jeudi 7 mai 2015

Bienheureux ALBERT de BERGAME (ou de VILLA d'OGNA), tertiaire dominicain

Bienheureux Albert de Bergame ou de Villa d'Ogna

tertiaire dominicain ( 1279)

"...né dans un petit village du territoire de Bergame, de parents d'une condition basse et méprisable selon le monde, mais vertueux, et qui l'élevèrent chrétiennement... Lorsqu'il fut parvenu à un âge plus mûr, il s'appliqua à l'agriculture en la compagnie de son père. Tandis que son corps était courbé sous le travail, son esprit était élevé en Dieu dans une haute contemplation. Il s'engagea dans l'état du mariage pour obéir à ses parents. Il eut à souffrir de la part de sa femme les reproches les plus piquants, occasionnés par sa grande libéralité envers les pauvres; il les endura avec patience... Ayant été longtemps persécuté par quelques personnes puissantes qui voulaient s'emparer du champ que possédait son père, il se retira à Crémone où il s'adonna avec une nouvelle ferveur aux œuvres de miséricorde. Peu de temps après il entra dans le tiers-ordre de saint-Dominique, qu'on appelait alors la milice de Jésus-Christ, et dans la suite les Frères de la Pénitence. Il résolut d'acquérir la perfection évangélique... il excella en particulier dans la charité envers les malades, les étrangers et les personnes dénuées de tout secours. Il alla par dévotion visiter les saints lieux de Jérusalem... Il vécut dans une parfaite humilité, et mourut saintement le 7 mai de l'an 1279..."



À Crémone en Lombardie, l’an 1279, le bienheureux Albert de Bergame. Paysan, il supporta avec patience les récriminations de sa femme qui lui reprochait sa trop grande générosité pour les pauvres. Devenu veuf, il abandonna ses champs, sa maison et son pays, et vécut pauvre, frère de la Pénitence de Saint-Dominique.


Martyrologe romain

Bienheureux Albert de Bergame

Laïc de l’Ordre de la Pénitence

Fête le 7 mai

Villa d’Ogna, près de Bergame, v. 1214 – † Crémone 7 mai 1279

Béatifié le 9 mai 1748

Autre mention : 11 mai

Autres graphies : [Alberto da Bergamo] Albert de Bergame, dit le Laboureur ou Albert de Villa d’Ogna

Ouvrier agricole, de la fraternité du couvent de Crémone (Ordre de la pénitence du bienheureux Dominique). Tertiaire dominicain, Albert était un fermier qui habitait près de Bergame, en Italie, où il était devenu membre du tiers ordre dominicain. Marié, il secourait les pauvres et les démunis dans sa ville natale d’Ogna. Il passait de maison en maison, recueillant des aumônes pour les pauvres et les malades ; il construisit pour eux un hospice, qu’on appellera plus tard l’Hôpital St-Albert. Sa générosité lui valut la persécution de sa femme hargneuse et de sa famille jalouse. Un beau jour, Albert fit un pèlerinage au célèbre sanctuaire de Santiago de Compostela en Espagne. Il visita aussi Rome et Jérusalem, des expéditions périlleuses à son époque. Après ses pèlerinages, Albert s’installa à Crémone, où il devint célèbre pour sa piété et pour ses nombreux miracles. Son culte fut approuvé en 1748.



Alberto de Bergame


Dominicain, Bienheureux

env.1214-1279


D’une modeste famille de paysans, Alberto naquit à Villa d’Ogna, près de Bergame, vers 1214. Bon travailleur, pieux, il se maria sur les conseils et la volonté des siens, sans jamais oublier ses habitudes de piété et de charité envers les plus pauvres.

Sa générosité était sans borne, au point que son épouse lui rendait la vie très difficile par ses remontrances. Mais sa patience resta inaltérable.

