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Błogosławiony Rafał Chyliński | Oczami Duszy

Błogosławiony Rafał Chyliński (Blessed Rafal Chylinski OFM Conv, Melchor Chyliński) (1694-1741). Feast Day commemorating the death of the pious Polish Roman Catholic priest and professed member from the Order of Friars Minor Conventual in Kraków who had served in the cavalry before joining the Franciscans. He spent twenty months in Warsaw ministering to epidemic victims, delivered simple and candid sermons and was an apt confessor. He played the harp, lute and mandolin to accompany liturgical hymns and distributed food, supplies and clothing to the poor. After his death on 2 December 1741 in Łódź, the Conventual church in that city became a place of pilgrimage for people from throughout Poland. Venerated in Roman Catholic Church. Image: oczamiduszy.pl.

Prayer Lord God, through the example of Blessed Rafal Chylinski You enlighten the hearts of the faithful, You satisfy the hungry, You console the afflicted You make the souls of all productive of good and cause all our virtues to blossom, You snatch souls from the devil’s jaw and You make the wretched holy. May You make all men of earth citizens of heaven. Amen

St. Bibiana

St Bibiana (Bibiane) (dc363). Feast Day for the Roman Christian confessor and martyr who protected her virginity and refused to deny her faith when persecuted, was starved, beaten, scourged and loaded with lead plummets until she expired joyfully. Her mother and sister had died and were buried by her in their house in the ancient Horti Liciniani on the Esquiline Hill close to the Aurelian Walls in Rome and now adjacent to the Termini Railway Station. Bibiana’s body was given to wild animals but they refused to eat her flesh and, two days after her death, a priest buried her in the house, which was transformed into a church in 467, to contain her sarcophagus. In 1626 the present facade was added to the small Baroque Basilica of Santa Bibiana, along with her statue and this is her major shrine. Patron of her parish, epilepsy, epileptics, hangovers, headaches, insanity, mental illness, mentally ill people, single laywomen, torture victims. Image: catholicnewsagency.com.

Sister Maura Clarke (Mary Elizabeth Clarke MM) (1931-80). Lutheran commemoration of the death of the American Catholic Maryknoll Missionary Sister born in New York. She served as a missionary in Nicaragua and El Salvador, working from 1959 with the poor and the refugees in Central America. She was beaten, violated and murdered by a military death squad in Chalatenango, El Salvador on 2 December 1980, along with three other missionaries, Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan. Resting place Chalatenango. Image: cecim-ni-org.