Saints: March 2011 Archives

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Saint Turibius de Mongrovejo is little known in these parts but he's one saint that ought not to be missed. He's the first recognized saint of the Americas. He served as the Archishop of Lima for 26 years having been born in Spain. Turibius was a professor of Law at the University of Salamanca.

He was a saint who gave saints sacraments: history tells us that he the sacrament of Confirmation to Saint Rose of Lima and likely to Saint Martin de Porres.

His care for the poor and those on the margins is well known. He wanted to curb clergy misconduct, civil corruption, and social malaise. He advocated for those enslaved.

The hymn below best describes the saint.

We keep as our pattern the teaching here spoken:
In faith and in love of Christ Jesus, the Son.
For we are entrusted to guard something precious,
And only by the Spirit can this work be done.

Toribio, bishop of Lima, was faithful;
As pastor, he was a good shepherd to all
The people God placed in his care, so he led them
By preaching the Word to both great and small.

His love for the poor and the needy is legend,
And so is his work for the people enslaved;
His preaching for justice was met with great hatred,
But firm was his faith in the Master who saved!

Give praise to the Father, who calls forth good shepherds;
Give praise to the Son, who has showed us the Way;
Give praise to the Spirit, who guides our Church's leaders!
To God, One-in-Three, we give thanks ev'ry day.

J. Michael Thompson
Copyright © 2010, WLP
Irregular; KREMSER

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

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That we might have second birth,
Died and rose, that we might be
In your death from death made free!
Hear the song of fervent praise
We your faithful people raise.

Taught by Cyril, we are blest
In your mysteries to rest;
Brought by grace to learn your way
In the Eucharist each day;
As he preached this lesson true:
How we die and live in you!

God, the blessèd Three-in-One,
May your holy will be done.
With your sacraments, were led
To the Christ, the Living Bread.
With Saint Cyril, we rejoice,
Praising you with mind and voice!

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J. Michael Thompson
Copyright © 2010, WPL

Saint Patrick

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The Office of Readings for the feast of Saint Patrick offers a different reading than what is below. In fact, I would urge you to read the Office of Readings for Saint Patrick just so you get to know the real person versus the fiction one hears on his feast, at least around these parts. I am thinking of what it means to live in the awareness of having spiritual patrernity (or spiritual maternity if you are a woman reading this post). We often do not hear much of spiritual fatherhood these days; it is not in vogue in many mainline Catholic centers, unfortunately. But when one considers the fact that we all, because we are baptised into Christ's death and resurrection, and that we have been given the gifts of mercy, Confirmation and Eucharist, we witness to the Good News of Salvation. By our clear testimony we shepherd others who do not know Christ to know Him. Our very words and actions betry our belief in Christ. The homily of Saint Asterius of Amasea exhorts us to be like Christ the Good Shepherd. Are we up for the challenge on this feast of Saint Patrick? In what ways is your heart like Jesus' heart? Will you pray for the grace to be a spiritual father or mother to those who need your testimony?

You were made in the image of God. If then you wish to resemble him, follow his example. Since the very name you bear as Christians is a profession of love for men, imitate the love of Christ.

Reflect for a moment on the wealth of his kindness. Before he came as a man to be among men, he sent John the Baptist to preach repentance and lead men to practice it. John himself was preceded by the prophets, who were to teach the people to repent, to return to God and to amend their lives. Then Christ came himself, and with his own lips cried out: Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. How did he receive those who listened to his call? He readily forgave them their sins; he freed them instantly from all that troubled them. The Word made them holy; the Spirit set his seal on them. The old Adam was buried in the waters of baptism; the new man was reborn to the vigor of grace.

What was the result? Those who had been God's enemies became his friends, those estranged from him became his sons, those who did not know him came to worship and love him.

Let us then be shepherds like the Lord. We must meditate on the Gospel, and as we see in this mirror the example of zeal and loving kindness, we should become thoroughly schooled in these virtues.

For there, obscurely, in the form of a parable, we see a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. When one of them was separated from the flock and lost its way, that shepherd did not remain with the sheep who kept together at pasture. No, he went off to look for the stray. He crossed many valleys and thickets, he climbed great and towering mountains, he spent much time and labour in wandering through solitary places until at last he found his sheep.

When he found it, he did not chastise it; he did not use rough blows to drive it back, but gently placed it on his own shoulders and carried it back to the flock. He took greater joy in this one sheep, lost and found, than in all the others.

Let us look more closely at the hidden meaning of this parable. The sheep is more than a sheep, the shepherd more than a shepherd. They are examples enshrining holy truths. They teach us that we should not look on men as lost or beyond hope; we should not abandon them when they are in danger or be slow to come to their help. When they turn away from the right path and wander, we must lead them back, and rejoice at their return, welcoming them back into the company of those who lead good and holy lives.

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Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution, or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? No, in these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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