A Week of Saints

Monday, October 11:  St Martin of Tours, Bishop, martyr (315-397)

A conscientious objector who wanted to be a monk, and one of the first who wasn’t a martyr.  He was born a pagan in Eastern Europe.  He was forced into the military at age 15, and Baptized at 18.  He was ordained an exorcist, and established possibly the first monastery in France.  The people of Tours demanded that he become their bishop. Some of the consecrating bishops thought his rumpled appearance and unkempt hair indicated that he was not dignified enough for the office.  Martin plead for the life of a heretic, and then was accused of the same heresy and was martyred

“Allow me, brothers, to look toward heaven rather than at the earth, so that my spirit may set on the right course when the time comes for me to go on my journey to the Lord.”

Patron:  poverty, alcoholism, beggars, wine maker, tailors, soldiers

Tuesday, November 12:  St. Josaphat, Bishop, martyr (1580?-1623)

Born Joseph Kunsevich in Poland to a noble family.  He was ordained a priest and became a gifted speaker.  He was an advocate for uniting the Orthodox Church with Rome.  Joseph made progress gaining support, but was killed by an Orthodox fanatic.  He was the first saint of the Eastern Church to be canonized by Rome

“You make ambushes for me everywhere, in the streets, on the bridges, on the highways, and in the marketplace. I am here among you as a shepherd and you ought to know that I should be happy to give my life for you. I am ready to die for the holy union, for the supremacy of St. Peter and of his successor the Supreme Pontiff”

Patron: Ukraine

Wednesday, November13:  St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Religious   (1850-1917)

Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized.She started work at the House of Providence Orphanage in Italy, and made her vows there and took the religious habit.  When the orphanage closed, the Bishop made her Prioress of Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. She traveled with six sisters to New York City, to work with the thousands of Italian immigrants living there.  In 35 years Frances Xavier Cabrini founded 67 institutions dedicated to caring for the poor, the abandoned, the uneducated and the sick. She also organized schools and adult education classes.

“Did a Magdalene, a Paul, a Constantine, an Augustine become mountains of ice after their conversion? Quite the contrary. We should never have had these prodigies of conversion and marvelous holiness if they had not changed the flames of human passion into volcanoes of immense love of God.”

Patron:  Immigrants, hospital administrators

Thursday, November 14:  St Lawrence O’Toole, Archbishop (1125-1180)

St. Lawrence, when ten years old, given, by his father, as a hostage to the king of Leinster, by whom her was treated inhumanely. The king finally handed him over to the Bishopand Abbot. .Upon the death of the Bishop St Lawrence was chosen Abbot of the monastery.  He was made Archbishop of Dublin.  On a trip to England to see King Henry II.  As the archbishop was going to the altar to officiate, a maniac  struck him a violent blow on the head.He was thought mortally wounded, but the Lawrence asked for some water, blessed it, and and washed his wound with it.  The blood was immediately stopped, and the he celebrated Mass.

Patron:  Archdiocese of Dublin

Friday November 15:  St. Albert the Great, Bishop, Doctor (1206-1280)

Albert the Great was a German Dominican, who influenced the Church’s stance toward Aristotelian philosophy brought to Europe by the spread of Islam. He was the eldest son of a powerful and wealthy German. Despite opposition from his family, he entered the Dominican novitiate. His interests prompted him to write a compendium of all knowledge: natural science, logic, rhetoric, mathematics, astronomy, ethics, economics, politics and metaphysics. He was a Dominican provincial and even a bishop of Regensburg for a short time. He defended the mendicant orders and preached the Crusade in Germany and Bohemia.

“It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for “God is Charity”

Patron: scientists and philosophers.

Saturday, November 16:  St. Margaret of Scotland, queen (1050?-1093)

Margaret of Scotland was free to be herself. For her, that meant freedom to love God and serve others.  Margaret was the daughter of Princess Agatha of Hungary and the Anglo-Saxon Prince Edward Atheling. She spent much of her youth in the court of her great-uncle, the English king, Edward the Confessor. Her family was shipwrecked off the coast of Scotland. King Malcolm befriended them Because of Malcolm’s love for Margaret, she was able to soften his temper,  and help him become a virtuous king. she promoted arts, tried to correct religious abuses common among priests and lay people. She and Malcolm had six sons and two daughters. Margaret personally supervised their religious instruction and other studies.  Her private life was austere. She had certain times for prayer and reading Scripture. She ate sparingly and slept little in order to have time for devotions. She was always surrounded by beggars in public and never refused them.

