Francesca dei Roffredeschi was born in Rome in 1384, a time when the city was, arguably, at its worst. With a population of only about 25,000, it was no longer a center of power and international commerce. The popes had long departed to Avignon, France. The skyline was littered with the ruins of once spectacular structures. Wild animals ran free through the overgrowth dominating the city.
STEWARDSHIP SAINT FOR FEBRUARY: SAINT MARGARET OF CORTONA
Margaret of Cortona is the patron saint of single mothers and the homeless. Her story begins in 1247 in Laviano, Tuscany, where she was born into a farming family. Her mother died when Margaret was seven years old and life with her stepmother was very difficult. At age seventeen, Margaret met a young Tuscan nobleman of Cortona, moved out of the family home, and into the young man’s castle.
January 21, 2018 - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” - Mark 1:17
Jesus’ call to “Follow me” is a call to all Christians! The call is in the here and now, in our present circumstances, not when we think we are “ready” or have everything in order. Good stewardship of our God-given gifts means that things aren’t always going to go according to our schedule and that God has a much better plan in store for each of us.
January 14, 2018 - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’” - John 1:38
What are you looking for? Are you wasting your time looking for the material comforts of the world? Or, is your heart longing for something deeper that can only be found by spending time with God? Take time, each day, in silence and ask the Lord what it is that He wants you to do.
STEWARDSHIP SAINT FOR JANUARY: SAINT ITA
Ita of Killeedy, Ireland, also known as Ida, is one of the two most famous women saints in Ireland, along with Brigid of Kildare. Born near present-day County Waterford, allegedly of a royal family, she was baptized as Deidre. She is said to have rejected a prestigious marriage for a life as a consecrated woman religious. She moved early in her life to Killeedy (in County Limerick), where she founded a small community of nuns and resided for the remainder of her life, in community with other consecrated women. She dedicated herself to prayer, fasting, a simplicity of life and cultivating a gift for spiritual discernment.
STEWARDSHIP SAINT FOR December:
Saint Fabiola is the patron saint of difficult marriages, divorced persons, abused spouses and victims of unfaithful spouses. She was a Christian, born in Rome in the mid-4th century to a powerful and wealthy family. She was married off at a young age to an abusive and adulterous husband.
Gracious Lord, Let your goodness reveal itself to us, that we, made in your image,
may conform ourselves to it. We cannot imagine your majesty, power and wonder
on our own; nor is it fitting for us to try. But your kindness and mercy reach
from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below to show us the fruits of your
Incarnation. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the
greatest of all gifts, the gift of your eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands,
embrace us with your tiny arms, and soften our hearts with your tender voice
so that we might respond as humble stewards of your active presence in the world.
We pray this through Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Adapted from a prayer by
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux�
“In truth I say to you, whatever you did to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me”
Saint Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz was born on November 17, 1576 in the city of Asunción, now the capital of Paraguay, South America. The son of wealthy Spanish colonists, he was well-educated and a devout Catholic. He was ordained a priest at age 22.
Alphonsus Rodriguez was a Spanish Jesuit lay brother whose assignment for 45 years was being a doorkeeper at one of its colleges. One observer noted that Alphonsus carried out this simple task with such loving hospitality that the act of opening the college door became a “sacramental gesture.”
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