Prayers, Quips and Quotes: St. Helena, Feast Day August 18




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St. Helena
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The feast day of St. Helena is celebrated on August 18.  St. Helena was born in Asia Minor in 248.  She converted to Christianity at a young age.  She married and had one son named Constantine.  Constantine ascended to the throne and she was treated as Royalty.

At the age of 80, St. Helena went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  She and her group unearthed three crosses.  After a woman who was afflicted with an incurable disease was cured upon touching one of the crosses it was proclaimed The True Cross.  A church was built on the site it was found.

On the return trip to Rome, St. Helena performed many charitable works.  She built churches, helped the poor , consoled the sorrowful and visited prisons.  Many prisoners were freed because of her.  She assisted not only individuals but entire communities.

St. Helena presented her son with a gift of a piece of the Holy Cross at the reception given her by Constantine on her return to Rome.

St. Helena died in Rome of natural causes in the year 330.  She was surrounded by Constantine and princes.  Her final words advised Constantine to watch over the Church.  Her body is buried in the imperial vault of the Church of the Apostles.

 

We should throw ourselves into God as a little drop of water into the sea, and lose ourselves indeed, in the ocean of the divine goodness.

Quote of St. Jane Frances de Chantel; Feast Day August 12

August is the Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

 

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