Patron:  Scotland

A Week of Saints

Monday, October 28:  St’s Simon and Jude, Apostles, Martyrs (time of Christ)

St. Jude, was named by Luke and in Acts, but Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus. He is listed among all the Apostles. Scholars hold that he is not the author of the Letter of Jude. He is brother of James the Less and son of Clopas and Mary, who was the cousin of the Blessed Mother. He preached the Gospel in 

Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia. according to ancient writers.

Patron:  Desperate causes, desperate situations, lost causes

St. Simon, sometimes called the Zealot, was son of Cleophas, St. Joseph’s brother, and his mother was possibly Our Lady’s sister. He was successor to St James as  Bishop of Jerusalem,  The Christians fled the city with Simon to Pella on the other side of the Jordan, eventually returning to Jerusalem.  The church here flourished greatly, and that many Jews were converted by the miracles by the saints. He was thought to be 120 yrs old and was put to death by crucifixion.

Tuesday, October. 29:  St. Narcissus of Jerusalem, Bishop (d. 215)

St. Narcissus managed to live well beyond 100. Some even speculate he lived to 160. Details of his life are uncertain, but there are reports of his many miracles. He is most remembered for turning water into oil for use in the church lamps on Holy Saturday.  He was bishop of Jerusalem in the late second century. When he retired as Bishop he went into isolation. Upon returning to Jerusalem he resumed his role as Bishop.

Wednesday, October 30:  St. Alphonsus Rodriguez , Lay Brother(1533-1617)

Alphonsus Rodriguez found happiness and contentment through simple service and prayer.

Born in Spain, at 23 he inherited the family textile business. He lost his wife and daughter, sold his business that wasn’t doing well, and moved with his son to live with his sister..prayer and meditation. He joined the Jesuits, and served as doorkeeper.  His prayerfulness and holiness was noticed in his humble position

“You must strive with all possible care to please God in such a manner as neither to do nor behold anything, without first consulting Him, and in everything to seek Him alone and His glory.”

Thursday, October 31:  St. Wolfgang of Regensburg, Priest (924-994)

Wolfgang was born in Germany, taught in a cathedral school and supported efforts to reform the clergy.  He became a Benedictine monk, was ordained a priest and was made head of the monastery school.  He later went to Hungary as a  missionary. He was appointed Bishop of Regensburg, where he was an effective preacher, initiated clergy reform and had special concern for the poor.

Patron:  apoplexy, Carpenters, paralysis, stomach disease, strokes

Friday, November 1:  All Saints

The feast where the Catholic Church honors its Saints. 

Saturday, November 2:  All Souls

On this day the Church remembers and prays for the dead.

Sunday, November 3:  St Martin de Porres, Priest (1579-1639)

It was said that even as a child St Martin de Porres gave his heart and his goods to the poor..

He was the illegitimate son of a freed woman of Panama, and inherited the features and dark complexion of his mother. Martin was reared in poverty, and locked into a low level of society.  He applied to the Dominicans to be a “lay helper” His example of prayer and penance, charity and humility led the community to request him to make full religious profession. He treated the sick. all people, regardless of their color, race or status. When his priory was in debt, he said, “I am only a poor mulatto. Sell me. I am the property of the order. Sell me.”Martin’s life reflected God’s extraordinary gifts: ecstasies that lifted him into the air, light filling the room where he prayed, bilocation, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures and a remarkable rapport with animals. Many of his fellow religious took him as their spiritual director.

“Everything, even sweeping, scraping vegetables, weeding a garden and waiting on the sick could be a prayer, if it were offered to God.

Patron: people of mixed race, innkeepers, barbers, public health workers

A Week of Saints: September 30-October 6, 2019

Monday, September 30:  St. Jerome, Priest (331-420)

Jerome is frequently remembered for his temper and sarcastic pen, but his love for God was extraordinary.  He translated the Old Testament  from Hebrew  (the vulgate), and wrote his famous commentary. St Augustine said, “What Jerome is ignorant of, no mortal has ever known.”

He was a master of Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Chaldaic.

“Begin now to be what you will be hereafter.”

Patron: of Librarians

Tuesday, October 1:  St therese of Lisieux, nun (1873 – 1897)

Theresa of the Child Jesus, a Carmelite nun called the “Little Flower,” who lived a cloistered life in France. She saw in quiet suffering redemptive suffering.

