紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Fina, Virgin
Born as Fina (Seraphina), in 1238 at San Geminiano, Tuscany, Italy and died on March 12, 1253, aged 15. Hers was a short life but one filled with the love of Christ and heroic tales of her devotion to Him. Her parents were poor and this was her lot in life as well. Legend has it that her own poverty did nothing to turn her away from God. Instead she would take her own meager supply of food and share it with friends and family.
In 1248, Fina’s life was changed by a serious illness, which began, progressively, to paralyse her. Her deep faith relieved her pain. In spite of her misfortunes and poverty, she thanked God and expressed a desire that her soul might separate from the body, in order to meet Jesus Christ.
In her reading, St. Fina had heard of the great sufferings of St. Gregory the Great. She prayed to him, drew strength from the sufferings that he had to endure and prayed, that he would obtain for her, the patience she needed to bear her own sufferings.
Fina’s immense devotion was an example to all the citizens of San Gimignano, who frequently visited her. Visitors were surprised to receive words of encouragement from a desperately ill young girl who was resigned to the will of God. On March 12, 1253, after five years of sickness and pain, Fina died at the age of 15.
While physical suffering plagued Fina’s life, instead of pitying herself, she turned to God for strength and comfort. She is now known as the patron saint of handicapped people.
Almighty God, inspire us with the example and prayers of Saint Fina,
looking to Christ on the cross,
that we may endure sickness by faith,
support each other by charity, and
look forward to heavenly kingdom by hope.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.