Archive for May 25th, 2012

05/24 St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi

Today on May 24th we , as a community, celebrate the life of St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi. St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi was born into a noble family in Florence in 1566. The normal course would have been for Catherine de Pazzi to have married wealth and enjoyed comfort, but she chose to follow her own path. At nine she learned to meditate from the family confessor. She made her first Communion at the then-early age of 10 and made a vow of virginity one month later. When 16, she entered the Carmelite convent in Florence because she could receive Communion daily there. God Bless!

05/23 St. Felix of Cantalice

Today, on May 23rd, we celebrate the great works of St. Felix of Cantalice. St. Felix of Cantalice was the first Capuchin Franciscan ever canonized. In fact, when he was born, the Capuchins did not yet exist as a distinct group within the Franciscans. God Bless!

05/22 St. Rita of Cascia

Today on May 22nd, we celebrate the life of St. Rita of Cascia. St. Rita of Cascia was born at Roccaporena in central Italy, Rita wanted to become a nun but was pressured at a young age into marrying a harsh and cruel man. During her 18-year marriage, she bore and raised two sons. After her husband was killed in a brawl and her sons had died, Rita tried to join the Augustinian nuns in Cascia. Unsuccessful at first because she was a widow, Rita eventually succeeded. God Bless!

05/21 St. Cristóbal Magallanes

Today, on May 21, we celebrate the life of St. Cristóbal Magallanes. Cristóbal established a clandestine seminary at Totatiche, Jalisco. Magallanes and the other priests were forced to minister secretly to Catholics during the presidency of Plutarco Calles (1924-28). God Bless his sacrifice.

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