1/19 St Aleaunie

Today, January 19, we celebrate the life and works of St Aleaunie, patron of Burgos, Spain. Born in Laudun, Poitou, France, St Aleaunie chose to dedicate his life towards the military and doing his duty for his country. He was proud of his life as a soldier and worked hard in that role. During his time as a soldier, he took a journey to Rome where he met a man that would change his life. St Robert spread God’s word to the soldier and converted him to a religious life. This choice would, of course, change his life.

Queen Constance of Castile was one of those that were highly impressed by his holiness and invited him to her castle in Burgos, Spain. Her husband, King Alfonso IV then had a monastery built for him there to have him stay. He became the new abbot of this place and worked hard to bring the Lord to the people of Burgos, Spain. He wanted to share with them what had changed his life and change their lives as well. He wanted them to understand just what it was that was waiting for them out there and come to feel God’s love in their lives as well. However, war broke out and St Aleaunie used the skills he had obtained during his time as a soldier to join King Alfonso IV in battle.

God Bless him and may we also have such joy to spread God’s love and words to others in our lives.

1/18 St Dallan

Today, January 18, we celebrate the life and works of St Dallan. Born in Connaught, he was a man that valued knowledge and learning more than anything. He wanted to know all that he could about everything, but religion especially. He became a great scholar who through all of his studies became blind. He became a poet and tried to use words to give others hope and spread information about God to the masses. He wrote one certain poem in honor of St Columbia which was published after St Columbia’s death and was called Ambra Choluim Kille. According to the legends surrounding St Dallan, his sight was restored after this poem was published.

He was martyred out at sea by pirates. They tried to ensure that he wouldn’t be found, but miraculously he was and was properly buried. He was a man that wanted others to know all that he did and crave to learn more from what the world and God had to offer them. He is a man that many should want to emulate.

God Bless him and may he be an example to us all to use our talents and passions to further the glory of God.

1/17 Blessed Amadeus of Lausanne

Today, January 17, we celebrate the life and works of Blessed Amadeus of Lausanne. Bl Amadeus was born of a royal family and was the son of Bl. Amadeus of Clermont. He was a man that knew what he wanted and went after it. In this instance, it involved him going into the church and working hard to bring happiness and God’s love to the people. He grew up educated at Bonnevaux and then at Cluny, following in his father’s footsteps in many ways. His life led to him going into service in the household of King Henry V. It was while he was there that he became a Cistercian.

He worked hard in that role too, becoming the abbot of Ilautecombe Savoy and then the bishop of Lausanne just five years after that in 1144. He did much in his time in these roles to help others and wanted nothing more than to bring glory to God and show others the path that would lead them to Heaven. He was a man of passion and desire when it came to God and spreading His work to others.

God Bless him and may we also live our lives for the glory of God and spreading His word and love to others.

1/16 St Angela Merici

Today, January 16, we celebrate the life and works of St Angela Merici. St Angela was a woman that was asked by Pope Clement VII to lead a religious order of nursing sisters, but she told him no. You see, Angela had just returned from a trip to the Holy Land and when she had gone there, she fell ill and lost her sight. Even so, she continued her pilgrimage without seeing, instead seeing with her heart. When she returned, her eye sight returned and it only gave her all the more vigor and drive to help those that were about her.

Her focus was on the girls about her home town that were uneducated and living such poor lives because of this. She would gather others like herself, those that believed in God and wanted to follow His call, and head out into the streets of her home town to gather the women together and teach them. She had been doing this for countless years before the Pope offered her such an honor, but his request seemed to give her the drive to make things a bit more formal than they had been before. Though they never became a religious order in her lifetime, Angela’s Company of Saint Ursula did get recognized.

God Bless her and may we also not turn a blind eye to those in need or to the call of God.

1/15 St Elizabeth Ann Seton

Today, January 15, we celebrate the life and works of St Elizabeth Ann Seton. St Elizabeth was the first American to be canonized by the church. St Elizabeth didn’t lead a normal life. It was simple, true, but it was filled with much heartbreak and suffering. She was an avid reader as a child and read anything that she could get her hands on, including the Bible. In a sense, there was one area of her life that she was lucky in and that was love. She married the man that she was deeply in love with, Will Seton. For a year or so, life seemed perfect. She had nothing to worry about and was blissful in her new marriage. It seemed to only bring her closer to God.

However, that came to an end with the death of Will’s father. With his father’s death, they became the caregivers of his seven half brothers and sisters as well as the owners of his father’s import business. It was a tough few years and he eventually had to file for bankruptcy. With all of this, his health was failing him as well. So he and St Elizabeth went to Italy where he eventually passed away. Her one conciliation in this was that he had found the Lord before this happened. Knowing that he was in a better place, she turned herself over to her religion completely.

St Elizabeth was known for being kind, courteous, witty, patient, and having a good sense about her. These were things that she took with her when she focused all of her attention on her religion. She had friends in Italy help her to learn more about Catholicism and showed her the truth. She took these lessons with her to Baltimore, Maryland where she opened a school. She used all that she had learned to help others starting the first free Catholic school for others to attend.

God Bless her and the work that she did to bring Him to the lives of others. May she inspire us to do like works.