All her life St. Thérèse suffered from illness, and died of tuberculosis. She suffered without complaint. She had her “little way”.  St. Therese translated “the little way” in terms of a commitment to the tasks and to the people we meet in our everyday lives.  To do everything with great, even something as simple as picking up a pin. 

“A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.”

Patron:  Missionaries; HIV/AIDS, florists, gardeners, loss of parents, tuberculosis

Wednesday, October 2:  Guardian Angels

Their role is to represent individuals before God, to watch over them always, to aid their prayer and to present their souls to God at death.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.” My 18:10

Many saints have given witness to Guardian Angels, St’s Benedict, Bernard Francis de Sales, Pio, and many more.

“Make yourself familiar with the angels and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you.”

St Francis de Sales

Thursday, October 3:  Bl Columba Marmion, monk (1858-1923)

Blessed Columba Marmion was an Irish monk, and was one of the most influential Catholic writers of the 20th century. He believed that a mans love for God was reflected in his love of neighbor. He “possessed an extraordinary facility for adapting himself to other people,” and above all “in comforting others and putting them at their ease.

“The ways of God are entirely different from our ways. To us it seems necessary to employ powerful means in order to produce great effects. This is not God’s method; quite the contrary. He likes to choose the weakest instruments that He may confound the strong”

Friday, October 4:  St Francis of Assisi, priest (1182-1226)

Francis of Assisi followed what Jesus did by how he lived. 

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Much prayer led him to a self-emptying like that of Christ. Embracing a leper on the road manifested his complete obedience to what he had heard in prayer: he would have been content to be the “nothing” man. He gave up everything, and thought a religious fanatic, begging from door to door.  People began to realize his way was love of God. He started the Franciscan Order. During his last years he was half blind and seriously ill. Two years before his death, he received the stigmata.

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”

Patron: animals, environment 

Saturday, October 5:  St Faustina, religious sister (1905-1938)

Saint Faustina was born in Poland.  When she was almost twenty, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, whose members devote themselves to the care and education of troubled young women. She was given the name Sister Maria Faustina, to which she added, “of the Most Blessed Sacrament”. She was asked by our Lord to be a model of how to be merciful to others, and teach God’s plan of mercy for the world. She wrote and suffered in secret, with only her spiritual director and some of her superiors aware that anything special was taking place in her life..

Patron: mercy

“I will not allow myself to be so absorbed in the whirlwind of work as to forget about God.  I will spend all my free moments at the feet of the Master hidden in the Blessed Sacrament.” 

Sunday, October 6:  St Bruno, Priest (c 1030)

Bruno was born in Cologne to a prominent family. He was a professor, but later became a hermit. He and six companions were assigned a hermitage.They built an oratory and individual cells, roughly followed the rule of St. Benedict, and thus began the Carthusian Order. They embraced a life of poverty, manual work, prayer, and transcribing manuscripts..

“For the devil may tempt the good, but he cannot find rest in them; for he is shaken violently, and upset, and driven out, now by their prayers, now by their tears of repentance, and now by their almsgiving and similar good works.”

Patron:  monastic communities, possessed people

A Week of Saints August 26th- September 1, 2019

Monday, August 26:  St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest (1556-1648)

He was respected for his wisdom and administrative expertise. He put aside his career, because he was deeply concerned with the need for education of poor children.  He provided a free school for deprived children. He opened the first free public school in Rome

“Those who instruct many in virtue, will shine like the stars for all eternity”

Patron: Catholic Schools

.Tuesday, August 27:  St. Monica, wife, mother(322-387)

St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan, who although was generous, he was also violent tempered. She had three children; Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua. Through her patience and prayers, she was able to convert her husband and his mother to the Catholic faith. Perpetua and Navigius entered the religious Life. St Augustine was not living a Christian life and Monica prayed many years for his conversion.  One priest told her, “it is not possible that the son of so many tears should perish.” St Augustine finally converted, and was baptized by St Ambrose.

“One thing only I ask you, that you remember me at the altar of the Lord wherever you may be.”

