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Title: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on April 20, 2021, 08:50:14 AM
In the midst of this morning's prayer I found myself imagining I was starting this thread, in which I hope we can discuss a variety of books about the lives of Saints and also follow and celebrate the feasts of the Saints.  I'm thinking this might help to bring some people back to reading books, even though I wonder if most folks today would look up a Saint in the web before looking in a book.
I've chosen, and recommend, John Delaney's Dictionary because I find it the most useful and generally devotional of the dozen or more books I own on lives of Saints.  The three volumes in the Library of Catholic Devotion are much more beautiful, but almost always they have only one Saint per day and are awkward to carry.  Same comment for Butler's Lives and the monthly edition, although I admit I only have books for two months, plus a book for the first quarter of the year.  I pray you will join me in comments here.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on April 20, 2021, 08:58:12 AM
Today is the feast of St Marcian aka Marian (dc 488), who fled the Visigoth occupation in Gaul and became a lay brother in the monastery at Auxerre.  His humility and remarkable rapport with both domestic and wild animals were greatly admired and led to the monastery being named for him after his death.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: CyrilSebastian on April 20, 2021, 04:57:21 PM
Best Loved Saints by Reverend Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D. has information on more than fifty Saints.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on April 21, 2021, 11:58:58 AM
Today is the feast of St Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury and a Doctor of the Church, recognized as the Father of Scholarship due to his extensive writings of analysis of the truths of Faith through the aid of reason.  Born in 1033, he entered the Bec monastery in 1060, was elected prior in 1063, abbot in 1078, and Archbishop in 1093.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on April 21, 2021, 12:23:08 PM
The Lovasik sounded strangely familiar to me, so I went to LibraryThing to find out more, and surprise- I have it too.  I've looked all over the house for it (well, truth is the house isn't really big).  I know I have at least one Saint book at camp; we expect to go there this weekend and I hope to read what you are reading


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on April 22, 2021, 05:53:58 AM
Today is the feast of Bishop St Theodore of Sykeon, Galatia, Asia Minor (d613).  He was a hermit as a youth, joined a monastery in Jerusalem, founded several others including Sykeon where he served as abbot until his selection as Bishop of Anastasiopolis.  He was renowned for miracles, prophesy, and healing.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: CyrilSebastian on April 22, 2021, 04:14:08 PM
Best Loved Saints by Reverend Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D. has information on more than fifty Saints.
   
