Category: Saints

St Kevin of Glendalough

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Saint Cóemgen (Irish: Caoimhín; Latin: Coemgenus), popularly Anglicized to Kevin (498 – 3 June 618) is an Irish saint who was known as the founder and first abbot of Glendalough in County Wicklow, Ireland. His feast day in theRoman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches is 3 June. (Wikipedia)

St Kevin of Glendalough

At the opposite drawing, St Kevin is shown holding a blackbird.

This has something to do with a legend.

Apparently every Lenten season, it was customary for St Kevin to practise a monastic existence, where he would flee from the company of men and seek solitude in a little hut, small enough to just keep him from the rays of the sun and drops from rain.

He would then spend his time in earnest, reading and praying; and in between, in contemplation.

As his customary position, he would kneel down and his hands outstretched through the window and lifted up heavenwards.  A blackbird settled on his hand busying herself into making a nest and laying her eggs.

The saint was so moved by what had occurred that he patiently and with all gentleness remained in the same position with his hand opened and not withdrawing even for a minute from the window until all the eggs had fully hatched into young ones.  His hand remained unwearied and did its purpose in shaping new lives.

ahhhhhhhh  Such a beautiful story!

St Vincent de Paul – Great Apostle of Charity

saint-vincent-de-paul-11St. Vincent de Paul (24 April 1581 – 27 September 1660) was a priest of the Catholic Church who dedicated himself to serving the poor. He is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He was canonized in 1737.[1] De Paul was renowned for his compassion, humility, and generosity and is known as the “Great Apostle of Charity”.

– Wikipedia

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Quotes from the compassionate Saint:

A most powerful and efficacious remedy for all evils, a means of correcting all imperfections, of triumphing over temptation, and preserving our hearts in an undisturbed peace, is conformity with the will of God.
—ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.
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A single act of resignation to the divine will in what it ordains contrary to our desires, is of more value than a hundred thousand successes conformable to our will and taste.
—ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.
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If you must be in a hurry, then let it be according to the old adage, and hasten slowly.
~Saint Vincent de Paul


Learning without humility has always been pernicious to the Church; and as pride precipitated the rebellious angels from heaven, it frequently causes the loss of learned men.
—ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.
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Perfection consists in renouncing ourselves, in carrying our cross, and in following Jesus Christ. Now, he who renounces himself most perfectly carries his cross the best and follows nearest to Jesus Christ is he who never does his own will, but always that of God.
—ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.
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To establish ourselves in a virtue it is necessary to form good and practical resolutions to perform certain and determined acts of that virtue, and we must, moreover, be faithful in executing them.
—ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.
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When we receive with an entire and perfect resignation the afflictions which God sends us they become for us favors and benefits; because conformity to the will of God is a gain far superior to all temporal advantages.
—ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

 

St Catherine of Siena

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All that God gives us and all that He permits in this world have no other end than to sanctify us in Him.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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Charity requires us always to have compassion on human infirmity.—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.

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Consent to suffer a slight temporary pain, that so thou mayst avoid the eternal pains which sin deserves.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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Evil is often more hurtful to the doer than to the one against whom it is done.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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God is supreme strength, fortifying those who place their trust and confidence in Him.—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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It is the key of obedience that opens the door of paradise. Jesus Christ has confided that key to His vicar, the Pope, Christ on earth, whom all are obliged to obey even unto death.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
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Is it not a great cruelty for us Christians, members of the body of the Holy Church, to attack one another?
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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Let not confusion for thy fault overwhelm thee with despair, as if there were no longer a remedy.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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It is therefore true, indeed, that the soul unites herself with God by the affection of love.
— ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
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Love others much, but visit them seldom.
— ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
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Outside of God nothing is durable. We exchange life for death, health for sickness, honor for shame, riches for poverty. All things change and pass away.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
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Prayer is a pasturage, a field, wherein all the virtues find their nourishment, growth, and strength.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
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Raise thy heart and thy love toward the sweet and most holy cross, which soothes every pain!
— ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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To acquire purity of the soul, it is necessary to guard against passing judgment on our neighbor, or useless remarks on his conduct.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.

