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Blessed Titus Brandsma

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, October 3, 2015, In : Saint of the Day 
Blessed Titus Brandsma

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Miracles Performed by St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : Saint of the Day 

"He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life;
and I will raise him up in the last day."  
(John 6:55)

It has been said that St. Patrick (c. 389-c. 461) performed a thousand miracles. And why not? Many more (40,000) were prudently attributed to St. Vincent Ferrer, the Dominican missionary and "Angel of Judgment." 

Moreover, the author knows of no saint for whom there are claimed so many resurrection miracles during one apostolic lifetime as for St. P...


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Saint Padre Pio

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, March 18, 2013, In : Saint of the Day 
SAINT PADRE PIO

Padre Pio

Padre Pio (May, 1887 – September, 1968) was canonized on June 16, 2002, by the Roman Catholic Church. He is the only priest known to have received the full stigmata.

The final year of the dying, decaying 20th century has seen the beatification of Padre Pio, the holy monk whom God sent as a sign for our age. For, while everyone wants to make us believe in a new "charismatic" Church, strangely we do not find there any wonder-working saints like the ones ...


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Saint of the Day for June 30, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, June 29, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

First Martyrs of the See of Rome


Feastday: June 30
Died: 64

The holy men and women are also called the “Protomartyrs of Rome.” They were accused of burning Rome by Nero , who burned Rome to cover his own crimes. Some martyrs were burned as living torches at evening banquets, some crucified, others were fed to wild animals. These martyrs died before Sts. Peter and Paul, and are called “disciples of the Apostles. . . whom the Holy Roman church sent to their Lord before the Apost...


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Saint of the Day for June 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, June 29, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Peter


Feastday: June 29
Died: 64

Simon Peter or Cephas, the first pope, Prince of the Apostles, and founder, with St. Paul, of the see of Rome.

Peter was a native of Bethsaida, near Lake Tiberias, the son of John, and worked, like his brother St. Andrew, as a fisherman on Lake Genesareth. Andrew introduced Peter to Jesus, and Christ called Peter to become adisciple. In Luke is recounted the story that Peter caught so large an amount of fish that he fell down before the feet of Jesus and wa...
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Saint of the Day for June 28, 2012

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St. Irenaeus


Feastday: June 28
Died: 202

The writings of St. Irenaeus entitle him to a high place among the fathers of the Church, for they not only laid the foundations of Christian theology but, by exposing and refuting the errors of the gnostics, they delivered the Catholic Faith from the real danger of the doctrines of those heretics.

He was probably born about the year 125, in one of those maritime provinces of Asia Minor where the memory of the apostles was still cherished and where...


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Saint of the Day for June 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, June 29, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

St. Cyril of Alexandria


Feastday: June 27

St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (June 27) Cyril was born at Alexandria, Egypt. He was nephew of the patriarch of that city, Theophilus. Cyril received a classical and theological education at Alexandria and was ordained by his uncle. He accompanied Theophilus to Constantinople in 403 and was present at the Synod of the Oak that deposed John Chrysostom, whom he believed guilty of the charges against him. He succeeded his uncle Th...


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Saint of the Day for June 26, 2012

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St. Anthelm


Feastday: June 26
1107 - 1178

Carthusian monk and bishop, defender of papal authority. Anthelm was born in 1107 in a castle near Chambery, in Savoy, France. He was ordained a priest and visited the Carthusian Charterhouse at Portes, where he entered the Order at the age of thirty. Two years later, in 1139, he was appointed abbot of Le Grande Chartreuse, which had been damaged. Anthelm made the monastery a worthy motherhouse of the Carthusians, constructing a defensive wall and a...


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Saint of the Day for June 24, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. John the Baptist
 
Feastday: June 24

John the Baptist was the son of Zachary, a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, and Elizabeth, a kinswoman of Mary who visited her. He was probably born at Ain-Karim southwest of Jerusalem after the Angel Gabriel had told Zachary that his wife would bear a child even though she was an old woman. He lived as a hermit in the desert of Judea until about A.D. 27. When he was thirty, he began to preach on the banks of the Jordan against the evils of the times an...

