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Subject:

FEAST 14 June

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CA Muessig <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 14 Jun 1999 18:41:28 +0100 (BST)

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Today, 14 June, is the feast of ... 

Basil the Great, archbishop of Caesarea and doctor of the church,
patriarch of eastern monks (379): Throughout his busy life Basil never
fell behind in regard to his pastoral duties. He had the
wonderful gift of making his audience feel uncomfortable, especially the
rich. In one sermon he preached the following: "You refuse to give on
the pretext that you have not got enough for your own needs. But while
your tongue makes excuses, your hand convicts you - that ring shining on
your finger silently declares you to be a liar! How many debtors could
be released from prison with one of those rings? How many shivering
people could be clothed from only one of your wardrobes? And yet you
turn the poor away empty-handed ... Do not put your own interests before
the common need. Give your last loaf to the beggar at your door, and
trust in God's goodness." 

Valerius and Rufinus, martyrs (287): Nearly all the martyrologies
mention these two saints who were martyred near Soissons towards the
close of the third century. According to some accounts they were
missionaries sent form Rome to evangelize Gaul. According to others,
they were local Gallo-Romans who held the office of keepers of an
imperial granary. 

Dogmael (not Dogmeal!) (sixth century): Not too much is known about this
obscure saint whose cult flourished in Brittany and Wales. He was
sometimes invoked by anxious parents to help their little children learn
how to walk. 

Methodius I, patriarch of Constantinople (847): Took part in the final
overthrow of Iconoclasm. 

Castora Gabrielli, Franciscan tertiary (1391): Married a man with a
violent temper. She had one child, Odo, whom she educated and raised to
be a religious man. After her husband died, she became a Franciscan
tertiary. She sold all her possessions and gave all the proceeds to the
poor. 

*****************
Dr Carolyn Muessig
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Bristol
Bristol BS8 1TB
UK
phone: +44(0)117-928-8168
fax: +44(0)117-929-7850
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