Monday 12 August 2019    (other days)
Monday of week 19 in Ordinary Time 
 or Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious 

Let us come before the Lord, giving thanks.

Year: C(I). Psalm week: 3. Liturgical Colour: Green.

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal (1572 - 1641)
She was born in Dijon, in France, in 1572. She married a nobleman called de Chantal, by whom she had six children whom she brought up in the faith. When her husband died she placed herself under the guidance of Saint Francis de Sales and progressed rapidly along the way of perfection. She performed many good works for the poor and the sick. She founded the Order of the Visitation and guided it wisely. She died in 1641. See the articles in Wikipedia and the Catholic Encyclopaedia.
Other saints: Blessed Isidore Bakanja (1886 - 1909)
Southern Africa
Today the Church in Africa remembers one of her youngest martyrs in the person of Isidore Bakanja. He was born in what was then the Belgian Congo around the year 1886. At the age of twenty he was baptized and, from that time onward, lived the faith to the full, until he died a martyr while working as a house servant of a Belgian colonist. Although he knew that his employer resented Christians, Bakanja insisted on wearing the scapular and saying the Rosary in his free time. In February 1909 his martyrdom began when he was severely beaten even to drawing blood, just because he was a Christian. The wounds inflicted by the strokes were so severe that he died on 15 August 1909, after having forgiven his aggressor.
Other saints: Saint Muredach
He was a disciple of St Patrick and possibly a member of his family. He was put in charge of the church at Killala in 442 or 443. It is probable that he resigned his see after a few years, and retired to end his life in the lonely island in Donegal Bay which has ever since borne his name, Innismurray.
Other saints: Saint Attracta
She lived in the fifth or sixth century and the details of her life have been obscured by legend. She may have received the veil from St Patrick. She is said to have founded several churches in the Counties of Galway and Sligo.
Other saints: Saint Lelia
St Lelia is particularly venerated in the diocese of Limerick, but all details of her life have been lost. She clearly lived, but when and how is no longer known for certain.
Other saints: Saint Blaan (-590)
Argyll & the Isles
Saint Blane (Old Irish Bláán) was born on the Isle of Bute, a nephew of St Cathan, and was educated in Ireland under Saints Comgall and Kenneth. He became a monk, went to Scotland, and was eventually bishop among the Picts.
Other saints: Bl Isidore Bakanja (c.1887-1909)
12 Aug (where celebrated)
Isidore Bakanja was born about 1887 in Bokendala (Congo), into the Boangi tribe. He worked as a labourer during much of his childhood. At the age of 18, he heard the Gospel through the work of the Cistercian missionaries and was baptised. He became a devout convert and fervent catechist. He also expressed a particular devotion to Mary in the Rosary and his enrolment in the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
  While he was working on a plantation, he was forbidden to speak of his Christianity or to wear the scapular, that he wore as a witness to his faith. Isidore refused to comply with these demands and as a result was severely beaten. His health began a rapid decline and when the plantation inspector discovered the young man’s failing condition, medical intervention could not save his life. As Isidore lay dying, he expressed forgiveness for his aggressor declaring, “When I am in heaven, I shall pray for him very much.” He died soon after, the year was 1909.

About the author of the Second Reading in today's Office of Readings:

Second Reading: Theodoret of Cyrus (c.393 - 457)
Theodoret of Cyrus or Cyrrhus was an influential theologian of the School of Antioch, biblical commentator, and Christian bishop of Cyrrhus. He played a pivotal role in the Christological controversies in the 5th-century Byzantine church, notably the Nestorian controversy concerning the twofold nature of Christ and the validity of the title “Mother of God”. Having experienced in his own diocese the process of reconciling heretics and schismatics to the Church, he strove earnestly for unity by urging the condemnation of Nestorius’ heretical doctrines without personally condemning Nestorius himself. As a result he himself found himself condemned and excommunicated by the Second Council of Ephesus, and was rehabilitated only after the death of the Emperor and an appeal to Pope Leo the Great. He was declared orthodox by the Council of Chalcedon.
  Theodoret wrote many commentaries on Scripture and some doctrinal works, including On the Incarnation of the Lord, which provides some Second Readings for the Office of Readings.

Liturgical colour: green
The theological virtue of hope is symbolized by the colour green, just as the burning fire of love is symbolized by red. Green is the colour of growing things, and hope, like them, is always new and always fresh. Liturgically, green is the colour of Ordinary Time, the season in which we are being neither especially penitent (in purple) nor overwhelmingly joyful (in white).

Mid-morning reading (Terce)2 Corinthians 13:11 ©
Brethren, be joyful. Try to grow perfect; help one another. Be united; live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Noon reading (Sext)Romans 6:22 ©
Now you have been set free from sin, you have been made slaves of God, and you get a reward leading to your sanctification and ending in eternal life.

Afternoon reading (None)Colossians 1:21-22 ©
Not long ago, you were foreigners and enemies, in the way that you used to think and the evil things that you did; but now he has reconciled you, by his death and in that mortal body. Now you are able to appear before him holy, pure and blameless.
Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.
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