January 3: St. Genevieve
Genevieve was born around 422 in Nanterre, a small village four miles from Paris. While still very young, she desired to devote her life to Jesus. After her parents died, Genevieve went to live with her grandmother. She spent time praying every day. She became very close to Jesus and wanted to bring his goodness to people. Genevieve was a kind, generous person. She went out of her way to do good things for others.
The people of Paris were going to run away from a terrible army coming to attack them. Genevieve stepped forward. She encouraged the citizens to trust in God. She said that if they did penance, they would be spared. The people did what she said, and the fierce army of Huns suddenly turned back. They did not attack the city at all.
St. Genevieve practiced charity and obedience to God's will every day of her life, not just in times of need. She never gave up trying to do as much good as possible. Faithfulness to Jesus and courage are the special gifts of witness she leaves for us.
One of the best ways for us to help our country is to pray for our leaders. We should ask God to guide them for the good of us all.
St. Genevieve gave us an example of faithfulness and the courage to trust in God, especially during a difficult time in her country. Praying for our leaders is one way to help our own country, asking God to guide them in making decisions for the good of all people.