Saint Katharine Drexel, Religious (Feast Day-March 3). She gave up all. To read more about this generous saint go to: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=193
Although we celebrate the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd, today’s Gospel from the second chapter of Luke (Lk. 2:36-40) tells the story of Mary and Joseph, observing Jewish custom, presenting Jesus in the Temple.
“There was a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
of the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee,
to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.
In the midst of the celebration of the Christmas Season, today we remember the Holy Innocents, Martyrs. These male children who were two years old or younger were martyred by King Herod the Great in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus whom the three magi described as the newborn king. (Matthew 2:16-18). The Holy Innocents remind us of how cruel sin can be. In order to defeat such cruelty and sin, Christ was born.
November 21 — “It is an ancient tradition, that the Blessed Virgin Mary was solemnly offered to God in the temple in her infancy. This festival of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin, or, as it is often called by the Greeks, the entrance of the Blessed Virgin into the Temple, is mentioned in the most ancient Greek Menologies extant.” Rev. Alban Butler. To learn more go to: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/P/presentationoftheblessedvirginmary.asp
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized this September. To find out about the canonization process you can visit http://www.focus.org/blog/posts/how-does-someone-become-a-saint.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/
“St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violent tempered. His mother Lived with them and was equally difficult, which proved a constant challenge to St. Monica. She had three children; Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua. Through her patience and prayers, she was able to convert her husband and his mother to the Catholic faith in 370. He died a year later. Perpetua and Navigius entered the religious Life. St. Augustine was much more difficult, as she had to pray for him for 17 years, begging the prayers of priests who, for a while, tried to avoid her because of her persistence at this seemingly hopeless endeavor. One priest did console her by saying, “it is not possible that the son of so many tears should perish.” This thought, coupled with a vision that she had received strengthened her. St. Augustine was baptized by St. Ambrosein 387. St. Monica died later that same year, on the way back to Africa from Rome in the Italian town of Ostia.” (Catholic Online)
St. Maximilian Kolbe was a hero of Auschwiz who gave his life so that another might live. To learn more about St. Maximilian Kolbe go to http://www.catholic-pages.com/saints/st_maximilian.asp
Today is the Memorial of St. Agnes. Prayer to St. Agnes:
O glorious St. Agnes, you served God in humility and confidence on earth and are now in the enjoyment of His beatific Vision in heaven because you persevered till death and gained the crown of eternal life.Remember now the dangers that surround me in the vale of tears, and intercede for me in my needs and troubles. Amen.
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Today is the Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church. Prayer of St. Basil the Great: O Lord our God, we beseech you, to ask for the gift we need. Steer the ship of our life to yourself, the quiet harbor of all storm-stressed souls. Show us the course which we are to take. Renew in us the spirit of docility. Let your Spirit curb our fickleness; guide and strengthen us to perform what is for our own good, to keep your commandments and ever to rejoice in your glorious and vivifying presence. Yours is the glory and praise for all eternity. Amen.
Today we celebrate the Memorial of St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr and patron saint for the blind. Prayer to St. Lucy:
Saint Lucy, you did not hide your light under a basket, but let it shine for the whole world, for all the centuries to see. We may not suffer torture in our lives the way you did, but we are still called to let the light of our Christianity illumine our daily lives. Please help us to have the courage to bring our Christianity into our work, our recreation, our relationships, our conversation — every corner of our day. Amen