Showing posts with label Saints. Show all posts
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Are you familiar with St. Patrick? I read a newspaper last weekend about St. Patrick's Celebration in Munich, Germany. They will be having a parade today to commemorate this celebration. For those who are not familiar with St. Patrick, here is a little information about him.

Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), colloquially St. Paddy's Day or simply Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa AD 385–461), one of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17.

The day is the national holiday of Ireland. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Montserrat. In Canada, Great Britain, Australia, the United States, and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday.

St. Patrick's feast day was placed on the universal liturgical calendar in the Catholic Church due to the influence of the Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding[2] in the early part of the 17th century, although the feast day was celebrated in the local Irish church from a much earlier date. St. Patrick's Day is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland. The feast day usually falls during Lent; if it falls on a Friday of Lent (unless it is Good Friday), the obligation to abstain from eating meat can be lifted by the local bishop. The church calendar avoids the observance of saints' feasts during certain solemnities, moving the saint's day to a time outside those periods. St. Patricks Day is very occasionally affected by this requirement. Thus when March 17 falls during Holy Week, as in 1940 when St. Patrick's Day was observed on April 3 in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and again in 2008, having been observed on 15 March.

Saint CyriL of JeruSaLem

Saint Cyril, born around 315 A.D. in Jerusalem, was ordained priest then bishop in 349. Not long after, he was in several controversies, which he inherited from his predecessor. One accusation was that the bishop sold church properties to the emperor to give alms to the poor. Thus, Cyril was condemned and thrown into exile. Sixteen years after, he returned, only to be caught in between proponents and opponents of Arianism. Cyril died in 386 at the age of 70.
In 1882, Cyril was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church because of his surviving work, The Catechetical Lectures.

Ellsberg, Robert. All Saints : Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time. Quezon City : Claretian Publications. 2001. pp. 123-124.

Saint SeraPion the SchoLaStic

Saint Serapion the Scholastic of the fourth century was a disciple of Saint Anthony and a friend of Saint Athanasius. He served as a monk, heading a catechetical school in Alexandria. In 339, he was Bishop of Thmuis. He fought Arianism and Macedonianism, thus, he was banished by Emperor Constantius II. Saint Jerome gave him the title “Confessor of the Faith.”
Among Serapion’s works were several learned letters, a treatise on the titles of the Psalms, and the sacramentary Euchologium (collection of liturgical prayers). He also wrote against Manichaeism, supporting the principle that man
has the choice to choose whether to use his body for good or evil. This meant it was a lie to think that “our souls are of God, our bodies of the devil.”
Serapion the Scholastic died of natural cause between 365 – 370 during his exile in Egypt.

Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, was born in 387 A.D. at Kilpatrick, Scotland. The young Patrick was captured in a raiding party and was taken to Ireland as a slave where the boy herded and tended sheep. In Ireland, Patrick grew close to God.
His captivity lasted for six years. In a dream, God spoke to Patrick, ordering him to leave the country by going to the coast.
There he found sailors who brought him back to Britain where he was reunited with his family. Patrick entered the seminary. He was ordained priest by St. Germanus, then become a bishop years after. He was assigned to take the Gospel to Ireland in 433. For 40 years, he converted hundreds and thousands of Irish to Catholicism.
One legend even says that Dichu, a chieftain of one of the tribes, was converted to the Catholic faith. In his attempt to kill Patrick, the chieftain was not able to move his arm until he became friendly to the latter.
Patrick and his disciples continued to preach and baptize people. They built churches throughout the country, performed miracles, and pronounced God’s love and mercy in confession.
After years of travelling, living in poverty and enduring much suffering, St. Patrick died on March 17, 461 in Downpatrick, Ireland.

Saint SilVin of AuChy

Saint SilVin of auChy
Silvin, also known as Silvinus, was born in Toulouse, France. He served as a courtier of Childeric II and Theodoric III. The man gave up his worldly possessions and became a penitential pilgrim to Jerusalem and a number of holy sites. He was ordained priest in Rome then consecrated regional bishop.

Silvin devoted 40 years of his life in missionary activities by evangelizing in the area around Therouanne and Toulouse and preaching about Christian truths and obligations. He taught the pagans to renounce the pleasures of life by applying the strong lessons of self-denial and mortification. In the end, he retired to the Benedictine Abbey of Auchy-les-Moines.

