Today, November 29, we celebrate the life and works of St Emma. As a relative of Emperor St Henry II, she was given quite a few privileges, including being raised and taught at his court. It was there, and through her connection to the Emperor, that she met and married Landgrave William of Friesach. Together they had two children and experience a few blessings before tragedy struck in the form of losing both of the children during an uprising from those that worked in the mines that William owned. With the loss of her children, St Emma was grief-stricken as was her husband. He set out on a pilgrimage to Rome but never made it back.
St Emma took these losses and devoted herself to God. She gave everything she could to the poor and used her skills to find quite a few religious homes as well as a double monastery. Most of these homes and monastery still stand today. The religious homes can be found in Carinthia, Austria and the double monastery can be found in Gurk, Austria. Because of her good deeds towards the poor and doing all within her power to help others, she was venerated a saint within her lifetime.
God Bless her and may we also find light even in the midst of great tragedy through God.
Today, November 28, 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, November 27, we celebrate the life and works of St Joseph Pignatelli. Born in Saragossa, Spain, he became religious at the young age of fifteen. He led a life dedicated to God and focused on improving the state of religion in the world. When there was a suppression of religion where he was living, he left the country, taking up a location in Bologna, Italy. He resided there for two decades before he finally allowed himself to return. It was when he returned that he began to work extra hard to restore the stature to the church that had been taken away in the suppression.
He created a new semiofficial novitiate for the church, laying a foundation for the Society of Jesus to be restored once more by Pope Pius VII fifteen years after he created the new novitiate for the church. St Joseph was a man of holiness that seemed to go above and beyond what others would have done.
God Bless him and may we also have such dedication to our religion and spreading it to others.
Today, November 26, we celebrate the life and works of 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 25, 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, November 24, we celebrate the life and works of 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 the life and works of 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 the life and works of 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 21, we celebrate the life and works of 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 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.