Fifty years St. Abraham spent in a hermitage. The Bishop of Edessa ordained him priest, though the saint felt that he was entirely unworthy of so great an honor. After his ordination he was sent to an idolatrous city that had refused to accept Christianity. Relying on fasting and prayer, rather than on preaching, he brought every citizen to baptism. Among thise he led to sanctity was his niece Mary.
Novena for the Feast of the Annunciation begins today.
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King and my God; for unto Thee will I pray. — Matins, Psalm 5
Give me grace to keep Thy grace
And grace to merit more.
— Mother Loyola