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Saint of the Day for June 23, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Joseph Cafasso
 
Feastday: June 23
Patron of prison chaplains, captives, imprisoned people and prisoners
1811 - 1860

Joseph Cafasso was born at Castelnuovo d'Asti in the Piedmont, Italy, of peasant parents. He studied at the seminary at Turin, and was ordained in 1833. He continued his theological studies at the seminary and university at Turin and then at the Institute of St. Franics, and despite a deformed spine, became a brilliant lecturer in moral theology there. He was a popular teacher, ...

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Saint of the Day for June 22, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Thomas More
 
Feastday: June 22
Patron of Lawyers
Died: 1535

St. Thomas More, Martyr (Patron of Lawyers) St. Thomas More was born at London in 1478. After a thorough grounding in religion and the classics, he entered Oxford to study law. Upon leaving the university he embarked on a legal career which took him to Parliament. In 1505, he married his beloved Jane Colt who bore him four children, andwhen she died at a young age, he married a widow, Alice Middleton, to be a mother for his young chi...

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Saint of the Day for June 21, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Aloysius Gonzaga
 
Feastday: June 21
Died: 1591

St. Aloysius was born in Castiglione, Italy. The first words St. Aloysius spoke were the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. He was destined for the military by his father (who was in service to Philip II), but by the age of 9 Aloysius had decided on a religious life, and made a vow of perpetual virginity. To safeguard himself from possible temptation, he would keep his eyes persistently downcast in the presence of women. St. Charles Borromeo gave him...

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Saint of the Day for June 17, 2012

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St. Emily de Vialar
 
Feastday: June 17

St. Emily de Vialar, Virgin, Foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph "of the Apparition"

Anne Marguerite Adelaide Emily de Vialar was the eldest child and only daughter of Baron James Augustine de Vialar and his wife Antoinette, daughter of that Baron de Portal who was physician-in-ordinary to Louis XVIII and Charles X of France. She was born at Gaillac in Languedoc in 1797. At the age of fifteen she was removed from school in Paris to be companion to her fa...

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Saint of the Day for June 20, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Vincent Kaun
 
Feastday: June 20
Died: 1626

Martyr of Japan. A native of Korea, he was brought to Japan in 1591 as a prisoner of war and was subsequently converted to Christianity. Entering the Jesuits, he studied at the Jesuit seminary of Arima and worked for three decades as a catechist in both Japan and China. Seized during the persecution of the Church, he was burned alive at Nagasaki with Blessed Francis Pacheco. He was beatified in 1867. 

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Saint of the Day for June 19, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Romuald
 
Feastday: June 19
950 - 1027

St. Romuald was born at Ravenna about the year 956. In spite of an infinite desire for virtue and sanctity, his early life was wasted in the service of the world and its pleasures. Then one day, obliged by his father, Sergius, to be present at a duel fought by him, he beheld him slay his adversary. The crime made such an impression upon him that he determined to expiate it for forty days, as though it were entirely his own. For this purpose he retired to...

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Saint of the Day for June 18, 2012

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St. Gregory Barbarigo
 
Feastday: June 18
1625 - 1697

St. Gregory Barbarigo was born in 1625, of a very old and distinguished Venetian family. A brilliant student, he embraced a diplomatic career and accompanied the Venetian Ambassador, Contarini, to the Congress of Munster in 1648. Then he became a priest and was soon thereafter consecrated as the first Bishop of Bergamo by Pope Alexander VII. Later on he was elevated to the rank of Cardinal and also given authority over the diocese of Padua. He...

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Saint of the Day for June 16, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. John Francis Regis
 
Feastday: June 16

St. John Francis Regis Confessor of the Society of Jesus June 16     True virtue, or Christian perfection, consists not in great or shining actions, but resides in the heart, and appears to great edification, though in the usual train of common and religious duties constantly performed fidelity and fervor. Such a life has its trials, and often a severer martyrdom than that which stands the test of the flames. This we find in the life of the holy servant...

