lundi 23 mars 2015

Saint JOSEPH ORIOL, prêtre


Saint Joseph Oriol, prêtre

Né à Barcelone en 1650, orphelin de père à 18 mois, Joseph fût élevé avec une grande affection par son beau-père. Grâce à l'aide charitable de quelques prêtres, il put, malgré ses origines modestes, poursuivre ses études, conquérir le grade de docteur en théologie et recevoir le sacerdoce. Affecté à une paroisse de Barcelone, il vécut pauvrement dans une mansarde, partageant son temps entre le ministère du sacrement de pénitence et le dévouement auprès des plus démunis. Il mourut en 1702



Saint Joseph Oriol


Prêtre catalan ( 1702)

Grâce à l'aide charitable de quelques prêtres, il put, malgré ses origines modestes, poursuivre ses études, conquérir le grade de docteur en théologie et recevoir le sacerdoce. Affecté à une paroisse de Barcelone, il vécut pauvrement dans une mansarde, partageant son temps entre le ministère du sacrement de pénitence et le dévouement auprès des plus démunis. Il fut canonisé en 1909.


À Barcelone en Catalogne, l’an 1702, saint Joseph Oriol, prêtre, qui demeura toujours tout entier à Dieu, par une rude discipline corporelle, son culte de la pauvreté et sa prière continuelle, avec le cœur rempli de joie céleste.


Martyrologe romain




St. Joseph Oriol

Priest, "Thaumaturgus of Barcelona", b. at Barcelona, 23 November, 1650; d. there, 23 March, 1702. He studied in the University of Barcelona, receiving the degree of Doctor of Theology, 1 August, 1674. Ordained priest, 30 May, 1676, he visited Rome in 1686 and was granted a benefice in the church of Nuestra Señora del Pino, in Barcelona. His priestly life was remarkable for a spirit of penance, profound humility, and prudence in directing souls. Impelled by a desire of martyrdom, he went to Rome in April, 1698, to offer himself for the foreign missions, but, falling sick at Marseilles, he returned to Barcelona. God bestowed upon him prophetic and miraculous power. The dying, the blind, the deaf and dumb, the lame, and the paralytic, were instantly cured by him. He was beatified by Pius VII, 5 September, 1806, and canonized by Pius X, 20 May, 1909. His feast occurs on 23 March.

 Sources

Salotti, Vita di San Giuseppi Oriol (Rome, 1909); Masdeu, Vida del Beato Josef Oriol (Italian and Spanish, 1806; new Spanish ed., Barcelona, 1886); Ballester, Vida de San José Oriol (Barcelona, 1909); Eularia Anzizu, Vida de St. Joseph Oriol (in Catalan, Barcelona, 1909; Spanish tr., Barcelona, 1910).

Mullaly, Charles. "St. Joseph Oriol." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 11. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. 22 Mar. 2015 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11316a.htm>.

Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by William D. Neville.


Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. February 1, 1911. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.




Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol num 10, Estàtua de Sant Josep Oriol


Joseph Oriol (RM)

(also known as José Orioli)


Born in Barcelona, Spain, on November 23, 1650; died there on March 23, 1702; beatified by Pope Pius VII on May 15, 1896; canonized in 1909. Father Joseph Oriol is remembered for the heroism of his virtues, for the example he proposes to Christians, and for the singular favors God accorded him.
Joseph is a saint among thousands of saints; but, for more than three centuries, history and legend together have justified the cognomen his parishioners gave him, even before he died: "wonder- worker of Barcelona." A saint among thousands of saints; but, for about three centuries, history and legend have emphasized the healings, the prophecies, the miracles of all kinds of which Joseph Oriol was the instrument.

Joseph Oriol was born of a poor family. His good conduct, his particular devotion to the Blessed Sacrament persuaded his parish priest to prepare him for the priesthood. He earned a doctorate in theology. In 1675, he was ordained and soon Innocent XI granted him a benefice at Santa Maria del Pino in his native city. In spite of his attempts and temptations, Joseph Oriol never left his parish.

Although he hoped to evangelize the infidels, God showed him that he had another vocation. On his way to Rome, Father Joseph fell ill and experienced a vision that outlined his new mission: He was to reinvigorate the faith of lukewarm hearts in Barcelona. Thus, Joseph Oriol instructed children, evangelized soldiers, and prayed and urged others to pray for the living and the dead.

He wore a hair-shirt, lived only on bread and water for 26 years, and used the discipline on himself. Nevertheless, he is not remembered for his austerity, but rather for his faith, hope, and love of God and neighbor. He epitomized the exercise of these virtues to such a high degree of perfection that the Devil was worried, persecuted him and even left his imprint on his flesh. But only on the flesh. Joseph Oriol remained firm on the path of justice and God manifested his Power and favors through his servant with extraordinary gifts. Death finally ended his life on the date he had announced.

Others would prefer, perhaps, that for the above conventional picture we substitute the one of the wonder-worker, the image of a veritable "medium," worthy heir of the charlatans of paganism, worthy rival of the sorcerers of fetishism, a conjurer as well as a man contemptuous of natural laws.
But that kind of picture does not deal with holiness. Holiness takes hold of man and utilizes him. It takes hold of the conscious and the unconscious, it takes hold of the miracle-man who, without holiness, would be less than a man, the inverted reflection of a saint (Attwater2, Benedictines, Encyclopedia).




Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol num 10, Estàtua de Sant Josep Oriol

Saint Joseph Oriol

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Born poor. Studied at the University of Barcelona. Awarded a doctorate of theology on 1 August 1674. Ordained 30 May 1676. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy in 1686. Pope Innocent XI granted him a benefice at Santa Maria del Pino (Our Lady of the Pines), Barcelona, Spain, a parish he served for the rest of his life.

Wanted to evangelize infidels, and give himself over to martyrdom. On his way to Rome in April 1698 to ask to be a missionary, Joseph fell ill at Marseilles, France, and had a vision that gave him a new mission – revitalize the faith in his own back yard.

Returning home, he worked with the youngest of children and roughest of soldiers, and prayed without ceasing for the living and the dead. He wore a hair-shirt; lived for 26 years, half his life, solely on bread and water. Famed confessor, prophet, healer, and miracle worker, though many of the writers in his day and after have made him sound like some kind of medium or magician or somesuch.

Born
  • 23 March 1702 at Barcelona, Spain of natural causes
  • predicted the date of his own death
  • some locals lent him a bed to die on as he had always slept on a wooden bench or whatever was handy