jeudi 19 mars 2015

Bienheureuse SIBYLLE (ou SIBILLINA, ou SIBYLLINE) BISCOSSI, vierge, tertiaire dominicaine

Bienheureuse Sibylle ou Sibylline

Jeune fille originaire de Pavie. Peu de temps après avoir perdu son père et sa mère, elle devint aveugle, à 12 ans. Elle est recueillie par les sœurs dominicaines, qui l’instruisent et qu’elle rejoint quelques temps après comme Tertiaire dominicaine. Là, elle fait la connaissance de la bienheureuse Marguerite de Metola, qui est affligée du même handicap. Elles s’enferment ensuite toutes deux dans une étroite réclusion où elles s’imposent une discipline très austère et s’infligent de terribles mortifications ; au bout de trois ans, Marguerite succombe à ce régime. Sybilline, quant à elle, demeure seule dans son étroite cellule, jusqu’à sa mort qui survient à plus de 80 ans, en 1367.

Bienheureuse Sibylline

tertiaire dominicaine ( 1367)


Sibylline Biscossi, vierge, sœur de la Pénitence de Saint Dominique. 

Elle vécut toute sa vie à Pavie en Lombardie (Italie du nord). Tertiaire dominicaine, elle était aveugle depuis l'âge de douze ans; et se fit recluse à l'âge de quinze ans, près de l'église des dominicains. Par l'une des lucarnes, elle devinait l'autel et recevait l'Eucharistie. De l'autre, donnant sur l'extérieur, elle donnait des conseils et faisait la catéchèse aux enfants. Sa charité inépuisable lui faisait écouter les discoureurs intarissables sans se lasser ni même s'endormir.


À Pavie en Lombardie, l’an 1367, la bienheureuse Sibylline Biscossi, vierge, sœur de la Pénitence de Saint Dominique. Privée de la vue à l’âge de douze ans, elle vécut soixante-cinq ans en recluse près de l’église des Prêcheurs, éclairant d’une lumière intérieure des visiteurs de plus en plus nombreux qui avaient recours à elle.


Martyrologe romain

Bienheureuse Sibylle (+ 1320)

ou Sibylline. 


Elle vécut toute sa vie à Pavie en Lombardie (Italie du nord). Tertiaire dominicaine, elle était aveugle depuis l'âge de douze ans; et se fit recluse à l'âge de quinze ans, près de l'église des dominicains. Par l'une des lucarnes, elle devinait l'autel et recevait l'Eucharistie. De l'autre, donnant sur l'extérieur, elle donnait des conseils et faisait la catéchèse aux enfants. Sa charité inépuisable lui faisait écouter les discoureurs intarrisables sans se lasser ni même s'endormir.

Autre biographie:

Bienheureuse) Jeune fille originaire de Pavie. Peu de temps après avoir perdu son père et sa mère, elle devient aveugle. (à 12 ans). Elle est heureusement recueillie par les sœurs dominicaines, qui l’instruisent et qu’elle rejoint quelques temps après. Là, elle fait la connaissance de la bienheureuse Marguerite de Metola, qui est affligée du même handicap. Elles s’enferment ensuite toutes deux dans une étroite réclusion où elles s’imposent une discipline très austère et s’infligent de terribles morficiations; au bout de trois ans, Marguerite succombe à ce régime. Sybilline, quant à elle, demeure seule dans son étroite cellule, jusqu’à sa mort qui survient à plus de 80 ans (+ 1367) 
Sainte-Sibylline est invoquée pour faire cesser les bourdonnements d’oreilles.


Bse Sibillina (Sibylline) Biscossi

Vierge, aveugle, tertiaire dominicaine


Commémoration :

Martyrologium Romanum le 19 mars (dies natalis).


Ordo Fratrum Praedicatorum le 18 avril.


Sibylline Biscossi naît à Pavie (Lombardie, Italie) en 1287.

D’origine modeste, orpheline très jeune, elle était servante, mais devint aveugle à l'âge de douze ans. Au début elle priait Dieu de lui rendre la vue, dont elle avait besoin pour gagner sa vie ; puis une apparition de saint Dominique lui fit comprendre que cette cécité pouvait être une lumière pour les autres.

À quinze ans elle entra chez les sœurs de la Pénitence de Saint Dominique (Tertiaires dominicaines) et se fit recluse près de l'église des dominicains. Par l'une des lucarnes, elle devinait l'autel et recevait l'Eucharistie. Par l'autre, donnant sur l'extérieur, elle donnait des conseils et faisait la catéchèse aux enfants.

Elle vécut là de 15 à 80 ans, dans la plus sévère pénitence, vêtue en toute saison du même vêtement, mangeant peu, dormant sur une planche sans matelas ni couverture, et éclairant les nombreux visiteurs qui venaient lui demander des conseils spirituels et qu’elle écoutait avec une charité inlassable. 