Some of the Saints include Saint Jerome, Saint John of God, Saint John of the Cross, and Saint Elizabeth Seton.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on April 23, 2021, 09:47:58 AM
Today is the feast of St George, one of the 14 Holy Helpers, who is believed to have been a soldier martyred in Syria in 303.  Sadly there is little tangible evidence, yet his legend has been widely celebrated throughout Christian history.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on May 10, 2021, 11:26:30 AM
I've looked all over for the Lovasik book without success.  I have a card file for books I've loaned to others, or given away, but I can't find that either.  Now that we are at camp most of the time I am struggling with multiple distractions, but I have both my Delaney and Foley Saint books here and am fairly consistent about reading a Saint's life each day.  I find myself disappointed with some of the writing, and find myself searching often for more reverent comments already written here in Saintsworks.
Today is the feast of St Antonius Pierozzi, Archbishop of Florence from 1446-1459.  His remarkable career includes service as prior, superior, and provincial at numerous Dominican locations and
 Summa theologica moralis.  Tomorrow is the feast of St Mamertius, Bishop of Vienne, Gaul 461-dc 475.  He was originator of the penitential Rogation Days preceding the Feast of the Ascension.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on May 17, 2021, 07:19:21 PM
Today is the feast of St Bruno, Bishop of Wurzburg 1033-1045.  He was an advisor to Conrad II and was believed responsible for ending the siege of Milan.  He was with the entourage of Emperor Henry III's expedition against the Hungarians, and died in 1045 when the building in which they were housed collapsed.  St Btuno pray for us.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on June 02, 2021, 09:03:47 AM
I regret my inconsistency in posting here- I would love to have a thread honoring at least one Saint everyday, and much admire the many other threads and the effort of so many people, especially Cyril.  I would be very grateful for prayer to help me overcome several difficulties, as follows.
Most of my prayer books have many dates with no listing for a Saint, but several list multiple Saints for many days.  This leads me to distraction in comparing the articles for individual Saints, which causes me to think I see contradictions, and also causes me to struggle with the question of which Saint to honor.
I think Cyril has a great idea of keeping posts generally concise and thus permitting subsequent additions, but my search efforts frequently fail to find the prior entries for a saint, and my efforts to copy/quote often don't get to the intended destination.
For several days I've been struggling to write about St Joan of Arc (feast 5/30).  Sadly Foley's book does not include her (nor any other Saint on this date).  I suspect she is one of the best known Saints despite the dreadful controversies about her life.  For me, her life teaches many important lessons:
We must do our best to understand and follow God's Will.
To have the best chance to understand His Will we must seek guidance from the most credible sources available to us: the Holy Spirit, Scripture, the Church, wise and reliable aquaintances, and our God-given reason.
Again I ask your prayer and comment.  I will try to use the Insert Quote option in the Topic Summary below.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on June 03, 2021, 02:29:53 PM
Today's feast in my Foley book is for St Charles Lwanga and 21 other Ugandan martyrs, canonized by Pope Paul VI on Oct 18, 1964.  Delaney states that about 100 Christians were martyred by King Mwanga, including 14 young court pages, a protestant minister, tthree soldiers, two judges, a young catechist, and a native chief.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on June 04, 2021, 09:48:19 AM
Today's feast is from Delaney for St Francis Caracciolo (1563-1608), who helped found and served seven years as Superior of Minor Clerks Regular. and later as prior of Santa Maria Maggiore in Naples.  He was reputed to have had gifts of ecstasies, miracles, and prophecies.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on June 05, 2021, 04:48:51 PM
St Boniface (c672-754) who was known as the Apostle of Germany, was sent by Pope Gregory II on his first mission in 719.  Despite his appointment as bishop, and a letter of safe passage from Charles Martel, Boniface and 53 companions were martyred as they prepared for the celebration of Confirmation.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on June 06, 2021, 09:55:32 AM
June 6 is the feast of St Norbert (c1080-1134), Archbishop of Magdeburg (Germany) and founder of the Order of Premonstratensians (aka Norbertines) in the Premontre region of France.  The Foley book comments the German archdiocese was difficult and dangerous but provides little detail.  Strangely, sadly, Foley adds several unnecessary distracting comments.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on June 07, 2021, 09:00:44 AM
Today's feast is of St Paul of Constantinople, elected Patriarch by Orthodox bishops in 336 but immediately challenged by a rival, Macedonius, who was elected by Arian bishops.  Paul was deposed and banished until he was accepted by Emperor Constans I in 344, but again exiled in 350 to Armenia, where he was strangled.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on June 08, 2021, 07:55:44 AM
Today's feast is of St Clodulf (c605-c696) aka Clou, also Cloud, who succeeded his father, St Arnoul as bishop of Metz in 657 and is reported to have served wisely for 40 years. 


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on June 09, 2021, 10:26:36 PM
Today's feast is of St Ephrem (c306-373) the only Syrian acclaimed as Doctor of the Church.  He was ordained deacon in Nisibis, but declined priesthood and episcopal consecration.  He was famous as a teacher but preferred an austere, simple life and fled to Edessa to escape Persian domination, and lived the rest of his life in a small cave.  He was known as the Harp of the Holy Spirit for the many hymns he composed.  Pray for us, St Ephrem.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on June 10, 2021, 03:07:06 PM
Today is the feast of St Landry (dc 660), aka Landericus, Bishop of Paris from 650 to 660.  He was renowned for his devotion to the poor, and founded Saint Christopher's Hospital which became world-famous as Hotel-Dieu. 


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: Shin on June 11, 2021, 01:07:31 AM
I truly appreciate the St. Cloud and cloud posts eschator. :D


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on June 13, 2021, 11:20:12 AM
Pope St Leo III was Cardinal-priest at Santa Susanna when he was elected Pope in 795.  His feast was June 12, and Delaney reported Leo founded the Holy Roman Empire at Christmas 800 when he crowned Charlemagne as Emperor at St Peter's.  Please pray for us, St Leo.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on June 15, 2021, 01:46:18 PM
Today is the feast of Archbishop St Bardo of Mainz (c982-1053), who also served for a time as chancellor and chief almoner of the Holy Roman Empire.  His lifestyle was austere and he was noted for aid to the  poor, enforcement of clerical celibacy, and opposition to simony.  He was educated at the abbey of Fulda, became a Benedictine monk there, and served as abbot of Kaiserwerth (1029) and later of Horsfeld (1031).


