Who are the saints in your life? Since the question came up at church it has been on my heart. One surely is my Daddy. I cannot recall a single time when he ever quoted a single Bible verse, yet he was one of the first and strongest spiritual leaders in my life. Fancy words and poignant quotes have their place, but it is how we live our life – especially when we think NOBODY’S looking – that really has the power to change the world.
Today is the feast day for Our Lady of Lourdes!
It is so named for the Shrine of Our Lady in Southern France. Many have experienced miracles of healing when visiting it. It is urged to use this day to remember especially the sick and troubled in your prayers.
Today we celebrate the feast day of St Marcella! Marcella lived in Ancient Rome and died in AD 410. A widow after only 7 months of marriage, she devoted the remainder of her life to holiness. She lived the life of an ascetic. Devoting her life to prayer and the study of Scripture, she was an inspiration to man.
Today, January 23rd is the feast day of Marianne of Molokai. Mother Marianne devoted her live to serving the lepers in Hawaii. When we think of lepers most of us think of times when Jesus walked the earth in human form, but it still exists even today. Mother Marianne was born in 1838 and in Germany but she and her family came to the US when she was just two years old.
Mother Marianne’s fine example of Christian love by reaching out to those whom society shuns reminds us of Jesus’ command to love one another as “I have loved you.”
Okay, today is the feast day for St Basil the great and I read about his life and while he was a good man, a monk, and a church leader, I know and love many good men, church leaders, and clergy. What leaped off the page as I researched St Basil the great was that he was one of 10 children and several of them were later sainted by the church. Now, what I’d like to know is why his Mama didn’t get a feast day named after her because if she raised that many saints, that Mama was doing good work for Jesus!