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Ordinary Time: June 12th

Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Other Commemorations: St. Basilides, Martyr (RM); St. Gaspar Bertoni, Priest (RM)

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June 12, 2024 (Readings on USCCB website)

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Tenth Week in Ordinary Time: O God, from whom all good things come, grant that we, who call on you in our need, may at your prompting discern what is right, and by your guidance do it. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

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The Roman Martyrology commemorates St. Basilides (d. 304), an early Roman martyr under the persecutions of Diocletian. Tradition holds he was born to the imperial Roman nobility and a soldier, possibly an officer.

St. Gaspar Bertoni (1777-1853) is also commemorated. He founded the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Stigmatines) in 1816. Their mission was to serve as “Apostolic Missionaries for the assistance of bishops”, and they were under the patronage of Mary and Joseph. For the last 40 years of his life Gaspar bore great physical suffering, particularly from fevers and a continuous infection in his right leg, but continued to be a counselor and spiritual director even from his hospital bed.


St. Basilides
In the former liturgical calendar, there were four martyrs with a joint commemoration, Sts. Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor, and Nazarius. Because of historical difficulties, only Basilides is mentioned in the current Roman Martyrology.

Basilides was a Christian soldier in Rome, in the army of Maxentius. He was beheaded by order of Aurelius, prefect of Rome in the persecution of Diocletian in 305.

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St. Gaspar Bertoni
St. Gaspar Bertoni was born in Verona, Italy, on October 9, 1777. He lived during one of the most challenging periods of history and sought to meet the terrible problems of his time with a response suggested to him from his vivid faith and ardent charity and concern for others.

In his spirit of abandonment to God, and service to the Church, he was guided by the Holy Spirit to found a Congregation called “Stigmatines”, whom he wanted to be “Apostolic Missionaries for the Assistance of Bishops.”

He was a man of deep prayer, much devoted to the Five Wounds of Christ (the Sacred Stigmata) and the Holy Spouses, Mary and Joseph, Patrons of the Stigmatine Congregation. In the course of his lifetime, he was blessed by God with true mystical gifts, which led him to a very sublime level of union with God and service to others.

From the age of about 35, until his death at the age of 76, his life was a long succession of great physical suffering. Many times during this long period he was at the very threshold of death.

Even from his bed, and the long years that he was confined to his room, Fr. Bertoni continued his ministry, as a teacher, even as a preacher of what we might call “Directed Retreats,” and especially as minister of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and spiritual guide for the many who sought him out.

The synthesis of his response to God might be summed up in these words: a filial and confident abandonment into the hands of God, even in the most difficult circumstances of his life.

Pope John Paul II canonized Fr. Bertoni on November 1, 1989.
—Excerpted from St-Bertoni.com

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