St. Catherine de Ricci (1522-1590) was a Dominican nun born in Florence, Italy. She was a great mystic with an intense devotion to the sufferings of Jesus. For many years Catherine would go into ecstasy from noon every Thursday through 4 p.m. on Friday, experiencing in a mystical manner the sufferings of Christ during his Passion. She was also given the spiritual gift of the stigmata; Christ’s wounds would appear on her body throughout the course of the ecstasy.
In memory of this grace of conversion through St. Brigid’s intercession and the sign of the cross, it is a popular Irish custom on her feast day (February 1st) to make St. Brigid’s cross out of tall grasses, rushes, or reeds, sprinkle it with holy water, and recite the following prayer.
St. Hilary was well-revered by the people of Poitiers for his great learning and sanctity, and they in turn clamored for him to become their bishop. Despite his protests, and with the consent of his wife to live in celibacy, Hilary was ordained a priest and bishop. He became a brilliant Scripture scholar, writer, orator, and a staunch defender of orthodoxy during the era of Arianism’s tight grip on the Church, even been exiled for defending Christ’s sacred humanity and divinity against the heretics, and earning the name “Hammer of the Arians.”
The message here is: these gifts are so important that they should be gifted in the right manner so they can be received in the right manner. Stockings provide a way for you to make sure that amongst the sea of presents, everyone in your family gets something for the soul (without saying: please work on your soul on account of the fact that everyone here is worried about it).
Saint Maximilian Kolbe spent the last days of his life in Auschwitz. He was beaten severely, because priests were a particular object of hatred and abuse by the Nazis; yet he remained gentle and calm. Once he was beaten, lashed, and left for dead; but luckily some prisoners smuggled him into the camp hospital and he was able to recover and hear confessions.
Understanding the temperaments is important is because your temperament has a crucial place in your spiritual life. It can greatly affect your growth as you seek to draw closer to the Heart of Christ. This kind of self-knowledge will help you to know where your strengths are as well as your weaknesses; it gives you more accurate self-knowledge.
Besides lighting candles and adding pictures of our favorite saints to our home altar, here are some ideas of spiritual presents you may offer to the saints. In this way, we don’t just ask them for favors, but we also venerate them because we admire them and appreciate their examples as loyal disciples of Christ. So, if you want to express gratitude for favors granted, or if you are about to ask a saint for their intercession, here are eight ways to venerate them.
Dads are wonderful, but shopping for them can be…not so wonderful. Choosing a gift can be tough, especially when you need a gift for a man. Luckily, we are not just shopping for men in general. We are shopping for D-A-D. ( Yes, he can never find his socks, but he gives his whole heart to […]
If you are invited to a Quinceañera celebration, a very special gift for the young lady is expected from guests. Godparents (padrinos) are usually the sponsors for the bouquet, the “last doll,” sometimes for the limousine, and even the gown—so thank God for padrinos! And boys don’t get to have such a party, so it’s good to be a girl, don’t you think?