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Saint of the Day for June 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Germaine Cousin
 
Feastday: June 15
Patron victims of child abuse
1579 - 1601

When Hortense decided to marry Laurent Cousin in Pibrac, France, it was not out of love for his infant daughter. Germaine was everything Hortense despised. Weak and ill, the girl had also been born with a right hand that was deformed and paralyzed. Hortense replaced the love that Germaine has lost when her mother died with cruelty and abuse.

Laurent, who had a weak character, pretended not to notice that Germaine had ...

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Saint of the Day for June 14, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Methodius I
 
Feastday: June 14
Died: 847

Patriarch of Constantinople, modem Istanbul. He was born in Syracuse, Sicily, and builta monastery on the island of Chios. After some time in Constantinople, he was sent to Rome in 815 as the representative of Patriarch Nicephorus, who was exiled by Emperor Leo V the Armenian for refusing to yield to the imperial decrees on the destruction of icons. Methodius returned in 821 and was himself scourged and imprisoned for seven years. Finally, in 842, Emp...

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Saint of the Day for June 13, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
St. Anthony of Padua
Doctor of the Church
 
Feastday: June 13
1195 - 1231

Saint Anthony was canonized (declared a saint) less than one year after his death.

There is perhaps no more loved and admired saint in the Catholic Church than Saint Anthony of Padua, a Doctor of the Church. Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal. He first joined the Augustinian Order and then left it and joined the Franciscan Order in 1221, when he was 26 years old. The reason he became a Franciscan was becaus...

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Saint of the Day for June 12, 2012

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St. John of Sahagun
 
Feastday: June 12
1419 - 1479

John Gonzales de Castrillo was born at Sahagun, Leon Spain. He was educated by the Benedictine monks of Fagondez monastery there and when twenty, received a canonry from the bishop of Burgos, though he already had several benefices. He was ordained in 1445; concerned about the evil of pluralism, he resigned all his benefices except that of St. Agatha in Burgos. He spent the next four years studying at the University of Salamanca and then began t...

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Saint of the Day for June 11, 2012

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St. Barnabas
 
Feastday: June 11
Patron of Cyprus, Antioch, against hailstorms, invoked as peacemaker
Died: 61

All we know of Barnabas is to be found in the New Testament. A Jew, born in Cyprus and named Joseph, he sold his property, gave the proceeds to the Apostles, who gave him the name Barnabas, and lived in common with the earliest converts to Christianity in Jerusalem. He persuaded the community there to accept Paul as a disciple, was sent to Antioch, Syria, to look into the community there,...

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Saint of the Day for June 10, 2012

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St. Getulius
 
Feastday: June 10
Died: 120

Martyr with Amantius, Caerealis, and Primitivus. He was the husband of St. Symphorosa. An officer in the Roman army, he resigned when he became a Christian and returned to his estates near Tivoli, Italy. There he converted Caerealis, an imperial legate sent to arrest him. With his brother Amantius and with Caerealis and Primitivus, Getulius was tortured and martyred at Tivoli.  

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Saint of the Day for June 9, 2012

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St. Ephrem
 
Feastday: June 9
Died: 373?

"I was born in the way of truth: though my childhood was unaware of the greatness of the benefit, I knew it when trial came."

Ephrem (or Eprhaim) the Syrian left us hundreds of hymns and poems on the faith that inflamed and inspired the whole Church, but few facts about his own inspiring life.

Most historians infer from the lines quoted above that Ephrem was born into a Christian family -- although not baptized until an adult (the trial or furnace), which wa...

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Saint of the Day for June 8, 2012

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St. William of York

 
Feastday: June 8
Died: 1154

St. William of York, Bishop (Feast day is June 8th). William of York was the son of Count Herbert, treasurer to Henry I. His mother Emma, was the half-sister of King William. Young William became treasurer of the church of York at an early age and was elected archbishop of York in 1140.

William's election was challenged on the grounds of simony and unchastity. He was cleared by Rome, but later, a new Pope, the Cistercian Eugene III, suspended Willi...

