in love". I never forget it. "After sixty years we are in love". The warmth of the growing family, the love that is not a love of romance. It is a true love. Being in love all your life, with so many problems that are there ... But being in love.

Then, another thing I ask the spouses, who are fifty or sixty years old: "Which of you has had more patience?". It is mathematical, the answer is: "Tutt'e due". It's nice! This indicates a life together, a life of two. That patience to support each other.

And then, to the newlyweds who tell me: "We are married for a month, two months ...", the question I ask is: "Have you had a fight?" They usually say, "Yes". "Ah, all right, this is important. But it is also important not to end the day without making peace ". Please teach this: it is normal for you to argue, because we are free people, and there is some problem, and we need to make it clear. But do not finish the day without making peace. Because? Because the "cold war" of the next day is very dangerous.

With these three anecdotes I wanted to introduce what I would like to tell you.

Family life: it is a sacrifice, but a good sacrifice. Love is like making pasta: every day. Love in marriage is a challenge for men and women. What is the greatest challenge of man? Make more woman his wife. More woman. That grows as a woman. And what is the woman's challenge? Make your husband more man. And so they both go forward. They go forward.

Another thing that helps a lot of married life is patience: knowing how to wait. Wait. There are situations of crisis in life - strong crises, bad crises - where perhaps even times of infidelity come. When the problem can not be solved at that moment, it takes that patience of waiting, waiting. So many women - because this is more of the woman than of the man, but also the man sometimes does it - so many women in silence have waited, looking away, waiting for the husband to return to fidelity. And this is holiness. The holiness that forgives everything, because it loves. Patience. Much patience, one of the other. If one is nervous and cries, do not answer with another cry ... Be quiet, let the storm pass, and then, at the right moment, talk about it.

There are three words that are magic words, but important words in marriage. First of all, "leave": do not be intrusive with each other. "Can I?" That respect for each other. Second word: "Sorry". Apologizing is something that is so important, it's so important! Everyone is wrong in life, everyone. "Excuse me, I did this ...", "Sorry, I forgot ..." And this helps keep going. Help to carry on the family, the ability to apologize. It's true, apologizing always involves a bit 'of shame, but it is a holy shame! "Excuse me, I forgot ..." It's something that helps a lot to keep going. And the third word: "Thank you". To have the greatness of heart to always thank.

