Today, May 12, we celebrate the life and works of St Daniel. St Daniel was an Egyptian that took pity on those Catholics that were being imprisoned in the mines of Cilicia to work as punishment for their belief. He, along with four others with him, went to Caesarea, Palestine to offer comfort to those being enslaved because of their religion. They wanted nothing more than to share a little of God’s love with their brothers being brutalized. They made it no further than the gates of Caesarea before they were apprehended and brought before the governor.
Firmilian, the governor, was a hard man and listened to the city guardsmen accuse these men of being Catholics. He refused to stand for such happening in his city. He sentenced the group to be martyred for their faith as an example of what would happen to any Catholics that came to his city. He would do all within his power to help along the Maximus persecution. All men went bravely to their fates, never once denying their relationship with God.
God Bless him and may we also bravely help those in need, bringing a little light into their lives by sharing God’s love with them.
Today, May 11, 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, May 10, we celebrate the life and works of St Hilda. St Hilda was born of royal blood. In fact, she was the daughter of the king of Northumbria, England. She didn’t care about her royal blood aside from the fact that it would allow her to reach more people to spread the Word of God. She worked hard to learn all that she could and focus that to a life dedicated to Him.
At the age of thirty three, she followed her sister to the Chelles Monastery in France. However, at the request of Si Aidan, she returned to her homeland and become abbess of Hartlepool. She took that job joyously and focused on training others to follow in her footsteps, including five bishops.
God Bless her and may we also dedicate ourselves to passionately to the life that God has planned for us.
Today, May 9, we celebrate the life and works of St Victorinus of Pettau. St Victorinus was born in Greece, right near to the borders of the Eastern and Western Empires. This meant that while most spoke Latin extremely well, St Victorinus was far more fluent in Greek. He was a man that traveled and worked for God. He was a Bishop of Pettau, better known today as Styria, Austria, at a point in his life. Much of that life was spent in writing, mostly, as you would guess, in Greek though he did write a few works in Latin. These works have mostly been lost to us today except for two of them.
Because of his works and religion, he was martyred during the persecution and reign of Emperor Diocletian. Even so, his works still live on today. His accomplishments towards furthering the reach of God’s Word and wisdom were successful.
God Bless him and may we spread the Word of God to those that He places in our path.
Today, May 8, we celebrate the life and works of St Peter of Tarantaise. Born in France, St Peter was rather like most young boys in the sense that he had a desire to learn and dedicated himself to his studies because he knew that that was where his future was. He worked hard and at twenty, St Peter joined the Cistercian Order at Bonneveaux with his two brothers as well as his father. He was greatly known for his piety and, in ten years, he was sent to become abbot of Tamie. There he worked hard to ensure others would receive God’s Word and love and he had built a hospice for travelers to use when they came through the area.
In 1142, he was appointed as archbishop of Tarantaise, even though he didn’t want to become such. Even so, he worked hard and dedicated his time and energy towards reforming the diocese, purging the clergy of corrupt and immoral members, aiding the poor, and promoting education. He is also credited with starting the custom of distributing bread and soup the so called May Bread just before the harvest, a custom which endured throughout France until the French Revolution
After 13 years as bishop, he suddenly disappeared. Eventually it was discovered that he was serving as a lay brother in a Cistercian abbey in Switzerland and was convinced to return to Tarantaise and resume his episcopal duties. Trusted as an advisor by popes and kings, he defended papal rights in France and was called upon to assist in bringing about a reconciliation between King Louis VII of France and then Prince Henry II of England.
God Bless him and may we also have such faith to want to serve others as God would want us to.
Today, May 7, we celebrate the life and works of St Gerald. In the eleventh century, there was a called to be a reform in Spain. The archbishop of Toledo was set in charge of bringing together a group of those within the church to set this reform into motion. He pulled from France many monks and clerics, one of whom was St Gerald, Abbot of Moissac. He was appointed to the position of choir director of the Cathedral of Toledo.
