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.