• Few Love the Cross of Jesus: (3)

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    Few Love the Cross of Jesus: (3)

    If a man give all his wealth, it is nothing; if he do great
    penance, it is little; if he gain all knowledge, he is still far
    afield; if he have great virtue and much ardent devotion, he still
    lacks a great deal, and especially, the one thing that is most
    necessary to him. What is this one thing? That leaving all, he forsake
    himself, completely renounce himself, and give up all private
    affections. Then, when he has done all that he knows ought to be done,
    let him consider it as nothing, let him make little of what may be
    great; let him in all honesty call himself an unprofitable servant.
    For truth itself has said:
    "When you shall have done all these things that are commanded
    you, say: 'we are unprofitable servants.'" (Luke 17:10).
    Then he will be truly poor and stripped in spirit, and with the
    prophet may say: "I am alone and poor." (Ps. 24:16.)
    No one, however, is more wealthy than such a man; no one is more
    powerful, no one freer than he who knows how to leave all things and
    think of himself as the least of all.
    --Thomas à Kempis --Imitation of Christ Book 2, Chapter 11

    9 May – Blessed Giovanni Benincasa of Montepulciano OSM

    Religious Friar of the Servite Order, Hermit, Mystic, Penitent – born
    in 1375 at Montepulciano, Siena, Italy and died on 9 May 1426 at
    Monticchiello, Italy of natural causes. Patronage – Montepulciano.

    Giovanni Benincasa (cousin of Caterina Benincasa birth name of St
    Catherine of Siena) was born in Montepulciano in 1375 and fulfilled
    his vocation in 1400 by professing his vows as a religious of the
    order of the Servants of Mary at the convent of his hometown. He
    obtained permission from superiors to lead a solitary life in penance.

    After a few months’ stay in the hermitage of Bagni San Filippo at
    Monte Amiata, he moved to Monticchiello where the Servants of Mary
    owned the plot of land next to the cave, in whose upper entrance he
    chose his hermit’s home. Here he spent twenty years in prayer and
    penance doing humble work necessary and died there on 9 May 1426, aged 51,revered by all the people.

    A dispute arose between the Servite fathers who wanted to move the
    body into the convent and the inhabitants of Monticchiello who wanted
    it in their church. The “judgement of God” was used – the coffin was hoisted on a cart pulled by white oxen, leaving them the choice. The
    oxen went to Monticchiello stopping right in front of the church. The
    people attributed many miracles to him and the shrine and remains of
    his body were long disputed. In 1600 the Servants of Mary of Florence
    came forward to reclaim his relics and obtained them, leaving to the
    villagers only one arm as a relic. Countless other diatribes followed
    until in 1822 when the body was returned to the community of
    Monticchiello where it is still preserved in a valuable urn in the
    church of St Leonardo.

    Every year the villagers go in procession to the upper entrance of the
    cave to pray in the place designated as “the bed of the Blessed,”
    where a plaque and a cross (still existing) were walled on the
    occasion of the fifth centenary of the death, 9 May 1926.

    The most famous miracle of Blessed Benincasa is that of the “footsteps
    of the devil” – it is said that the saint was frequently prey to the temptations of the devil who presented himself in the classic
    appearance of a goat. With his ascetic strength, Benincasa chased him
    away and forced him to leave, taking a leap beyond the deep abyss that overlooks the stream. The devil left his footprints in the living rock
    and these are visible not far from the upper entrance.

    According to the records of the time, when Blessed Giovanni died, all
    the bells of Monticchiello and the nearby districts began to ring by themselves.

    His Beatification received formal approval from Pope Pius VIII on 23
    December 1829, after the Holy Father issued formal ratification of the
    late friar’s local ‘cultus’ – otherwise known as popular and enduring veneration.


    “If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
    From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:7

    ” God does not leave us groping in the dark.
    He has shown Himself to us as a man.
    In His greatness, He has let Himself become small.”

    “What is Faith?

    First, faith is simple.
    We believe in God – in God,
    who is the Beginning
    and End of human life.
    We believe in a God,
    who enters into a relationship
    with us human beings,
    who is our origin and our future.
    Consequently, faith is,
    always and inseparably, hope –
    the certainty that we have a future
    and will not end up as nothing.
    And faith is love,
    since God’s love is “contagious”.
    This is the first thing –
    we simply believe in God
    and this brings with it,
    hope and love.”
    --Pope Benedict XVI
    Regensburg Homily, Tuesday 12 September 2006

    Saint Quote:
    Prudence must precede every action which we undertake; for, if
    prudence be wanting, there is nothing, however good it may seem, which
    is not turned into evil.
    -- St. Basil

    Bible Quote:
    If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but
    deceives his heart, his religion is vain. Religion that is pure and
    undefiled before God and the Father is this: To care for orphans and
    widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
    [James 1:26-27] DRB

    Prayer of Petition

    O Divine Jesus, Thou hast promised that anything we ask of the Eternal
    Father in Thy name shall be granted.

    O Eternal Father. In the name of Jesus, for the love of Jesus, in
    fulfillment of this promise, and because Jesus has said it, grant us
    our petitions for the sake of Jesus, Thy Divine Son. Amen.

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