All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day has kind of crept up on me. I really need to introduce a lot more discipline into my days, but I have been failing miserably of late. I was speaking to a friend on the phone and it was about 5:30 pm when I finally realized that it was a Holy Day of Obligation and that I needed to get myself to church! Thank You, God, that you had me remember this!

At Mass, Fr. JJ told us to look up an obscure saint and start praying to him or her.

Here it is, 3 days later, and I am just now getting around to that. *sigh*

I found this entry on St. Clarus at Catholic Online’s website:

A priest, probably born at Rochester, England, Clarus went to Normandy, became a Benedictine monk, lived as a hermit, and settled at Naqueville, near Rouen. When he repulsed the advances of a noblewoman, she had him killed and beheaded near Saint-Clair-sur-Eph. His feast day is November 4th.

This saint speaks to me because lately I have felt called to pray in earnest for the chastity of my priests (to be clear, I *do not* know of any reason why I need to be praying this), and for them to have an undivided heart. St. Clarus seems like a good person to request help from in interceding for them.

It is also interestingly coincidental that this is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for November, “That priests who experience difficulties may find comfort in their suffering, support in their doubts, and confirmation in their fidelity.”

St. Clarus, pray for us!

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