Sunday, March 31st: St. Machabeo, Abbot (d1174)
He was the Irish abbot of Armagh, Ireland, for four decades. He governed the monastery of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Monday, April 1st: Saint Hugh of Grenoble (1053 –1132)
Saint Hugh was a bishop in France for 52 years. He undertook the great task of reform, during a time of corruption in the Church. There was religious indifference and ignorance, buying and selling of Church offices and violation of clerical celibacy. He served for two years then tried to disappear, but the Pope called him back, to continue his work of reform. He was a staunch defender of the Church and fearlessly supported the papacy. He was an eloquent speaker, and patron and benefactor to St Bruno.
Patron: against headaches
Tuesday, April 2nd: St Francis of Paola, Hermit (1416-1508)
Francis of Paola, had a love for contemplative solitude and wished to be “least in the household of God.” He lived as a contemplative hermit in a remote cave. Gaining a few followers, it became the founding of the Hermits of St. Francis of Assisi. Francis added to the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, Francis enjoined upon his followers the fourth obligation of a perpetual Lenten fast was to be the hallmark of the brothers as it had been in Francis’s personal life. Although a hermit, he was called to apostolic life, using his gifts of miracles and prophecy and serving the poor. While ministering to Louis the XI of France, he was able to influence the course of national politics.
“Brothers, I most strongly urge you to work for the salvation of your souls with prudence and diligence. Death is certain, and life is short and vanishes like smoke. Therefore you must fix your minds on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ who so burned with love for us that he came down from heaven to redeem us.”
Wednesday, April 3rd: St Richard of Chichester, Priest, Bishop (1197-1253)
He studied to become a lawyer, and held the office of Chancellor. He insisted on strict adherence to discipline among the clergy, aided the poor, and fearlessly denounced the corruption and vices of the contemporary Church and the royal court.
Thursday, April 4th: St Isidore, Bishop, Doctor (560-636)
Isidore reunited Spain, between the Roman Catholics and Arian Goths. He had three other sibling saints (Leander, Fulgentius and Florentina). An amazingly learned man, he wrote an encyclopedia used as a textbook for nine centuries. He was sometimes called “The Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages” because the encyclopedia he wrote was used as a textbook for nine centuries. He wrote many books and founded a number of seminaries and schools. He has been suggested as a patron of the internet.
Friday, April 5th: St Vincent Ferrer, Priest (1350-1419)
Shortly after his ordination he was chosen as prior of the Dominican Order in Spain. Vincent spent most of his life finding the truth in the Western Schism, which divided the Church between three popes. Shortly before his death, while very sick, he denounced Pope Benedict, who had ordained him a priest.
“If you truly want to help the soul of your neighbor, you should approach God first with all your heart. Ask him simply to fill you with charity, the greatest of all virtues; with it you can accomplish what you desire.”
Patron: prisioners, fisherman, plumbers
Saturday, April 6th: St Juliana of Cornillon, Religious (1193-1258)
She received visions from Jesus, who enlightened her that there wasn’t a feast honoring the Blessed Sacrament. Because of this the Feast of Corpus Christ was born.
Patron: Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament