All Saints Day - November 1. Just a few of the likely and unlikely saints on the south panel of St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco--from left to right: Emily Dickinson, Norman Perrin, Mary Magdalene, St. Patrick of Ireland, Jesus Christ, Gregory of Nyssa, Theosebia, Mother Lucy Wright, and Martha Graham. Who are the likely and unlikely saints in your life?
St. Brigid of 100,000 Welcomes
2-1. Brigid of Kildare, 523. (Icon by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS) Brigid's life reflected many aspects of inclusion and "radical hospitality." One of her Easter traditions was to make beer for the poor at Easter; a quote attributed to her was, "I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I would like to be watching Heaven's family drinking it through all eternity." A goose is shown in this icon as she kept geese to feed strangers to her abbey.
Santa Inês - virgem e mártir
1-21. Agnes, Martyr at Rome. Legend has it that her name was submitted to the Roman authorities as a follower of Christianity at age 12 or 13. First dragged naked to a brothel, men trying to rape her were struck blind. When an attempt was made to burn her at the stake, the wood wouldn't catch fire and she was beheaded. She is depicted with a lamb because her name is similar to the Latin word for lamb, "agnus."
Frances Joseph Gaudet: Educator and Prison Reformer, 1934
12-30. Frances Joseph Gaudet, Educator and Prison Reformer, 1934. A seamstress by trade, she was a leading reformer in the conditions of prisoners at the turn of the 20th century and greatly contributed to the personal and spiritual life of the incarcerated--things we now accept as "givens" in prisoners' rights and human dignity.
Daily Office Network
11/16 Margaret, Queen of Scotland, 1093. "Margaret oversaw the building of schools, hospitals and orphanages, and encouraged people to receive the Holy Communion, after a popular notion took hold that we’re seldom or never worthy of it. – Which is completely true, but all the more reason we need the sacrament. (source unknown)"
11-14. Samuel Seabury, First American Bishop, 1796. After the American Revolutionary War, Bishops in the Church of England refused to consecrate an American bishop. Three Scottish bishops agreed to consecrate Samuel Seabury on one condition--that the Eucharistic Prayer in the Episcopal Church include the epiclesis--the invocation of the Holy Spirit over the bread and wine--which had been omitted in the Church of England's rite.
11/12. Charles Simeon, Priest, 1836. A prolific sermon writer, he published hundreds of what were called at the time, "sermon skeletons" (outlines of sermons.) It's been said that his works were an invitation to clerical plagiarism...or at the very least, contributed to clerics "borrowing each other's material."
St. Leo the Great - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online
11-10 St. Leo the Great. His encounter with Attila the Hun, at the very gates of Rome persuading him to turn back, remains a historical memorial to his great eloquence. When the Vandals under Genseric occupied the city of Rome, he persuaded the invaders to desist from pillaging the city and harming its inhabitants. He died in 461, leaving many letters and writings of great historical value. His feast day is November 10th.