Archive for October, 2012

Feastday: October 28

Patron of Desperate Cases

My favourite saint whom I adore and pray to everyday. I can’t imagine what I would be today if I had not started to pray to him. I read about St Jude when I was 12 in a newspaper add. Someone had published St Jude Novena as part of their thanksgiving. He is known as the patorn of hopeless cases and that is what caught my eye. Also my problem was trivial, it felt like a hopeless case to me at that time and I started the novena, a novena that I never stopped saying. Now after 17yrs later I still say it every single day. That’s the faith I have in St Jude.

St. Jude, known as Thaddaeus, was the son of Alpheus (Cleophas) brother of St Joseph (father of Jesus). St Jude is also the brother of St. James, and cousin of Jesus Christ. He was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus. He is often confused with Judas Iscariot, the traitor and because of this he was not welcomed by many people.

Jude was the one who asked Jesus at the Last Supper why He would not manifest Himself to the whole world after His resurrection. Little else is known of his life. Legend claims that he visited Beirut and Edessa; possibly martyred with St. Simon in Persia.

Ancient writers tell us that he preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia. According to Eusebius, he returned to Jerusalem in the year 62, and assisted at the election of his brother, St. Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem.

He is an author of an epistle (letter) to the Churches of the East, particularly the Jewish converts, directed against the heresies of the Simonians, Nicolaites, and Gnostics. This Apostle is said to have suffered martyrdom in Armenia, which was then subject to Persia. The final conversion of the Armenian nation to Christianity did not take place until the third century of our era.

Jude is invoked in desperate situations because his New Testament letter stresses that the faithful should persevere in the environment of harsh, difficult circumstances, just as their forefathers had done before them. Therefore, he is the patron saint of desperate cases and his feast day is October 28.


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Feastday: October 27

Died: 372

Saint Abraham the Poor also known as Saint Abraham the Child and Abraham know the Simple for his purity of heart and to the simplicity of his lifestyle was a fourth century Egyptian holy hermit and a saint. He was born in Menuf, Egypt, a site northwest of Cairo in the Delta region of the Nile. He became a disciple of St. Pachomius, the founder of cenobitic monasticism. Abraham spent almost two decades in a cave near Pachomius’ foundations in the Delta.

He remained a disciple of Saint Pachomius for 23 years, after which he spent the following seventeen as a cave hermit. His feast day is celebrated on October 27.

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Feastday: October 21

Ursula was the daughter of the king of Britian. There are several legands about her. One where she was able to postpone her marriage that she didn’t wish to do with a price. After which she went on a voyage with thousands of maindens across the North Sea up till Switzerland and then to Rome. However they were all massacred by pagans at Cologne when Ursula refused to marry.

Another legand says that her ship was shipwrecked and all the women were either enslaved or murdered.

However years later, Clematius, a senator, rebuilt a basilica in Cologne that had originally been built, around the 4th century to honor a group of virgins who had been martyred at Cologne. They were evidently venerated enough to have had a church built in their honor, but who they were and how many of them there were, are unknown. From these meager facts, the legend of Ursula grew and developed.

Her feast day October 21.

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Feastday: October 20

1694 – 1775

St. Paul of the Cross was born at Ovada in the Republic of Genoa, January 3, 1694. His infancy and youth were spent in great innocence and piety. He was inspired from on high to found a congregation.

After consulting his director, Bishop Gastinara of Alexandria in Piedmont, he reached the conclusion that God wished him to establish a congregation in honor of the Passion of Jesus Christ.

On November 22, 1720, the bishop vested him with the habit that had been shown to him in a vision, the same that the Passionists wear at the present time. From that moment the saint applied himself to repair the Rules of his institute; and in 1721 he went to Rome to obtain the approbation of the Holy See.

At first he failed, but finally succeeded when Benedict XIV approved the Rules in 1741 and 1746. Meanwhile St. Paul built his first monastery near Obitello. Sometime later he established a larger community at the Church of St. John and Paul in Rome. For fifty years St. Paul remained the indefatigable missionary of Italy.

God lavished upon him the greatest gifts in the supernatural order, but he treated himself with the greatest rigor, and believed that he was a useless servant and a great sinner. His saintly death occurred at Rome in the year 1775, at the age of eighty-one. He was canonized by Pope Pius IX in 1867. His feast day is October 20.

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Feastday: October 14

995 – 1060

Saint Dominic Loricatus (995-1060) was born in a village of Luceolis (Umbria) in Italy. He was ordained illegally as a priest when he was still a child after his father bribed the local bishop.

When Saint Dominic learnt about it, he decided to live a life of penance and became a hermit in the woods. Later in 1040 he became a Benedictine under St. Peter Damian at Fontavellana.

Saint Dominic came up with a weird arithematic penance which basically makes up for one of penance by 3000 lashes. He was infact able to take up the penance of an entire century in 6 days.

Saint Dominic is said to have performed these lashes while reciting the psalms, with 100 lashes for each psalm. 30 psalms (3000 strokes) made penance for one year of sin; the entire psalter redeemed 5 years, while 20 psalters (300,000 strokes) redeemed one hundred years – hence the ‘One Hundred Years Penance’ St. Dominic is said to have performed in six days, over Lent.

In calculating these lashes one is left with these numbers: 50,000 lashes per day. Assuming St. Dominic were awake for 20 hours a day, that gives 2500 lashes per hour, which would result in 41 lashes per minute.

He owes his name Loricatus to his bodily mortification of wearing a coat of chain mail next to his skin as a hairshirt. He died at the hermitage of S. Vicino. His feast is celebrated by Catholics on October 14.

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Feastday: October 13

Saint Edward was born in Islip, England to King Ethelred III and his wife Emma who was the daughter of the Duke of Normandy. He was sent to Normandy in 1013 with his mother when the Danes under the leadership of Canute invaded England. Canute then married his mother Emma after the death of King Ethelred in 1016 and himself became the King.

Saint Edward however remained in Normandy and was brought up a Norman but returned to England in 1042 after the death of his step brother (son of Canute and Emma) to become the king of England.

He married Godwin’s daughter Edith in 1044. His reign was a peaceful one characterized by his good rule and remission of odious taxes, but also by the struggle, partly caused by his natural inclination to favor the Normans.

Saint Edward had brought with him Robert of Jumieges when he returned to England and whom he named Archbishop of Canterbury in 1051.

Edward faced difficulties from Godwin’s sons (Harold and Tostig) to determine his successor as Edward was childless. Edward however name Harold his successor and banished Tostig to Europe.

After this Edward became more interested in religious affairs and built St. Peter’s Abbey at Westminster, where he is buried. His piety gained him the surname “the Confessor”. He died in London on January 5, and he was canonized in 1161 by Pope Alexander III. His feast day is October 13.

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Feastday: October 7

Patron of Padua; Palmanova
Died: 304

Same as Saint Faith, Saint Justina was martyred during the persecution of Diocletian. Legend says that she took private vows of chastity and that she was baptized by St. Prosdocimus, a disciple of St. Peter and reputed first bishop of Padua.

She is also described as a disciple of Saint Peter the Apostle. Thus, Saint Prosdocimus, the first bishop of Padua, is said to have been her spiritual father.

She is said to have been martyred in 304 AD. Her feast day is October 7. She is a patron saint of Padua.




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