Feast of Blessed Carolina Santocanale (January 27)   Leave a comment

Above:  Blessed Carolina Santocanale

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BLESSED CAROLINA SANTOCANALE (OCTOBER 2, 1852-JANUARY 27, 1923)

Foundress of the Capuchin Sisters of the Immaculate of Lourdes

Also known as Sister Maria of Jesus

Blessed Carolina Santocanale was noble in at least two ways.  She, born into Italian nobility at Palermo on October 2, 1852, grew up in a devout family.  Our saint, baptized when three days old, took her First Communion when eight years old.  She discerned her vocation to religious life at an early age.  The conflict in Santocanale’s mind was which kind of order to join; she struggled to balance contemplative prayer and service to the sick, poor, disabled, and abandoned.  Our saint, who rejected all proposals of marriage, found her own middle path, starting in her twenties.  She, over strong objections from her family, became a Franciscan tertiary, as Sister Maria of Jesus.  Our saint, with other tertiaries, wore backpacks full of food and medicine as they went door-to-door in poor neighborhoods in Palermo.  At the end of her life, on January 24, 1923, Santocanale founded the Capuchin Sisters of the Immaculate of Lourdes.  She, aged 70 years, died three days later.

The Church has recognized Santocanale’s sanctity.  Pope John Paul II declared her a Venerable in 2000.  Pope Francis beatified her in 2016.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 COMMON ERA

PROPER 17:  THE TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR C

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THE FEAST OF SAINT FIACRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT

THE FEAST OF FRANÇOIS MAURIAC, FRENCH ROMAN CATHOLIC NOVELIST, CHRISTIAN HUMANIST, AND SOCIAL CRITIC

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Almighty God, we praise you for your servant Blessed Carolina Santocanale,

through whom you have called the church to its tasks and renewed its life.

Raise up in our own day teachers and prophets inspired by your Spirit,

whose voices will give strength to your church and proclaim the reality of your reign,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

Jeremiah 1:4-10

Psalm 46

1 Corinthians 3:11-23

Mark 10:35-45

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 600

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