Faith : Misconceptions of Christianity

misconceptions of christianity

I’ve intentionally prepared this blog for Easter Sunday!

When everyone else thinks of Easter egg hunts and parties or just simply going to church and complete an obligation, I on the other hand – have been contemplating another “faith-based” post that I haven’t done for a while.

A week ago I had a chance to deliver a talk (for the 2nd time with this topic) – CLS Talk #2 – What it means to be a Christian.

I want to focus more on the facts of misconceptions for all Christians/Catholics that many of us fall into the trap of understanding barely the actions, without contemplating what it really meant. So, the talk enumerates four (4) of them as follows:

[MISCONCEPTIONS] – Christianity is a:

  1.  A mere Religious system
  2. A mere Moral system
  3. A Social/Humanitarian system
  4. An Escape

Above misconceptions have been misunderstood, misjudged or shall we say a wrong thought that needs to be corrected.

Let me start by explaining why these are incomplete notions of our faith:

First, Religious System.

Majority of Christians nowadays think that our faith is a set of doctrines to believe in, some thing that requires memorization such as the Apostles Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, etc. Sets of religious practices like going to mass, doing novenas, rosaries. Others do readings about God. Gaining knowledge about the religion or some do a lot for God. But the real question is, while all of these are correct and there is no wrong about them, do we actually understand why we are doing them? When we memorize a prayer yet not applying them in real life, knowledge becomes only up to our intellectual level. When we go to mass, yet an hour later we find ourselves angy, disappointed and wants to start a fight because of taxi or bus problems.

How do we align ourselves into this trap? These are incomplete labels for us – followers of Christ, that what we believe/do should be translated into our lives. These religious practices are ought to be “expressions of our faith” and not just a mere religious system. We do them, because in every relationship we have ways express that love. In our relationship with God, we pray, go to mass, do something for God because that is our expression of faith.

Second, Moral System.

People think of what is right or wrong. Don’t do this or that; do this, do that! Thou shall not kill, thou shall not steal, thou shall not lie – – – and the list goes on and on. When we look at our religion into this image – we see it as a legalistic faith. But it should not be! We do what is right and wrong because we are “expressing our love for God and His people”. Our religion should be life giving. That we do what pleases God and/or what makes our family, friends and brethren happy.

Third, Social/Humanitarian System.

Christianity most of the time is equated to being Humanitarian [Humanitarian – people/system that works to make other people’s lives better]. Also equals to people are good, kind, never get angry, all smiles and pleases everyone. While it is true, that Christians posess those qualities, we are also just human. Yes, we envisions our people to be better in all aspects of our lives and be able to claim that we are happy, good, kind people – we also have our own limitations that sometimes we fall into sin and not being able to cope up with this misconception and thus needs the Holy Spirit to guide us. We are not only the faithful in this earth, other religions or shall we say non-Christians are also good. Infact for us OFWs who have faced many different nationalities/religious people – they too are good.

Finally, an Escape.

Christianity is an escape in the realities in life, that this kind of faith is only for the poor, the weak and those who couldn’t cope up with life. But the truth is, we Christians are the strongest among many faithful, because our identity comes from someone who is indeed tough and faithful. That is none other than our Saviour Jesus Christ who has won our salvation right before we asked for it!

“This Easter, let us recall why we become Christians. Let us go deeper on meanings of these rituals/religious practices and understand that there is mission at hand. This reminder applies not only in this season but at all times, especially when we claim to be a follower of Christ. We are His warriors – His missionaries in helping our fellow Christians.”


Get a copy of my talk’s slide on this link: CLS Talk # 2.

God bless!!!


 

What I Learned in our 2016 Sri Lanka Trip

A question, not many would probably ask… most of the time, people ask about “How’s the _____ (country/place) – asking how’s the view, the experience, the food, sightseeing spots, the people and more. On this blog, I would like to answer this in a different perspective. I would like to answer this with what I truly learned and realized when we were in Sri Lanka – September of 2016.

Culture, Food, Places, People and more!
These are the common “what I learned” many would probably share. Indeed I learned about those different aspects of this place that used to be called CEYLON. So I’m skipping this part as I believe, if you have been reading my past blog posts you’ll learn what, where, when how etc… 

This Sri Lanka itinerary would help! So! What I learn about this 2016 Sri Lanka trip with Kokobear and Ate Amie is an eye-opening encounter with God!

Yes, you read it right, it was an encounter with Him!

