Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Top Ten Nineteenth Century French Saints

Although every era has its holy men and women, the evils of the French Revolution prompted an abundance of nineteenth century saints in the once strongly Catholic country of France. Although "ranking" saints is a bit of a contradiction of terms, hopefully this list will at least make us grateful for that era ...

10 Venerable Basil Anthony Moreau (1799-1873)—The founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross won't actually be beatified until the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows this September 15th, but what a boon his intercession will be for the Order, not to mention that Indiana institution, the University of Notre Dame. Watch out Wolverines—you picked a bad day (Sept. 15th) to play the Irish.

9 Blessed Mary of Providence (1825-1871)—The foundress of The Helpers of the Holy Souls found you can serve the souls in purgatory as well as those just outside your door—at the same time.

8 St. Mary Magdalen Postel (1756-1846)—Another great education sister, she was instrumental in establishing the Sisters of the Christian Schools of Mercy. Her long life ended on the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and the miracles due to her intercession soon followed.

7 St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier (1796-1868)—Yesterday's saint, this humble foundress of The Good Shepherd Sisters would take on the town (and country!) if she believed it to be God's will—and would benefit her sisters.

6 St. Julie Billiart (1751-1816)—This foundress of the Institute (Sisters) of Notre Dame never met a kid she couldn't educate—or a sister she couldn't crack up with her holy sense of humor.

5 St. Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)—This great Eucharistic saint, founder of the Priests of the Blessed Sacrament, was a trailblazer for the importance of perpetual adoration, and set the theological groundwork for the parish perpetual Eucharistic adoration chapels that we lay folk are blessed with today.

4 St. Catherine Laboure (1806-1876)—This visionary of the Miraculous Medal literally put the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception on millions of men's hearts, as she spent her life humbly serving the aged behind convent walls. She gave us perhaps the world's greatest sacramental and could easily be ranked #1.

3 St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879)—Our Lady's "Broom" (the Immaculate Conception used Bernadette and the miracles at the grotto of Lourdes to confirm the I.C. dogma that the pope made infallible just four years before Her apparitions to Bernadette), suffered humbly with asthma and TB her whole short life.

2 St. John Vianney (1786-1859)—The "Cure de Ars" said Mass and adored the Lord in the morning, heard confessions (or warned sinners outside the confessional!) all afternoon, and battled the devil at night—all on one or two daily potatoes! Because of John, no one can ever say someone is "just a parish priest" again.

1 St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)—On the surface, this little girl whose short religious life was spent almost entirely behind convent doors, should be last. But it was her very littleness (and her autobiography Story of a Soul) that made her patroness of the missions, doctor of the Church, and first in the hearts of so many souls. "The Little Flower" promised us roses from heaven—pray for one today!

Fighting Irish Thomas: Catholicism, Politics, Saints, and Notre Dame

1 comment :

JimAroo said...

What an all star team! God sent in the heavyweights to try and save the oldest daughter of Holy Mother Church!

Just like in our personal lives.... His grace and power is greatest when we are weakest.