March 3. Blessed Innocent preached "control of the tongue." He certainly believed that what we say to one another does make a difference. Charity in speech is a true Christian virtue.
September 23. We don't know much about Lady Pica except that she was French and that she was Saint Francis' mother. But from the stories of Saint Francis' youth and early adulthood, we know that Lady Pica was one of his surest supports.
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 12. In some parts of the United States, one is not to plant a garden or one's fields before the feasts of the "Three Ice Men." Saint Pancras is the first of these saints whose feasts often mark the end of winter.
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.
April 30. A Secular Franciscan, Saint Joseph Benedict founded two religious communities to continue his work with the sick and poor. Both the Brothers and the Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul were inspired and named after the great saint of the poor--Saint Vincent de Paul.
March 4. Sylvester's conversion is one of the original stories circulated about the early days of Saint Francis. A diocesan priest, Sylvester joined the original band of followers and became a frequent companion of Saint Francis himself.
November 15. Sometimes fulfilling God's will takes tenacity. Poor health prevented Blessed Mary from becoming a Poor Clare, but patience and perseverence led her to become the foundress of another Franciscan community.