Adapted directly and faithfully from Clare’s letter to Ermentrude of Bruges:
Gaze upon Him,
as you desire to imitate Him.
This labor of ours is brief, but the reward is eternal;
do not be disturbed by the clamor of the world, which passes like a shadow;
let the empty specters of the deceiving world not drive you mad;
shut your ears to the whispers of hell and, strong, break down its attempts against you.
Pray and be always vigilant.
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This post is in honor of the Feast Day of Edith Stein, or St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, patron Saint of Europe, the loss of parents, martyrs, and Jewish converts to Catholicism.
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“I am longing to be near you, my dear Louis. I love you with all my heart, and I feel my affection so much more when you’re not here with me. It would be impossible for me to live apart from you.”
–Zelie, in a letter to Louis
Today is the feast day of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, not the first married Saints by far, but the first married pair to be canonized as a couple..
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“Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” -Luke 11:27
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the icon of the Galaktotrophousa, or “milk-giver”, is celebrated on July 3rd (and/or January 12th).
From the marvelous blog A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons:
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There is a place in Belgium called Geel, with a special community practice toward the mentally ill.
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May 13th is the Feast Day of Julian of Norwich: 14th century mystic, theologian, anchoress, and author of the first English language book known to have been written by a woman.
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The feast day of St. Catherine of Siena is April 29th. I consider her my Patron Saint, the woman who helped bring me to the Church.
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This post is in honor of Our Sorrowful Mother, whose feast is observed both September 15th as well as the Friday before Good Friday.
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This post is in honor of the Feast Day of St. Agatha. Due to the conditions of her imprisonment and the nature of her tortures- her legend includes the excision of her breasts- she is the patron Saint of rape and sexual assault survivors, as well as bakers, nurses, and those afflicted by breast cancer.
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Today’s post is in honor of St. Agnes, martyr and patron saint of betrothed couples, chastity, gardeners, rape survivors, and young girls.
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