Même ses voisins lui rendirent la vie dure, en lui faisant croire qu’il n’était pas propriétaire de ses terres, au point que, par amour de la paix, il quitta Villa d’Ogna, sa femme et ses champs. Après un pËlerinage à Rome, il s’en vint à Crémone, où il entra dans le Tiers-Ordre dominicain.

Toutes ses énergies et tout son temps passèrent à secourir les plus pauvres. Il avait coutume de dire qu’on trouve toujours le temps de faire le bien, quand on le veut.

Il pressentit sa mort, reçut les derniers Sacrements et mourut le 7 mai 1279. Les cloches se mirent alors à sonner d’elles-mêmes et toute la population accourut. Un autre fait extraordinaire eut lieu lors de sa sépulture : au fur et à mesure qu’on creusait, la terre se durcissait comme pierre, au point qu’on finit par ensevelir Alberto dans le chœur-même de l’église. Beaucoup de grâces et de miracles furent obtenus par son intercession.

Son culte fut approuvé en 1749, et on le fête encore à Bergame et Crémone en son dies natalis, comme le commémore aussi le Martyrologe Romain au 7 mai.

A Ville d’Ogna, en ce jour, un cortège va puiser de l’eau au “puits de Saint Albert”, sur la place du bourg, et la porte à l’église où elle est bénite. Tout cela sur fond de fanfare et, le soir, de feux d’artifice.



Blessed Albert of Bergamo, OP Tert. (AC)

(also known as Albert d'Ogna or Albert the Farmer)


Born in Valle d'Ogna (near Bergamo), Italy, in 1214; died in Cremona, Italy, May 7, 1279; cultus approved 1748; feast day formerly May 11. Albert "the Farmer" was a peasant farmer who followed his pious and industrious father's example. His father taught him many practices of penance and piety that later fructified in a saintly life. At seven, Albert was fasting three days a week, giving the foregone food to the poor. Working at the heavy labor of the fields, Albert learned to see God in all things, and to listen for His voice in all nature. The beauty of the earth was to him a voice that spoke only of heaven. He grew up pure of heart, discreet, and humble--to the edification of the entire village.


Albert married while still quite young. At first his wife made no objection to the generosity and self-denial for which he was known. When his father died, however, she made haste to criticize his every act and word, and made his home almost unbearable with her shrewish scolding. "You give too much time to prayer and to the poor!" she charged; Albert only replied that God will return all gifts made to the poor.

In testimony to this, God miraculously restored the meal Albert had given away over his wife's objections. Finally, softened by Albert's prayers, she ceased her nagging and became his rival in piety and charity. She died soon after her conversion, and Albert, being childless, he left his father's farm to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Rome.

Stopping at Cremona, Italy, at harvest time, Albert went to work in the fields. He soon earned the name of "the diligent worker." His guardian angel worked beside him in the fields, and, therefore, twice the work was accomplished that might be expected of one man. Weighing in his grain at the end of the day, Albert always received twice as much in wages as the other workers did. Though he gave this to the poor and kept nothing for himself, jealous companions determined to annoy him. Planting pieces of iron in the field where Albert would be working the next day, they watched to see him break or dull his scythe. Miraculously, the scythe cut through iron as it did through the grain, never suffering any harm. In Cremona Albert's poverty was also a witness to a group of heretics there who boasted of their own poverty.

In all, Albert visited Rome nine times, Santiago de Compostela eight times, and Jerusalem once. He worked his way, giving to the poor every penny he could spare. His pilgrimages were almost unbroken prayer; he walked along singing hymns and chanting Psalms, or conversing on things of God with the people he met along the way.

Appalled at the suffering of pilgrims who fell ill far from home and the penniless, Albert determined to build a hospital for their use. This he actually accomplished by his prayers and diligent work.

In 1256, he met the Dominicans. Attracted by the life of Saint Dominic, Albert joined the Brothers of Penance, which later became the Order of Penance of Saint Dominic, and continued his works of charity in his new state. As a lay brother he was closely associated with the religious but lived in the world so that he was able to continue his pilgrimages. At home, he assisted the Dominican fathers in Cremona, working happily in their garden, cultivating the medicinal herbs so necessary at the time, and doing cheerfully all the work he could find that was both heavy and humble.

