(In the days after his death the saint appeared, clothed in great light and glory, to several priests, including his spiritual director Father Adorno to whom he foretold he’d soon follow him to heaven – which came true a few months later.). Such was his fame of curing the dying by his blessing that he had to be careful about visiting the sick, for everyone wanted his blessing in the hope of being healed. They have remained as fresh and as pleasant smelling as on the day they were first baked. God does not ask from you merely ordinary virtue, but downright perfection!”, Soon after his election Pius V set out to restore order and beauty to Rome. Achetez neuf ou d'occasion Basilica dei Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso, Rome, Prayer of St. Charles Borromeo(by Orazio Borgianni), The Life of St. Charles Borromeo, vol. During my travels and visits to the sanctuaries and shrines of Italy I was especially looking forward to seeing the places connected with St. Leonard of Port Maurice. In response the archbishop excommunicated all those who had participated in that grotesque act of impiety. His actions against highly placed laity, whose disorderly lives were causing public scandal, resulted in several efforts for his removal from office. St. Bernardine’s monogram (Basilica di S. Bernardino, L’Aquila). The pagans’ charges that Christians brought about the fall of Rome [more precisely, the sacking of Rome by the Visigoths in AD 410] prompted Augustine to begin writing this work. In a letter to Count Boniface the holy bishop gave this valuable advice (which he himself, once converted, never failed to live by): “If you consult me for the salvation of your soul, I know very well what to say: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.”. All of this helped mortify his will and sanctify his soul, keeping him detached from the temptations that overwhelm lesser men. The archbishop withdrew, for a few days, to a Carthusian monastery, and there made a new offer of his life to God and the Church. It is the resting place of St. Augustine, whose relics are deposited in a silver urn at the foot of the marble Ark. St. Bernardine had a great devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. Economical Contact us to learn about our payment plans! More books will be added periodically time is allowed. Palazzo Albizzeschi – St. Bernardine’s native home, Massa Maritima. His desire was to become a religious but his parents were too poor to afford him the studies. (St. Thomas himself drew heavily on Augustine; as a Dominican friar he even lived the Rule of St. Augustine, for this was the rule chosen by St. Dominic for his Order of Preachers.). Because the only motive in all his undertakings had been to promote the glory of God and to defend the rights of His Church, his good conscience and total trust in Divine Providence made him invincible. Mere months after he put into practice the new rules transformation of Rome became palpable. Sin being the cause of scourges, the saint, at the foot of the altar, made a voluntary sacrifice of himself, offering his life – if God would accept it – in atonement for the iniquities of his people. Included among them was an infamous chief of the Ghibellines, who, converted by Margaret, spent the rest of his life in austerity and penance in a Franciscan convent. Arca – Tomb of St. Augustine (San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro, Pavia), Life of St. Augustine (St. Possidius) – audiobook; or read online here [an early biography written by Augustine’s friend Possidius, telling us about the saint’s life and apostolate], The Life of St. Augustine, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church (P. E. Moriarty) – pdf, text, kindle, The Confessions of St. Augustine (St. Augustine of Hippo) – text, kindle format; also here in pdf, text, audio, The City of God (St. Augustine) – text, kindle format; also here in pdf, text, audio, Handbook on Faith, Hope and Love (St. Augustine) – pdf, text, audio, Soliloquies (St. Augustine) – pdf; or pdf, text, kindle format here. Meanwhile the news of his miraculous preservation turned the open hostility of his enemies into sympathy and admiration. Lawrence G. Lovasik. With her 7 year old son, born of the illicit union, she set out for her father’s house. Her offer was accepted; a few days later, on March 25, she saw, after Communion, a luminous cross coming down from Heaven, on which she was to be crucified. [He would never tolerate those who, in a outward show of (false) humility and poverty, take away the respect and honor due to God and the Church… which is precisely what the wretched prelates of our times are wont to do.]. The Pelagians denied both original sin and the necessity of divine grace (as well as of the sacraments) for salvation. Only a relic of one of his ribs remains at the church of St. Bonaventure in Rome. To his religious he preached rather by example than by word, by his great piety, his scrupulous and most exact observance of the Rule, his severe mortifications and rigorous fasting. Saint Bernardine’s incorrupt body, exposed for several years in a glass urn at a side altar, has recently been placed back in the newly repaired mausoleum. Rather, in accordance with the decree of the Council of Trent calling for a uniform Missal to be used by all Latin Rite Catholics, he took the Missal that had been in use in Rome and many other places – i.e. Homesteading and Natural Health Featured Items. This he did throughout his archdiocese despite strong opposition, for his sole regard was for God’s honor rather than gratification of human inclinations. Normally the priests would have consumed these hosts