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.
St. 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. De Paul was renowned for his compassion, humility, and generosity and is known as the “Great Apostle of Charity”.
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. *** 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. ***
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. *** 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. *** 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. *** 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.
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. +++
Charity requires us always to have compassion on human infirmity.—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
+++ Consent to suffer a slight temporary pain, that so thou mayst avoid the eternal pains which sin deserves. —ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA. +++ Evil is often more hurtful to the doer than to the one against whom it is done. —ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA. +++ God is supreme strength, fortifying those who place their trust and confidence in Him.—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA. +++ 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 +++ 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. +++ Let not confusion for thy fault overwhelm thee with despair, as if there were no longer a remedy. —ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA. +++ It is therefore true, indeed, that the soul unites herself with God by the affection of love. — ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA +++ Love others much, but visit them seldom. — ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA +++ 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 +++ Prayer is a pasturage, a field, wherein all the virtues find their nourishment, growth, and strength. —ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA +++ Raise thy heart and thy love toward the sweet and most holy cross, which soothes every pain! — ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA. +++ 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.
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. …….. It is folly not to think of death. It is greater folly to think of it, and not prepare for it. —ST. ALPHONSUS …….. The upright intention is the soul of our actions. It gives them life and makes them good. — ST. ALPHONSUS ……..
When faith grows weak, all virtues are weakened. When faith is lost, all virtues are lost — ST. ALPHONSUS ……..
St Basil’s Day – 1 January, when Greek tradition of bringing gifts to children.
He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship, and he who sows kindness, gathers love. – St Basil …. 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 …..
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.
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.
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
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.
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
“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
“Triumph of St. Thomas Aquinas over Averroes” by Benozzo Gozzoli (1420–97)
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 ……. 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 ……. Shun useless conversation. We lose by it both time and the spirit of devotion. — ST. THOMAS AQUINAS …….
“The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is. ” ~St. Thomas Aquinas