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ST WILLIAM, ABBOT

ST WILLIAM, ABBOT

ST WILLIAM OF VERCELLI, ABBOT – MEMORIAL: JUNE 25

William, born of noble parents at Vercelli, had scarcely completed his fourteenth year when, with a wonderful spirit of penance and an ardour of piety, he undertook a pilgrimage to Compostella. Then, after attempting in vain another pilgrimage to the sepulchre of Christ the Lord, he remained two years on a lonely hill in constant prayer, vigils and fasts.

HE BUILT A MONASTERY 

When he restored sight to a blind man, fleeing the praises of men, he built a monastery in a rugged and inaccessible spot on Monte Virgiliano, which thereafter was called Monte Vergine. He there admitted companions and molded them by certain rules, taken for the most part from the institutes of St Benedict, and by his words and by the example of his most holy life.

A MOST HOLY LIFE

When other monasteries were built later on, the holiness of William became more famous day by day and attracted men from all parts to him. They were also drawn by the fame of his frequent miracles. Finally, after predicting his death, he fell asleep in the Lord in the year of salvation 1142.

PRAYER:

O God, who made your saints an example and a help for our weakness; grant us, as we walk the path of salvation, so to venerate the virtues of the blessed Abbot William that we may obtain his intercession and follow his footsteps. Through our Lord…

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

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TWELVE STEPS OF SILENCE – SILENCE OF JUDGEMENT

TWELVE STEPS OF SILENCE – SILENCE OF JUDGEMENT

Step 1: Speak seldom with creatures and often with God

Previous: Silence of the mind

THE TWELVE DEGREES OF SILENCE

Step 9: Silence of judgment [Thy will be done]

Silence with regard to persons, silence with regard to things.

Do not judge, do not allow your own opinion to be perceived. Do not have them, that is, yield with simplicity, if these opinions are not opposed to prudence or charity.

It is the silence of the blessed and holy infancy, it is the silence of the perfect, it is the silence of the Angels and of the Archangels when they carry out the orders of God.

It is the silence of the Incarnate Word!

– From: The Twelve Degrees of Silence, Supplemento am.n. 2/2008 di “De Vita Contemplativa”

 

 

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BLESSED ANWARITE NENGAPETA: SHE STILL HAD THE STRENGTH TO SAY, “I FORGIVE YOU”

Blessed Anwarite Nengapeta, Virgin; Memorial: December 1

Anwarite Nengapeta was born in Wamba (Dem. Congo) in 1939. She joined the local Holy Family Sisters and took her vows in 1959, taking the name of Sr Marie Clementine.

In 1964 all the nuns of the Bafwabaka community were deported by the Simba rebels.

At night they were taken to a military house, where Colonel Olombe tried to force Sr Anwarite and Sr Bokuma to have sexual intercourse with him. Both refused categorically in spite of the violence to which they were subjected.

Sr Bokuma fainted, her arm broken in three places. Sr Anwarite continued to resist, saying she would rather die than commit a sin. Between the blows she had the strength to say: “I forgive you, for you do not know what you are doing.” In his anger the colonel had her stabbed many times with a bayonet and finally took out his revolver and shot her. She died a few minutes later. She was beatified by St John Paul II in 1985.

From: The Sisters of St Peter Claver, Bromley, Kent (Mission Calendar)

 

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PETITIONS FOR TODAY

Bless doctors and nurses and all who work in our hospitals so that their medical skills and human care may assist those suffering weakness and ill-health.

May those in prison and separated from their loved ones experience the joy of your love for them.

Grant me patience and understanding, sympathy and tolerance with all those who cross my path and make demands upon my time.

May the Church suffering in purgatory be prepared quickly for the fullness of redemption and come to see God face to face in heaven.

May those charged with world affairs be granted right judgement to further the cause of justice and peace on earth.

Grant labourers to your Church so that the harvest may be gathered. May vocations to the priesthood and religious life be found and nurtured.

 
 

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A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF ST CANDIDA MARIA OF JESUS

“St Candida Maria of Jesus (31st May 1845 – 9th August 1912), was born in the Basque region of Spain. Her family was very poor and due to their need she moved to Salamanca while still very young to find work. It was to remain her home for the rest of her life.

While living there, she was affected by the dire poverty she saw around and felt drawn to be of service to her neighbours in greater need. In 1868, when she was 23, she met Jesuit Father Miguel Jose Herranz, who later helped her in her call to form a congregation.

Her prayers for guidance in how best to follow God’s will were answered on the 2nd April of the following year. It was Good Friday and she was in prayer before the altar of the Holy Family at the Church of El Rosarillo. She then had a vision of Christ in which she was told that: ‘I should found a new congregation with the title Daughters of Jesus, dedicated to the saving of souls through the education and instruction of children and youth.”

She started educating the children of the city, with a special emphasis on girls. With five companions, she founded the congregation in December 1871. She then took her name in religion of Mother Candida Maria of Jesus, being elected the first Superior General of the new congregation.

The congregation spread throughout Spain. It received formal approval from Pope Leo XIII in 1901. She died on 9th August 1912 and was canonised on 17th October 2010.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Universe” in the 9th June 2013 issue. For subscriptions, please visit http://www.thecatholicuniverse. Com (external link)

 

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ARE YOU CALLED TO THE BENEDICTINE LIFE?

+ + + A LIFE OF PRAYER + + +

Are you called to the Benedictine life of Divine Praise and Eucharistic adoration, for the Church?

Contact the Tyburn Nuns, Adorers of the Sacred Heart,
Mother M. Xavier O.S.B
Tyburn Convent
8 Hyde Park Place
London W2 2LJ
Tel: 020 7723 7262

 

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FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF THE IMMACULATE – MAYBE JESUS IS INVITING YOU AS WELL?

Maybe Jesus is inviting you as well:
“Come and follow me”.
Maybe from some time
Jesus is already knocking at you door…
Don’t make him wait: Open to him… and you will find
happiness in heaven and on earth!

Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

A new institute born underneath Our Lady’s gaze, planted in the garden of the Church, to sustain the Holy Father and for the salvation of all souls.
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In the easiest, surest and most beautiful way: through the Immaculate!

Life of Prayer

Prayer occupies the first place in the life of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

• Marian Prayer • Seraphic Prayer • Eucharistic Prayer Prayer is the soul of our apostolate…
The Houses of Contemplation where the Sisters live in continuous silence and prayer, are the hidden strength of the active sisters

Life of Fraternity
* Prefect joy…
* Charity in action… and
* foolish love for the Immaculate!!!

Missions and Apostolate

A life devoted to the Immaculate so as to lead all souls to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!

Contact: http://www.franciscansoftheimmaculate.com (external link) http://www.immacolata.ws (external link)

 
 

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