Blessed Jan Beyzym, October 2

October 2, 2010

Blessed Jan BezymBlessed Jan Beyzym

Beyzymy Wielkie, Volhynia, 15 May 1850 – Marana, Madagascar, October 2, 1912

The Servant of God Father John Beyzym was born in Beyzymy Wielkie in Volhynia May 15, 1850.  After finishing high school in Kiev, he entered the novitiate of the Jesuits in Stara Wieś near Brzozów.  Received Holy Orders in Krakow from the hands of Bishop Albin Dunajewski in 1881. For many years he was an educator and patron of young people in the colleges of the Society of Christ in Tarnopol and Chyrow. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 23: Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski

May 23, 2010


Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski, 1869 – 1940


Blessed Damien of Finale, October 26

October 26, 2009

Blessed Damien of Finale Dominican, Priest
-Reggio Emilia, October 26, 1484

Born of the noble family of Furcheri in Finale, in Liguria. As a child was miraculously freed from the hands of a madman who had kidnapped him. Just a teenager, winning the resistance of relatives who could not accept losing him, he donned the habit of the Dominicans. He studied with diligence and love of Sacred Scripture, from which which was able to draw a pure and nutritious doctrine in view of effective preaching. Indefatigable, evangelized Liguria and Lombardy, where he helped to spread the Christian truth. But the divine word, the first wanted to embody in himself, with the sanctity of life. He was prior to his native Finale. Belonging to the current reform, he introduced it to the convent of Reggio Emilia by order of Pius II. In his later years he retired to the convent of Reggio Emilia to sink ever deeper into living contact with God and prepare for his embrace, which occurred in 1484. He wrote many fine artworks. His remains rest in the church of San Domenico in Reggio Emilia. Blessed Pope Pius IX on August 4, 1848 confirmed his cult, proclaiming Damien blessed.

Roman Martyrology: A Reggio Emilia, Furcheri Blessed Damien, a priest of the Order of Preachers, an outstanding herald of the Gospel.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Letters, Biography and Keepers of the Flame

October 19, 2009

Blessed Teresa of CalcuttaBlessed Teresa of Calcutta

The news of Albania asking India for Blessed Teresa’s bones came to my attention the day after I had finished Come be my Light, a collection of her letters. I had previously finished her Authorized Biography by Navin Chawla.

I’m happy to have had both books as her letters are focused on her actions and interior struggles, and references to historical occurrences about which I have no information; she was in India partition, which created Pakistan from Muslim majority areas; later East and West Pakistan separated, creating Bangladesh. Having the biography for context of what’s going on in India at the time helped me a lot in reading her letters.

The letters are wonderful; for decades, Blessed Teresa lived in poverty for Christ, seeing his face in the faces of the poor she assisted, while feeling empty on the inside as she felt he had left her. Knowing what she went through is so helpful in times of personal stress.

The best part of her letters? Right at the end when the doctor tells someone to “go get the box” so she’d calm down during one of her last illnesses. The box in question? The Tabernacle, containing the Real Presence of Jesus.

I highly recommend both of these books for anyone who wants to understand that it’s possible to be closer to God. Even if you feel far away.

The unlikely heirs of her charism to help people to have a holy death, are inmates in New York who volunteer to care for their brethren who are dying in state custody.

And for the FTC, please note that the books were purchased separately at thrift stores. While I have benefited spiritually from having read these books, I have not benefited financially.


Blessed José Villanova, September 29

September 29, 2009

Blessed José Villanova

Blessed José Villanova, Priest and Martry

Turís Tormo (Valencia) January 20, 1902-Madrid, September 29, 1936

Blessed José Villanova was born in Turís Tormo (Valencia) January 20, 1902 and was baptized two days later. He took his vows in Carabanchel Alto (Madrid) on 25 July 1920, and in 1929 was ordained a priest and spent teaching. He had a long but fruitful apostolate is not, is that in Salamanca in Madrid. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Joseph Fenollosa Alcayna, September 27

September 28, 2009

Blessed Joseph Fenollosa Alcayna

Blessed Joseph Fenollosa Alcayna, Priest and Martyr
September 27


Roman Martyrology: At Sagunto in Spain, Martyr Fenollosa Alcayna Joseph, Priest, who, during the persecution of the faith, spilled his blood for Christ.

He was Beatified by Pope John Paul II on March 11, 2001, as one of 233 Blessed Spanish Martyrs of Valencia, as part of the group known as Jose Aparicio Sanz and 73 companions, Priests and Laity of the Archdiocese of Valencia.

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Gentile Matelica, September 5

September 5, 2009

Blessed Gentile Matelica

Blessed Gentile Matelica
Matelica, Macerata, 1290 – Tauris, September 5, 1340

He was a Franciscan missionary in Egypt, then in Asia Minor, Persia and Armenia. The Doge Marco Corsaro transferred his relics to the Church of the Frari in Venice.

Blessed Gentile was born in 1290 to the noble family of Finaguerra Matelica (MC). Attracted by the ideal Franciscan finn as a child, he became a priest, and devoted his life to works of the apostolate in the various regions of Italy.

With a desire to imitate St. Francis, he withdrew into solitude and penance on the holy mountain of La Verna in Tuscany, where he was destined for his virtues repeatedly to drive the brothers. After this intense spiritual preparation, he went to ground mission in Egypt, but here the difficulties in learning the Arabic language seemed so insurmountable that he decided to return home. The Lord helped him in a surprising way, and was soon able to speak not only Arabic, but also the languages of neighboring countries. Thus he was able to bring the proclamation of the Gospel to Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula, to the Holy Places in Turkey and Persia. Through lively and vibrant preaching, accompanied by many miracles, he produced thousands of conversions and baptisms. This aroused the anger of Muslims, who could not bear that so many people embraced Christianity, during a sermon in the territory of Tauris and was assaulted with a blow of the scimitar, which beheaded him. It was September 5, 1340. Part of his body, much revered by Christians of these regions, was requested by the browser and Venetian merchant Nicolo Quirini and transported by ship to Venice, where he was placed in the basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa is venerated to this day.

Pius VI February 2, 1795 granted to celebrate the festival on September 5.

Author: Elisabeth Nardi

Source: Santi e Beati