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Saint of the Day for June 7, 2012

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St. Willibald
 
Feastday: June 7
700 - 786

Bishop and missionary. A native of Wessex, England, he was the brother of Sts. Winebald and Walburga and was related through his mother to the great St. Boniface. After studying in a monastery in Waitham, in Hampshire, he went on a pilgrimage to Rome (c. 722) with his father, who died on the way at Lucca, Italy. Willibald continued on to Rome and then to Jerusalem. Captured by Saracens who thought him a spy, he was eventually released and continued on to...

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Saint of the Day for June 6, 2012

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St. Norbert
 
Feastday: June 6

St. Norbert was born at Xanten in the Rhineland, about the year 1080. The early part of his life was devoted to the world and its pleasures. He entered upon the ecclesiastical state in a worldly spirit.

The thunderstorm had boiled up suddenly as Norbert was out riding. Norbert, who had always chosen the easy way, would never have deliberately gone on a journey that promised danger, risk, or discomfort. He had moved easily from the comforts of the noble family he was...

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Saint of the Day for June 5, 2012

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St. Boniface of Mainz
 
Feastday: June 5
Patron of brewers; Fulda; Germany; World Youth Day
675 - 754

Winfrith had expected to return to England from Friesland (in what is now Holland) in triumph. He had left the land where he was a respected scholar, teacher, and priest because he was convinced he was called to missionary work. He had argued and pestered his abbot into letting him go because he would gain greater success for God in foreign lands. He had abandoned a successful, safe life in his mi...

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Saint of the Day for June 4, 2012

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St. Francis Caracciolo
 
Feastday: June 4
Patron of Naples (Italy), Italian cooks
1563 - 1608

Founder of the Minor Clerks Regular with St. John Augustine Adorno. He was born in 1563, a member of a noble Neapolitan family. Though he had a rare skin disease, much like leprosy, Francis became a priest, at which time his skin disease disappeared. In 1588, he co-founded the Minor Clerks Regular and spent the rest of his life as the superior. He was canonized in 1807. His cult is now confined to local c...

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Saint of the Day for June 3, 2012

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St. Charles Lwanga and Companions
Martyrs of Uganda
 
Feastday: June 3

For those of us who think that the faith and zeal of the early Christians died out as the Church grew more safe and powerful through the centuries, the martyrs of Uganda are a reminder that persecution of Christians continues in modern times, even to the present day.

The Society of Missionaries of Africa (known as the White Fathers) had only been in Uganda for 6 years and yet they had built up a community of converts whose fait...

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Saint of the Day for June 2, 2012

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Sts. Marcellinus and Peter - Martyrs
 
Feastday: June 2
Died: 304

Though we know very little about these two martyrs under Diocletian, there is no question that the early church venerated them. Evidence of the respect in which they were held are the basilica Constantine built over their tombs and the presence of their names in the first eucharistic prayer.

Pope St. Damasus says that he heard the story of these two martyrs from their executioner who became a Christian after their deaths. Marcellinu...

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Saint of the Day for June 1, 2012

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St. Justin Martyr

Feastday: June 1
100 - 165

Christian apologist, born at Flavia Neapolis, about A.D. 100, converted to Christianity about A.D. 130, taught and defended the Christian religion in Asia Minor and at Rome, where he suffered martyrdom about the year 165. Two "Apologies" bearing his name and his "Dialogue with the Jew Tryphon" have come down to us. Leo XIII had a Mass and an Office composed in his honour and set his feast for 14 April.

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Saint of the Day for May 30, 2012

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St. Joan of Arc
 
Feastday: May 30
Patron of soldiers and France
1412 - 1431

St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret.

At first the messages were personal and general. Then at last came the crowning order. In May, 1428, her voices "of St. ...

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Saint of the Day for May 29, 2012

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St. Maximinus of Trier

 Feastday: May 29
Patron of Trier; invoked as protection against perjury, loss at sea and destructive rains
Died: 347

Bishop of Trier, Germany, from 332, and a miracle worker. He was probably born at Silly, France, and succeeded St. Agritus as bishop of Trier, giving refuge to St. Athanasius in 336. St. Paul, the patriarch of Constantinople, was also given Maximinus’ protection. Maximinus was an ardent enemy of the Arian heretics, opposing them i...


