St. Olympias — Widow December 17

After the death of her husband, St. Olympias devoted herself to the care of the altar. She performed the office of sacristan for many years. She considered it the greatest of honors to dedicate her time to the immediate service of her God in the Blessed Sacrament.

Many daughters have gotten riches, but thou excellest them all. Favor is deceitful and beauty is vain; a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. — Prime, Chapter

The Imitation of Christ
I am He that in an instant elevateth the humble mind to comprehend more reasons of the eternal youth than if anyone had studied ten years in the schools.
The Seven Great Antiphons begin today. You know there is no finer poetry than in the liturgy of the church. Here is the first great antiphon: O Wisdom Who camest out of the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come and teach us the way of prudence.
These fine old patriarchs and prophets who wrote under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit always prayed for that light of Wisdom. Do you ever think of praying for light and success in your schoolwork at other times except just before an examination? You should.
Drop down dews, ye heavens, and ye clouds rain down the Just !