Ordinary Time: July 30th
Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church; Bl. Solanus Casey, Priest (USA)
Other Commemorations: Sts. Abdon and Sennen, martyrs (RM); St. Godelieva (RM);
Gospel Verse, Matt 5:10:
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
St. Peter Chrysologus (406-450) ("the man of golden speech") earned the title of Doctor of the Church for his eloquent sermons, of which some two hundred remain. He was consecrated as Archbishop of Ravenna in 433. He rooted out all remaining traces of paganism, as well as a number of abuses among the Christians. In his sermons he strongly urged frequent Communion. He is supposed to have given us the saying: "He who wants to laugh with the devil cannot rejoice with Christ." St. Peter died about the year 450 in his native city of Imola.Today in the US is also the Optional Memorial of Blessed Solanus Casey (1870-1957), an American Roman Catholic priest and a professed member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, who was beatified on November 18, 2017, in Detroit, Michigan.Today's Roman Martyrology commemorates:
—Sts. Abdon and Sennen (d. 250): two eastern martyrs, probably Persians. Their cult at the Pontian cemetery seems to show that they met their death in Rome. In the ninth century, their bodies were translated to the church of St. Mark. —St. Godelieva (1049-1070), martyred wife, strangled by her husband Bertulf of Ghistelles, a Flemish lord.
St. Peter Chrysologus
In the fifth century, Ravenna, not Rome, was the capital of the Roman Empire in the West, and Ravenna itself became a metropolitan see. St. Peter Chrysologus was one of the most distinguished archbishops of that see.
Often Portrayed As: Bishop being presented to Pope Sixtus III by Saint Peter and Saint Apollinaris of Ravenna; bishop holding a dish. Things to Do:
- Liturgical living necessarily includes a loving willingness to read and to listen to homilies and sermons. In this the contemporaries of St. Peter Chrysologus set us a good example; while the saint himself remains an inspiration and a guide for the proper approach to God's holy word. How do you act and react toward God's word as proclaimed in and outside of the liturgy?
- Read more about St. Peter Chrysologus here.
- Read St. Peter Chrysologus, the Doctor of Short Homilies.
- Visit Sermons of St. Peter Chrysologus.
Bl. Solanus Casey
Barney Casey became one of Detroit’s best-known priests even though he was not allowed to preach formally or to hear confessions!
- Learn more about Fr. Solanus Casey here.
- Read the article, Fr. Solanus Casey Is Still Working Miracles.
- Pray a novena to Blessed Solanus Casey here.
Sts. Abdon and Sennen
According to legend Abdon and Sennen were two Persians who, under Emperor Decius (249-251), were accused of burying on their estates the bodies of martyrs; for this reason they were thrown into chains at the Emperor's command. As they persistently refused to offer incense to the gods and candidly confessed Jesus as their Lord and God, their imprisonment was made more and more unbearable, and when Decius returned to Rome they were led bound in his triumphal procession. They were dragged before the idols in the capital city, only to spit upon them. Cast to the bears and lions, they were not attacked. Finally, they were put to death with the sword. Their bodies were secretly taken away by Christians, and the deacon Quirinus buried them in his house, near the cemetery of S. Pontian, where an old mural of them may still be seen. They are depicted in Persian clothing, receiving from the Lord the crown of victory.
- The corporal work of mercy, "to bury the dead," today's saints fulfilled to the letter, and it brought them a glorious martyr's death for Christ. They gave burial to martyrs and themselves were lovingly buried as martyrs. In our day, efficiency and commercialism have to a great extent displaced personal and loving service to the bodies of the dead. Is this the Christian ideal?
- Learn more about Sts. Abdon and Sennen here.
- Read more here.
St. Godelieva suffered much from her marriage. When she was 18, she married a Flemish lord, Bertulf of Ghistelles, but before the wedding celebrations were even over, he abandoned her, leaving her with his mother, who despised Godelieva and treated her brutally. Godelieva ran away to the home of her parents, and the matter was reported to the Bishop of Tournai and the Count of Flanders. Tjue ruled that her husband must return and take Godelieva back. At first Bertulf feigned remorse for his wrongdoing but then schemed to have Godelieva killed. While he as away, he had two servants tie a thong about her neck and hold her head underwater in a pond. Afterward, they brought her body back to her bed to make it look as though she had died there, though the truth was obvious. Bertulf soon remarried, but eventually, he repented sincerely and entered a monastery to do penance for the rest of his life. Miracles were reported at the place where Godelieva had died, including the restoration of sight to Bertulf's blind daughter by his second marriage. In the Middle Ages, St. Godelieva was invoked against sore throats.