We stopped by in a church near our hotel, took a few minutes riding a tuktuk to reach St. Mary’s Church. After getting inside, our tuktuk driver guided us to a chapel beside the church. We went down on the underground to their adoration chapel and on that room I have felt God.

I started saying my prayers. Distracted a bit actually because I could still feel the dust around the place as it’s totally new. In a blink of a situation I have started feeling my tears slowly drenched into my face. I found myself crying. My mind is empty, I say prayers no more. Nothing is playing on my head, but the thought of BEING BLESSED. Being blessed for being able to travel. That I have reached another part of the world and able to enjoy His magnificient creations. Able and having fun with my husband and friend. That not many can actually do this. Some may be capable but just don’t get the chance because of the different circumstances they are in. A few has enough money to splurge but don’t have the guts or probably don’t have someone to share it with. I say, I’m truly blessed.

Thoughts about comparing myself to others, thoughts of why we were denied in our last visa application and the questions on why here and why not in other chic places… were erased.

How do I thank God for this opportunity?

I know right? I could actually realize that while I’m in Abu Dhabi or in the other places I’ve visited – but I felt it in Sri Lanka. When I thought this is just a 3rd option to us, but actually this is the chosen place God has bestowed for me to realize how blessed I am.

Signing off all Sri Lankan stories with this blog post. Thank you Lord for such a lesson!

Read all my Sri Lanka series blog (and other places) on my Travel Log page!

God Bless!

JM Kayne | www.iamjmkayne.com

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The Fear of Losing Jobs

As many of you know, I am an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) – one of the so called “Bagong Bayani”. I am in Abu Dhabi UAE for the past 8 years and 2 months (never thought I’d go this far…) Like many OFW I have gone through the ups and downs of this life which many of the people in the Philippines especially those who haven’t been abroad don’t know, understand and realize. 
 
It pains me to hear and see family, friends and relatives (or even Facebook friends who are not that close) thinking that someone who is abroad is “rich”, that money is effortlessly gained. That if “naka-abroad ka datu na ka!!!” I think it is because of what most of the OFWs image shows on social media: pictures of the luxurious “kuno” lifestyle, posting food (like feast), beautiful buildings, and gatherings – all smiles and as if life is a bed of roses! Not known to others (or actually knows – but people just play is cool and somehow stays into that illusion that OFWs are = to lots of money) – life outside the country is never easy.

 
*   I remember a friend who wholeheartedly wears her heart on Facebook expressing her disappointments to the people who think that way, especially in her case when she married a foreigner. I feel for her! A sad reality every Juan/Juana abroad has to face.  

 

*      Another colleague gets pressured by her family of buying the latest plasma TV and never even bothers to say thank you for the 32 inches she sent home!  

 

*      A friend whose family thinks he is a bank… asking money after money, week after week.

Want hear more? If you have an OFW family member/friend it’s your time to show some concerns. Ask how he/she is… Of course most of us would just say we’re okay, we don’t want to burden the people in our life and worry about us.
 

Dear Fellow OFWs,

This open letter is to encourage you to tell the truth and be open to your family with your struggles. Let them understand what life is.

 

Dear Friends and Family (of OFWs),

Don’t just think about money – be human enough to care and love those people, who are away from you, you don’t know what they’ve been through. (If you’re not one of them, ignore this letter. If you are guilty – please try to be kind)

 
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This year the Emirates are hit with another crisis after 2008 recession.  The bread and butter of this country – the major field is affected which means the Oil & Gas industry. 2016 is indeed a shaky year for Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other Emirates, news of laying off, termination here and there are the major talks. My own company is not exempted, there has been numerous of expats affected with this crisis and with the threat of Emiritazation of the government companies.  

List after list comes and as an expat, I have that premonition that my time will come.
 
Month after month, names after names, position after position, friends after friends – have received their “love letter”.   

Somehow I was at peace. Inside me is the thought that God determines when my time will come. Hearsays heard that my name was on the list earlier this June but haven’t received the letter yet. So I conditioned my mind that one day I will have it. 

So, NDC celebrated the 45h UAE National Day on 29th November and in the midst of this celebration, I received a call from the Employee Relations – HR, never thought IT was the line! There is really that time in our life that even when you conditioned your mind that something’s gonna happen – – –  but when the situation is really at hand, there is that hunch in your heart that says “opppps!”  