Then you spoke of Amoris laetitia, and you said: "Here Amoris laetitia is made flesh". I like to hear this: read, read the fourth chapter. The fourth chapter is the core of Amoris laetitia. It is precisely spirituality of every day of the family. Some have reduced Amoris laetitia to a sterile casuistry of "we can, we can not". They did not understand anything! Then, in Amoris laetitia, problems do not hide, problems of preparation for marriage. You help boyfriends to get ready: you have to say things clear, do not you? Clear. Once a woman told me, in Buenos Aires: "But you priests are smart ..." - "Why?" - "To become a priest, study eight years, you prepare for eight years. And then, if after a few years it does not work, make a nice letter to Rome; and in Rome they give you permission, and you can get married. Instead to us, who give us a Sacrament for life, we are satisfied with three or four preparatory conferences. This is not right". And that woman was right. Preparing for marriage: yes, it takes conferences, things that explain, but it takes men and women, friends, to talk to them and help them to mature, to mature on the journey. And we can say that today there is a need for a catechumenate for marriage, as there is a catechumenate for Baptism. Prepare, help prepare for marriage. Then, another problem we see in Amoris Laetitia is the education of children. It is not easy to educate children. Today the children are quicker than us! In the virtual world, they know more than us. But we must educate them to the community, educate them to family life. Educate them to sacrifice for one another. It is not easy to educate children. They are big problems. And you, who love the family, can help the other families in this way. The family is an adventure, a beautiful adventure! And today - with pain I say it - we see that many times we think of starting a family and making a marriage like a lottery: "Let's go. If it goes, it goes. If it does not work, we delete the thing and start again ". This superficiality on the greatest gift God gave to humanity: the family. Because, after the story of the creation of man, God shows that he created man and woman in his image and likeness. And Jesus himself, when he speaks of marriage, says: "Man will leave his father and mother and with his wife they will become one flesh". Because they are the image and likeness of God. You are an icon of God: the family is an icon of God. Man and woman: it is precisely the image of God. He has said it, I do not say so. And this is great, it is sacred. Then today - it hurts to say - we talk about "diversified" families: different types of families. Yes, it is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of the stars, the "families" of the trees, the "families" of the animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family as an image of God, man and woman, is only one. It is only one. It may be that a man and a woman are not believers: but if they love and unite in marriage, they are the image and likeness of God, though they do not believe. It is a mystery: St. Paul calls it "great mystery", "great sacrament" (cf. Eph 5,32). A true mystery. I like everything you've said and the passion with which you said it. And so we must talk about the family, with passion. Once, I think a year ago, I called a relative of mine who was getting married. Forty. At the end I said: "Tell me a little: in which church do you marry?" - "We still do not know why we are looking for a church that matches the dress that will ... - and said the name of the girlfriend - and then we have the problem of the restaurant ... ". But think ... The important thing was that. When what is secondary takes the place of what is important. The important thing is to love each other, receive the Sacrament, go on ...; and then do all the parties you want, all of them. Once I met two married couple for ten years, without children. It is very delicate to talk about this, because many times children want but do not come, do not they? I did not know how to handle the topic. Then I learned that they did not want children. But these people at home had three dogs, two cats ... It's nice to have a dog, a cat, it's nice ... Or sometimes when you hear that they say, "Yes, yes, but we children do not because we have to buy a house in the country, then travel ... ". Children are the greatest gift. Children who welcome as they come, as God sends them, as God permits - even if sometimes they are sick. I heard that it is fashionable - or at least it is habitual - in the early months of pregnancy to make certain tests, to see if the child is not well, or comes with some problems ... The first proposal in that case is: "We send it away? ". The murder of children. And to have a peaceful life, an innocent person is taken out. When I was a boy, the teacher taught us history and told us what the Spartans were doing when a child was born with malformations: they took him to the mountain and threw him down, to treat "the purity of the race". And we remained stunned: "But how, how can this be done, poor children!" It was an atrocity. Today we do the same. You asked yourself why do not you see so many dwarves on the street? Because the protocol of many doctors - many, not all - is to ask the question: "Is it bad?". I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to treat the purity of the race. Today we do the same, but with white gloves. Family, love, patience, joy, and waste time in the family. You have talked about a bad thing: that there is no possibility of "wasting time", because in order to earn today you must have two jobs, because the family is not considered. You also talked about young people who can not get married because there is no work. The family is threatened by lack of work. And I would like to end with a council that once gave me a professor - he gave it to school - a professor of philosophy, the dean. I was in the seminary, at the stage of philosophy. There was the theme of human maturity, in philosophy we study that. And he said: "What is an everyday criterion to know if a man, if a priest is mature?". We answered things ... And he: "No, a simpler one: an adult person, a priest, is mature if he is able to play with children". This is the test. And I say to you: waste time with the children, waste time with your children, play with your children. Do not tell them: "Do not disturb!". I once heard a young family man say, "Father, when I go to work, they sleep. When I come back, they sleep ". It is the cross of this slavery of an unjust way of working that society brings us today. I said this was the last thing. No, the penultimate one. The last is what I say now, because I do not want to forget it. I talked about children as a promise treasure. But there is another treasure in the family: they are grandparents. Please take care of grandparents! Let grandparents talk, let the children talk to their grandparents. Caress grandparents, do not remove them from the family because they are annoying, because they repeat the same things. Love the grandparents, and let them talk to the children. Thank you all. Thank you for the passion, thank you for the love you have for the family. Thanks for everything! And forward with courage. Thank you! Now before giving you the blessing, let us pray to Our Lady: "Hail Mary ..."
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Wow Catholic World Cup Sports Star Javier Hernandez gets on his Knees and Prays before Games


