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7 June 2021
7 June 2021 - Blessed Anne of Saint Bartholomew
Ana Garcia was born at Almendral, Castille, Spain, in 1549. In 1572 she made her profession as a Carmelite in the hands of St Teresa, at St Josephs Avila. The saint later chose her as her companion and nurse, and she subsequently brought the Teresian spirit to France and Belgium, where she proved herself, like Teresa, a daughter of the Church in her great zeal for the salvation of souls. She died at Antwerp in 1626.
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12 June 2021
12 June 2021 - Blessed Alfonsus Mary Mazurek
He was born in 1891 in Baranowka, near Lubartow, Poland. He entered the Order of Discalced (Teresian) Carmelites in 1908, taking the religous name Alphonsus Mary of the Holy Spirit. He was ordained a priest and appointed as a professor, while dedicating himself to the education of youth. Aftewards he served the Order as prior and bursar. In 1944, after having been arrested by the troops who had invaded his country, he was shot on August 28 at Nawojowa Gora, near Krzeszowice. He was beatiifed by John Paul II on June 13, 1999, together with many other Polish martyrs.
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14 June 2021
14 June 2021 - Blessed Mary Candida of the Eucharist
She was born in Cantazaro (Italy), August 16 1884, to Peter Barba and Joanne Florena. Later the family moved to Palermo, where she received her first holy communion on April 3, 1894. In 1919 she entered the Ragusa convent of the Discalced Carmelites nuns, where she made profession April 23, 1924. She was elected prioress and novice mistress many times. She edified the community with her holiness and in particular with her devotion to the eucharist, which became the subject of much of her writing. She died June 12 1949, and beatified March 21 2004.
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26 June 2021
26 June 2021 - B. Maria Giuseppina
Dopo aver compiuto gli studi commerciali, il 10 marzo 1918 entrò nella Comunità carmelitana di S. Maria ai Ponti Rossi, che era sorta per volontà della sorella Antonietta, divenuta nel Terz’Ordine Carmelitano suor Maria Teresa, con l’appoggio del padre Romualdo di S. Antonio, carmelitano. Non era il ritratto della salute, piuttosto fragile e malaticcia, nel 1912 fu colpita da attacchi d’angina, poi da tubercolosi alla spina dorsale con lesioni alle vertebre, paresi completa e da meningismo spinale. Ma dieci anni dopo a 28 anni, il 26 giugno 1922 ne fu miracolosamente guarita in modo istantaneo, dopo il contatto col braccio di s. Francesco Saverio, che era stato portato a Napoli.
Fu l’inizio di un apostolato, che la “monaca santa”, com’era chiamata, portò avanti per tutta la vita, accogliendo al monastero ogni tipo di ammalati e bisognosi di grazie, sia materiali che spirituali, cui dava il suo conforto e consiglio, per trovare l’amore di Dio, spesso operando prodigi. La sua abnegazione continuò ininterrottamente, specie nei giorni festivi, anche quando altre malattie la colpiranno ed a 50 anni nel 1944 con la vista indebolita, fu inchiodata alla sedia a rotelle, dava di sé l’immagine di una crocifissa con Gesù, per la Chiesa ed i fratelli, così come il suo nome di religiosa era tutta una predestinazione. Volle essere vittima per le sofferenze dell’umanità, ripiena di una sensibilità nuova donatale dallo Spirito Santo; nel 1932 la Santa Sede riconobbe come monastero del Secondo Ordine dei Carmelitani Scalzi, la Casa dei Ponti Rossi di Napoli e Giuseppina Catanea ricevé l’abito di s. Teresa in forma ufficiale, con il nuovo nome di Maria Giuseppina di Gesù Crocifisso e il 6 agosto dello stesso anno professava solennemente secondo la Regola, che già seguiva dal 1918.
Dal 1934 il cardinale Alessio Ascalesi, arcivescovo di Napoli, la nominò sottopriora, poi nel 1945 vicaria e il 29 settembre 1945 nel Primo Capitolo Elettivo, venne eletta Priora della Comunità, incarico che tenne fino alla morte. La sua spiritualità, la docilità amorosa, l’umiltà e semplicità, ebbero grande applicazione durante gli anni della Seconda Guerra Mondiale; pregava in continuazione, ciò alimentava quella confidenza in Dio, di cui contagiava quanti si recavano in pellegrinaggio fino ai Ponti Rossi, per ascoltare un suo incoraggiamento per riprendere a sperare nella vita, superando le prove ed i dolori. Il giorno della sua vestizione aveva detto: “Mi sono offerta a Gesù Crocifisso per essere crocifissa con Lui”.
Il Signore l’aveva presa in parola, rendendola partecipe del Suo patire, che cercò di vivere silenziosamente e gioiosamente, amalgamandosi al Cuore di Maria Vergine; la sua esistenza, da una certa epoca, fu ripiena di carismi mistici straordinari, sopportò per lunghi anni dure prove e persecuzioni sopportate nell’abbandonarsi alla volontà di Dio. Per ubbidienza e per consiglio del padre Romualdo di s. Antonio, scrisse l’”Autobiografia” (1894-1932) e il “Diario” (1925-45), inoltre lettere ed esortazioni per le religiose.
