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1st July

 

 

The Servant of God Philomene Jane Genovese

 

Virgin, Third Order

 

Philomene Jane belongs to those admirable souls who were strong and courageous despite the weakness of nature, arriving  at extraordinary holiness already in their youth, and happily combining penance with innocence of life.

She was born of the Genovese family at Nocera in 1835, and was devoutly educated. The first words and the first greeting uttered by this little angel were “Ave Maria!” The Most High, who chooses to be praised by the mouths of little ones, weaned little Philomene at a very early age from the glamour of the world.

She exchanged her beautiful dresses for poor clothes, and she preferred to engage in the lowliest household duties. She used to reprove the maid who was charged with attending to her hair: “You are too particular about such material things. It will be too bad for us if we fail to remember Christ, whose hair was torn from His head!”

She was anxious to enter the religious state, but Providence decreed otherwise. By means of purity and penance, Philomene was to become a spectacle to a dissolute and effeminate world. ln order to belong entirely to God, she consecrated herself to Him in the world by the three vows. Then her trials began. Terrible maladies visited her, but Philomene accepted them all with such heavenly patience and joy that the attending physician once said; “You are a saint! Pray for mel”

She lived up to her motto: “Nothing is nearer and dearer to me than to do the will of God." From the day of her admission into the Third Order, she gradually rose to a high degree of perfection. To the various ailments that afflicted her she added scourging and all sorts of mortifications. This heroine of purity, patience, and penance had not yet attained her thirtieth year when she went forth with her lamp well filled to meet her heavenly Bridegroom. She died in the year 1864. The cause of her beatification was introduced in 1919.

 

Prayer of the Church

 

Be merciful, O Lord, to our humble petitions. Accept the

offerings and prayers of Thy people and convert our hearts to Thee,

 so that freed from sensual desires we may raise them to heavenly ones.

 Through the same Christ Our Lord Who liveth  and reigneth
with
Thee and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen

 

 

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

 

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