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MARCH 1st - Saint David of Wales
Saint David was born in the year 500, the grandson of Cunedda, [Kenneth?] King of Ceredigion. According to legend, his mother Saint Non gave birth to him on a Pembrokeshire clifftop during a fierce storm. The spot is marked by the ruins of Saint Non’s Chapel, and a nearby holy well is said to have healing powers. Saint David became a renowned preacher, founding monastic settlements and churches in Wales, Brittany and southwest England – including, possibly, the abbey at Glastonbury.
Saint David, bishop of Menevia, reputedly made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, from which he brought back a stone that now sits in an altar at Saint David's Cathedral, built on the site of his original monasterySaint David and his band of monks followed a simple, austere life. They ploughed the fields by hand, rather than using oxen, and refrained from eating meat or drinking beer. Saint David himself was reputed to have consumed only leeks and water – which is perhaps why the leek became a national symbol of Wales.
The most famous miracle associated with Saint David took place when he was preaching to a large crowd in Llanddef. When people at the back complained that they could not hear him, the ground on which he stood rose up to form a hill. A white dove, sent by God, settled on his shoulder.
Saint David died on 1 March – Saint David’s Day - in 589. He was buried at the site of Saint David's Cathedral, where his shrine was a popular place of pilgrimage throughout the Middle Ages. His last words to his followers came from a sermon he gave on the previous Sunday: ‘Be joyful, keep the faith, and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do.’ The phrase: ‘Do the little things in life’ - is still a well-known maxim in Wales.
~ adapted from: https://www.visitwales.com/info/history-heritage-and-traditions/st-david-five-facts
MARCH 9th Saint Frances of Rome
Frances’ life combines aspects of secular and religious life. A devoted and loving wife, she longed for a lifestyle of prayer and service, so she organized a group of women to minister to the needs of Rome’s poor.
Born of wealthy parents, Frances found herself attracted to the consecrated religious life during her youth, but her parents objected and a young nobleman was selected to be her husband.
As she became acquainted with her new relatives, Frances soon discovered that the wife of her husband’s brother also wished to live a life of service and prayer. So the two of them, Frances and Vannozza, set out together — with their respective husbands’ blessings — to help the poor and the needy.
Frances fell ill for a time, but this apparently only deepened her commitment to the suffering people she met. The years passed, and Frances gave birth to two sons and a daughter. With the new responsibilities of family life, the young mother turned her attention more to the needs of her own household.
The family flourished under Frances’ care, but within a few years a great plague began to sweep across Italy. It struck Rome with devastating cruelty and left Frances’ second son dead. In an effort to help alleviate some of the suffering, Frances used all her money and sold her possessions to buy whatever the sick might possibly need. When all the resources had been exhausted, Frances and Vannozza went door to door begging. Later, Frances’ own daughter died, and the saint opened a section of her house as a hospital.
Frances became more and more convinced that this way of life was so necessary for the world, and it was not long before she requested and was given permission to found a society of women bound by no vows. They simply offered themselves to God and to the service of the poor. Once the society was established, Frances chose not to live at the community residence, but rather at home with her husband. She did this for seven years, until her husband passed away, and then came to live the remainder of her life with the society — serving the poorest of the poor.
~ adapted from: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-frances-of-rome/