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Saint Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr; Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort, Priest; St. Gianna Beretta Molla

April 28, 2023

Information: St. Louis de Montfort – Feast Day: April 28

Born: 31 January 1673 at Montfort-La-Cane, Brittany, France

Died: 1716 at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sovre, France

Canonized: 1947 by Pope Pius XII

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Information: St. Peter Chanel – Feast Day: April 28

Born: July 12, 1803, Cuet, near Belley, France

Died: April 28, 1841, Futuna Island

Canonized: 12 June 1954, Rome by Pope Pius XII

Major Shrine: Futuna

Patron of: Oceania

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Information: St. Gianna Beretta Molla – Feast Day: April 28

Born: October 4, 1922, Magenta, Italy

Died: April 28, 1962, Monza, Italy

Canonized: May 16, 2004 by Pope John Paul II

Patron of: mothers, physicians, preborn children

 

St. Peter Chanel

 

Feast Day: April 28
Born: 1803 ::Died: 1841

 

Peter Louis Mary Chanel was born at Cluet, Belley in France. From the time he was seven, he took care of his father’s sheep. He was poor but intelligent and loved God and his Catholic faith.

One day, a good parish priest met him and was so impressed by Peter that he asked Peter’s parents if he could educate the boy. They gratefully agreed and in this priest’s little school, and later in the seminary, Peter studied hard.

At the age of twenty-four Peter Chanel became a priest and he was sent to a parish at Corzet where just a few Catholics still practiced their faith. Father Chanel spent hours in prayer each day and was kind and patient with everyone. Within three years there was a big improvement in that parish. Many people became full of love for Jesus and his Church again.

Father Chanel had a great wish to become a missionary. When he was twenty-eight, he joined a religious order called the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers). He hoped he would be sent to bring the Good News of Jesus to people who did not yet believe in God. After a few years, his wish came true.

He and a group of Marist missionaries were sent to the islands of the South Pacific, Oceania. Father Chanel and one brother were assigned to the island of Futuna in New Hebrides. There the people happily listened to Father Chanel preach. “This man loves us,” one man said. “And he himself practices what he teaches us to do.”

Sadly though, the chief of this tribe became jealous because the priest had so many followers. When the chief’s own son was baptized and became a Christian, he was furious. He sent a band of his warriors to kill the missionary.

As Peter Chanel lay dying, all he said was, “It is well with me.” He was killed on April 28, 1841 for his faith. A short while after he died a martyr, the whole island became Christian.

 

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CATHOLIC ALMANAC  Saturday, April 28

Liturgical Color: White

Today is the optional memorial of St. Louis de
Montfort, priest, born in 1673. St. Louis is best
known for his total devotion to Jesus through
the Blessed Virgin. He consecrated his life to
her service, preaching on the rosary wherever
he traveled.

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Catholic Culture

Easter: April 28th

Optional Memorial of St. Peter Chanel, priest and martyr (NZ, Feast); Optional Memorial of St. Louis Mary de Montfort, priest; Gianna Molla, mother (Italy)

MASS READINGS

April 28, 2018 (Readings on USCCB website)

COLLECT PRAYER

O God, who for the spreading of your Church crowned Saint Peter Chanel with martyrdom, grant that, in these days of paschal joy, we may so celebrate the mysteries of Christ’s Death and Resurrection as to bear worthy witness to newness of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


O God, who willed to direct the steps of the Priest Saint Louis along the way of salvation and of the love of Christ, in the company of the Blessed Virgin, grant us, by his example, that, meditating on the mysteries of your love, we may strive tirelessly for the building up of your Church. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Old Calendar: St. Paul of the Cross, confessor

St. Peter Chanel was born in France in 1802. He was ordained a priest in 1827, and engaged in the parochial ministry for a few years; but the reading of letters of missionaries in far-away lands inflamed his heart with zeal, and he resolved to devote his life to the Apostolate. He joined the Society of Mary (Marists), and in 1836 he embarked for Oceania. He died a martyr’s death on the island of Futuna, Melanesia. He is called the apostle of Oceania where he spread the Gospel.

