In Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), he enjoins us to embark on our Christian journey of holiness by embracing the ordinariness of everyday. Throughout his exhortation, Pope Francis calls out more than 40 saints who can assist us on our mission of Christian faith, and to teach us how to rejoice and be glad in all of life’s challenges, mysteries, and joys.

During the 34 weeks of Ordinary Time, we will introduce you to some of the saints mentioned in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation. #OrdinarySaints for #OrdinaryTime #HolyOrdinary


St. Hildegard of Bingen

Within these various forms, I would stress too that the “genius of woman” is seen in feminine styles of holiness, which are essential means of reflecting God’s holiness in this world. Indeed, in times when women tended to be most ignored or overlooked, the Holy Spirit raised up saints whose attractiveness produced new spiritual vigour and important reforms in the Church. Rejoice and Be Glad #12

St. Hildegard was another mystic and prolific writer. She lived in the ninth century in what is now Germany. She began having visions at the age three at joined the Benedictine nuns at the age 18. Her visions caused her to view people as “living sparks” of God’s love.In 2012, Hildegard was canonized and named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI. Her Liturgical Feast Day is September 17. Information found at https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-hildegard-of-bingen/ 

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