Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Blessed alberto Marvelli

Oratorian at Rimini

Alberto Marvelli was born at Ferrari on 21st March 1918, the second of seven brothers. When he moved to Rimini with the family he began to attend the Salesian Oratory there. He was always available and became a catechist and leader: the Salesians’ right arm. He loved to play all kinds of sport. As models he took St Dominic Savio and Pier Giorgio Frassati. At 17 years of age he wrote his project of life in his diary; it would renew his life.

Catholic Action

He joined the Oratory group for Catholic Action soon becoming its parish president. He offered his service to the Church in Rimini as the diocesan vice president of CA. As an engineeering student in Bologna, he took an active part in FUCI, remaining faithful to daily Mass.

Work with FIAT, Turin

In June 1942 he gradutated and began working with Fiat in Turin. He did his military service in Trieste, and succeeded in bringing many of his friends to Mass. During the Second World War he became an apostle amongst displaced persons and a real source of providence for the poor.

Town clerk at Rimini

After the Allies arrived in Rimini he was apppointed as an alderman in the Town Council in the department responsible for rebuilding, and the engineer in charge of Civil Engineering: “ The poor are on our doorstep” he said; “the others can wait”.

Candidate for Christian Democrats

He agreed to run for the elections as a candidate for the Christian Democrats. He was recognised as a committed Christian by everyone, but was never divisive, so much so that one of his communist opponents said: “I don’t mind if my Party loses. So long as the Engineer Marvelli becomes mayor”.

Nurtured by the Eucharist

The Bishop appointed him president of Catholic graduates. His Marian and eucharistic devotion really were the supporting columns in his life: “What a new world opens up to me contemplating Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament”, he wrote in his diary. Each time I receive Holy Communion, each time Jesus in his divinity and humanity enters into me, in contact with my soul, it awakens holy ideas in me, a burning and consuming flame, but one that makes me so happy!”.

Good Christian and honest citizen

He died when he was hit by an army truck on 5th October 1946. He was, as Don Bosco wanted, a good Christian and an honest citizen, committed to the Church and society with a Salesian heart. As a youth his motto was: Either live by moving forward or die. He was beatified on 5 September 2004, at Loreto, Italy, by Pope John Paul II.

Blessed Francesco and Jacinta Marto

Francisco Marto (June 11, 1908–April 4, 1919) and his sister Jacinta Marto (March 11, 1910–February 20, 1920), also known as Blessed Francisco Marto and Blessed Jacinta Marto, together with their cousin, Lúcia Santos (1907–2005) were the children from Aljustrel near Fátima, Portugal who reported witnessing three apparitions of an angel in 1916 and several apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1917.

The youngest children of Manuel and Olimpia Marto, Francisco and Jacinta were typical of Portuguese village children of that time. They were illiterate but had a rich oral tradition to rely on, and they worked with their cousin Lucia, taking care of the family's sheep. According to Lucia's memoirs, Francisco had a placid disposition, was somewhat musically inclined, and liked to be by himself to think. Jacinta was affectionate if a bit spoiled, and emotionally labile. She had a sweet singing voice and a gift for dancing. All three children gave up music and dancing after the visions began, believing that these and other recreational activities led to occasions of sin.

Following their experiences, their fundamental personalities remained the same. Francisco preferred to pray alone, as he said "to console Jesus for the sins of the world". Jacinta was deeply affected by a terrifying vision of Hell reportedly shown to the children at the third apparition. She became deeply convinced of the need to save sinners through penance and sacrifice as the Virgin had reportedly instructed the children to do. All three children, but particularly Francisco and Jacinta, practiced stringent self-mortifications to this end.

Illness and death

The siblings were victims of the great 1918 influenza epidemic which swept through Europe in 1918. Both lingered for many months, insisting on walking to church to make Eucharistickneeling with their heads on the ground devotions and prostrating themselves to pray for hours, as instructed by the angel who had first appeared to them.

Francisco declined hospital treatment and died peacefully at home, while Jacinta was dragged from one hospital to another in an attempt to save her life which she insisted was futile. She developed purulent pleurisy and endured an operation in which two of her ribs were removed. Because of the condition of her heart, she could not be anesthetized and suffered terrible pain, which she said would help to convert many sinners. On February 20, 1920, Jacinta asked the hospital chaplain who heard her confession to bring her Holy Communion and give her the Anointing of the Sick because she was going to die "this very night". He told her that her condition was not that serious, and that he would return the next day. A few hours later Jacinta was dead. She had died, as she had often said she would, alone: not even a nurse was with her.

