Today, July 19, 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 18, 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 17, 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 16, 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 15, 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 14, 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 13, 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.
Today, July 12, we celebrate the life and works of St Blaise, Patron of Throat Illness and Wild Animals. St Blaise, though not much is known of him, was born to a rich and noble family that raised him in the Catholic faith. It was because of this that he followed his faith into becoming a Bishop. Shortly after he received this honor, though, a new persecution of Catholics arose and he was told by God to go and hide in the hills for those that were searching for those like him were sure to find him where he was. St Blaise obeyed God’s will and went into the mountains.
However, in time, these men that had been searching for those like him found their way into the mountains, trying to find those that might have escaped and were hiding. They came upon a cave with wild animals surrounding it, each one sick. St Blaise was among them, healing their illness and was unafraid that they were wild animals that could strike and kill him at any moment. The men captured him and took him away, planning to sentence him for being a man of faith, especially when they realized he was a Bishop. This did nothing to take away from St Blaise’s faith and he stood strong. They tried starving him, yet a woman that he had helped in the past came into the prison with food hidden and gave it to him, keeping him alive. He was martyred some time later.
God Bless him and may we all stay strong in our faith and follow God’s will as St Blaise did, even if it leads us to strange places. God always has a plan for us. It is for us to trust His will.
Today, July 11, we celebrate the life and works of St Adelard. St Adelard was born of royal blood, being the nephew of King Pepin as well as first cousin of Charlemange. He became a monk of Corbie before moving forward in his life to become an abbot and the counselor of Charlemange. He was forced by the king after this to quit the monastery and become the chief minister for Charlemange’s son, Pepin. There are always politics to be dealt with in any role of power and he was subject to such things himself. He was forced into exile at the monastery of Heri where he stayed for five years until he was recalled back to court. He had been accused of supporting the rival power of the king’s.
He stayed on at the court for a number of years until he finally decided to retire to the Abbey of Corbie where he finally joined the Lord due to illness. There were many miracles reported after his death that people attributed to him.
God Bless him and may we also dedicate our life towards God and spreading his love and Word to others even when it is hard to do so.
Today, July 10, we celebrate the life and works of St Waningus. St Waningus was born in Rouen, France and was actually a nobleman of the court of King Clotaire III. However, he gave up his worldly life and possessions because of a dream in which he was told about the hardships that met those going into the Kingdom of Heaven. He didn’t want there to be any hardships between him and his final resting place and thus gave away everything that he had to turn his life towards Catholicism and God. He became a Benedictine monk and worked hard to help out those that were in need.
He didn’t want the dream he had of St Eulalia of Barcelona to come true, to have himself suffer because he clung too tightly to worldly possessions so he tried to not own anything of great value and took pride instead in the work that he accomplished among the people. He was gentle and kind and had a very big and caring heart. He helped establish the Fontenelle Abbey alongside St Wandrille as well as singularly being responsible for establishing the Holy Trinity Church and Convent of Fecamp.
God Bless him and may we also focus more on helping others and bringing glory to God than our worldly possessions.