Saturday, July 31, 2021
St. Ignatius of Loyola is the founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. He was pursuing a career in the military when a cannonball shattered his leg. While recovering, he discovered that reflecting on the things of this world, such as fame and romance, only brought him temporary pleasure. Reading about the lives of the saints and thinking about serving Jesus Christ brought him lasting happiness.
Ignatian spirituality teaches that God speaks to us in our everyday lives through our feelings. St. Ignatius published a book called the Spiritual Exercises which is meant as a guide for retreat masters to help retreatants discover where God is leading them.
The motto of the Jesuits is Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (AMDG) and means “For the greater glory of God”. St. Ingatius’ feast day is July 31. He is the patron saint of retreats.
Dear fathers, happy Feast of St. Joseph! Follow his example when caring for your children as they grow up in wisdom and grace.Pope Francis
Sunday, January 2, 2022
St. Basil the Great was a fourth century Greek bishop. His feast day is January 2. He was a skilled orator who was known for supporting the Nicene creed over Arianism. He also known for his care of the poor and the sick and also for his fight against prostitution.
St. Basil the patron saint of hospital administrators, reformers, monks, education, and liturgists.
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
December 29 is the feast day of St. Thomas Becket. He was the chancellor of King Henry II and was later appointed as Archbishop of Canterbury. King Henry had thought his friendship with Thomas would make him sympathetic to the demands of the king. But Thomas spoke out when the king started taking away the Church’s rights. Henry famously said, “Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest!” Four of his knights went to Canterbury Cathedral and martyred Thomas.
St. Thomas Becket is the patron saint of secular clergy.
Monday, December 27, 2021
St. John the Evangelist was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. He is the author of the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John, and the Book of Revelation. His feast day is December 27.
St. John the Evangelist is the patron saint of authors, love, and loyalty. His symbol is the eagle.
Thursday, September 9, 2021
St. Peter Claver was a Jesuit priest who ministered to slaves arriving in the Caribbean port city of Cartagena. He fed them and treated their diseases and wounds. His feast day is September 9.
St. Peter Claver is the patron saint of slaves, race relations, and seafarers.