“…It is thanks to the Holy Spirit that the ways of life of believers, quite removed from each other though they may be in space, time, rank, status, sex and age, are nevertheless linked together by one and the same faith and love.” De Templo, 18.9, the Venerable Bede, Saint and Doctor (673-735)
Pope, Bishop, Priest, Deacon, Monk, Religious, Martyr, Evangelist: the modern eye is not surprised that these titles also accompany the title ‘Saint’. However, saints go by many other names: royalty, leper, teacher, child, television personality, prisoner, husband, physician, knight, actor, poet, musician, architect, and mother. In reality, the only title that can accurately describe these models of heroic virtue is “Saint.”
October’s saints reveal to the modern mind the variety and beauty of holiness vibrantly lived in the Church throughout time. From the early martyrs like St. Ignatius of Antioch (d. 107) to the great Carmelite reformer St. Teresa of Jesus (1515-1582), even to our current day with St. Faustina Kowalska (1904-1938) and St. Damien of Molokai (1840-1888), and the ‘Little Way’ of St. Therese of the Child Jesus(1873-1897), we give thanks to God for raising up in every generation those ‘cities on the hill’ who provide light for the world.
The Cloud of Witnesses (Heb. 12:1)
The many saints of the month of October can prepare us for the great Solemnity of All Saints on November 1st. As a Religious Family in the Province of the Immaculate Conception we would like to introduce you to some of our holy brothers and sisters who have gone before us in faith. Some are already saints, others are blesseds awaiting the confirmation of miracles through their intercession, and others are servants of God whose causes have been publicly opened by their local dioceses. At the end of the list we have included the names and stories of some holy people known and recognized in their local communities as enduring witnesses of virtue but whose causes have not yet been publicly opened.
- Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)
- Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Monfort (1673-1716)
- Saint Edith Stein (1891-1942)
- Saint Teresa of the Andes (1892-1918)
- Blessed Marie de l’Incarnation (1599-1672)
- Blessed Columba Marmion (1858-1923)
- Blessed Laura Vicuña (1891-1904)
- Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901-1925) (CNA short video)
- Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad (1870-1957)
- Blessed Luigi Orione (1872-1940)
- Blessed Chiara “Luce” Badano (1971-1990)
- Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)
- Servant of God Nenolina (1930-1937) (CNA short video)
- Servant of God Father Walter Cizsek, S.J. (1904-1984)
- Servant of God Bishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)
- Servant of God Michael McGivney (1852-1890)
Others who have gone before us and whose lives radiated holiness…
- Maria Fix (Sr. Mary of All Saints, SSVM) (1912-2005)
- Marcelo Morsella (1962-1986) another Video made by Home of the Mother
- Maria Mataba (d. 2012)
We hear the voices of these faithful witnesses calling to us and every man and woman, “Come, let the Master call you!” We join with this immense crowd who have allowed themselves to be extensions of Christ’s love.
With St. Peter Julian Eymard we say, “The Holy Eucharist is Jesus Christ, past, present and future.” One of the many joys of being Catholic is being a part of the communion of saints. In this great fraternity of holiness we adhere to Jesus Christ. We join Him in the historical reality of the Upper Room 2,000 years ago. Here and now we unite ourselves to Jesus Christ present among us in the Eucharist. Finally, we look forward to worshipping the One who is to come alongside those who gave everything for love of Him who gave everything for love of us.