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Saint of the Day for May 28, 2012

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Bl. Margaret Pole

 Feastday: May 28
1473 - 1541

Martyr of England. She was born Margaret Plantagenet, the niece of Edward IV and Rich­ard III. She married Sir Reginald Pole about 1491 and bore five sons, including Reginald Cardinal Pole. Margaret was widowed, named countess of Salisbury, and appointed governess to Princess Mary, daughter of Hemy VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, Spain. She opposed Henry’s mar­riage to Anne Boleyn, and the king exiled her from court, although he call...


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Saint of the Day for May 26, 2012

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St. Philip Neri

 Feastday: May 26
Patron of Rome

If one had to choose one saint who showed the humorous side of holiness that would Philip Neri.

Born in 1515 in Florence, he showed the impulsiveness and spontaneity of his character from the time he was a boy. In fact one incident almost cost him his life. Seeing a donkey loaded with fruit for market, the little boy had barely formed the thought of jumping on the donkey's back before he had done it. The donkey, surprised, lost his footing...


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Saint of the Day for May 24, 2012

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St. David I of Scotland

 Feastday: May 24
~1080 - 1153

David, the youngest son of Scotland’s virtuous queen, (Saint) Margaret, succeeded his brother to the Scottish throne in 1124. David’s friend, (Saint) Aelred, abbot of the English monastery of Rievaulx, was later to recount David’s religious devotion and his generosity to the poor. From his riches he also endowed the founding of several dioceses and many monasteries. David was to express profound remorse for an ill-conceived and ill...
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Saint of the Day for May 23, 2012

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St. John Baptist Rossi

 Feastday: May 23
1698 - 1764

This holy priest was born in 1698 at the village of Voltaggio in the diocese of Genoa and was one of the four children of an excellent and highly respected couple. When he ws ten a nobleman and his wifre who were spending the summer at Voltaggio obtained permission from his parents to take him back with them to Genoa to be trained in their house. He remained with them three years, winning golden opinions from all, notably from two Capuchi...


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Saint of the Day for May 22, 2012

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St. Rita

 Feastday: May 22
Patron of impossible cases
Died: 1457

St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated his wife. He taught their children his own evil ways.

Rita tried to perform her duties faithfully and to pray and receive the sacraments frequently. After nearly twe...


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Saint of the Day for May 21, 2012

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St. Eugene de Mazenod

 Feastday: May 21
Patron saint of dysfunctional families
1782 - 1861
Canonized By: Pope John Paul II

Eugene de Mazenod was born on August 1, 1782, at Aix-en-Provence in France. Early in life he experienced the upheaval of the French Revolution. None the less, he entered the seminary, and following ordination he returned to labor in Aix-en-Provence. That area had suffered greatly during the Revolution and was not really a safe place for a priest. Eugene directed his minist...


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Saint of the Day for May 20, 2012

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St. Bernardine of Siena

 Feastday: May 20

In the year 1400, a young man came to the door of the largest hospital in Siena. A plague was raging through the city so horrible that as many as twenty people died each day just in the hospital alone. And many of the people who died were those who were needed to tend the ill. It was a desperate situation -- more and more people were falling ill and fewer and fewer people were there to help them.

The twenty-year-old man who stood there had no...


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Saint of the Day for May 19, 2012

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St. Celestine

 Feastday: May 19

When the father of this Italian saint died, his good mother brought up her twelve children well, even though they were very poor. "Oh, if I could only have the joy of seeing one of you become a saint!" she use to say. Once when she asked as usual, "which one of you is going to become a saint?" little Peter (who was to become Pope Celestine) answered with all his heart, "Me, mama! I'll become a saint!" And he did.

When he was twenty, Peter became a hermi...


