During this stage of her life St. Bridget’s mystical experiences became more pronounced and frequent, so much so that they were contained in a work that became very popular in the middle ages, called the Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden. Her vibrant visions, which became famous, were often consulted by artists to aid them in their depiction of scenes from Sacred Scripture.
Saint Camillus de Lellis is an example how God often plants the seeds of your life’s mission among the ordinary, even sinful, circumstances you find yourself in; in the end, by the grace of God, all things truly will work together for your good and His glory, and it is never too late to amend your life and work to become a saint.
Many faithful men went to Mt. Carmel to live as hermits in imitation of the Prophet Elijah. Over time a community developed informally. By the 1200’s this group desired to order their lives around a structured Rule. At the direction of St. Albert, then Patriarch of Jerusalem, they were given a Rule of Life. They lived in general solitude as they prayed and fasted, but they built a church and came together for prayer during the day. They named the church after Our Lady under the title of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
Kateri trekked over 200 miles through rough terrain, a two month, undoubtedly difficult due to her poor eyesight, to reach the Christian settlement. There she desired to live a life of prayer and penance. She declined marriage and lived as a single woman with deep faith, offering her sufferings and life to Christ. Her great sanctity, virtue, mystical prayer life, and love for Christ amazed the Jesuits and everyone who knew her. It is said that people loved to be around her and listen to her speak because her soul radiated the beauty and peace of God.
From the time of the Passion, when Christ poured out His blood for us all, the faithful have practiced devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. In the month of July, the Church honors the Precious Blood and encourages us in this devotion. The traditional feast day devoted to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ is July 1st.
Like the martyrdom of the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, a great number of Christians perished at the hands of Nero during the terrible persecution that lasted from 64-68 A.D. This was the first major persecution of the newly founded Church at Rome. These holy men and women, also called the “Protomartyrs of Rome,” are the foundation on which the Church was built.
Divine Providence saw it fitting that the Church be built a foundation of the great Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, as well as the blood of the First Martyrs of the Church at Rome. It is likewise fitting that the two feast days of these martyred saints are celebrated consecutively on June 29th and June 30th.
As the divinely appointed “Precursor” of Jesus Christ, St. John the Baptist’s life was closely intertwined with the earthly life of Jesus. On this feast celebrating his birth, we can reflect on how much like Jesus he truly was. Here are ten things St. John the Baptist has in common with Jesus.
Each year on June 22nd we celebrate the feast day of two notable Catholic saints and martyrs: Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher. It’s fitting that these two men share a feast day, because they were both righteous Englishmen martyred within two weeks of each other, for the same cause, on the same occasion, and at the hands of the same man.
Although this devotion arose in the 13th century, its popularity in modern times originated with a 17th century French nun and mystic, St. Margaret-Mary Alacoque, to whom Jesus taught the secrets of His Sacred Heart. While on a pilgrimage I visited the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Chapel of Apparitions in Paray-le-Monial, France, a charming and quiet town: it is where St. Marguerite-Marie saw Jesus. This experience inspired me to bring the devotion to the Sacred Heart into my home.