Dal 1943 cominciò a soffrire di labirintite auricolare, parestesie varie, dolorosa sclerosi a placche, perdita progressiva della vista e altri disturbi; convinta che la sua era la ‘malattia della volontà di Dio’, la riteneva ‘un dono magnifico’ che la univa maggiormente a Gesù sulla croce; e sorridendo offriva il suo corpo, in sfacelo per la gangrena diffusa, quale altare del suo sacrificio per le anime.
Madre Maria Giuseppina morì il 14 marzo 1948 con il cuore rivolto a Dio ed alle anime; il suo corpo disfatto si conservò pienamente incorrotto fino al 27 marzo, data della sepoltura, per dare possibilità alle folle che in continuazione, venivano a dare l’ultimo saluto alla “monaca santa”.
Nel dicembre 1948, cioè lo stesso anno della morte, il cardinale Ascalesi, diede avvio al Processo Ordinario per la causa di beatificazione. Il 3 gennaio 1987 si ebbe il decreto sulle virtù ed il titolo di venerabile. E' stata beatificata nella Cattedrale di Napoli dal Cardinale Crescenzio Sepe il 1 giugno 2008. La sua memoria liturgica è celebrata il 26 giugno.
26 June 2021 - Bl. Maria Josephine - 26 Giugno
After completing studies in business, she entered the Carmelite community of St. Mary of ‘Ponti Rossi’, born, thanks to the will of her sister Antoinette - who as a Carmelite tertiary bore the name Mary Teresa - with the support of Fr. Romualdo of St. Anthony, a Discalced Carmelite. She did not enjoy good health: she was somewhat fragile and sickly; thus in 1912 she began to suffer from problems of angina and later from tuberculosis. She also suffered from serious problems with the dorsal spine, suffering lesions in the vertebrae, until succumbing to complete paralysis and meningitis of the marrow of the spine. But ten years later, on 26th June 1922, she was miraculously and instantaneously cured, after contact with the arm of St. Francis Xavier, which had been brought to Naples.
Having barely started out on her life as a discalced Carmelite, the ‘holy nun’, as she was called, began an apostolate, which she would carry out throughout her life; she joyfully welcomed all kinds of sick and needy people in the convent, for whom she procured consolation and to whom she gave her advice, helping them to find the love of God, often carrying out wonders as well. This was an exercise in self-denial of her spirit of contemplation in order to help others, which continued on feast days and even when she was struck down with other illnesses. In 1944, when she was fifty years of age and had very poor eyesight, she had to resign herself to always using a wheelchair. Her image was of a new Jesus crucified for the Church and mankind, for which her name in religion became a sign of his life. She wanted to be a victim for humanity’s suffering, full of a renewed sensitivity which she lived out as gift of the Holy Spirit. In 1932, the Holy See recognised the house of ‘Ponti Rossi’ in Naples as a convent with full rights within the Order and Josephine Catanea was officially clothed with the habit of St. Teresa, taking the new name of Mary Josephine of Jesus Crucified. On 6th August of the same year, she was solemnly professed according to the Rule, which she had followed since 1918.
From 1934, she took on the position of sub-prioress, named by the Archbishop of Naples, Alessio Ascalesi; later, in 1945, she was Vicar and on 29th September of the same year, she was elected Prioress by the conventual chapter, a position which she kept until her death.
She practised her spiritual virtues in humility, during World War II: above all loving gentleness, humility and simplicity. She prayed without ceasing, thereby nurturing her trust in God, which she transmitted to all who came as pilgrims to ‘Ponti Rossi’ to hear her words of encouragement, thereby helping them to take up their lives again with renewed hope, overcoming their trials and suffering. On the day of her clothing she had said: ‘I have offered myself to Christ Crucified so as to be crucified with Him’.
The Lord took her at her word and thus made her a participant in his suffering, which she sought living it quietly and joyfully, submerged in the heart of Mary. At a certain point in time, she began to receive extraordinary, mystical charisms, accompanied for many years by severe trials and persecutions, which she put up with by surrendering herself to God’s will. In obedience to and on the advice of Fr. Romualdo of St. Anthony, she wrote her ‘Autobiography’ (1894-1932) and ‘Diary’ (1925-1945). Letters and exhortations for religious have also been kept.
From 1943, she began to suffer from inflammation to the labyrinth of the inner ear, problems of the nervous system, very painful multiple sclerosis, progressive loss of sight and other painful disorders. Convinced that her ill state was the will of God, she received it as a gift which allowed her to approach Jesus on the cross. Finally, she entered into a critical state with spreading gangrene, offering everything to God as a sacrifice for souls.
Mother Mary Josephine died on 14th March 1948 with her heart surrendered to God and to souls. Her wasted body was kept completely incorrupt until 27th March, the date of her burial, in order to make it possible for the multitudes to go to the convent to take their ‘leave’ of the ‘holy nun’.
In December, 1948, Cardinal Ascalesi began the ordinary process for the cause of beatification. On 3rd January, 1987, a decree with regard to her virtues was promulgated. She was beatified in the Cathedral of Naples by Cardinal Sepe on 1st June 2008. Her memorial is celebrated in the liturgy on 26th June.
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