Saint of the Day for Palm Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Saint of the Day for Palm Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Image of St. Lydwine

St. Lydwine

Facts

Feast day: April 14
Patron of sickness; chronically ill, ice skaters, town of Schiedam
Birth: 1380
Death: 1433

St. Lydwine is the patroness of sickness Lydwine of Schiedam was born at Schiedam, Holland, one of nine children of a working man. After an injury in her youth, she became bedridden and suffered the rest of her life from various illnesses and diseases.

She experienced mystical gifts, including supernatural visions of heaven, hell, purgatory, apparitions of Christ, and the stigmata. Thomas a Kempis wrote a biography of her.

She was canonized Pope Leo XIII in 1890. Lydwine suffered a fall while ice skating in 1396, when a friend collided with her and caused her to break a rib on the right side. From this injury, she never recovered. An abscess formed inside her body which later burst and caused Lydwine extreme suffering.

Eventually, she was to suffer a series of mysterious illnesses which in retrospect seemed to be from the hands of God. Lydwine heroically accepted her plight as the will of God and offered up her sufferings for the sins of humanity.

Some of the illnesses which affected Lydwine were headaches, vomiting, fever, thirst, bedsores, toothaches, spasms of the muscles, blindness, neuritis and the stigmata. Her feast day is April 14

Bl. Peter Gonzales

Image of Bl. Peter Gonzales

Facts

Feastday: April 14
Patron of sailors
Birth: 1190
Death: 1246

Peter Gonzales, also known as St. Elmo or St. Telmo, was born to a Castilian family of nobility. He was educated by his uncle, the Bishop of Astorga, named canon of the local cathedral, famous for his penances and mortifications, joined the Dominican Order, preached and made chaplain of the court of King St. Ferdinand III.

He converted and influenced the soldiers of his country, evangelized, and died on Easter Sunday. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XIV in 1741. Peter evangelized throughout his country and all along the coast. He had a special fondness for sailors.

He used to visit them aboard their ships, preaching the Gospel and praying for their needs. His feast day is April 14th.

Other saints on the 14th Day April being this year Palm Sunday are as follows:

St. Abundius
St. Ardalion
St. Benezet
St. Domnina of Terni
St. Lambert of Lyon
St. Peter Gonzalez
St. Tassach
St. Thomais
St. Tiburtius

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