1/14 St Peter Thomas

Today, January 14, we celebrate the life and works of St Peter Thomas. Born in Gascony, France, he knew at a young age that he was going to be doing more with his life than others. While still young, he joined the Carmelites. It took time, but he began to work his way up in the organization and eventually even became the procurator of the Carmelites. It was then that he moved the headquarters of this organization to Avignon where he gained papal attention because of his great skills in preaching and his way with words.

This gained him position further than the Carmelites. He became papal diplomat in Genoa, Milan, and Venice. He was appointed bishop in Patti, Lipari, and Coron. He was also archbishop of Candia and appointed titular patriarch of Constantinople. He was a man that took his relationship with God seriously and saw that it was his duty to spread God’s word to others.

God Bless him and may we all spread God’s love and word to the world in every manner that we can.

1/13 St Francis de Sales

Today, January 13, we celebrate the life and works of St Francis de Sales, Patron Saint of Journalist and writers. St Francis was a man that exemplified patience. In fact, he knew for thirteen years that he was being called to priesthood and vocation, but waited until that point to finally tell his family. He wanted to make sure that he was doing God’s will and not whatever it was that he wanted or what his family wanted him to do. He went to Paris to study to be a solider because his father wanted him to be one. He further went to Padua to study law, all the time waiting to see what God wanted for his life. And God did show His will to St Francis while he was riding one day. Three times he fell from his horse and each time his sword fell from its scabbard to land, with the scabbard in the shape of a cross.

It was around this time he was appointed as provost of his diocese and took it to heart. Even though people didn’t tend to take him seriously because he was a noble turned priest and many thought that he was merely making fun of them in his sermons, he still spread the word of God. One of his more interesting times of spreading the Word was when he went to Switzerland to convert the Calvinist back to Catholicism. Many thought this was a crazy idea, but he believed that it was what he was being called to do. He went door to door, having many doors slammed in his face, but it didn’t stop him. For three years he traveled about Switzerland without any success. Finally, seeing that he couldn’t get many to open their doors to him, he began to write his sermons and copy them by hand before sliding them under the doors to the houses. By the time he left Switzerland, he had converted 40,000 Calvinist back to Catholicism.

He did much in his life to spread God’s Word to the people. He saw prayer as being the ultimate way to show that love to God and advised others to use it as often as possible.

God Bless him and may we too use prayer to show our love to God as well as practice the patience as he did to follow God’s will.

1/12 St Ildephonsus

Today, January 12, we celebrate the life and works of St Ildephonsus. He was a well recognized and known in Spain because of his work involving the Blessed Virgin. He knew at the young age that his life was going to be dedicated to the church, even though he was born of a noble family. He joined a Benedictine monastery and quickly became the abbot of that monastery. In this position, he was able to go on and see the Council of Toledo in both 653 and 655

Continuing in his role as a holy man, he was elected to fill the role of archbishop of Toledo after his grandfather and did so with diligence and sanctity. He believed in leading the people and bringing them closer to God. To do this, he led by example and encouraged others to do so as well. He didn’t want to lose anyone to worldly desires. He would continue to preach to his people up until the time that he left this world to join our Heavenly Father.

God Bless him and may we also look to lead by example as St Ildephonsus did, bringing others closer to God.

1/11 St Vincent Pallotti

Today, January 11, we celebrate the life and works of St Vincent Pallotti. Born in Rome, he knew from a very young age that he wanted to dedicate his life to Christ and did so by becoming a priest. He wanted to make it his mission to reach all the non-Catholics in the world and spread God’s love and word to them. He knew that there would be ways to do this that could involved the regular man and allow them to reach them on some level, but he also knew that there was a lot in this world that could keep it from happening.

For this cause, he spent large amounts of money to reach those regular men by creating guilds for workers, loan associations, orphanages, schools that taught trade skills. He wanted to give people something to hope for so they stopped looking at the bad and were willing to embrace the good in their lives. He was a man that wanted to focus on God’s love by helping those that were poor and unable to help themselves.

God Bless him and may we also learn to help others in such manners as he did.

1/10 St Anges

Today, January 10, we celebrate the life and works of St Agnes, patron of the children of Mary. St Agnes was a young girl that knew exactly what it was that she wanted even at a young age and made a promise to God to never stain her purity. She wanted to live her life only for him. She loved him very much and didn’t want sin to touch her life, viewing her body as a temple to God. Many didn’t understand this. They saw the beautiful young woman that she was and wanted nothing more than to have her as their wife. She knew her path and knew that it didn’t involve marrying anyone, but focusing her life on God. In fact, when asked if she would wed them, she would simply respond to her suitors that “Jesus Christ is my only Spouse.”

This didn’t sit well with Procop, the Governor’s son. He wanted her for himself and thought that there was a way to convince her to his side through rich gifts and promises, but she kept refusing him for God. This angered him greatly so he had her brought before his father, claiming her to be a Catholic. His father offered her more wonderful gifts to simply deny God and agree to wed his son. She refused once again. He tried to change her mind by having her thrown in chains. Still, she remained steadfast in her love for God. Next she was sent to a place of sin where he had hoped she would break, but an Angel protected her and she wasn’t touched.

This caused her to be sentenced to martyrdom. Everyone was so sad to see someone so young and beautiful being given this sentence, but St Agnes looked as happy as a bride for she was going to join God in Heaven.

God Bless her and may we also have such joy and desire in our lives to treat our relationship with God in such a high manner.

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