Today, November 20, we celebrate the life and works of 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 19, we celebrate the life and works of 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 18, we celebrate the life and works of 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 17, we celebrate the life and works of 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.
Today, November 16, we celebrate the life and works of St Cybi, Patron of Cuby, Cornwall Landulph, Cornwall Llangibby, Monmouthshire, Wales Llangybi, Cardigan, Wales Tregony, Cornwall Kenwyn, Cornwall. Born in Cornwall, England, one of the things that St Cybi is most famous for is journeying to Jerusalem to venerate the tomb of Christ. It was while he was in this land that he became a priest as well as a bishop. However, upon his return to Cornwall, he found that his father had died and he had in fact inherited the throne to Cornwall. He declined this position, giving up his rights to the throne to focus on a life dedicated to God.
Shortly after this, he traveled around the country, journeying to Wales and even Ireland building churches and spreading God’s Word. It was later when he returned to Wales that the king gave him an old fortress known as Holyhead on the island of Anglesey. Here was where St Cybi spent the rest of his time, building a monastery and teaching others.
God Bless him and may we have such joy in our hearts when spreading the Word of God.
Today, November 15, we celebrate the life and works of St Helena. St Helena was the mother empress of Constantine the Great. Born in Bithynia, she married the Roman general, Constantius I Chlorus. It was shortly after that time that she found herself with child and Constantine the Great was born. She raised Constantine as she was expected to as well as encouraged him to become the warrior that was expected of him. When Constantius was named junior emperor, he divorced St Helena in order to marry the co-emperor’s stepdaughter and raise his chances to become emperor. That was lost to him when Constantine, his son, won a huge battle and was given that honor.
For St Helena, she turned her life towards God and worked hard on many charities including helping to have churches built throughout Rome and the Holy Land. It became a dream of hers to go to the Holy Land and see it for herself as well as see the progress they had made. She wanted to bring God to more people and give them plenty of places to come together in worship and learning of the word. It is there that she is said to have discovered the True Cross.
God Bless her and may we also turn to God in both our times of need and our times of happiness.
Today, November 14, we celebrate the life and works of St Gelasius. St Gelasius was born in Rome in the fifth century. He was ordained a priest before he was elected Pope. He was known for being a strong man of God, focusing on learning, justice, holiness, and charity. He worked hard to improve Rome, taking away the pagan festivals and focusing on improving situations. This included the conflicts caused by Constantinople and tried to reach peace involved in all of the situations that were being presented to him.
He worked hard to teach the importance of charity, to show that justice was important in improving the world. He wanted them to understand that everyone needed to learn, that it was only through learning that they could expect people to be able to approach the world with a better chance at improving it.
God Bless him and may we also remember that learning, justice and turning to God are important.
Today, November 13, we celebrate the life and works of St Lawrence O’Toole. St Lawrence did not lead an easy life. At a young age he was given up by his father to a tyrant, king of Leinster, to be held hostage. The king treated so inhumanely until he was finally delivered over to Bishop of Glenadough. He was the picture of virtue and worked hard to help others. He was eventually even appointed abbot of the monastery in Glenadough and all looked to him for guidance in the way they should live their lives.
Before long he was appointed as metropolitan See of Dublin. This gave him even more responsibilities, including traveling to England on multiple occasions to see the king. The first time while he was at the Christ Church, he was struck in the head by a man and believed to be mortally wounded. He asked for a glass of water, blessed it and then washed the wound with the water. The bleeding stopped and he continued on with mass as if nothing had happened. Another time saw him negotiating peace between the king of England and the monarch of Ireland. The king was so moved by him that he agreed to all his terms and let him handle the negotiations.
God Bless him and may we also face life with such vigor and passion as he did regardless of our circumstances.
Today, November 12, we celebrate the life and works of St Gratia. St Gratia spent much of his young life at sea, fishing and bringing in food for others as well as trade. However, one day when he was around thirty, he went into a church in Venice and heard a sermon that reached out to him and spoke to him. Right then he knew that his life was changed and he wouldn’t return to a life as a fisherman. He was determined to enter that order and was accepted as a lay-brother at Monte Ortono.
There he was employed in the gardens and worked hard to earn the respect of the whole convent. It didn’t take long before they all saw in him something. He was sent to St Christopher in venice where he became friar. People claimed to see a light over his door every night and miracles were were performed in his presence. One such miracle occurred happened when the church was being repaired. While he was working, they received water all summer even though it was extremely dry. It stayed fresh and clean even when the sea got into it.
God Bless him and may we also follow God’s plan that can change our lives in a mere moment.
Today, November 11, we celebrate the life and works of St Conrad of Constance. St Conrad was born to a wealthy and prestigious family and was son of Count Heinrich of Altdorf. Because of his high rank in society, he was taught in a cathedral school and later ordained there. It was after his education came to an end that he was offered the esteemed position of provost of the Constance cathedral. He spent much of his time focusing on what was important for the school and furthering the education of those that desired to be taught.
Years later he was appointed Bishop of Constance. With this honor, he worked hard for the people. He avoided the political world and focused on what needed to be done for the Catholicism. He built many churches and gave away all of the money that he inherited to the church, the poor, and fixing the buildings and such that were in need.
God Bless him and may we also focus on what’s important in our lives, our churches, and in God’s plan for us.