St Alphonsus

St Alphonsus

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Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori  was from a Neopolitan nobility.  He had a promising law career before he entered the priesthood.

(27 September 1696 – 1 August 1787), was an Italian Catholic bishop, spiritual writer, scholastic philosopher andtheologian.

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Sagely Thoughts from St Alphonsus:

 
All perfection consists in the love of God; and the perfection of divine love consists in the union of our will with that of God.
— ST. ALPHONSUS.
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It is folly not to think of death. It is greater folly to think of it, and not prepare for it.
—ST. ALPHONSUS
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The upright intention is the soul of our actions. It gives them life and makes them good.
— ST. ALPHONSUS
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When faith grows weak, all virtues are weakened. When faith is lost, all virtues are lost
— ST. ALPHONSUS
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St Basil

St Basil’s Day – 1 January, when Greek tradition of bringing gifts to children.

St Basil

St Basil

He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship, and he who sows kindness, gathers love.
– St Basil
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I have learned from Jesus Christ himself what charity is, and how we ought to practise it; for He says, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye love one another.” Never can I, therefore, please myself in the hope that I may obtain the name of a servant of Christ, if I possess not a true and unfeigned charity within me.
—St. Basil
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Celebrate St Andrew’s Day

LET US CELEBRATE ST ANDREW’S DAY

HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A HAPPY ONE.

An icon of St. Andrew the Apostle by the Bulgarian iconographer Yoan from Gabrovo. 19th century. Exhibited at Hadzhi Nikoli Inn museum, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

An icon of St. Andrew the Apostle by the Bulgarian iconographer Yoan from Gabrovo. 19th century. Exhibited at Hadzhi Nikoli Inn museum, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

St Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland.

St Andrew is also one of the four major saints of the UK.  The other three being, St George, Patron Saint of England, St Patrick of Ireland and St David of Wales.

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St Andrew was born in Bethesda on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Both he and his brother Peter became disciples of Jesus. Andrew  is said to have been martyred by being  bound to an “X” shaped cross at Patras in Achea in Greece. This shape is now reflected in the Scottish flag, known as the Saltire. St Andrew has been recognized as the patron saint of Scotland since at least the ninth century.

Our vicar, in his sermon last Sunday, said that St Andrew was a disciple of Jesus.  Apparently Scotland and England have always had a bit of rivalry.  So as England had St George as Patron saint, Scotland thought what better Patron Saint than a kosher disciple of Jesus! 😉

Anyway let us all stop for a moment and give thanks and praise to St Andrew and celebrate him.

Jean

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St Andrew’s Day marked with fluttering Saltires and Scottish scenery in colourful Google Doodle

The middle part of the search engine’s logo has been replaced with a Scottish scene showing a loch, a fisherman and various landmark structures

ROB WILLIAMS Author Biography
Saturday 30 November 2013

http://www.independent.co.uk

Google has marked Scotland’s national day, St Andrew’s day, with an Saltire-strewn animated doodle.

The middle part of the search engine’s logo has been replaced with a Scottish scene showing a loch a fisherman and various landmark structures.

The image also features three fluttering Saltires blowing in the wind.

St Andrew, who was a fisherman and one of Jesus’ disciples, is credited with preaching the word of God across Greece and Asia Minor during the 1st century.

He was killed by Romans in the Greek city of Patras. He is said to have been crucified on an X-shaped cross, which would later become the Saltire symbol found in Scotland’s flag.

St Andrew is also the patron saint of singers, spinsters, maidens, old maids, fishmongers and women seeking to become mothers.

Although mostly associated with Scotland St Andrew is also the patron saint of Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Greece. According to legend an angel supposedly told the Greek monk St Rule to take St Andrew’s remains to the “ends of the earth”.

Removing a tooth, arm, bone, knee cap and some fingers the monk left for Scotland. He was, however, shipwrecked off the east coast where he built a chapel to house the relics.

