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St. Annibale and Luisa Piccarreta: two souls united in the Divine Will

From the official website: St. Annibale and Luisa Piccarreta

“These days will surely be full of grace for everyone”. With those words, on Sunday February 4, Father Angelo Sardone, Rogationist of the community of Bari, began his talk when the relics of Saint Annibale Maria di Francia arrived at the house of the servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. Yes, they were really days of grace and blessing and we can confirm now at the conclusion of the week of spirituality that was conceived in the context of the initiatives for the 90th anniversary of the opening of the House of the Daughters of Divine Zeal.

Saint Hannibal, with the presence of his relics, spiritually enriched the city of Corato staying for eight days at the Church Santa Maria Greca, where the tomb of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta is guarded. It was indeed touching to be simultaneously in front of two models of holiness linked together by an intense spiritual relationship, and united – we could say – by one single mission: to live and spread the Divine Will.

“A crusade of prayer and knowledge”, Father Angelo defined the intense program of the event. It was characterized daily by moments of prayer and formative and spiritual activities that allowed us to know more about the figure and the work of the Saint from Messina in correlation especially with Luisa, the little daughter of the Divine Will.

The venture of Annibale Maria Di Francia started in 1878 in the Avignone district, the worst slum in Messina at that time; the meeting with Francesco Zancone, a blind beggar changed his life. Father Annibale was rich, from a noble family and was admired for his culture. He could have had an extraordinary career, but he left everything and went into the midst of the slums of Messina. There he worked incessantly for the temporal and spiritual good of his neighbor, through the education and sanctification of children and boys, evangelization and relief to the poorest.

He was enraptured, since adolescence, by the gospel expression: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest “(Mt 9:38; Lk 10: 2), and for this noble cause he spent all his energies.

The Rogate (Ask) thus became his life program. To this end, he founded two religious Congregations: the Rogationists and the Daughters of the Divine Zeal, and promoted numerous initiatives to spread among the faithful the awareness of the need to pray intensely for vocations.
He himself deeply loved his priesthood; He lived it consistently, and was fully convinced that it is only through the work of numerous holy priests that humanity can be saved.

For living and spreading this charism with admirable zeal, he was recognized by the Church as” distinguished Apostle of Prayer for Vocations” and Pope John Paul II called him “authentic forerunner and zealous master of modern vocation ministry”.
His message is particularly timely today, in the third millennium. The “global village” that our planet has become, confined by the communications network and political, economic and social interests, feels an urgent need of good, hard-working apostles who work for the Kingdom..

Priests, consecrated persons and all Christians are the “laborers of the Gospel” and are the fruit of prayer. It is necessary to pray to the Lord of the harvest so that many people, responding with their own generous FIAT to the call, can become workers of the harvest, new “apostles of the Divine Will”– as Jesus himself call them in Luisa’s writings – ready to work for salvation and sanctification by communicating to all the precious truths of the Divine Will.

“…once I have completed everything, I will entrust my Kingdom to my ministers, so that, like second apostles of the Kingdom of my Will, they may be the criers of It”. (Vol. XX – November 6,1926)

Therefore, we can see how St. Annibale’ s “Rogate” and Luisa’s “Fiat” interweave and walk in unison; Luisa and St. Annibale, in the plans of the Divine Providence, mutually helped and influenced each other, by communicating to each other the charisms with which the Lord had enriched their souls for the good of the Church. Pope Benedict XVI said “true friendship, in addition to being a relationship between people, it is a mutual help and spiritual journey. This is a characteristic of Saints: they cultivate friendship because it is one of the noblest manifestations of the human heart and has something divine about it”.

