Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints: Saint Emiliana

Resistance and Obedience to Grace

[Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints: Saint Emiliana]Saint Gregory the Great had three aunts on the father’s side – Thrasilla, Bmiliana, and Gordiana. All three made a vow of chastity, and devoted themselves to an ascetic life in the house of their father, the senator Gordian. Thrasilla and Emiliana having renounced the world on the same day, gave themselves up, with mutual zeal, to the practice of perfection, and made great progress in the spiritual life. Gordiana allowed the fervour of her piety gradually to tone down. Her sisters, by force of entreaties, and by lavish marks of affection towards her, were instrumental in leading her to fresh renewals of zeal; but her love of the world ended by detaching her wholly from a devout life, and inducing her to relinquish the practices of piety. Nothing further is known of her after-life. Thrasilla was first called to her reward, after having been favoured with a vision of the Pope Saint Felix, her uncle, who addressed her thus: “Come! I will accompany you to the abode of glory.” Shortly after, she herself appeared to Emiliana, inviting her to celebrate with her, in Heaven, the feast of the Epiphany. Emiliana, in effect, died the following day, the 5th of January, on the eve of that great festival.

Moral Reflection – Let us often keep in mind the words of our Saviour, “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will sustain the one and despise the other.” – Matthew 6:24

– from Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints, by Abbe Auguste Fran├žois Lecanu, 1865