The settlement later became known as St Andrews.

St Andrew’s day is celebrated on the 30th November, and although it is a very old tradition – with national festivals dating back to the reign of Malcolm III (1034 – 1093) – it is only in recent times that the date was given the status of a national holiday.

St Andrew’s Day was first celebrated as an official bank holiday in Scotland in 2006.

The day is also marked in Barbados in celebration of the country’s independence.

The celebration of St Andrew’s day marks the beginning of the Scottish winter festivals. The celebrations culminate with Burns Night on January 25th.

Google has marked St Andrew’s day with a doodle since 2010.

The Other John

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Pope John 23

Pope John XXIII is due to be officially made into a saint by the 8th of December 2013, at the same time as Pope John Paul II.

 

 

I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.
Pope John Xxiii

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“Consult not your fears but your
hopes and your dreams. Think
not about your frustrations, but
about your unfulfilled
potential. Concern yourself not
with what you tried and failed
in, but with what it is still
possible for you to do.”
-Pope John XXIII

St Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274)

Thomas Aquinas, O.P. (28 January 1225 – 7 March 1274), also Thomas of Aquin or Aquino, was an Italian[2][3] Dominican priest, and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the "Doctor Angelicus", "Doctor Communis", and "Doctor Universalis".[4] "Aquinas" is the demonym of Aquino, his home town.Thomas Aquinas is considered the greatest of the Scholastics of the middle ages and his body of works are still the ultimate statement of the Catholic Church.

He was born in Aquino, Sicily to aristocratic family.  He was only 5 years old when he started his education and by the age of 17, he decided to up and leave his comfortable life in view of joining an order of poor Dominican monks.

But his family was having none of it; they kidnapped him and kept him well guarded for at least two years.

Young Thomas, however, was quite resolute.  He never wavered from his goal.  The family finally gave up and allowed him to study in Paris under the tutelage of the scholar monk, Albert the Great…. and the rest is history.

St Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274)

Faith has to do  with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not at hand.
– St Thomas Aquinas

“Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over, it drives compassion right out of our hearts.”
~St. Thomas Aquinas

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve the ship, he would keep it in port forever.
– St Thomas Aquinas

In recalling to mind the life and actions of the saints, walk in their footsteps as much as possible, and humble thyself if thou canst not attain to their perfection.
— ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
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Leave to every one the care of what belongs to him, and disturb not thyself with what is said or done in the world.
— ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

No man should sell a thing to another man for more than its worth.
– St Thomas Aquinas

Nothing created has ever been able to fill the heart of man. God alone can fill it infinitely.
— ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
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Shun useless conversation. We lose by it both time and the spirit of devotion.
— ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
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“The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is. ”
~St. Thomas Aquinas

St Ignatius

images (16)A precious crown is reserved in heaven for those who perform all their actions with all the diligence of which they are capable; for it is not sufficient to do our part well; it must be done more than well.
—ST. IGNATIUS
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God gives each one of us sufficient grace ever to know His holy will, and to do it fully.
—ST. IGNATIUS.
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Here is the difference between the joys of the world and the cross of Jesus Christ: after having tasted the first, one is disgusted with them; and on the contrary, the more one partakes of the cross, the greater the thirst for it.
—ST. IGNATIUS
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‘‘ It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.’’
St Ignatius
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Mary’s sorrow was less when she saw her only Son crucified, than it is now at the sight of men offending Him by sin.
—ST. IGNATIUS.

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Place before your eyes as models for imitation, not the weak and cowardly, but the fervent and courageous.
—ST. IGNATIUS
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That which would have easily been remedied at first, becomes incurable by time and habit
—ST. IGNATIUS
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THERE are two guarantees of a wise rule of conduct: the thought before action, and self-command afterward.
—ST. IGNATIUS.
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The shortest, yea, the only way to reach sanctity, is to conceive a horror for all that the world loves and values.
—ST. IGNATIUS.