No! Don’t get me wrong – It was not shocked… I was something like “uh! – hmm – ok .. moment” . . . my thoughts are battling whether to be happy or sad!


To some of you who know my “NDC work life” – you would understand that I will be happy because of not being able to go through the “Loving thy Neighbor” episodes at work – which actually makes me sin… and if I stay longer I might do the un-doable (MUST NOT – do as a Christian) 

To anyone, the FEAR of LOSING a JOB is something not to be happy with. Of course, financially, it would disable me from doing whatever activity that requires money – simply because our adult life tagged it as a “NEED”! 

But why? Why am I not sad? Actually, I even got excited! Let me tell you some of the reasons:

1.    2016 closes a door (last working day is on 29th Dec), which makes me excited what 2017 has in store for me.
2.    I will now stop the Loving Thy Neighbor episodes (Basically this should go first! )
3.    It gives me a month to go back home and spend time with family (although I’ll be apart with Koko for a while) – which is the reason I have kept this post until now because I’d like to surprise them!!!
4.     Finally, #InMyHeart is PEACE. A peace that makes me trusts God that nothing happens without a reason. In fact, the moment I received my letter – if I could write on Facebook’s “What’s on your mind” status – I’d say “Answered Prayer”

So, why am I writing this?


 
Sorry, my introduction (about OFWs) was quite longer than my main body on this blog. What I want to say is that OFW (and even others who are working) has this “FEAR OF LOSING OUR JOBS” special mention to OFWs because of the visa woes, going through immigration problems, processing documents, to do this and that, flight tickets, exit moments, monetary back-up – – – etc. etc. . .  but I say: 
*Think of it as a door closed by God because he has better and bigger doors to open including windows even 🙂 .* 
Psalms 9:10 says “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you” 

As of today, I am JOBLESS, but I”ll never gonna feel down –  I claim that God has right timing and plans. I keep holding on.


I will keep you track what happens next . . . 

This is my last blog post from NDC computer.  
Thank you NDC, it has been a great 4 years+!

JM signing off for 2016. Ciao!
God bless!

CROSS: The Sign of our FAITH

CROSS: The Sign of our FAITH

In Ancient Greek, a sign is known to be a mark of ownership. Thus doing the sign means we are letting yourself to be owned by God. A seal we that we acknowledge being a warrior of Christ.
This sign in itself is already a prayer.
Doing the sign means we open ourselves to God’s grace. Moving our hands from the forehead to our heart/womb, then to our shoulders, we are asking God to bless our mind, our body and the very core of our desires and passion to Christ.

” Pope Innocent III wrote in his instructions on making the Sign of the Cross. Holding two fingers together—either the thumb with the ring finger or with index finger—also represents the two natures of Christ. This is also reinforced by using three fingers to make the sign, according to Pope Innocent III.

 

Ultimately by tracing the sign of the cross we are recalling Christ’s passion on the crucifixion. Thus we are affirming our belief of the Holy Trinity. When we appeal to the trinity, we fix our attention to God who made us.

We praise and lift up God’s name everytime to do the sign of the cross, thus signifies the power of His name as noted in the scriptures:

Philippians 2:10, St. Paul tells us that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heavens and on earth and under the earth.”

John 14:13-14, Jesus Himself said, “And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”

Whoever wishes to follow Christ “must deny himself” and “take up his cross” as Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 16:24. In crossing our shoulders we ask God “to support us—to shoulder us—in our suffering,” Ghezzi writes. Reaffirm our baptism. In using the same words with which we were baptized, the Sign of the Cross is a “summing up and re-acceptance of our baptism,” according to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

Witness to others. As a gesture often made in public, the Sign of the Cross is a simple way to witness our faith to others. “Let us not then be ashamed to confess the Crucified

