February 12 marks the feast day of Saint Julian the Hospitaller (also known as Saint Julian the Poor). Little is known about his life, and in fact, it is likely that his story may only be the substance of pious legend. He has inspired countless books, poems, paintings, frescos, stained glass windows, and songs, especially during the Middle Ages. Despite the lack of historical facts, the holy (legendary) events of his life may be looked to as inspiration, influencing our choices and actions even today, and calling us to service.
The lives of the saints should inspire us. How have we sought to repent for our wrongdoings? How might we turn our sin into service? Our Lady of Lourdes implores us to pray for sinners—penance, penance, penance! Our Lord, through the holy words of His Son, directs us to love and serve others. Where in our lives could we be more hospitable?
Day 43 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Requested Intentions: For a niece suffering with autism, and for all those affected by autism (V); For a daughter’s employment (J); For a son’s employment and growth in faith (M); Those planning for surgery (L); Those who are unemployed or in danger of losing jobs (A); Those fighting depression (L); For a growing love of the Eucharist and peace within a family (A).
Special Intentions (Day 2 of 45-day Novena to Our Blessed Lady of Lourdes): The intentions of all those who read this blog, whether submitted or retained in the quiet of their hearts; Penance, Penance, Penance for sinners; For all those who are suffering.