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24th February

 

Blessed Mark Marconi

 

His Feast day is observed on January 25 by the Jeronymites:

but his name does not appear in any of the Franciscan calendars though Blessed Mark Marconi may also be counted as one of the glories of the Third Order of St Francis.

 

Confessor, Third Order

 

The son of poor and simple parents, Mark was born about 1480 at Milliarino near Mantua. From early youth he was endowed with a deep sense of piety and gave signs of extraordinary sanctity. At this time there was in Mantua a community of the Poor Hermits of St Jerome, who had been founded by the Tertiary Blessed Peter of Pisa. In other cities of Italy there were similar communities of hermits; and all of them observed the rule of the Third Order of St Francis until the year 1568, when they adopted that of St Augustine. Mark entered the Hermitage of St Matthew at Mantua when he was still quite young.

From the very beginning of his religious life, Mark won the admiration of the other hermits by the cheerfulness and promptness with which he carried out all the spiritual exercises, those which were ordinary as well as the most difficult. His one desire was to become as perfect an imitator of Christ as possible. Blessed Mark Marconi possessed the gift of prophecy and of miracles. The people revered him as a saint, and considered themselves fortunate if they could touch the hem of his garment.

Consider how living in the presence of God provided Blessed Mark with special light, by which he also learned to know himself better day by day. Just as, when the sun’s beams penetrate a room, we can more plainly see all the particles of dust in the air, which would otherwise be invisible and which we had not realized were there, so will the remembrance of an all-holy God who beholds us, reveal the stains and defects in our hearts of which we should not otherwise have been aware.

Mark was only thirty when he died on February 24, 1510. His incorrupt body is venerated in the cathedral, and he is called “the Glory of Mantua.” The cult of Blessed Mark which continued through the centuries was finally approved by St Pope Pius X on March 2, 1906. His Feast day is observed on January 25 by the Jeronymites: but his name does not appear in any of the Franciscan calendars though Blessed Mark Marconi may also be counted as one of the glories of the Third Order of St Francis.

 

Prayer of the Church:

(Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)

We beseech Thee, O Lord, of Thy loving kindness, ever guard

Thy household, that it may be freed from all adversities by Thy

protection and in good deeds may be devoted to Thy name.

Through the same Christ Our Lord Who liveth  and reigneth with Thee

 and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen

 

Hieronymites, or the Order of St. Jerome (Latin: Ordo Sancti Hieronymi, abbreviated O.S.H.), is a common name for several congregations of hermits living according to the Rule of St. Augustine, with supplementary regulations taken from the writings of the 5th-century monk and scholar, St Jerome. The principal group with this name was founded in Spain in the 14th century. Their traditional habit is a white tunic with a brown, hooded scapular and a brown mantle.[2]

 

1. Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

2. Wikipedia, Modified 10 January 2013,Hieronymites,wikipedia.org,Accessed 11 January 2013,<web:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hieronymites>

 

 

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