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on June 29, 2021, 09:07:04 AM
However can I understand and overcome my inconsistency in making these posts.  I still love reading the lives every day.  I first look for prior posts for the St of the day, and would quote/copy it and add a thought if I could.  When no Saint is already posted for the day, I look in Delaney or Foley and almost always find several, but then I face both the decision of which Saint to select, and which elements of their lives to celebrate.  Often little is reliably known about the Saints, but I but that doesn't seem worth mention.  I find myself struggling, and even more today when both Ss Peter and Paul are celebrated.  May they both pray for us.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: Shin on June 29, 2021, 12:12:24 PM
It's fine reading these as pleasant surprises my friend to look forwards to. Irregularity has its purpose too. Whatever you prefer and find happiness with.

 :D

St. Peter and St. Paul, pray for us. :D


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on July 08, 2021, 01:14:14 PM
Thank you, Shin, for your encouragement.  Today is the feast for Ss Aquila and Prisca, the couple who were so helpful to St Paul.  They were expelled from Rome c42 by the Emperor's edict expelling all Jews.  St Paul visited them in Corinth, and they went with him to Ephesus where they resided until the Emperor's death.  It seems they returned to Rome, and their house served as a church, until they were martyred, according to the Roman Martyrology, although it was also reported they returned to Ephesus and were martyred there.  Pray for us Ss Aquila and Prisca.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on July 15, 2021, 10:59:00 AM
Today is the feast of St Bonaventure (1221-74), who served as Minister General of the Franciscan Friars Minor, and later as Cardinal-Bishop of Albano when he developed the agenda for the 14th General Council of Lyons seeking reunion with the Eastern Church.  He was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1588.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on July 20, 2021, 10:25:07 AM
Today is the feast of St Joseph Barsabbas, also called Justus, who was considered as replacement for Judas Iscariot as Apostle although St Matthias was chosen instead.  Delaney reports that some scholars believe Joseph was one of the 72 disciples that St Luke wrote about.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on July 21, 2021, 06:38:57 PM
Today is the feast of St Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-1619).  He served as minister general of the Capuchin Franciscan order, also Papal emissary to many countries, and was named Doctor of the Church for his prolific writing and fluency in eight languages including Latin, Greek, and Hebrew.  At the age of 23 he had completed philosophy and Theology studies and was ordained  a priest.  St Lawrence, pray for us. 


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: CyrilSebastian on July 22, 2021, 05:21:53 PM
Today is the feast of St Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-1619).  He served as minister general of the Capuchin Franciscan order, also Papal emissary to many countries, and was named Doctor of the Church for his prolific writing and fluency in eight languages including Latin, Greek, and Hebrew.  At the age of 23 he had completed philosophy and Theology studies and was ordained  a priest.  St Lawrence, pray for us. 
   
Would not twenty-three have been considered too young for a man to be ordained a priest?


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on July 25, 2021, 10:27:52 AM
It's a fair question about priesthood qualifications, but so many doctrines have been changed it is sadly difficult to think of much that is constant.  The primary Capuchin website confirms his age was 23 at ordination.  My book of canon law is at home, and also a bit out of date, but my intent is to check what is there.  Also to search web, unless anyone else can help.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on July 25, 2021, 10:43:59 AM
Quora.com cites canon law for ordination is 25, but adds that bishops can dispense for age over 24 1/2 and also apply to Rome for dispensation for a younger ages.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on August 01, 2021, 09:50:08 AM
Today's feast is for St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787), Bishop, Doctor of the Church, and founder of the Redemptorist congregation in 1732.  He received doctorates in both canon and civil law from the University of Naples at the age of 16, but in 1726 was ordained as Oratorian priest and focused on apostolic missions. His books on Moral Theology and Glories of Mary have been widely acclaimed.


Title: Re: Dictionary of Saints
Post by: eschator83 on August 06, 2021, 09:49:38 AM
I am remiss in not having acknowledged that I am frequently using the Saint of the Day book by Fr Leonard Foley OFM, but often adding concepts from John Delaney.  Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration, and I was slow to notice Foley's explanation of changes in this edition (1990) and related remarks.  He said he added Roman Calendar Solemnities which have no specific Sunday or other Holy Day, but I need to bring an older edition to camp to understand which ones he refers to.
Next he comments the Solemnity is the highest category of Liturgical Celebration, citing seven, two each for our Lord Jesus and Holy Mother Mary, but not specified, and three more, for Ss Joseph, John the Baptist, and Peter and Paul (6/29).
Foley comments that Feasts ate the next highest Celebration, followed by Obligatory Memorials (about 1/3 of Saints Days), and Optional Memorials.  Until today I did not realize that my reference to the Feast day of a Saint was inappropriate, and I regret it.  I don't mean to seem "legalistic," I just believe in trying to keep our terminology precise and consistent.
Lord Jesus, Ss Peter, John, James, and John please pray for us, and help us imagine the Glory, Majesty, Splendor, and Beauty of our Lord Jesus.