“Do you think that the coming of Father Di Francia, who shows so much interest and who has taken to heart the publication of what regards my Will, came by chance? No, no – I Myself disposed it. It is a providential act of the Supreme Will that wants him as first apostle of the Divine Fiat and proclaimer of It. And since he happens to be the founder of an order, it is easier for him to approach bishops, priests and people, also within his own institute, in order to proclaim the Kingdom of my Will. This is why I assist him so much and I give him special light, because in order to understand my Will it takes great graces – not little lights, but sun, to comprehend a Divine, Holy and Eternal Will, as well as great disposition on the part of the one to whom this office is entrusted”. (Vol. XX – November 6,1926)

The ministers are cooperators, guardians and depositaries of the knowledge, goods and prodigies that are in the Divine Will. So, just as He had the priesthood before His coming in order to prepare the people, and the priesthood of His Church in order to confirm His coming and everything He did and said, so – Jesus said- “I will I have the priesthood of the Kingdom of my Will”.

The many surprising truths revealed to Luisa will be the inexhaustible fount from which all will draw celestial life and terrestrial happiness “…how happy they will feel – those who, with yearning, will drink in large gulps from these founts of my knowledges – Jesus said – because they contain the virtue of bringing the life of Heaven, and of banishing any unhappiness”. For this reason “I enjoy that more of my ministers get to know that there is this treasure so great, of making known the Kingdom of my Divine Will; and I use this to form the first priests of my coming Kingdom of my Fiat. My daughter, it is a great necessity to form the first priests; they will serve Me like the Apostles served Me to form my Church; and the ones who will occupy themselves with these writings in order to publish them, putting them out to print them – to make them known, will be the new evangelists of the Kingdom of my Supreme Will”. (Vol. XXIII, January 18, 1928)

It is precisely to support these new apostles of the Kingdom, within the Association Luisa Piccarreta a mission was born and takes the name Spiritual Mother for Priests. The souls who are part of it aim to spiritually adopt a priest, praying for him and sharing with him, in the Divine Will, his priestly life, a life of offering to Christ and to His Church, so that the flock entrusted to him may walk towards the Kingdom of the Fiat Voluntas Tua already on earth. And it was a very great moment on Saturday evening, when during the celebration of Holy Mass some members of the Mission wished to join the Union of Prayer for Vocations, according to the spirit that animated the life and work of St. Annibale sanctioning, also in this case, the profound spiritual bond between the Little Children of the Divine Will and the daughters and sons of Father Annibale.

The Promises of Jesus for Whoever Meditates on The Hours of the Passion

The Promises of Jesus for Whoever Meditates on
The Hours of the Passion

From the writings of Luisa Piccarreta

Volume 10 – 10th April, 1913
“Tell me, my Good Lord, what will You grant in return to those who will make the Hours of your Passion on which You had instructed me?”

And He“My daughter, I shall not regard these Hours as ‘your things,  but as things done by Me, and I shall grant to you my very own merits, as if I, Myself, were, in actuality, suffering my Passion.  I shall, thereby, make you obtain the effects of my Passion, according to the soul’s disposition.  This, I shall accomplish on earth:  Of Myself, I could not have offered you more; and in Heaven:  I shall place these souls at the front, shooting them with arrows of love and of happiness for the many hours they spent in making the Hours of my Passion.  And they shall shoot Me with arrows as well.  What a sweet enchantment for all the blessed this shall be!”

Volume 11 – 6th September, 1913
I was thinking about the Hours of the written Passion. how they have no indulgences; and therefore, whoever does them cannot gain any indulgences, as they can with so many other prayers enriched with so many indulgences.  While I was thinking of this, my always amiable Jesus, all mildness, said to me:
“My daughter, with indulgenced prayers, one can gain something.  Instead, the Hours of my Passion, which are my very own prayers, my reparations, and complete love, have truly issued from my Heart.  Have you, perhaps, forgotten how many times I united Myself with you, in order to make these Hours together, and how I changed scourges into graces for the entire earth?  Therefore, my enjoyment is so great, that instead of indulgences, I give you a handful of love which contains inestimable coins of infinite value.  Then, when things are [able to be] accomplished [by the soul] with pure love, my Love discovers for you the vent, for my Love desires that the creature give relief and vent to the Creator’s Love.”

