Wednesday, 31 December 2014

St Melania

St Melania (383- 439)

St Melania whose feast day is December 31st. Melania was born to wealthy Christians, Publicola, a Roman senator, and Albina. At fourteen, she was given in marriage to Valerius Pinianus. When two of her children died soon after childbirth, her husband agreed to lead a life of continency and religious dedication. In 417 all three made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and settled at Jerusalem, where Melania became a friend of St Jerome. After the death of her mother in 431 and her husband in 432, Melania attracted disciples to her solitary way of life and built a convent, for which she was Abbess until her death on December 31st, 439. The life of St Melania reminds us of the fleeting character of earthly wealth. We should strive to emulate her use of wealth as well as talents to further the cause of Our Lord and Saviour Christ.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

St Lucy

Virgin martyr and saint (283 - 304).

Lucy was well known for her beautiful eyes. It was said that her eyes radiated her love for Christ. During her torture by the Romans, Lucy’s eyes were gouged out and God restored her sight and eyes. She is one of eight women, who along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, are commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. Her feast day is celebrated in the West on December 13th. Saint Lucy of Syracuse was honoured in the Middle Ages and still remains a much loved saint in Europe, especially Scandinavia.