Patron: of Wives and Abuse Victims

Wednesday, August 28:  St. Augustine, Priest,  Bishop(354-430)

 St Augustine lived a self satisfying life that didn’t include a faith in God.  His mother St Monica prayed devotedly for him for 17 years. He pursued many spiritualities and philosophies.  Through the intercession of St Monica and the instruction of St Ambrose he converted

He wrote many books teaching us how to live for Jesus and not fall into temptation and sin.

“A man may lose the good things of this life against his will; but if he loses the eternal blessings, he does so with his own consent.”  

Patron:  brewers, printers, theologians, sore eyes

Thursday, August 29:  The Passion of St. John the Baptist


St. John the Baptist was beheaded by King Herod, at the bidding of his stepdaughter. His wife didn’t like John, because he pointed out her adultery, so she conspired with her daughter to have him be headed. 

Friday, August 30:  St. Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879)

Jean had a passion for serving the poor and elderly. She became a nurse, and then joined a third order group founded by St John Eudes. She is the founders of The Little Sisters Of The poor

“Remain little, hidden by humility in all God wants from you, as being only the instruments of his work.”

Saturday, August 31:  Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus (time of Christ)

Joseph was a respected, wealthy leader, who had become a disciple of Jesus. He requested the body of Jesus and wrapped him in his shroud and placed him in a tomb. According to some legends, Joseph was punished and imprisoned for such a bold act.

Patron: funeral directors, pallbearers

Nicodemuswas a Pharisee.  Nicodemus secret.y went to Jesus at nigh, to better understand his teachings. Later, Nicodemus spoke up for Jesus at the time of his arrest and assisted in Jesus’ burial.

Sunday, September 1:  St. Giles, (d. 710?)

He was one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages. He built a monastery that became a popular stopping-off point for pilgrims making their way to the Holy Land.   In England, many churches and hospitals were dedicated to Giles. He was  among the “14 Holy Helpers”, a p group of saints to whom people prayed, especially for recovery from disease and for strength at the hour of death. Such devotion made his popularity spread. 

Patron: poor, disabled, epileptic

A Week of Saints: August 19-25, 2019

Monday, August, 19:  St. John Eudes, Priest (1601-1680)

St. John Eudes was a French missionary.  At the age of fourteen he took a vow of chastity, and at age 24, he was ordained a priest at age 24.  He cared for plague victims risking his own life. He preached missions and was known as the greatest preacher of his age, throughout France. He founded the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge, a refuge for prostitutes, and the Society of Jesus and Mary, to educate priests.  He wrote “Le Coeur Admirable de la Très Sainte Mère de Dieu”.

“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make his spirit, his devotion, his affections, his desires and his disposition live and reign there.”

Patron:  missionaries

Tuesday, August 20:  St. Bernard, Priest, Doctor (1091-1153)

 St. Bernard was born of noble parentage, under the care of his pious parents.  After the death of his mother, he joined the Cistercian Order, of which he persuaded his brothers and several of his friends to follow his example. The reputation of St Bernard spread far and wide; even the Popes were governed by his advice. He was credited with many miracles

“The man who is wise, therefore, will see his life as more like a reservoir than a canal. The canal simultaneously pours out what it receives; the reservoir retains the water till it is filled, then discharges the overflow without loss to itself … Today there are many in the Church who act like canals, the reservoirs are far too rare … You too must learn to await this fullness before pouring out your gifts, do not try to be more generous than God.” 

Patron:  bookkeepers, candlemakers

Wednesday, August 21 :  St. Pius X, Pope (1835-1914)

Two of the most outstanding accomplishments of this saintly Pope were the inauguration of the liturgical renewal and the restoration of frequent communion from childhood. He also waged taught against the heresy and evils of Modernism.   From St. Pius X we learn again that “the folly of the Cross”, simplicity of life, and humility of heart are still the highest wisdom and conditions of a perfect Christian life, for they are the very source of all apostolic fruitfulness.

“To heal the breach between the rich and the poor, it is necessary to distinguish between justice and charity.”

Patron: first communicants

Thursday, August 22:  The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Catholic teaching on this subject is expressed in the papal encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam, issued by Pope Prius XII.  It states that Mary is called Queen of Heaven, because her son, Jesus Christ, is the king of Israel and heavenly king of the universe.  the Davidic tradition of Israel recognized the mother of the king as the Queen Mother of Israel.

The title, Queen of Heaven, has long been a Catholic tradition, from Middle Ages, long before it was given a formal definition status by the Church

Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. 

