Saint Euphrasia (380-410)
for March 13
Saint Euphrasia was born into the Roman nobility. When her father died, she and her mother became charges of the emperor. When she was five years old, Euphrasia was betrothed. Shortly after her betrothal, she and her mother moved to Egypt, where Euphrasia entered a convent. When she was 12 years old, the time came for her to marry. However, Euphrasia wanted to remain in the convent, so she requested that she be relieved of her marriage obligation, her fortune be used to feed the poor, and her slaves freed. The emperor agreed to her requests, and Euphrasia spent the rest of her life in the Egyptian convent. She is well-known for her prayerful nature, fasting, and carrying heavy stones from one place to another to keep her mind off of all temptations. Saint Euphrasia's life was held in high esteem by Saint John Damascene.
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Saint Euphrasia listened very carefully to her vocational call. She was betrothed, but knew that her call was to remain in the convent. We try so hard to make plans and set goals in our lives. Are you making plans in your life without listening to what God is calling you to do? Spend a few quiet minutes with the Lord. Ask him to help you be more aware of the vocation that he is calling you to.
Dear Lord, I know that you have a special purpose and plan for my life. Help me to live out my vocation, even when I am faced with obstacles that I feel I cannot overcome. Please help me to remember that you are always here to assist me, Lord, and I can do anything with your help and love.