Each month the Academy of Our Lady of Grace honors a Saint. Please joining in recognizing the tremendous men and women that dedicated their lives to love, faith, good work and spreading the Word of God.
|AOLG Saints of the Month for 2018|
"The Love of Christ urges us on."
Saint Rosalia became a patron saint of Palermo in 1666. Saint Rosalia devotion had spread wherever hosts of Sicilian immigrants went, bringing along the memories of traditions from the three young saints, Lucia of Syracuse, Agata of Catania and Rosalia patron of Palermo.
Saint Rosalia was a daughter of a noble family descended from Charlemagne. She was born in Palermo, Sicily. In her youth, her heart turned from earthly vanities to God. Saint Rosalia made herself an abode in a cave on Mount Pelegrino, three miles from Palermo where she completed the sacrifice of her heart to God.
Saint Rosalia died in 1160. Her body was found buried in a grot under the mountains, in the year of the jubilee, 1625, under Pope Urban VII., and was translated into the church of Palermo. This was when Saint Rosalia was chosen a patroness.
Saint Rosalia is also known as La Santuzza (the little saint). Saint Rosalia was raised around the royal Sicilian court. In 1625, during the period of plague, Saint Rosalia was credited with saving the city, and she was proclaimed its patroness. The traditional celebration of Rosalia lasted for days, involved fireworks and parades. Her feast day was made a holy day of obligation by Pope Plus XI in 1927.
Saint John Paul 11
Feast Day: October 22
Pope John Paul II served as Pope and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005. He is called Saint John Paul the Great by some Catholics.
During his time, he became professor of moral philosophy and social ethics in the major seminary of Cracow and in the Faculty of philosophy at the Catholic University. (where he became the Director of the Chair of Ethic, and lectured for 25 years until his election for the Pope in 1978).
On January 13, 1964, he was nominated Archbishop of Cracow by Pope Paul VI, who made him a cardinal June 26, 1967.Since the start of his Pontificate on October 16, 1978, Pope John Paul II has completed 95 pastoral visits outside of Italy and 142 within Italy .As Bishop of Rome he has visited 301 of the 334 parishes.
No other Pope has encountered so many individuals like John Paul II: to date, more than 16,700,000 pilgrims have participated in the General Audiences held on Wednesdays (more than 1,000).
He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate. As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he beatified 1, 340 people. By the time of his death, he had named most of the College of Cardinals, consecrated or co-consecrated a large number of world's bishops, and ordained many priest.
Saint Francis deSales
Saint Francis deSales was born in France in 1567, Francis was a patient man. He knew for many years that he wanted to be a priest. He waited for God’s will to be clear.
God finally made God's will clear to Francis while he was riding. Francis fell from his horse three times. Every time he fell the sword came out of the scabbard. Every time it came out the sword and scabbard came to rest on the ground in the shape of the cross. And then, Francis, without knowing about it, was appointed provost of his diocese, second in rank to the bishop.
Saint Francis DeSales is patron saint of journalists because of the tracts and books he wrote.
Saint Francis deSales believed the worst sin was to judge someone or to gossip about them. Even if we say we do it out of love we're still doing it to look better ourselves. But we should be as gentle and forgiving with ourselves as we should be with others.
For Saint Francis deSales, the love of God was like romantic love. He said, "The thoughts of those moved by natural human love are almost completely fastened on the beloved, their hearts are filled with passion for it, and their mouths full of its praises. When it is gone they express their feelings in letters, and can't pass by a tree without carving the name of their beloved in its bark.
Francis decided that he should lead an expedition to convert the 60,000 Calvinists back to Catholicism. But by the time he left his expedition consisted of himself and his cousin. His father refused to give him any aid for this crazy plan and the diocese was too poor to support him.
For Saint Francis deSales active work did not weaken his spiritual inner peace but strengthened it. He directed most people through letters, which tested his remarkable patience.
Saint Nicholas was a historic 4th century saint and Greek Bishop of Mayra in Lycia. He is also known as Nicolas the Wonderworker. Saint Nicholas was born on March 15, 270 AD, Palara, Turkey. Saint Nicholas died on December 6, 343 AD, Myra, Turkey.
Saint Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man.
The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nichoals Day, December 6th. Widely celebrated in Europe,
St. Nicholas' feast day, December 6th, kept alive the stories of his goodness and generosity.
In the Netherlands St. Nicholas is celebrated on the 5th, the eve of the day, by sharing candies (thrown in the door), chocolate initial letters, small gifts, and riddles.
Dutch children leave carrots and hay in their shoes for the saint's horse, hoping St. Nicholas will exchange them for small gifts.
