Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Rodionov (Russian: Евгений Александрович Родионов; May 23, 1977 - May 23, 1996) was a Russian soldier who was taken prisoner and later executed in Chechen captivity for his refusal to convert to Islam and defect to the enemy side. The circumstances of his death have garnered him much admiration throughout Russia and he is considered a saint and martyr by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto Pius X, the kind, unaffected, peasant Pope, has removed many prejudices from the Vatican. One day, soon after his election, he invited his secretary to dinner and made him take a seat at his own table. “Your Holiness,” remonstrated an old master of ceremonies, struck with amazement at the innovation, “it is the custom for the Pope to dine by himself, in solitary grandeur!” “Well,” calmly asked the Pope, “and who established this custom?” “Urban VII, your Holiness
PRAYER TO SAINT MARY MAGDALENE: Saint Mary Magdalene, woman of many sins, who by conversion became the beloved of Jesus, thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love. You, who already possess eternal happiness in His glorious presence, please intercede for me, so that some day I may share in the same everlasting joy. Amen.
St. #Lucy/ St. #Lucia / Francesco del Cossa, ca. 1472. St. Lucy, patron saint for eyes/ sight. She was martyred in 303, during the persecutions of Christians by the emperor Diocletian. She is represented in art holding her eyes: Lucy rejected a suitor who admired her lovely eyes. Enraged by her rejection, he reported her Christian faith to the authorities. Blessed St. Lucy , protect our sight.
Be prayerful in your attempt at encouraging someone who may be fighting the good fight of faith. You may be dealing with someone who is tired and needs encouraging words that go deeper than a simple quote of scripture. Go to faithsmessenger.c... to read the article "Encouraging Words used in a Discouraging Way"