Today’s Feast Day: St Catherine Laboure

Today is the Feast Day of St Catherine Laboure.  In 1830, an apparition of Our Lady appeared three times to St Catherine. On November 27, Our Lady showed St. Catherine the medal of the Immaculate Conception, now universally known as the “Miraculous Medal.” She commissioned St. Catherine to have one made, and to spread devotion to this medal.

Our Lady said to St. Catherine, “Come to the foot of the altar…Graces will be especially shed upon those who ask for them.”

Some of the graces that St. Catherine suggested people should ask of God included: The grace of a cheerful disposition, the grace to recognize and accept the trials of everyday life as blessings from God; to be contented with one’s state in life; to understand and appreciate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and especially to love God as God wills us to love Him.

Many people wear the Miraculous Medal and get great comfort from it.  Why not get a medal today and wear it in honour of Our Lady?

Today’s Feast Day: St Fergus

Today is the Feast Day of St Fergus.  St Fergus was born in the year 700, was educated at Iona and, along with many Irish, settled in France.  He founded a monastery in Chiemsee and later became the Bishop of Salzburg in 766. So many people are named after ancient saints and know little of their name’s origins.  Let’s pray to St Fergus and for all those named after this wonderful Celtic saint! Please also pray for our brothers and sisters in St Fergus’s Parish, Ferguslie Park.

Today’s Feast Day: St Andrew Dūng Lac and his Companions

Today’s feast day is that of St Andrew Dung-Lac and his Companions.  St Andrew converted Vietnam, where there are now 6 million Roman Catholics.  St Andrew Dung-Lac and his friends are also known as the Vietnamese Martyrs, day 117 of whom have already been beatified.  Not all were Vietnamese in nationality and their deaths were varied (75 were beheaded, 22 strangled, 6 burned alive, 5 torn to pieces while still alive and 9 died of torture).  Please take a few moments today to pray for all those people around the world who are being persecuted for their faith. They all need our prayers.

Today’s Feast Day: St Cecilia

Today is the Feast Day of St Cecilia.  St Cecilia is viewed by the Roman Catholic Church as a perfect example of a Christian woman.  She is pictured her because she is known to have played music to God ‘in her heart’.  Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians.  Do you know any musicians who are finding it hard to get the recognition they deserve or are struggling with their craft? Why not say a small prayer for them today?

The painting is by Guido Reni.

Today’s Feast Day: St Edmund

Today is the feast day of St Edmund Rich, who lived and died as a Christian martyr in the year 869. He was buried in Bury St Edmund’s, the town that took his name.  St Edmund is another of those saints that is forgotten by most people.  Why not say a prayer to him today and ask him to intercede for you and your special intention?