July 26th - St. Bartholomea Capitanio
Born in Lovere (near Brescia), Lombardy, Italy, 1807; died July 26, 1833;canonized in 1950; feast day was July 27. Bartholomea Capitanio, togetherwith Saint Vincentia Gerosa, founded the Institute of the Sisters of Charity(Suore della carità) of Lovere, their native town. Bartholomea was thedaughter of a rough corn-farmer, who was an alcoholic, and a virtuous motherwho, together with the sisters of her convent school, taught the young girlto strive for Christian perfection.Her parents forbade her to become a nun, so she took a vow of perpetualchastity and decided to devote herself to teaching. For that reason, sheearned a diploma to teach elementary school. In this way she consecrated herlife to the apostolate of the young, and organized a sodality of SaintAloysius (Lovere is near his birthplace), which spread to other districts.Despite her extreme youth, she was the prime force behind the creation ofthe Sisters of Charity during her lifetime. She saw the need to perpetuatethe good that was being done through the sodality by creating a religiousinstitute. She joined forces with (Catherine) Vincentia Gerosa, who was alsomoved by the state of ignorance and neglect in which so many people lived.Although the two women were very different, they melded their talents well.Vincentia was already 40 when she got to know Bartholomea, and the latterwas only 26 when she died. Catherine's main interest was in nursing the sickpoor for whom she had already founded a hospital, taking on the heaviestburdens herself; while Bartholomea' s interest was education. Nevertheless,it was a partnership of persons of remarkable determination andselflessness.Their congregation was designed to teach the young and nurse the sick. Itsrule is based on the principles of Saint Vincent de Paul. With the help oftheir bishop, who encouraged them from the beginning, the institute wasapproved by the pope in 1840, and their foundation, which has spread widely,now has 500 to 600 communities.Bartholomea also achieved fame as a writer on spiritual subjects. She neverspared herself, even when dying of consumption. Her endless correspondenceand outside activities left her no time for leisure. Four months before herdeath, she finally obeyed her doctor's order to stop writing letters, butshe was already too ill to be saved (Attwater, Benedictines, Encyclopedia,Walsh).Saint Quote:It is here, my daughters, that love is to be found - not hidden away incorners but in the midst of occasions of sin. And believe me, although wemay more often fail and commit small lapses, our gain will be incomparablythe greater.-St. Teresa of Avila
1. If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort ofcharity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
2.Fulfil ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity,being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3. Let nothing be done throughcontention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem othersbetter than themselves:
4. Each one not considering the things that are hisown, but those that are other men's.
5. For let this mind be in you, whichwas also in Christ Jesus: (Philippians 2:1-5)
<><><><>Prayer to St. Anne:With my heart full of the most sincere veneration, I prostrate myselfbefore thee, O Glorious St. Anne. Thou art that creature of privilege andpredilection, who by the extraordinary virtues and holiness didst meritfrom God the high favor of giving life to her who is the Treasury of allgraces, blessed amongst women, the Mother of the Word Incarnate, the mostholy Virgin Mary. By virtue of so lofty a privilege, do thou deign, O mostcompassionate Saint Anne, to receive me into the number of thy trueclients, for so I profess myself and so I desire to remain throughout myentire life.Shield me with thine effectual patronage and obtain for me from God thepower to imitate those virtues wherewith thou wast so plentifullyadorned. Grant that I may know and weep over my sins in my bitterness ofheart. Obtain for me the grace of a most active love for Jesus and Mary,and a resolution to fulfill the duties of my state of life withfaithfulness and constancy. Save me from every danger that confronts me inlife, and help me at the hour of death, that so I may come in safety toparadise, there to sing with thee, O most happy mother, the praises of theWord of God made Man in the womb of thy most pure daughter, the VirginMother. Amen.