By Lucy Johnson
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.” ~ Matthew 11:28
In 2012, I visited Venice, Italy, and happened upon a church that contained a Sanctuary to St. Lucy.
Imagine my shock (surprise and wonder) when I saw a glass casket with her body in it. Never in my life did I think that I would see the actual bones of my patron saint. Tears of joy streamed down my face.
Why did this have such a profound effect on me? For over 50 years, I have celebrated her feast day on December 13, prayed to her, and sought her intercession. In second grade, we dressed as our saints. All I remember from that experience is that I carried a small dish with two green olives representing her eyes since she is the patroness of the blind.
What We Learn from the Saints
We can learn so much from the Saints. Most Saints were ordinary people who listened to a call from God to follow Him and do His work. They took today’s Gospel to heart by taking His yoke upon themselves.
Some Saints, like St. Lucy, even gave their lives for their beliefs. St. Lucy was born in Sicily and, at an early age, made a vow of virginity. When she refused a young nobleman’s marriage proposal, he accused her of being a Christian. She was imprisoned, tortured, and died by the sword in 304 A.D
Saints in the Making
As saints in the making, we need to learn more about those who have gone before us. Reading about the lives of the Saints and how they responded to difficulties helps us face the times when we are heavy-laden. We will find rest by accepting Jesus’ invitation to come to Him and learn from Him and the Saints.
Dear Saint Lucy, as we celebrate your feast today, help us to see clearly what God wants us to see. Open our eyes, minds, and hearts to serve Him completely.
Call to Action
Learn something new about your patron saint or favorite saint. Share this knowledge with another person.
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