Saints

St. John Bosco

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St. John Bosco innovated a respectful and compassionate, but firm way of relating to young people. The overuse of corporal punishment in education and treatment of children as less than persons was eliminated. Instead, a compassionate, understanding method of discipline was embraced.

His emphasis of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament as a means not only of growing closer to the Lord, but as a source of protection from evil and the snares of the devil reminds us that Jesus will come to the aid of those who love him.

He founded the Salesians under the protection of St. Mary Help Of Christians and St. Francis de Sales.

 

 


St. Anthony, Abbot

ArtLogo AnthonyThe Father of Western monasticism, Anthony chose a life a solitude in the desert, but as so often happens, the holiness and reputation of a holy hermit draws pilgrims and eventually he founded a monastery of like-spirited desert dwellers. Their poverty and solitude embodied their vision of leaving all and following Jesus.

I never paid too much attention to the pig or wild boar which is depicted with St. Anthony in some works of art, but now see that the boar is very frequently at his side. The original association was with a healing Anthony performed on a wild boar but became joined to the medieval use of lard as a soothing skin lotion for certain maladies for which the afflicted prayed to St. Anthony for relief. St. Anthony is joined atop the facade in St. Peter's by a faithful, grateful boar.

 


St. Peter Orseolo

An admiral at age 20, married with child, selected Doge of Venice. Served for two years during which he used substantial funds of his own to help rebuild and restore the Kingdom of Venice from fire and destruction. Built orphanages, hospitals and showed care for the poor while helping rebuild St. Mark's Cathedral. Abdicated his throne and left his wife (with her consent) to become a monk and later a hermit. He became known for his sanctity and miracle working. He certainly led an interesting and varied life.

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St Francis Xavier

XavierA close friend of Ignatius of Loyola, Francis abandoned career plans for a professorial teaching position to serve in the foreign missions. His courage and zeal not only brought many converts to the faith, but inspired generations of missionaries to spread the gospel far and wide.


St. Gertrude the Great

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St. Gertrude the Great was a nun who after an early period in her life when she focused on secular studies, became devoted to the study of theology and more intensely prayerful.

She was an early adopter of piety to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion to Christ's passion including the Five Wounds of Christ and a concern for the souls in purgatory.

This stained glass window depicts her joyful spirit and her reported embrace of the stigmata.

 


St Laurence O'Toole

Archbishop of Dublin and Papal Legate to Ireland, Laurence was known for his holiness and simplicity of life and his courageous peace-keeping efforts. As you may recall, a reliquary containing his heart was stolen some years ago but recently returned to the church from which it was taken. 

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St. Laurence O'Toole Window at Holy Cross Church
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Reliquary containing Laurence O'Toole's heart

Evening Memorial Mass For All Souls Day

CandleThank you to all those parishioners, who having prayed a Mass of Christian Burial this year at Holy Cross for a family member or friend, returned to share Eucharist with us on All Souls Evening. After the homily, each family lit a candle on the Tree of Life in memory of a deceased family member.

Hospitality and refreshments were provided after the mass in the St. Joseph's Room downstairs. 


Sts. Crispin and Crispian, Brother Cobblers

CrispinToday two brother martyrs are on the Roman calendar - both shoemakers by trade and evangelists by calling. They preached the gospel by day and cobbled at night - a real-life response to those of us who never seem to have time for anything. They were martyred under the Roman persecutions for refusing to be silent about Christ.

Though they doubtlessly crafted new shoes, they surely repaired old ones too. A lesson for our society which too often sees worn or broken things as disposable.

Inspired by Crispin and Crispian, let us examine whether we can re-apportion our time to do more things which yield everlasting results. We can also pray for those who repair the broken in our world, especially people, that they not lose enthusiasm or become discouraged.