Friday, August 23:  St. Rose of Lima (1586-1617)

Rose was born in Peru to Spanish parents. Her parents tried to get Rose, a beauty, married, but she refused.  When they refused to let her enter the convent she became a member of the Third Order of St. Dominic. She set up a room in her house to care for those in need, orphans, homeless, elderly.

The first canonized saint of the New World has one characteristic of all saints—the suffering of opposition—and another characteristic which is more for admiration than for imitation—excessive practice of mortification.

She was born to parents of Spanish descent in Lima, Peru, at a time when South America was in its first century of evangelization. She seems to have taken Catherine of Siena (April 29) as a model, in spite of the objections and ridicule of parents and friends. When she died at 31, the city turned out for her funeral, and prominent men took turns carrying her coffin.

“The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.”

Patron:  embroiderers, sewing lace, gardeners, florist people ridiculed or misunderstood for their piety, for the resolution of family quarrels, vanity

Patron: Americas,

Saturday, August 24:  St. Bartholomew, Apostle (time of Christ)

Bartholomew was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus. He has been identified with Nathaniel, who appears in the Gospel of John as being introduced to Jesus by Phillip.

Patron: butchers, leather workers, neurological diseases, shoemakers, plasterers 

Sunday, August 25:  St. Louis of France, king (1226-1270)

At his coronation as king of France, Louis IX bound himself by oath to behave as God’s anointed.as other kings had.  Louis was different, he actually interpreted his kingly duties in the light of faith. After the violence of two previous reigns, he brought peace and justice.

He replaced trial by battle with a form of examination of witnesses and encouraged the use of written records in court.  He was respectful of the papacy, founded hospitals for the sick and cared for lepers. He fed the hungry and helped the poor

“I advise you that you accustom yourself to frequent confession, and that you choose always, as your confessors, men who are upright and sufficiently learned, and who can teach you what you should do and what you should avoid.”

 “Fix your whole heart upon God, and love Him with all your strength, for without this no one can be saved.”

 Patron: Barbers, Grooms, Secular Franciscan Order

A Week of Saints

Monday, August 12th: St Jane Frances de Chantal, religious sister (1572-1641)

Jane was married to Christophe, a French baron of an estate in bad shape and financial trouble. She managed the household, such that those in her employ loved her, and conditions improved. Her husband was killed in a hunting accident, leaving Jane alone. She was very generous to the poor. 

Her spiritual director was St Francis de Sales, and they were also best friends.  With his help they started the order of the Visitation. Women who were widow, or those with health condition that couldn’t withstand the austerity of other orders were welcome here 

“Throw ourselves into God as a little drop of water into the sea, and lose ourselves indeed in the Ocean of the divine goodness.”

Patron: widows, forgotten people; in-law problems; loss of parents; parents separated from children 

Tuesday, August 13th: St Hippolytus, Martyr (170-235)

Hippolytus of Rome was a controversial person in the church.  He censured Pope Dt, Callistus I. He then, was first to be elected an antipope in the church. He was reconciled to the church, before his martyrdom. He had many writings. 

“Fly to the Catholic Church!  Adhere to the only faiths that continues to exist from the beginning, that faith that was preached by Paul, and is upheld by the chair of Peter.”

Patron:  horses; prison guards; prison officers; prison workers

Wednesday, August 14th: St. Maximillian Kolbe, Martyr (1894-1941)

Maximillian was frail as a result of a bout of tuberculosis. He became a Franciscan and priest in Poland. He founded the Immaculata Movement, a devotion to the Blessed Mother. 

Maximilian was born in 1894 in Poland and became a Franciscan. He contracted tuberculosis and, though he recovered, he remained frail all his life. Before his ordination as a priest, Maximilian founded the Immaculata Movement He took his devotion to India and Japan.  After the Nazi invasion, he was imprisoned, and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Fr Kolbe took the place of a married man, who was chosen to die.

“I pray you to tell the Brothers not to be afraid at all to love the Immaculate too much since . . . they will never love her like Jesus loved her.” 

Patron: drug addicts, prisoners, families, and the pro-life movement

Thursday, August 15th: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Pope Pius XII proclaimed ““We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” What the pope declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church.  There are homilies on the Assumption going back to the sixth century. 

Friday, August 16th: St Uguzo, Martyr (unknown)

St Uguzo is sometimes listed as Lucius. He was a shepherd in the Italian Alps, and was noted for giving to the poor and the Church. He was murdered by a former master. While there is no date connected with the saint, he was especially venerated at Milan from about 1280.

