St. Philomena (Virgin and Martyr)

St. Philomena (Virgin and Martyr)

Little is understood of the lifetime of St. Philomena earlier than the invention of her celebrated tomb within the Catacombs of Priscilla in Rome. An inscription close to her tomb learn “Peace be with thee, Philomena.” Near her bones was found a small glass vial, containing the stays of blood. Because it was a well-liked customized of the early martyrs to go away symbols and indicators akin to these, it was decided that St. Philomena was a virgin and a martyr. She was honored by different saints akin to St. John Vianney, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, St. Peter Eymard, and St. Peter Chanel.

After a whole bunch of miraculous cures and different miracles, she was beatified in 1837. St. Philomena, whom the pope named because the Patroness of the Living Rosary and the Patroness of the Children of Mary, is the one individual acknowledged as a saint solely on the premise of her highly effective intercession, though revelations concerning her life have been recorded.

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“The distance between spirituality and social motion shouldn’t be as nice as many imagine. Scripture doesn’t reveal a non secular man or a secular man. It speaks solely of a complete man — built-in by the salvation that Christ brings.”

— Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, Those Mysterious Priests

To what extent am I an built-in individual? Do my non secular beliefs inform my secular opinions?

Prayer for the intercession of St. Philomena:

Illustrious Virgin and Martyr, Saint Philomena,
Behold me kneeling in spirit earlier than you.
Full of confidence in your safety,
I beseech you to intercede for me.
From heaven, please look upon us.
Spouse of Jesus Christ,
console me in my troubles,
strengthen me in temptations,
defend me within the risks which encompass me;
get hold of all of the graces essential for me,
particularly [your intentions],
and help me at my demise.

Other Saints We Remember Today

  • St. Beatriz da Silva (1490), Virgin, Foundress of Conceptionists
  • St. Hyacinth (1257), Priest, Religious, Apostle of Poland, invoked in opposition to drowning

picture: Statue at Saint Philomena, house church of Brother Damien (Kalawao)  / Photo by Carol M. Highsmith / Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, {photograph} by Carol M. Highsmith [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-123456]



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