Volume 11- October 1914
As I was writing the Hours of the Passion, I thought to myself: “How many sacrifices their are in writing these blessed Hours of his Passion, especially when having to write down certain interior acts that passed only between Jesus and myself! What will be the recompense that Jesus shall offer me for them? And Jesus, making me hear his sweet and tender voice, said to me:“My daughter, as a recompense for having written the Hours of my Passion, for every word that you have written, I will give you a kiss, a soul.”
And I: “My Love, this is for me. What will you give, instead, to those who shall make them?”And He: “If they shall make them together with Me and with my own Will, for every word that they make, I shall give them a soul, because the greater or lesser efficacy of these Hours of my Passion is determined by the greater or lesser union they have with Me. And by making these Hours with my Will, the creature therein hides himself, whereby, my Will doing the acting, I am thus able to do all the good I want, even through the use of a single word. And I shall do this every time they make them.”
On another occasion, I was complaining to Jesus, that after so many sacrifices in writing these Hours of the Passion, there were so few souls who made them.
And He: “My daughter, do not complain. Even if there were but only one soul, you should be happy. Would I not have suffered my entire Passion for the sake of saving only one soul? The same applies to you; good must never be omitted simply because there are few who make use of it. All evil, however, is reserved for him who does not take advantage of so much good.  And so, just as my Passion applied to my Humanity the merit of saving all, which was what I desired and merited according to my desires, and not according to the desires of such creatures who would make poor use of It, therefore impeding my design of saving all,  so it should likewise be with you: According to the measure in which your will is assimilated to Mine in desiring to do good to all, in that measure will you be rewarded. All evil is reserved for those, who while being able to do good, do not do so.
These Hours are the most precious of all, for they are none other than the repetition of what I did in the course of my mortal Life and of what I continue to do in the Most Blessed Sacrament. When I hear these Hours of my Passion [recited], I hear my own voice and my own prayers. I see my Will in that soul who desires the good of all and who wants to make reparation for all, and I feel transported; whence, I take up my dwelling within her, so as to do within her that which she herself does. Oh, how I would love it if only one soul in every town were to make these Hours of my Passion! I would feel my own presence in each town, and my Justice, greatly disdained in these times, would be placated in part.”
Also, one day while I was making the Hour (4 PM) in which our Heavenly Mother gave Jesus over to be buried, I followed Her closely in order to keep Her company throughout Her bitter desolation, so as to offer Her my compassion. It was not my custom to always act in this way, but only sometimes. And so, as I was undecided as to whether or not I should continue to act in this manner, Blessed Jesus appeared in all of his Love, and as if beseeching me, He said:

“My daughter, I bid you not to leave Her; you shall accompany Her for my Love’s sake, in honor of my Mother. Know, that every time you accompany Her, my Mother feels as if She Herself were on earth in person, repeating Her life and experiencing the glory and love which She had offered Me while on earth. Wherefore, I,  feeling as if my Mother were on the earth again, experience Her Motherly tenderness, Her love, and all the glory that She gave Me. Therefore, I will consider you as a Mother.”

Volume 11- 4th November, 1914
I was making the Hours of the Passion, and Jesus, taken up with great pleasure, said to me : “My daughter, if you knew the great pleasure I experience whereupon seeing you repeat, repeat again, and thus always repeat these Hours of my Passion, you would rejoice. It is true that my Saints have meditated upon my Passion and have understood how much I suffered, whence they burst into tears of compassion, to the point of experiencing themselves being consumed for love of my pains; but whereas, their meditations were not made in such an orderly and continually repeated way.

Therefore, I can say that you are the first to give Me the great and special pleasure of subacting within yourself, hour by hour, my Life and that which I suffered, wherein I experience Myself being so drawn, that hour by hour, I give to you my food, which food I, Myself, partake of, thereby doing together with you that which you do. Know, however, that I shall reward you abundantly for them [these Hours] with new light and new graces; and even after your death, every time these Hours of my Passion will be made by souls on this earth, I,  in Heaven,  will continue to embellish you with new light and new glory.”

