The Mountain in the Oldest City in the World

When I opened our front door today, what I saw was mountains.  Where I live, we are surrounded by mountains.   When you look right, there are mountains. When you look left, there are mountains. I never thought mountains in the winter could be so beautiful. The shades of gray and white turn into almost lavender, and the trees look like leaves upon a bushy hill. In my younger days, I had my fill of mountains but if there is one mountain I would’ve wanted to climb, it is found in the oldest city in the world. This is the mountain found in Jericho.   It is not a pretty sight as it is mostly ground with rock surfaces but it surprisingly has a water source.   On the mountain, there are centuries-old monasteries and a chapel built out of the rock, ravaged by wars.  There is an ancient, sacred seat that was where Jesus sat during his time of temptation ( Luke 4:1-13) Many places in Israel have churches over sacred spots where Jesus walked, but on this mountain, I fancied myself touching a tree

Saint Saturninus of Toulouse, Patron against Death Anxiety

Saint Saturninus of Toulouse, Patron against Death Anxiety

There once was a holy man of God who roamed the Pyrenees and the Iberian Peninsula teaching many people about God.  He was of Roman noble birth and was born in 3rd-century Patras, Greece.

He was such a powerful witness to the Word of Jesus that he converted many souls to the faith, some of whom became saints such as the farmer, Saint Honestus who went on mission with him.  There is also Saint Firminus of Amiens.  

Saint Saturninus worked with other holy men namely Saint Papoul and Saint Martial.  Many healings took place from their prayers.  One time, he and his fellow missionaries were imprisoned by the prefect Rufinus.  They were miraculously set free by an angel.

Saint Saturninus became the first bishop of Toulouse, France.  When he arrived there, the pagan priests noticed that the evil spirits they were communicating with were no longer there and they blamed Saint Saturninus.  

They hatched a horrible plot to murder him.  They gathered their followers and seized the saint.  They then commanded him to offer sacrifice to their gods.  When he was brought before the pagan statues, these simply crumbled in front of Saint Saturninus.  When their gods were destroyed, the crowd was enraged and they martyred Saint Saturninus by having a bull drag his body until he died and angels carried his soul to his heavenly reward.

He is the patron against anxiety over one's death, mad cow disease, fraud, headaches, ants, nausea, pain, plague, smallpox, and syphilis.  He is also the patron of bullfighters and 16 cities.

Today, November 29th is his feast day.  Saint Saturninus of Toulouse, please pray for us!


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