St. Fabiola (d. 399/400) was a Roman physician who divorced her first husband due to his viciousness. The divorce, of course, was according to Roman law but against the teaching of the Church. She then remarried before her first husband had died, again against Church teaching.
Saint of the Month
On Sept. 23, 2015, Pope Francis canonized Junípero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., in front of a crowd of approximately 25,000. It marked the first time a saint had ever been canonized on U.S. soil.
Feast Days: October 1 | October 15
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, entered a Carmelite convent in France at the age of 15. Through her “little way” of love, prayer, and sacrifice, St. Thérèse became known for her great holiness. Her book, The Story of a Soul, is the autobiography of her life. She died of tuberculosis when she was 24.
Feast day: Sept. 29
If you have ever wondered which saint to pray to for speedy help, the three archangels cover all the bases. They each have their own specific role in Scripture: Michael guards, Gabriel lights and Raphael guides.
St. Michael, whose name means “Who is like God?”, is the heavenly leader who cast out the fallen angels in the war of heaven. His name is the foil to Lucifer’s sin of pride in making himself like God. Michael is mentioned as the “great prince” in the books of Daniel and Revelation.
Feast day: July 6
During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called the meek blessed. He also demonstrated vividly that he was meekness itself, and therefore innocent. Innocence in this sense means to know nothing of evil at all.
Feast Day: June 15
St. Alice of Schaerbeek (which is near Brussels in Belgium) entered a Cistercian convent when she was 7 years old and never left. She also suffered immensely during her life. She contracted leprosy at an early age, which led to her having to be put into isolation within the convent, and she eventually suffered paralysis and blindness. Despite all of this, she is most remembered for her humility.
Feast Day: May 18
During last October’s Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said, “[W]e don’t have any false divide between mercy and truth. They are one. In other words, mercy is the best path to truth, and mercy without truth is not mercy.”
Feast Day: April 4
St. Isidore of Seville (560-636) is the Doctor of Education. He is known as the schoolmaster of the Middle Ages. He was the archbishop of Seville for more than 30 years, and is honored by Spain as a preserver of the Catholic faith.
However, none of these accomplishments was necessarily foreseeable when Isidore was young. His older brother, Leander, had charge of Isidore’s education, and Isidore could never please him.
Feast Day: March 9
Every Christian is called to holiness. By living out this call in our own state of life, a call that necessarily tends toward perfection in love, we can help others grow in holiness as well. The Second Vatican Council document Lumen Gentium puts it this way: “It is therefore quite clear that all Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of love, and by this holiness a more human manner of life is fostered also in earthly society.” (para. 40)
Feast Day: January 3
PUSH is an acronym for “Pray Until Something Happens” and St. Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris, certainly did “PUSH.”
St. Genevieve (approximately 422-512 A.D.) was born near Paris. She became a nun at 15 and was admired for her austerity, constant prayer, fasting and devotion to works of charity.