In history class we often only hear about the bad things that led to historical events. Rarely do we hear about the everyday Faithful people who did not have multiple mistresses, illegitimate children, lavish tastes, cruel habits, or less than lofty spiritual goals. But they did and do exist. In the midst of horrible circumstances and spiritual decadence, saints live everyday lives devoted to Christ. It is for their lives that our Church continues to serve in humility and love today.
Andrew, like so many saints, had a dissolute as a youth but transformed, was a monk in a holy monastery at a time of less than spiritual monasteries. He also served during the midst of the Black Death which ravaged not only all of Europe but his fellow monks as well. He took on the role of bishop and dealt with the aftermath of spiritual poverty and disease with zeal and compassion. He may not be well remembered but we would do well to remember him and ask his support in our efforts.
Resolve to think often of heaven, and make use of every opportunity of impressing yourself with a high idea of its happiness. When you see beautiful objects, think with a holy servant of God, how much more beautiful is God! When you taste any thing that pleases you, think, how much delight is found in the enjoyment of heaven. When you hear fine music, think of the choirs of angels.
-- From the May 31st reflection by Archbishop Peter Kenrick (The New Month of Mary...) after using Andrew as an example of devotion to Mary.
Truth to Ponder
I decided to spend a year thinking about the Faith celebrated in the sanctoral calendar. There are also just some events, Scriptural, and other quotes that strike me on random days; or randomly on days, as the case may be.
Saint's Days by Month
Days by Entry