St. Macrina the Younger (Feast: July 19)
Macrina was born in Caesaerea, Capadoccia, her parents being Basil the Elder and Emmelia.
Her grandmother was St. Macrina the Elder and her three brothers were eminent figures in the Church: Basil the Great, St. Gregory of Nyssa and Peter of Sebaste.
Macrina’s parents arranged a marriage for her but her fiancé having died before the wedding, the bride turned to religion.
Well known as a holy woman and instructor of young women, she is honored as one of the most prominent nuns in the Eastern Church.
Her ascetic way of life had a profound influence on her brothers. She purposely gave up classical education in favor of the study of Scriptures and sacred writings. Her brother, Gregory of Nyssa wrote a life entitled, Life of Macrina, in which he describes the holiness of her life.
With the help of her younger brother, Peter, she turned her family estate at Pontus into a convent, where she died in 379.
DAILY QUOTE for September 22, 2019
SAINT OF THE DAY
St. Thomas of Villanova
“What is that?” Asked a curious voice as America Needs Fatima custodian Jose Ferraz stepped into the hotel elevator in Altamonte Springs, Florida. “This is the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima,” replied Mr. Ferraz, “I take Her to visit people in their homes to spread the Fatima message.” He then handed the woman, who was a maid at the hotel, America Needs Fatima’s most popular picture.