Prayers, Quips and Quotes: Bl. Denis of the Nativity, Feast Day Nov. 29




 

Bl. Denis of the Nativity and Bl. Redemptus of the Cross Public Domain Image
Bl. Denis of the Nativity and Bl. Redemptus of the Cross Public Domain Image Bl. Denis of the Nativity on the left

The feast day of St. Denis of the Nativity is celebrated on November 29.  He was a Carmelite priest and a martyr.

Peter Berthelot was born on December 12, 1600 in Calvados, France. He became a sailor at the age of twelve, traveling to Spain, England and America. In 1619 he traveled to India where he was a cosmographer and first pilot of the Kings of France and Portugal. In 1635 he met his spiritual counselor Father Philip of the Most Trinity and decided to join the Discalced Carmelites. He chose the name Denis of the Nativity when he made his profession on Dec. 25, 1636. He was given the gift of contemplation and known for his holiness.

As a missionary, he and his companion Redemptus left for Goa in 1638 where they were taken prisoner. They were tortured in an attempt to force their conversion to Islam. During his captivity, Denis helped others by sacrificing his needs. He always had encouraging words and set a strong example.

Both Denis and Redemptus were condemned to die. He was killed by a sword that split his head in two.

Both Carmelites were beatified on June 10 1908 by Pope Leo XIII.

 

Prayer is a mighty weapon,

an unfailing treasure,

a wealth which is never expended,

a harbor that is always calm.

Quote of St. John Chrysostom; Feast day September 13

November is the Month of the Holy Souls

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