St. Louis Mary de Montfort during his relatively short life as a missioner, especially among the poor, had to overcome considerable setbacks and opposition. He founded the Daughters of Wisdom and before his death established a society of priests, the Company of Mary, to carry on his work. His book on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin has been widely diffused in many languages.

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Paul of the Cross. His feast in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is celebrated on October 20.

In Italy the feast of St. Gianna Beretta Molla is celebrated today. She was a pro-life doctor and mother who gave her life for her unborn child.

 


St. Peter Chanel
On April 18, 1841, a band of native warriors entered the hut of Father Peter Chanel on the island of Futuna in the New Hebrides islands near New Zealand. They clubbed the missionary to death and cut up his body with hatchets. Two years later, the whole island was Catholic.

St. Peter Chanel’s death bears witness to the ancient axiom that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.” He is the first martyr from Oceania, that part of the world spread over the south Pacific, and he came there as the fulfillment of a dream he had had as a boy.

Peter was born in 1803 in the diocese of Belley, France. At the age of seven, he was a shepherd boy, but the local parish priest, recognizing something unusual in the boy, convinced his parents to let him study, in a little school the priest had started. From there Peter went on to the seminary, where it was said of him: “He had a heart of gold with the simple faith of a child, and he led the life of an angel.”

He was ordained a priest and assigned to a parish at Crozet. In three years he had transformed the parish. In 1831, he joined the newly founded Society of Mary, since he had long dreamed of being a missionary; but for five years he was assigned to teach at the seminary in Belley. Finally, in 1836, his dream was realized, and he was sent with other Marists to the islands of the Pacific. He had to suffer great hardships, disappointments, frustration, and almost complete failure as well as the opposition of the local chieftain. The work seemed hopeless: only a few had been baptized, and the chieftain continued to be suspicious and hostile. Then, when the chief’s son asked for baptism, the chief was so angry that he sent warriors to kill the missionary.

Peter’s violent death brought about the conversion of the island, and the people of Futuna remain Catholic to this day. Peter Chanel was beatified in 1889 and canonized in 1954.

Excerpted from The One Year Book of Saints by Rev. Clifford Stevens

Patron: Oceania.

Things to Do:

  • Learn more about the Society of Mary.
  • Read a little about the island where St. Peter Chanel suffered martyrdom.

St. Louis Mary de Montfort
Louis’s life is inseparable from his efforts to promote genuine devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus and mother of the church. Totus tuus (completely yours) was Louis’s personal motto; Karol Wojtyla chose it as his episcopal motto. Born in the Breton village of Montfort, close to Rennes (France), as an adult Louis identified himself by the place of his baptism instead of his family name, Grignion. After being educated by the Jesuits and the Sulpicians, he was ordained as a diocesan priest in 1700.

Soon he began preaching parish missions throughout western France. His years of ministering to the poor prompted him to travel and live very simply, sometimes getting him into trouble with church authorities. In his preaching, which attracted thousands of people back to the faith, Father Louis recommended frequent, even daily, Holy Communion (not the custom then!) and imitation of the Virgin Mary’s ongoing acceptance of God’s will for her life.

Louis founded the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (for priests and brothers) and the Daughters of Wisdom, who cared especially for the sick. His book, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, has become a classic explanation of Marian devotion.

Louis died in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre, where a basilica has been erected in his honor. He was canonized in 1947.

Excerpted from Saint of the Day, Leonard Foley, O.F.M.

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St. Gianna Molla
Gianna Beretta was born in Magenta (Milan) October 4, 1922. Already as a youth she willingly accepted the gift of faith and the clearly Christian education that she received from her excellent parents. As a result, she experienced life as a marvellous gift from God, had a strong faith in Providence and was convinced of the necessity and effectiveness of prayer.

She diligently dedicated herself to studies during the years of her secondary and university education, while, at the same time, applying her faith through generous apostolic service among the youth of Catholic Action and charitable work among the elderly and needy as a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. After earning degrees in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Pavia in 1949, she opened a medical clinic in Mesero (near Magenta) in 1950. She specialized in Pediatrics at the University of Milan in 1952 and thereafter gave special attention to mothers, babies, the elderly and poor.