Jacinta and Francisco are both buried at the Our Lady of Fatima Basilica,


The cause for the siblings' canonization began during 1946. Exhumed in 1935 and again in 1951, Jacinta's face was found incorrupt. Francisco's had decomposed. On May 13, 2000, they were declared "blessed" in a decree from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Jacinta is the youngest non-martyred child ever to be beatified.

This of course came more sharply into focus with the revelation of the Third Secret of Fatima the following month, indicating that a Pope in fact would be assassinated. In her biography of Jacinta, Lúcia had already established that Jacinta had told her of having had many personal visions outside of the Marian visitations; one involved a Pope who prayed alone in a room while people outside shouted ugly things and threw rocks through the window. At another time, Jacinta said she saw a Pope who had gathered a huge number of people together to pray to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Sister Lúcia, when questioned about the Third Secret, recalled that the three of them were very sad about the suffering of the Pope, and that Jacinta kept saying: Coitadinho do Santo Padre, tenho muita pena dos pecadores! (“Poor Holy Father, I am very sad for sinners!”) The Third Secret can thus be interpreted in the context of Jacinta's prayers and sacrifices for the pope whom she saw being killed.

Blessed Rose Flesch

Ipinanganak si Margaret (tunay na pangalan) noong ika-24 ng Pebrero taong 1826. Nang siya ay dalaga na, nagpunta siya kasama ang parokya sa Trier upang magbigay galang sa relik ng damit na ginamit ng Panginoong Hesukristo. Dinanas ng dalagang si Margaret ang maraming pighati matapos ng pagbisita nila sa Trier. Namatay ang kanyang ina, ang masamang pagtrato ng kanyang madrasta, ang hindi inaasahang pagkamatay ng kanyang ama, ang kakulangang pinansyal na dinanas niya matapos mamatay ang ama at ang pagkadawit ng pangalan ng pamilya nila dahil sa kanyang madrasta. ang pangako niyang manatiling birhen ay hinadlangan ng mga manliligaw ngunit dahil sa mataimtim na pananalangin ay napanatili niya ang kanyang kalinisan. Pinangarap niya na magtayo ng samahan na tutulong sa mga pangangailangan ng komunidad, tulad ng pagbibigay ng tulong sa mga kapus-palad. Noong Nobyembre ng taong 1851, kapistahan ng lahat ng mga santo, pormal na inaprubahan ang samahang ito upang tumulong sa pangangailangan ng komunidad.. Noong 1863, pormal na itinatag ang “Franciscan Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the angels” ng Waldbreitbach, Germany. Dito palang nagsimula ang kanyang paghihirap. Ngunit sa lahat ng pagdurusang dinanas niya, Si Hesus sa Santisimo Sacramento, sa anyo ng tinapay ang kanyang naging tanggulan at lakas. Malaki ang debosyon ni Mother Rose sa Banal na Puso Ni Hesus, sa katunayan, binigyan niya ito ng natatanging paggalang sa kanilang kongregasyon. Hindi parin siya nilubayan ng mga problema. Nang dumating ang panahon na hindi na siya ang superyora ng kongregasyon, dinanas niya ang maraming diskriminasyon tulad ng pagsasawalang bahala sa kanya. Ngunit ang lahat ng paghihirap at pasakit na dinanas niya ay inialay niya Kay Hesus na nakapako sa krus. Katulad ng ginto na lalong gumaganda sa init at pagkadarang sa apoy, ang pagpapakasakit ni Mother Rose ang siyang nagpatibay sa kanyang mahina at marupok na kaluluwa. Isang kaluluwang umaasa sa pagmamahal ng Diyos. Napakaraming pagdurusang ispiritwal, emosyonal at pisikal ang kanyang pinagdaanan ang hindi naitala sa talambuhay na ito. Ngunit ang lahat ng pagpapakasakit na ito ang siyang nagpatatag sa kanya. Nang gabi bago siya mamatay, naghanda siya upang tanggapin ang Katawan ni Kristo sa anyo ng tinapay. Ang malala ay hindi siya pinagbigyan ng pari. Ngunit pinagtiisan niya ang pagdurusang ito. Simula pa lamang ng kanyang unang komunyon (first communion), matindi na ang pagnanais niya na tanggapin muli Si Hesus sa komunyon. Kayat mararamdaman natin ang sakit na kanyang dinanas ng ipagkait sa kanya ang komunyon. ang mga huling namutawi sa kanyang mga bibig ay: Pupunta na ako sa Langit. ano ang aral mula kay Mother Rose? Ialay ang lahat ng bagay Kay Kristong nakapako sa krus at mamuhay nang sinisikap sundin ang kalooban ng Diyos.