Prélats et puissants, dévots et gens en recherche venaient la voir. Elle était la sibylle chrétienne qui répondait à toutes les demandes de conseils et de réconfort. Elle était l’œil lumineux de toute la ville de Pavie, qui reconnaissait dans cette voyante aveugle une maîtresse spirituelle. Le secret de tant de courage et de sagesse était puisé dans l’amoureuse contemplation de la Croix.

Les dominicains l’entourèrent à ses derniers moments, dont l’heure lui avait été révélée : le 19 mars 1367.

Le Bx Pie IX (Giovanni Maria Mastai Ferretti, 1846-1878) confirma son culte en 1854.

En Italie, elle est la sainte patronne des servantes et employées de maison.

Source principale : docteurangelique.forumactif.com/(« Rév. x gpm »).


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Sibillina Biscossi

Religieuse dominicaine, Sainte


1287-1367


Sibillina naquit à Pavie, et fut bien vite orpheline de père et mère, de sorte qu’elle n’eut d’autre ressource que de se mettre en service toute gamine. A douze ans, elle était aveugle.

Des tertiaires dominicaines la recueillirent et lui apprirent à faire oraison, à réciter l’office, pour la préparer à entrer en religion, selon le désir qu’elle leur exprimait. La petite fille pria avec ferveur pour être guérie le jour de la saint Dominique, mais elle comprit plutôt ce jour-là, dans une vision, qu’elle ne guérirait pas, et qu’elle devrait acheter les clartés de l’éternelle vie au prix de la cécité corporelle. Elle prit donc le parti de vivre en recluse dans une cellule contiguë à l’église des Dominicains : elle n’avait que quinze ans. On lui imposa pour compagne une sœur, Beatrice, qui vécut près d’elle un certain temps, puis succomba aux rigueurs de son genre de vie.

Les pénitences de Sibillina furent effroyables, surtout pendant les premières années : la plus terrible venait du froid ; pendant les longs mois d’hiver où, dans les plaines de la Lombardie, le ciel est gris, nuageux et bas, la cellule de la recluse restait sans feu ; il n’y en avait pas davantage dans la vaste église de briques dédiée à saint Thomas d’Aquin ; en toute saison, Sibillina portait les mêmes vêtements grossiers. Les génuflexions et prostrations n’arrivaient pas à réchauffer ses mains gelées, crevassées, pleines d’engelures. Elle y ajoutait des flagellations très rudes. Son seul mobilier : une sorte de table étroite et longue sous la fenêtre de sa cellule, où elle dormait, mangeait, s’agenouillait ou s’asseyait pour s’entretenir avec ses visiteurs.

Ceux-ci vinrent en effet la consulter, de plus en plus nombreux : habitants de Pavie, nobles ou petits, évêques, religieux, elle avait un conseil autorisé pour chacun ; elle avait un sens intime des choses cachées ; elle avait conscience même physiquement de la présence réelle de Jésus-Christ dans l’Eucharistie.

Sa réclusion dura soixante-sept ans. Deux fois seulement elle sortit par obéissance, dont une fois pour recevoir l’eucharistie, sans qu’on s’explique d’ailleurs pourquoi cette disposition.

Elle, si ignorante, semblait connaître par-cœur les soliloques de saint Augustin ou les homélies de saint Bernard. La Pentecôte était une période de grandes grâces, et elle eut une profonde dévotion pour l’Esprit Saint.

Sibillina mourut le 19 mars 1367, son corps fut enseveli dans l’église des Dominicains, et Pie IX en a confirmé le culte cinq siècles plus tard. En Italie, les servantes l’ont prise pour patronne.


Le Martyrologe la commémore le 19 mars, jour de sa naissance au ciel, tandis que l’ordre dominicain la fête un peu plus tard, le 18 avril, une fois terminé le Carême.

SOURCE : http://nouvl.evangelisation.free.fr/sibillina_biscossi.htm

Blessed Sybil Biscossis, V.O.P.

(also known as Sibyllina Biscossi)

Memorial Day: March 23rd

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    Sybillina's parents died when she was tiny and as soon as she was old enough to be of use to anyone, the neighbors, who had taken her in at the time she was orphaned, put her out to work. She must have been very young when she started to work, because at the age of 12, when she became blind and could not work any more, she already had several years of work behind her.

    The cause of her blindness is unknown, but the child was left doubly destitute with the loss of her sight. The local chapter of the Dominican tertiary sisters took compassion on the child and brought her home to live with them. After a little while of experiencing their kind help, she wanted to join them. They accepted her, young though she was, more out of pity than in any hope of her being able to carry on their busy and varied apostolate.