While working in the field of medicine-which she considered a “mission” and practiced as such-she increased her generous service to Catholic Action, especially among the “very young” and, at the same time, expressed her joie de vivre and love of creation through skiing and mountaineering. Through her prayers and those of others, she reflected upon her vocation, which she also considered a gift from God. Having chosen the vocation of marriage, she embraced it with complete enthusiasm and wholly dedicated herself “to forming a truly Christian family”.

She became engaged to Pietro Molla and was radiant with joy and happiness during the time of their engagement, for which she thanked and praised the Lord. They were married on September 24, 1955, in the Basilica of St. Martin in Magenta, and she became a happy wife. In November 1956, to her great joy, she became the mother of Pierluigi, in December 1957 of Mariolina; in July 1959 of Laura. With simplicity and equilibrium she harmonized the demands of mother, wife, doctor and her passion for life.

In September 1961 towards the end of the second month of pregnancy, she was touched by suffering and the mystery of pain; she had developed a fibroma in her uterus. Before the required surgical operation, and conscious of the risk that her continued pregnancy brought, she pleaded with the surgeon to save the life of the child she was carrying, and entrusted herself to prayer and Providence. The life was saved, for which she thanked the Lord. She spent the seven months remaining until the birth of the child in incomparable strength of spirit and unrelenting dedication to her tasks as mother and doctor. She worried that the baby in her womb might be born in pain, and she asked God to prevent that.

A few days before the child was due, although trusting as always in Providence, she was ready to give her life in order to save that of her child: “If you must decided between me and the child, do not hesitate: choose the child – I insist on it. Save him”. On the morning of April 21, 1962, Gianna Emanuela was born. Despite all efforts and treatments to save both of them, on the morning of April 28, amid unspeakable pain and after repeated exclamations of “Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you”, the mother died. She was 39 years old. Her funeral was an occasion of profound grief, faith and prayer. The Servant of God lies in the cemetery of Mesero (4 km from Magenta).

“Conscious immolation”, was the phrase used by Pope Paul VI to define the act of Blessed Gianna, remembering her at the Sunday Angelus of September 23, 1973, as: “A young mother from the diocese of Milan, who, to give life to her daughter, sacrificed her own, with conscious immolation”. The Holy Father in these words clearly refers to Christ on Calvary and in the Eucharist.

Gianna was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994, during the international Year of the Family. She was canonized on May 16, 2004, by Pope John Paul II.

— Vatican Website

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The Word Among Us

Meditation: Acts 13:44-52

Saint Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (Optional Memorial)

They shook the dust from their feet. (Acts 13:51)

 

Has this ever happened to you? You try hard to do what you think God wants, but things don’t turn out the way you hope. You offer to pray with a co-worker for healing, but he politely declines. You dive into a parish ministry, only to find that your help isn’t needed after all. Despite your persistent praying, a family member still won’t return your phone calls.

Even the apostles Paul and Barnabas encountered disappointments in their journeys. But instead of giving in to frustration or discouragement, they “shook the dust from their feet” and moved on (Acts 13:51). This might sound like a gesture of condemnation, but perhaps we should look at it as a way of separating themselves from a volatile situation. Rather than staying mired in a fruitless conflict, they commended the people to God, and moved on to the next town.

What would shaking the dust look like for us? After all, we can’t always move from town to town! Here are three suggestions:

First, forgive. Let God’s mercy cover the past. Don’t let resentment or bitterness weigh you down. Instead, trust that God will take care of whatever situation you could not resolve.

Second, let go. Be careful not to replay the situation over and over in your mind. You have left it in God’s hands, and now you are free to take the next good step.

Third, move on. What is God asking of you now? Maybe he wants to show you a different path. Maybe you need some time away from the situation to regroup and let the Lord step in.

Spend a few moments reflecting on a recent disappointment, and walk yourself through these three steps: Forgive. Let go. Move on. But always in a spirit of patience and love. Remember that like Paul and Barnabas, it’s your job to plant the seeds, and it’s God’s part to give the growth. Some seeds take time. Some seeds remain underground for years before they sprout and grow. Keep praying, and trust that the Lord will work out his plan according to his wisdom in his own good time.

“Lord, help me to shake off the ‘dust’ of resentment, disappointment, and frustration. Jesus, I trust in your timing.”