Falling very ill, Albert sent a neighbor for the priest, but there was a long delay, and a dove came bringing him Holy Viaticum. When he died, the bells of Cremona rang of themselves, and people of all classes hurried to view the precious remains. It was planned to bury him in the common cemetery, outside the cloister, as he was a secular tertiary, but no spade could be found to break the ground. An unused tomb was discovered in the church of Saint Matthias, where he had so often prayed, and he was buried there. Many miracles were attributed to him after his death, and the farmer- saint became legendary for his generosity to the poor (Benedictines, Bentley, Dominicans, Dorcy, Gill).

In art, Saint Albert is a farm laborer cutting through a stone with a scythe. He may shown be shown (1) when a dove brings him the viaticum, or (2) with a dove, Host, and censer near him (Roeder). Albert is the patron of bakers and day-laborers, and is venerated in Cremona, Bergamo, and Ogna (Roeder).

Blessed Albert of Bergamo, C.O.P.

(also known as Albert d'Ogna or Albert the Farmer)

Memorial Day: May 11th

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    Albert "the Farmer" was a peasant farmer who followed his pious and industrious father's example. His father taught him many practices of penance and piety that later fructified in a saintly life. At seven, Albert was fasting three days a week, giving the foregone food to the poor. Working at the heavy labor of the fields, Albert learned to see God in all things, and to listen for His voice in all nature. The beauty of the earth was to him a voice that spoke only of heaven. He grew up pure of heart, discreet, and humble--to the edification of the entire village.

    Albert married while still quite young. At first his wife made no objection to the generosity and self-denial for which he was known. When his father died, however, she made haste to criticize his every act and word, and made his home almost unbearable with her shrewish scolding. "You give too much time to prayer and to the poor!" she charged; Albert only replied that God will return all gifts made to the poor.

    In testimony to this, God miraculously restored the meal Albert had given away over his wife's objections. Finally, softened by Albert's prayers, she ceased her nagging and became his rival in piety and charity. She died soon after her conversion, and Albert, being childless, he left his father's farm to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Rome.

    Stopping at Cremona, Italy, at harvest time, Albert went to work in the fields. He soon earned the name of "the diligent worker." His guardian angel worked beside him in the fields, and, therefore, twice the work was accomplished that might be expected of one man. Weighing in his grain at the end of the day, Albert always received twice as much in wages as the other workers did. Though he gave this to the poor and kept nothing for himself, jealous companions determined to annoy him. Planting pieces of iron in the field where Albert would be working the next day, they watched to see him break or dull his scythe. Miraculously, the scythe cut through iron as it did through the grain, never suffering any harm. In Cremona Albert's poverty was also a witness to a group of heretics there who boasted of their own poverty.

    In all, Albert visited Rome nine times, Santiago de Compostela eight times, and Jerusalem once. He worked his way, giving to the poor every penny he could spare. His pilgrimages were almost unbroken prayer; he walked along singing hymns and chanting Psalms, or conversing on things of God with the people he met along the way.

    Appalled at the suffering of pilgrims who fell ill far from home and the penniless, Albert determined to build a hospital for their use. This he actually accomplished by his prayers and diligent work.

    In 1256, he met the Dominicans. Attracted by the life of Saint Dominic, Albert joined the Brothers of Penance, which later became the Order of Penance of Saint Dominic, and continued his works of charity in his new state. As a lay brother he was closely associated with the religious but lived in the world so that he was able to continue his pilgrimages. At home, he assisted the Dominican fathers in Cremona, working happily in their garden, cultivating the medicinal herbs so necessary at the time, and doing cheerfully all the work he could find that was both heavy and humble.