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Saint of the Day for May 17, 2012

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St. Paschal Baylon

 Feastday: May 17
Patron of Eucharistic congresses and Eucharistic associations
1540 - 1592

Franciscan lay brother and mystic. Born to a peasant family at Torre Hermosa, in Aragon, on Whitsunday, he was christened Pascua in honor of the feast. According to accounts of his early life, Paschal labored as a shepherd for his father, performed miracles, and was distinguished for his austerity. He also taught himself to read. Receiving a vision which told him to enter a nearby F...


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Saint of the Day for May 16, 2012

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St. Simon Stock

 Feastday: May 16

Although little is known about Simon Stock's early life, legend has it that the name Stock, meaning "tree trunk," derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit in a hollow tree trunk of an oak tree. It is also believed that, as a young man, he went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where he joined a group of Carmelites with whom he later returned to Europe. Simon Stock founded many Carmelite Communities, especially in Universit...


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Saint of the Day for May 15, 2012

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St. Dymphna

 Feastday: May 15
Patron of those suffering for nervous and mental affictions

Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some woman of noble birth, resembling his wife, who would be willing to marry him. When none could be found, his evil advisers told him to marry his own daughter. Dymphna fled from her castle together with St. Gerebr...


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Saint of the Day for May 14, 2012

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St. Matthias - Apostle

 Feastday: May 14

How does one qualify to be an apostle?

The first act of the apostles after the Ascension of Jesus was to find a replacement for Judas. With all the questions, doubts, and dangers facing them, they chose to focus their attention on finding a twelfth apostle. Why was this important? Twelve was a very important number to the Chosen People: twelve was the number of the twelve tribes of Israel. If the new Israel was to come from the disciples of Jesu...


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Saint of the Day for May 13, 2012

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St. John the Silent

 Feastday: May 13
452 - 558

Bishop of Colonia in Palestine and a hermit. Born in Nicopolis, Armenia, he established a monastery at the age of eighteen. Appointed a bishop at the age of twenty-eight, he spent nine years in his office before retiring to Jerusalem to embrace the eremitical life. Through a vision, he found his way to the monastery, or laura, of St. Sabas, asking to be walled up and living for seventy-five years as a silent recluse


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Saint of the Day for May 12, 2012

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Sts. Nereus & Achilleus

 Feastday: May 12

So often we hear people or even ourselves excuse an action by saying "I was only following orders." But for Nereus and Achilleus this excuse could not stand in the face of the cross.

Everything we know from authority about the two first- century martyrs comes from a testimony written by Pope St. Damasus in the fourth century and inscribed on a memorial tablet that commemorates their lives. But even this commentary comes 300 years after they d...


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Saint of the Day for May 11, 2012

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St. Ignatius of Laconi

 Feastday: May 11
1701 - 1781

Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. When he was about seventeen, he became very ill. He promised to be a Franciscan if he would get better. But when the illness left him, his father convinced him to wait. A couple of years later, Ignatius was almost killed when he lost control of his horse. Suddenly, however, the horse stopped and trotted on quietly. Ignatius was convinced, then, tha...
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Saint of the Day for May 10, 2012

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St. Solange

 Feastday: May 10
Patron of Berry, France, Bourges, France, for rain, rape victims, shepherds

St. Solange d. 880, Born of a poor family of vineyard workers near Bourges, France, she became a shepherdess whose beauty attracted the lustful attention of a noble in Poitiers. He kidnapped her, but when she leaped from the horse on which he was carrying her off, he pursued and killed her. The sources of the story are questionable, however.  Feastday is May 10.   


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Saint of the Day for May 9, 2012

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St. Pachomius

 Feastday: May 9
292 - 348

St. Pachomius was born about 292 in the Upeer Thebaid in Egypt and was inducted into the Emperor's army as a twenty-year-old. The great kindness of Christians at Thebes toward the soldiers became embedded in his mind and led to his conversion after his discharge. After being baptized, he became a disciple of an anchorite, Palemon, and took the habit. The two of them led a life of extreme austerity and total dedication to God; they combined manual labor wi...


