Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 15: Saint Maria (Paula) DiRosa


Paula Di Rosa grew up wanting to help people. When she was only 17, she was arranging retreats and missions for her parish and running the ladie’s guild. At 24, she was made the supervisor of a workhouse for poor girls. But she worried about the girls, because many of them were homeless. So she started a boarding house for poor girls where they would be safe at night after work. When she was 30, she became Sister Maria, superior of the Handmaids of Charity, who served hospital patients. When a war started, she and the other sisters went to work at a military hospital, even going out to the battlefield to comfort the soldiers who were hurt or dying. Once, the other army came to break into the hospital and kill all the wounded soldiers inside, but Sister Maria bravely met them at the door carrying a large crucifix, the army men felt ashamed and left.


Sister Maria would do anything to help people. Follow her example and do something to help somebody today. If you can't think of anything, you can get some good ideas from the Corporeal and Spiritual Works of Mercy (especially since this is the Jubilee of Mercy). 

Saint Maria di Rosa, pray for us!

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