I am Catholic

I am Catholic

Re-posted:
Important things we should know as Catholics.
CATHOLIC DOCTRINES ARE IN THE BIBLE
Catholics are always intimidated into believing that we do things contrary to the Bible just because we are ignorant of what we do, the following will help you locate WHERE what we do in the Bible:
1) PRAYING FOR THE DEAD
2 Mac. 12:38-45
Wisdom 3:1
Tobit 4:17
2) USE OF IMAGES AND SACRAMENTS (these reminds us of what they stand for)
2 kings 3:20-21
Num. 21:8-9
Ex 25:17-22
Col 1:20, 2:14
John 12:32
Acts 19:11-12
3) AUTHENTICITY OF CATHOLIC TRADITION AS A SOURCE OF REVEALED TRUTH
2 Thes 2:15
2 cor 10:10-11
John 21:25
2 John 1:12
3 John 1:13
4) THE SHIFT OF SUNDAY INSTEAD OF
SATURDAY ( SABBATH)
Rev 1:10
Acts 20:7
1 cor 16:1-2
John 20:1-22
5) THE POPE’S AUTHORITY AS THE
SUCCESSOR OF ST. PETER
John 21:15-17
Matt 16: 18-19
Acts 2:1-14
6) THE REFERENCE OF CATHOLIC PRIESTS AS ‘FATHER’ WHEN THERE IS ONLY ONE FATHER IN HEAVEN
Gen 17:4
Jer 7:7
Num 12:14
Jn. 6:49
Mtt. 23:30
Lk. 1:73
7) IS THE BIBLE IN SUPPORT OF THE HIERARCHY IN THE CHURCH? YES
Eph 4:11-13
1 Tim 5:17-25
1 Tim 3:1-7, 8-13
 
8. IS PURGATORY REAL ? YES!. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT IT?
Is 35:8, 52:1
Zech 13:1-2
1 cor 3:15
Lk. 12:47-48, 58-59
Rev. 21:27
Heb 12:22-23
Job 14:13-17
9) ABOUT INCENSE
Ex 30:33-37
Num 16:6-7
Lev. 16:12-13
Lk.1:10
Rev. 8:32
10) THE ROSARY IS A PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Lk. 1:28,
Lk. 1:42
11) IS HOLY WATER THE WILL OF GOD TO BE USED?
2 kings 2:19-22
John 5:1-18
John 7:37
12) WHY DO WE ASK THE SAINTS TO PRAY FOR US?
Prov. 15:8, 15:29
Job 42:8
James 5:16
Mtt 16:19
13) WHY DO WE USE MEDALS, CRUCIFIXES AND SCAPULARS AND BONES OF SAINTS? (these help to remind us of what they stand for)
2 kings 13:20-21
14) WHY MUST WE CONFESS OUR SINS TO ANYBODY OTHER THAN GOD.
Mtt 16:19, 1-20
15) IS INFANT BAPTISM IN THE BIBLE?
Acts 16:15 33
Acts 18:8
Mtt 28:19
Acts 10:47-48
Please help Rekindle our faith by sharing with a fellow Catholic today, let’s build up our faith.
I am proud to be a CATHOLIC.
Blog post by : JM Kayne

I Live to Fulfill His Call

I Live to Fulfill His Call

I live to INSPIRE

ODW – 17.June.2015-Wednesday (NDC Office)

 

An avalanche of ideas comes into my head whenever I am asked what I am living for. For a long time I have often believe that I am such a lucky girl to be raised by a good pair of parents, a happy childhood, a completed degree because of the people who supported me all the way and indeed gained my kindergarten dream of becoming a nurturer of minds – a teacher! But I realized, I’m not lucky, I am BLESSED!

 

Eight years ago I wouldn’t thought of myself being away from home, life in Cebu was good. But a family member offered me and my parent to take a big leap and move to Abu Dhabi. Funny it may seem but at that time, my only intention is to have my passport stamped at least before it expires!  Now being an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) for almost 7 years has shaped my life during my mid 20s and it has never been easy. The rollercoaster ride of being away from home has left me homesick, tired, missing family  – even missing the feel of being in your own house. But I never surrender, I kept holding on to God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11. Indeed he have made my way straight and led me to the people that I am destined to be with, my community-family and to my better-half! Being overseas and a part of CFFL has led me to the many things that I love to do, it allows me share my skills and keep my passion in teaching, hosting, drawing, dancing and even writing.

 

As of writing I am 30 and proud.  Proud because I have come a long way, nevertheless I am not taking the credits, not giving the credits to those who back me up either (with respect to all) … But I am giving the full credit to my Lord! As Philippians 4:13 says – “I can do all things through Him who strengthen me”. I live to Fulfill His Call. 

 

Today as I look back to my first step into this city, my conviction of faith has gone stronger than ever. I hope to influence people in my simple way of expressing and publicly displaying my faith. Encourage, inspire and lead them to His way.  I live to inspire.
#ILiveToInspire #ILiveToFulfillHisCall #IamJMKayne

 


I edit, fix and re-edit 4 times just to get the 800 Characters only. Below is the entry I submitted to www.livetofeel.me – where people share their stories.
Short version link is here – http://www.livetofeel.me/view-gallery.php?searchid=671#

 

 


Tribute

Tribute! Hats off to my SFL Life!

