Thank you for your continued support of the Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar.
Our story begins before I met Georgia. I would go to the Jersey shore with my Lives of the Saints books and bags of Almond Joys, devouring both the stories and chocolates.
Later, I would share these stories with Georgia. We lamented that only the saints’ names were remembered each day on the church calendar that hung on our kitchen wall, while the steadfast love these holy men and women had for the Holy Trinity and the labor, agony, and martyrdom they endured to confess and witness to this love was hidden.
As I shared these stories with my high school Sunday school students, I saw how genuinely interested they were. So, with the blessing of our spiritual father and bishop, we created our first calendar in 1996.
We condensed a lot of these stories, that can run 20 or more pages, into sound bites, because we thought that we have all become conditioned to brevity. We pray that we did justice to their struggles. Also, some of the miracles seem so far outside the laws of nature that we wonder if fairy tales found their inspiration in this wealth of the extraordinary, perhaps even as a means to discredit the miracles. For example, the Seven Saints of Ephesus, whom the Lord put into a miraculous sleep for nearly two centuries, brings to mind the tale of Rip Van Winkle.
The wisdom of the saints that Georgia uncovers each year are well received, and she often uses them to point out my faults.
Our latest book, Wisdom of the Divine Philosophers, has been well received. It is a compilation of quotes by the Holy Fathers, and are categorized by subject.
Tom and Georgia
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