Saint Libraire the Great was born into an imperial Roman patrician family with 9 other siblings. She worked for her family as a shepherdess and spent her time with the flocks spinning, praying, and singing hymns. While traveling, emperor Julian the Apostate found her in the field and tried to get her to renounce her faith by showing her a golden statue of Apollo. Saint Libaire struck the statue with her staff and it fell apart. She was murdered and became a martyr. Legend has it that a healing spring sprang up in the place of her murder.
Oh, Saint Libraire, you lived a peaceful life and you praised the Lord daily. When temptation presented itself in front of you, you stayed strong in your faith. Help us to have the strength that you had to overcome those obstacles and temptations. Amen
Saint Faith was known as a very beautiful woman who was very dedicated to the Lord. She was arrested for her faith, tried, cooked on a brazier, and eventually persecuted. She was martyred with Saint Alberta. Some of the spectators said that they felt sympathetic for Faith as she was beheaded. Saint Faith is the patron saint of pilgrims, prisoners, and soldiers.
Lord Jesus, who art always ready to assist your servants, fortify me at this hour, and enable me to answer in a manner worthy of you.
St Faustina was born Helena Kowalska on August 25, 1905. She was the third of ten children of Stanislaw Kowalski and Marianna Kowalska. The family was poor but very religious. At the age of 19, Helena and her sister attended a dance in a park in Lodz. At the dance, Helena saw a vision of the suffering Jesus. Immediately she went to the Lodz Cathedral and saw Jesus telling her to join a Convent in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. At Warsaw, she tried entering into many convents but none accepted her. Finally, she found was accepted to the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. At first, she worked as a housemaid to earn the money she needed and after lots of work, she paid and got into the convent. On April 30, 1926, she became a nun and was given the name Maria Faustina. She was transferred to the convent in Plock, Poland. When she arrived in May 1930, she had her first signs of illness and was sent to rest. On that night, she saw Jesus appear to her and said to paint a picture of what she saw and sign it, “Jesus, I Trust in You.” She couldn’t paint, so she asked for help, but no one could help her. She met a priest named Michael Sopocko who she confessed to and he said to meet a psychiatrist named Helena Meciejewska who told Faustina to write down her visions in a diary. Soon, Fr. Sopocko introduced her to a painter named Eugene Kazimierowski. After the completion of the image, Jesus appeared to Faustina saying that she should show off the picture publicly. On September 13, 1935, Faustina saw another vision of Jesus telling her to make a chaplet of the Divine Mercy and to spread it all around. Soon the Chaplet was spreading and it was spreading. Sadly, Faustina was getting ill and died on October 5, 1938, at the age of 33.
O St. Faustina, you followed the will of God even through hard times and sufferings. Help us to pray and not give up on Jesus even through these times. We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen
Saint Francis of Assisi was the son of a rich cloth merchant. He had a good education and became part of his father’s business. Francis was also a street brawler and some-time soldier. Captured during a conflict in Italy, he spent over a year as a prisoner of war. During this time, Francis had a conversion experience. It was a message from Christ calling him to leave this worldly life. Once Francis was released, he began to take his faith seriously. He took Jesus as his role model and followed the rules of the Gospel. Saint Francis dressed in rough clothes and preached purity and peace; his family disapproved and his father disinherited him. Saint Francis visited hospitals, served the sick, and preached in the streets. He gained many followers and founded the Franciscans. After some time, he left to meditate in the mountains where he received the stigmata, which periodically bled during the remaining two years of his life.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console. To be understood, as to understand. To be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. And it's in pardoning that we are pardoned. And it's in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.