February 8. Kidnapped at the age of nine and being too terrified to remember her name, Josephine acquired the name “Bakhit” which means “fortunate one.” Her most "fortunate blessing" came when she was bought by an Italian consul which led eventually to her conversion and freedom. She joined the Canossian Sisters and ministered in Italy.
February 9. An orphan at the age of 15, Saint Jerome Emiliani ran away from home and ran into some trouble. He ended up in prison where he had time to think. After a conversion, Saint Jerome studied for the priesthood and, after his ordination, he worked for abandoned children. He founded the Clerks Regular of Somasca to continue that work.
February 10. Family ties and religious obligations may affect one another, but they are not necessarily opposed. Saint Scholastica’s relationship with her brother, Saint Benedict, is a good example. Close to one another as brother and sister, they also respected the Rule of Life of their respective communities.
February 11. Devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes runs deep in the hearts of the faithful as a sign of God’s care and healing. The mediation of Mary, his mother, is a real consolation to those who suffer any ill.
February 12. Saint Apollonia is the patron saint of dentists because her teeth were knocked out by an angry mob. Hardly the way we would wish a dentist to extract our teeth, but Saint Apollonia certainly evidenced great courage in her defiance of those who were attacking Christians.
February 13. Simple, humble persons can sometimes be powerful in their effect on and work with the people of God. Saint Giles Mary of Saint Joseph was such a man. Saint Giles was loved on the streets of Naples for his goodness born of prayer.
February 14. Often missionaries face the difficulties of language and culture. Saints Cyril and Methodius were no exceptions. But they faced the difficulties by writing the foreign language in a new alphabet and translating the liturgy for the local people.
February 15. Saint Claude de la Colombière met Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque and eventually became her confessor. Together they advanced the devotion to the Sacred Heart at a time when God’s mercy needed emphasis. God raises the right people at the right time to keep his Church on the right path.
February 16. Saint Gilbert of Sempringham could have been a wealthy priest, but chose to live far more poorly. Be founded a religious congregation, the Gilbertines, who followed his example of living poorly and caring for those who want. Saint Gilbert live past 100 years of age.
February 17. Rather than just talk about the problems of the day, the Seven Founders of the Servite Order did something about it─they consciously left all and formed a new religious congregation to address the issues. They put their money where their mouths were.