He did such an amazing job and so many people looked to him. He went above and beyond in the duties that were given to him and made a point of letting God’s love shine through him and all that he did. He did such an amazing job that when the position of See of Braga opened up, the clergy and the people all voted for St Gerald to be appointed as their bishop. He did much to fix what he viewed was wrong in the city, including abuses that had been laid out before he was appointed to his role.
God Bless him and may we also let God’s love shine through us.
Today, May 6, we celebrate the life and works of Blessed Edward Jones and Anthony Middleton. Both were educated at Douai College in Rheims before going on to become priests. They were both sent to the English mission in the time of Elizabeth I. Blessed Middleton arrived in England in 1586 and began his pursuit of ministry for some time without being discovered mostly because of his youthful appearance and his small size. Blessed Jones came after him in 1588 and was quickly learned to be a devout and eloquent preacher, which is what many English Catholics called him.
They were hunted down and captured by spies posing as Catholics. They were given a speedy and unfair trail which was full of irregularities. The reason for the summary justice given to them was spelled out in large letters to any of those that would listen or bore witness to this event. They were said that they were being tried for treason and foreign invasion. Neither of them would give them what they wanted and even said that they would offer up their lives to ask for forgiveness of those that were doing such acts towards them, to the spread of the true Faith and for the conversion of the heretics. They were martyred outside the very doors where they were arrested.
God Bless them and may we also stand strong and devout in our Faith no matter the obstacles that we are faced with.
Today, May 5, we celebrate the life and works of St Hilarion. St Hilarion was a man that spent most of his time in the desert. He was a man of God that turned to Him for wisdom and was given the gift of performing miracles. This was something that grew to be a burden for St Hilarion because no matter what he did or where he went, people would flock to him wanting him to help them. He was born in Palestine, but educated in Alexandria, Egypt. It was because of his place of education that he traveled the desert for some time with St Anthony. When it became too much, he fled and became a hermit in Majuma, which is near to Gaza, Israel.
It took him a few years, but he eventually returned to the desert to St Anthony only to find that his fame had spread and people were searching for him to see him perform miracles. He fled once more to Sicily, but St Anthony’s companion, St Hesychius tracked him down and asked him to travel with him. They traveled to Dalmatia, Croatia, and Cyprus, spreading the Lord’s Word and performing miracles.
God Bless him and may we also, no matter the trails or upsets we face, follow the Lord’s plan for us. He knows all and will never place in our paths more than we can handle through Him.
Today, May 4, we celebrate the life and works of St Wolfgang. Born in Germany, he spent much of his life dedicated to the faith. He studied it in school and ultimately even began to teach it. This led to him being appointed the head of the monastery school, Benedictines. It was after this, and his ordination, that he set out with a group of monks to spread the Word to the people, wanting to share the good news with those that might not have heard it.
Along this journey he was appointed as bishop of Regensburg by Emperor Otto II. He took to this position with such passion and drive. He set himself apart from other brilliantly through his zeal for reform and his impressive skills as a statesmen. He reformed monasteries and restored them, sought to educate the people, and preached with vigor and passion. He was known for his charity and the aid that he gave to the poor and less fortunate.
God Bless him and may we be known for our passion of the Word and our charity and kind hearts to those in need.
Today, May 3, we celebrate the life and works of St Leonard, Patron of political prisoners, imprisoned people, prisoners of war, and captives, women in labour, as well as horses. St Leonard was a Frank courtier that was converted by St Remigius. From this he became a monk of Micy and lived as a hermit. The king, who was his godfather, gave him all the lands that he could want so he could ride his donkey around in prayer and not be disturbed. Though his godfather might not have liked the path that St Leonard had chosen, he believed that his prayers had brought his queen through a difficult delivery and owed the life of his child to St Leonard and his prayers.
On this land, where he wasn’t disturbed, he focused on building a monastery that grew into a town of his own called Saint-Leonard.
God Bless him and may we also devote our lives to completing the work that God has planned for us.