As we honor our veterans, let us celebrate the solidarity of the religious life with that of our military heroes:
St Lucy was a young Christian Roman maiden who was promised in marriage to a pagan man.
September 29 is the feast day for the Archangels – Michael, Raphael and Gabriel.
Legend has it that in 316 St Blaise, the bishop of Sebastea (modern Sivas, Turkey), was arrested during a period of persecution. As he was being led to prison, a mother laid before St Blaise her son who was choking on a fish bone. St Blaise prayed over the boy, and he was healed. As a result St Blaise is the patron of those suffering from throat ailments.
According to tradition, he wrote it in 433 A.D. for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity.
St Roch was invoked during plagues, and this is why he is considered the patron against plagues and epidemics.
Saint Valentine was a priest and physician in Rome in the 3rd century and was imprisoned for ministering to Christians persecuted by the Roman Emperor. According to legend, Valentine converted the jailer by restoring sight to the jailer’s daughter.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico and a symbol of the country’s identity and Catholic faith. When the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 and imprinted her image on his tilma, a cactus-fiber mantle, she did so recognizing the local beliefs of the Aztec people.