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5 ways to celebrate St Luke's Day

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Today, 18 October is the feast of Luke the Evangelist. He is also known as St Luke.

Are you marking this day? If so, how?

Here are 5 ways to celebrate Luke's Day:
1. Celebrate St Luke with food.
Some people like to eat beef of St Luke's Day.

That is because of the tradition that since early Christianity Luke's Gospel (and its writer) has been identified with the winged bull or ox, one of the 4 living creatures around God's throne, described in John's vision in Revelation.

2. Celebrate St Luke with reading Tradition attributes the Gospel of Luke and its sequel the Acts of the Apostles to Luke the physician and evangelist companion of Paul on some of his missionary journeys. Reading at least some of those books would be a fitting way to honour him. Luke's message is the message of Jesus - good news for all people, including people seen by others as outsiders. That message is of God's power to heal, save and set free. If you don't know where to start reading try …

Maximilian Kolbe (1894 - 1941)

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Maximilian Kolbe died in Auschwitz Concentration Camp on 14 August 1941. He died horribly after volunteering to take the place of another prisoner selected for death by dehydration and starvation. You can read a brief version of that story in 'Man in Striped Pajamas'.
During World War II as a Polish Franciscan Friar, Maximilian Kolbe sheltered refugees from Greater Poland, including 2000 Jewish people in his friary at Niepokalanów. Using amateur radio he also actively spoke against Nazi activities. Such actions led to his arrest, imprisonment and death.
He was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1983 as a 'martyr of charity'. At the ceremony in Rome, perhaps the most significant person present was Franciszek Gajowniczek. He was the prisoner whose place Maximilian took in offering his own life in exchange. That man survived Auschwitz and lived until 1995, aged 93.
You can read an interesting biography of Maximilian Kolbe in the Jewish Virtual Library. From that I learnt a l…

Clare of Assisi, Founder of the Minoresses (Poor Clares)

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Who was Clare of Assisi?
Was St Clare a teenage rebel who ran away from her wealthy home in Assisi?
If that's what St Clare did in the early 13th century, why is she still remembered today, the day of her death, 11 August?
Why is Clare of Assisi also known as St Clare?
And what is her connection with St Francis of Assisi?

Are you like me, you don't know much about St Clare?Would you like to know more? And you don't want to get bogged down in too much theological or academic writing?

Is so, you will find a simple starting point on the 'Our Roots' page of 'The Poor Clare Monastery, Hereford. This tells you a little about St Francis as well.

It is hard to understand Clare of Assisi without knowing something of the inspiration for simple Christian living that Clare found through the preaching of Francis of Assisi. The way of Francis, following in the way of Christ, inspired St Clare to found an order of contemplative nuns, known in her lifetime as 'the poor ladies of …