Lent Madness: Hadewijch vs. Juan Diego

February 23, 2015 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Hadewijch vs. Juan Diego

Lent Madness 2012

Results in from Saturday’s match up! From the Lent Madness site: In the only Saturday match-up of Lent Madness 2015, Molly Brant sent Swithun back to the proverbial swamp 58% to 42%. Molly will face the winner of Bede vs. Cuthbert in the Saintly Sixteen. On the St. Luke’s site, Molly also beat Swithun 57% to 43%.

Today’s match up is between Hadewijch and Juan Diego.

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.

 

Hadewijch+van+Brabant+hadewijch1Hadewijch

In the early thirteenth century, new expressions of religion began to appear in what are now the modern-day countries of Belgium, Luxembourg, and The Netherlands. The devotions of contemplation and ecstatic mysticism began to be publicly practiced by a group of devout women known as the Beguines. Beguines were not nuns, but women who chose to lead lives of poverty and prayerful contemplation without taking formal vows. Their members were from across all socioeconomic classes; some lived alone, and others formed small groups.

Hadewijch was among these devout women. Other than her devotion as a Beguine, almost nothing is known of her life..…Read more here.

unnamedJuan Diego

Juan Diego is the first Roman Catholic indigenous American saint. Born in 1474 with the name “Cuauhtlatoatzin” (“the talking eagle”), Juan Diego was a member of the Chichimeca people and lived a simple life as a weaver, farmer, and laborer. When he was fifty years old, he and his wife were among the first indigenous people in the former Aztec Empire to accept baptism and convert to Christianity.

According to tradition, on December 9, 1531, Juan Diego…Read more here.

 

 

 

 

Lent Madness: Swithun vs. Molly Brant

February 21, 2015 § 1 Comment

Lent Madness 2012

Interesting results in from yesterday! On the Lent Madness site, a complete upset with David Oakerhater capturing 60% to Teresa of Avila’s 40%. St. Luke’s reflected perhaps a more expected response of Teresa of Avila taking 64% to David Oakerhater taking only 36%. And this is why we compare, folks.

Today’s match up is between Swithun vs. Molly Brant. It’s the ONLY Saturday match up, so enjoy!

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.

StSvithunSwithun

Saint Swithun, often humorously referenced as the patron of the generic country church “in the field” or “in the swamp,” was an actual Anglo-Saxon bishop and was enshrined at Winchester Cathedral. He is revered for posthumous miracle working and is believed to hold sway over the weather, especially the rain. According to tradition, the weather on his feast day of July 15 continues for forty days. And Californians, take note: Saint Swithun can also be prayed to for the relief of drought.…Read more here.

 

 

 

Molmbrant-bio-portraitbly Brant (Konwatsijayenni “Someone Lends Her a Flower”)

Molly Brant was born in 1736 along the Mohawk River in present-day central New York. In an age when women, much less Native American women, rarely had a voice in public discourse, Molly Brant became a well-regarded Mohawk leader, helping to promote peaceful relations between the Iroquois nation and the British government during the Revolutionary War era. A dedicated Anglican, she came to be known by the Church as the “Witness to the Faith Among the Mohawks.”…..Read more here.

 

 

 

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