St. John of the Cross "What more do you want, o soul! And what else do you search for outside, when within yourself you possess your riches, delights, satisfaction and kingdom -- your beloved whom you desire and seek? Desire him there, adore him there. Do not go in pursuit of him outside yourself. You will only become distracted and you won't find him, or enjoy him more than by seeking him within you." -- Saint John of the Cross
My hero: What he did was incredible. Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar. Born January 8, 1894 as Rajmund Kolbe, he was canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church in 1982 for taking a stranger’s place in the Auschwitz concentration camp. To the Catholic readers, this may not be a surprise, as he is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families
St Clare of Assisi. The incorrupt body of Saint Clare of Assisi. In 1234, the army of Frederick II took assault upon Assisi, scaled the walls of San Damiano by night spreading terror. Clare calmly rose from her sick bed, took the ciborium from the little chapel & proceeded to face the invaders at an open window against which they had already placed a ladder. As she raised the Blessed Sacrament on high, the soldiers who were about to enter the monastery fell backward as if dazzled & took flight.
When the tomb of St Cecelia was opened in 1599, Stefano Maderno(1566-1636), who created the fountains in St Peter’s Piazza, was then commissioned to sculpt what he saw. His inscription says: “Behold the body of the most holy virgin, Cecilia, whom I myself saw lying uncorrupt in her tomb. I have in this marble expressed for thee the same saint in the very same posture and body.” St. Ceclia Virgin and Martyr.
St. Catherine of Siena, Though always suffering terrible physical pain, living for long intervals on practically no food except for the Blessed Sacrament, she was radiantly happy and full of wisdom. She was subjected to persecution even of her own Dominican Order by the Sisters because of jealously. She asked Jesus to make her first visible stigmata invisible so as not to commit the sin of pride. When she died it became visible. discerninghearts.com