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Św Jozafat Kuncewicz (St Josaphat Kuntsevych OSBM, Juozapatas Kuncevičius, Йосафат Кунцевич, Ivan Kunchych) (c1580-1623). Belarusian Greek Catholic, Romanian Greek Catholic and Ruthenian Catholic (present-day Ukrainian Catholic) and Latin Churches Feast Day commemorating the death of the Polish-Lithuanian Ruthenian Catholic Church Eastern Rite monk. As the 1618 Archeparch z Połocka (Archbishop of Polotsk), Josaphat was martyred on 12 November 1623 by an angry mob in Vitebsk in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (present-day Belarus). This was during Christian Orthodox anti-Catholic violence against the confirmation of communion with the Roman Catholic Church of the Ruthenian Orthodox Church (Kiev Metropolitanate) after the 1596 Union of Brest. The policy for the Counter-Reformation in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was for Protestant and Orthodox missions to non-Catholics to reunite all Christians into the Roman Catholic Church. Josaphat’s death reflected how the conflict among the Christian Orthodox and the Catholics had intensified. A group of Ukrainian Catholics who oppose the changes made in the Ruthenian Rite to reduce Roman influence have formed the Priestly Society of Saint Josaphat, linked to the Society of St Pius X, which has not recognised the authority of the Second Vatican Council. Feast Day 25 November in Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Patron saint of Ukraine. Image: pl.wikipedia.org.
Naomh Cumméne Fota (St Cummian Fada) (c591-662). Feast Day commemorating the death of the Columban monk in Cluain Ferta Brénainn (Clonfert), Ireland who founded a monastery in that area, which became known as Kilcummin in his honour, and where he served as Abbot. He became Bishop and fer léignid (lector) of Clonfert and was an important theological writer in the Seventh Century, supporting the Roman system of determining the date of Easter that was a matter of great dispute at the time. He is famous for a hymn on the Apostles and a Paschal letter that displays his high level of learning. Five manuscript folios of his works contain: quotes from the Vulgate and Vetus Latina Bible; patristic commentary by Augustine, Jerome, Cyprian, Origen Adamantius, Ambrosiaster and Gregory the Great; extracts from Canon Law, ecclesiastical history and synodal decrees from Nicea and Arles in their original, uncontaminated forms; and a decretum (series of decrees) that commanded that the Irish should take their problems to Rome if all else failed. Among a library of at least 40 manuscripts, Cummian also owned 10 Paschal tracts including one he attributed to Santus Patricius, papa noster (St Patrick) and possibly a letter of Pelagius. He may have written a computistical manual, and a commentary on Mark. Cummian died of natural causes on 12 November 662 and his relics were enshrined in 1162. Feast Day 19 August on some calendars. Image: interalex.net.
Our Lady of the Tower Secret. This 1863 Turin shrine has an image of Our Lady that was found in Sixteenth-Century Freiburg. St Don Bosco built a major shrine to Our Lady Help of Christians, uniting the past and the future. He never revealed all that Our Lady had told him in the several visions that preceded this, but he did reveal that she asked him to build a great shrine and that it would be a source of grace to all who came there to pray. The saints do not ask as many questions as other people and he simply obtained permission and found an architect. Like everything else accomplished by the great Saint of Turin, the building was beset with difficulties. The money to pay for the project came by the penny and every stone was a gift of love and sacrifice from someone who had benefitted from Our Lady’s help. The right-hand dome had an angel offering a crown to Our Lady and predicted a secret victory over evil that Don Bosco did not choose to reveal but that Our Lady of the Tower Secret would ensure if mankind proved worthy. Image: pinterest.com.
Prayer O glorious St John Bosco, who in order to lead young people to the feet of the divine Master and to mould them in the light of faith and Christian morality didst heroically sacrifice thyself to the very end of thy life and set up a proper religious Institute, obtain for them from Our Lord holy love. Amen