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.
Today, July 9, we celebrate the life and works of St Dallan. Born in Connaught, he was a man that valued knowledge and learning more than anything. He wanted to know all that he could about everything, but religion especially. He became a great scholar who through all of his studies became blind. He became a poet and tried to use words to give others hope and spread information about God to the masses. He wrote one certain poem in honor of St Columbia which was published after St Columbia’s death and was called Ambra Choluim Kille. According to the legends surrounding St Dallan, his sight was restored after this poem was published.
He was martyred out at sea by pirates. They tried to ensure that he wouldn’t be found, but miraculously he was and was properly buried. He was a man that wanted others to know all that he did and crave to learn more from what the world and God had to offer them. He is a man that many should want to emulate.
God Bless him and may he be an example to us all to use our talents and passions to further the glory of God.
Today, July 8, we celebrate the life and works of St Vicelin. Born in Hemeln, Lower Saxony, Germany, he was raised in the Catholic faith and attended the cathedral school of Paderborn. He had ideas of what it was that he wanted to do with his life, but no real set path for it aside from schooling. He ended up getting appointed as a canon at Bremen, Germany where he became head of a local school. However, that wasn’t what he was looking for in life. When the chance came, he was ordained and then set off on a life as a missionary. This took him to further north into Germany where he founded monasteries in places such as Holstein, Segeberg, and Hogerdorf.
Most of his work and missionary accomplishments didn’t come to fruitation because of a band of marauding pirates. He barely escaped with some of his priests from the fiasco and fled to safety in the Holy Roman Empire. That wasn’t the end of his life as far as the religious practices go though. He was named bishop of Staargard although there was some problems and resistance against him being appointed to such a position by Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa. That didn’t last though.
God Bless him and may we also follow the path that has been set before us.
Today, July 7, we celebrate the life and works of St Eugenia. There isn’t much to be known about St Eugenia, but it is told that she was the daughter of Duke Phillip of Alexandria, who was governor of Egypt during the reign of Emperor Valerian. Because she didn’t agree with the life her father was leading, she disguised herself as a man and fled the city. She found her way to the bishop of Heliopolis where she was baptized before he sent her on to be an abbot. It seemed as if she would be left alone to live the rest of her life out as a man of God.
Everything changed when a woman that she had cured of a sickness accused her of a crime. She was brought before a judge to answer for this crime. That judge happened to be her father. It was there that it was revealed that she was actually a woman and not a man. She was exonerated when this was revealed, but was able to convert many others, including her father and her mother, before she was martyred for the faith in Rome.
God Bless her and may we also desire a life dedicated to spreading God’s love and good works to others.
Today, July 6, we celebrate the life and works of St Hyginius. He was a philosopher before he found Christ, but found God and followed the path that was laid out before him to the fullest, eventually becoming pope. He was born in Athens and it was there that he was educated as well. He heard many teachings of other Catholics that came through Athens and that eventually led him to the right path. It is said that during his reign he organized the clergy and brought about what it known viewed as the governance of the Catholic church.
Aside from information about the order that he brought about to the clergy and the organizing of the various prerogative of the clergy, there isn’t much known about the man that was pope from 136 to 140. He was a man that knew what God wanted him to do and worked hard to achieve those goals before he joined our Heavenly Father.
God Bless him and may we also see the path that God has laid out before us and follow it through to the end.
Today, July 5, we celebrate the life and works of St Ildephonsus. He was a well recognized and known in Spain because of his work involving the Blessed Virgin. He knew at the young age that his life was going to be dedicated to the church, even though he was born of a noble family. He joined a Benedictine monastery and quickly became the abbot of that monastery. In this position, he was able to go on and see the Council of Toledo in both 653 and 655
Continuing in his role as a holy man, he was elected to fill the role of archbishop of Toledo after his grandfather and did so with diligence and sanctity. He believed in leading the people and bringing them closer to God. To do this, he led by example and encouraged others to do so as well. He didn’t want to lose anyone to worldly desires. He would continue to preach to his people up until the time that he left this world to join our Heavenly Father.
God Bless him and may we also look to lead by example as St Ildephonsus did, bringing others closer to God.
Today, July 4, we celebrate the life and works of St Elizabeth of Portugal, Patron Saint of the Third Order of St Francis. St Elizabeth was a Spanish princess that was given to marriage to King Denis of Portugal at a very young age of twelve. She was young and beautiful, but she was also extremely devout and went to mass every day. She was a very holy woman and while, at first, the king was very fond of her and let her do what she wanted. Eventually he began to become annoyed with her and didn’t share her appreciation of prayer and virtue. He was actually quite impure and caused many scandals throughout the country. It was well known that he gave into his sinful desires.
To make matters worse, he heard this lie that she was involved with one of her pages by another page that was jealous of her companionship with the other page. He told the king that they were together behind his back. This greatly angered the king and he set out to get rid of the page. He sent the page to the lime-burner and told the man at the lime-burner to throw the first page that came into the furnace. The good page made his way, following his orders without knowing what was to await him, but like St Elizabeth, he was a devout and stopped for Mass. Because first Mass had begun, he stayed for second Mass. The King sent the wicked page to see if the deed was done and because he was the first page to arrive, he suffered the fate that was meant for the good page. He realized that God had saved the page and taken away the liar and proved St Elizabeth to be innocent, he began to change for the better and live better.
He apologized to her in front of everyone and tried to make things right. In his late sickness, she never left his side except to go to Mass. She lived for 11 more years doing great works of charity and helping others, but without her, the king of Portugal would never have come to know the truth.
God Bless her and may we also remain devout in our beliefs even when others try to dissuade us.
Today, July 3, we celebrate the life and works of St Fabiola. Married to the wealthy Roman Fabia family, she was a part of the Jerome Circle for a time, but fell away from the group as well as divorced her husband because of his lifestyle and then remarried shortly after. It was only when she lost her second husband that she turned her life completely towards the church and devoting her life to God. She spent her time in the church dedicated to working on aiding churches and those in need as well as building new churches for people that didn’t have such an option near to where they live.
One of her main focuses was the Catholic hospital that she had built to aid the public that had fallen ill. She spent much of her time there, working to care for those that were sick and in need. She supported Jerome later in Rome and even built a hospice on her way back from helping him to which she continued her charitable works.
God Bless her and may we also dedicate our lives to helping those in needs in whatever way we can.
Today, July 2, 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.