Saturday, 3 December 2016

Premature Twin Family Prepare For First Christmas Together. Parents Refused To Switch Off Their Baby's Life Support System.

Ava, who will turn one in January,
has been home for seven months.
Illustration: BBC

A couple, who refused to switch off their baby's life support after her sister died, have told how she "never gave up" on her fight for life.

Now, they prepare to spend their first Christmas together.

This Article can be read in full at BBC

Saint Francis Xavier. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 3 December.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Saint Francis Xavier.
Feast Day 3 December.


White Vestments.

Statue of Saint Francis Xavier,
at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church,
in Superior, Wisconsin,
United States of America.
Photo: 20 April 2015.
Source: Own work.
Author: Billertl.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552), was touched, after a long resistance, by the words constantly repeated to him by Saint Ignatius Loyola: "What does it profit a man if he gains the whole World, and suffers the loss of his own Soul ?" He then became one of Saint Ignatius' most zealous fellow-workers in the newly-formed Society of Jesus (The Jesuits).

"Go ye into the whole World, and Preach the Gospel to every creature," says the  Gospel. "Their  sound hath gone forth into all the Earth, and their words unto the ends  of the whole World," adds the Epistle.

This was the programme of the whole life of Saint Francis Xavier," whose Preaching and Miracles added to The Church the Nations of The Indies" (Collect). He Preached the Gospel there, and in Japan, to more than fifty Kingdoms, and converted innumerable pagans.

Let us share in the Apostolic zeal of this Saint, who has earned the glorious Title of Patron of The Propagation of The Faith; and let us help this work with our Prayers and our Alms.

Mass: Loquébar.
Commemoration: Of The Feria.

Saint Francis Xavier.
The Patron Saint of Missionaries.
Available on YouTube at

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Saint Francis Xavier, S.J. (born Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta, 7 April 1506 – 3 December 1552), was a Navarrese-Basque Roman Catholic Missionary, born in Javier (Xavier in Navarro-Aragonese or Xabier in Basque), Kingdom of Navarre (now part of Spain), and a co-founder of The Society of Jesus. He was a companion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and one of the first seven Jesuits who took vows of Poverty and Chastity at Montmartre, Paris in 1534.

He led an extensive Mission into Asia, mainly in The Portuguese Empire of the time, and was influential in Evangelisation work, most notably in India. He also was the first Christian Missionary to venture into Japan, Borneo, The Maluku Islands, and other areas. In those areas, struggling to learn the local languages and in the face of opposition, he had less success than he had enjoyed in India. Xavier was about to extend his Missionary Preaching to China, but died in Shangchuan Island shortly before he could do so.

Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church,
Superior, Wisconsin,
United States of America.

He was Beatified by Pope Paul V on 25 October 1619 and was Canonised by Pope Gregory XV on
12 March 1622. In 1624, he was made Co-Patron of Navarre. Known as "The Apostle of The Indies," and "The Apostle of Japan", he is considered to be one of the greatest Missionaries since Saint Paul.

In 1927, Pope Pius XI published the Decree "Apostolicorum in Missionibus", naming Saint Francis Xavier, along with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Co-Patron of all Foreign Missions. He is now Co-Patron Saint of Navarre, with San Fermin. The Day of Navarre (Día de Navarra) marks the Anniversary of Saint Francis Xavier's death, on 3 December 1552.

Makes You Think. Doesn't It ?

This Article can be read in full at NASA

The Rings of Saturn, in the foreground,
and Saturn's Moon, Enceladus, in the background.
Illustration: NASA

Friday, 2 December 2016

Saint Bibiana. Virgin And Martyr. Feast Day, Today, 2 December.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Saint Bibiana.
Virgin And Martyr.
Feast Day 2 December.


Red Vestments.

Saint Bibiana,
by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Santa Bibiana, Rome,
Photo: 30 August 2013.
Source: WikiPaintings
Author: WikiPaintings
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Bibiana was born in Rome of a noble Christian family; and, as the Collect tells us, in her the Flower of Virginity  was united with the Palm of Martyrdom.

A wise and prudent Virgin (Gradual), she was less afraid of the loss of all her goods and of her sufferings of imprisonment, than of the loss of that Hidden Treasure or that Pearl of Great Price, of which the Gospel speaks.

When delivered to the caresses and flattery off her jailer, Rufinus, who strove to pervert her, she called upon The Lord, Who saved her from destruction (Epistle).

Rufinus then had recourse to violence, but with no greater success. Seeing which, the enraged Governor of Rome ordered that Bibiana should be tied to a Column, and beaten to death with thongs loaded with lead (363 A.D.) The Basilica of Saint Mary Major was built over her tomb.

Mass: Me exspectavérunt, of The Common of Virgins.

Church of Saint Bibiana,
Rome, Italy.
Illustration: WINE TRIPPING

"Two Things The Devil Is Deadly Afraid Of: Fervent Communions And Frequent Visits To The Blessed Sacrament." Saint John Bosco.

Illustration: PINTEREST

Illustration: PINTEREST
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