On the Feasts of Sts. Monica and Augustine

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts our restless until they rest in you.” -St. Augustine

Do you have family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers away from the Catholic faith? Pray to Sts. Monica and Augustine. St. Monica prayed ceaselessly for the return of her son, Augustine, to the Church. She had the immense blessing of seeing him return to God before she passed away, and thereafter Augustine went on to become one of the greatest theologians, writers, and orators the Church has ever known.

There is hope for your loved ones to come home. Keep praying for them!

Sts. Monica and Augustine, pray for us!

Feast of St. Anthony of Egypt

A voice came to St. Anthony saying, “Antony, I was here, but I was waiting to watch your struggle. But now, since you have bravely held your own in this fight, I will always help you…” (St. Athanasius,  “Life of Antony”).

922b__hermit_anchorite_st_anthony_great_egypt_251_orthodox_icon1St. Anthony of Egypt is well-known for boldly engaging in spiritual warfare.

Are we at war?

“For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

St. Anthony of Egypt, pray fo us! “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

St. Hilary and Scripture

Today is the feast of St. Hilary, who, raised a pagan, found God in his encounter with Scriptures and would go on to become bishop of Poitiers in France and a great fighter of the Arian heresy. St. Hilary is a great example for us of how Scripture should guide our lives.

Are you taking time to read and pray with the Scriptures every day? If not, include this activity with your resolutions for 2011…it’s not too late! You’ll be surprised what God has in store for you when you take time to read the story of Christ’s life–to see how you fit into it!

Feast of All Souls

“If we had no care for the dead, we would not be in the habit of praying for them.” -St. Augustine

Today is the Solemnity of All Souls, during which we remember to pray for the faithful departed, for all the holy souls in Purgatory. Do you know the origin of  this feast day (and the origin of the Solemnity of All Saints)? Read this article by Fr. William Saunders to understand more clearly these holy days we celebrate this week.

“Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.” -St. John Chrysostom

Happy Feast of St. Matthew!

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Today is the Feast of St. Matthew, tax collector turned apostle of Christ. In his Gospel, we read: “…’Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ But when he heard it, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but the sick.'” (Matthew 9:11-12)

Read more about St. Matthew and the Gospel of Matthew here: Roman Catholic Saints–St. Matthew and Catholic Answers New Testament Guide: Matthew.

St. Matthew, pray for us, that we may have the courage to answer God’s call, leave all behind, and follow Him!