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Schema-Abbess Ariadna – A Beacon of Faith and Love

Schema-Abbess Ariadna – A Beacon of Faith and Love

Brigid, the Pagan Goddess of Ireland, became the revered Catholic Saint Brigid. Brigid was supposedly born in Kildare, meaning “church of the oak.” The two great influences on Irish spirituality are Christianity and Paganism.

Brigid: Celtic Goddess and Catholic Saint

February Brigid, the Pagan Goddess of Ireland, became the revered Catholic Saint Brigid. Brigid was supposedly born in Kildare, meaning “church of the oak.” The two great influences on Irish spirituality are Christianity and Paganism.

Saint Mary Frances of the Five Wounds of Jesus pray for us and Naples, Italy.  Feast day October 6.

October - Feast Day of St Maria Francesca. Intercessor for expectant mothers and those women seeking to have children.

Santa Chiara d'Assisi: Founder of the Poor Clares, the female order of the Franciscans

Santa Clare of Assisi: Founder of the Poor Clares, the female order of the Franciscans

St Theresa of Avila “Each degree of grace leads her soul further into the heart of pure love. Soul, psyche, and spirit enjoy the fruits of intimacy: Her “I” now becomes the “I” of Christ living in her. The movement is at once inward and upward, linear and circular. God’s agenda for grace unfolds not by force but by tender accommodation to the true self that she is and was meant to be.” We are reminded of Paul’s words, “No longer I but Christ who lives within me.” (Gal. 2:20)

Feast of St. Catherine of Siena; persuaded Pope Gregory XI to return the papacy from Avignon to Rome. Patron saint of Italy, and a doctor of the church.

Board: Nuns, Female Saints and Mystics.  Need to peruse this - lots of inspiration here.

Board: Nuns, Female Saints and Mystics. Need to peruse this - lots of inspiration here.

After graduating from Smith in 1905, Mary Josephine (Mollie) Rogers went on to become Mother Mary Joseph, the founder of the highly acclaimed order of Catholic nuns dedicated to worldwide foreign mission. Photo courtesy of the Maryknoll Sisters.

After graduating from Smith in Mary Josephine (Mollie) Rogers went on to become Mother Mary Joseph, the founder of the highly acclaimed order of Catholic nuns dedicated to worldwide foreign mission. Photo courtesy of the Maryknoll Sisters.

St. Edith Stein was a convert from Judiasm, who died as a nun in Auschwitz in 1942. This painting is by Robert Lentz.

Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, aka Edith Stein was a convert from Judiasm, who died as a nun in Auschwitz in This painting is by Robert Lentz.

Hildegard of Bingen (born Bemersheim nr. Alzey 1098; died 17 September 1179) was a German writer, composer and mystic. She was one of the "great creation-centered mystics of the West" (Mathew Fox)....

Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen (born Bemersheim nr. Alzey died 17 September was a German writer, composer and mystic. She was one of the “great creation-centered mystics of the West” (…

Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church, pray for us.  Feast day September 17.

Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church, pray for us.

Like many female saints, Catherine of Siena had visions of the heavenly kingdom, but she was also influential in earthly ones. A consecrated virgin since the age of seven and a Dominican lay-affiliate at sixteen, Catherine began to see images of Christ, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory in her late teens. Many medieval women were inspired by visions to withdraw from the world, but not Catherine. Her visions first told her to aid the sick and poor, and then to enter the political arena.

Like many female saints, Catherine of Siena had visions of the heavenly kingdom…

Saint Teresa of Avila - "To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience." LOC 715

Teresa of Avila - Doctor of the Church - Feastday: October 15 - Patron of Headache sufferers, Spanish Catholic Writers - 1515 - 1582

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