At last! A patron saint to replace Catherine of Alexandria. I was faced
with a choice between C. of Siena, too neurotic, and C. Labouré (sp?),
too something or other. Katharine of Sweden will do just fine.
Kathryn of Covington LA
Bill East wrote:
> Interim Saints - March 22nd
> PAUL, bishop of Narbonne (3rd or 4th cent)
> Saint Paul . . . has been conjectured to be Sergius Paulus, the
> pro-consul, converted in the island of Cyprus by the apostle Paul, when
> Elymas, the sorcerer, withstood S. Paul. There is no evidence
> substantiating this . . .
> Perhaps not, but it is an interesting conjecture. Last summer I myself
> said Mass in the Church of St Paul's Pillar, in Paphos, Cyprus, scene
> of the conversion of the pro-consul. The parish have published a
> scholarly account of the apostle Paul's visit to Paphos, by a historian
> of Ushaw College. I would give more details if I could lay my hand
> upon it.
> APHRODISIUS, bishop of Beziers (3rd or 4th century)
> This bishop, an Egyptian by birth, accompanied S. Paul of Narbonne, in
> his mission into Gaul. A foolish legend . . . is to the effect that he
> was governor of Egypt at the time when S. Joseph and the B. Virgin went
> down thither with the Holy Child Jesus, to escape the persecution of
> Herod who sought the young child's life. On the arrival of the child
> Jesus in Egypt all the idols fell, and Aphrodisius, recognising in Him
> his God, bowed before him in adoration . . .
> BASIL, priest and martyr at Ancyra (A.D. 363)
> S. Basil was a priest of Ancyra, very fervent in spirit, zealous in
> upholding the Catholic faith, and combating the Arian heresy . . .
> His flesh was torn with rakes, he was flayed alive, and finally tossed
> onto red-hot spikes.
> DEOGRATIAS, bishop of Carthage (about A.D. 456)
> . . . The holy bishop, stirred to the depths of his soul by the misery
> that he saw, sold all the gold and silver vessels of the churches of
> Carthage, and spent the proceedings in redeeming those slaves whose
> cases were most urgent and distressing . . .
> Blessed EELKO LIAUKAMAN, abbot (A.D. 1332)
> The blessed Eelko Liaukaman was abbot of the wealthy Norbertine house
> of Lidlom, in Friesland . . . Before the so-called Reformation the B.
> Eelko was venerated as a saint, and represented in art shaking roses
> out of his habit.
> Blessed THOMAS OF LANCASTER (A.D. 1321)
> There have been, as there probably ever will be, great differences of
> opinion as to the justice of beheading thomas, Earl of Lancaster,
> cousin-german to king Edward II.
> Possibly some of those differences are to be found on this very list?
> KATHARINE OF SWEDEN, virgin (A.D. 1381)
> S. Katharine of Sweden was the daughter of Ulph, prince of Nierck, in
> Sweden, and S. Bridget . . . After the death of her father, S.
> Katharine out of devotion undertook a pilgrimage with her mother to
> various holy places, and came to Rome, where S. Bridget died in 1373.
> Katharine returned to Sweden and died abbess of Vatzen, in the diocese
> of Lincopen, on March 24th, 1381.
> Blessed NICOLAS von der FLUE, hermit (A.D. 1487)
> Nicolas von der Flue was born in Unterwalden in the year 1417, near the
> village of Sachseln
> . . . His chapel and hermitage are still shown in Melchthal.
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