Bl Herman was crippled as a child by a paralytic disease and had trouble moving and could hardly speak. He grew up in an abbey and became a Benedictine monk. He studied history, music theory, mathematics and astronomy, and is credited with composing the Salve Regina.
“Blessed Herman the Cripple stands as a shining light, reminding us that God purposely chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful” Angelo Stagnaro
St. Gianna was a doctor, wife and mother. Her heroic virtue, genuine holiness of life, selflessness, and quiet joy remind all of us that God entrusts us with a personal vocation. During her last pregnancy, St. Gianna had health problems that impacted her and the baby. St. Gianna chose to continue her pregnancy even though it meant that her life was at risk. She gave her life for her child.
“One cannot love without suffering or suffer without loving.” St. Gianna
He served prisoners, heard their confessions, granted them absolution and accompanied them on their way to the gallows.
“All a person’s holiness, perfection and profit lies in doing God’s will...wanting what God wants, wanting in the way, in the time, and in the circumstances that He desires and willing it all for no other reason than that God wills it.” St. Josesph Cafasso
General list of patron saints: Mary, Mirror of Justice Mary, Cause of our Joy St. Lawrence St. Vitalis of Gaza St. Columba and Agnes Kim Bl. Victoire Rasoamanarivo
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