Merry Ninth Day of Christmas!
The gift on the Ninth Day of Christmas is Nine Ladies Dancing!
Those nine ladies represent the Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit!
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.
We pray today that you will be able to share these gifts.
Also on the Ninth Day of Christmas we celebrate the lives of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzus (Nazianzen) both Bishops in the Catholic Church.
St. Basil was a man of vast learning and constant activity, genuine eloquence and immense charity. This earned for him the title of “Great” during his life and Doctor of the Church after his death. Basil was one of the giants of the early Church He was learned, accomplished in statesmanship, a man of great personal holiness, and one of the great orators of Christianity. He is the Patron Saint of hospital administrators.
Basil and Gregory were born in Asia Minor in the year 330. This area is modern-day Turkey. Basil’s grandmother, father, mother, two brothers and a sister are all saints. Gregory’s parents are St. Nonna and St. Gregory the Elder. Basil and Gregory met and became great friends at school in Athens, Greece. Basil became a well-known teacher. One day his sister, St. Macrina, suggested that he become a monk. He listened to her advice, moved to the wilderness and there started his first monastery. The rule he gave his monks was very wise.Both Basil and Gregory became priests and then bishops. While he was Bishop of Constantinople, Gregory converted many people with his wonderful preaching. This nearly cost him his life. A young man planned to murder him. He repented at the last moment and begged Gregory’s forgiveness. Gregory did forgive him and won him with his gentle goodness.
Many of Gregory’s speeches, letters and poems were published. His writings are still important today. Many writers have based their works on his. Gregory’s friend Basil had a very kind and generous heart.
He always found time to help the poor. He even invited people who were poor themselves to help those worse off. “Give your last loaf to the beggar at your door,” he urged, “and trust in God’s goodness.” He gave away his inheritance and opened a soup kitchen where he could often be seen wearing an apron and feeding the hungry.
What a good message that we should use our wisdom, knowledge and time to help the people around us.
Merry Ninth Day of Christmas
We love you all!