January: The sacrifice of Abraham – To obey God’s command, Abraham accepted to immolate his son Isaac, when an Angel came to stop him. (Cf. Gen. 22:1-18) Called the father of believers, Abraham is a figure of the Eternal Father, who so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son to redeem us through His death upon the Cross. (Cf. St. John 3:16)
February : The twenty-two Holy Martyrs of Uganda (†1885 à 1887) – Saint Charles Lwanga and his heroic young companions, thirteen to thirty years of age – most of them pages of the king, Mwanga – were cruelly martyred out of hatred for the Faith and for their tenacity in preserving the virtue of chastity in a depraved environment.
March : The divine mystery: Redeemer and Saviour – Eternal Father, behold Your Son Jesus Christ crucified for us! Have mercy on us, poor sinners, in His name and by His merits, because we repent and have recourse to Your infinite mercy. Have mercy on us, for we are His heritage. (Taken from a prayer by Bl. Melanie Calvat)
April : Saint Tarcisius, martyr of the Eucharist († c. 257) – From the inscription that Pope Saint Damasus had affixed on the tomb of the holy martyr, we learn that Tarcisius was stoned to death in Rome by young pagans as he was carrying Jesus Eucharist to some Christians in prison. He preferred to die rather than give up his heavenly Treasure to profanation.
May : Saint Joan of Arc, virgin (1412-1431) – Upon the command of God, and guided by heavenly Voices, Joan liberated France from the enemy yoke and led Charles VII to Rheims, where he was crowned as the legitimate king. Betrayed into the hands of the English, she underwent every outrage and an infamous trial in which she was condemned to die burned at the stake.
June : Saint Peter the Apostle (1st century) – Jesus said to him: “I say to you: You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the Gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (St. Matthew 16:18-19)
July : Saint Rose of Lima (1586-1617), Dominican Tertiary, first Saint of South America. Her heart burning with divine love, Rose devoted herself to prayer, and to the heroic practices of humility, poverty and mortification. Her charity opened the heart of the poor and the sick whom she visited, cared for and comforted with meekness and patience.
August : Our Lady of Ransom (1218) – Christians were living as captives under the cruel yoke of the Saracens when the Mother of God requested the foundation of an institute for their deliverance. She appealed to St. Peter Nolasco and St. Raymond Nonnatus, among others. Today, Christians are undergoing persecution, and even Christ is banished from the world and has become a captive Himself…
September : The Three Archangels – Saint Michael (center), whose name means Who is like God, is the Defender of the rights of God, the Protector of the Church. Saint Gabriel, the heavenly Messenger, announced to the Virgin Mary that She was to be the Mother of the Messiah, the Saviour. Saint Raphael, the Archangel of Charity, guided young Tobias and showed him the remedy to cure his father’s blindness.
October : Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Iroquois virgin (1656-1680) – First Native American Saint, called the Lily of the Mohawks. She said to those who wanted her to marry: “I am consecrated to Jesus. I have chosen Him, and He alone will have me for His bride.” In frail health and almost blind, she burned with love for Jesus Host and shone among her peers like an angel of charity and piety.
November : Saint Charbel Makhlouf (1828-1898) – Lebanese priest, monk and hermit of the Maronite Church. He chose to live in humility, silence, prayer, labor and mortification, his soul centered upon the Eucharist, the Mass and the Virgin Mary. Since his death, a profusion of wonders, miracles and cures have spread his fame to the four corners of the earth.
December : Our Lady of Laus and Bl. Benoîte Rencurel (1647-1718). “I asked My Son for Laus, for the conversion of sinners, and He granted it to Me,” said the Virgin to Benoîte. A simple, illiterate shepherdess in an alpine valley, for 54 years Benoîte received the favors of the Virgin Mary through countless heavenly manifestations. Wonders, miracles and conversions multiplied.
The Apostles of Infinite Love
The Order of the Magnificat of the Mother of God, established in the Province of Quebec since 1962, is also known by the name: The Apostles of Infinite Love. They were legally recognized as of 1963. Since 1973, they possess a federal charter for all of Canada, and one for the Province of Quebec by virtue of the Religious Corporations Act. The Apostles of Infinite Love are also recognized in Canada as a registered charity. Here in Canada, we labor mainly in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
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