Monday, September 23: St. Padre Pio, Priest (1887-1968)
Francesco joined the Capuchins and took the name of Pio, when he was fifteen. He was drafted during World War I, but had tuberculosis, and then discharged. In 1918, he was praying after Mass, and had a vision of Jesus. When the vision ended, he had the stigmata in his hands, feet and side.
Padre Pio rarely left the friary after he received the stigmata, but busloads of people soon began coming to see him. His confessional ministry would take 10 hours a day; many said that Padre Pio knew details of their lives that they had never mentioned. St John Paul II honored him for his prayer and charity.
“Have courage and do not fear the assaults of the Devil. Remember this forever; it is a healthy sign if the devil shouts and roars around your conscience, since this shows that he is not inside your will.”
Patron: stress relief, adolescents
Tuesday, September 24: Blessed John Henry Newman Priest (1801–1890)
John Henry Newman, spent the first half of his life as an Anglican and the second half as a Roman Catholic. He was a priest, popular preacher, writer, and eminent theologian in both Churches. Catholic theology tended to ignore history, but instead was inclined to draw deductions from first principles. Newman taught that lived experience of believers was recognized as a key part of theological reflection. Newman eventually wrote 40 books and 21,000 letters that survive. After Newman died, a Newman Club for Catholic students began at the Universities.
“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons“
Wednesday, September 25: St Cleophas (time of Christ)
One of two disciples who met Christ on the road to Emmaus. He was also identified as the father of Mary, one of whom stood with the Mother of God at the foot of the Cross. He has been identified as the father of St. James the Less and as brother of St. Joseph.
Thursday, September 26: Ss. Cosmos & Damian, Martyrs (c287)
Sts. Cosmas and Damian were brothers, from Arabia, known for their knowledge of medicine. Because of their faith, they never took money for their craft. Their reputation made them marked objects of persecution. They were apprehended, and beheaded.
Patron of Druggist
Friday, September 25: St Vincent de Paul, Priest (1580-1660)
St. Vincent, known as The Apostle Of Charity, was born to a poor family in FranceFrance, about 1580. On a sea voyage he was captured by African pirates and made a slave for two years, until he escaped. He returned to France, and began to preach missions. His charity was extended, from children to old age. In spite of popularity, he remained deeply rooted in humility.
“If the world takes something from us on the one hand, God will give us something on the other.”
patron: charitable societies.
Saturday, September 28: St. Wenceslaus, Martyr (907-935)
St. Wenceslaus was born near Prague, and was the son of a Duke. St. Ludmila, his grandmother taught him Christianity.
After the death of his father and grandmother, at the hands of the Magyars, he was declared the new ruler. He encouraged Christianity. His brother, invited Wenceslaus to a religious festival, trapped and killed him on the way to Mass.
Patron: Bohemia, Prague
Sunday, September 29: Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
Saint Michael is the “Prince of the Heavenly Host,” the leader of all the angels. His name is Hebrew for “Who is like God?” He cast down Lucifer and the evil spirits into Hell, and is invoked for protection against Satan. The four offices of Saint Michael are: to fight against Satan, to rescue the souls of the faithful from the power of the enemy, to be the champion of God’s people, to call away from earth and bring men’s souls to judgment.
“Then war broke out in heaven; Michaeland his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail.“
Patron: Guardian of the Catholic Church, Jewish People, police officers, military, grocers, mariners, paratroopers, firefighters, paramedics, sickness
Saint Gabriel, whose name means “God’s strength,” announced the birth of John the Baptist and the at Incarnation of the Word to Mary.
He appeared to St. Joseph and to the shepherds, and also that it was he who “strengthened” Jesus during his agony in the garden of Gethsemane.
“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,* and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Patron: grocers, soldiers, doctors, mariners, paratroopers, police, and sickness
Patron: of messengers, telecommunication workers, postal workers
Saint Raphael, whose name means “God has healed” because of his healing of Tobias’ blindness in the Book of Tobit. Tobit is the only book in which he is mentioned. His office is generally accepted by tradition to be that of healing and acts of mercy.
Raphael is also identified with the angel in John 5:1-4 who descended upon the pond and bestowed healing powers upon it so that the first to enter it after it moved would be healed of whatever infirmity he was suffering.
“I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord”
Patron: travelers, the blind, and bodily ills