Thursday, April 18, 2024

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saint Alphege ♗ Feast: 19 April


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saint Alphege
Bishop & martyr (✝️ 1012 Anno Domini A.D. ) Feast: 19 April
Saints Who Were Imprisoned ⛓️

Alphege, also known as Aelfheah , was a monk in England . For a time he was an anchorite, living enclosed in a small cell, but later he became abbot of Bath Abbey ⛪ & then Bishop of Winchester . Here Alphege furthered the cult of the saints & was also responsible for the building of a large organ ๐ŸŽน in the cathedral.


It is said that he was so generous ๐Ÿ’ธ that there were no beggars left in Winchester. After two decades in Winchester , Alphege became Archbishop of Canterbury ♗. When the Vikings ๐Ÿ—ก️ invaded England in 1011 A.D., they laid siege to Canterbury. Alphege, instead of running away, went right up to the warriors & begged them to stop their slaughter ๐Ÿ™…‍♂️ ๐Ÿ’€ He was held prisoner ⛓️ for 7 months, during which he set about converting as many of his captors as he could :jesus: 


He refused to be ransomed. In a drunken rage ๐Ÿป the soldiers decided to kill the archbishop. One of their leaders, Thorkell the Tall, tried to save him, offering all his possession except his ship in exchange for Alphege 's life. His offer failed & Alphege was killed ♗ ๐Ÿช“ Thorkell, it is thought, returned Alphege's body to his community, & decided shortly thereafter to defect to the English ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Alphege's relics are in Canterbury Cathedral ⛪


Saint Thomas Becket is said to have invoked St. Alphege shortly before his own martyrdom

๐Ÿ™ Merciful Father, grant that no burden or betrayal may make us lose sight of the need to make you known. Help us to preach you to our oppressors ๐Ÿ—ฃ️ :jesus:  & obtain their salvation ๐Ÿ›

#SaintAlphege #PrayForUs ๐Ÿ™


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ Blessed Marie Anne Blondin ๐Ÿงผ ๐Ÿซง Feast 18 April

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ Blessed Marie Anne Blondin
Founder, Sisters of St. Anne (✝️ 1890 Anno Domini A.D.)       Feast: 18 April   

Esther Blondin, the daughter of poor farmers ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐ŸŒพ was born in Lower Canada . At 20, she entered domestic service, eventually finding work with a teaching order in Montreal ⛪ ๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐Ÿซ There she learned to read & write ✍️ & in time was hired to teach in a parochial school & even serve as principal ๐Ÿซ


In 1848 A.D. Blondin proposed to the bishop ♗ of Montreal that she found a congregation dedicated to the "education of poor country children, both boys & girls in the same schools" (a daring proposal for its time). She won his approval, & so a novitiate was established for the new congregation, the Sisters of St. Anne. Blondin, who had taken the religious name Marie Anne, was selected to serve as superior.


While the order quickly grew, a new chaplain began to exert dictatorial control. When Mother Marie Anne resisted, he compelled her to resign as superior. She complied without protest, but he was not satisfied until she had been relegated to complete obscurity, performing domestic chores in the laundry ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿซง & kitchen ๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐Ÿณ๐Ÿณ There she spent her remaining years. Mother Marie Anne died on January 2, 1890 A.D. ๐Ÿชฆ A generation would pass before her memory was restored to honor in her congregation


Blondin was beatified in 2001 A.D.

๐Ÿ™ "The deeper a tree sinks its roots into the soil ๐ŸŒณ the greater are its chances of growing and producing fruit ๐ŸŽ " ๐Ÿ›

-Blessed Marie Anne Blondin , on being assigned to lowly work

#BlessedMarieAnneBlondin #PrayForUs ๐Ÿ™