 

Psalm 98:1-4
John 14:7-14

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Marriage = One Man and One Woman Until Death Do Us Part

Daily Marriage Tip for April 28, 2018:

Share a childhood memory with your beloved. What was your favorite song, TV show, toy, or outdoor activity? Can you recreate it for a date?

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Regnum Christi

April 28, 2018 – Supernatural Secrets

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Father Steven Reilly, LCJohn 14:7-14

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”

Introductory Prayer: Father, how empty is the life that doesn’t know the joy of Jesus your Son. I have come to this prayer today to know you and your Son better, to love you more and to imitate your perfections. Thank you for this time of prayer.

Petition: Father, help me to be aware of your presence in my soul.

1. The Father and Jesus Are One: The liturgy gives us a second look at this Gospel passage. The great truth that Jesus is sharing with Philip is that as the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, Jesus and the Father are one – they are inseparable. We worship Christ. We don’t merely honor him as the best of men; he is the God-man whom we adore. What Jesus is by nature we are empowered to be by grace. With our baptism, we became adopted children of God. Brought into the family of the Trinity, the divine persons dwell in our soul as in a temple. Do we realize the dignity we have been given?

2. Doing the Same Works As Jesus: Herein lies the possibility of doing the works of Jesus. If he lives in us, he can work through us. What an opportunity to cooperate with grace! When we are loving, kind and disciplined, we aren’t merely being good. These good deeds are more than just good; they have an eternal value. After all, they are the “works of Jesus.” We receive the reward for his works. Such is the generosity of the Master whom we serve!

3. Ask and You Shall Receive: The name of Jesus is powerful. He commands us to ask in his name for the things we need so that in granting them to us, the Father may be glorified. When we kneel before the tabernacle, we must approach the Lord with total and absolute confidence. He knows that our faith will grow when we experience his power in action: “Ask and you shall receive!” (Matthew 7:7-9).

Conversation with Christ: Lord, what a consoling thought is it that the Holy Trinity dwells in my soul. I am a child of God! Help me to do the works of God! I ask this in your name.

Resolution: Because God dwells in my soul I will try to treat others as he would treat them.

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Acts 13:44-52
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“We now turn to the Gentiles.” �Acts 13:46
 
“Jesus sent these men on mission as the Twelve, after giving them the following instructions: ‘Do not visit pagan territory and do not enter a Samaritan town. Go instead after the lost sheep of the house of Israel’ ” (Mt 10:5-6). Although Jesus delivered a Canaanite woman’s daughter from the devil, He did not proclaim God’s kingdom to her (Mt 15:26-28). Therefore, the early Christians believed that life in Christ was for Jews only. The Old Testament prophecies about saving the nations were thought to refer only to the Jews scattered throughout the world. After all, three-thousand were baptized at the first Christian Pentecost, and they were all Jews. However, when Peter was led by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel to Cornelius and his household, this appeared contrary to Jesus’ seeming plan for Christianity only for Jews (Acts 10:1ff).

This situation was further complicated by the conversion to Christ of Gentiles in Antioch of Syria (Acts 11:20ff). Then Barnabas was sent by the Jewish Jerusalem Church to investigate these irregularities. He concluded that these conversions of Gentiles were authentic. Nevertheless, Paul and Barnabas preached the gospel only to Jews until they, as leaders and representatives of the Jewish Church, made the bold decision to preach to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46).

Our reaction to this turn of events should be that of St. Paul: “How deep are the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How inscrutable His judgments, how unsearchable His ways!” (Rm 11:33) Be awed by the mercy and mystery of God.

 
Prayer: Father, may I never take for granted that I am included in Your plan of salvation.
Promise: “I solemnly assure you, the man who has faith in Me will do the works I do, and greater far than these.” —Jn 14:12
Praise: Less than a year after St. Peter’s martyrdom on a south sea island, the island’s entire population converted to Christianity.

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The thought of abortion for convenience is repugnant
Thus, the thought of abortion for the sake of convenience does not appeal to me. I am not saying that we should abandon our efforts to save baby seals and a host of other animals. Rather I am saying shouldn’t we consider adding human fetuses and babies to the list?
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Source: Washington Times, “Physicians View on the Sanctity of Life” , Jan 21, 2014 , Dr. Ben Carson

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