Javier Hernández Balcázar was born 1 June 1988. He is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club West Ham United and the Mexico national team. Hernández is commonly known by his nickname, Chicharito  (Mexican Spanish: little pea), which he wears on his shirt. He began his career in 2006, playing for the Mexican club Guadalajara, before becoming the first Mexican player to join Manchester United in July 2010. A Mexican international, Hernández is his country's all-time leading goalscorer.  He has represented Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and he was the 2011 Gold Cup's top scorer with seven goals and was named the most valuable player of the tournament. Hernández was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco and first played in a recreation league when he was seven years old. Hernández' father, footballer Javier "Chícharo" Hernández, played for Monarcas Morelia. At the age of nine, Hernández joined C.D. Guadalajara and signed his first professional contract when he was 15. Hernández was also took business administration classes at Universidad del Valle de Atemajac.
On 26 May 2012, Hernández became the Mexican ambassador for UNICEF. As ambassador, he participates in  activities to encourage children and teenagers to not abandon their education.
 Hernández is a devout Roman Catholic.
He is famous for his pre-game ritual where he gets on his knees and prays which he does before most games. 
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Pope Francis to Sisters "...so that the light and the warmth of God's love can reach the people you meet and awaken hope in them." FULL TEXT


ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE SISTERS OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Hall of the Consistory
Saturday, 16 June 2018


Dear sisters!

I welcome you and I rejoice to be able to do so while you are celebrating the fourth centenary of the return to the house of the Father of your foundress, Venerable Orsola Benincasa. I thank you for all the good you do in the Church and there where you work for the Kingdom of God: America, Africa and Europe. With you I also greet the Teatini Fathers who accompany you. You know that we Jesuits with the Teatines have a story a bit 'ugly ... We had a fight over time of Paul IV, a long time ago. Now we are friends. You are particularly attached to them since Mother Orsola, just before she died, entrusted her work and her Rules to the Teatini Regular Clerics, for the great esteem she had.

Orsola Benincasa was a contemplative woman, I want to underline this: contemplation. Like the prophet Jeremiah, she too felt seduced by the Lord and allowed herself to be seduced (cf. Jer 20: 7). Throughout his life he sought full conformity to the crucified Christ, also thanks to mystical experiences. In love with the Eucharist, she made this Sacrament the center and nourishment of her life. Rooted in Christ and attracted by the light of the Immaculate Conception, he has left a charism that is inseparably Christocentric and Marian; and, as a testament, to live "without any other rule than love". And this is not easy! Starting from this centrality of Christ in his life, he was able to grasp the needs of the people, especially the young, living for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

On this spiritual structure, where Christ is the only highest good, daily life of prayer is supported. A prayer that, far from separating you from the world and its needs, leads you to love the world as the Lord loves it and wants it. In a particular way, it leads you to dedicate yourselves to the education and formation of the new generations, attentive to their human promotion and their growth in faith; this without neglecting your presence close to the suffering people, in whom you recognize Jesus crucified. In this way the Lord calls you to come out of yourself and to go to the existential peripheries, with freedom of heart. You find life by giving life, find hope by giving hope, find your reason for being in the Church and in the world, always loving and living according to the logic of the gift, the logic of the Gospel.

I encourage you to be, on the example of your Foundress, teachers of experiential knowledge of God. Today's world needs witnesses of transcendence, of people who are the salt of the earth and the light of the world (cf. Mt 5,13-14) , let them be leaven in the dough (cf. Mt 13.33). Do not deprive the men and women of today of this food, necessary as much as the material bread. Together with people in conditions of material poverty, there are many who have lost the meaning of life, hearts parched and thirsty for good bread and living water, even without knowing they are waiting to meet Jesus. There are also hungry and thirsty hearts. Go to satiate that hunger, that thirst, where there is no ability to satiate with that illusion, the illusion of lights that do not give life, of the lights that do not illuminate. And to you as well as to the disciples, Jesus says today: give them something to drink and to eat (cf. Mk 6:37), that bread which satisfies, that water which satisfies. If you are open to the action of the Spirit, He will guide you to respond creatively to the cry of the poor and hungry and thirsty of God. The Spirit himself will help you to ask: what does the Lord and the brothers ask of us? It will help you to stay awake, vigilant as sentinels of the Lord, so that the light and the warmth of God's love can reach the people you meet and awaken hope in them.

