R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today . . . by Peachy Maramba

ST. BONIFACE: Apostle of Germany 673 – 754 June 5 Monk in England One of the great figures in the annals of Christian mission Boniface spent the first half of his life as a monk in England. Born in 673 of a good family at Crediton, Devonshire in Southeast England he was baptized Wynfrith (Winfrid),Continue reading “R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today . . . by Peachy Maramba”

R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today. . . by Peachy Maramba

ST. BEDE THE VENERABLE Father of English History and Doctor of the Church 672 – 735 May 25 Did you know that our current way of dating time from the birth of Christ as B. C. and A. D. or anno domini which means “in the year of the Lord” is attributed to St. Bede,Continue reading “R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today. . . by Peachy Maramba”

R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today by Peachy Maramba

ST. ISIDORE the FARMER or HUSBANDMAN: Patron of Farmers and Patron of Madrid, Spain 1070 – 1130 May 15 His Canonization Our saint of the day – St. Isidore – always has to have the qualifying title – “the farmer” – after his name to distinguish him from his illustrious namesake St. Isidore, Bishop ofContinue reading “R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today by Peachy Maramba”

R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today. . . by Peachy Maramba

ST. IGNATIUS of Laconi: A Sainted Begging Brother 1701-1781 May 11 St. Francis’ Views on Working and Begging From the Testament of St. Francis of Assisi we get his views on working and begging: “With all my heart I want all the other friars to be busy with some kind of work that can beContinue reading “R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today. . . by Peachy Maramba”

R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today. . . by Peachy Maramba

ST. ZITA: PATRONESS of DOMESTIC WORKERS 1218 – 1278 April 27 Her Early Life Even a servant can become not only a saint but also a patroness of people like her and other domestic workers! The fact that Zita (surname unknown) was born to an extremely poor farm labourer in Bozzanello, Mon-sagrati near Lucca, ItalyContinue reading “R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today. . . by Peachy Maramba”

R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today . . . by Peachy Maramba

ST. FAUSTINA KOWALSKA: Apostle of Divine Mercy 1905 – 1938 April 18 Part One In these 20th century times which have seen an almost total collapse of moral values and a rise in the spirit of atheism it is essential for God and the church to find an instrument to give the world a muchContinue reading “R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today . . . by Peachy Maramba”

R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today . . . by Peachy Maramba

ST. FRANCIS of PAOLA: Founder of the Order of Minims, Patron of Mariners 1416-1507 April 2 Early Life Our Franciscan saint St. Francis of Paola is interestingly the namesake of our beloved St. Francis of Assisi. Francesco Alessio (his real name) was born at Paola, a small town in Calabria, Italy on 2 April aboutContinue reading “R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today . . . by Peachy Maramba”

R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today . . . by Peachy Maramba

ST. CHAD: Outstanding Bishop of early Medieval England 634 – 672 March 2 Holy Family of Priests If you’re ever in Birmingham, England do pass by the cathedral which bears St. Chad’s name and look for his relics. This is because he did a lot to Christianize this part of early Medieval England. Chad (alsoContinue reading “R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today . . . by Peachy Maramba”

R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today . . . by Peachy Maramba

ST. GABRIEL FRANCIS POSSENTI of Our Lady of Sorrows: Patron of Clerics and Youth 1838 – 1862 February 27 Did you know that you too can be a saint? You don’t need to have visions, or undergo extraordinary forms of self-torture. It doesn’t matter if you’re fastidious or unusually vain about your dress and personalContinue reading “R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today . . . by Peachy Maramba”

R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today . . . by Peachy Maramba

BL. FRA ANGELICO (Giovanni of Fiesole): Patron of Christian Artists 1395 – 1455 February 18 Beatification In 1982 Pope John Paul II not only beatified a painter known to the world today as Fra Angelico but also named him patron of all Christian painters. Considering how many painters there are of Christian art one wondersContinue reading “R A N D O M T H O U G H T S Voices from yesterday and today . . . by Peachy Maramba”