This calendar of saints is drawn from several denominations, sects, and traditions. Although it will no longer be updated daily, the index on the right will guide visitors to a saint celebrated on any day they choose. Additional saints will be added as they present themselves to Major.

Monday, November 8, 2010

November 9 -- Blessed Helen or Blessed Gratia

This is one of those days where I just can't decide. Some of the stories were cool, but none were all that compelling. St. Theodor Tiro, for example, was a Roman military commander denounced as a Christian during one of the persecutions. The Tribune figured it was a bad rap, so he released Theodor, who promptly burned down a pagan temple. What does recidivism mean? It means Theodor was flayed to death.

But a couple of beati seemed like the right choices for November 9. Helen of Hungary had lilies of light rise from her palms when she prayed. How cool is that?

But not only did light shine over the cell of Gratia of Cattaro, a Venetian monk, but he also was blessed by knowledge of things he could not have learned. What's cooler? You decide.

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