Volume 11 – 6th November, 1914
While continuing the customary Hours of the Passion, my loving Jesus said to me:

“My daughter, the world is in the continual act of renewing my Passion, and since my Immensity envelops everything,  internally and externally with regard to the creature,  I am therefore compelled, in virtue of their association, to receive nails, thorns, scourges, contempt, spit, and all else that I suffered during my Passion, and yet more. Now, whenever the creature  makes the Hours of my Passion while associating himself with these souls, I feel the nails being removed, the thorns shattered, the wounds cauterized, and the spit removed. I feel the evils that others inflict upon Me transformed into good; and whereby, I  feeling that their association does Me no harm, but good.  lean on them all the more.”
Thereafter, when returning, Blessed Jesus began to speak of these Hours of his Passion. He said:

“My daughter, know, that in making these Hours, the soul takes my thoughts and makes them her own; she takes my reparations, my prayers, my desires, my affections, even my most intimate fibers, and makes them her own. And whereby, raising herself up between Heaven and earth, she performs my own office, and as co-redemptrix, says together with Me: ‘Ecce ego, mitte me’ [Here I am, Lord; send me out]. I want to make reparation to You for everyone, to respond to You for everyone, and to intercede for the good of everyone.”

Volume 11 – 13th October, 1916
I was making “The Hours of his Passion,  and Blessed Jesus said to me:

“My daughter, in the course of my mortal Life, thousands of Angels courted my Humanity and gathered together what I did: my words, steps, even breaths, pains, drops of my Blood, in a word, everything. They were Angels deputed to my care, to render Me honor, obedient to my every gesture; they descended and ascended to Heaven, as to present what I did to the Father.
Now, these Angels have a special office: As the soul recalls my Life, my Passion, my prayers, they place themselves round her, thus gathering together her words, her prayers, the compassion she shows Me, her tears, her offenses; whereby, uniting them to Mine, they carry them off to my Majesty, as to renew for Me the glory of my own Life. And the Angels enjoy it so much that they reverently stand in attention as to hear what the soul is saying, and they pray together with her. Therefore, with attention and respect, the soul ought to make these Hours, while remembering that the Angels hang upon her every word, as to repeat after her what she says!”….

Volume 12 – March 16, 1917
“Moreover, do you not see that if I have not said anything to you in the morning, I am waiting for the night to say a word to you?  Furthermore, when they read the applications of the [Hours of] My Passion, I, being in you, overflow the brim of your soul and speak to you of the most intimate things, which up to now I have not manifested.  Then, since the soul must follow Me in this work of Mine, these applications [of the Hours] will be the mirror of My internal Life, and who will model herself on It will reproduce in herself My same Life.  Oh, how they reveal My Love’s thirst for souls in every fiber of My Heart, in every breath of Mine, [in every] thought, etc.!
“That is why I speak to you more than ever, but when I finish I hide Myself and you, not seeing Me, tell Me that I have changed.  Rather I tell you [that] when you do not want to repeat with your voice what I tell you in your interior, you impede My outlet of Love.”

Volume 12 – May 16, 1917
Then I found myself outside of myself.  I found myself among many souls—it seemed as though they were the souls of Purgatory and the Saints—who named a person I knew who died not long ago, and they said to me:  “He feels as happy in seeing that there is no soul who enters into Purgatory who does not carry the imprint of the Hours of the Passion.  Further, helped and escorted by these Hours, he takes his position in a secure place.  Moreover, there is not a soul that flies into Paradise who is not accompanied by these Hours of the Passion.  These Hours rain continuous dew from Heaven onto the earth, into Purgatory, and even into Heaven.”
Upon hearing this I said to myself:  “Perhaps my beloved Jesus, in order to keep His word given—that for every word of The Hours of the Passion He would save a soul—(grants that) there be no soul saved who would not have made use of these Hours.”
Afterwards, I returned into myself, and, having found my sweet Jesus, I asked Him if this were true.

And He“These Hours are the order of the universe and put Heaven and earth into harmony, as well as keep Me from destroying the world.  I feel My Blood, My Wounds, My Love, and all that I did, put into circulation; and they flow upon all to save all.  Further, as souls do these Hours of the Passion, I feel My Blood, My Wounds, and My anxieties to save souls come to life, and I feel My Life repeated to Me.
“How can creatures obtain any good, if not by means of these Hours?  Why do you doubt it?  The thing is not yours, but Mine.  You have been the constrained and weak instrument.”

