Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bantayog 365 days of Saints

Saint Basil "The Great"

St. Basil the Great, Patriarch of the Eastern Monks, was born in Caesarea ,Turkey in 329. His studies in Athens were gladdened by his friendship with St. Gregory of Nazianzen. After some years of teaching. Basil withdrew into the dessert and was soon followed by a great number of disciples. In 370, he was appointed Bishop of Caesarea, where he fought against Arianism and the abuses of the clergy. In time of famine, he could be seen wearing an apron and dealing out food to the hungry. He was called the Great on the account of his brilliant books and homilies. To the rich he said " Look at that ring shining on your finger, How many debtors could be released from prison with one of those rings? How many poor people could be clothed from only one of your robes? He died in 379, worn out with austerities and hard work. He is also remembered on January 1, the day he died by the eastern church and june 14, the day of his consecration, by the west.

Saint Genevieve

Virgin 422-512
     Saint Genevieve, The patroness of Paris, led a life of austerity, constant prayer and works of charity.She was born on the year 422 at Nanterre near Paris. She died in the year 512.
     Saint Germaine of Auxerre was on his way to Great Britain  to fight the heresy of Pelagius when he dropped by the village of Nanterre and spoke about God to the village people. The young Genevieve was in the middle of the crowd who gathered around the man of God who singled her out and told her of her future sanctity. At her desire and in the presence of all the faithful, she was led to a church where the holy bishop consecrated her to God as a virgin.
     The Bishop's prediction  of St. Genevieve's sanctity was confirmed when Attila changed the course of his march. The barbarian was reported to be marching on the streets of Paris so that the people of the city prepared to evacuate. But, Saint Genevieve persuaded them to stay and ask God's protection by means of fasting and prayer.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton 
"First American Saint"

Holy Woman 1774- 1821

     Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, The first american saint was born in New York city in 1774 of a wealthy Episcopalian family. In 1794, Elizabeth married William Seton, and they were blessed with five children. During their trip to Livorno,  Italy in 1803, William died. Roman Catholic friends displayed such great kindness to her that she became interested in their faith. In 1805, despite strong opposition from her Episcopalian friends she became a catholic.
     Three years later, she opened a grade school in Baltimore. The following year, she established in Emmitsburg , Maryland, the first house of what later grew into Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, Elected the first superior of the order, she held that position until her death in 1821. The Sisters of Charity, whose rule was modeled upon that daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, laid the foundation for the parochial school system in America.

Saint John Nepomucene Neumann

Bishop 1811- 1860

     Saint John Nepomucene Neumann was born in Bohemia Czech Republic in 1811. Since he had a great desire to dedicate himself to the American mission, he was sent to the United states when still a seminarian. He was ordained in New York in 1836, and work for four years for the German immigrants near Buffalo. In 1840 he entered the Redemptorist Congregation and became a travelling preacher. After his appointment as bishop of Philadelphia, he established new seminaries, churches and schools. Each year he visited his parishes and mission stations, displaying his pastoral concern for the spiritual welfare of his people.
     Worn out with his labors, Saint Neumann died in 1860 at the age of 49 and was canonized by Pope Paul VI on June 19, 1997.

Saint Raymond of Penyafort
Priest 1175-1275

     Saint Raymond was born of noble family of Penyafort, Spain in 1175 of bright intelligence, he was already teaching Philosophy in Barcelona at age 20.
    At thirty, he obtained a doctorate in canon and civil law. In 1219 he was appointed archdeacon of Barcelona, proving himself a perfect model by his zeal, devotion, and generosity to the poor. Three years later, he entered the Dominicans and began laboring for the conversion of the Jews.
     Together with St. Peter Nolasco he founded the Order of Our Lady of Ransom , whose members were concerned with ransoming captives among Muslims. During this period he composed his work of canon law known as the Five Decretals. Pope Gregory IX chose him for his personal confessor, and the penance he always received was to answer all the petitions presented by the poor. In 1238 St. Raymond was elected Third Master General of the Dominicans. He visited his order on foot and installed into his spiritual children a love of regularity, studies, and the apostolate. He spent the rest of his life opposing heresy and working for the conversion of the Muslims in Spain. He died in 1275 at the age of one hundred.