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Saint of the Day for May 8, 2012

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St. Peter of Tarantaise

 Feastday: May 8
1102 - 1175

Cistercian archbishop. Peter was born near Vienne, in Dauphine, France, and joined the Cistercian Order at Bonneveaux at the age of twenty with his two brothers and father. Known for his piety, at age thirty he was sent to serve as the first abbot of Tamie, in the Tarantaise Mountains, between Geneva and Savoy. There he built a hospice for travelers. In 1142, he was named the archbishop of Tarantaise against his wishes, and he devoted muc...


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Saint of the Day for May 7, 2012

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St. Rose Venerini

 Feastday: May 7
1656 - 1728
Beatified By: May 4, 1952
Canonized By: 3 June 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI

Blessed Rose was born at Viterbo in 1656, the daughter of Godfrey Venerini, a physician. Upon the death of a young man who had been paying court to her, she entered a convent, but after a few months had to return home to look after her widowed mother. Rose use to gather the women and girls of the neighborhood to say the rosary together in the evenings,...


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Saint of the Day for May 4, 2012

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St. Florian

 Feastday: May 4

The St. Florian commemorated in the Roman Martyrology on May 4th, was an officer of the Roman army, who occupied a high administrative post in Noricum, now part of Austria, and who suffered death for the Faith in the days of Diocletian. His legendary "Acts" state that he gave himself up at Lorch to the soldiers of Aquilinus, the governor, when they were rounding up the Christians, and after making a bold confession, he was twice scourged, half-flayed alive, s...


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Saint of the Day for May 3, 2012

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St. James the Lesser

 Feastday: May 3
Patron of Hatmmakers

St. James the Less, the author of the first Catholic Epistle, was the son of Alphaeus of Cleophas. His mother Mary was either a sister or a close relative of the Blessed Virgin, and for that reason, according to Jewish custom, he was sometimes called the brother of the Lord. The Apostle held a distinguished position in the early Christian community of Jerusalem. St. Paul tells us he was a witness of the Resurrection of Christ; he is also...


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Saint of the Day for May 2, 2012

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St. Athanasius

 Feastday: May 2
Died: 373

St. Athanasius, the great champion of the Faith was born at Alexandria, about the year 296, of Christian parents. Educated under the eye of Alexander, later Bishop of his native city, he made great progress in learning and virtue. In 313, Alexander succeeded Achillas in the Patriarchal See, and two years later St. Athanasius went to the desert to spend some time in retreat with St. Anthony.

In 319, he became a deacon, and even in this capacity...


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Saint of the Day for May 1, 2012

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St. Marculf

 Feastday: May 1

Marculf is also known as Marcoul. He was born at Bayeux, Gaul, at noble parents. He was ordained when he was thirty, and did missionary work at Coutances. Desirous of living as a hermit, he was granted land by king Childebert at Nanteuil. He attracted numerous disciples, and built a monastery, of which he was abbot. It became a great pilgrimage center after his death on May 1. St. Marculf was regarded as a patron who cured skin diseases, and as late as 168...


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Saint of the Day for April 30, 2012

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St. Pius V, Pope

 Feastday: April 30
1504 - 1572

Pope from 1566-1572 and one of the foremost leaders of the Catholic Reformation. Born Antonio Ghislieri in Bosco, Italy, to a poor family, he labored as a shepherd until the age of fourteen and then joined the Dominicans, being ordained in 1528. Called Brother Michele, he studied at Bologna and Genoa, and then taught theology and philosophy for sixteen years before holding the posts of master of novices and prior for several Dominican ho...


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Saint of the Day for April 29, 2012

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St. Catherine of Siena - Doctor of the Church

 Patron Fire prevention
1347 - 1380

The 25th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of Christ, Mary, and the saints. St. Catherine was one of the most brilliant theological minds of her day, although she never had any formal education...


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Saint of the Day for April 28,2012

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St. Peter Chanel

 Feastday: April 28
Patron of Oceania
1803 - 1841

In St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (Feast day - April 28) The protomartyr of the South Seas, St. Peter Chanel was born in 1803 at Clet in the diocese of Belley, France. His intelligence and simple piety brought him to the attention of the local priest, Father Trompier, who saw to his elementary education. Entering the diocesan Seminary, Peter won the affection and the esteem of both students and professors. After his ordi...


