Saints

Saints

Jul 26, 2021

St. Anne and St. Joachim

St. Anne and St. Joachim Grandparents of Jesus.  The story of Saints Joachim and Anne is recorded in the Protoevangelium of St. James.  We read here about how Joachim and Anne were a barren couple.  They mourned their barrenness, and the Lord granted them a child: Mary.  When Mary was but three years old, they dedicated Mary to the Lord, to serve Him in the Temple.  St. Anne is often invoked as a patron for ladies seeking a husband.  In…
Jul 29, 2021

Sts. Martha, Mary, and Lazarus

St. Martha, St. Mary, and St. Lazarus Friends of Jesus.  These siblings resided in the town of Bethany, not far from Jerusalem.  In the tenth chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke, we hear about one of Jesus’ visits to the household of these siblings.  We hear about how Martha busied herself with matters of serving and hospitality, but was distracted; while Mary was occupied in listening to the Lord.  They are also mentioned in the Gospel of St. John. …
Aug 4, 2021

St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney (1786-1859) Patron of Parish Priests.  John was born to a peasant family in Dardilly, France.  His childhood years were marked by the French Revolution, and the upheavals and persecution of the Church at this time.  Twice as a young man, John was drafted into the Napoleon army, but was prevented by circumstances from actually going to war.  John struggled greatly with his studies for the priesthood, accomplishing these only by the assistance of a private tutor.  Once…
Aug 5, 2021

Bl. Frédéric Janssoone

 Bl. Frédéric Janssoone (1838-1916) God’s Peddlar.  Frédéric was born in Ghyvelde, France to a well-to-do farming family.  At the age of nine, his father died.  Frédéric excelled in school, and he came to pursue studies towards the priesthood.  However, Frédéric suspended this pursuit to financially assist his mother.  Frédéric became a rather successful travelling salesman.  Upon the death of his mother in 1861, Frédéric returned to his priestly formation and was ordained a priest with Order of Friars Minor (i.e.…
Aug 10, 2021

St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence (d. 258) A holy roast!  Lawrence was a Spaniard called to serve as an Archdeacon of Rome under Pope Sixtus II.  Emperor Valerian ordered the execution of all Catholic clergy.  On August 6, 258, Pope Sixtus II and six of his seven deacons were martyred.  Lawrence alone was left, for as treasurer, the Prefect of Rome had given Lawrence three days to gather and present the Church’s treasure.  Lawrence spent these last three days of his life giving…
Aug 11, 2021

St. Clare

 St. Clare (1193/94-1253) Lover of poverty.  Clare was born in Assisi to an aristocratic family.  At the age of eighteen, on hearing St. Francis of Assisi preach during Lent of that year, a desire was born in Clare to abandon everything to follow Christ her Lord.  Come Palm Sunday, Clare fled in the middle of night to fulfill this desire.  She came to St. Francis, who exchanged her fine and noble clothes for the poor garb that he and the…
Aug 20, 2021

St. Bernard

St. Bernard (1090-1153) The Mellifluus (“Honey-Sweet”) Doctor of the Church.  Bernard was born to a noble family in Burgundy, France.  In his early twenties, Bernard decided to enter the fledgling Order of the Cistercian monks (a stricter reform movement of the Benedictine Order) in Citeaux.  His family and friends tried to dissuade, but in the end he ended up convincing some thirty other persons to join him in this pursuit.  After just three years in the monastery, Bernard was chosen…
Mar 3, 2022

St. Katherine Drexel

Saint Katherine Drexel (1858-1955) Born and raised in the American aristocracy, she left it all to minister to the marginalized. Her father was an international banker, residing in Philadelphia. Her mother died while Katherine was just an infant, so she was raised by her loving step-mother. Nursing her step-mother through a three year terminal illness, Katherine discovered even their great wealth did not make one immune to pain and death. Through her travels and education, Katherine became invested in aiding…
Mar 4, 2022

St. Casimir

Saint Casimir (1458-1484) Though royalty, Casimir chose to lead a life of austerity. He was the third child born to Casimir IV, King of Poland, and his wife Elizabeth of Austria. It is said that he wore a hair-shirt (a penitential garb) under his vestments, and that he would often sleep on the ground instead of his bed. He had a great devotion to our Blessed Mother, reciting the hymn “Omni die dic Mariae” (which we see partly in the…
Mar 8, 2022

St. John Of God

Saint John of God (1495-1550) From his own trials, John found his life calling.  John had received faith in God growing up, but during his career as a soldier he gave up an active faith life.  When his career as a soldier came to an end, John became a shepherd.  At the age of forty, John had a conversion experience, filled with deep remorse for his past way of life.  He decided to start up a bookshop and religious goods…
Mar 9, 2022

St. Frances of Rome

 Saint Frances of Rome (1384-1440) Frances models how to find balance among the many tensions of life.  She had an ardent desire to join Religious Life when she was young, but her parents had her married instead.  Amidst all the many demands of family life, Frances maintained a deep life prayer.  Her family was of the noble class, yet she used her resources to be able to minister to the poor.  She herself would visit and care for the sick…
Mar 17, 2022

St. Patrick

Saint Patrick (385?-461?) From slave to apostle, Patrick’s life is marked with mercy.  Born in modern-day Great Britain, Patrick was of Romano-British origin.  At sixteen years of age, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold as a slave in Ireland.  For six years he worked as a slave shepherding.  This was a time of great spiritual growth for Patrick.  Inspired by a dream, Patrick fled.  Patrick caught a ship that brought him to France/Gaul, and he eventually made his…