a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to
Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of
Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who
his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote "The love of God and
his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was roused,
so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the
night, nearly the same."
was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust
in God should be a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even
death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his
Day: March 17
Peter (Yellow House)
Peter, the first pope, Prince of the Apostles, and founder, with St. Paul, of
the see of Rome. Peter was a native of Bethsaida, and worked, like his
brother St. Andrew, as a fisherman on Lake Genesareth.
Andrew introduced Peter to Jesus (John 1:40-42). Peter acknowledged
him as '… the Messiah, the son of the living God'. Christ responded by
saying: '… you are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church.... He
added: 'I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven …' (Matthew
to the Church historians, Peter was crucified on the Vatican Hill upside down
because he declared himself unworthy to die in the same manner as the
Day: June 29
James (Red House)
and John were sons of Zebedee. They were fishermen and hot-tempered. Jesus
called them 'Sons of Thunder' (Mark 3:17). When they were on their way
to Jerusalem for the last time, they passed by a Samaritan village. The
villagers did not receive them. James and John were so furious that they
wanted to bid fire from heaven and consume them (Luke 9:54). Jesus
was among the three special apostles who took part in several important
occasions in Jesus' life: the raising of Jairus'
daughter (Mark 5:37), Transfiguration (Mark 9:2) and Agony in Gethsemani (Mark 14:33).
was the first apostle to die for Jesus. In around 42 AD, King Herod Agrippa I
killed James with the sword (Acts 12:2).
Day: July 25
John (Blue House)
as the "Beloved disciple of Jesus", John stood faithfully at the cross when
the Saviour made him the guardian of His Mother (John 19:27). His
later life was passed chiefly in Jerusalem (Acts 3-15) and at Ephesus.
He founded many churches in Asia Minor (Revelation 1:11). He wrote the
fourth Gospel, and three Epistles, and the Book of Revelation is also
attributed to him. He lived to an old age and was exempted from martyrdom.