Saint for the Day - January 31 - St. Marcella,
St. Marcella, whom St.
Jerome called the glory of the Roman women, became a
widow in the seventh month after her marriage.
Having determined to consecrate the remainder of her
days to the service of God, she rejected the hand of
Cerealis, the consul, uncle of Gallus Caesar, and
resolved to imitate the lives of the ascetics of the
East. She abstained from wine and flesh-meat,
employed all her time in pious reading, prayer, and
visiting the churches, and never spoke with any man
Her example was followed by many who put themselves
under her direction, and Rome was in a short time
filled with monasteries. When the Goths under Alaric
plundered Rome in 410, our Saint suffered severely
at the hands of the barbarian, who cruelly scourged
her in order to make her reveal the treasures which
she had long before distributed in charity. She
trembled only, however, for the innocence of her
dear spiritual daughter, Principia, and falling at
the feet of the cruel soldiers, she begged with many
tears that they would offer no insult to that pure
God moved them to compassion, and they conducted our
Saint and her pupil to the Church of St. Paul, to
which Alaric had granted the right of sanctuary,
with that of St. Peter. St. Marcella, who survived
this but a short time, closed her eyes by a happy
death, in the arms of St. Principia, about the end
of August, 410.
Saint for the Day - St. Marcella, Widow
Read about the Saint for today - January 31 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Let us have a solicitude to
render ourselves worthy of "that
chaste generation, so beautiful
amid the glory where it dwells."
Saint for the Day Website
We hope that you gain spiritual knowledge and inspiration reading about the saint for today - January 31. An online Catholic resource providing a short Reflection for the year ahead. Use these short, inspiring words to request guidance or assistance for yourself and for the sake of others.