Inspiring Thoughts

“Rarely do we reflect upon what gifts our souls may possess, who dwells within them, or how extremely precious they are. Therefore we do little to preserve their beauty; all our care is concentrated on our bodies, which are but the coarse setting of the diamond, or the outer walls of the castle.”

St Teresa Of Avila

A Week of Saints (October 14-20, 2018)

Sunday, October 14

St Angadresma, Religious (615-695)

She was educated by St Omer in France. Angadresma was betrothed to St Ansbert, but prayed to be a religious. She contracted leprosy, which went away the wedding ceremony of her betrothed to another. She became Abbess of a Benedictine and was known as a miracle worker..

Monday, October 15

St. Teresa of Jesus,Avila, Doctor (1515-1582)

In the man’s world of the time, Teresa stood on her own two feet.  She was wise, yet practical; intelligent, a mystic, and reformer.  Her writings on prayer and contemplation are drawn from her experience.  Even as a contemplative, she spent much of her time and energy seeking to reform the Carmelites. She founded over a half-dozen new monasteries. Her writings, Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle , have helped many.

“The closer one approaches to God, the simpler one becomes.”

Patron of Headache sufferers, Spanish Catholic Writers

Tuesday, October16,

Ss. Hedwig,  wife, mother, religious(1174-1243)

Margaret Mary, Nun (1647-1690)

St Hedwig was a duchess, widow, and a Cistercain Religious. She was the aunt of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. At twelve years ol she was married to Duke Henry of Silesia, the head of the Polish Royal family. She had seven children, and a happy marriage. Henry founded a Cistercain convent at Trebnitz, and Hedwig became a Cistercain after his death.  Many miracles were were attributed to her after her death.

Patron: orphans

St Margaret  Mary was bedridden for five years with rheumatic fever.  Early in her life she developed a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. She refused marriage, and entered the Visitation Order. She believed a Visitation nun was “not to be extraordinary except by being ordinary,” When she was twenty, she started experiencing visions of Christ, and then a series of revelations that were to continue over the next year and a half. In her visions Jesus informed her that she was to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart.  He  instructed her in a devotion known as Nine Fridays and the Holy Hour.  He asked that the feast of the Sacred Heart be established. The devotion was officially recognized and approved by Pope Clement XIII in 1765.

“Look upon yourself as a tree planted beside the water, which bears its fruit in due season; the more it is shaken by the wind, the deeper it strikes its roots into the ground.”

Patron: polio victims, devotees to the Sacred Heart, loss of parents

Wednesday, October 17,

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, martyr (died 107?)

Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. He was forced to choose between Christ or death.  Ignatius would not deny Christ, and died in the Circus Maximus.  He is known for seven letters he wrote urging Christians to remain faithful.

“Christianity is greatest when it is hated by the world.”

Patron:  against throat disease

Thursday, October 18

St. Luke, Gospel Writer (time of Christ)

Luke wrote one of the Gospels in the New Testament, and the Acts Of the Apostles. He is the only Gentile of the Gospel writers.  Paul calls him “our beloved physician”. He accompanied Paul on his journey to Rome.

Patron:  Artists, bachelors, physicians, surgeons, farmers

Friday, October 19,

Ss. John de Brebeuf, marytr (1593-1649) 

Isaac Jogues, martyr (1607-1646)

St Isaac Jogues and his companions were the first martyrs of the North American continent officially recognized by the Church. As a young Jesuit, Isaac Jogues, a man of learning and culture, taught literature in France. He gave up his career as a teacher in France to work among the Huron Indians in the New World. He and his companions, under the leadership of John de Brébeuf, worked with the Hurons but were captured by the Iroquois.  After being tortured, he escaped to France, only to return and be martyred by the Mohawk.  

“My confidence is placed in God who does not need our help for accomplishing his designs. Our single endeavor should be to give ourselves to the work and to be faithful to him, and not to spoil his work by our shortcomings.” 

patron:  North America, Norway

St Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649): Jean de Brébeuf was a French Jesuit who came to Canada to set up a missionat He composed catechisms and a dictionary in Huron, and saw 7,000 converted before his death. He was captured  and after four hours of extreme torture by the Iroquois, died. 

The eight Jesuit martyrs were canonized in 1930.

Patron: Americas, Canada

Saturday, October 20, 

St. Paul of the Cross, Priest and Founder(1694-1775)

In a vision St. Paul of the Cross was inspired to start the an order to honor the Passion of Jesus Christ. He even saw the habit he was to wear. The habit that the Passionists still wear today.  God blessed him with great supernatural gifts, but he treated himself with the greatest rigor..

“When you behold a beautiful landscape, say: ‘Heaven is more beautiful than that! Above, there are true delights and holy pleasures!’