Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary
Altfrid of Hildesheim, OSB B (PC)
Died 874. In 851, Saint Altfrid, a monk and headmaster of Corbie's abbey school in Saxony, was consecrated bishop of Hildesheim. He won fame as a man of peace and goodwill, a champion of his Benedictine brothers, a staunch adherent to canon law, and a devotee of Our Lady (Benedictines).
Arduinus of Rimini, OSB Hermit (AC)
Died 1009. Although Saint Arduinus spent his last days in San Gudenzio Abbey, he was a priest of Rimini, Italy, who never took monastic vows (Benedictines).
Arnulf (Arnoul, Arnulphus) of Soissons, OSB B (RM)
Born in Flanders; died at Oudenbourg (Aldenburg), Bruges, Flanders (Belgium), in 1087. Arnulf was a French nobleman and soldier who rendered distinguished service to King Robert and King Henry I, when, about 1060, he entered the Benedictine monastery of Saint Médard in Soissons. After a while he obtained his abbot's permission to live as an anchorite in a narrow cell, where he devoted himself to prayer and penance for three years.
He would have loved to continue in that state but God had other plans for the lowly monk. First, he was summoned to succeed Ponce as abbot. The cenobitic community was far too lax when he had retired into his cell; in his absence it had declined further into worldliness and simony. He accepted the office only reluctantly. In fact, there is a legend that says he asked for a day in which to come to a decision about accepting it. During that time he tried to escape, but was caught by a wolf and forcibly returned before he went very far.
In 1081, he was chosen by the council of Meaux to become the next bishop of Soissons. When deputies announced the decision of the council to Arnulf, he responded: "Leave a sinner to offer to God some fruits of penance; and compel not a madman to take upon him a charge which requires so much wisdom." Nevertheless, he was compelled to undertake the burdensome position.
With incredible zeal Arnulf tried to fulfill all the obligations of his office. When he found himself unable to correct certain grievous abuses among. He was probably not a very effective administrator or politician; perhaps it was simply a saint's sharper self-knowledge, rather than just humility, that had made him unwilling to accept the office. A little less than two years after his installation, he was driven from his see by an intruder. Fearing that the fault laid within himself, he resigned rather than fighting to regain possession of his episcopal chair. Thereafter he founded Oudenbourg Abbey in the diocese of Bruges, Belgium, where he died in sackcloth and ashes.
Many of the miracles wrought at his tomb were approved during a council held at Beauvais in 1121. His relics were enshrined in 1131, and are still preserved in the church of Saint Peter at Oudenburg. His name is very famous throughout the Low Countries and in France (Benedictines, Encyclopedia, Farmer, Husenbeth).
In art, Saint Arnulf is portrayed as a bishop wearing a coat of mail under his cope. At times the image may include (1) a fish with a ring in its mouth; (2) a burning castle that Arnulf is blessing; or (3) Arnulf washing the feet of the poor (Roeder). This patron of music, millers, and brewers is venerated at Remiremont. He is invoked to find lost articles (Roeder).
Limbania of Genoa, OSB V (AC)
Born in Cyprus; died 1294; cultus approved by Paul V. Saint Limbania was a Benedictine in Genoa, Italy, before seeking seclusion in a cave below the city's Saint Thomas Church. Because the church was given to the Augustinians, Limbania is often mistakenly described as an Augustinian nun (Benedictines).
MacCartin (Aid, Aed) of Clogher (AC)
Died March 24, 506. Saint MacCartin, one of the earliest disciples of Saint Patrick, is said to have been born into the noble Irish family of the Arads. Patrick consecrated him bishop of Clogher, of which diocese MacCartin is the patron (Husenbeth).
Blessed Maria Sagrario, OC VM (AC)
Born at Lillo, Spain, January 8, 1881; died at San Isidro, Spain, on August 15, 1936; beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 8, 1997.
Elvira Moragas Cantarero, the third of the four children born to Ricardo Moragas and Isabel Cantarero, was one of the first women in Spain to earn a degree in pharmacy--and she did it with distinction. Her father was appointed the pharmaceutical purveyor to the royal household and moved his family to Madrid in 1886.
Although Elvira had a distinguish career planned, especially after her father's death, she felt that God was calling her to a religious vocation. She delayed entering the convent on the advice of her spiritual director in order to care for her younger brother. Finally, in 1915, she became a postulant in Madrid at the Carmel of Saints Anne and Joseph. She took the name Maria Sagrario of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga when she was received into the novitiate on December 21, 1915. Her time of testing was completed with her temporary profession on Christmas Eve, 1916, and solemn vows on Epiphany in 1920.
In April 1927 she was elected prioress; later she served as novice mistress. Frequently she expressed her desire to die a martyr. Two weeks before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Sister Maria Sagrario was again elected prioress (July 1, 1936). Religious persecution followed. The convent was attacked on July 20 by an angry mob. The prioress sent her daughters into safety and herself took refuge with another in the home of the sister's parents, despite her brother's pleas to come to him. They hid there until their arrest by the rebels on August 14.
Throughout the period of her arrest and interrogation, Maria Sagrario remained serene, totally surrendered to God's will as documented in the testimony required for her beatification. She refused to reveal anything to the secret police or betray anyone. This refusal led to her execution by gunfire at the Pradera of San Isidro.
Napoleon (Neopolus) of Alexandria M (AC)
Died c. 300. Saint Napoleon was so horribly maimed during his torture that he died while being carried back to his dungeon at Alexandria, Egypt, during the reign of Diocletian (Benedictines).
Rupert of Ottobeuren, OSB Abbot (PC)
Died 1145. Saint Rupert was the prior of Saint George's monastery in the Schwarzewald (Germany), when he was asked to found the Benedictine abbey of Ottobeuren in Bavaria in 1102. During his 43- year abbacy he introduced the Cluniac-Hirschau customary and Ottobeuren gained renown (Benedictines, Encyclopedia).
Tarsicius of Rome M (RM)
Died c. 255. According to the poem on his tomb, written by Pope Saint Damasus in the 4th century, Tarsicius was carrying the Eucharist through the streets of Rome, when he was seized by curious bystanders. Preferring death to allowing profanation of the Blessed Sacrament, this acolyte or deacon refused to surrender his precious burden and was murdered with stones and clubs. He was buried in the cemetery of Callixtus and his relics are claimed by San Silvestro's. The content of Damasus' poem were expanded by later tradition to account for missing details. It names the location as the Appian Way, and Tarsicius's purpose as either taking the Eucharist to some imprisoned Christians or carrying the Sacrament from a papal Mass to the presbyters of other Roman churches during this period when only the bishop had the faculties to consecrate the Eucharist. The reference to Saint Stephen in the poem of Damasus, leads to the opinion that Tarsicius was probably a deacon, rather than a young acolyte as portrayed in Cardinal Wiseman's highly embellished novel Fabiola (1854). Tarsicius is the patron of first communicants, altar boys, and a confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament (Attwater, Benedictines, Delaney, Encyclopedia, Farmer).
About Saints of the Day
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