    They were soon agreeably surprised to find out how much she could do. She learned to chant the Office quickly and sweetly, and to absorb their teaching about mental prayer as though she had been born for it. She imposed great obligations of prayer on herself, since she could not help them in other ways. Her greatest devotion was to Saint Dominic, and it was to him she addressed herself when she finally became convinced that she simply must have her sight back so that she could help the sisters with their work.

    Praying earnestly for this intention, Sybillina waited for his feast day. Then, she was certain, he would cure her. Matins came and went with no miracle; little hours, Vespers--and she was still blind. With a sinking heart, Sybillina knelt before Saint Dominic's statue and begged him to help her. Kneeling there, she was rapt in ecstasy, and she saw him come out of the darkness and take her by the hand.

    He took her to a dark tunnel entrance, and she went into the blackness at his word. Terrified, but still clinging to his hand, she advanced past invisible horrors, still guided and protected by his presence. Dawn came gradually, and then light, then a blaze of glory. "In eternity, dear child," he said. "Here, you must suffer darkness so that you may one day behold eternal light."

    Sybillina, the eager child, was replaced by a mature and thoughtful Sybillina who knew that there would be no cure for her, that she must work her way to heaven through the darkness. She decided to become a anchorite, and obtained the necessary permission. In 1302, at the age of 15, she was sealed into a tiny cell next to the Dominican church at Pavia. At first she had a companion, but her fellow recluse soon gave up the life. Sybillina remained, now alone, as well as blind.

    The first seven years were the worst, she later admitted. The cold was intense, and she never permitted herself a fire. The church, of course, was not heated, and she wore the same clothes winter and summer. In the winter there was only one way to keep from freezing--keep moving--so she genuflected, and gave herself the discipline. She slept on a board and ate practically nothing. To the tiny window, that was her only communication with the outside world, came the troubled and the sinful and the sick, all begging for her help. She prayed for all of them, and worked many miracles in the lives of the people of Pavia.

    One of the more amusing requests came from a woman who was terrified of the dark. Sybillina was praying for her when she saw her in a vision, and observed that the woman--who thought she was hearing things--put on a fur hood to shut out the noise. The next day the woman came to see her, and Sybillina laughed gaily. "You were really scared last night, weren't you?" she asked. "I laughed when I saw you pull that hood over your ears." The legend reports that the woman was never frightened again.

    Sybillina had a lively sense of the Real Presence and a deep devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. One day a priest was going past her window with Viaticum for the sick; she knew that the host was not consecrated, and told him so. He investigated, and found he had indeed taken a host from the wrong container.

    Sybillina lived as a recluse for 67 years. She followed all the Masses and Offices in the church, spending what few spare minutes she had working with her hands to earn a few alms for the poor (Attwater2, Benedictines, Dorcy).
 
Born: 1287 at Pavia, Lombardy, Italy

Died: 1367 of Natural Causes: Her body remains Incorrupt

Beatified: 1853 (Cultus confirmed); 1854 beautified

Patronage: Children whose parents are not married, illegitimacy, loss of parents
 
Prayers/Commemorations
First Vespers:

Ant. This is a wise Virgin whom the Lord found watching, who took her lamp and oil, and when the Lord came she entered with Him into the marriage feast. (P.T., Alleluia.)

V. Pray for us Blessed Sibyllina. (P.T., Alleluia.)

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. (P.T., Alleluia.)
 
Lauds:

Ant. Come, O my chosen one, and I will place my throne in thee, for the King hath exceedingly desired thy beauty. (P.T., Alleluia.)

V. Virgins shall be led to the King after her. (P.T., Alleluia.)

R. Her companions shall be presented to Thee. (P.T., Alleluia.)
 
Second Vespers:

Ant. She has girded her loins with courage and hath strengthened her arm; therefore shall her lamp not be put out forever. (P.T., Alleluia.)

V. Pray for us blessed Sibyllina. (P.T., Alleluia.)

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. (P.T., Alleluia.)
 
Prayer:

Let us Pray: O god, who wast pleased to enlighten the soul of Blessed Sibyllina, Thy Virgin , with admirable splendor, through she was deprived of bodily sight , grant, through her intercession, that, enlightened with light from above, we may despise earthly things and earnestly strive after those that are eternal. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer II:

O Lord, enkindle our hearts with the fire of the Spirit, who wonderfully renewed Blessed Sibyllina. Filled with that heavenly light may we come to know Jesus Christ crucified and always grow in your love. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. - General Calendar of the Order of Preachers



Blessed Sibyllina Biscossi, OP Tert. (AC)
(also known as Sybillina)


Born in Pavia, Italy, in 1287; died 1367; cultus approved in 1853; beatified in 1854.


"All things work for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). How many of us would have the faith to trust in God's providence as did this holy woman? As Mother Angelica has witnessed, true faith is knowing that when the Lord asks you to walk into the void, He will place a rock beneath your feet. True faith is to be able to praise God in all things; to say with Job, "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21).

