Saint of the Day

This is a great post that I read over at A Catholic View today. Everybody should say a quick prayer to Saint Joseph of Cupertino today because it is his feast day. The post below gets into some of the great things that Saint Joseph did while he was alive. His dream of becoming a priest never died despite tough financial issues, and everybody could learn a lesson from his persistence and great character.

“The Saint of the Day for September 18 is St. Joseph Of Cupertino,

Joseph of Cupertino was a mystic who was perhaps most famous for his ability to fly. His father, a poor carpenter, died before his birth and his mother, who was unable to pay the debts, lost her home and gave birth to Joseph in a stable at Cupertino, Italy on June 17, 1603.

Joseph began having mystical visions when he was seven, and was often so lost to the world around him that the other children made fun of him giving him the nickname, “open-mouthed” for his gaping manner.

He had an irascible temper and read very poorly, giving others the impression that he was dumb and good for nothing. Aside from that, he was so continually drawn into ecstasy that it was impossible for him to be attentive to the tasks at hand. Thus, when he secured a job, he lost it very quickly.

He finally managed to obtain a post taking care of a stable in a Franciscan convent near Cupertino. Upon realizing his holiness and aptitude for penance, humility, and obedience, it was decided that he could begin studying for the priesthood.

Joseph was a very poor student, however during his final examination, the examiner happened to ask him a question on the one topic he knew well. He passed and was admitted into the priesthood

It was also soon recognized that though he knew little by way of worldly knowledge and had little capacity to learn, Joseph was infused with a divine knowledge that made him capable of solving some of the most intricate theological quandaries.

For the last 35 years of his life as a priest he was unable to celebrate Mass in public because he would often, without being able to help it, be lifted up into the air when he went into an ecstatic state, which happened at nearly every Mass. It took only the slightest reference of anything having to do with God in order for this state to be induced in him.

Despite being moved from one friary to another, because of the disruption he caused by his ecstasies and the persecutions he endured from some of his brothers who were envious of his gifts, he remained profoundly inundated by the joy of abandoning himself to Divine Providence.

He died on September 18, 1663 and was canonized in 1767 by Pope Clement XIII. He is the patron of air travelers and students preparing for exams.” – “St. Joseph of Cupertino”, A Catholic View

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Today is the day to celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and the article below from A Catholic View goes over what that really should mean to Catholics everywhere. We were all saved when Jesus took up the cross of course, and this day is supposed to be a reminder to us all that we must all pick up our crosses and seek a life more in tune with Christ. Take some time to reflect upon that concept today while you pray!

“September 14 is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

This day is also called the Exaltation of the Cross, Elevation of the Cross, Holy Cross Day, Holy Rood Day, or Roodmas. The liturgy of the Cross is a triumphant liturgy. When Moses lifted up the bronze serpent over the people, it was a foreshadowing of the salvation through Jesus when He was lifted up on the Cross. Our Mother Church sings of the triumph of the Cross, the instrument of our redemption. To follow Christ we must take up His cross, follow Him and become obedient until death, even if it means death on the cross. We identify with Christ on the Cross and become co-redeemers, sharing in His cross.

We made the Sign of the Cross before prayer which helps to fix our minds and hearts to God. After prayer we make the Sign of the Cross to keep close to God. During trials and temptations our strength and protection is the Sign of the Cross. At Baptism we are sealed with the Sign of the Cross, signifying the fullness of redemption and that we belong to Christ. Let us look to the cross frequently, and realize that when we make the Sign of the Cross we give our entire self to God — mind, soul, heart, body, will, thoughts.

O cross, you are the glorious sign of victory.
Through your power may we share in the triumph of Christ Jesus.” – “Exaltation of the Holy Cross”, A Catholic View

Saint John Chrysostom

“One of the most beloved saints of the Christian East, the renowned preacher and fourth-century Archbishop of Constantinople John Chrysostom, will be remembered and celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church on September 13, the day before the anniversary of his death in 407.

Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians, who regard the Byzantine archbishop as one of the most important of the early Church Fathers, commemorate him a month later on November 13, the date that he assumed the position of archbishop in the Eastern imperial capital.

Among Christians of the Byzantine tradition, St. John Chrysostom is best known for the liturgical rite traditionally ascribed to him. Eastern Catholic and Orthodox churches still celebrate the “Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom” as their most common form of Eucharistic worship.

