Sunday, March 9, 2014

March 9: Saint Frances of Rome

St. Frances of Rome
by Guercino, detail from
"The Crucifixion with
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
and St. Frances of Rome"

History

Frances felt she was called to be a nun when she was only 11. Her father refused to let her because she had already been promised in marriage to a boy from another wealthy family. Frances stubbornly prayed that God would stop the marriage and went to see her confessor. He asked her, "Are you crying because you want to do God's will or because you want God to do your will?" After that Frances learned to accept God’s will as her own. She got married, served the poor, and loved Jesus. During a famine, God answered her prayers with miraculous supplies of corn and wine. He also allowed her to see and hear her guardian angel. After her husband died when she was 52 years old, she finally became a nun.

Activity

Did you know that you have your very own guardian angel? Our angels help us turn away from sin, protect us from temptation and guide us toward God’s will. While we can’t see and hear our guardian angels the way Saint Frances of Rome did, we can still rely on them for help. Today, learn the Guardian Angel prayer if you don’t already know it. And make sure you pray it every morning before you start your day.

Saint Frances of Rome, pray for us!

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