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    God can use every human being....

    The world would sooner be brought close to God. His will would sooner
    be done on earth, if all who acknowledge Him gave themselves
    unreservedly to being used by Him. God can use every human being as a
    channel for divine love and power. What delays the bringing of the
    world closer to God is the backwardness of His followers. If each one
    lived each day for God and allowed God to work through him, then the
    world would soon be drawn much closer to God, its Founder and
    Preserver. I pray that I may be used as a channel to express the
    Divine Love. I pray that I may so live as to bring God's spirit closer
    to the world.
    --From Twenty-Four Hours a Day

    29 November – Blessed Bernardo Francisco de Hoyos SJ

    Professed Priest of the Society of Jesus, Mystic, Apostle of the
    Sacred Heart – born on 21 August 1711 at Torrelobatón, Valladolid,
    Kingdom of Spain (1711-08-21) and died on 29 November 1735,
    Valladolid, Spain of natural causes (typhoid), aged 24. The miracle
    for his Beatification involved a young lady with typhoid.

    Bernardo Francisco de Hoyos de Seña was born on 21 August 1711 to Don
    Manuel de Hoyos and Doña Francisca de Seña.  His father worked at the
    town hall at Torrelobatón near Valladolid. He was baptised on 6
    September in his local parish church in the names of “Bernardo
    Francisco Javier.”  He was named in honour of Saint Bernard of
    Clairvaux and Saint Francis Xavier.  He received his Confirmation in

    On 11 July 1726, a not quite fifteen year old Bernardo Francisco de
    Hoyos y Seña crossed the threshold of the Jesuit novitiate of the
    Province of Castile. Straightaway he chose the Flemish Saint John
    Berchmans SJ as his model and intercessor. At his profession on 12
    July 1728, he heard Our Lord say to him: “From today on I will unite
    Myself more intimately to you because of my love for you.” Our Lord,
    His Virgin Mother, Saint Ignatius, Saint Teresa of Avila and other
    celestial visitors manifested themselves to the young Jesuit,
    conversed with him, counselled him and encouraged him.  In 1726 both
    Aloysius Gonzaga SJ and Stanislaus Kostka SJ were Canonised by Pope
    Benedict XIII. The two became models of holiness for the Jesuit
    priest, as well as John Berchmans who was already on the course for Canonisation.

    On 10 August 1729, the Saviour, covered with His Precious Blood,
    appeared to Bernardo, and showing him the wound in His Side, said,
    “Rejected by humanity, I come to find my consolation with chosen
    souls.” Bernardo’s experience closely resembles that of Saint Margaret
    Mary Alacoque fifty-three years earlier in the Visitation Monastery of Paray-le-Monial in France.

    Bernardo was ordained a priest on 2 January 1735, for which he had to
    obtain special permission due to his young age. Saint John the
    Evangelist and Saint Francis de Sales, mystically present at the
    ordination, served as his “godfathers” in the priesthood. In that same
    year he wrote:

    Hitherto I had great confidence in my prayers and petitions, depending
    on the intercession of the Heart of Jesus, at present I have no doubt
    about obtaining whatsoever I ask, if it is for the greater glory of
    God. I am convinced that at the altar, the Eternal Father can refuse
    me nothing . . . I find myself with views like that of Venerable
    Father La Colombière concerning the greatness of this sacrifice. Here
    I am as if I were triumphant, for it seems to me not only that I am
    making reparation for myself and for the whole world but that the
    Eternal Father is my debtor.

    Now and again, during Mass . . . a word of the Eternal Father has
    assured me of the satisfaction He takes in His Son and in His Heart
    and how this satisfaction may embolden me, even at the sight of my
    sins and ingratitude, to presume as much as I fancy, for all is
    contained in the merits of Jesus, whose minister I am and whose place
    I take.”

    Father Bernardo de Hoyos died on 29 November 1735 at the age of
    twenty-four. He left behind the memory of his brief but fruitful
    ministry as a priest, the reputation of a charism for delivering souls
    from the vice of impurity – his book, The Hidden Treasure, published
    under the name of Father John de Loyola and a wealth of detailed
    accounts of his mystical experiences of the Heart of Jesus.

    On 17 January 2009, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, met with the
    Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Archbishop
    Angelo Amato, S.D.B. The Pope authorised the promulgation of a number
    of decrees, among them the recognition of a miracle attributed to the
    Servant of God Bernardo Francisco Hoyos.

    On 19 April 2010, Father Bernardo Francisco de Hoyos was beatified in Valladolid, Spain. The ceremony was presided over by Archbishop Angelo
    Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In
    addition to nearly a 1,000 priests and more the 20,000 faithful,
    approximately fifty bishops and cardinals attended the ceremony. The
    new Blessed’s liturgical memorial was confirmed for today, the
    anniversary of his death.


    Bible Quote:
    And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, The face thereof was
    covered with nettles, And the stone wall thereof was broken down.
    Then I beheld, and considered well; I saw, and received instruction:
    Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep; So shall thy poverty come as a robber, And thy want as an armed man.
    [Pro 24:30-34]

    Take pride in the title of Christian

     If with faith and religious feeling you take pride in the title of
    Christian, value the grace of this reconciliation at its true worth.
    Once you were cast off, driven from paradise, dying in weary exile.
    Reduced to dust and ashes, you have no further hope of life; but now
    through the incarnation of the Word you have the power to return from
    afar to your Creator, to recognize your Father, to be freed from
    slavery, and raised from the status of a stranger to that of a child.
    You were born with a nature liable to decay, but now you can be reborn
    through the Spirit of God and obtain by grace what you lacked by
    nature. You need have no doubt that if you keep the terms of your
    engagement in the heavenly army, you will receive the victor's crown
    in the triumphant camp of the eternal King. You will rise again with
    the just to enter into the fellowship of the kingdom of heaven.
    --St. Leo the Great

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