The world also needs your testimony of fraternal life in the community. Fraternal life is not easy, it is not easy. There is always something to fight, to talk badly. It's true? Always always. It's ugly to talk bad about the family. It's ugly, but there's a remedy, a very good medicine for not talking bad: bite your tongue. It swells, but does not spill it. Try! Therefore, the spirituality of communion, the spirituality of living together, so that the community journey becomes a "holy pilgrimage" (cf. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 87). Removing criticism, gossip, rivalries, and practicing instead the reception and mutual attention, the sharing of material goods, respect for the most fragile people (cf. Letter to all consecrated persons, 21 November 2014, II, 3 ). This is very important: taking care of the elderly. They are the memory of the congregation. Do not leave them there in the infirmary, abandoned, no. Go to them, let them talk - they are memory -, caress them. Do not forget about the elderly. Always resound in your hearts the will of the Foundress: "Love one another. Respect each other. Each one seeks the good of the other ". This is a beautiful road to holiness! In this way, you will incarnate the commandment of love where you live and work: in schools, in parishes, in nursing homes, in every place where the Gospel of Christ is brought with life and words. In this way you will always be constructors of communion within your Institute and beyond it (cf. John Paul II, Apostolic Apostolic Exhortation, Post Consecrated Life, 51). Mary Immaculate, whom you venerate as a model and patroness, obtain for you the grace of being passionate women of Christ and of humanity; to continually set you on a journey to serve the most needy, as she did in the Visitation (cf. Lk 1:39); to know how to be there where your presence is necessary as disciples of the Lord and consecrated women (cf. Acts 1: 14). For all this, I cordially impart my blessing. And you, please, do not forget to pray for me. Thank you.
FULL TEXT from Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation

The World Cup has a Catholic Founder Jules Rimet "...who believed that sport could unite the world." for Peace

Jules Rimet believed football had the ability to unite nations. His grandson, Yves Rimet, 74,  describes him as a "humanist and idealist, who believed that sport could unite the world." M. Rimet said. "my grandfather would have been disappointed with the money-dominated business that football has become. That was not his vision." To the end of his life in 1956, Jules Rimet predicted that international football would re-create the spirit of medieval "chivalry". Sport - and above all football - would be the means to teach the world's masses to appreciate the Christian virtues of hard work, honesty, obedience to rules, comradeship and fair play.
 M. Rimet was born in Haute-Saone in eastern France in 1876. He was the son of a poor grocer, who migrated to Paris when Jules was 11 years old.  Young Jules studied hard and became a succesful lawyer in Paris. Rimet, thought football (soccer) could “propagate understanding and reconciliation between the races of the world”, The first World Cup was in Uruguay in 1930, and the trophy for the World Cup was later was named in honour of Rimet. He served as Fifa president for 33 years. In 1956, the year he died, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
 M. Rimet fought as an officer throughout the war, winning the Croix de Guerre.  British and German soldiers played football in No Man's Land at Christmas in 1914. After the war, in 1919, M. Rimet became the head of the revived world body, Fifa. He remained president for 33 years, until 1954, taking the number of member countries from a dozen to 85. He was a devout Catholic and a Christian He once predicted that, through football, the human race would one day achieve a state of humanist grace in which "men will be able to meet in confidence without hatred in their hearts and without an insult on their lips." Edited from the Independant

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Sat. June 16, 2018 - #Eucharist


Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 364

Reading 11 KGS 19:19-21

Elijah set out, and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat,
as he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen;
he was following the twelfth.
Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak over him.
Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said,
"Please, let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,
and I will follow you."
Elijah answered, "Go back!
Have I done anything to you?"
Elisha left him and, taking the yoke of oxen, slaughtered them;
he used the plowing equipment for fuel to boil their flesh,
and gave it to his people to eat.
Then he left and followed Elijah as his attendant.

Responsorial PsalmPSALM 16:1B-2A AND 5, 7-8, 9-10

R. (see 5a) You are my inheritance, O Lord.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, "My Lord are you."
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.

AlleluiaPS 119:36A, 29B

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Incline my heart, O God, to your decrees;
and favor me with your law.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 5:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
"You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
Do not take a false oath,
but make good to the Lord all that you vow.

But I say to you, do not swear at all;
not by heaven, for it is God's throne;
nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;
nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Do not swear by your head,
for you cannot make a single hair white or black.
Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.'
Anything more is from the Evil One."

