Divine Mercy – Day 6

Divine Mercy Novena – Day 6:
(Easter Wednesday) The meek and humble souls
and the souls of children

Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of Little Children,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.”

Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.” Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father’s favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

(From EWTN.com)

followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
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Divine Mercy – Day 5

Divine Mercy Novena – Day 5:
(Easter Tuesday) The souls of separated brethren

Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.”

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

(From EWTN.com)
followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
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Divine Mercy – Day 4

Divine Mercy Novena – Day 4:
(Easter Monday) Those who do not believe in Jesus
and those who do not yet know Him

Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me,

I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

(From EWTN.com)
followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
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Divine Mercy – Day 3

Divine Mercy Novena – Day 3:
(Easter Sunday) All devout and faithful souls

Today bring to Me all Devout and Faithful Souls,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were a drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness.”

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.

(From EWTN.com)
followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Divine Mercy
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Divine Mercy – Day 2

Divine Mercy Novena – Day 2:
(Holy Saturday) The souls of priests & Religious

Today bring to Me the Souls of Priests and Religious,

and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.”

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard — upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

* In the original text, Saint Faustina uses the pronoun “us” since she was offering this prayer as a consecrated religious sister. The wording adapted here is intended to make the prayer suitable for universal use.

(From EWTN.com)

followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
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Divine Mercy Novena – Day 1 of 9

Join us in praying the Divine Mercy Novena -
9 days with this simple, beautiful, powerful prayer.
“Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena…” (Read more at ewtn.com)

Today, pray the intentions for Day 1
followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Divine Mercy

The first Sunday after Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday.

What is the Divine Mercy message and devotion?
Who was St. Maria Faustina Kowalska,
the person Jesus revealed this devotion to?


March Saints

Moving Feasts:

Saints Calendar:

  • 3/3 St. Katherine Drexel – (1858-1955) Nun. A U.S. Saint whose relics you can visit – in Pennsylvania!   Born to a wealthy family, she devoted her life to the poor and gave away millions of dollars in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries.  She asked Pope Leo XIII to send more missionaries to WY, he replied, “Why don’t you become a missionary?”  Founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • 3/6 St. Fridolin – (d.c.540) Irish Missionary, Benedictine Monk.  Discovered the relics of St. Hiary of Potiers in response to a vision.  Chased away as a missionary because people thought he was a cattle thief.  Sometimes represented in art as an abbot leading a skeleton.  Patron of good weather and optometrists.
  • 3/7 Sts. Perpetua & Felicity – (d.203) Converts, Martyrs.  Perpertua was only 22 and still nursing a baby son, and Felicity, a young slave, was 8 months pregnant when arrested.  They were thrown into the arena to face wild beasts and still wouldn’t back down from their intense faith.
  • 3/7 St. Drausinus – (d.c.674) Bishop.  Helped build the church.  “Medieval legend says that to spend the night at Drausinus’ tomb made one invincible”. (saints.sqpn.com)  Patron of invincible people and champions and against enemy plots.
  • 3/8 St. John of God – (1495-1550) After a wild youth, he had a vision of the Infant Jesus while in his 40’s.  Spent the rest of his life caring for the sick, poor, homeless, and unwanted.  Founded the Order of Charity and the Order of Hospitallers of Saint John of God.  Friend of St. John of Avila, the newest Doctor of the Church.  Patron saint of booksellers, printers, heart patients, hospitals, nurses, the sick, firefighters, and against alcoholism.
  • 3/9 St. Catherine of Bologna – (1413-1463)  Poor Clare nun, Virgin, Mystic, Miracle worker, Painter.  Patron of Artists.  Died in 1463, but her body is still incorrupt.  “The beauty of her life and death encourages us to resolve to live in perfect charity as a Lenten goal.” (catholic.org)
  • 3/9 St. Frances of Rome – (1384-1440)  Wife, mother, noblewoman, widow, and servant of the poor, sick and orphaned. Guided by an angel only she could see.  She had several visions of the pains of hell.  Patron of motorists.  (Click here to find out why priests bless cars on her feast day.)
  • 3/9 St. Gregory of Nyssa – (c.333-c.398)  Priest, Theologian, Early Church Father, brother of St. Basil the Great and St. Macrina.  Best known for his theology on the Trinity.  Called “Father of the Fathers” at the Council of Nicea for his orthodoxy and opposition to Arianism.  Click here and scroll down for some of his writings.
  • 3/9 St. Dominic Savio – (1842-1857)  Fourteen year old Saint (the youngest non-martyr to be canonized) and friend of St. John Bosco (patron saint of youth… and a juggler!).  Patron of boys, the falsely accused, and juvenile delinquents.
  • 3/12 St. Seraphina – (1238-1253)  Hermit, Orphan.  Born very beautiful, Seraphina suffered a mysterious illness that left her unattractive and eventually paralyzed.  Her parents both died when she was young.  Devoted to St. Gregory the Great, he appeared to her in a vision predicting the day of her death.  Patron of handicapped and physically challenged people.
  • 3/13 St. Ansovinus – (d.840)  Preist, Hermit, Bishop, Miracle Worker.  His prayers once refilled an empty granary.  Patron of gardeners and protection of crops.
  • 3/15 St Longinus – (1st Century)  Soldier, Convert, Martyr.  The soldier that pierced Jesus’ side after he died at the crucifixion (Jn 19:34).  He converted and was martyred for being a follower of Christ.  “His Lance is contained in one of the four pillars over the altar in the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome.” (catholic.org)