but since the dust and dirt could not be entirely removed from them it was decided to let them decompose naturally, something that should have taken a few weeks. He supervised the appointment of magistrates and ensured they administered justice fairly. Margaret’s big heart, once freed from the captivity of the false glow of worldly things and creatures, flew with all its strength toward God, the only One worthy of true love. Even the rebellious canons of La Scala humbled themselves and submitted, upon which the archbishop lifted their excommunication and ensured the culprits would be treated with leniency. Countless souls destined for damnation were converted after hearing a single sermon, a few words of instruction, or a heartfelt plea from St. Charles. Although vanity and vice were ripe, people in Bernardine’s times were still rather ashamed of their sins than of penance. Yet, once Margaret started listening to her conscience, her happiness evaporated. This was one of four recorded cases of him raising dead persons to life. a mission went by without him leading the people in this pious meditation ‎on the Passion of our Lord. Part of the sanctuary is the church of the Sacred Crucifix, built in the 16th century in the place of the former garden to house the miraculous crucifix from which St. Catherine received the stigmata in 1375. A Bull was issued against irreverence in churches, demanding piety, silence, and modesty in dress. Her remains have been honored with a public cult‎us from the very moment of her death. Jesus … In 1273 her lover went off to take care of some business, accompanied by his faithful dog. He issued the Roman Catechism, promulgated the Roman Missal and Breviary, and published the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. Augustine, Monica and Adeodatus then left Milan to return to North Africa; it was during this journey that his mother Monica died, in Ostia (AD 388). “These are all the blessings of matrimony on account of which matrimony itself is a blessing; offspring, conjugal faith and the sacrament.” (De Bono Coniugali, cap. These assaults of the devil lasted for the remainder of her life; the greater the graces God lavished on her, the stronger and more vicious was the hatred and persecution of Satan. His (still partially incorrupt) body was kept at the high altar of the church of San Bonaventura at Palatino until 1997 when it was transferred to his native town. In the East, the Greek Fathers (St. Athanasius, St. One of the most famous scenes of St. Ambrose’s life is his confrontation with Emperor Theodosius when the latter’s command ended in a massacre of 7000 people in Thessalonica. It got him in St. Pius V – one of the greatest Pontiffs of all times – who in his short but glorious six year reign reformed discipline and morality of the Catholics, wiped out heresy in Italy, implemented the decrees of the Council of Trent, issued the Catechism, promulgated the Roman Missal, excommunicated Elizabeth I, and saved Europe from the Mohammedan menace. See what I am from this book: believe me who bear testimony of myself, and regard not what others say of me. A vast crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square; when the saint appeared on the balcony of the Basilica in his pontifical vestments and chanted the Blessing in a feeble but sweet voice, the silence was so intense his voice could be clearly heard even by those farthest off. On each Christian ship the Rosary was recited for the last time, and priests gave the men general absolution. But with a religious tradition spanning two millennia, thousands of saints, and millions of titles, where to begin? Confraternity Books has an ever-expanding list of titles from all the main traditional publishers. Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm In the second Provincial Council of Milan he addressed the bishops and priests with these words: “Fathers, this is our duty, and our office, placed as we are in the exalted seat of episcopal dignity, to look out for dangers as from a watch-tower, and to repel them when they threaten those who are resting under our charge and care. Bernardine replied that no greater happiness could befall him than to die for the truth. He never failed to admonish all who needed it, and was even more ready to perform this act of charity for princes and prelates, knowing they had few or none to tell them the truth. More than a thousand miracles were evidenced to have been worked at the saint’s burial alone. As in Milan so in the poor mountain parishes, words of the holy man of God went straight to the sinners’ hearts. Please read this book St. Alphonsus gives to you and be a true missionary of the Church by giving others this good Catholic book. Storming out to the garden, he heard a child-like voice singing tolle, lege, tolle, lege (take and read, take and read). An English Protestant watching the procession was so impressed by the angelic and saintly aspect of the Pope that he became a Catholic shortly thereafter. At the moment she made this resolution she heard an inner voice telling her: “Go to Cortona and place yourself under direction of the Friars Minor.” ‎Margaret took her son and made the strenuous 20 km trek to Cortona. St. Bernardine frequently preached against the evil of usury which, practiced mostly by Jews, was destroying the lives of many Christians (as well as concentrating all the money of a city into a few hands). Rebelling against the order, his enemies organized a public tournament the first Sunday of Lent, in front of the cathedral. In the first part (the first ten books) he refutes the charge and demolishes pagan beliefs. The Duke of Savoy was presented with