Saturday, August 17th: St Myron, Bishop (c 150-250)

St Myron is known as “the wonder worker”. He was a family man, and known for his generosity to the poor.   He even helped the thieves that broke into his home to a bag of wheat, converting the lives of the thieves.   The Cretan people urged him to accept ordination to the priesthood. He was then made a bishop of Raucia.  He is credited with stopping the flow of a flooding river.  He lived to be 100.

Sunday, August 18th: St Flores and St Lauras, maryrrs (2nd century)

They were martyrs with Maximus and Proculus. Venerated particularly by the Greeks, Florus and Laurus were twin brothers, who were stone masons.  They Christianized a pagan temple and were drowned in a well as a result.

A Week of Saints, August 5-11, 2019

Monday, August 5th: St Paris of Teano, Bishop (died 346)

Many legends exist about him.  The legends say that Paris was of Greek origin, and was the apostle and first bishop of Teano. His miracles included killing a dragon.  The dragon could have been a metaphor for paganism. 

Tuesday, August 6th: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.*

And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him.Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents* here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,* then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid.But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone

The Gospel of Matthew

Wednesday, August 7th: St Claudia (1st Century)

Claudia was the mother of the second Pope, St Linus.  There are many traditions surrounded St Claudia and who she was.  One such tradition has her the daughter of a captured British king and named for Emperor Claudius, who released her father.  She was then baptized in Rome, and mentioned in Paul’s second letter to Timothy.

Thursday, August 8th: St Dominic (1170-1221)

St. Dominic was born in Spain.  He was ordained, and was noted for his strict adherence to the rule of St. Benedict. He founded the order of the Dominicans. He was devoted to the conversion of the Albigensians. Dominic spent the last years of this life organizing the order, traveling all over Italy, Spain and France. His effort was very successful, as it applied Dominic’s concept of harmonizing the intellectual life with popular needs.

Patron:  astronomers, astronomy, falsely accused people

“A man who governs his passions is master of the world. We must either command them or be enslaved to them.

Friday, August 9th: St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Edith Stein, Religious Sister, Martyr  (1892-1942)

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was born in Poland, and the youngest child of a large Jewish family. She became interested in the Catholic Faith, and was then baptized.  Edith entered the Cologne Carmel, and took the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.  She was arrested, and was sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Teresa died in the gas chambers. She  very intelligent, and well versed in philosophy with a particular interest in phenomenology. She has many written works. 

“The nation… doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.”

Patron:  loss of parents, converted Jews, World Youth Day[

Saturday, August 10th: St Lawrence, Deacon, Martyr (225-258)

Saint Lawrence was one of seven deacons who were in charge of giving help to the poor and the needy. As Pope St. Sixtus was led to his execution, Lawrence followed him weeping, “Father, where are you going without your deacon?” The Pope said,  “I am not leaving you, my son, in three days you will follow me.” Lawrence gave to the poor the rest of the money he had on hand. The Prefect of Rome ordered Lawrence to bring the Church’s treasure to him. Lawrence went through the city and gathered together all the poor and sick. He said: “This is the Church’s treasure!”

In anger, the Prefect condemned Lawrence to a slow, cruel death, of roasting over a fire God gave him so much strength and joy that he even joked. “Turn me over, I’m done on this side!” And just before he died, he prayed that the city of Rome might be converted to Jesus, and that the Catholic Faith might spread all over the world.

Patron:  comedians, librarians, students, miners, tanners, chefs, roasters, poor, firefighters

Sunday, August 11th: St. Clare, Founder Poor Clares (1194-1253)

When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So one evening, she ran away from home, and in a little chapel outside Assisi, gave herself to God. St. Francis cut off her hair and gave her a rough brown habit to wear, tied with a plain cord around her waist. Her parents tried in every way to make her return home, but Clare would not.

St. Clare and her sisters wore no shoes, ate no meat, lived in a poor house, and kept silent most of the time.  Once, They we’re saved from an army of rough soldiers, who planned to raid the convent. Where the enemies could see it, Clare had the Blessed Sacrament placed, and begged God to save the Sisters.  At the same time, a sudden fright struck the attackers and they fled as fast as they could.

“They say that we are too poor, but can a heart which possesses the infinite God be truly called poor?”

Patron: sore eyes