Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Feasts of October

I love the first part of October because there are so many great feastdays: St.Thérèse, St. Francis, St. Faustina, and the Guardian Angels. And then there is that great feast which we celebrate today, that of St. Ewalt the Fair and St. Ewalt the Dark. For those few of you who are unfamiliar with these brothers, the Saints Ewalt were priests who were born in Northumbria (apparently to slightly unimaginative parents) and traveled to Germany as missionaries. They were martyred in 692 by pagans who feared that the brothers might convert their lord to Christianity. St. Ewalt the Fair was killed with a sword, but St. Ewalt the Dark was tortured and dismembered. You can read more about them here, where you can also read about eleven other saints whose feasts are celebrated today.

And this is one more thing that I love about being Catholic. There is such an abundance of saints from every time and every place, all different, but all seeking the same goal. If you aren't drawn to St. Ewalt and St. Ewalt, you might prefer to read about an very early Christian martyr, St. Candidus, whose feast is also today (although you won't be able to read much)., or St. Mother Theodore Guerin who lived in Indiana and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2006. 

Blessed Feastday to you all.


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