the rochet in which St. Charles was buried and, in order to give it an honorable place, had it put in the same repository over the high altar in which the Holy Shroud was preserved. He had it engraved, in letters of gold, on a wooden tablet, and used to hold it up to the people after his sermons. The City of God (De Civitate Dei), considered by many as the saint’s most important work, was written over a time span of 13 years (AD 413-426). Our Lord told her that she would die in Cortona and that He would grant the town a special privilege that would make it famous in all corners of the world (referring, most likely, to her incorrupt body). Perhaps most importantly, St. Pius V set out to reform the discipline among the clergy. The Ambrosian Rite (different from the Roman Rite and still occasionally used in the Archdiocese of Milan) is named after the saint. St. Charles was not only famous for his strictness but also his great humility and charity. The Fathers of the Observance had no house in Aquila, so the saint was received in the monastery of the Conventuals. It would bring people back in touch with reality, rearrange their priorities, and put everything into proper perspective, causing them to grow in love for Christ. The Benincasa family home, where Catherine (one of 25 children) was born and raised, was converted into a sanctuary not long after her death. To ensure proper observance of Lent, St. Charles forbade any balls, festivities and tournaments to take place during the forty days. Thou wast within and I without, and there I sought Thee. This courageous action against disorder and sin earned St. Charles much hostility, as well as the reputation of a kill-joy. St. Pius’ later life was one long martyrdom of pain. I want you to be a light for those sitting in the darkness of vice; I want the example of your conversion to preach hope to desperate sinners and be for the repentant ones like the morning dew for the plants exhausted by the heat of the sun; I want, lastly, that coming centuries be convinced that I am always willing to open the arms of my mercy to the prodigal son who, sincerely and with all his heart, returns to me.” ‎, The following day Margaret experienced her first public ecstasy. There are also many practical works – helping the faithful live good Christian lives – on a variety of topics such as marriage, continence, virginity, widowhood, lying, patience, etc. L’Aquila is also the resting place of St. Bernardine of Siena, the famous Apostle of Italy and promoter of the devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. Pietro da Morrone, taking the name of Celestine V, was crowned Pope in this basilica in 1294, and was later buried there as well. Fr. The various letters we have from St. Augustine tell us about his life, work and doctrine. faith and works), etc. “Give me a successor,” he exclaimed, “full of zeal for the glory of God, who will seek the honor of the Church and the Apostolic See!” He stated that, although his sins and failings had not allowed him to see the final achievement of all he had endeavored to do, he adored God’s holy will and accepted His judgments. Worldly ambitions, intellectual pride and a life of sin and impurity darkened Augustine’s mind, making him seek the truth in all the wrong places. The dead brought back to life, the sick cured instantly, the maimed and paralyzed made whole, those in peril of life escaping miraculously, not to mention the countless spiritual favors. I (biography by G.P. Price: $14.39. church is part of the complex. ... Shop more Collections related to Traditional Catholic. Therefore the work had to begin with a spiritual reform of clergy – rooting out laxity, vice and abuses. Catholic. The holiness of his life and perfect conformity to Divine Will made St. Charles pleasing to the Lord and worthy of His aid. ), Pius V credits Our Lady of the Rosary for the victory at Lepanto (by Grazio Cossali). Giunta, she experienced for the first time in many years a profound peace. Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico (Piazza San Domenico 1; March-October: daily 7am-6:30pm, November-February: 9am-6pm; www.basilicacateriniana.com/index_en.html). Even the most remote and inaccessible Alpine regions, completely abandoned by clergy, St. Charles deemed important enough to merit his time and effort. It also anathematized anyone who denied these doctrines. Try to read 10 of these books every … He was named the patron saint of parish missionaries by Pius XI. His days were spent working for souls, and the greater part of the nights in prayer. She was then 26. Not long thereafter the Vandals sacked and burned down the city of Hippo. (In case someone else sets out to do this without a car, here’s how… The short 30 minute journey on a regional train from Milan’s Central station to Pavia allowed me to spend several hours at St. Augustine’s church and explore the centre of Pavia. For more than 30 years he preached all over Italy, journeying on foot, attracting crowds of 30,000, following St. Francis of Assisi’s admonition to preach about “vice and virtue, punishment and glory.” Nothing was more spoken of in Italy than the wonderful fruits of his sermons: miraculous conversions, restitutions of ill-gotten goods, reparations of injuries, and heroic examples of virtue. Antonio Seneca, bishop of Anagni, who was during eight years a member of St. Charles’ household: “Charles did perpetual violence to nature, most vigilant as he was and unwearied in watching over his senses, a model of holy living, a blameless pattern of evangelical life, a bright mirror of spirituality purified form passion and appetite. He met opposition with unalterable firmness