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notes about your extended family in heaven
Third of seven children born to Stephen and Euphrosyne, small land-owning farmers; the family was forced to flee to Thessaly ahead of Saracen raids on their home island. In his youth Luke worked the fields and tended sheep to help support his family, but when his father died, the young man followed a call to religious life, gave away all his property to the poor (which put him in conflict with his relatives) and left home to pursue his calling. Settling as a monk in the area of modern Hungary and Bulgaria, he was mistaken for a runaway slave and imprisoned for a while. Eventually released, he found that his family refused to have anything else to do with him. He briefly joined a monastery in Athens, Greece, but the superior there received a dream in which Luke’s mother was calling for help, so he sent the young man home. His mother finally accepted Luke’s call to religious life, and he became a hermit on Mount Joannitsa near Corinth, Greece. He healed so many people by prayer that his hermitage became know as the Soterion (the place of healing; place of safety), and Luke as as Thaumaturgus (Wonder worker).
A feast instituted on 13 May 1992 by Pope John Paul II to be “a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering”. The date of the feast, 11 February was chosen to coincide with that of Our Lady of Lourdes as there have been so many healings reported at the shrine and through Our Lady‘s intercession. Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on this feast day in 2013, citing his declining health as his reason.
Son of Joseph and Mary Wattson; his father was an Episcopal priest, the boy was raised Episcopalian and became an Episcopal priest himself in 1886. Co-founded the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at the Graymoor chapel in Garrison, New York in 1898 with a mission of promoting Christian unity; he took the name Father Paul. In 1903 he founded the Union That Nothing Be Lost organization that disperse money to various charities. Founded the Catholic Near East Welfare Asssociation. Helped found the Catholic Medical Mission Board. In 1908 he founded the Church Unity Octave, which today is known as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity each January, advocating the reunion of the Anglicans with the Catholic Church. In 1909, Father Paul and the Friars were accepted en masse into the Catholic Church, the first corporate conversion, and the Friars continue their good work today on three continents. In 1910, Father Paul was ordained a Catholic priest. Founded Saint Christopher’s Inn for homeless men. Published the monthly magazine The Lamp which was devoted to missions and Christian unity. Produced The Ave Maria Hour radio program which broadcast stories of the life Christ and lives of the saints. His Cause for Canonization has opened.
(Saints) Martyrs (February 24) (3rd century) Some of the many Christians, disciples of Saint Cyprian of Carthage, who were put to death during the fierce persecution of Christianity under the Emperor Valerian (A.D. 259). The story of their imprisonment is told by themselves, and that of their martyrdom by eye-witnesses.
(Saint) Martyr (June 17) (4th century) Some have thought that this Martyr, a Christian soldier, suffered under Hadrian in the second century, but the opinion now prevails that he was one of the victims of the fury of Diocletian. He was, after a period of imprisonment, taken over to the Island of Ponza, and there thrown into the sea, with a heavy stone tied round his neck. The Christians recovered his body and enshrined it at Gaeta.
(Saint) Martyr (October 18) (Date uncertain) A Scottish Saint who crossed over to the Continent and lived as a hermit in the Forest of the Ardennes, where he was done to death by men of evil life. He is famous for miracles.
(Saint) Bishop (November 10) (5th century) The twelfth Bishop of Orleans. He flourished towards the end of the fifth century. He is always described as a Saint in the Orleans documents, but nothing further is recorded of him. His relics were transferred to the Abbey of Saint Aignan, under King Robert of France, A.D. 1029.