  • 3/15 St. Louise de Marillac – (1591-1660)  Widow, Foundress, Spiritual Director.  Spiritual student of St. Vincent de Paul, she helped him found the Daughters of Charity.  Later she founded the Sisters of Charity.  Patron of disappointing children, loss of parents, widows, and people rejected by religious orders.
  • 3/17 St. Patrick – ( b.387-390, d.461-464)  Born as Maewyn Succat.  Patron of a particular country with a love of green, and invoked against snakes.  Want to go past legend and parades?  Read the Confession of St. Patrick that he wrote himself. And check out this prayer!  It’s a powerful prayer for spiritual battle.  And Patrick faced powerful druids and pagans, much as we are confronted with a new paganism and a modern love of nature religions.  Read the whole prayer out loud.  It’s not long and very powerful!  The Breastplate of St. Patrick (aka Cry of the Deer or Saint Patrick’s Lorica).
  • 3/17 St. Joseph of Arimathea – (1st century)  Disciple of Jesus that requested His Body from Pilate, and along with St. Nicodemus, wrapped Jesus and laid him in the tomb, which St. Joseph provided. (Mark 15:43-46)
  • 3/18 St. Cyril of Jerusalem – (315-386)  Early Church FatherDoctor of the Church, Bishop of Jerusalem, fought the Arian heresy, attended the First Council of Constantinople, which formally approved the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.  You can click here to read some of his writings.
  • 3/19 St. Joseph – (1st Century)  Foster father of Jesus, husband of Mary, and patron of the Universal Church, families, workers, carpenters, a happy death, and much more. Click here for a really cool novena to St. Joseph.  This day is a Solemnity, and a holy day of obligation for most of the universal Church (but not the U.S.)
  • 3/20 St. Cuthbert – (634-687)  aka Thaumaturgus (or Wonder-Worker) of England.  Orphan, Shepherd, Benedictine Monk.  Had gifts of healing and prophecy.  Patron of England, shepherds, sailors, and against plague.  Care to read more, here is St. Bede’s Life of St. Cuthbert.
  • 3/21 St. Nicholas von Flue – (1417-1487)  After being a successful soldier, husband and father of ten, with his family’s blessing, he became a hermit.  Reported to have the gift of prophecy and once survived 19 years on nothing but Holy Communion.  Mediated a potential civil war in Switzerland.  Patron of difficult marriages, large families, Switzerland and Pontifical Swiss Guards.
  • 3/23 St. Toribio Alfonso Mongrovejo – (1538-1606)  Archbishop of Lima, Peru.  Founded the first seminary in the Western hemisphere, fought for the rights of natives against Spanish masters.  Baptized and confirmed hundreds of thousands, including St. Rose of Lima and St. Martin de Porres.  Patron of native rights and Latin American bishops.
  • 3/24 St. Catherine of Sweden – (1331-1381)  Daughter of St. Bridget of Sweden.   Catherine and her mother spent their time in prayer, working with the poor, and instructing them in religion.  Patron against abortions and miscarriages.
  • 3/25 Annunciation of the Lord – When the archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary (Luke 1:26-38).  Think about it.  Exactly nine months before December 25th
  • 3/25 St. Dismas (aka The Good Thief) – (d.c.30)  One of the thieves crucified with Jesus.  He rebuked the other and asked for Christ’s blessing.  (Luke 23:32-43)
  • 3/30 St. John Climacus – (d.c.605-649)  aka Scholasticus or Sinaita. Confessor, Hermit, Abbot.  Lived at the foot of Mount Sinai.  Most known for his spiritual classic, The Climax: The Ladder of Divine Ascent.