and resolutely enforced observance of his decrees. In the end the only course of action left was for the Pope to excommunicate the apostate Queen – i.e. In Bologna, where the passion for card-playing was rife, Bernardine persuaded the ringleaders to bring him their cards so that he may burn them. It was a time of moral laxity and spiritual confusion. At 17 he went to Carthage to study rhetoric and, lauded for his powerful intellect even at such early age, soon became filled with vanity, ambition and pride. The rest of her incorrupt body lies beneath the main altar in the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome (except for her left hand which is in the monastery church of Madonna del Rosario in Rome, and her right foot which can be seen in the Basilica of Saints John and Paul in Venice). Margaret’s fame soon spread from Cortona and Tuscany to all parts of Italy and even to France and Spain. Cuthbert) – pdf, text, kindle format, St. Margaret of Cortona: The Magdalen of the Seraphic Order (Fr. Casa Natale di S. Pio V (Bosco Marengo; for guided visits contact:info@amici-di-santacroce-di-boscomarengo.it; Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (Piazza S. Maria Maggiore 42, Rome; Mon-Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 9:30am-12:30pm; SAINT PIUS V: MONK, INQUISITOR, POPE, DEFENDER OF EUROPE AGAINST THE TURKS, All for the glory of God and salvation of souls. (Thus the Benedictines, Carthusians, Cistercians, Carmelites, and Dominicans were allowed to keep their ancient rites and breviary, and the Ambrosian rite of Milan and the Mozarabic rite of Toledo were also retained. Although by nature much inclined to sleep, he allowed himself very little rest, and that on a bed of straw (this being perhaps his greatest struggle between body and spirit). 's The Intellectual Life. Simony was punished severely. Strict regulations were imposed upon taverns and similar establishments. Yet underneath the external grandeur of a cardinal he always wore a rough hair shirt and so, unknown to others, practiced penance for his sins and those of his people. Over the years various examinations and tests have been performed that authenticate this miracle. Having not only equaled but far outdone Augustine in the life of sin, I pray to at some point reach a fraction of his virtues and holiness.]. Shortly thereafter the wretched governor became gravely ill and died. More on that in another post…, Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio (Piazza Sant’Ambrogio 15; Mo-Sat 10-12/2:30-6pm, Sun 3-5pm; www.basilicasantambrogio.it). Multitudes – rich and poor alike – were plunged in sin and iniquity of every kind, children were growing up without knowledge and fear of God, vast numbers of adults had not been to confession for years and decades (if ever! Emperor Maximilian, rather than heeding the Pope’s call for a new crusade, was more interested in ending the disputes in his own states by trying to please both Catholics and Protestants. Having scheduled my visit by emailing them, they’ve picked me up at the local train station of Frugarolo-Bosco Marengo, and graciously showed me all the places of interest in Bosco: the native home of St. Pius V; the church San Pietro al Bosco where one can still see the original baptismal font where Antonio Ghislieri, future Pope Pius V, was baptized in 1504; the former Dominican convent of Santa Croce which he built, etc. Some of my favorite Saints are listed below (click on the name to read a brief biography). Incensed upon seeing any impiety or lack of honor due to God, he put an end to all abuses and demanded absolute respect and reverence for holy things. He urged prelates to petition Rome for this. If you were the mouth of the Lord, why were you dumb? As parents we ought to have a fatherly oversight of our sons; as pastors never to take our eyes off the sheep which Jesus Christ has delivered by His holy death from the mouth of hell; and if any are being corrupted by the impurity of vice, to heal them with the sharpness of salt; if any be wandering in moral darkness, we ought to hold the light before them…”, He continued: “But if we act otherwise, at the fearful judgment of God, when we shall give an account of the souls entrusted to our charge and care, we shall hear their accusing cries, and the anger of the Judge sharply upbraiding us, and saying: ‘If you were watchmen, why were you blind? This cost him much time, prayer and tears, for many monasteries, especially the female branches, initially refused to obey the rules and reforms he prescribed. Then the heart of Hungary became a Turkish province, and Vienna was besieged. At the very moment she died a holy contemplative saw her soul in the form of a fiery globe flying to Heaven accompanied by a multitude of souls freed from Purgatory by her prayers and sacrifices. Are they faithful to God and the true Faith? Reading and study were his favorite recreations. The saint not only stayed but dedicated himself entirely to the poor wretches – distributing food, clothes and alms, visiting the sick in their homes, and working at the hospital where the plague-stricken were isolated and left to die. His fasts, his humility, his innocence, his holiness, his zeal for the faith, shine so brilliantly that he seems a second St. Leo, or St. Gregory the Great… I do not hesitate to say that had Calvin himself been raised from the tomb on Easter Day, and seen this holy Pope… in spite of himself he would have recognized and venerated the true representative of Jesus Christ!” The people of Rome, impressed by his goodness and holiness, soon began to love him as a father. 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