Blessed Marie-Leonie Paradis

Si. MO. LEONIE ay ipinanganak sa L'Acadie, Quebec, noong taong 1840. Noong siya ay 14 na taong gulang, pumasok siya sa Kumbento ng MARIANITES of the HOLY CROSS sa St. LAURENT at sinuot ang abito noong 1857 matapos nang siya ay makapag-turo ng ilang taon.

Noong 1847 inatasan siya ni Fr. Camille Lefebvre na pumunta at mag-turo sa New Brunswick sa Kolehiyo ng Memramcook at duon nga niya itinatag ang "INSTITUTE OF THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE HOLY FAMILY" na naglalayong maglingkod sa kaparian.

Noong 1895, tinulungan sila ng Obispo ng Sherbrooke na si Msgr. Paul Larcoque na ilipat ang kanilang bagong tatag na Kongregasyon sa kanyang Diyosesis. Unti-unti, lumaki ang kanyang itinatag na Kongregasyon. Tinawag ng Diyos ang Kanyang lingkod nuong ika-3 ng Mayo, 1912.

Nang araw ding iyon, ibinigay na sa kanya ang pahintulot upang mailimbag ang "LITTLE RULE" na naglalaman ng mga batas ng kanyang itinatag na Kongregasyon na hinintay niya ng 20 taon.

Kinagabihan ng araw na iyon, namatay na lamang siya ng hindi namamalayan matapos sabihin sa isang madre na may sakit din: "MAGKIKITA NA TAYO SA LANGIT!"

Isang babae na may pusong nagmamahal, kilala dahil sa pagiging simple, si Mo. Leonie ay nagiwan ng 600 relihiyosong madre na handang handa na sundan ang kanyang yapak sa pamamagitan ng pagtulong sa kaparian.

Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher

Canadian religious leader founded and was the first Superior General Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary October 6, 1811, in Saint Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Canada. She died on her thirty-eighth birthday in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada on October 6, 1849. Starting in 1831, Eulalie-Melanie Durocher served as secretary and housekeeper to her brother, Father Theophile Durocher at the rectory in Beloeil. Father Pierre-Adrien Telmon, O.M.I. talks with Eulalie Durocher about her vocation. She tells Fr. Telmon of how she sees a need for the education of Canadian Catholic youth. Bishop Ignace Bourget of the Diocese of Montreal in 1843, asks Eulalie Durocher to found, " a new religious Congregation dedicated to the Christian education of youth." She leaves her brother's rectory; to begin her studies. Eulalie Durocher and her two companions, Mélodie Dufresne (1809-1881) and Henriette Céré (1804-1885), October 28, 1843, start postulate training at Saint-Antoine Church in Longueuil under the direction of Father Jean-Marie Francois Allard, O.M.I. On February 28, 1844, the three postulants begin their Novitiate and receive their religious names: Eulalie Durocher (Sister Marie-Rose); Mélodie Dufresne (Sister Marie-Agnes); Henriette Céré (Sister Marie-Madeleine). The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1844. The three novices, now three foundresses make profession of final vows in the church of Longueuil. Bishop Bourget names Sister Marie-Rose first superior of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. In this same church of Longueuil, on October 6, 1849, Bishop Ignace Bourget presided at the funeral of Mother Marie-Rose. Blessed Marie-Rose was Beatified in Rome by Pope John Paul II on May 23, 1982. Since May 1, 2004, Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher's remains are in the Chapelle Marie-Rose in the right transept of the Co-cathedral of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue, in Longueuil.