February Saints

Moving Feast:

Saints Calendar:

  • 2/1 St. Brigid of Ireland – (453-523)  Nun, Virgin.  Heard St. Patrick preach.  Asked God to take away her beauty until her final vows, which He granted.  Name means “fiery arrow”.   Patron of many things (click here and scroll down for a litst)  including newborns, midwives, scholars, travelers, nuns, poets, blacksmiths, and chicken farmers.  “I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. 
I would like to be watching Heaven’s family drinking it through all eternity.”
  • 2/2 Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple aka Candlemas – Commemorates the purification of St. Mary after giving birth according to Mosaic law, and the presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:22-38)  Candles are blessed on this day to commemorate Simeon’s words that Christ is “a light for revelation to the Gentiles” (Luke 2:32).
  • 2/3 St. Blaise – (d.c.316)  Bishop, Martyr. Often associated with throat health because of a story of his helping a boy with a fish bone stuck in his throat.  Patron of healthy throats, construction workers, veterinarians, and animals.
  • 2/4 St. Andrew Corsini – (1302-1374)  Bishop, prophet, miracle worker.  After a wild youth, he became a Carmelite monk and was known as a prophet, wonder-worker, and peacemaker.  Patron against riots.
  • 2/5 St. Agatha – (d.c.250) Virgin, Martyr – Tortured for being a Christian, she had her breasts crushed and cut off.  Eventually she was martyred by being rolled across live coals.  Patron of torture victims, against breast diseases, and against volcanic eruptions.  “Jesus Christ, Lord of all, you see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am. I am your sheep: make me worthy to overcome the devil.”
  • 2/6 St. Paul Miki et al – (1562-1597)  One of the Martyrs of Nagasaki.  Japanese Jesuit, convert.  Crucified with 25 other Franciscans, Jesuits, and converts.  Gave his last sermon from the cross.
  • 2/8 St. Josephine Bakhita – (1868-1947)  Sudanese slave, Nun, Virgin.  “We find a shining advocate of genuine emancipation. The history of her life inspires not passive acceptance but the firm resolve to work effectively to free girls and women from oppression and violence, and to return them to their dignity in the full exercise of their rights.” (Bl. Pope John Paul II at her canonization).  Her story is also related at the beginning of Pope Benedict XVI’s Encyclical on Hope, Spe Salvi, as an example of life lived in hope.
  • 2/10 St. Scholastica – (480-543)  Virgin. Twin sister of St. Benedict and foundress of  a religious community for women.  Rumor has it she once prayed up a fierce thunder-storm to keep her brother around for some deep spiritual conversation.  Patron of nuns and against storms.
  • 2/11 Our Lady of Lourdes – (1858)  The “Immaculate Conception” appeared to a French peasant girl, St. Bernadette Soubirous, just over 150 years ago on February 11th.  She appeared a total of 18 times to St. Bernadette and a miraculous spring still flows at this place, one of the most famous of pilgrimage destinations today. Thousands of miracles are claimed, at least 67 are thoroughly documented!
  • 2/11 St. Caedmon – (d.c.670)  First recorded poet in English (Anglo-Saxon), as recorded by St. Bede (the English Doctor of the Church).  Simple herdsman who was divinely inspired and went on to create epic poetry.
  • 2/12 St. Julian the Hospitaller – (4th century?)  Accidentally killed his own parents.  Built a hospital near a river after a pilgrimage to Rome, then spent his life caring for the poor and sick, and helping travelers cross the river.  Patron of circus performers, jugglers, innkeepers, pilgrims, and travelers.
  • 2/13 St. Catherine de Ricci – (1522-1590)  Dominican Nun, Mystic, Stigmatist.  Familiar with her Guardian Angel.  Corresponded with St. Charles BorromeoPope St. Pius V, and St. Philip Neri.  Patron of sick people.
  • 2/14 St. Valentine – (d.c.269)  Priest, Martyr.  Imprisoned for giving aid to martyrs and eventually beaten and beheaded.  Patron of lovers, beekeepers, against epilepsy and the plague.  Check out the origins of Valentines Day as a feast for lovers.
  • 2/14 Sts. Cyril & Methodius – (Cyril 827-869, Methodius 826-885)  Monk (Cyril) & Bishop (Methodius), Brothers, Apostles of the Slavs.  Patrons of ecumenism and unity of Eastern and Western Churches.
  • 2/17 Seven Servites – (1233)  Seven Saints who received a vision of Our Lady, who instructed them to found the Order of the Servants of Mary (Servites).  The Servites venerate in a special way the Seven Sorrows of Out Lady.
  • 2/20  Bl. Jacinta & Francisco Marto – (Jacinta 1910-1920, Francisco 1908-1919) Visionaries of Fatima, siblings.  Sr. Lucia, their cousin and third visionary, died only in 2005 and her cause is on the path to canonization.  Check out a ton of resources on Fatima right here on SaintMakers.  And click here for Bl. Pope John Paul II’s Beatification Homily for them on May 13, 2000.
  • 2/21 St. Peter Damian – (1007-1072)  Benedictine Monk, Bishop, CardinalDoctor of the Church.  Tried to restore discipline among priests and religious who were becoming more worldly.
  • 2/23 St. Polycarp – (c.69-c.155)  Bishop, Martyr.  Disciple of St. John the ApostleApostolic Father of the Church, friend of St. Ignatius of Antioch. The anti-Christian Romans tried to burn him alive, but the flames wouldn’t hurt him.  Finally he was killed by a dagger.  Patron against dysentery and earache.
  • 2/25 St. Walburga – (c.710-779) English Benedictine nun, Virgin.  Evangelized in Germany with St. Boniface.  Known for her healing skills.
  • 2/25 St. Ethelbert of Kent – (552-616)  Not very well known, but… hey, cool name!  He also brought many English into the Church.  He was the king of Kent, England and was converted by St. Augustine of Canterbury (Apostle to the English).
  • 2/27 St. Gabriel of Our Lady of the Sorrows – (1838-1862)  Passionist.  After a bit of a wild youth, he entered the Passionist order and spent his life in prayer, sacrifice, and devotion to Our Lady, in particular contemplating her sorrows over the suffering of Jesus.  Many miracles were attributed to hm after he died, including the healing of St. Gemma Galgani.  Patron of students and young people.
  • 2/28 Pope St. Hilary – (315-368)  46th Pope , “guardian of Church unity.”  But wait a minute!  Didn’t we just celebrate St. Hilary mid-January?  Different St. Hilary… that was the Church Father who lived 100 years earlier in Poitiers (in modern day France).  There are many other saints by the same name.

