May 21. The founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Saint Eugene de Mazenod, fulfilled a personal desire to instruct people in the faith. His community has grown to be one of the biggest congregations in modern history.
May 21. Saint Crispin was a Cappuchin Franciscan who gained his holiness through the simple service of cooking and begging. He was loved by the people, especially the poor.
August 2. The chapel of Our Lady of the Angels, better known as the Portiuncula, is the birthplace of the Franciscan movement. It was here that Saint Francis headquartered his budding Order and here he died. The plenary Indulgence that he gained for this place was extended to the universal Church. The idea of the indulgence was to gain for the common folk, who could not go on a crusade, the possibility of gaining an indulgence.
May 18. Saint Felix is another man who gained his holiness doing a very mundane task--begging for the Friars--along with long hours of prayer. Saint Felix was not afraid of hard work as his life proved.
June 4. Convinced that the cure of a skin disease that resembled leprosy was miraculous, Saint Francis Caracciolo gave his life to God and helped found the Order of the Minor Clerks Regular for which he served in leadership for many years.
June 7. Living a little less than a century ago, Franciscan Father Joseph Perez is a model of courage and determination as he faced many obstacles first in reaching ordination, and then in exercising his ministry. Perseverence is certainly one virtue he can teach our modern world.
May 4. Because of a miraculous cure of his cancerous foot/leg, Saint Peregrine has become the patron saint of cancer patients. Because of his experience, he has first-hand knowledge of cancer and what it can do. Our experiences give us first-hand knowledge of various things also.
May 4. Blessed Ceferino was a Gypsy from Spain. Gypsys seldom have a good reputation due to the stereotypes most people have of them. And yet, here is a man who has attained recognition from the Church. Pigeon-holing people is never a good thing.
May 27. Blessed Gerard and his brother Effrenaud were not your usual young men. Seeking solitude and a place to pray, they ran off to a cave when Blessed Gerard was only 18. Blessed Gerard died while on pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
January 1. Blessed Waldo spent the first part of his life caring for a sick friend, Fr. Bartolo. After Fr. Bartolo's death, Blessed Waldo retired to the woods where he lived in a hollow chestnut tree. His death was announced by the ringing of the parish church bells.