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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Saint Toribio of Mogrovejo - March 23 - Patron of Native rights and Latin America

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Saint Darerca - March 22 - Patron of the Island of Valencia

The following is taken from Magnificat Magazine March 2012, Vol 13, No 13. 

There is a tradition that the Apostle of Irelland Saint Patrick had three sisters distinguished by their exceptional holiness.  The youngest of these, named Darerca, is to have been the mother of a large number of children (around fifteen), many of whom have become saints.  A tombstone marking what is said to be the grave of one of Darerca's sons, Limenuch, has survived to modern times near the church of Inchaguile in County Galway.  The specifics of Darerca's life have been lost to history.  One Irish hagiographer has proposed that the holy widow's name may have been derived from the Gaelic word Der-shearc, a term meaning "love of tears," in testimony to the depth of her devotional affections.  For centuries, Darerca has been venerated in Ireland on March 22, only five days after the feast day of her brother.  She is the patron saint of the Irish coastal island of Valencia, where a church was dedicated to her around 1861.  

New Advent lists Darerca's children that have become saints:   (daughters) Saint Eiche of Kilglass, Saint Lalloc of Senlis, (sons) Saint Sechnall of Dunshaughlin, St. Nectan of Killunche, Saint Auxilius of Killossey, Saint Dirmaid of Druim-corcortri, Saint Mel of Ardagh (bishop), Saint Rioc of Inisboffin (bishop), Saint Muinis of Forgney (bishop), and Saint Maelchu (bishop).  

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Saint Louis de Marillac - March 15 - Patron of Social Workers

Taken from Magnificat Magazine March 2016, Vol 17, No 13. 

Louis was the illegitimate daughter of a French noble. She seems never to have known her mother, but her father saw to her education with the nuns of Poissy.  In 1613, Louise married Antonie Le Gras.  In the years that followed, Antonie lost his job, failed in a new position, and then became sickly.  The son born to them, Michel was also in ill health.  Through all of this, Louis persevered in prayer, despite sometimes impenetrable darkness. 

Antonie died in 1625.  By this time Louise had come to know Saint Vincent de Paul.  A founder of extraordinary energy and a vigorous advocate for the poor, Vincent had created the Ladies of Charity,  a movement of lay women to care for the needy of Paris and its environs.  the rich ladies had money to spare, but would not dirty their hands tending the poor in their homes. In 1629, Vincent asked Louise to address this problem.  

After taking a tour of the many ladies of Charity groups, Louise began to train women for the work  - not the rich, but the simple, devout working-class women.  From the first, Vincent and Louise saw these "Daughters of Charity" as an active force in the world, making Christ present in their hands and feet.  The congregation received formal approval in 1655. By the time of her death five years later, Louise had overseen the founding of forty houses.  

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Saint David of Wales - March 1 - Patron of Wales, Vegetarians, Poets

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Holy Martyrs of Alexandria (c.357) - March 21

The following is taken from Magnificat Magazine March 2011, Vol 12, No 13 

Catholics in Egypt suffered greatly under the Roman Emperor Constantius II (350-361), whose wife was an adherent of the Arian heresy that denied the divinity of Christ.  Philagrius, the prefect of Egypt, instigated a wave of hostility against the Church among the non-Catholic populace.  Churches and baptisteries were torched. The pagans in particular profaned Christian altars, using them for animal sacrifices to their false gods, uttered blasphemies against Christ, and burned the Scriptures.  Hideous crimes were committed against the Catholic population, including the violation of women.  On Good Friday of 357 or 358, the Arian bishop Gregory together with a pagan official led a raid upon a Catholic church in Alexandria.  Thirty-four virgins and matrons as well as a number of men were scourged to death by the invaders.  The martyrs of Alexandria who died on Good Friday are commemorated on March 21 in the 2004 Roman Martyrology.  

Monday, March 20, 2017

Saint Nicetas of Apollonias - March 20

Saint Nicetas was Archbishop of Apollonias in Bithynia (northwest Turkey) during the reign of Emperor Leo V (813-820).  Emperor Leo V condemned the veneration of religious images. Nicetas was repeatedly reprimanded and finally exiled for his defense of the veneration of images of Christ, the Blessed Virgin, and the Saints.  Saint Nicetas died in prison, and is traditionally commemorated on March 20. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Saint Dominic Cam - March 11 (November 24)

The Vatican estimates the number of Vietnamese martyrs who died during the years 1740 to 1883 to be between 130,000 and 300,000.  Pope John Paul II canonized those whose names were known and unknown and gave them a single feast day on November 24.  

Saint Dominic Cam was one of those whose name was known.  His feast day is on November 24, but he died on March 11, 1859. 

The following is taken from Magnificat Magazine March 2011, Vol 12, No. 13 - 

As a child, Dominic Cam, of Cam Chuong, Vietnam, frequented the local residence of the missionary priests, the place that the people referred to as "the house of God."  He resolved to join the ranks of the missionaries, entering a seminary and receiving ordination to the priesthood.  Father Cam also became a Third Order Dominican.  Over the many years that he served the Catholics of his native Vietnam, he earned the esteem of those who knew him.  the persecution of Vietnamese Catholics under the Emperor Tu Duc (1848-1862) compelled Father Cam to go into hiding.  He continued his priestly ministry in secret, frequently venturing out to administer the sacraments.  At length, Father Cam was arrested and imprisoned in a cage.  His prolonged incarceration provided him with the opportunity to continue his apostolic labors by ministering to the many Catholics who visited him.  When he was brought into court, Father Cam avowed his identity as a Catholic priest and told the judges that he was prepared to undergo any suffering rather than trample upon the cross as the pagans were demanding of him.  On March 11, 1859, he was beheaded.   

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