May 10 – Saint John of Avila: Patron Saint of Spain

Saint John of Avila, Patron Saint of Spain (Feast Date: May 10)

Extract from St. John of Avila – Master of Contemplation and Renewal of the Church:  See also: “His efforts bore great fruit not only in Spain but throughout Europe. He had an important hand to play in the institution of the modern seminary as a place of strong community life, mental prayer and intense study of the faith. In other words, he helped the fathers of the Council of Trent realize that building seminaries that were genuine centers of Christian spiritual formation was the key to the reforms most needed in the life of the Church. It is fitting that in the midst of the challenges the Church faces today, Pope Benedict should direct our attention to this particular reformer, a reformer who calls us to depths of prayer.”  See also: Pope to proclaim St John of Avila Doctor of the Universal Church.

Saint John of Avila, Patron Saint of Spain (Feast Date: May 10)

“Extract from St. John of Avila: “The Apostle of Andalusia and the spiritual advisor of St. Teresa, St. Francis Borgia, St. John of the Cross, St. Peter of Alcantara, and others. He was born on January 6, 1499, at Almodovar del Campo, Spain. After studying law at the University of Salamanca, he left the university to be a hermit. He then went to Alcala, where he was ordained. John drew great crowds with his fiery denunciations of evil and his many sermons. A brief imprisonment by the Inquisition in Seville made him even more popular. His missionary efforts were centered on Andalusia, and his letters and other writings have become Spanish classics. John was canonized in 1970.” See PICTURE of Saint John of Avila.  See also: San Juan de Avila Misionero. Director de Almas (1569) (SP), SAN GIOVANNI D’ AVILA (IT), Saint Jean d’Avila, docteur de l’Eglise? (FR), Św. Jan z Avili – prymicję świętował z żebrakami (PO). VIDEO: San Giovanni D’Avila.

Saint John of Avila, Patron Saint of Spain – born in Almodovar del Campo (Feast Date: May 10)

Extract from Saint John of Avila and the Reform of the Priesthood:  “St. John of Avila was a parish priest and theologian in 16th century Spain who exercised some influence over ideas concerning the reform of priestly reformation at the Council of Trent. Avila linked the priesthood closely to the Eucharist and regarded holiness as the preeminent quality of a priest, who must serve as a mediator between God and man. To this end, he recommended painstaking selection of candidates followed by rigorous spiritual and intellectual formation within a community. For Avila, renewal of the priesthood demanded the priest’s conformity to Christ as both Good Shepherd and High Priest. . . .” See PICTURE of Saint John of Avila.  See also: John of Avila (Multilingual), Saint John of Avila (EN), Bl. John of Avila (EN), St. John of Avila, a Doctor-to-Be? (EN), San Juan de Avila (SP), San Giovanni d’Avila (IT), Saint Jean d’Avila (FR).

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. John of Avila on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Organized Crime in Catalonia (October 2011)(Europe)  See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 10 – October 23, 2011.

Earthquake in Spain  (May 11, 2011) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: May 23 – June5, 2011.

Flooding in Spain  (December 2010) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 20 – January 2, 2010.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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Saint John of Avila (Patron Saint of Spain) (Feast Date: May 10) Extract from St. John of Avila – Master of Contemplation and Renewal of the Church:  See also: “His efforts bore great fruit not only in Spain but throughout Europe. He had an important hand to play in the institution of the modern seminary as a place of strong community life, mental prayer and intense study of the faith. In other words, he helped the fathers of the Council of Trent realize that building seminaries that were genuine centers of Christian spiritual formation was the key to the reforms most needed in the life of the Church. It is fitting that in the midst of the challenges the Church faces today, Pope Benedict should direct our attention to this particular reformer, a reformer who calls us to depths of prayer.”  See also: May 10 – Saint John of Avila: Patron Saint of Spain, Pope to proclaim St John of Avila Doctor of the Universal Church.

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