Saturday, February 4, 2012

On her Confirmation

I am honored to be the sponsor of Miss Rose Ohmes. She has chosen Saint Genevieve as her patron on this day that she takes up the Armor of Christ of her own free will. May all the Host of Heaven pray for us, especially in these days.

Saint Genevieve
Ora Pro Nobis
This saint is doubly precious to me. She made a decision as a young girl to become a saint for God and did so, giving me hope for all of us on our journey to Christ. She is more precious still because I have a daughter in Heaven by that name. Young Miss Ohmes has that precious Genevieve praying for her, too.

Saint Genevieve Information to follow from
Feastday: January 3
Patron of Paris
Died: 512

St. Genevieve was born about the year 422, at Nanterre near Paris. She was seven years old when St. Germain of Auxerre came to her native village on his way to great Britain to combat the heresy of Pelagius. The child stood in the midst of a crowd gathered around the man of God, who singled her out and foretold her future sanctity. At her desire the holy Bishop led her to a church, accompanied by all the faithful, and consecrated her to God as a virgin. 

When Attila was reported to be marching on Paris, the inhabitants of the city prepared to evacuate, but St. Genevieve persuaded them to avert the scourge by fasting and prayer, assuring them of the protection of Heaven. The event verified the prediction, for the barbarian suddenly changed the course of his march.
The life of St. Genevieve was one of great austerity, constant prayer, and works of charity. She died in the year 512. Her feast day is January 3rd.

She dressed in a long flowing gown with a mantle covering her shoulders, similar to the type of garments the Blessed Mother wore. One of the symbols of this saint is a loaf of bread because she was so generous to those in need.

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