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27 July 2021
27 July 2021 - Blessed Titus Brandsma
Born in Bolsward (The Netherlands) in 1881, Blessed Titus Brandsma joined the Carmelite Order as a young man. Ordained a priest in 1905, he earned a doctorate in philosophy in Rome. He then taught in various schools in Holland and was named professor of philosophy and of the history of mysticism in the Catholic University of Nijmegen, where he also served as Rector Magnificus. He was noted for his constant availability to everyone. He was a professional journalist, and in 1935 was appointed ecclesiastical advisor to Catholic journalists. Both before and during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, remaining faithful to the Gospel, he fought against the spread of Nazi ideology, and for the freedom of Catholic education and the Catholic press. For this he was arrested and sent to a succession of prisons and concentration camps where he brought comfort and peace to his fellow prisoners and did good even to his tormentors; in 1942, after much suffering and humiliation, he was killed in Dachau, Germany. He was beatified by John Paul II on November 3, 1985.
28 July 2021
28 July 2021 - Blessed John Soreth
Priest (Optional Memory)
John Soreth was born at Caen in Normandy (France) in 1394. He entered Carmel in his youth, and in due course took the degree of Master in Theology at Paris, where he became Regent of Studies. He later became Provincial. He was Prior General of the Order from 1451 until his death at Angers (France) in 1471. He restored an encouraged religious observance, wrote a well-known commentry on the Rule, issued revised Constitutions in 1462, and supported and promoted the foundation of communities of nuns in the Order.
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7 August 2021
7 August 2021 - Saint Albert of Trapani
Albert degli Abbati was born at Trapani, Sicily, in the thirteenth century, and entered the Carmelite Order as a youth. He became renowned as a fervent preacher of the Gospel and a worker of miracles. He was Provincial of Sicily in 1296, and died at Messina, probably in 1307, with a reputation for purity and prayer.
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9 August 2021
9 August 2021 - Saint Teresa Benedict of the Cross
Edith was born into a Jewish family at Breslau (then Germany) on October 12, 1891. Through her passionate study of philosophy she searched for truth. In 1922 she was baptised a Catholic and in 1933 she entered the Carmel of Cologne where she took the name Teresa Benedict of the Cross. She died in Auchwitz on August 9, 1942, during the Nazi persecution, dying a martyr for the Christian faith after having offered her holocaust for the people of Israel. A woman of singular intelligence and learning, she left behind a body of writing notable for its doctrinal richness and profound spirituality. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Cologne on May 1, 1987 and canonized by the same Pope on October 11 1998. She was proclaimed Patroness of Europe on October 1 1999. Feast in Europe.
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16 August 2021
16 August 2021 - Blessed Mary Sagrario of St Aloysius Gonzaga
She was born in Lillo, Toledo (Spain) on January 8, 1881. A pharmacist by profession, she was one of the first women in Spain to be qualified as such. In 1915 she entered the Carmel of St Anne and St Joseph in Madrid. Through her spirit of prayer and love for the eucharist she was a perfect embodiment of the contemplative and ecclesial ideal of the Teresian Carmel. She was prioress of her community when she was martyred on August 15, 1936. It was a grace she longed for and accepted in faith and in ardent love for Christ.
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18 August 2021
18 August 2021 - Blessed John-Baptist, Michael-Aloysius And James
Fr John-Baptist Duverneuil (b. 1737, Limoges, France) in religion Fr Leonard, Fr Michael-Aloysius Brulard (b. 1758, Chartres, France), and Fr James Gagnot (b. 1753, Frolois, France), in religion Fr Hubert, were among a group of 64 Martyrs, victims of the French Revolution, who were beatified October 1, 1995.In their loyalty to God, the Church and the Pope, they refused to take the civil oath of the Constitution for the Clergy. As a result they were imprisoned on a slave-trading ship in Rochefort Bay. During 1794, the first two Carmelites died on board ship: Fr John Baptist on July 1, and Fr Michael-Aloysius on July 25. After a plague broke out those remaining disembarked on the island of Madame where Fr James died on September 10.Noted for their loving ministry to their fellow prisoners and their patience in accepting every type of privation and cruelty our three Discaled (Teresian) Carmeltie martyrs and their companions gave unsurpassable Christian witness to their faith and love.
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25 August 2021
25 August 2021 - Saint Mary of Jesus Crucified
Virgin (Optional Memory)
Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified was born of the Baouardy family, Catholics of the Greek Melchite Rite, at Abellin in Galilee in 1846. In 1867 she entered the Discalced (Teresian) Carmelites at Pau in France and was sent with the founding group to the Carmel of Mangalore in India where, in 1870, she made her profession. She returned to France in 1872. In 1875 she went to the Holy Land where she built a monastery in Bethlehem and began planning for another Nazareth. Noted for her supernatural gifts, especially for humility, for her devotion to the Holy Spirit, and her great love for the Church and the Pope, she died at Bethlehem in 1878.
26 August 2021
26 August 2021 - St Teresa of Jesus
Transverberation (Optional Memory)
The chief among Teresas virtues was the love of God, which our Lord Jesus Christ increased by means of many visions and revelations. He made her his spouse on one occasion. At other times she saw an angel with a flaming dart piercing her heart. Through these heavenly gifts the flame of divine love in her heart became so strong that, inspired by God, she made the extremely difficult vow of always doing what seemed to her most perfect and most conducive to Gods glory (Gregory XV in the Bull of canonization).
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1 September 2021
1 September 2021 - Saint Teresa Margaret Redi of the Sacred Heart
Teresa Margaret belonged to the noble family of Redi, and was born in the Tuscan city of Arezzo (Italy) in 1747. She entered the Discalced (Teresian) Carmelite convent at Florence on September 1 1764. She was granted a special grace of contemplative insight based on St Johns phrase God is love, through which she felt called to a hidden life of love and self-sacrifice. She progressed rapidly, fulfilling her vocation through heroic charity towards others. She died in Florence in 1770.
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