This blog started out to be about some of the Saints of March. Some well- known; others less well-known. But, every time I tried to write, the political issues of our times kept interrupting. So, what I wanted to be a clear article became a series of disjointed musings.
March 7: Saints Felicity and Perpetua two young mothers who were martyred for their Christian faith. One was a slave the other her mistress yet they went to their death with their arms around each other. Is this not religious intolerance? Is it not the inhuman separation of mothers and children?
March 17: Saint Patrick captured, sold as a slave came back to Ireland when voices called him to “come and walk with us again.” Is this not an example of human trafficking? How would Ireland be converted? Where would the monasteries be that preserved the world’s literacy?
March 19: Saint Joseph, a carpenter, was known as “a just man.” His call to be Mary’s husband and the foster father of Jesus was announced to him in a dream. He did not know what he was being asked, yet he took Mary as his wife and supported her and Jesus by manual labor. Where are all the ordinary jobs by which people can support a family? How realistic is it to think that they will return and quickly?
March 21: Saint Benedict fled the high life of Rome to seek solitude and closeness with God. His holiness spread so that many followed him. But, his life was threatened several times by some of the same monks who wanted to follow him. Saint Benedict’s simple rule respected people of all kinds. He taught respect for things as simple as the dishes. Where is our respect for life, for the earth, for the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land that supplies our food? Can we still say that there is no such thing as global warming ?
March 25: The Annunciation: Mary was visited by an angel with a tremendous request; to be the mother of God. As a young unmarried Jewish girl, this had to be complicated and perplexing. What faith and courage it took for Mary to say “yes” not knowing what the future would bring. Where is our courage? What kind of faith do we have? Do we trust? Can we, trust in a bigger plan? Can we trust the plan of a loving God who created us in His image?
Perhaps it’s time to look to those who have gone before us.
Sr. Kathleen Ryan, OSB