Today, July 16, we celebrate the life and works of St Eulalia of Merida, Patron of Mérida, Spain; Oviedo, Spain; runaways; torture victims; widows. Born in Spain, Merida was a woman of beauty, but she had dedicated herself to the Catholic faith and wanted nothing of worldly possessions or desires. In fact, it is believed that at the young age of twelve, she went before Judge Dacian of Merida to talk to him about his horrible treatment of Catholics and for trying to force them to worship false idols that they wanted no part of. They were tortured because they wouldn’t give in to his demands and she wanted him to feel bad about it and repent for actions.
At first he was amused by her words and actions, finding her to be nothing more than a small girl that had no idea of what she was talking about. With her persistence, it only served to bring forth his wrath and irritation because she was nothing more than a child. How dare she tell him what he should and should not be doing. As such, she ordered her to be removed from his presence and tortured until she understood her mistake. She was martyred for her faith.
God Bless her and may we also stand strong in our beliefs and understanding, reaching out to others when they are in need.
Today, July 15, 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.
Today, July 14, we celebrate the life and works of St Vigor. Born in Artois, France, he studied under the renowned St Vedast. However, when his father showed opposition to him becoming a priest, he ran away. It was when he ran away that he finally was ordained, not wanting his father to stand in the way of what he saw to be his future. He loved the Lord and wanted nothing more than to become His loyal subject throughout his life.
He did much preaching in Raviere and worked for many years as a missionary in that area. The only reason he stopped working as a missionary was when he became bishop of Baycux. When he became bishop, he worked hard to stop the spread of paganism and bring forth the love of the Lord into the world. He is known for the church that he built on the land and grounds that a one-time pagan idol was worshiped on as well as the monastery he established nearby by the name of St Vigor le Grand.
God Bless him and may we have such passion that we would turn all of our hope and life over to God to guide to do with as He chooses.
Today, July 13, we celebrate the life and works of St Spyridon of Tremithius, Patron of potters and corfu. Born in Cyprus, he was a shepherd that had found a beautiful wife that he loved and was blessed with a beautiful daughter. Tragedy struck and he lost his wife. With that pain, he entered a monastery to dedicate his life to God while his daughter went into a convent. Even then he was known for his great piety and devotion to God and spreading God’s love and word.
He did great things in his time working in the church and eventually was appointed to a position as see of Tremithius. Some of the things he is known for was his intelligence and knowledge of the word and how ingenious he was in countering the arguments of those that were fighting against God’s word. He also showed great skill in converting a pagan philosopher to Catholicism through such knowledge.
God Bless him and may we also turn towards God for strength and love in our times of hardness.
Today, July 12, 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, July 11, we celebrate the life and works of St Budoc, Patron of Plourin Ploudalmezeau, France; Plymouth, England. St Budoc was born between a union of the king of Brittany and Azenor, the daughter of the ruler of Brest, France. According to legend, Azenor was exiled for something that she had supposedly done that angered the king greatly because her stepmother hated her and didn’t want her to have any influence when it came to Brittany and what the king did. As such, she planted lies of infidelity. She was exiled by way of cask and St Budoc was born at sea. It was through this that he arrived on the shores of Ireland and was taken in to a monastery near to Waterford, Ireland.
He was raised in that monastery and spent all of his life dedicated to God and spreading the Lord’s word. He became Abbot of that monastery and then bishop of Dol, Brittany. It was there that he stayed for twenty-six years. He was a man dedicated to God and to spreading his love throughout those that came to his monastery. He spent much time working towards spreading God’s word to all that would listen.
God Bless him and may we also find hope and guidance even when life throws us curve balls.
Today, July 10, we celebrate the life and works of 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, July 9, we celebrate the life and works of St Erminold. St Erminold was born in the German region of Swabia and was sent to a monastery at a young age, as was usual for many children in that area, to be educated for life. While most would go back to their regular lives, he went on to become a monk and was subsequently appointed as abbot of the monastery of Prufening. St Erminold was famous of his compassion and his desire to tend to those that were in need, such as those that were hungry and sick. During the famine that struck the land, he actually emptied the storehouse of all of their food to feed those in need, regardless of if they had to suffer from starvation. The people mattered more. However, St Erminold prayed to God to intervene and provide the monks with food in their hour of need.
Their prayers were answered when the next day a rich nobleman arrived and wanted to relieve their need from his own wealth. They were given food and supplies. This seemed to invoke jealousy within the other monks that hadn’t agreed with his measures or the way he had done things. He wanted to bring back the discipline that they had lived by before that had slowly seemed to grow lack. There were those that liked the way that things were and resented him for wanting to change it. One of these monks let his resentment get the better of him and struck St Erminold with a heavy wooden beam. He was gravely injured from this. While everyone gathered around his sick bed, he predicted to them that the following day when they sang Glory to God in the Highest, he would depart this world to join God. His prediction came true.
God Bless him and may we also put others first and show God’s love through our actions towards them.
Today, July 8, we celebrate the life and works of St Thorfinn. St Thorfinn was a man that not many remembered until after he had left this world, many years later in fact. It was during some construction on the church that his tomb was revealed and opened, finding that he gave off a pleasing scent even though he had been gone from this world for nearly 50 years. It was this that made question arise and people turned to Father Walter to inquire about the man that they had uncovered. He was a bishop, born in Trondhjem. He was canonized at the Cathedral of Nidaros and was there for the signing of the agreement of Tonsborg. This agreement was later disputed by the king and he exiled the archbishop as well as two bishops, one being St Thorfinn.
He survived many hardships after this happened, including shipwreck before he arrived at the abbey of TerDoest in Flanders. It was here that he knew that his time was coming to an end and made a will to separate what little he had between his family and certain churches and charities at his diocese. He was a gentle man in life and showed great kindness and charity towards others. This didn’t impede his strong will to do God’s will and share God’s love with the world. Because of the memories he left with Father Walter, he wrote a poem about him after he had departed this world that was still intact, regardless of the years that had passed. They viewed this as a sign from God that he was to be remembered.
God Bless him and may we also live a life that is strongly dedicated towards God and spreading His love to the world.
Today, July 7, 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.