Sybillina's parents died when she was tiny and as soon as she was old enough to be of use to anyone, the neighbors, who had taken her in at the time she was orphaned, put her out to work. She must have been very young when she started to work, because at the age of 12, when she became blind and could not work any more, she already had several years of work behind her.

The cause of her blindness is unknown, but the child was left doubly destitute with the loss of her sight. The local chapter of the Dominican tertiary sisters took compassion on the child and brought her home to live with them. After a little while of experiencing their kind help, she wanted to join them. They accepted her, young though she was, more out of pity than in any hope of her being able to carry on their busy and varied apostolate.

They were soon agreeably surprised to find out how much she could do. She learned to chant the Office quickly and sweetly, and to absorb their teaching about mental prayer as though she had been born for it. She imposed great obligations of prayer on herself, since she could not help them in other ways. Her greatest devotion was to Saint Dominic, and it was to him she addressed herself when she finally became convinced that she simply must have her sight back so that she could help the sisters with their work.

Praying earnestly for this intention, Sybillina waited for his feast day. Then, she was certain, he would cure her. Matins came and went with no miracle; little hours, Vespers--and she was still blind. With a sinking heart, Sybillina knelt before Saint Dominic's statue and begged him to help her. Kneeling there, she was rapt in ecstasy, and she saw him come out of the darkness and take her by the hand.

He took her to a dark tunnel entrance, and she went into the blackness at his word. Terrified, but still clinging to his hand, she advanced past invisible horrors, still guided and protected by his presence. Dawn came gradually, and then light, then a blaze of glory. "In eternity, dear child," he said. "Here, you must suffer darkness so that you may one day behold eternal light."

Sybillina, the eager child, was replaced by a mature and thoughtful Sybillina who knew that there would be no cure for her, that she must work her way to heaven through the darkness. She decided to become a anchorite, and obtained the necessary permission. In 1302, at the age of 15, she was sealed into a tiny cell next to the Dominican church at Pavia. At first she had a companion, but her fellow recluse soon gave up the life. Sybillina remained, now alone, as well as blind.

The first seven years were the worst, she later admitted. The cold was intense, and she never permitted herself a fire. The church, of course, was not heated, and she wore the same clothes winter and summer. In the winter there was only one way to keep from freezing--keep moving--so she genuflected, and gave herself the discipline. She slept on a board and ate practically nothing. To the tiny window, that was her only communication with the outside world, came the troubled and the sinful and the sick, all begging for her help. She prayed for all of them, and worked many miracles in the lives of the people of Pavia.

One of the more amusing requests came from a woman who was terrified of the dark. Sybillina was praying for her when she saw her in a vision, and observed that the woman--who thought she was hearing things--put on a fur hood to shut out the noise. The next day the woman came to see her, and Sybillina laughed gaily. "You were really scared last night, weren't you?" she asked. "I laughed when I saw you pull that hood over your ears." The legend reports that the woman was never frightened again.

Sybillina had a lively sense of the Real Presence and a deep devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. One day a priest was going past her window with Viaticum for the sick; she knew that the host was not consecrated, and told him so. He investigated, and found he had indeed taken a host from the wrong container.

Sybillina lived as a recluse for 67 years. She followed all the Masses and Offices in the church, spending what few spare minutes she had working with her hands to earn a few alms for the poor (Attwater2, Benedictines, Dorcy).


SOURCE : http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/0323.shtml

Blessed Sibyllina Biscossi
18 March 2013, 11:15 am

Also known as
  • Sibyllina of Pavia
  • Sibila….
  • Sibile….
  • Sibili….
  • Sibilina….
  • Sibillina….
  • Sibylline….
  • Sybil….
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Orphaned when very young, she received no education and was working as a domestic servant by age 10. Blind by age 12; the cause of her blindness has not come down to us. Adopted by a community of Dominican tertiaries at Pavia, Italy.

Sibyllina developed a devotion to Saint Dominic in hopes that his intervention would return her sight; when it did not, she came to accept it as her lot in life. She received a vision of Saint Dominic as confirmation of her desire to join the Order. At age 15 she became a recluse, living in a walled up cell. She spent her time in prayer, and her cell soon became a point of pilgrimage for Pavians seeking advice and healing; she lived there for over 60 years, doing penance, performing miracles, and spreading devotion to the Holy Spirit.

Sybillina could sense the Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. Once a priest passed her window on his way to a sick call. She told him that the host was not consecrated; he checked and found he had taken a host from the wrong container.

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O Lord, enkindle our hearts with the fire of the Spirit, who wonderfully renewed Blessed Sibyllina. Filled with that heavenly light may we come to know Jesus Christ crucified and always grow in your love. 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. - General Calendar of the Order of Preachers