Volume 12 – July 12, 1918
I was praying with a certain fear and anxiety for a dying soul, and my amiable Jesus, coming, said to me:  “My daughter, why are you afraid?  Do you not know that for every word on My Passion—for every thought, compassion, reparation, [and] memory of My pains—so many (ways like) electrical communications open themselves between Me and the soul, and therefore so many various beauties adorn the soul?
She did the Hours of My Passion and I will receive her as a daughter of My Passion, dressed with My Blood and adorned with My wounds.  This flower has grown in your heart, and I bless it and receive it into Mine as a predilect flower.”
Then, while He said that, a flower went out from my heart and took flight toward Jesus.

Volume 22 – June 17, 1927
After this, I found myself outside of myself, and while looking for my sweet Jesus I encountered Father Di Francia.  He was all cheerful, and he told me:  “Do you know how many beautiful surprises I found?  I did not think it would be so when I was on earth, though I thought I had done good by publishing the Hours of the Passion.  But the surprises I found are marvelous, enchanting, of a rarity never before seen:  all the words regarding the Passion of Our Lord changed into light, one more beautiful than the other – all braided together; and these lights grow more and more as creatures do the Hours of the Passion, so more lights add to the first.  But what surprised me the most were the few sayings published by me about the Divine Will:  each saying changed into a sun, and these suns, investing all the lights with their rays, form such a surprise of beauty that one remains enraptured, enchanted.  You cannot imagine how surprised I was at seeing myself in the midst of these lights and these suns – how content I was; and I thanked our Highest Good, Jesus, who had given me the occasion and the grace to do it.  You too, thank Him on my behalf.”

Ash Wednesday

Volume 17 – 7.1.1924
…while I was trying to follow Jesus in the different Mysteries of His Passion, I arrived at accompanying Him in the Mystery of His Painful Scourging. At that moment, He moved in my interior, Filling All of myself with His Adorable Person… ”My daughter, let us Pray Together. There are certain sad times in which My Justice, unable to contain Itself because of the evils of creatures, would Want to Flood the earth with New Scourges; and so Prayer in My Divine Will is Necessary, which, Extending over All, places itself as Defense of the creatures, and with its Power, prevents My Justice from approaching the creature to strike her.” How Beautiful and Touching it was to hear Jesus Pray! And since I was Accompanying Him in the Sorrowful Mystery of the Scourging, He Made Himself Seen Pouring out Blood, and I heard Him say: “My Father, I offer You this Blood of Mine. O Please, let It Cover All the intelligences of creatures, rendering vain All their evil thoughts, dimming the fire of their passions, and Making Holy Intelligences Rise Again. May this Blood Cover their eyes and be a Veil to their sight, so that the taste of evil pleasures may not enter them through their eyes, and they may not get dirty with the mud of the earth. May this Blood of Mine Cover and Fill their mouths, and Render their lips dead to blasphemies, to imprecations, to All of their bad words. My Father, may this Blood of Mine Cover their hands, and strike terror in man for so many evil actions. May this Blood Circulate in Our Eternal Will in order to Cover All, to Defend All, and to be a Defending Weapon for the creature before the Rights of Our Justice.”

Volume 13 – 9.16.1921
I was Making the Hour of the Passion in which my Sweet Jesus was in the palace of Herod, clothed as a madman and mocked. And my always Lovable Jesus, Making Himself seen, told me: “My daughter, not only then was I clothed like a madman, sneered at and mocked, but creatures continue to give Me these Pains; even more, I AM under continuous mockeries, and by all kinds of people. If a person goes to Confession and does not maintain his Resolutions Not To Offend Me—this is a mockery that he Makes of Me. If a Priest confesses, preaches, administers the Sacraments, and his life does not correspond to the words he says and to the Dignity of the Sacraments he Administers— he mocks Me as many times for as many words as he says, and for as many Sacraments as he Administers. While I Give them New Life in the Sacraments, they Give Me scorns and mockeries; and by profaning them, they prepare for Me the garment to clothe Me as a madman. If superiors command Sacrifice, Virtue, Prayer and Disinterest to their subjects, while they conduct a life of comfort, of vice and of interest—these are as many mockeries that they Make Of Me. If civilian and ecclesiastical leaders want the observance of the laws, and they are the first transgressors—these are mockeries that they Make Of Me. O, how many mockeries they Make Of Me! They are So Many that I AM Tired of them, especially when they put the poison of evil under Good. O, how they Make Fun Of Me, as if I were their amusement and their pastime! But sooner or later Justice shall Make Fun of them, by Punishing them Severely. You—Pray and Repair for these mockeries which Grieve Me So Much, and are the Cause for which I do not Make Myself Known for Who I AM.”

