Saturday, December 3, 2016

St. Francis Xavier

St. Francis Xavier (1506 - 1552) was a care-free Spaniard who became a Jesuit priest after meeting St. Ignatius of Loyola. He became a missionary in India and the Far East, devoting the rest of his life to spreading the Good News. Legend tells of him losing his cross in the ocean and a crab returned it to him. He blessed the crab and to this day, such crabs have cross patterns on their shells. St. Francis is the patron saint of foreign missions. His feast day is on 3 December. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

St. Andrew the Apostle

St. Andrew was the brother of St. Peter and they were both fishermen. When St. Andrew first saw Jesus, he followed Him to His house and listened to Him. Then St. Andrew quickly introduced Jesus to his brother St. Peter, saying 'We have found the Messiah!'. After the Resurrection of Jesus, St. Andrew went to preach in the Eastern Roman Empire. The Romans wanted him dead and he requested to be crucified on an x-shaped cross, deeming himself unworthy to die on the same type of cross as Jesus did. St. Andrew's feast day is on 30 November.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

1st Week of Advent

The Root of Jesse will spring up,
One who will arise to rule over the nations;
in Him the Gentiles will hope.
Isaiah 15:12

Friday, November 25, 2016

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St. Catherine of Alexandria

St. Catherine of Alexandria (282-305) was an intelligent princess from Egypt. As a teenager, she confronted the Roman emperor for persecuting Christians. His best scholars debated with her but she converted them to the faith. After rejecting the emperor's marriage proposal, she was tortured with a spiked wheel. She converted the emperor's wife and many soldiers before her execution. St. Catherine is the patron saint of philosophers. Her feast day is on 25 November.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Bl. Miguel Pro

Bl. Miguel Pro (1891 – 1927) was a Jesuit Priest from Mexico during a time when Catholics were persecuted there. He would secretly visit them to celebrate Mass, hear confessions and help them. As a result, the Mexican government wanted to arrest him. They finally did so by falsely accusing him of trying to murder their president. As Bl. Miguel was put to death, he bravely raised his hands in a cross posture and shouted ‘¡Viva Cristo Rey!’ or ‘Long live Christ the King!’ His feast day is on 23 November.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia (2nd century AD) decided to give her life to God when she was very young. However, her Roman parents decided that she should marry a man named Valerian. During the wedding feast, music was being played to pagan idols. So St. Cecilia sang hymns in her heart to Jesus. She also converted her husband Valerian and he became a saint too! St. Cecilia was killed by soldiers because she refused to pray to idols. It took them three days to take her life as God protected her! She is the patron saint of musicians. Her feast day is on 22 November.