Simple gift-giving in early Advent helps preserve a Christmas Day focus on the Christ Child. He became known as the protector of children and sailors and was associated with gift-giving.
Saint Joseph, patron of the universal Church, watch over the Church as carefully as you watched over Jesus, help protect it and guide it as you did with your adopted son. Amen
Joseph is the patron of the dying because, assuming he died before Jesus' public life,
he died with Jesus and Mary close to him, the way we all would like to leave this earth. We celebrate two feast days for Joseph: March 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary and May 1 for Joseph the Worker.
Saint Joseph was a carpenter and a working man. Despite his humble work and means,
Joseph came from a royal lineage. Joseph was a compassionate, caring man. When he discovered Mary was pregnant after they had been betrothed, he knew the child was not his but was as yet unaware that she was carrying the Son of God.
When the angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him the truth about the child Mary was carrying, Joseph immediately and without question or concern for gossip, took Mary as his wife When the angel came again to tell him that his family was in danger, he immediately left everything he owned, all his family and friends, and fled to a strange country with his young wife and the baby
Joseph respected God. He followed God's commands in handling the situation with Mary and going to Jerusalem to have Jesus circumcised and Mary purified after Jesus' birth. We are told that he took his family to Jerusalem every year for Passover, something that could not have been easy for a working man.
Many Catholics remember Saint Blaise's feast day because of the Blessing of the Throats that took place on February 3rd.
Two candles are blessed, held slightly open, and pressed against the throat as the blessing is said.
Saint Blaise's protection of those with throat troubles apparently comes from a legend that a boy was brought to him who had a fishbone stuck in his throat. The boy was about to die when Saint Blaise healed him.
Saint Blaise is the patron saint of wild animals because of his care for them and of those with throat maladies.
In His Footsteps:
Take time as Saint Blaise did to find out how you can help wild animals. Find out what is being done to support and protect the wildlife in your area. There is wildlife everywhere, even in cities. Even a birdfeeder can help God's creatures survive.
Saint Gabriel, the Archangel
St. Gabriel is an angel who serves as a messenger for God to certain people. He is one of the three archangels. Gabriel is mentioned in both the Old and the New Testaments of the Bible. First, in the Old Testament, Gabriel appears to the prophet Daniel to explain his visions. Gabriel is described as, "one who looked like man," as he interprets Daniel's visions. He speaks to Daniel while he is sleeping. After Gabriel's first visit, Daniel becomes tired and sick for days. Gabriel later visits Daniel again providing him with more insight and understanding in an answered prayer.
Gabriel's attributes are the Archangel; he is clothed in blue or white; and is seen carrying a lily, a trumpet, a shining lantern, a branch from Paradise, a scroll or a scepter. In art, Gabriel is most commonly represented in the scene of the Annunciation. In art, Gabriel is often represented in the scene of the Annunciation.
He is occasionally cited as the one who blows God's trumpet to indicate the Lord's return to Earth. However, the person designated with this task varies; different passages cite different people. The earliest known identification of Gabriel as the trumpet holder comes in 1455 represented in Byzantine art.
Gabriel is recognized as the patron saint of messengers, telecommunication workers, and postal workers. His feast day is celebrated on September 29, along with St. Michael and St. Raphael.
In the New Testament, Gabriel, described as "an angel of the Lord," first appears to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist. He tells him, "Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth." Luke 1:13
St. John Baptist de Rossi
St. John Baptist de Rossi, also known as Giovanni Battista de' Rossi, was born on February 22, 1698 in Voltaggio, Italy. He was the fourth child of Charles de Rossi and Frances Anfossi, known to be a holy and faith filled couple.
Though John's family was not financially wealthy, they were rich in faith. Through their guidance and a wonderful education, John learned to excel in his living faith, piety and gentleness.
A pair of priests, Scipio Gaetano and Giuseppe Repetto, saw great potential within John and took his early education and faith formation as a part of their apostolate, taking him under their spiritual care.
When he was 10-years-old, John met with a wealthy, noble couple from Genoa after Mass. They, too, noted his gifts and potential. So, they took him in as a page, after receiving his father's approval. John was taken to Genoa to attend school until 1711.
In 1710, John's father suddenly passed away. His mother pleaded for him to return home, but John was convinced that the Lord wanted him to finish his education in Genoa.
In 1711, John was called to Rome by his cousin, the canon of St. Mary in Cosmedin, Lorenzo de Rossi. Lorenzo suggested John complete his studies there at the Collegium Romanum under the guidance of the Jesuit.
A Student’s Prayer by Saint Thomas
Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect, dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance.
Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and east in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion.
This I as through Jesus Christ, true God and true man, living and reigning with You and the Father, forever and ever.