The Hours of the Passion Dispose You To Receive the Divine Truths

From The Writings Of Luisa Piccarreta

“The Little Daughter Of The Divine Will”

Jesus says in the below passage, that in order to receive the truths we first need to receive Divine Love and Divine Light in our soul in order to have a support to receive the truths.

VOL. 30 – January 30, 1932

“We do not want human love, and therefore Our Divine Will uses Its loving Stratagems, It spies the dispositions, and It breathes.  Its Breath, like a light breeze, puts to flight the ash that the human will has produced; the particle of Our infinite Love revives and ignites.  My Divine Volition continues to breathe, and It adds more Divine Love.  The soul feels herself emptied, re-warmed.  She experiences loving Refreshments.  And from inside the particle of the infinite Love that she possesses, she loves Us, and gives Us Our Divine Love as hers.  You must know that so much is the Love of this Divine Will of Mine, that It uses all the Artifices.  It acts as Spy, and It breathes on her; It acts as Mother and cradles her in Its Arms; It acts as Sentinel and watches over her; It acts as Queen and dominates her; It acts as Sun and illuminates her, and lends Itself even to serving her.  And when It wants to deposit in you Its Knowledges, Its Truths, even one of Its Words, what does It do?  It breathes on you so much that It forms in you, first Its Support of Love, of Light, in order to enclose Its Truths inside of the Support of Its Love and Light that It has formed in you, so that It entrusts Its Truths to Its own Love, to Its Light, knowing that only Its Love could have the true Interest of conserving them, of spurring you on, so that they do not remain hidden. 

“O! if it were not for this Support of Love of Mine that encloses all the Knowledges of My Fiat, how many things would have been buried in your soul, without anyone knowing anything about it.  This is the reason why before It manifests Its Truths to you, It acts like the All-Doer around you, in order to prepare you, to place New Love in you, so as to form the New Support for Its Truths, and place them in the secure bank of Its Divine Love.  And if I await you in Its Acts with so much Love, they are Our usual Pretexts, occasions that We seek in order to find the comma, the period, of the creature so as to give her New Love, New Graces.  But even more than wanting her company, We do not know how to be without the one who wants to do Our Will.  Already It carries her in Its Arms in Our Acts, so that she is with Us, and with everything that We do.”

Jesus Says below that when we read the Hours of the Passion We receive Divine light in our souls.

VOL. 11 – April 23, 1916
Every thought on the Passion of Jesus is a light drawn from His Most Holy Humanity in order to be like Him.

Continuing in my usual state, my adorable Jesus made Himself seen all surrounded with Light, which came out from His Most Holy Humanity, and which embellished Him in such a way as to form an enchanting and enrapturing sight. I remained surprised, and He told me: “My daughter, each pain that I suffered, every drop of Blood, every wound, prayer, word, action, step, etc., produced a Light within my Humanity, to embellish Me in such a way as to keep all the Blessed enraptured. Now, for every thought that the creature has about my Passion, for every act of compassion, reparation, etc., she does nothing other than draw Light from my Humanity, and be embellished to my likeness. Therefore, every additional thought about my Passion will be an additional Light which will bring her eternal joy.”

Jesus says below that when we read the Hours of the Passion Our souls receive Divine Love.

VOL. 11 – September 6, 1913
Value, effects and divine nobility of doing the “Hours of the Passion.”