January Saints

Moving Feast:
  •  Baptism of the Lord – First Sunday after January 6.  In the event that it collides with our celebration of Epiphany, Epiphany wins out in a cage match.  Commemorates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordan river (Mt 3:13-17; Mk 1:9-11; Lk 3:21-22; Jn 1:29-34).  First Luminous Mystery of the Rosary.

Saints Calendar:

  • 1/1 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Holy Day of Obligation.  Mary was mother of Jesus, fully human, fully divine.  The precise title “Theotokos” (God-bearer) was formally defined at the Council of Ephesus (431) to refute the heresies of the day.  Check out this article on Mary: Mother of God at Catholic Answers.
  • 1/2 St. Basil the Great – (329-379) Bishop, Greek Doctor of the ChurchFather of the Church, Father of Eastern Monasticism.  His mom, dad, and four of his siblings are also canonized Saints, including St. Gregory of Nyssa (another Father of the Church).  Patron of reformers and hospital administrators.  Click here and scroll down to read some of his writings.
  • 1/2 St. Gregory Nazianzen – (330-339) Bishop, Father of the ChurchDoctor of the Church, “the Theologian”.  Friend of St. Basil the Great (see above) and monk at Basil’s desert monastery. Defender of the Church against Arianism.  Click here and scroll down to read some of his writings.
  • 1/2 St. Macarius (the Younger) – (d.c.401)  Gave up a successful business as a confectioner to become a monk.  His practice of extreme aesthetics was truly legendary.  Check out the link for some examples.  Patron of pastry chefs.
  • 1/3 Most Holy Name of Jesus – Devotion to the name is as old as Christianity (see Phil 2:9), but was made especially popular through St. Bernardine of Sienna.
  • 1/4 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – (1774-1821)  Convert, Widow.  Started the parochial school system in America.  First native born American to be canonized.  Patron against in-law problems, death of children, death of parents, of people ridiculed for their piety and widows.
  • 1/5 St. John Nepomucene Neumann – (1811-1860)  Redemptorist, 4th bishop of Philadelphia.  Born in Bohemia, came to US in 1836.  Spoke 12 languages, established nearly 100 parochial schools and founded the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.  First American male to be canonized.
  • 1/5 St. Simeon Stylites (the Elder) – (c.390-c.459) Lived for 37 years on a small platform at the top of a pillar.  He was the first of a long line of “pillar-hermits”.
  • 1/6 The Epiphany of the Lord –The 12th day after Christmas, January 6th (someone should write a song about the 12 days, right).  In most countries (US included) the celebration is transferred to the nearest Sunday.  Commemorates Christ revealing his Divinity, particularly to the Magi, at His Baptism, and the miracle at the wedding feast in Cana.
  • 1/6 St. Andre Bessette – (1845-1937)  French-Canadian Holy Cross Brother, “the Miracle Man of Montreal”, poorly educated door-keeper.  Andre had a deep devotion to St. Joseph and kept a lamp burning in the college chapel in front of the St. Joseph altar.  He cured many by anointing them with “St Joseph’s oil” (oil from that lamp) and praying.  Eventually he built a chapel dedicated to St. Jospeh.  Click here to read the homily preached by Pope Benedict XVI at the canonization ceremony in October 2010.
  • 1/6 St. Macra – (d.287)  Virgin, Martyr.  Refusing to offer sacrifices to pagan gods, she was torutured, mutilated, and eventually martyred for her faith.  Like St. Agnes (see below on 1/21), part of her torture was cutting off her breasts.
  • 1/7 St. Raymond of Penafort – (1175-1275) Dominican Priest.  Helped organize the Church’s legal code, inspired St. Thomas Aquinas (see below, 1/28) to write the “Summa Contra Gentiles” (his shorter Summa), helped St. Peter Nolasco establish the Order of Our Lady of Mercy (Mercedarians), and served a short term as master general of the Dominicans.  Patron of lawyers and canonists (canon lawyers).
  • 1/10 St. Agatho – (c.577-681)  79th Pope.  Wonderworker.  Married for 20 years, he then became a monk and was likely over 100 years old when he became pope.  The 6th Ecumenical Council (held in Constantiople) took place during his papacy.
  • 1/11 St. Vitalis of Gaza – (d.625)  Monk, Hermit.  Worked as a day laborer then used the wages to hire a prostitute each evening.  He would spend the night evangelizing and praying with them.  He was murdered by a man who saw the monk leaving a brothel and assumed impropriety.
  • 1/13 St. Hilary of Poitiers – (315-368)  Convert, Bishop, Doctor of the ChurchFather of the Church.  Fought Arianism.  Patron of “backward children” and against snakes.  Click here and scroll down to read some of his writings.
