Saint Matthias is perhaps the Apostle whose life and labors are the least known to us. The little we do know is found in chapter one of the Acts of the Apostles and in Tradition. God wished to hide the labors and even the death of a good number of His Apostles. Furthermore, it suffices to say for the glory of Saint Matthias that he was one of the first disciples of Jesus, that God Himself designated him to complete the company of the Apostles, that he united his labors, his life and his death to the labors, life and death of these preachers of the Faith.
Saint Thomas Apostle, Protector of the month of January, short biography followed by a prayer.
“Thomas, being once weaker in faith than the other Apostles,” says St. John Chrysostom, “toiled through the grace of God more bravely, more zealously and tirelessly than them all, so that he went preaching over nearly all the earth, not fearing to proclaim the Word of God to savage nations.”
Dear to the hearts of American Catholics in many regions of the United States, Saint Frances Cabrini, foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, patroness of immigrants, was the first citizen of the United States to be canonized. Mother Cabrini died on December 22, 1917, in one of her Chicago hospitals…
“Modern times are dominated by Satan, and they will be even more so in the future. The combat against hell cannot be fought by men, even the wisest ones. Only the Immaculata has received from God the promise of victory over the devil. Now that She is in heaven, the Mother of God is asking for our collaboration. She is seeking souls that will be totally consecrated to Her, to become instruments in Her hands that will overcome Satan and extend the Kingdom of God throughout the world.”
Novena to the Holy Child Jesus of Bethlehem – December 16 to 24
Inspired by the book Bethléem ou l’École de l’Enfant-Jésus (Bethlehem, or the School of the Child Jesus), by Msgr. Jean-Joseph Gaume.
These beautiful prayers are also proper as meditations all through the Christmas season and even all year round.
Prayer to Mary Immaculate, for Her feast day, December 8.