This year a new journey begins and that is another story to tell.
This time let me share about my SFL Life …!
Lately I have been working to renew the style of my blog and while browsing I found my very first blog about CFC-FFL. You can find it on this link : http://i-am-jmhkayne.blogspot.ae/#!/2011/02/repost-faith.html
From the very moment I have published the above post, I have never changed my stand about my faith. Struggles, disappointment, lousiness and all negative things have come their way both big and small but I have kept my feet on the ground. I have come a long way.

 

We started with 6 as the CORE Group of SFL (not counting the 2 “men” standing when they all started here: Ate Amie & Randy!!!)

< < < Flashback: Randy, he was my flat mate who invited and somehow “forced me” to join CLS… hehehe 🙂


The six were – Ate Amie and Randy, Ate Ash, Ate Lou, Darrelle & I.
We somehow have another set of SFL from Khalifa City that includes the next set of Servants: Ate Elnor; Followed by Sis Sasa, Kuya Mervin and Bro. Christian. Then the new breeds Rusty, Ron & Arlene.

 

See the photos below to know their faces.. 

 
After HH kainan!

 

Our Conference ID!

 

Super Throwback thin photos! ha ha ha

 

The first 4 SFL sisters in Abu Dhabi!

 

Chillin outside while waiting for the activity to start.
 
My very first HH! 

 

As for me, I started having my own HH (Household) – with Ate Amie (was & still my Servant). My first HH group is with 3 beautiful sisters: Sis Kath, Sis Lee Ann & Sis Tere…

Sis Kath got married and even have a beautiful adorable son, Nathan.
Sis Lee Ann tied the knot too!
While Sis Tere has her family as well.
Technically all of my first HH are now couples.

 

Household night with HH Group 2!


Here comes HH group 2 – while Sis Kath was waiting for Bro. Mike – new faces joined us: Sis Rochelle, and Sis Rose (Mylen). Some chose to rest, some left Abu Dhabi and finally Kath tied the knot.

So I was left alone. God, asked me to restart the button.

 

First HH with LHH Group 3

 

First Big Weekend with HH Group 3.


HH Group 3 comprises of Sis Jourjini, Sis Bhel & Sis Meann. Sis Meann stepped up and got her own Lower HH of 7 persons. But in less than a month or two; some went home, others a cold body, one got married. So she has Sis Cath & Sis Mari left. UHH (Upper HH) decided to merge us and while re-shuffling was happening at that time, Sis Mae becomes part of us too.

 

2014 Christmas Party! At nabuo din ang # H-H-L-O-V-E !!!

 

HH Group 4 becomes the latest Household. 4 for L-O-V-E. #HHLOVE – coined by the ever “given active” heheh Sis Cath! Because Household is love! At present this group comprises 7 that represents each letter off HHLOVE , not to forget the “hashtag” . Mari-Meann-Cath-Bhel-Mae-me and hashtag – new Sis from PH – Sis Bevz!
Our own elevator moment.

 

Regular HH days with Sis Emie!

 

Ramadan dinner courtesy of Ate Amie with #HHLove

 

Complete Service team for Discovery Weekend 2014

 

Christmas Party 2013 with #HHLove with Sis Jean.


A salute to this group is worth giving… with respect to all my past 3 HH groups, I have learned from them about the challenges of being a HH-Servant. God saw me, so he allowed me to feel blessed after sometime of keeping my faith.

Let me “alsa ng banko” a little J hehehe for the glory of God naman.
#HHLove has been actively visible to the community, helpful to me as a Servant in many ways. I honor these ladies for the contribution they have given to the SFL Ministry. I know once lang kami naging assigned to work on a certain weekend, but all these girls have proven that they have given their all to make it the best we could and we are all hopeful that we were able to make it a memorable one.
SFL UHH Sisters dine out!

 

This is one of my favorite SFL Weekend activity!

 

I’m gonna miss those Elevator Selfie moments!

 

One of the Teaching Nights for Servants. Ate Elnor in grey (Left side)

 

The last set of UHH Servants I worked with as SFL.
L-R : Bro Ron, Ate Lou, Ate Ash, Ate Amie, Kokobear , Bro Ryan  & Sis Arlene.

