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January 9 

Saint of the day:
St. Julian and Basilissa

The Story of St. Julian and Basilissa:

St. Julian and Basilissa

Saint Julian and Saint Basilissa, though married, lived by mutual consent in perpetual chastity. They sanctified themselves by the most perfect exercises of an ascetic life, and employed their revenues in relieving the poor and the sick. For this purpose they converted their house into a kind of hospital, in which they sheltered up to a thousand poor people. Basilissa attended those of her sex in separate lodgings, and Julian, who for his charity is known as the Hospitaler, cared for the men.

Egypt, where they lived, was in those days blessed with persons who, either in the cities or in the deserts, devoted themselves to the most perfect exercises of charity, penance, and mortification. Conversions were numerous, and persecutions by furious pagans followed as the numbers of Christians increased. Basilissa, after having survived seven of those, died in peace, foretelling to her husband that he would die a martyr. Julian lived afterwards for a number of years, but eventually received the crown of a glorious martyrdom in 313. His interrogation and his tortures were accompanied by astonishing prodigies and numerous conversions.

With him died thirty-one other persons, including a priest named Anthony, a new Christian named Anastasius, Celsus, the seven-year-old son of the judge who sentenced Julian, Marcianilla, the mother of Celsus, who when she came to visit her son was won over to the faith, and many other Christians. Spared by fire and wild beasts, Saint Julian finally was decapitated. His tomb became illustrious by many great miracles, including the cure of ten lepers on the same day.

Many churches and hospitals, in both the East and in the West, bear the name of one or another of these martyrs. Four churches at Rome and three in Paris are dedicated to Saint Julian.

Reflection. God often rewards men for works that are pleasing in His sight by giving them grace and opportunity to do other works higher still. Such was the case for Saint Julian, whose posthumous miracles attained prodigious numbers.

Nicolás Borrás (Spanish, 1530–1610) Title: Saint Julian the Hospitaller









Church of Saints Celso and Giuliano
Via del Banco di Santo Spirito, 52, 00186 Roma RM





Healthy Chicken Soup



  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil

  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 yellow onion, diced

  • 2 large carrots, thinly sliced

  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated turmeric (or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric)

  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs

  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme, stems removed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 cup pearl or Israeli couscous

  • 2/3 cup frozen peas (optional)


  1. Place a large pot over medium high heat and add in oil. Once oil is hot, add in garlic, onion, carrots and celery; cook for a few minutes until onion becomes translucent.

  2. Next add in grated ginger and grated turmeric. Saute for 30 seconds to let the spices cook a bit, then add in chicken broth, chicken breast, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.

  3. Bring soup to a boil, then stir in couscous. You’ll want the chicken to be covered by the broth so make sure you stir them down to the bottom. 

  4. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.

  5. Once chicken is cooked, remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a cutting board to shred with two forks. Add chicken back to pot then stir in frozen peas. If you find that you don't have enough broth, feel free to add in another cup. Everyone likes their soup differently. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. Enjoy.



The best part isn’t just how delicious this chicken soup is, but also how medicinal the anti-inflammatory, cold-fighting ingredients are.

  • Ginger: Great for digestion and a powerful anti-inflammatory agent to use in recipes.

  • Garlic: is full of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 

  • Turmeric: Best when consumed with a black pepper to help for optimal absorption. 

  • Chicken: High in protein

  • Fresh herbs: Rosemary & thyme add additional flavor 

  • Pearl or Israeli Couscous: helps to thicken the broth and keep the soup hearty

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