Research shows that the birthstone list has its origins in the Zodiac and astrology, composed by Josephus. Saint Jerome is reported to have offered a Christian version of the list based on the stones of New Jerusalem and the 12 Apostles. Unfortunately we do not have a copy of that list today, and it is possible that that list was related to the signs of the Zodiac as well. I’ve composed this new zodiac-free list based on St. Jerome’s ideas about the New Jerusalem stones and the 12 Apostles, using their feast days and matching each of them to one of the New Jerusalem stones and a virtue we can learn from their life. Since some of the Apostles share a month, I filled in the blanks with Apostle-like saints who were crucial in the formation of the Church and additional gemstones to represent them. You can wear your new birthstone to honor your birth Apostle and pray to master his virtues.
January — Timothy and Titus — topaz — responsibility
February — Matthias — jasper — hope
March — Epaphroditus — sapphire — charity
April — Mark — carnelian — repentance
May — Philip and James the less — chalcedony/agate — wisdom
June — Peter and Paul — emerald — evangelization
July — Thomas and James the greater — sardonyx — courage
August — Bartholomew — beryl/aquamarine — honesty
September — Matthew — chrysolite/peridot — devotion to Scripture
October — Simon and Jude — chrysoprase — faith
November Andrew — hyacinth: (jacinth/zircon)(ligure/amber) — endurance
December — John — amethyst — love
As St. Cecilia lay dying, after giving her life for the Gospel, she made one last proclamation of faith. Outstretching her middle, index and thumb fingers, she declared her belief in the three Persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Folding down her ring and little fingers, she gave testimony to the hypostatic union of Jesus Christ’s Divine and Human natures. This moment is captured and preserved through the life-size image of her that tops her tomb in Rome today.
The Catholic Church is indeed a Church of trend setters. Whether you’re looking for an alternative hand gesture for your favorite rock concert, or assigning a signature move to a Christian superhero in your story, you can give thanks to God for this little bit of inspiration from the very special St. Cecilia. Thank you God!
To read St. Cecilia’s story, click here.
Enjoy yourself as much as you like – if only you keep from sin.
–Saint John Bosco
These prayers are said daily for nine months. God will not refuse them!
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion. Amen.
The name I wish to give my baby is ______.
Jesus, may Your peace and Your love embrace the hearts, minds, and souls of the family, friends, and loved ones who encourage this abortion and lead them all to Your Sacred and Eucharistic Heart. Amen.
A couple of extreme traditionalists have been criticizing and persecuting devotion to Jesus’ Divine Mercy. How many likes of reparation can we get for Our Lord? Praised be Jesus’ mercy! Let’s start a spiritual bouquet for the conversion of these souls and the comfort and guidance of those being persecuted in the comment section below.
Source: Perpetual Rosary For America
This post is dedicated to St. Isaac Jogues.