    Falling very ill, Albert sent a neighbor for the priest, but there was a long delay, and a dove came bringing him Holy Viaticum. When he died, the bells of Cremona rang of themselves, and people of all classes hurried to view the precious remains. It was planned to bury him in the common cemetery, outside the cloister, as he was a secular tertiary, but no spade could be found to break the ground. An unused tomb was discovered in the church of Saint Matthias, where he had so often prayed, and he was buried there. Many miracles were attributed to him after his death, and the farmer- saint became legendary for his generosity to the poor (Benedictines, Bentley, Dominicans, Dorcy, Gill).

Born: Born in Valle d'Ogna (near Bergamo), Italy, in 1214

Died: died in Cremona, Italy, May 7, 1279

Beatified: cultus approved May 9, 1748 by Pope Benedict XIV

Representation: In art, Saint Albert is a farm laborer cutting through a stone with a scythe. He may shown be shown (1) when a dove brings him the viaticum, or (2) with a dove, Host, and censer near him (Roeder). Albert is the patron of bakers and day-laborers, and is venerated in Cremona, Bergamo, and Ogna (Roeder).

Commemorations


First Vespers:

Ant.  Come, O daughters of Jerusalem, and behold a Martyr with a crown wherewith the Lord crowned him on the day of solemnity and rejoicing, alleluia, alleluia

V. Pray for us, Blessed Albert alleluia

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ, alleluia.

Lauds:

Ant. Perpetual light will shine upon Thy Saints, O Lord, alleluia, and an eternity of ages, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

V. The just man shall blossom like the lily, alleluia.

R. And shall flourish forever before the Lord, alleluia

Second Vespers:

Ant. In the city of the Lord the music of the Saints incessantly resounds: there the angels and archangels sing a canticle before the throne of God, alleluia.

V. Pray for us, Blessed Albert, alleluia

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. alleluia

Prayer:

Let us Pray: O God , who wast pleased that Blessed Albert, Thy Confessor, should shine with singular sanctity in a lowly condition of life, grant that we may so tread in his footsteps as to be worthy to obtain his reward. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

SOURCE : http://www.willingshepherds.org/Dominican%20Saints%20May.html#Albert of Bergamo
Also known as

* Alberto da Bergamo

Memorial


* 11 May

* 7 May (Dominicans)


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Born to a modest but pious farm family. Married layman. Farmer in Villa d’Ogna, Italy. Dominican tertiary. Known for his ministry and devotion to the poor. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy, to Jerusalem and to Compostela, Spain. Settled finally in Cremona, Italy. Known as a miracle worker.

Born

* at Villa d’Ogna, Italy

Died

* 7 May 1279 in Cremona, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

* 9 May 1748 by Pope Benedict XIV (cultus confirmed)

Patronage


* bakers

* day labourers



Also known as
  • Alberto da Bergamo
Profile

Born to a modest but pious farm family. Married layman. Farmer in Villa d’Ogna, Italy. Dominican tertiary. Known for his ministry and devotion to the poor. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy, to Jerusalem and to Compostela, Spain. Settled finally in Cremona, Italy. Known as a miracle worker.

Born

Almighty and ever-loving God, you led Blessed Albert to shine forth in humility of life, in zeal for the truth and in apostolic charity. May we follow in his footsteps and so obtain the same reward. 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

Blessed Albert of Bergamo


There are a lot of saints and blesseds on the calendar today and I chose Blessed Albert of Bergamo because he made a pilgrimage to Compostela, Spain and I will be there in about 90 days. Blessed Albert was born in Villa d'Ogna, Italy to a modest but pious farm family. He was a married layman and worked as a farmer. He also became a Dominican tertiary. He ministered to the poor. Other pilgrimages he made were to Rome and Jerusalem. He eventually settled in Cremona, Italy. He died on May 7, 1279 in Cremona of natural causes. He was beatified on May 9, 1748 by Pope Benedict XIV. He is the patron of bakers and day laborers. 

Prayer

Almighty and ever-loving God, you led Blessed Albert to shine forth in humility of life, in zeal for the truth and in apostolic charity. May we follow in his footsteps and so obtain the same reward. 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