A Week of Saints

Sunday, February 10:  St Scholastica, Religious, Founder (480-543)

St. Scholastica, and St. Benedict were twins.  They lived very near each other, and met once a year to pray and visit each other.  The last year they met, St Benedict was preparing to leave, but St Scholastica begged him to stay.  He was insistent upon leaving, when his sister turned to prayer for him to stay, and a violent storm came, and he couldn’t leave,  Benedict cried out, “God forgive you, Sister. What have you done?” Scholastica replied, “I asked a favor of you and you refused. I asked it of God and he granted it.”  She died three days later.  St Scholastica founded a Benedictine Monastery five miles from her brother.

“I asked you and you would not listen. So I asked my God and he did listen.”

Patron:  school, books, reading, convulsive children, nuns, against storms and rain

Monday, February 11:  Our Lady Of Lourdes

On February 11, 1858, Our Lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. The Virgin Mary identified herself as the Immaculate Conception.”  Bernadette was sickly as a youth and her family was not particularly devout.  Bernadette described the Immaculate Conception thusly: “a pretty young girl with a rosary over her arm.” Her white robe was encircled by a blue girdle. She wore a white veil. There was a yellow rose on each foot. A rosary was in her hand. Through that humble girl, Mary renewed the faith of millions of people. People began to flock to Lourdes from other parts of France and from all over the world. The Church confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions in 1862 and the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes became worldwide in 1907.

Tuesday, February 12:  St Saturninus, Priest, Bishop (d 304)

St. Saturninus was the first bishop of Toulouse.  He walked in front of the capitol to get to his church everyday.  One day the pagan priest had him seized.  He was tied to a bull, and drug through the streets for hours, until he died.  A church was built, where the bull stopped. The church of St Sernin is one of the most beautiful and ancient churches in Southern France

Wednesday, February 13: St Catherine De Ricci, Religious (1522-1590).

Catherine was born in Florence and baptized Alexandrina. Her father took her to the convent at 6 yrs old, because of her great  love of prayer.  She took the name of Catherine upon entering a convent of Dominican nuns at fourteen. by the age of twenty five yrs old she became the perpetual prioress.  She is famous for the “Ecstacy of the Passion” which she experienced every Thursday from noon until Friday at 4:00 p.m. for twelve years.

“I adore one only God, and to him I am ready to offer a sacrifice of praise. Your gods are devils, and are more delighted with the sacrifice of your souls than with those of your bullocks. How can I fear them who, as you acknowledge, tremble before a Christian?”

“Think how much he has suffered for you! And he has done everything out of the great love he bears to his creatures, so that we may be prompted to strive to love him more”

Patron: sick

Thursday, February 14: Sts Cyril, monk (826-869) and Methodius (815-847)

These two Greek brothers became missionaries, teachers, and patrons of the Slavic people. Cyril refused the governorship of a district like his brother had accepted. Cyril withdrew to a monastery where his brother Methodius had become a monk, after several years in a governmental post. The bishop refused to consecrate Slavic bishops and priests, and Cyril was forced to appeal to Rome. On the visit to Rome, he and Methodius had the joy of seeing their new Slovakian liturgy approved by Pope Adrian II. Cyril, long an invalid, died in Rome 50 days after taking the monastic habit.  Methodius continued mission work for 16 more years and then as a bishop.

“That anyone could doubt the right of the holy Virgin to be called the Mother of God fills me with astonishment. Surely she must be the Mother of God if our Lord Jesus Christ is God, and she gave birth to him! Our Lord’s disciples may not have used those exact words, but they delivered to us the belief those words enshrine, and this has also been taught us by the holy fathers.”  St Cyril

“You Yourself, O Christ are my all. For you I keep myself chaste, and holding aloft my shining lamp I run to meet You, my Spouse,” St Methodius

Patron: Europe

Friday, February 15:  Bl Jordan of Saxony, Priest (1190-1237)

Blessed Jordan of Saxony, while a student met St Dominic.  Inspired by the Dominicans he took the habit.  Upon the death of Dominic, Jordan was elected the Master General of the Order of Preachers.   Like Saint Dominic, Jordan was famed as a strict disciplinarian whose commitment to the Rule was tempered with kindness. To bring peace to the brothers who were being annoyed by the devil, Jordan established the beautiful custom of singing the Salve Regina after Compline each night.  Jordan was a gifted speaker, mothers would hide their sons as his zeal drew hundreds to the order.  He was spiritual director to his dear friend, Bl Diana, and much of his writing is preserved in correspondence to Diana.

“Enter into the joy of the Lord,” … “Then will all your sorrow be turned into joy and your joy no one will take from you,” for we shall rejoice eternally with Jesus Christ.”

 Patron: Vocations to the Dominican Order , against drowning

 Saturday, February 16: Juliana of Nicomedia, Martyr (d 304)

Because she was a Christian convert, Juliana refused to marry a pagan. She was thereupon imprisoned, tortured, and beheaded. While in prison, she was tormented by an evil spirit pretending to be an angel. Recognizing the deception, Juliana cried out, “Lord God of heaven and earth, do not desert me, nor permit your handmaid to perish.” She got rid of the demon, but it admitted to her that devils particularly suffer when Christians attend Mass.

Patron:  delivery of women in labor, against fever and contagious disease

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