Saint Silvin died on February 15, some time between the years 718-720. His feast day is commemorated on February 17 in the Usuard, the Belgic and Roman martyrologies, and on February 15 in Auchy. Most of his remains are in Saint- Bertin’s Church at Saint-Omer.

Saint Juliana Of nicOmedia

Saint Juliana Of nicOmedia
Saint Juliana, patron of the sick, was the daughter of a pagan named Africanus.
He promised Juliana to a young noble named Evilase. The girl did not want him for a spouse ; thus, she insisted that he first becomes chief magistrate of Nicomedia before they would marry.

When he became prefect, she again insisted that he be converted to Christianity. Evilase did not agree. Juliana’s pagan father tortured her to change her mind but she remained firm to the Catholic faith.
Evilase brought the woman before the tribunal during the persecution of Maximianus. He denounced her a Christian. Thus, Juliana was burned and boiled in oil before finally beheading her in 305 A.D.
Her relics are found at Cumae, Naples in Italy.

Saint OneSimuS

Saint OneSimuS
From the first century A.D. came Onesimus, slave to the Colossian Christians Philemon and Apphia.
Onesimus committed theft from Philemon and in order to escape punishment, fled to Rome where he sought the help of St. Paul. The apostle converted Onesimus and sent him back to his master with the canonical Epistle to Philemon. In the letter, Paul asked Philemon for Onesimus’ freedom so he could have him as one of his assistants. Because of the apostle’s request, Philemon granted Onesimus pardon and gave him his freedom.

Onesimus became a faithful servant of St. Paul. And with Tychicus, he became bearer of the Epistle to the Colossians. Onesimus continued his service, until he became a preacher of the Gospel then a successor of St. Timothy as bishop of Ephesus.
Because of Onesimus’ merit of celibacy, the governor of Rome had him tortured for 18 days. His legs and thighs were broken with bludgeons, then Onesimus was stoned to death.


1 Peter 5:1-4

When we celebrate this Feast of the Chair of Peter, we are really celebrating the authority given to the Pope to lead the Church in its mission to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Jesus gave Peter the authority and responsibility to teach the People of God what it means to be a Christian. This ultimately means that each of us has the responsibility to read the documents that come forth form the Vatican as part of our discovering the mind of Christ for our lives.

1 Peter 5:1-4
1 I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed. 2 Tend the flock of God in your midst, [overseeing] not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. 3 Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.


The Saint Who Grant Wishes!!

I just want to share that, two years ago, I
went to see St. Therese's remains when it was put
on display in the Carmelite Church.

I went there because I was curious what was
this euphoria about the world's youngest saint
whose job is to grant people's wishes?

So I went with friend Lyn and I must admit the
life of the little child, Therese, intrigued me.

It turned out she was a child who wanted to serve
her God more than anything else in the world.

Thus, in every chore that she did: even watering
the plants, she performed it like it was for her master.

Since all her siblings were Carmelite nuns,
she became a nun herself, the youngest (12?) to
be allowed inside the convent. So we're talking of a
pure "uncorrupted soul". And then she died.

But she left a journal (suggested reading!)
which contained all her thoughts about God, love
and life. Since then she became the saint who
grants all wishes.

Believe it or not, my wish was granted! Not
because I said a novena but knowing about
her life and reading her works inspired me and made me
more patient and persevering.

According to religious beliefs, St. Theresa
was known as: "The Little Flower". Whenever you pray to
her for a miracle, she will send you a rose in one
form or another when the miracle has been granted.

You may smell roses, receive a rose by visual means, etc.

REMEMBER to make a wish before you read the
poem. That's all you have to do. There is nothing attached.

This is a powerful novena. Do not break this, please.

Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive.
There is no cost but a lot of reward. Let's
continue praying for one another.

Make a wish before you read this poem....(Did
you make a wish?) If you don't make a wish, it won't
come true.

May today there be peace within.

May you trust your highest power that you are
exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities
that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have
received, and pass on the love that has been given to
you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into our bones, and
allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, and to
bask in the sun.

It is there for each and every one of you.

Thought this was a beautiful prayer and wanted
to share it with you.