SAINT OF THE DAY JANUARY 3, 2013

ImageToday’s “Saint of the Day”…
Saint Genevieve
Virgin
(422-512)

Saint Genevieve was born at Nanterre, near Paris. Saint Germanus, when passing through that village, noticed this little shepherdess and predicted her future sanctity. At seven years of age she made a vow of perpetual chastity.

After the death of her parents, Paris became her abode, but she often traveled on works of mercy in which she was assisted by the gifts of prophecy and miracles.

At one time she was cruelly persecuted. Her enemies, jealous of her power, called her a hypocrite and tried to drown her, but when Saint Germanus sent her some blessed bread as a token of esteem, the outcry ceased. Ever afterwards she was honored as a Saint.

During the siege of Paris by Childeric, king of the Franks, Genevieve went out with a few followers and procured grain for the starving citizens. Childeric, though a pagan, respected her, and at her request spared the lives of many prisoners.

When Attila and his Huns were approaching the city for another incursion, the inhabitants, instead of taking flight, asked her aid; and listening to her exhortations they undertook prayer and penance, thus averting the impending scourge, as she had foretold would be possible.

Clovis, when converted from paganism by his holy wife, Saint Clotilda, made Genevieve his constant adviser, and, in spite of his violent character, became a generous and Christian king.

Saint Genevieve died in 512, at the age of eighty-nine.

When in 1129 a pestilence broke out at Paris, in a short time it swept off fourteen thousand persons, and, in spite of all human efforts, daily added to its victims.

At length, on November 26th, the reliquary of Saint Genevieve was carried in solemn procession through the city.

That same day only three persons died; the rest recovered, and no others were taken ill.

This was but the first of a series of miraculous favors which the city of Paris has obtained through the relics of its patron Saint.

Daily Reading January 3, 2013

Today’s Reading….
“If you consider that God is righteous, you also know that everyone who acts in righteousness is begotten by him.See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.

Yet so we are.

The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed.

We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.

Everyone who commits sin commits lawlessness, for sin is lawlessness.

You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.

No one who remains in him sins; no one who sins has seen him or known him.” – 1 John 2:29.3:1-6.

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OUR MISSION

Why THIS medium?? Well, considering how more and more people are turning to the internet for answers, and many faiths seem to be losing people from the pews, the internet seemed the OBVIOUS choice for helping others find their faith again.

Now, do not read into this…I am NOT trying to change ANYONE’s faith, I am simply trying to lead them BACK to whatever faith they fell away from.

I have seen many who “got lost through the cracks” in many religions for whatever reason…..divorces, bad childhoods, societal pressures, or they were just plain trampled down by so much that when they DID think about faith, they were either too embarrassed, or too scared, to return to it.

I am here to tell you that this is not so…God (or whatever deity you prefer) WANTS those people to return.  This is the very substance of the parable of The Prodigal Son. (Luke 15:11-32)

If someone LEAVES their faith, lives their lives and then RETURNS to their faith, are we as clerics not supposed to REJOICE?? Does not it say in Luke 15:3-7 that we (the shepherds of His flock) should REJOICE when one lost sheep returns to the fold??

This is the very substance of my Ministry here online…to help those “lost sheep” find their way back.  They may have emotional, mental, psychological, or spiritual problems…but is not that ALSO what we are supposed to do for The Shepherd?? Help them sort those problems out so that their faith FLOWS back into them???

 

So, this is “My Mission”….