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Shepherd Spyridon of Trimyphunteia (3rd cent, Cyprus) supported the poor with all he had. God made him work wonders and he became bishop. At the First Ecumenical Council, he defeated and converted an Arian philosopher. Clasping a brick, fire shot upwards, water downwards, and clay remained in his hands - "3 elements make 1 like the Holy Trinity," S said. When S performed Liturgy in an empty church, angelic voices were heard singing along. Likened to Abraham and Elijah, S is celebrated Dec…

Shepherd Spyridon of Trimyphunteia (3rd cent, Cyprus) supported the poor with all he had. God made him work wonders and he became bishop. At the First Ecumenical Council, he defeated and converted an Arian philosopher. Clasping a brick, fire shot upwards, water downwards, and clay remained in his hands - "3 elements make 1 like the Holy Trinity," S said. When S performed Liturgy in an empty church, angelic voices were heard singing along. Likened to Abraham and Elijah, S is celebrated Dec…

Saint Barbara was one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages, Barbara was a beautiful young woman whose tyrannical father, Dioscorus, kept her imprisoned in a tower, protecting her from the world. She was martyred at his own hand because she refused to renounce her newly acquired Christian faith.

Saint Barbara was one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages, Barbara was a beautiful young woman whose tyrannical father, Dioscorus, kept her imprisoned in a tower, protecting her from the world. She was martyred at his own hand because she refused to renounce her newly acquired Christian faith.

Saint Benedict of Nursia ...    You were enriched with God's grace;   Your works agreed with your name,   O Benedict, helpful servant of Christ God.   Through prayer and fasting you were revealed to be filled with the gifts of the Spirit of God!   You are a healer of the sick, the banisher of demons and speedy defender of our souls!

Saint Benedict of Nursia ... You were enriched with God's grace; Your works agreed with your name, O Benedict, helpful servant of Christ God. Through prayer and fasting you were revealed to be filled with the gifts of the Spirit of God! You are a healer of the sick, the banisher of demons and speedy defender of our souls!

A young maid fled Emperor Licinus' advances. Saint Basil Bishop of Amasea (4th cent Pontus) hid her. She wrote to her mistress and Licinus found the letter. The maid died before she and Saint Basil were summoned to court. Saint Basil refused to become a pagan priest and was beheaded, body cast into the sea. An Angel told his friends he would meet them in Sinope. Fishermen cast a net in the Name of the Lord and found his body. His head had reattached, and the neck only bore a small gash. (Apr…

A young maid fled Emperor Licinus' advances. Saint Basil Bishop of Amasea (4th cent Pontus) hid her. She wrote to her mistress and Licinus found the letter. The maid died before she and Saint Basil were summoned to court. Saint Basil refused to become a pagan priest and was beheaded, body cast into the sea. An Angel told his friends he would meet them in Sinope. Fishermen cast a net in the Name of the Lord and found his body. His head had reattached, and the neck only bore a small gash. (Apr…

The 41 years of St. Clare's religious life are a scenario of sanctity: an indomitable resolve to lead the simple, literal gospel life as Francis taught her; courageous resistance to the ever-present pressure to dilute the ideal; a passion for poverty and humility; an ardent life of prayer; and a generous concern for her sisters.  She served the sick, waited on table, washed the feet of the begging nuns. She came from prayer, it was said, with her face so shining it dazzled those about her.

The 41 years of St. Clare's religious life are a scenario of sanctity: an indomitable resolve to lead the simple, literal gospel life as Francis taught her; courageous resistance to the ever-present pressure to dilute the ideal; a passion for poverty and humility; an ardent life of prayer; and a generous concern for her sisters. She served the sick, waited on table, washed the feet of the begging nuns. She came from prayer, it was said, with her face so shining it dazzled those about her.

After her parents’ death, Holy Martyress Anysia (3rd cent, Thessalonika) gave all to the poor and began a life of fasting and prayer. Emperor Maximian gave a law that anyone could kill Christians without being punished. On her way to church, a pagan soldier asked Anysia to attend a feast to the sun. Though she drew away, he grabbed her and attempted to tear her veil, at which she shoved him and shouted. The soldier killed her with his sword, and the law was criticized. She is remembered Dec…

After her parents’ death, Holy Martyress Anysia (3rd cent, Thessalonika) gave all to the poor and began a life of fasting and prayer. Emperor Maximian gave a law that anyone could kill Christians without being punished. On her way to church, a pagan soldier asked Anysia to attend a feast to the sun. Though she drew away, he grabbed her and attempted to tear her veil, at which she shoved him and shouted. The soldier killed her with his sword, and the law was criticized. She is remembered Dec…

St. John of the Cross - Principles for Detachment. What strength it takes to deny what gives you pleasure for the sake of LOVE! Everything that we refuse to ourselves is given to God.

St. John of the Cross - Principles for Detachment. What strength it takes to deny what gives you pleasure for the sake of LOVE! Everything that we refuse to ourselves is given to God.

March 14 - St. Matilda - http://www.ucatholic.com/saints/saint-matilda/ - St. Matilda was born about 895, the daughter of a German count. When she was still quite young, her parents arranged her marriage to a nobleman named Henry. Soon after their marriage, Henry became king of Germany. As queen, Matilda lived a simple lifestyle with times for daily prayer.

March 14 - St. Matilda - http://www.ucatholic.com/saints/saint-matilda/ - St. Matilda was born about 895, the daughter of a German count. When she was still quite young, her parents arranged her marriage to a nobleman named Henry. Soon after their marriage, Henry became king of Germany. As queen, Matilda lived a simple lifestyle with times for daily prayer.

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