Feast Day of St. Frances of Rome
Each saint has great interecessory power on his or her feast day. Today, let us read a little about St. Frances of Rome and reflect on the words of Michele Chronister regarding St. Frances.And then let us reflect on the wisdom of St. Frances.”When I was an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, I began to feel that God was nudging my heart in the direction of the married vocation. I wanted to be sure of one thing, though – could this vocation truly lead me to holiness? During study breaks, I would pour over the library shelves, trying to find a book on married saints. The names of married saints were few and far between (and some new ones have been added since then!) and it wasn’t until I was a mother that I discovered St. Frances of Rome.””St. Frances of Rome was a wife and mother. In the early days of her marriage she devoted herself to ministry to the poor, but she found herself needing to care more for her own family once she had children. Although she accomplished much for the Church outside the confines of her home (including founding a society of women dedicated to serving the poor and those in need), what is most striking about Frances is her understanding of the sanctity of the home.””In the early days of my motherhood, I encountered the quote famously attributed to St. Frances, ‘It is most laudable in a married woman to be devout, but she must never forget that she is a housewife. And sometimes she must leave God at the altar to find Him in her housekeeping.’”St. Frances of Rome, pray for us.