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Radical Saints

A devotional calendar of saints, festivals and memorials for Radicals

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December 2016

December 31st – Brandon Teena

Brandon Teena

12th December 1972 – 31st December 1993

Brandon Teena was a transgender man whose murder on 31st December 1993 was the basis for the film Boys Don’t Cry.

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December 28th – Holy Innocents

Slaughter of the Holy Innocents

28th December 

 

In a stark contrast to the joy and light of Christmas day Matthew’s Gospel records an event which ranks amongst some of the most violent and horrific in the Bible.

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December 23rd – The Grimké Sisters

Sarah Moore Grimké & Angelina Emily Grimké Weld 

26nd November 1792 – 23rd December 1873 & 20th February 1805 – 26t October 1879

“This idea of woman’s being “the last gift of God to man,” however pretty it may sound to the ears of those who love to discourse upon. ” The poetry of romantic gallantry, and the generous promptings of chivalry,” has nevertheless been the means of sinking her from an end into a mere means – of turning her into an appendage to man, instead of recognizing her as a part of man – of destroying her individuality, and rights, and responsibilities, and merging her moral being in that of man. Instead of Jehovah being her king, her lawgiver, her judge, she has been taken out of the exalted scale of existence in which He placed her, and subjected to the despotic control of man”

Letter XII Human Rights Not Founded on Sex, Angelina Emily Grimké


The Grimké sisters were the first great female abolitionist and feminist authors in the United States.

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December 18th – The Abolition of Slavery in the USA

Slavery Abolished in the USA

18th December 1865

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

13th Amendment to the US Constitution


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December 12th – La Virgen de Guadalupe

La Virgen de Guadalupe

12th December

According to Catholic legend, in 1531 the Virgin Mary appeared to a poor indigenous man named Juan Diego and asked him to build a church at that place in Mexico City. When Juan informed the local Bishop he took with him tulips that had miraculously grown on the spot where the church was to be built. When he placed the flowers down they left an imprint of the Virgin on his apron which is still at the shrine to this day.

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December 10th – Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton

31st January 1915 – 10th December 1968

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”

No Man Is An Island, Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk who wrote extensively on spirituality, inter-faith dialogue and social Justice.

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