St. Catharine

stcatherineofalexandriaThe legend of St. Catharine is unsupported by solid historical authority. Devotion to her began in the West about the Eleventh Century and was widely spread by the Crusaders. We have still much to learn about the personality of St. Catharine, but although the particulars of her life are uncertain, God has been pleased to glorify his saint on Mount Sinai, where her tomb is still venerated by pilgrims.

St. Gertrude, who from childhood had had a great devotion to St. Catharine, once asked of Our Lord to be allowed to see the heavenly glory of her patron. Her prayer was heard, and she beheld the virgin of Alexandria on a golden throne surrounded by the sages whom she had led to knowledge of the faith, and who formed her brightest crown in heaven.

(Source: Fr. Lasance, The New Roman Missal,)

St John of the Cross

st-john-of-the-cross1Pope Clement XII desiring to honor the Mystical Doctor of Carmel, famous for the help he gave to St. Teresa in the reform of her Order and for his mystical writings, in which he taught the science of the saints for the good of souls, introduced his feast in the Calendar. Pius XI (November 24, 1926) proclaimed him a Doctor of the Church.

His life was filled with difficulties and embittered by anxiety, fatigue, persecution and painful illnesses. When Jesus asked him one day what reward he desired for the labors he had sustained, John replied: “Lord, to suffer and to be humiliated for Thee.” He asked God to permit him to die where he would be unknown to all. He passed to a better life on December 14, 1591.