Saint Casimir the Patron of Poland, Patron of Poor. (1458-1484)

St. Casimir of Poland
- Son of King Casimir III
- He devoted his life to prayer and penance
- Devoted to Virgin Mary
- Hymn of St. Casimir
- He contracted a painful tuberculosis in 1484 at the age of 26
- Buried at the church of St. Stanislaus at Vilna together
   w/ Marian Hymns, Daily Song to Mary
- Feast day is March 4

Prayer to Saint Casimir

Every day, O my soul, pay your respects to Mary,
Make her feasts solemn and celebrate her brilliant virtues;
Contemplate and admire her elevation;
Proclaim her blessedness both as Mother and Virgin;
Honor her so that she delivers you from the weight of your sins;
Invoke her so as not to be driven by the torrent of passion;
I do know if anybody can honor Our Lady worthily
Yet he who keeps silent in her praises is senseless;
Everyone should exalt and love her in a special way,
And never cease to cherish and pray to her;
O Mary, the honor and glory of all women,
You who God has raised above all creatures;
O Virgin of Mercy, hear the prayers
of those who never stop praising you;
Purify those who are guilty
and make them worthy of heaven;
Hail, O holy Virgin, through whom the gates
of heaven were opened to undeserving souls
You, who, the old serpent's snares
 never managed to seduce; You repair
and console despairing souls
Preserve us from the evils that will fall on the wicked;
Obtain perpetual peace for me,
And save me from the misfortune
of the flames of Gehenna;
Obtain for me to be chaste and modest, gentle, kind,
sober, pious, prudent, upright and the enemy of all falsehood;
Grant me meekness, love of harmony and purity;
Make me strong and constant on the path of righteousness. Amen

Prayer Source:A Moment with Mary


Sts. Perpetua & Felicity, The Martyrs of Carthage (+203)

- They were arrested along with three fellow catechumens
- They were baptized in prison by Saturus
- Confessed their faith to the judge
- They marched the amphitheater singing psalms.
- exposed to a bull, that tossed them repeatedly.
- slaughtered with swords at the middle of amphitheater.
- Feast day is March 7


St. Perpetua
         - 22 years old noble lady of carthage
         - Mother of a baby son
         - Perpetua surrendered the child to her pagan father , but remained firm in her faith
         - Perpetua's last words to her brother: "Stand fast in the faith and love one another."

    St. Felicity 
         - Young slave
         - was pregnant and gave birth in prison to a child, whom a fellow Christian adopted.

Prayer to Sts. Perpetua & Felicity:
Saints Perpetua and Felicity, watch over all mothers and children who are separated from each other because of war or persecution. Show a special care to mothers who are imprisoned and guide them to follow your example of faith and courage. Amen

Prayer source: Catholic Online


St. John of God, Patron of Hospitals (1491-1550)

- Founder of the "Brothers Hospitallers"
- Born in Portugal in 1491
- Spent some years in Spanish army
- experienced many vices, he repented and resolved to dedicate himself to God.
- Started in Granda a shop of religious pictures and books.
- In 1538 john was so impressed by the sermons of John of Avila
- he began acting as madman, and confined in a mental hospital
- 1539, he hired a house in Granada, recruited members, established Brothers          Hospitallers (foundation).
- Named John of God by Bishop of Tuy.
- His chant: Do good to yourself by doing good to others.
- John Died in 1550, at the age of 55, after saving a man from drowning.
                                           - Feast day is March 8
Prayer to St. John
O Glorious Father St. John of God, example Of burning charity,
obtain for us the same spirit of hospitality to continue the
healing Mission of Jesus to those who suffer.
Let us love one another, for God is love…
With love as our way of life, may we live in
God and God live in us.Let us pray, Creator
God, you gave our Father, John of God,
a burning love for You And a compassionate
heart for those in need. Grant that by doing good
for others we may be counted among the saints in
Your kingdom. We ask this through Our Lord
Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and Reigns with
You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer source: The Hospitaller Order


St. Frances of Rome (1384-1440)

- Model of Christian Wives.
- Born in Rome of a noble family in 1384
- She wanted to become a nun, but in obedience to her parents,      she married Lorenzon Ponziano at the age of 13.
- She led a life of prayer and sacrifice,
- visiting the sick and assisting the poor
- Gave birth to John Baptist, Evangelist, and Agnes
- Suffered many trials with patience and faith , including the              kidnapping of little John and the death of Evangelist and Agnes.
- Founded Oblate Congregation of Tor de Specchi, dedicated to      God and service to the poor
- After the death of her husband, she received religious habit and      lived as the lowest of the sisters.
- She died in 1440.
- Feast day is March 9

Prayer to St. Frances of Rome
Saint Frances of Rome, help us to see the difference between what we want to do and what God wants us to do. Help us to discern what comes from our will and what comes from God's desire. Amen

Prayer source: Catholic Online

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