In the West, he is numbered among the 33 “Doctors of the Church,” and remembered especially for his extensive and profound teachings on the subject of the Holy Eucharist. Along with St. Joseph, he was named co-patron of the Second Vatican Council by Bl. John XXIII.

Born around 349 in the Syrian city of Antioch, which is today a part of Turkey, John received an education in the classical works of Greek. He was baptized at age 19 or 20 and mentored by the local Bishop Meletius, going on to attend a school of theology in the city.

For a total of six years, John left behind the relative wealth of his family background and lived a strict lifestyle as a monastic hermit, devoting himself entirely to prayer, fasting, and study of the Bible. This regimen permanently damaged his health, however, and he returned to the city to serve in the local church, eventually becoming a deacon and then priest.” – “Church Celebrates St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople”, EWTN

This post from EWTN.com is all about Saint John Chrysostom because today is his feast day. Saint John actually passed away on September 14th, but the Roman Catholic Church chose to make the day before his feast day. He is known sometimes as the patron saint of education. John lived a life in solitude and was very involved in praying each and every day. Take the time today to say a quick prayer to Saint John Chrysostom, and if you would care to read the full text of this article, click here.

Saint of the Day

“The Saint of the Day for August 18 is St. Helena.

Empress mother of Constantine the Great. She was a native of Bithynia, who married the then Roman general Constantius I Chlorus about 270. Constantine was born soon after, and in 293, Constantius was made Caesar, or junior emperor. He divorced Helena to marry co Emperor Maximian’s stepdaughter. Constantine became emperor in 312 after the fateful victory at Milvian Bridge, and Helena was named Augusta, or empress. She converted to Christianity and performed many acts of charity, including building churches in Rome and in the Holy Land.

On a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Helena discovered the True Cross. She is believed to have died in Nicomedia. Her porphyry sarcophagus is in the Vatican Museum. Geoffrey of Monmouth, England, started the legend that Helena was the daughter of the king of Colchester, a tradition no longer upheld. In liturgical art Helena is depicted as an empress, holding a cross.” – “St. Helena”, A Catholic View

This post from A Catholic View celebrates the today as the feast day of Saint Helena. She was an amazing woman, especially for the time she lived in. She was the one who found the Relic of the True Cross, which was just re-found in Vermont! At one time she was married to Constantine, which a fun fact that not everybody knows. She is certainly an important patron saint and everybody should say a prayer to her today.

Feast Day of Saint Jeanne

“Feast of Saint Jeanne de Chantal
by Sister Julie on August 12, 2010

Saint Jeanne was an amazing woman — a wife, a mother, a spiritual mentor, and a religious. Her life is a testimony to faith, to love for God, to service of others, and she opened herself to being personally transformed through all of the events of her life.

Her life experiences “opened her heart to her longing for God and she sought God in prayer and a deepening spiritual life. Her commitment to God impressed Saint Francis de Sales, the bishop who became her director and best friend. Their friendship started before they even met, for them saw each other in dreams, and continued in letters throughout their lives.

With Francis’ support, Jane founded the Visitation order for women who were rejected by other orders because of poor health or age. She even accepted a woman who was 83 years old. When people criticized her, she said, “What do you want me to do? I like sick people myself; I’m on their side.” She believed that people should have a chance to live their calling regardless of their health.” (source)

I like Saint Jeanne, I like her a lot because of her deep commitment to God. She opened herself to be “more than”, to acknowledge but not get stuck in the contrarieties of life nor the conventions of life! She opened her door to people who were poor, even when she was living on a tight budget. She forgave and even befriended the person who killed her husband. She founded a religious community for those thought too old or sick to be a religious, a community which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year.” – “Feast of Saint Jeanne de Chantal”, A Nun’s Life

This was a post from A Nun’s Life all about Saint Jeanne de Chantal, whose feast day happens to be today! Saint Jeanne led a life that more of us should try and imitate. I agree wholeheartedly with Sister Julie on the topic of Saint Jeanne and her deep commitment to God. This is one attribute that really makes me admire Saint Jeanne as a person. Saint Jeanne is the patron saint of girls, so if you need to say a prayer to somebody today why not ask Saint Jeanne for a blessing.