  • 1/15 St. Paul the Hermit – (c.230-342… really, over 112 years old, no joke)  Lived most of his life as a hermit in a cave, wearing leaves or nothing and spending most of his time in prayer.  Legend has it a bird brought him bread every day and his grave was dug by desert lions.  Patron of the clothing industry.
  • 1/17 St. Anthony of Egypt – (251-356)  Abbot, Patriarch of Monks, Father of Western Monasticism.  At about 20, he sold everything he had and gave the money to the poor.  By 35 he moved to the desert.  Tried to live in solitude, but people kept seeking him out for healing and spiritual instruction.  Eventually he founded two monasteries.  Briefly left his seclusion to fight Arianism and comfort persecuted Christians.  Friend of St. Paul the Hermit (see above).  Patron of lots of things (click here and scroll down).
  • 1/18 St. Ulfrid – (d.1028)  English missionary martyred by Norse pagans for taking an ax to an idol of Thor.
  • 1/19 St. Fillan - (d.c.777) Monk, Abbot, Hermit, Miracle-Worker. Allegedly stayed up studying at night by the light of his glowing left arm.  When a wolf killed his ox, he made the wolf take the ox’s place.  His relics seem to have a calming effect on the menatlly ill.  Patron of the mentally ill.
  • 1/20 St. Fabian – (236-c.250)  20th Pope, Martyr.  Was elected Pope as an unknown layman (a farmer, no less) when a dove landed on him during the conclave.  He led the Church for 14 years and lived a saintly life, dying a martyr under Roman persecutions.
  • 1/20 St. Sebastian - (d.c.288)  Officer of the Imperial Roman Army, Martyr.  After converting fellow soldiers and being charged as a Christian, he was tied to a tree, shot by archers, and left for dead. St. Irene nursed him back to health and he went straight to Emperor Diocletian to preach.  He was beaten to death.
  • 1/21 St. Agnes – (d.254 or 304 – sources vary)  Virgin, Martyr.  Beautiful Roman 13 year old who made a vow of virginity.  The Governor’s son turned her in as a Christian when she refused to marry him.  She was tortured and martyred for her faith.  Like St. Macra (see above, 1/6), part of her torture was cutting off her breasts.  Name means lamb or pure one.  Patron of engaged couples, chastity, girls, virgins, and rape victims.
  • 1/24 St. Francis de Sales – (1567-1622)  Bishop, Doctor of the Church.  Perhaps the originator of the “Catholic tract”, he had great success distributing little pamphlets to explain true Catholic doctrine in Calvinist areas.  He wrote about the same time as Shakespeare, and while they lived, St. Francis’ writings were more well known.  His best known writing is the Introduction to the Devout  Life (to read it free, click here).  Collaborated with St. Jane Frances de Chantal to found the Sisters of the Visitation.  Patron of writers, teachers, and deaf people.
  • 1/25 The Conversion of St. Paul – Acts 9:1-2222:6-2126:12-18Gal 1:11-16.  Saul of Tarsus was one of the most zealous persecutors of the early Christian Church when the Risen Lord appeared to him and he recognized Truth.
  • 1/26 St. Timothy – (d.97)  Missionary with St. Paul the Apostle, Bishop, Martyr.  Two of St. Paul’s Epistles in the New Testament are addressed to Timothy (click here for an introduction).  Stoned to death.  Patron against intestinal disorders and stomach disease (1 Tim 5:23).
  • 1/26 St. Titus – (d.c.96) Bishop, Disciple of St. Paul the Apostle.  One of St. Paul’s Epistles is addressed to him (click here for an introduction).
  • 1/27 St. Angela Merici - (1474-1540)  Foundress of the Ursulines, established to educate young girls.  It was the first group of women religious to work outside the cloister and the first teaching order of women in the Church.  Patron of handicapped and sick people.
  • 1/28 St. Thomas Aquinas – (c.1225-1274)  Dominican Priest, Doctor of the Church (the “Angelic Doctor”), the “Great Synthesizer”, and the “Dumb Ox”.  Massive genius (in more ways than one), one of the most influential theologians of all time. Patron of philosophers, theologians, apologists, students, and, of course, pencil makers.  Click here to check out one of his masterpieces, The Summa Theologica (Compendium of Theology).
  • 1/30 St. Aldegund - (c.633-684) Benedictine Abbess, Virgin.  A member of the royal family, she was urged to marry, but apparently fled across the river (without getting wet) and became a nun.  She died of cancer.  Patron against cancer, in particular, breast cancer.
  • 1/31 St. John Bosco – (1815-1888)  aka “Don” Bosco (Don being the traditional Italian title for a priest). A juggler and street performer in his youth (to attract people to preach to)!  Dreamer of prophetic dreams.  Worked with street urchins and inner city kids, opened schools for boys.  Founded the Salesians, based on the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales (see above), and the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians.  Patron of boys, youth, schoolchildren, editors and laborers.  Read here about the mysterious grey dog that protected St. John Bosco.

