July 31 -- today's saints

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Today, July 31, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- saints whose souls are now in heaven:

St. Ignatius of Loyola [Iigo de Recalde de Loyola] (Spanish, nobleman, court page, seriously wounded soldier, hermit, pilgrim to Holy Land, evangelized Moslems, priest, founder of Society of Jesus [Jesuits] in Italy, d. 1556)
St. Calimerius of Milan (Greek, bishop in Italy, martyred [cast into well] c. 190)
Sts. Democritus, Secundus, and Dionysius (early martyrs)
Bl. Emmanuel Phung and Bl. Peter Qui (Vietnamese, catechist and priest, martyred [1 garrotted, 1 beheaded] in 1859 [beatified 1909])
St. Fabius of Mauritania (Roman, soldier in Africa, martyred by beheading in 300)
St. Firmus of Tagaste (North African, early bishop, tortured)
St. Germanus of Auxerre (French, governor, bishop, opposed Pelagian heresy, died in Italy in 448)
St. Helen of Skvde (Swedish, widow, c. 1160)
Bl. Giovanni Colombini (Italian, merchant, magistrate, founded society of Gesuati for lay brothers, d. 1367)
St. Justin de Jacobis (Italian, Vincentian missionary to Ethiopia, helped twelve thousand to convert, bishop, d. 1860 [canonized 1975])
St. Neot of Cornwall (English, dwarf, Benedictine priest, hermit, c. 880)

If you have anything to share about these holy people, please reply now -- biographical episodes, prayers through their intercession, the fact that one is your patron saint -- whatever moves you. If you are interested in one of these saints and want to find out more about him/her, please ask. Information is sometimes available on the Internet.

All you holy men and women, saints of God, pray for us.
God bless you.
John


[From St. Ignatius of Loyola:]

"We were created to praise, to reverence and to serve God. And everything else on the face of the earth was created for our sake, to help us to achieve the goal for which we were created."

"In a time of desolation, never forsake the good resolutions you made in better times. Strive to remain patient -- a virtue contrary to the troubles that harass you -- and remember that you will be consoled."

"Prefer neither health nor sickness, neither riches nor poverty, neither honor nor ignominy, neither a long life nor a short one."

"We must put aside all judgment of our own, and keep the mind ever ready and prompt to obey in all things the true Spouse of Christ our Lord, our holy Mother, the hierarchical Church." [A good one for today's Jesuits to keep in mind.]

"Do not let any occasion of gaining merit pass without taking care to draw some spiritual profit from it; as, for example, from a sharp word which someone may say to you; from an act of obedience imposed against your will; from an opportunity which may occur to humble yourself, or to practice charity, sweetness, and patience. All of these occasions are gain for you, and you should seek to procure them; and at the close of that day, when the greatest number of them have come to you, you should go to rest most cheerful and pleased, as the merchant does on the day when he had had most chance for making money; for on that day business has prospered with him."

"If God [allows] you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a saint. And if you wish to become a great saint, entreat Him yourself to give you much opportunity for suffering; for there is no wood better to kindle the fire of holy love than the wood of the cross, which Christ used for His own great sacrifice of boundless charity."

-- J. F. Gecik (jfgecik@hotmail.com), July 25, 2002

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Everyone,

I'd like to share these prayers of my favorite saint:

"Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess you have given me. I surrender it all to you to be disposed of according to your will. Give me only your love and your grace ? with these I will be rich enough and will desire nothing more."

"Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve You as You deserve: to give, and not count the cost; to fight, and not to heed the wounds; to toil, and not to seek for rest; to labor, and not to ask for reward, except that knowing that I am doing Your Will."

You are all in my prayers. Please pray for me.

Mateo

-- (MattElFeo@netscape.net), July 31, 2002.


Mateo,

Thanks! (I hope I put that explanation point in correct place ) :-)

I will pray for you and the soon to be Mrs. Mateo. May St. Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena who is one of the patron Saints for engaged couples pray for you guys too. His feastday is celebrated March 20 in the Holy Catholic Church.

God bless you both

David S

-- David (David@excite.com), July 31, 2002.


Thanks, Mateo, for reminding me of those good old Ignatian prayers. I surely do ask our Lord to help you every day.
JFG

-- (jfgecik@hotmail.com), August 12, 2002.

A.M.D.G.

On July 31, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- saints and blesseds whose souls are now in heaven:

St. Ignatius de Recalde of Loyola [Iigo] (Spanish, nobleman, court page, seriously wounded soldier, hermit, pilgrim to Holy Land, evangelized Moslems, priest, founder of Society of Jesus [Jesuits] in Italy, d. 1556)
Please scroll up to see some of the saint's words and prayers, posted last year.

St. Calimerius of Milan (Greek, bishop in Italy, martyred [cast into well] c. 190)
Sts. Democritus, Secundus, and Dionysius (early martyrs)
Sts. Emmanuel L Van Phung of Dan-nuoc and Peter Doan Cng Quy of Bung (Vietnamese, catechist and priest, martyred [1 garrotted, 1 beheaded] in 1859 [canonized 1988])
St. Fabius of Mauritania (Roman, soldier in Africa, martyred by beheading in 300)
St. Firmus of Tagaste (North African, early bishop, tortured)
St. Germanus of Auxerre (French, governor, bishop, opposed Pelagian heresy, died in Italy in 448)
St. Helen of Skvde [Elin] (Swedish, widow, c. 1160)
Bl. John Colombini of Siena [Giovanni] (Italian, merchant, magistrate, founded society of Gesuati for lay brothers, d. 1367)
St. Justin de Jacobis of San Fele [Giustino] (Italian, Vincentian missionary to Ethiopia, helped twelve thousand to convert, bishop, d. 1860 [canonized 1975])
St. Neot of Cornwall (English, dwarf, Benedictine priest, hermit, c. 880)

If you have anything to share about these holy people, please reply now -- biographical episodes, prayers through their intercession, the fact that one is your patron -- whatever moves you. If you are interested in one of these saints or blesseds and want to find out more about him/her, please ask. Information is sometimes available on the Internet.

All you holy men and women, saints of God, pray for us.
God bless you.
John

-- J. F. Gecik (jfgecik@hotmail.com), July 31, 2003.



As always, thanks for the saints, John!

We all need to emulate the saints' dedication to Our Lord. Especially in these times, I pray that many will be inspired at the example of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The trials of life and faith today are so similar to those 500 years ago. May God inspire us all to be great defenders of the Faith. Amen.

Mateo

-- (MattElFeo@netscape.net), July 31, 2003.


He was a bold saint. :-)

-- (MattElFeo@netscape.net), July 31, 2003.

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