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Feast of St. Emily de Rodat (September 19)   1 comment

Above:  Villefranche

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SAINT EMILY DE RODAT (1787-1852)

Foundress of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Villefranche

Marie Guillemette Emilie de Rodat (1787-1852) was born at Rodez, France.  Yet her grandmother, who lived near Villefrance-de-Rouerge, raised the saint, who began to teach at age eighteen.  Teaching was the saint’s vocation.  More specifically, her vocation was to teach poor children, although the saint did not discern that fact immediately.  She had passed through several orders–the Ladies of Nevers, the Picpus Sisters, and the Sisters of Mercy–before discerning her vocation and how to fulfill it.

So it came to pass that, in 1815, St. Emily founded the Congregation of the Holy Family of Villefranche, an order devoted originally to teaching poor children.  She spent most of the rest of her life fending off bad health while leading the nascent order.  In so doing she added the following to the order’s mission:

  • providing health care to poor children,
  • providing health care to the poor in general,
  • caring for the elderly,
  • visiting prisoners,
  • helping orphans, and
  • reforming prostitutes.

She also founded cloistered convents and grew the number of foundations from one to thirty-eight.

St. Emily, venerated, 1901, beatified in 1940, and canonized in 1950, is the patron of poor children.

Although each of us bears the image of God, some of us need more help than do others in living as much as possible into the vocation to which that image leads us.  The saint’s grandmother helped her; the saint aided others.  Blessings, gifts, and talents come packaged with responsibilities toward other people.  To whom much is given, much is required.  Fulfilling these requirements and responsibilities is something each of us can do only via the combination of our efforts, God’s direct help, and God’s indirect aid via other humans.  The saint did much that was positive, but she needed help to do it.  So may you, O reader, be a helper to those to whom God will send you.  And may you receive such help from those God sends to you.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 5, 2012 COMMON ERA

THE TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST–PROPER 13, YEAR B

THE FEAST OF COLBERT S. CARTWRIGHT, DISCIPLES OF CHRIST MINISTER AND WITNESS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

THE FEAST OF SAINT OSWALD OF NORTHUMBRIA, KING

THE FEAST OF PAUL VI, BISHOP OF ROME

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O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served, and to give his life for the life of the world.

Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom the world offers no comfort and little help.

Through us give hope to the hopeless,

love to the unloved,

peace to the troubled, and

rest to the weary,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60

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