Today, November 27, we celebrate St Tudwal. St Tudwal was born in Wales, but journeyed to Brittany, France and other countries as a monk with his family to spread the Word of God. Because the Celtic language was understood by them, it was easy for them to communicate among the people. With his cousin a king, he used that to help him spread the Word throughout the kingdom, wanting to improve their lifestyle.
He started the Lan Paku in Leon, Spain as well as became bishop of Treher. It was there that he spent the rest of his life working among the people and encouraging them to spread the Word among their family and friends.
God Bless him and may we also have such passion in spreading God’s Word.
Today, November 26, we celebrate St Brice. St Brice was raised by a well known and quite religious man, St Martin of Tours. However, this had quite an adverse reaction on St Brice. He became extremely vain and held St Martin in contempt. St Martin was patient with him, showing him love and guidance. In time, St Brice apologized to St Martin and asked for his forgiveness. He made an effort to change his life and even succeeded St Martin in becoming bishop of Tours.
However, he reverted to his old way and became lax once more in his duties. For this he was exiled ot Rome where he spent seven years learning and watching. At the end of those seven years he had completely changed his life around and devoted himself fully to God and His mission.
God Bless him and may we also remember that through everything God is always there and will lead us down the right path.
Today, November 25, we celebrate St Phileas. St Phileas was born in Thumis, Egypt. He became the bishop of his birth town and worked hard to spread the Word of the Lord and bring them happiness. He was well known for his wisdom and his desire to learn and pass on that love of learning to others around him.
It was during the persecution of Emperor Maximus that he was arrested. He was ordered to sacrifice to their gods and to turn away from the path of God. He refused, telling them that God was the only way and that he would never turn from the path that He had set before him. For this, he was martyred.
God Bless him and may we also have such devotion to God and what he has set before us.
Today, November 23, we celebrate St Rosalia. St Rosalia was born in Palermo, Spain. Even at a young age she knew that God was the way. She turned from earthly desires and focused her life on God. To do this and to ensure she wasn’t tempted by earthly desires, she ran away to hide in a cave. On these cave walls she inscribed the words, “I, Rosalia, daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Roses and Quisquina, have taken the resolution to live in this cave for the love of my Lord, Jesus Christ.” She remained there for all of her life.
She lived a life in constant communion with God and giving all of her praise and glory to Him. She had no desire to return to the world and, to prove to herself that she was passed the point of desiring that which the world offered, she moved her hiding place to Mount Pellegrino, just three miles from where she grew up and had lived as a child. It was almost as if she were showing that she had truly given all of herself to God.
God Bless her and may we be as devote as she was in life.
Today, November 24, we celebrate St Andrew Dung Lac. This day is for those 117 people that were canonized for their martyrdom in Vietnam. Even though the persecution was high and the toll great, these people worked tirelessly against the odds to preach God’s Word to the people of Vietnam, wanting to instill in them the power of God and bring them hope. These people suffered for their cause, but found great joy in seeing those brought to God on a daily basis. Their work was rewarded in life by reaching those that never would have been reached because of government restrictions.
Of these 117 people there were people from France, Spain and Vietnam. There were priests, lay-men, and bishops. It was a wide array of people that were brought together for one cause and lived for that cause. They wanted the Word of God to take root in Vietnam and bring good to the country.
God Bless them and may we also have such passion and vigor for spreading the word of God as well.
Today, November 22, we celebrate St Liberalis. St Liberalis was born in Brive, France. Raised in religion, he came to hate the way that people seemed to disregard what was their sworn duty to God in favor of more worldly pursuits. He decided to go to the Alps to become a hermit and devote his life to God and his worship of Him. His new home was near to Embrun and the people turned towards him for signs of humility and other virtues that they associated with God.
It was because of this that they appointed him as their bishop. He turned out to be a devote pastor and led them in God’s Way.
God Bless him and may we also be so devote and loving in our worship of God.
Today, November 21, we celebrate St Alnoth. St Alnoth was a hermit and a herder in his life. He tended the cows at the monastery of St Werburga in Northampton, England. He was a man that took great pride in helping others, even when it meant that he was being used. He didn’t mind though because he saw what he was doing as helping others in some way or another.
People looked towards him as a sign of holiness and patience. He wanted nothing more than to tend his animals and spread God’s love through helping others. It was when he retired from this position that he was martyred for his faith.
God Bless him and may we spread God’s love by helping others.
Today, November 20, we celebrate St Dubricus. St Dubricus was born in Madley, Wales and was known by a few other names such as Dubric, Dyfrig, or Devereux. He founded monasteries in both Henllan and Moccas. These were the motherhouses for other abbeys including Herefordshire, Gwent, and the Wye Valley. He was ordained and appointed bishop as well in his time.
He wanted to bring the Word of God to other people, to further the reach of what could be heard and learned.
God Bless him and may we also seek to further the reach of God and his Word.
Today, November 19, we celebrate St Nerses the Great. St Nerses was born in Armenia before he left to study in Cappodocia. It was there that he met his future bride in the form of a princess. It was this princess that gave birth to his son, Isaac the Great. Sadly, she left this world too soon for St Nerses and he devoted his life to the court of the Armenian king. There was, at first, a chamber lain before he became the Catholicos of Armenia. He worked hard to change the church in Armenia.
He worked hard on reforming and bringing them up to standards that he believed should have been upheld. This, however was one of the reasons that led him to being exiled. The other reason was that he held the king responsible for the murder of the king’s wife. He simply had to wait until the king passed in battle before he could return. Spirits weren’t any better though upon his return because he wouldn’t allow him entrance into the church because of the life he lived.
God Bless him and may we also focus on spreading God’s love throughout.
Today, November 18, we celebrate St Albert the Great. St Albert was born in Germany and was a Dominican friar and bishop. He was one of the greatest minds to be associated with the Catholic church. He studied at the University of Padua. He even was a teacher at Hildesheim, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Regensburg, and Strasbourg. It was at the University of Paris that he received his doctorate.
He focus was on science. He studied biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geography, metaphysics, and mathematics. With all of this, he also studied and was a great base of knowledge in biblical studies and theology.
God Bless him and may we have a desire to use of knowledge and what we learn to bring joy and praise to God.