She is remembered for sustaining her austere commitment via extensive study of the Old and New Testaments, frequently under the supervision of Jerome. In addition, she followed a stringent fasting routine, abstinence, and led an impoverished existence in order "to retain a solitary connection to God," as recounted by Jerome. She also is credited with bringing Christianity to large parts of the Roman Empire.
Paula was born about A.D. 135 in Pontus, now part of Turkey. Her original name was Paulina. She was married at age 18 to Marcus Julius Alexander, who later became co-emperor with his brother, Antonius Pius. The couple had three children: Alexander, who died in infancy; Marcellina, who lived until she was about 28 years old; and Marcus Aurelius Valerius Valentinianus, who eventually succeeded his father as emperor.
As a young woman, Paula showed an interest in religion that was unusual for its time. She read many classical authors, including Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and Seneca, and was greatly influenced by them. When she was 20 years old, she learned to read Hebrew and soon became interested in the Bible. She studied under several teachers and eventually brought Christianity to much of the Roman Empire. By all accounts, she was a devout Christian who practiced what she preached. She spent most of her time alone, eating only bread and water, and engaging in intense prayer and meditation.
She is regarded as a patron saint of theologians. She was supposed to be able to read the hearts and minds of those around her, as well as have prophetic and healing abilities. Her life was marked by many hardships including torture, imprisonment, and the death of her husband and child. Still, she continued in her faith and lived according to its principles.
Stephanie is also asked to protect women who are pregnant or nursing. This is because if women who are pregnant or nursing suffer from pain anywhere in their body they are told to bring that part of their body to bed with them at night so Saint Stephanie can heal it. Also if someone wants to know how their case will turn out they just ask Saint Stephanie and she will tell them.
Finally, she is asked to help people in need of protection and guidance find it. This includes students, travelers, new businesses, and any other person or group seeking advice and help from God.
So, Saint Stephanie is a saint who helps others find peace and love. She has been praised for her wisdom and ability to teach by teachers and pastors across Europe and America.
There are several places in Europe named after Saint Stephanie. One such place is Germany's Bavaria state which has a church named after her too.
She was recognized for her purity, austerity, and spiritual visions, and it is reported that she got stigmata. She was also a reformer and a political activist, and she wielded considerable power in the church's ecclesiastical and political affairs. Her feast day is March 19.
Saint Kathleen was born around the year 480 in Ireland. When she was only nine years old, her father died and her mother married another man. This second marriage proved to be even worse than the first because her new stepfather began to abuse her physically and mentally. He dragged her from house to house until he found someone willing to take him on as a servant. Finally, she was sent to live with her older sister who lived in Scotland. There she learned to read and write and made many friends.
At the age of 14, Kathleen decided to leave her protective sister and travel to Rome where she could study under the priests who taught at the local school. However, when she arrived in Italy, she found that the school had been closed due to lack of students. So, instead, she went to join her aunt who ran a small inn near the border of Switzerland. Here she could help out with the cooking and cleaning while getting an education about life outside Ireland. After two years, she saved enough money to return home.
Paula contributed to Jerome's translation of the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin. The work was completed at her request, and she provided the reference materials required for the project. She revised Jerome's writings since she was fluent in Hebrew. She and her daughter, Eustochium, made copies of the work for distribution. They were particularly concerned that priests be able to read the Bible in their own language.
Paula has been criticized for her involvement in the translation process because she was not a priest. However, it was not customary at that time for women to hold religious offices so her decision to help translate the Bible is not unusual.
She is mentioned in Romans 16:21 along with others who helped translate the Bible. These include Apollo, Demetrius, Epaphroditus, Galatia, Hermes, Marcion, Peter, and Timothy.
In addition to being listed in the Roman edition of the New Testament, Paula is also included in some manuscripts of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Her inclusion in these books suggests that she was regarded as important by the authors of these documents.
Paula has been praised for her contribution to Christian literature but also criticized for her involvement in the translation process. Regardless of one's opinion about this matter, it is clear that she was an influential figure in the early church.
In 1728, she was canonized. She is the patron saint of wrongly accused people, hoboes, homeless people, crazy, orphaned people, mentally ill people, midwives, penitents, single moms, reformed prostitutes, stepchildren, and tramps. She is also the patron saint of chefs, cooks, and food servers.
St. Margaret of Scotland was born around 1246 to King Alexander III and his second wife, Queen Marguerite. She had two siblings: a brother who died in infancy and a sister who survived them both. When St. Margaret was only eight years old, her father was killed during a battle with the English against her uncle Edward I. The young princess was forced to flee from her kingdom but was given refuge by an aunt. There, she learned about love and kindness from this good woman who taught her how to read and write. At the age of twelve, St. Margaret married the son of a French nobleman. He was twenty-one years old while she was just eleven. This marriage didn't last long because he soon went back to France to fight in another war. After his death, she moved to Norway where she lived as a hermit for several years before being sent back to Scotland as a missionary. She started out by preaching to fishermen on the coast of Scotland but later moved away from civilization to live in a cave with only a few sticks for furniture. Here, she spent most of her time praying and fasting.