Day 15 - More Married Saints!
Welcome to another week in our 40 Days for Vocations! This week, I will be sharing with you some of my favorite married saints.
St. Frances of Rome is one of my sister's patron saints, and I truly love her. She found a way to incorporate holiness in her life as a wife and mother. She is well known for the quote attributed to her: “It is most laudable in a married woman to be devout, but she must never forget that she is a housewife. And sometimes she must leave God at the altar to find Him in her housekeeping.” That quote has inspired me many times, when I wanted to pray, go to daily Mass, or adoration, but couldn't. You can read more about her here.
St. Helena is my Confirmation saint, and is also one of Therese's patron saints. (We try to give our children each one married saint and one religious for their patrons.) She was the mother of Constantine and is best known for finding the true cross. Find more here.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary was royalty, and she used her position as an opportunity to be generous. She is best known for her incredible generosity to the poor. One story has her hiding food for the poor in her skirt, and then when asked to show what she had in her skirt - roses fell out instead of the food (thus keeping her from getting in to any sort of trouble for her exuberant generosity). She was a wife and a mother, and you can find out more about her life here.
St. Elizabeth and St. Zachariah are a married couple and the parents of John the Baptist. St. Elizabeth's faith was remarkable from the start, and she is known for her recognition of Christ in His mother's womb at the Visitation. Zachariah's faith wasn't instantaneous, but his proclamation of faith in the Gospel of Luke is so magnificent that it is now called the "Benedictus" and is prayed each day as a part of Morning Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours. You can get better acquainted with them here.
St. Peter was married! We often forget that detail, but we see his mother-in-law being healed in the Gospels. We don't know much about his family life, but I think it's just worth noting that God used this humble fisherman/family man to do such great things!
St. Felicity and St. Perpetua were both young wives and mothers when they were martyred. You can read the story of their martyrdom here but don't read it if you are pregnant, post-partum, or super sensitive. Felicity is pregnant and then newly delivered in the course of the story and both women are breastfeeding mothers, so this story hits me really hard when I read it. But, I do encourage you to read it or a summary of it at some point. They are remarkable women!
We had some two-for deals in the above takes, so I'll call it a night!
Please continue to pray for vocations with us!
O God, Father of all Mercies,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest,
send Your Graces upon those
You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;
preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.
Open the hearts of Your children
that they may discern Your Holy Will;
inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves
to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.
Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life
guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.
Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers
and grant Your Church's needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen. (source)