For my UHH – Upper Household, I would like to say Thank you for everything. Tried and tested din ang group na ito. I know I had my own fall and set-backs, but they were simply understanding. Ideas & opinion clashes at times but we still end up realizing that this is for the Lord. It feels like they are a family away from home. May tampuhan, iyakan, sayahan… and most of all we all know what is our goal and that is to work in HIS vineyard.

Here is a photo of our first UHH Group with Kuya Pong & Ate Nancy!

 

 

If I am to travel back in time and re-do my Abu Dhabi life for the past 6 years, I would say I will do the same thing again. As I have said, I am a better person because of the community. I am able to do what I want, what I wish I could.

 

Extreme Adventure 2015



The community allowed me to do what I do best (in my  opinion lang po, pwede namang mag object.. hehehe). It allows me to do my passion.

1.  My passion in teaching (through the talks and through the one-on-one relationship with the brethren… Ay! Don’t get me wrong, I can’t do that without God’s grace!… ,

During one of the Covenant Recollection…
Delivering CLS Talk 4.

 

CLS Talk 6 this time.



2.     My passion of hosting: in fact baka sawa na sa mukha ko ang mga bros & sis natin.. hahaha been doing that thing a year after being active…



3.  To Dance – presentations and all other required activities allows me to show that talent… (meron naman ng konti…)

Dancing 90s song during 2012 Live Pure Conference!

 

4.     To Sing!!!!! – Aha! You read it right. I’m no choir but I claim to be one of the members of the Choral who took the first SFL awards in the yearly Christmas Party contest!

5.     To Write – Often I share that I am a struggling writer, I have shared that I applied to be a part of our school paper but got rejected… But praise God! He allowed me to become EIC! (Editor in Chief) of The Vineyard! (Sinong mag-aakala na I would be able to share my simple words to the community? Thank you Lord!)

 

With the help of all contributors, praise God for giving me the strength to complete 4 issues! 🙂

 

6.     Finally TO SERVE! – Among all these opportunity, the most worth it, is of Service to our brethren, thus accomplishing God’s commandment of Loving our neighbor.

This year, 2015 – a new chapter of my life’s book starts to unfold as we cross over to CFL. A new challenge a new life! I will surely miss the life of being SFL but life goes on… I continue to pray that God be my shield and inspiration to continue the service we have started.

Becoming a part of Fraternal HH…
An elevator scene with the Fraternal Household

 

Cheers to the new service for 2015! Cheers to my SFL Life!
 
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Credits to the owners of the photos… you know who you are! Tenkyu po!
#SFLBestLifeEver

AUREA

Getting to know a Saint : ST. AUREA

Another 3rd Week has come – this August All Sistars were assigned to “GET TO KNOW A SAINT”. I was given St. Aurea. As I Goggled – I found various versions of St. Aurea I guess there are around 3-4 of them. 

But I decided to choose St. Aurea of Ostia. 

Ostia is a seaport in Rome, Italy. It is a diocese of Rome whose St. is St. Aurea. The below photo is a façade of its Church.

  

Present Day Church 

An insufficient information were noted about this Saint. What has been know is that Aurea (or Chrysse) meaning “Golden Girl” was a part of a noble blood family in Rome in 270 AD. Because of her faith she was put into exile from mainland Rome to Ostia.

  

A Painting of St. Aurea

In her presence there, it is believed that she had done miracles such as:

  • Being able to loosen a Christian prisoner’s chains after their encounter. 
  • With this occurrence – she was able to convert 17 prisoners to the Christian faith that has been beheaded later because of their conversion. 
  • And another story was shared that Aurea was able to bring back to life a son of a shoemaker. 

With these accounts, although during that century, the Church hasn’t set the official requirements in canonization of Saint – these were the considered reasons of her Sainthood.

Finally, like any other saints, Aurea died a martyr – as she was forced to renounce her Christian faith and give praise to the Roman gods, but she declined.

Therefore she was dragged to her death; thrown to the sea with a millstone on her head.

  

This is a painting by Andrea Sacchi – that can be found in the altar of the church.

St. Aurea’s feast is every 24th August and 20th May. 

Photo & Info credits from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurea_of_Ostia
http://wdtprs.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/13_05_20_aurea_031.jpg
http://www.ostiaantica.net/album/borgo_medioevale/ostia_antica_-_sant_aurea.jpg
http://saints.sqpn.com/wp-content/uploads/img-Saint-Aurea-of-Ostia.jpg