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ST ANTHONY MARY CLARET, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR

ST ANTHONY MARY CLARET, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR

ST ANTHONY MARY CLARET, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR – MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 24

Anthony Mary Claret was born at Vich in Spain, of devout and honourable parents. He started life as a weaver, but afterwards became a priest. He was first engaged in parochial work, but later went to Rome to be sent on the foreign missions by the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. By the will of God, however, he returned to Spain and as a Missionary Apostolic travelled through Catalonia and the Canary Islands.

HE FOUNDED THE CONGREGATION OF THE SONS OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

Besides being a prolific writer of fine books, he also founded the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Appointed Archbishop of the See of Santiago in Cuba, he proved, by his virtues, to be a zealous pastor. He restored the seminary, improved the education and discipline of the clergy, established social works and founded the Teaching Sisters of Mary Immaculate for the Christian education for girls.

THE TEACHING SISTERS OF MARY IMMACULATE 

Finally summoned to Madrid as the confessor and councillor in important ecclesiastical affairs for the Queen of Spain, he gave an excellent example of austere life adorned with every virtue. In the Vatican Council, he strongly defended the infallibility of the Roman Pontiff.

A STAUNCH PROMOTER OF DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED SACRAMENT 

He was a staunch promoter of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and her Rosary. At length, at Font Froide, in France, he died in exile in the year 1870 [on October 24]. Being renowned for miracles, Pope Pius XI added him to the list of the blessed and Pius XII to that of the saints.

PRAYER:

O God, who glorified blessed Anthony Mary, your Confessor and Bishop, because of his zeal for souls, and through him established in the Church new households of men and women religious, we beseech you to grant that, with his counsels as a guide, and through the merits of his prayers, we may continually apply ourselves to seeking the salvation of souls. Through our Lord…

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964 [bold headings added afterwards]

 

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PRAYER FOR THE GLORIFICATION OF MOTHER SOLEDAD SANJURJO SANTOS

“Nothing gives more loving peace to the soul than complete surrender in the hands of God.” (Mother Soledad Sanjurjo Santos)

“Mother Soledad Sanjurjo Santos, Servant of Mary, Minister of the Sick, was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, November 15, 1892, being baptised in what is known today as Cathedral of Saint Philip the Apostle. After entering the Congregation of the Servants of Mary in Rio Piedras in 1909, she professed in Madrid, Spain, in 1913. Her religious life was distinguished by her unconditional delivery to the sick and by her pledge in extending the apostolic work of the Servants of Mary in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. She died holy in San Juan, PR in April 23, 1973.

PRAYER:

Merciful Father, who through Mother Soledad has revealed the fullness of grace contained in a life hidden with Christ in God, we beg thee to grant us the faith that filled and transformed the life of Mother Soledad, so that like her, we may discover your presence in our lives, and thus we may be able to consecrate ourselves fully in your name to the service of our brothers and sisters, especially of those who are most in need. We ask you to glorify your faithful Servant and grant us the grace we ask through her intersection (make your petition), for your greater glory and the edification of the Church. Amen.

(The ‘Our Father’, the ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘Glory…’)

In agreement with the decrees of Pope Urban VIII we declare that we do not intend to anticipate the judgment of the ecclesiastical authorities and that the purpose of this prayer is not for public worship in churches.

For further information, report graces obtained, to send letters or donations, please contact:

Curia Provincial
Siervas de Maria Ministras de los Enfermos
HC-02 Box 13960 Bo. Navarro
Gurabo, PR 00778-9615

(With Ecclesiastical License)”

 

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