• September 7th - Saint Regina

    From rich@1:396/4 to All on Thursday, September 06, 2018 10:10:07
    From: rich <richarra@gmail.com>

    September 7th - Saint Regina
    (also known as Saint Reine
    died 286

    Saint Regina is considered the patron saint against poverty, and
    patroness of shepherdesses and torture victims. Given the accounts of
    her martyrdom, in art, Saint Regina is portrayed as a maiden bound to
    a cross with torches applied to her sides, imprisoned with a dove
    appearing on a shining cross, scourged with rods, or in a boiling
    cauldron. She is venerated at Autun, France, and in southern Germany.

    While Saint Regina is venerated still today, we know surprisingly
    little about her life. What is known are those details that were
    recorded in the acts of her martyrdom. According to these acts, Regina
    was born in the third century in Alise, France. Her mother died in
    childbirth, and she was left to be raised by her father, a prominent
    pagan citizen. Regina's father placed her upbringing in the care of=
    Christian nurse attached to the family, who recognizing her sanctity,
    secretly baptized her.

    As she grew older, Regina's embracing of the Christian faith became
    evident, which caused her father great concern. When he learned that
    she had been baptized, he cast her out of the family, disowning her.
    Regina lived with her nurse following leaving her father's house, a=
    due to her new family's poverty, worked in the fields by day, tendi=
    sheep, to help support the household. In the fields, Regina grew
    closer to the Lord, meditating and contemplating His love and mercy,
    and praying to better emulate the lives of the holy saints and

    At the age of 15, Regina caught the eye of the prefect of Gaul,
    Olybrius, a man of great importance. He became obsessed with the young
    woman, and was determined to take her as his bride. He delighted in
    her noble upbringing, but was deeply disturbed to find that she was
    practicing the Christian faith. At that time, Christians were being
    violently persecuted and killed, under the direction of the Emperor
    Decius. Olybrius attempted to persuade her to deny her faith, so as to
    not only safe her from persecution, but to secure her as a wife. She
    declined, refusing to recant her faith, and professing it all the
    louder. In retaliation, Olybrius had her imprisoned.

    Regina was chained to the walls of a dark prison cell by means of an
    iron belt that was bolted to the wall. There she was left while
    Olybrius participated in several military campaigns against invading barbarians, returning to his daily activities. After an absence of
    some time, he returned, hoping she may have changed her mind. On the
    contrary, her imprisonment had served to strengthen her resolve to
    live like the saints and martyrs, and maintain her chastity for the
    Lord. She refused to sacrifice to idols, and he angrily ordered her
    tortured. Regina courageously withstood whippings and scourging over
    the back of a wooden horse, raking with iron combs, burning with hot
    pincers and torches, and crucifixion. None of these could cause her to
    doubt the Lord or recant her faith, and as she continued to praise
    God. Lastly, she was beheaded, ending her life and her conversion of
    many witnesses present who observed a solitary dove hovering atop her
    head during her torture.

    The relics of Saint Regina are enshrined in Flavigni abbey, having
    been translated there in 864. Since that time, numerous miracles have
    been attributed to their presence, and frequent pilgrimages are made
    by the faithful to venerate them. There is a miraculous spring with
    powers to heal ring worm, mange, scurvy, and other illnesses, with a
    hospital nearby dedicated to Saint Regina founded by Saint Vincent de

    We know little about the life of Saint Regina, other than it was
    brief, difficult, and courageous. Drawing her strength from the Lord,
    and from the lives of the holy men and women who came before her,
    Saint Regina found grace and peace in endless torture, earning a
    martyr's crown. We might take a lesson from Saint Regina, and striv=
    to emulate the holy lives of the saints and martyrs of the Church in
    our daily lives.
    by Jacob

    Saint Quote:
    =E2=80=9CSons of Vincent de Paul, let us learn of Him to forget ourselves, =
    devote ourselves to the service of God and the good of men. Let us
    learn of Him that holy preference which shows most love to those who
    suffer most.=E2=80=9D
    --Blessed Frederic Ozanam

    Bible Quote:
    But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 18 For not he who
    commendeth himself, is approved, but he, whom God commendeth. (2 Cor.

    St Pio's Prayer of Today for Tomorrow

    Eternal Father, today, while I am fully conscious,
    totally lucid and completely free,
    I offer You my life with all its mystery and suffering.
    Indeed, Eternal Father,
    I offer You my life as an ultimate act of love,
    as an act of infinite gratitude,
    as an act of faith in Your mercy.
    My God and Father,
    accept this prayer I am making to You now
    for the day when You will call me back to You.
    If I am unconscious at the final moment of my life,
    if anguish and doubt assail me,
    if medication prevents me from thinking of You,
    I want my last heartbeat to be an act of perfect love,
    telling You with Jesus,
    =E2=80=9CInto Your hands, I commend my spirit.=E2=80=9D
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