Sunday, July 29th
St Martha, Disciple of Christ (time of Christ)
Patron: cooks, servants
“Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus.” This unique statement in John’s gospel tells us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha, her sister, and her brother.
Martha is busy with the cultural tasks of hospitality, while Mary is listening to Jesus. He observes that Martha is worried about many things that distract her from really being present to him that is what Mary has done.
The next time, Martha is grieving the death of her brother, when she hears that Jesus is in the area. She gets up immediately, leaves the guests and mourning, then goes to meet him. Martha learned to seek Jesus first.
Martha is the patron saint of servants and cooks.
Monday, July 30th
St Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Doctor (380-450)
St. Peter was called “Chrysologus” (golden-worded) because of his oratorical eloquence. He practiced many works of mercy. He fought against Paganism and heretics. He was made a Doctor of the Church, largely as a result of his simple, practical, and clear sermons.
“The poor stretch out the hand, but God receives what is offered”
Tuesday, July 31st
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest (1491-1556)
Patron: educators, soldiers
St. Ignatius was a soldier, but was injured. While he recovered, he read the lives of the saints, and decided to dedicate himself to becoming a soldier of the Catholic Faith. Soon after he experienced visions, but a year later suffered a trial of fears and scruples, driving him almost to despair. Out of this experience he wrote his famous “Spiritual Exercises”. He founded the Jesuit order.
“Love ought to show itself in deeds more than words”
Patron: educators, education, religious retreats
Wednesday, August 1st
St. Alphonsus Marie Liguori, Bishop, Doctor (-1787)
Raised in a pious home, Alphonsus went on retreats with his father. Alphonsus received his doctorate at the age of sixteen, and was practicing law, by nineteen. He founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. . For thirteen years Alphonsus fed the poor, instructed families, reorganized the seminary and religious houses, taught theology, and wrote. He suffered daily the pain from rheumatism that was beginning to deform his body. Rheumatic fever left him paralyzed. Alphonsus suffered great anguish, but he overcame his depression, and he experienced visions, performed miracles, and gave prophecies.
“Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends.”
Patron: confessors, moralists
Thursday, August 2nd
St. Peter Julian Eymard, Priest (1811-1868)
He worked as cutler until eighteen when he went to the seminary at Grenoble and was ordained. He served as a parish priest for several years then joined the Marists and became their provincial at Lyons. He established the Sevants of the Blessed Sacrament whose nuns devoted themselves to perpetual adoration.
“Happy is the soul that knows how to find Jesus in the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in all things!”
Friday, August 3rd
St Lydia Purpuraria (1st century)
Lydia Purpuraria (1st century) was born at Thyatira (Ak-Hissar), a town in Asia Minor, famous for its dye works, (hence, her name which means purple seller). She became Paul’s first convert at Philippi. She was baptized with her household, and Paul stayed at her home there
Saturday, August 4th
St. John Vianney, Priest(1786-1859)
St. John Vianney, Priest, known as the “Cure of Ars.” His reputation as a confessor and director of souls made him known throughout the Christian world. His life was one of extreme mortification. Although used to severe austerities, besieged by the satan and flocked by many penitents he was simplistic.
He heard confessions of people from all over the world for sixteen hours each day. His life was filled with works of charity and love.
“The sign of the cross is the most terrible weapon against the devil. Thus the Church wishes not only that we have it continually in front of our minds to recall to us just what our souls are worth and what they cost Jesus Christ, but also that we should make it at every juncture ourselves: when we go to bed, when we awaken during the night, when we get up, when we begin any action, and, above all, when we are tempted.”