I was thinking about the Hours of the Passion which have now been written, and how they are without any indulgence. So, those who do them do not gain anything, while there are many prayers enriched with many indulgences. While I was thinking of this, my always adorable Jesus, all kindness, told me: “My daughter, one gains something through the prayers with indulgences. But the Hours of my Passion, which are my own prayers, my reparations and all my love, came really from the depth of my Heart. Did you perhaps forget how many times I united Myself with you to do them together, and I turned chastisements into graces over the entire earth? So, my satisfaction is such that, instead of the indulgence, I give the soul a handful of love, which contains infinite love of incalculable price. Further, when things are done for pure love, my Love finds Its outpouring – and it is not inconsiderable that the creature can give relief and expression to the Love of her Creator.”

Therefore, by reading the Hours of the Passion your soul receives Divine light and Divine love which acts as a support for the truths.

Therefore reading the Hours of the Passion Disposes you to receive the Divine Truths.



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St. Scholastica was the twin sister of St. Benedict, the Patriarch of Western monasticism. She was born in Umbria, Italy, about 480. Under Benedict’s direction, Scholastica founded a community of nuns near the great Benedictine monastery Monte Cassino. We are told that Scholastica “could be sated or wearied with the words of grace which flowed from St. Benedict’s lips.” Inspired by Benedict’s teaching, his sister devoted her whole life to seeking and serving God. St. Scholastica died in the peace of Christ in the year 547. Tradition holds that at her death her soul ascended to heaven in the form of a dove.

Ps 44:8

You love justice and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
Ps 44:2

My heart overflows with a goodly theme; as I sing my ode to the King.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
You love justice and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows. 

Mass of a VIRGIN, except


O God, you brought the soul of the blessed virgin Scholastica to heaven in the form of a dove in order to bring to our notice her life of innocence. Through the prayers and merits of Your saint may we live such a life that we too may attain everlasting happiness. Through Our Lord . . .

Lesson from the second letter of St Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
2 Cor. 10:17-18; 11:1-2
Brethren: He who boasts, let him boast in the Lord. For he is not approved who commends himself, but he whom the Lord commends. Would to God that you could bear with a little of my foolishness! Nay, do bear with me! For I am jealous for you with a divine jealousy. For I betrothed you to one spouse, that I might present you a chaste virgin to Christ.

Ps 44:11-12
Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear; for the King shall desire your beauty.
Ps 44:13; 44:10.
V.  All the rich among the people seek Your favor; the daughters of kings come to meet You.
Ps 44:15-16.
V.  Behind her the virgins of her train are brought to the King; they are borne in to You.
V.  They are brought with gladness and joy; they enter the palace of the King.

Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Matt 25:1-3
At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples: Then will the kingdom of heaven be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom and the bride. Five of them were foolish and five wise. But the five foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, while the wise did take oil in their vessels with the lamps. Then as the bridegroom was long in coming, they all became drowsy and slept. And at midnight a cry arose, ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming, go forth to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ The wise answered, saying, ‘Lest there may not be enough for us and for you, go rather to those who sell it, and buy some for yourselves.’ Now while they were gone to buy it, the bridegroom came; and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Finally there came also the other virgins, who said, ‘Sir, sir, open the door for us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Amen I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.  


May this sacrifice of Thy dedicated people be accepted by Thee, O Lord, in honor of Thy Saints: to whose merits we attribute the help afforded us in tribulation. Through our Lord . . .


Thou hast filled Thy household, O Lord, with holy gifts: do Thou cherish us always, through the intercession of her whose festival we are keeping. Through our Lord . . .

The episcopal ordination of Msgr Leonardo D’Ascenzo, the Archbishop of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie

“I expand the circle, and, like a fisherman,
I catch those who must serve Me for the Kingdom of the Divine Will.”

The harvest is plentiful. This is the expression that I chose as my motto after the announcement of my appointment as archbishop of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie. It is the expression that more than any other recurs in pastoral work for vocations, the area that characterized in particular my priestly ministry. It is the expression that marked my whole story”. Those were the first words of thanksgiving that  the newly ordained Archbishop Leonardo D’Ascenzo said in his greeting at the celebration…