Celtic saints of the day – 28th August

St. Emmon of Besançon & St. Flannon of Killalo St. Emmon of Besançon In the old monastery of Luxeuil (Luxovium), in the diocese of Besançon, Saint Emmon, monk. The Acts of Saint Adelph (11 September) teach us that when that saint came to see his brethren of Luxeuil, to die among them, Emmon was the [...]

Saint of the Day St Augustine of Hippo

Born: November 13, 354 AD, Tagaste Died: August 28, 430 AD, Hippo Regius, Algeria Full name: Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis Parents: Saint Monica, Patricius Aurelius A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: Many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. But really to get [...]

Saint of the day – St. Monica

 St. Monica Thursday, August 27, 2015 Lived(322?-387) | Feast Day: Thursday, August 27, 2015 The circumstances of St. Monica’s life could have made her a nagging wife, a bitter daughter-in-law and a despairing parent, yet she did not give way to any of these temptations. Although she was a Christian, her parents gave her in [...]

St. Louis IX of France

Feastday: August 25 Patron of Third Order of St. Francis, France, French monarchy; hairdressers Birth: 1214 Death: 1270 Louis was born on 25 April 1214 at Poissy, near Paris, the son of Prince Louis the Lion and Princess Blanche, and baptised in La Collégiale Notre-Dame church. His grandfather on his father's side was Philip II, [...]

From Sadness to Joy

Lord, in good times and bad, draw me closer to you. Let me trust in you to turn my mourning into joy and gladness. "Melanie Rigney uses stories of the saints, our sisters in faith, to help readers grow in their spiritual lives. Some of these saints are familiar—Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena, Bernadette [...]

St. Bartholomew-Saint of the day 24th August

St. Bartholomew  Feast Day: Monday, August 24, 2015 In the New Testament, Bartholomew is mentioned only in the lists of the apostles. Some scholars identify him with Nathanael, a man of Cana in Galilee who was summoned to Jesus by Philip. Jesus paid him a great compliment: “Here is a true Israelite. There is no [...]

Life is not Fair

Mourning can be sharp and deep when we are teenagers: the loss of a first love, perhaps, or the disappointment of not being accepted by the college we want or not getting the summer job for which we know we are perfect. On the cusp of adulthood, we learn anew one of the hardest lessons [...]

August 23rd Celtic Saints of the Day

Tydfil From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Saint Tydfil (standard Welsh Tudful; martyred ca. 480) is the legendary dedicatee of Merthyr Tydfil (Welsh: Merthyr Tudful, "church of Tudful"), a town in Glamorgan, south Wales. Tydfil gave her name to Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr meaning martyr in the Welsh language). Tydfil was the daughter of King Brychan by his fourth wife. Most of Brychan's children were well educated, girls and [...]

August 22nd Celtic Saints of the Day

  St Andrew of Ireand HE was a Scottish or Irish gentleman, who in his youth attended St. Donatus his countryman into Tuscany, that they might serve God unknown in holy retirement. St. Donatus was chosen bishop of Fiesoli in Tuscany; and he ordained St. Andrew deacon; in which ministry he served that church in [...]

Staying mindful

Whenever you do anything stupid, cruel, evil, or destructive to yourself or others, you are at that moment unconscious, and unconscious of your identity. If you were fully conscious, you would never do it. Loving people are always highly conscious people. To rely on any drug or substance is to become unconscious. -from Breathing Under [...]