On May 15, the Church celebrates the feast day of St Isidore and Maria. Feast days offer catholic educators, catechists, and parents an opportunity to teach children about saints. Saints Isidore and Maria remind us that no matter how ordinary our lives seem we can lead lives of holiness.
Even though they did not have much, they always shared with the poor. Isidore and Maria also give us the example of sharing all that we have with those who are in need.
Isidore married Maria and they had a son. Their son died when he was very young. From that moment on they dedicated their lives to serving God and others. Even though they did not have much, they always shared with the poor. Isidore and Maria also give us the example of sharing all that we have with those who are in need.
The Church celebrates the feast day of Saint Madeline Sophie Barat on May 25. The religious order, the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, founded by Madeline Sophie Barat is still in existence today. This order still operates schools throughout the world for young women. These schools are known for providing an excellent education in a Christian environment.
Madeline Sophie Barat was born in France. She was the youngest of three children. Madeline Sophie was very enthusiastic about life and had common sense and good judgment. As a young child, she was devoted to her faith and prayer life. Her older brother, Louis, was a priest, and he was responsible for her education. Louis was very serious about his sister's education and made her learn Greek, Latin, physics, history, and mathematics. Even though there was little time in her life for play and friends, Madeline Sophie loved learning.
Madeline Sophie Barat shared her love of God and love of education with others. By opening schools, she made it possible for other young women to get the high quality education that she received.
On May 26, the Church celebrates the feast day of Saint Philip Neri, who said, "Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life. Therefore the servant of God ought always be in good spirits." He was well liked because he was gentle, kind, and had a warm personality. St Philip Neri had a wonderful sense of humor and used this gift when helping others.
Philip was born in Florence, Italy. He had two sisters and a brother who died as a child. His parents were not wealthy. When he was eighteen years old, Philip's father sent him to live and work with an older cousin who was successful in business. While living with his cousin, Philip would often go pray in the mountains. It was then that he decided to dedicate his life to God.
"Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life. Therefore the servant of God ought always be in good spirits."
On May 30, the Church celebrates the feast day of Saint Joan of Arc. Joan of Arc was faithful to God's will in her life. Although it seemed an impossible feat for a teenage girl to become a soldier, lead an army, and unite the country of France, Joan did just that because of her faith.
While Joan was growing up, there was a war going on between France and England. This war had lasted almost one hundred years. France was divided and had no king. Joan began hearing the voices of Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret. They told Joan that she was chosen by God to unite France and to help Charles be crowned king. Joan was very surprised because she knew nothing about politics or about the military. She wanted to serve God, but she did not know how to help her country. Finally, she realized that this was God's will and He would lead her.
Joan of Arc was faithful to God's will in her life. Even when she was laughed at, she kept her focus on God and what he asked her to do.
When things seem to be impossible in our lives, we can be like Joan and let our faith guide us.
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