February 20. Two young children who died early in life, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, gained the attention of the Church and world when Mary appeared to them at Fatima. Without being martyred, they became witnesses and messengers of God’s goodness.
February 21. If it hadn’t been for an elder brother taking him under his wing, Saint Peter Damian may have taken a very different path in life. But with his brother’s guidance, he matured into a holy man, monk, and bishop. A man of prayer and devotion, Saint Peter Damian was also a spiritual writer.
February 22. Every cathedral has a “cathedra,” a bishop’s chair that is used only by the bishop when he presides in the cathedral. It’s a symbol of his authority as chief teacher and liturgist of the diocese. So, today we celebrate the authority of the chief bishop, Saint Peter and his successors, the popes.
February 23. Without knowing a whole lot about Saint Polycarp, he has entered into the life of the Church because he was a martyr, a witness to the faith with his life. That alone links all Christians together. That level of testimony to the faith is notable.
February 24. Was Blessed Luke Belludi just at the right place at the right time, or was there something more at work in his happening to meet Saint Anthony and become his protégé? We would all agree that this is how the Lord works─through convenient happenstances.
February 25. Some saints have a rather full life spread over a couple of vocations. Saint Sebastian of Aparicio is such a saint having been married twice before becoming a Franciscan.
February 26. Courage, perseverance, and hope seem to characterize Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin. In spite of all odds, she kept going and, in the process, helped many people find healing and peace.
February 27. Disappointments, setbacks, loss, and suffering seem to define the life of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. But undeterred by whatever happened, Saint Gabriel kept his focus and lived life well─so well that he was an example to both young and old.
February 28. Some people would call Blessed Daniel Brottier "lucky." But in the eyes of faith, God’s providence and desire for Blessed Daniel to do great things in his kingdom is what protected him in some very dangerous situations. Blessed Daniel cooperated with that providence and became an example to all.
March 1. Saint David of Wales was by legend the nephew of King Arthur. He was educated under the tutelage of Saint Paulinus, whose sight he allegedly restored. He was known as the “Water Drinker,” because he drank only water, and was a vegetarian. He founded 12 monasteries of very strict observance. He lived over 100 years.