was a paragon of faith
mostly because she simply aimed
to be His servant. – Martha Shaw
Today is the feast day of St Walpurga, and English missionary. It is said that she traveled with her brothers and uncle and evangelized among the Germans. She was a nun at the monastery of Heidenheim am Hahnenkamm which had been founded by her own brother and upon his death she succeeded him as the abbess.
February 13th is the feast day of St Catherine de Ricci. Devoted to prayer very early in her life, Catherine – born with the name Alexandrina in 1522 in Florence, entered convent life at the tender age of only six. She was perpetual prioress by only 24 years old. An expert in administration, management, and religion, she was quite often sought after. She died in 1589 and was canonized in 1746.
The saint we celebrate with a feast day on February 1 is St Brigid of Ireland! Even though she was a slave and the daughter of a slave, she was putting her life at risk serving the Lord. Working on a dairy farm, she gave the products of her labor away to the poor, must to the anger of her owner. She was eventually freed, though, and was then able to completely devote her life to God.
Credited with starting the first of Ireland’s convents, she taught women to serve the poor. She is said to have also founded the first double monastery which was a place for prayer for both nuns and monks. Brigid is known as the patron saint of scholars.
St. Hyacintha of Mariscotti, born in 1585 in Italy and said to have been of noble parentage. She was a nun and belonged to the third order regular of St Francis. Baptised with the name Clarise, she was known for piety in her youth yet as she grew older became known for more frivolity. However, her strong faith remained. This frivolous nature remained her lifestyle even as a nun until a priest admonished her to repent of this, whereupon she did so and from that point on lived a simple life and devoted herself to care of the sick. She was well-respected for her holiness.