Monday, June 3:
St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyr (died 1886)
One of 22 Ugandan martyrs, who suffered imprisonment and martyrdom rather than submit to immoral homosexual acts. Charles protected and encouraged his fellow pages, and inspired them by his courage to remain chase. He taught them the Catholic Faith.
Patron: Youth, Catholic Action
St Kevin of Glendalough (498-618)
St Kevin, born in Ireland, was baptized by St Patrick. He lived as a hermit, for seven years, and was very close to nature. He was persuaded to leave his solitude, and built two monasteries, but finally resided in Glendalough, which became a seminary for many saints. He was soul friends to St Kieran of Clonmacnois. King Colman of Ui Faelain entrusted the raising of his son to St Kevin. One of the most famous stories about St Kevin, is that he held his hand out for a blackbird to build a nest, and lay and hatch eggs. He held still in a trance like state. St Kevin live for 120 years, and Glendalough is a popular place for pilgrimage.
Tuesday, June 4: St Francis Caracciolo, Priest, Religious Founder (1563-1607)
He was born of a noble family in Naples. He had a rare skin disease that was like leprosy, and his condition was considered hopeless. He made a vow to devote his life to God, if he recovered. His skin conditioned miraculously disappeared, and he became a priest. He spent countless hours before the Eucharist, and cofounded the Minor Clerks Regular, who’s main work was perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He died on the eve of the feast of Corpus Christi. When he was opened after his death, these words were found on his heart,“The zeal of Thy house hath eaten me up.”
Patron: Italian cooks
Wednesday, June 5: St. Boniface, Priest, Bishop, martyr (672-754)
Boniface was a brilliant monk, but felt called to be a missionary. He traveled to the Northern Netherlands and Germany. In Eastern Germany he preached and built monasteries, schools and convents for 35 years. When he was an old man, he was working among pagans, and was murdered by them, along with about 50 converts.
“In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on her course.”
Thursday, June 6: St. Norbert, Bishop (1080-1134)
St Norbert lived in France and founded a religious order the Norbertines. In order to do so, he had to combat heresies and revitalize many of the indifferent faithful. He found his help in devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He reluctantly became a bishop.
“O Priest! You are not of yourself because you are of God.
You are not of yourself because you are the servant and minister of Christ.
You are not your own because you are the spouse of the Church.
You are not yourself because you are the mediator between God and man.
You are not from yourself because you are nothing.
What then are you?
Nothing and everything.
Take care, lest what was said to Christ on the cross be said to you:
‘He saved others, himself he cannot save!”
Patron: safe delivery in childbirth
Friday, June 7: Bl Anne Of St Bartholomew, Religious (1549-1626)
Anne was an orphan in Spain. She was devoted to the Passion of Christ, and wanted to be a religious. She was afraid her brother would oppose her wish. As she accounted later: I decided one day that if I were to find a man very rich, very handsome, very agreeable, very holy, and who would have helped me in the service of God, that I would have been glad with such companionship. Then, Christ appeared to her and said, I am the man whom you are seeking. After a vision from the Blessed Mother, Anne became a Carmelite.
“Silence is precious; by keeping silence and knowing how to listen to God, the soul grows in wisdom, and God teaches it what it can not learn from men.”
Saturday, June 8: St Bron, Bishop (died 511)
St Born was a disciple of St Patrick. He was bishop of Cassel-Irra in Ireland. He continued St Patrick’s missionary work, but also introduced literary and artistic elements in Irish monastic life.
Sunday, June 9: Pentecost
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”
They were all astounded and bewildered
Bl Diana, Religious (1201-1236)
Bl Diana was blessed with outstanding beauty. She is also described as eloquent, learned, high spirited and courageous. Her life was touched by three of the most famous Dominican friars, St Dominic, Bl Jordan of Saxony and Bl Reginald of Orleans. Upon hearing Bl Reginald, she wanted to devote her life to God. Her family was opposed to her vocation, and violently removed her, and brought her home. After escaping her family, she made her vow to religious life and to build a monastery in Bologna, at the feet of St Dominic. Bl Jordan was her spiritual director, and helped her found her monastery. Diana with the other sisters prayed to support “the Holy Preaching”. These were the first cloistered nuns of the Dominican Order.