Part of our daily homeschooling routine was to read about the Saint of the day. My girls always enjoyed the stories. They were also interested in the saints associated with their own birthdays. My older daughter was born on the feast day of St. John Bosco, a well-known saint. My younger daughter was born on the feast day of Banban the Wise, Tudy of Landevennec, & Beatus of Lungern.
“Who are they?” you ask. Me too. In fact, I often think, “Who are these people?”
Today, June 14, is another day like that. No famous or well known saints. Just a list of saints I never heard of. But then I got to thinking. Just a list? This is a list like no other. These are saints. These are people I want to emulate. These are people I hope to meet one day in heaven. Ordinary, yet extraordinary, people who once lived and did their daily duty to the fullest to be faithful to God’s call. They are the people we hope to be.
I thought it might be kind of interesting to see just who they are. I went to SQPN and formatted today’s heroes into a table format so we can more easily take a look. There are some catchy names like Joseph the Hymnographer and Psalmodius of Limoges. They are martyrs, hermits, bishops, clergy and lay people. They are Roman, Irish, and French. They are us.
I invite you to look through this catalogue of holy men and women and pray with me in thanksgiving for their example and sacrifice which laid the foundation upon which we build our faith, so that we can pass it on. Let us ask for their intercession to help us and the whole Church grow in holiness and faithfulness to Gospel of Jesus Christ.
|Elisha the Prophet||Old Testament prophet|
|Marcian of Syracuse||thrown off a tower c.255||Third century missionary bishop to Sicily. Martyred by local Jews who considered him a heretic.|
|Rufinus of Soissons||beheaded c.287||Fled during the persecution of Diocletian, but was captured. Tortured and martyred with Saint Valerius|
|Valerius of Soissons||beheaded c.287||Fled during the persecution of Diocletian, but was captured. Tortured and martyred with Saint Rufinus|
|Mark of Lucera||c.328 of natural causes||Fourth-century bishop in southern Italy.|
|Fortunatus of Napoli||c.350 of natural causes||Bishop of Naples, Italy in the mid-4th-century. Fought to keep Arianism out of his diocese|
|Quintian||525||Bishop in France. No other information has survived.|
|Dogmael of Wales||6th century||Monk at Dyfed, Wales, in Anglesey, Wales, and in Brittany.|
|Nennus of Arran||7th century||Abbot of the Isle of Arran, Scotland|
|Etherius of Vienne||626 of natural causes||Bishop of Vienne, France|
|Psalmodius of Limoges||690||Spiritual student of Saint Brendan.|
|Lotharius of Séez||c.756 of natural causes||Bishop of Séez, France for thirty-two years|
|Gerold of Evreux||806 of natural causes||Courtier to Blessed Charlemagne.|
|Methodius of Constantinople||847 of natural causes||Methodius and the Patriarch of Constantinople worked against the iconoclasts, and together suffered nearly as much abuse as the images. They worked to unify and reconcile the sides.|
|Anastasius of Córdoba||beheaded in 853||One of the first three martyrs of Cordoba, killed for their faith by order of the Moorish caliph.|
|Digna of Córdoba||beheaded in 853||One of the first three martyrs of Cordoba, killed for their faith by order of the Moorish caliph.|
|Felix of Córdoba||beheaded in 853||One of the first three martyrs of Cordoba, killed for their faith by order of the Moorish caliph.|
|Cearan the Devout||870 of natural causes||Abbot of Bellach-Duin (now Castle Kerrant), County Meath, Ireland.|
|Joseph the Hymnographer||886 of natural causes||One of the great liturgical poets and hymnists of the Byzantine Church, credited with approximately 1,000 works|
|Elgar of Bardsey||c. 1100||Hermit|
|Walter Eustace||martryed in 1583||Layman of the archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland. One of the Irish Martyrs.|
|Hartwig of Salzburg||1023||Archbishop of Salzburg, Austria for 32 years|
|Richard of Saint Vannes||1046 of natural causes||Monk at the monastery of Saint Vannes,|
|Castora Gabrielli||1391 of natural causes||Lay woman Noted for the sanctity she brought to her every day work.|
For we believe in the communion of saints, Anne