Saint June 16 : St. John Francis Regis : #Jesuit Evangelist : Patron of Social Workers - #Regis


St. John Francis Regis
JESUIT EVANGELIST AND PREACHER
Feast: June 16


Information:
Feast Day:June 16
Born:January 31, 1597, Fontcouverte, Aude, Languedoc, France
Died:December 30, 1640, La Louvesc, Dauphine, France
Canonized:April 5, 1737, Rome by Pope Clement XII
Major Shrine:La Lovesc
Patron of:lacemakers, social workers
Born 31 January, 1597, in the village of Fontcouverte (department of Aude); died at la Louvesc, 30 Dec., 1640. His father Jean, a rich merchant, had been recently ennobled in recognition of the prominent part he had taken in the Wars of the League; his mother, Marguerite de Cugunhan, belonged by birth to the landed nobility of that part of Languedoc. They watched with Christian solicitude over the early education of their son, whose sole fear was lest he should displease his parents or his tutors. The slightest harsh word rendered him inconsolable, and quite paralyzed his youthful faculties. When he reached the age of fourteen, he was sent to continue his studies in the Jesuit college at Béziers. His conduct was exemplary and he was much given to practices of devotion, while his good humour, frankness, and eagerness to oblige everybody soon won for him the good-will of his comrades. But Francis did not love the world, and even during the vacations lived in retirement, occupied in study and prayer. On one occasion only he allowed himself the diversions of the chase. At the end of his five years' study of the humanities, grace and his ascetic inclinations led him to embrace the religious life under the standard of St. Ignatius Loyola. He entered the Jesuit novitiate of Toulouse on 8 December, 1616, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Here he was distinguished for an extreme fervour, which never afterwards flagged, neither at Cahors, where he studied rhetoric for a year (Oct., 1618-Oct., 1619), nor during the six years in which he taught grammar at the colleges of Billom (1619-22), of Puy-en-Velay (1625-27), and of Auch (1627-28), nor during the three years in which he studied philosophy in the scholasticate at Tournon (Oct., 1622-Oct., 1625). During this time, although he was filling the laborious office of regent, he made his first attempts as a preacher. On feast-days he loved to visit the towns and villages of the neighbourhood, and there give an informal instruction, which never failed--as attested by those who heard him--to produce a profound impression on those present.

