June 15, Bl Yolanda (Jolanta)

June 15
Obligatory memorial

Yolanda, daughter of King Béla IV of Hungary, arrived in Kraków at the court of her sister Cunegunda as a few-year-old girl. Educated there, she married Boleslaus the Pious, Duke of Kalisz, in 1256. As a model wife and mother, she raised their children on her own and had a good influence on her surrounding. She and her husband either founded or endow numerous Franciscan monasteries. She took care of the poor and orphans. After her husband’s death in 1279, both she and her sister Cunegunda entered the convent of the Poor Clares in Stary Sącz. After the death of St Cunegunda, she moved to the convent in Gniezno, where she died in an odour of sanctity in 1298.

Common of the Religious.



From the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World “Gaudium er Spes” of the Second Vatican Council
The Christian family manifests the living presence of Christ in the world

Christ the Lord abundantly blessed this many-faceted love, welling up as it does from the fountain of divine love and structured as it is on the model of His union with His Church. For as God of old made Himself present to His people through a covenant of love and fidelity, so now the Savior of men and the Spouse of the Church comes into the lives of married Christians through the sacrament of matrimony. He abides with them thereafter so that just as He loved the Church and handed Himself over on her behalf, the spouses may love each other with perpetual fidelity through mutual self-bestowal.

Authentic married love is caught up into divine love and is governed and enriched by Christ’s redeeming power and the saving activity of the Church, so that this love may lead the spouses to God with powerful effect and may aid and strengthen them in sublime office of being a father or a mother. For this reason Christian spouses have a special sacrament by which they are fortified and receive a kind of consecration in the duties and dignity of their state. By virtue of this sacrament, as spouses fulfil their conjugal and family obligation, they are penetrated with the spirit of Christ, which suffuses their whole lives with faith, hope and charity. Thus they increasingly advance the perfection of their own personalities, as well as their mutual sanctification, and hence contribute jointly to the glory of God.

As a result, with their parents leading the way by example and family prayer, children and indeed everyone gathered around the family hearth will find a readier path to human maturity, salvation and holiness. Graced with the dignity and office of fatherhood and motherhood, parents will energetically acquit themselves of a duty which devolves primarily on them, namely education and especially religious education.

As living members of the family, children contribute in their own way to making their parents holy. For they will respond to the kindness of their parents with sentiments of gratitude, with love and trust. They will stand by them as children should when hardships overtake their parents and old age brings its loneliness. Widowhood, accepted bravely as a continuation of the marriage vocation, should be esteemed by all. Families too will share their spiritual riches generously with other families. Thus the Christian family, which springs from marriage as a reflection of the loving covenant uniting Christ with the Church, and as a participation in that covenant, will manifest to all men Christ’s living presence in the world, and the genuine nature of the Church.

RESPONSORY 1 Corinthians 7:29; 30; 31; 2:12

The time is running out. Let those rejoicing act as not rejoicing and those using the world as not using it fully.
For the world in its present form is passing away.

We have not received the spirit of the world.
 For the world in its present form is passing away.


O almighty and eternal God,
you in your mercy detached Blessed Yolanda from the honours and riches and made her choose humble imitation of your Son, through her merits and intercession teach us to use earthly good in such a way that we may reach the joy of eternal life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


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