Blessed Daniel Brottier (1876-1936) was born in France to a devout family, and earnestly felt the call of the Lord to the religious life. He was ordained in 1899, and began his career as a professor, teaching at the college of Pontlevov. While he loved his work, interacting with students, he felt strongly called to missionary work, and at the age of 26, entered the Order of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost. Located in Orly, France, this missionary Order sent priests and religious throughout the world.
“My secret is this: help yourself and heaven will help you. ... I have no other secret. If the good God worked miracles, through Thérèse's intercession, I think I can say in all justice that we did everything, humanly speaking, to be deserving, and that they were the divine reward of our work, prayers and trust in providence.”
Blessed Villana de’Botti (1332-1361) was born to a pious merchant in Florence, Italy. Extremely drawn to the religious life, Villana ran away from home at the young age of 13 to join a convent. Without her family’s approval, she was refused admission, and returned home. Hoping to prevent future similar incidents, her father arranged for her to be married, which she obediently did.
Following her marriage, Villana gave up her pious manner, embracing the pleasures of the world, and living an idle and lazy life. One day as she was getting dressed for social entertainment, clad in a gorgeous dress adorned with pearls and precious stones, she looked at herself in a mirror. To her horror, the reflection that met her eyes was that of a hideous demon. A second and a third mirror showed the same ugly form. Thoroughly alarmed and recognizing in the reflection the image of her sin-stained soul, she tore off her fine attire and, clad in the simplest clothes she could find, ran weeping to the Dominican Fathers at Santa Maria Novella to make a full confession and to request absolution and help.
O God, our merciful Father, you called Blessed Villana back from the emptiness of the world and aroused in her a spirit of humility and true penitence. Recreate in our hearts the power of your love and, filled by that same spirit, may we serve you in newness of life. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
|Tomb of Blessed Villana de’Botti|
Year 2: Day 59 of 365
Prayer Intentions: The courage to answer the call of the Lord
Requested Intentions: Freedom from medical difficulties, employment, successful relationship (D); End to suffering for sick brother; reconciliation of estranged family (E); End to husband’s addiction; Improved relationship; strength (M); Successful God-centered marriage; Sacramental life (M); Healing, successful relationship (S); For successful marriage (A); For a husband’s freedom from addiction (C); Freedom from pain and illness for a friend (M); Financial freedom (J); Successful passing of occupational examination (S); Healing and conversion, sale of house (L); Occupational success for employee and colleagues (J); Employment for a son (C); Successful attainment of an important appointed position (J); Recovery from cancer for a friend (Z); For a family’s freedom from sin (M); For a daughter with Diabetes (A); Healing of a father following stroke (S).