As he burned with the desire to devote himself entirely to the salvation of his neighbour, he aspired with all his heart to the priesthood. In this spirit he began in October, 1628, his theological studies. The four years he was supposed to devote to them seemed to him so very long that he finally begged his superiors to shorten the term. This request was granted, and in consequenceFrancis said his first Mass on Trinity Sunday, 15 June, 1631; but on the other hand, in conformity with the statutes of his order, which require the full course of study, he was not admitted to the solemn profession of the four vows. The plague was at that time raging in Toulouse. The new priest hastened to lavish on the unfortunate victims the first-fruits of his apostolate. In the beginning of 1632, after having reconciled family differences at Fontcouverte, his birthplace, and having resumed for some weeks a class in grammar at Pamiers, he was definitively set to work by his superiors at the hard labour of the missions. This became the work of the last ten years of his life. It is impossible to enumerate the cities and localities which were the scene of his zeal. On this subject the reader must consult his modern biographer, Father de Curley, who has succeeded best in reconstructing the itinerary of the holy man. We need only mention that from May, 1632, to Sept., 1634, his head-quarters were at the Jesuit college of Montpellier, and here he laboured for the conversion of the Huguenots, visiting the hospitals, assisting the needy, withdrawing from vice wayward girls and women, and preaching Catholic doctrine with tireless zeal to children and the poor. Later (1633-40) he evangelized more than fifty districts in le Vivarais, le Forez, and le Velay. He displayed everywhere the same spirit, the same intrepidity, which were rewarded by the most striking conversions. "Everybody", wrote the rector of Montpellier to the general of the Jesuits, "agrees that Father Regis has a marvellous talent for the Missions" (Daubenton, "La vie du B. Jean-François Régis", ed. 1716, p. 73). But not everyone appreciated the transports of his zeal. He was reproached in certain quarters with being impetuous and meddlesome, with troubling the peace of families by an indiscreet charity, with preaching not evangelical sermons, but satires and invectives which converted no one. Some priests, who felt their own manner of life rebuked, determined to ruin him, and therefore denounced him to the Bishop of Viviers. They had laid their plot with such perfidy and cunning that the bishop permitted himself to be prejudiced for a time. But it was only a passing cloud. The influence of the best people on the one hand, and on the other the patience and humility of the saint, soon succeeded in confounding the calumny and caused the discreet and enlightened ardour of Regis to shine forth with renewed splendour (Daubenton, loc. dit., 67- 73). Less moderate indeed was his love of mortification, which he practiced with extreme rigour on all occasions, without ruffling in the least his evenness of temper. As he returned to the house one evening after a hard day's toil, one of his confrères laughingly asked: "Well, Father Regis, speaking candidly, are you not very tired?" "No", he replied, "I am as fresh as a rose." He then took only a bowl of milk and a little fruit, which usually constituted both his dinner and supper, and finally, after long hours of prayer, lay down on the floor of his room, the only bed he knew. He desired ardently to go to Canada, which at that time was one of the missions of the Society of Jesus where one ran the greatest risks. Having been refused, he finally sought and obtained from the general permission to spend six months of the year, and those the terrible months of winter, on the missions of the society. The remainder of the time he devoted to the most thankless labour in the cities, especially to the rescue of public women, whom he helped to persevere after their conversion by opening refuges for them, where they found honest means of livelihood. This most delicate of tasks absorbed a great part of his time and caused him many annoyances, but his strength of soul was above the dangers which he ran. Dissolute men often presented a pistol at him or held a dagger to his throat. He did not even change colour, and the brightness of his countenance, his fearlessness, and the power of his words caused them to drop the weapons from their hands. He was more sensitive to that opposition which occasionally proceeded from those who should have seconded his courage. His work among penitents urged his zeal to enormous undertakings. His superiors, as his first biographers candidly state, did not always share his optimism, or rather his unshaken faith in Providence, and it sometimes happened that they were alarmed at his charitable projects and manifested to him their disapproval. This was the cross which caused the saint the greatest suffering, but it was sufficient for him that obedience spoke: he silenced all the murmurs of human nature, and abandoned his most cherished designs. Seventy-two years after his death a French ecclesiastic, who believed he had a grievance against the Jesuits, circulated the legend that towards the end of his life St. John Francis Regis had been expelled from the Society of Jesus. Many different accounts were given, but finally the enemies of the Jesuits settled on the version that the letter of the general announcing to John his dismissal was sent from Rome, but that it was late in reaching its destination, only arriving some days after the death of the saint. This calumny will not stand the slightest examination. (For its refutation see de Curley, "St. Jean-François Régis", 336-51; more briefly and completely in "Analecta Bollandiana", XIII, 78-9.) It was in the depth of winter, at la Louvesc, a poor hamlet of the mountains of Ardèche, after having spent with heroic courage the little strength that he had left, and while he was contemplating the conversion of the Cévennes, that the saint's death occurred, on 30 December, 1640. There was no delay in ordering canonical investigations. On 18 May, 1716, the decree of beatification was issued by Clement XI. On 5 April, 1737, Clement XII promulgated the decree of canonization. Benedict XIV established the feast-day for 16 June. But immediately after his death Regis was venerated as a saint. Pilgrims came in crowds to his tomb, and since then the concourse has only grown. Mention must be made of the fact that a visit made in 1804 to the blessed remains of the Apostle of Vivarais was the beginning of the vocation of the Blessed Curé of Ars, Jean-Baptiste Vianney, whom the Church has raised in his turn to her altars. "Everything good that I have done", he said when dying, "I owe to him" (de Curley, op. cit., 371). The place where Regis died has been transformed into a mortuary chapel. Near by is a spring of fresh water to which those who are devoted to St. John Francis Regis attribute miraculous cures through his intercession. The old church of la Louvesc has received (1888) the title and privileges of a basilica. On this sacred site was founded in the beginning of the nineteenth century the Institute of the Sisters of St. Regis, or Sisters of Retreat, better known under the name of the Religious of the Cenacle; and it was the memory of his merciful zeal in behalf of so many unfortunate fallen women that gave rise to the now flourishing work of St. Francis Regis, which is to provide for the poor and working people who wish to marry, and which is chiefly concerned with bringing illegitimate unions into conformity with Divine and human laws.

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)