June 23 – Saint Etheldreda


listenDear Father, Saint Etheldreda (c.636679) used to enjoy showing off her wealth by wearing lavish jewelry.  After her conversion, she lived an austere life, and when she developed an enormous and unsightly tumor on her neck, she gratefully accepted it as a penance for all the necklaces she had worn when she’d been so full of pride.  Lord, turn me away from using material possessions to draw attention to myself, and help me to discover my true inner beauty, which You created in me, and which always shines in Your eyes regardless of the clothes I wear, the jewelry I put on, or the color I dye my hair.  Saint Etheldreda, pray for me.  Amen.

Quotes for Today

Saint Joseph Cafasso (1811-1860)
Feast day June 23

quoteAll around me people are laboring in this world, they are studying, they are exhausting themselves, they are wearing themselves out till they can do no more but they labor for the mud and dirt of this world, for empty, useless folly, while I labor for God and for His glory!”

quoteWe are born to love, we live to love, and we will die to love still more.”


The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.

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