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BIOGRAPHICAL GLEANINGS FOR NEXT WEEK'S CALENDAR. (Written for the N.Z. Tablet.) SEPTEMBER 4, Sunday (14th after Pentecost).— St. Rose of Viterbo. „ 5, Monday. — Si. Laurence Justiuian. „ 6, Tuesday.— St. Romuald. „ 7, Wednesday.— St. Eugenius 111., Pope and Confessor. „ 8, Thursday. — Nativity of the B.V.M. „ 9, Friday. — St. Kieran, Abbot. „ 10, Saturday. — St. Hilary, Bishop and Confessor. ST. ROSE OF VITERBO. A Franciscan Tertiary. Was the placid face of old Alban Butler, lit up by a smile as he wrote the following: — a smile at the • Irony of Fate ?' : — ' St. Rose was refused admittance to the Franciscan Nunnery in Viterbo ; therefore led a solitary life in a cottage adjoining, in the most austere penitential practices, and in assiduous contemplation and prayer. She died about the year 1252. Her body is shown in the church of this nunnery entirely incorrupt, her face appears full of flesh, and as if the corpse was just dead.' Dry the tears that dim thy seemg 1 , Give glad thoughts for life and being. Time is but the little entry To eternity's large dwelling, Till the puzzling way quite past Thou shalt enter in at last. BT. LAURENCE JUSTINIAN. Flourished in the fifteenth century. A pious mother guarded his youth, and purity of conscience led him to the vision of ' truth, freedom, beauty, and righteousness.' He became a humble religious, but the Pope drew him out of his monastery to make him first, Bishop, and then Patriarch of Venice, his native city. St. Laurence used to say that infused humility enlightens the soul with that true science which consists in knowing that God alone is the great All, and that we are nothing. He realised what Tanler calls 'The tragedy of our baseness.' ST. KIERAN, FOUNDER OF CLONMACNOISE. That was a fateful day for the young Irishman, Kieran Macantsaor, when the words of the Gospel read at Mass bo smote his heart that thenceforward he gave himself wholly to the service of God. ' Consideration like an angel came And whipp'd the offending Adam out of him.' He became the disciple of St. Finnian in the School of Clonard, and thence he went to the Isle of Arran to acquire monastic perfection under ' The holy St. Enda.' An Irish tourist, M. Banim, has well described the Atlanticgirt Arran Isle. ' Through all these ages the scene can soarce have changed. Then, as now, the wide ocean on every side; the same exquisite panorama of far-away shadowy cliffs and hills and mountain peaks across the northern bay, faintly showing- where lies the world of strife and care, of vain hopes and fears and dangers ; the same immense, limitless stretch of sea beyond the western shore, where no shadow of earth ever comes between the island and that spot where, at sunset, the very portals of glory seem to open awhile, as if out there lies the world of eternal rest and joy. And the same Arran : a grey-white rock, without beauty of form, without sheltering trees or spreading meadows ; without blooming orchards or waving cornfields, green lanes or mossy dells — nothing to strike the eye at nrst but a cold, hard, barren mass of sea-girt stone — nothing more : and yet, from time immemorial, this island has been a veritable loadstone, attracting to its shores countless holy men who, from the very first days of Christian rule in our land, chose this solitude as their dwelling places.' The author of Ireland's Schools and Scholars, describing the lives of prayer, study, and labour of works on rough, rocky, greywhite Arran, says that ' They passed their blameless lives, living only for God, and waiting, not in fear, but in hope, for the happy hour when their heavenly Father would call them home.' Let John Banim's daughter, Miss M. Banim, take up the tale : The youthful St. Kieran, ' the son of the carpenter, spent seven years in this peaceful isle, working meekly and humbly, happy in the simplest occupations of husbandry, while he gathered from the lips of Enda lessons of wisdom and holiness, and studied diligently under the learned men around him. . . So beloved was he amongst his brethren that when, warned by a vision, he learned that his time was come to leave his solitude, and St. Enda felt he must send his young disciple back to the world to labour there for God, the old monk wept bitterly and was unconsolable for the loss of him he loved as a son. Long Enda and his brethren stood, we are told, unmovable upon the shore, weeping and straining their eyes after the boat that bore the saiut away trom amongst them.' St. Kieran's first foundation was his monastery on an island in Lough Ree. He wrote for his monks a rule, and a very austere one, known afterwards as Kieran's Law, which was adopted by many monasteries in Ireland. Many monks gathered around him, and when his work was well established, he left the charge of it to his disciple Adamnan, and proceeded to found on the west bank of the Shannon the great monastery of Clonmacnoise. We see how absorbed he became in his great work, when tradition tells us that he prayed God to grant him long life. But God had other designs. Kieran |The carpenter's son, Macantsaor, died at the age of 33.' How tradition loves to dwell on the coincidence !

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New Zealand Tablet, New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXVI, Issue 17, 2 September 1898

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Friends at Court. New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXVI, Issue 17, 2 September 1898