July 2013 Saints

Some heroes to imitate and intercessors to call on during July.  Chock full of links (all the blue words) to learn more if you care to.  Add your favorites to your calendar and do something special to remember them and pray with them on their feast days.  It’s not an exhaustive list, but a great place to start.

  • 7/1 Bl. Junipero Serra – (1713-1784) Franciscan missionary to Mexico & CA. Founded at least 21 missions.  Junipero means “jester of God”.
  • 7/3 St. Thomas – Apostle, Martyr (speared to death), patron of architects, the blind, and against doubt.  Missionary as far as India.  Called “Didymus”, the twin.  Besides lists of the Twelve in the Gospels, special mention of Thomas is in John 11:16; 14:5; 20:25; 20:29.
  • 7/4 St. Elizabeth of Portugal – (1271-1336) Patron of the third order of St. Francis, charities, difficult marriages, and peace.  At least twice rode into the middle of a battlefield to wage peace.
  • 7/4 St. Ulric – (890-973) Priest, Bishop.  First Saint canonized by a Pope, which led to today’s process.
  • 7/6 St. Maria Goretti – (1890-1902, 11 years old) Patron of youth, young women, purity, and victims of rape.  She fought against her neighbor’s attempt at sexual assault and was mortally wounded.  She forgave him before she died.
  • 7/9 St. Veronica Giuliani (Pope Benedict XVI spoke of her in 2010) – (1660-1727) Capuchin mystic and stigmatic.  “She impressed her fellow nuns by remaing remarkably practical despite her numerous ecstatic experiences.” (catholic.org)
  • 7/11 St. Benedict of Nursia – (c480-543) Father of Western monasticism. Twin brother of St. Scholastica (she once prayed up a fierce thunderstorm to keep him around). Patron of Europe and speliologists (cave explorers).  I love the St. Benedict Medal, a powerful sacramental!
  • 7/12 Bl. Louis & Zelie Martin – (1823-1894, 1831-1877) Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux.  They had nine children; four died in infancy, five consecrated their lives as religious.  July 12th is their wedding anniversary.
  • 7/13 St. Henry – (972-1024) German King an Holy Roman Emperor.  Patron of the childless, the handicapped, and those rejected by a religious order. Married to St. Cunegundes.
  • 7/14 Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha – (1656-1680) Virgin, “Lily of the Mohawks”.  Patron of nature, ecology, and the envoronment. First Native American to be declared a Blessed.  “Tekakwitha” means “she who bumps into things”.  Her motto: “Who can tell me what is most pleasing to God that I may do it?”
  • 7/15 St. Bonaventure – (1221-1274) Theologian, Philosopher, Cardinal-Bishop, Doctor of the Church (“the Seraphic Doctor”). Minister General of the Franciscans.  Good friend of St. Thomas Aquinas (The “Angelic Doctor”).
  • 7/16 Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Celebrates Our Lady giving the scapular to St. Simon Stock.  Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • 7/16 St. Carmen – wrote the song “The Champion”… oh wait, wrong Carmen… actually just another name meaning Our Lady of Mount Carmel (see above)
  • 7/22 St. Mary Magdelene – Friend & Disciple of Christ.  First recorded witness of the Resurrection. Patron of hairstylists, perfumers, and against sexual temptation.
  • 7/23 St. Bridget of Sweden – (c1303-1373) Mother of 8 (including St. Catherine of Sweden). Founded the Order of the Most Holy Saviour (Bridgettines).  Bl. John Paul II homily on St. Bridgett of Sweden.
  • 7/24 St. Christina the Astonishing – (1150-1224) At 21, she woke up during her own funeral Mass and levitated to the roof. She said she had been returned with a ministry to pray for souls in Purgatory.  She could smell people’s sin.  Patron of psychiatrists, therapists, and lunatics.
  • 7/25 St. James the Greater – Apostle. Martyred by Herod Agrippa I in 44 AD.  Son of Zebedee & Salome, brother of John, possibly the nephew of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  James & John earned the nickname Boarneges, “sons of thunder” from Jesus (Maark 3:17).
  • 7/26 Sts. Joachim & Anne – Parents of Mary, the Mother of God, grandparents of Jesus.   Patrons of parents and grandparents.
  • 7/29 St. Martha – Friend and Disciple of Jesus, sister of Mary & Lazarus.  Mentioned in the Gospels at Luke 10:38-42 and John 11:25-27.  Patron of cooks and waiters/ waitresses.
  • 7/30 St. Peter Chrysologus – (406-450) Bishop, Doctor of the Church.  Earned the name Chrysologous (golden-worded) by being an exceptional public speaker.  “Anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil cannot rejoice with Christ.”
  • 7/31 St. Ignatius Loyola – (1491-1556) Mystic. Spanish founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).  Youngest of 12 kids.  While recovering from a cannon ball injury, read a life of Christ and various lives of the Saints and decided to be a soldier for Christ. Read his Spiritual Excercises here.