Saint of the Month

Join your suffering to Christ: St. Alice

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.

Develop a ‘drip’ mentality: St. Isidore of Seville

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. 

Make it a family affair: St. Gregory of Nyssa

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)

Follow the stirrings of the Spirit: Blessed Gaius of Korea

Feast Day: November 15

There are times in life when we feel what could be the soft, gentle stirrings of the Spirit calling us to an action. Of course, this is not to say that the end to which we are directed will be known to us before, or even as, we follow the promptings of the Spirit.

This was certainly the experience of Blessed Gaius of Korea (1571–1624). He was given to a Buddhist monastery by his parents, but he eventually left in search of an ever-elusive peace. He lived as a hermit for some time, spending his days in meditation.

St. Columba (Columcille)

Feast Day: June 9

When we hurt someone in some way, the right thing to do is to apologize for our actions. At the same time, saying we are sorry is not the final step to reconciliation or to the restoration of the proper order in relationships that existed prior to the action. We need to make penance. That is, we need to act in order to show our sorrow for a sin or wrongdoing; we need to do something to restore the order.


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