Saint of the Month

Blessed Juliana of Norwich

Feast Day: May 13

The word “sin” can be defined as “to miss the mark.” In this sense, sin connotes our failure to live in harmony with that for which we are created – eternal life in communion with the Trinity.

Blessed Juliana of Norwich (1342–1416) was a Benedictine English mystic. Very little is known of her life except for her writings, which may explain why she has never been formally beatified.

St. Bernadette

Feast Day: April 16

Every once in a while we are able to catch a vivid glimpse into the mind of God. When this happens, we see that God’s ways are not the world’s ways. The life of St. Bernadette (1844–1879) provides us with a stunning example of this.

Bernadette’s life is hardly the kind of story the world takes note of or celebrates. She was a frail child from an impoverished family in Lourdes, France, and yet St. Bernadette was chosen to receive and to communicate a great treasure to humanity.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Feast Day: March 18

St. Cyril of Jerusalem (315–386) lived in a time of continuous conflict due to heresies and the enemies created by these heresies. Caught in the many power struggles between Arians (those who believed Jesus was not divine or one with the Father) and those remaining faithful to the Church’s teaching, Cyril was exiled multiple times from Jerusalem, where he was bishop. One period of exile from his native Jerusalem lasted 11 years.

St. Genoveva Torres Morales

Feast Day: January 5

Liberty is a perennial subject of concern in our society, but we don’t hear much about a certain type of liberty: spiritual liberty.

The life of St. Genoveva Torres Morales (1870-1956) of Spain was marked by hardship. By the age of 13, she had lost both parents and several siblings and suffered the amputation of her leg. Then, despite not being allowed to join the Carmelites of Charity due to her physical condition, she went on to found the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Angels.

Be Moved St. Bavo

Feast day: October 1

In an instant, everything can change; a life can be forever transformed. Of course, the kind of change envisioned here is the movement that issues forth from the Spirit following an encounter with the truth, who is a person, Jesus Christ.

Consider the story of St. Bavo (also known as Allowin or Bavon). Born near Liège, Belgium, to a Frankish noble family in 622, young St. Bavo earned a reputation for being wild and selfish. His lack of respect for the dignity of others was epic. He even sold his servants to other nobles as slaves.

The missionary of the Rosary Saint Dominic

Feast Day: August 8

In 1208, Pope Innocent III began a seven year crusade against the Albigensians in response to the heretical movement’s murder of a papal legate. The Albigensians, who had grown very popular by this time, had a dualistic worldview wherein two, equal forces (God, the force of good, and Satan, the force of evil) battled for dominance. Moreover, they held the Gnostic belief that the physical world itself was evil because it had been created by the evil Satan.

Pay attention to the fruit St. Rose Venerini

Feast Day: May 7

We have all no doubt heard that a tree can be known by its fruit. However, if we do not pay attention to the fruit, it will be more difficult to diagnose the health of the tree and to respond accordingly. The same is true of the life of holiness.

The life of holiness is a life in the Holy Spirit. We can do nothing to “produce” this fruit. When we are joyous, loving, peaceful, patient, kind, faithful, generous, gentle and in self-control, we trust that we are in communion with the Spirit, for it is only the Spirit who produces this fruit.


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