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Saint of the Day for April 27, 2012

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St. Zita

 Feastday: April 27

St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always tried to do God's will obediently whenever it was pointed out to her by her mother. At the age of twelve Zita became a housekeeper in the house of a rich weaver in Lucca, Italy, eight miles from her home at Monte Sagrati. As things turned out, she stayed with that f...


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Saint of the Day for April 26, 2012

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St. Cletus

 Feastday: April 26

St. Cletus was the third bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. Linus, which circumstance alone shows his eminent virtue among the first disciples of St. Peter in the West. He sat twelve years, from 76 to 89. The canon of the Roman mass, (which Bossuet and all others agree to be of primitive antiquity,) Bede, and other Martyrologists, style him a martyr. He was buried near St. Linus, on the Vatican, and his relics still remain in that church.  


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Saint of the Day for April 25, 2012

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Feastday: April 25
Patron of notaries

St. Mark

The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there.

St. Mark was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was Mark's cousin) on their missionary journey through the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied St. Barnabas alone. We know also th...


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Saint of the Day for April 24, 2012

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St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

 Feastday: April 24
1577 - 1622

Franciscan Capuchin martyr. He was born Mark Rey is Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577. A practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. In 1612, he became a Franciscan Capuchin monk, taking the name of Fidelis. A missionary to Grisons, Switzerland, Fidelis was so successful that local Protestants claimed that he was a spy for the Austrian Emperor. Fidelis was stabbed to death ...


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Saint of the Day for April 23, 2012

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St. George

 Feastday: April 23
Patron of England & Catalonia

Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for wickedness. The lady stands for God's holy truth. St. George was a brave martyr who was victorious over the devil.

He was a soldier in the army of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and he was one of the Emperor's favorite soldiers. Now Diocletian was a pagan and a bitter enemy to the Christians. He put to death every Christian h...


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Saint of the Day for April 22, 2012

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St. Abdiesus

 Feastday: April 22
Died: 342

Also called Hebed Jesus, a deacon in the Christian community of Persia who was caught up in the persecutions conducted by King Shapur II. Records indicate that Abdiesus was accompanied in his martyrdom by Abrosimus, Acepsimus, Azadanes, Azades, Bicor, Mareas, Milles, and a women named Tarbula. Some were Persian courtiers, others priests and bishops. Tarbula was the sister of St. Simeon, and suffered a particularly cruel death by sawing.  


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Saint of the Day for April 21, 2012

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St. Anselm

 Feastday: April 21
1033 - 1109

St. Anselm Archbishop of Canterbury and Confessor APRIL 21,A.D. 1109 IF the Norman conquerors stripped the English nation of its liberty, and many temporal advantages, it must be owned that by their valor they raised the reputation of its arms, and deprived their own country of its greatest men, both in church and state, with whom they adorned this kingdom: of which this great doctor, and his master, Lanfranc, are instances. St. Anselm was born o...


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Saint of the Day for April 20, 2012

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St. Marian

 Feastday: April 20

When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by the Visigoths. St. Mamertinus gave him the habit, and the novice edified all his piety and obedience. The Abbot, wishing to test him, gave him the lowest possible post - that of cowman and shepherd in the Abbey farm at Merille. Marcian accepted the work cheerfully,...


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Saint of the Day for April 19, 2012

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St. Alphege

 Feastday: April 19
Patron of Greenwich; Solihull; kidnap victims
954 - 1012

Archbishop and "the First Martyr of Canterbury." He was born in 953 and became a monk in the Deerhurst Monastery in Gloucester, England, asking after a few years to become a hermit. He received permission for this vocation and retired to a small hut near Somerset, England. In 984 Alphege assumed the role of abbot of the abbey of Bath, founded by St. Dunstan and by his own efforts. Many of his disciples f...


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Saint of the Day for April 18, 2012

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St. Apollonius the Apologist

 Feastday: April 18
Died: 185

Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his slaves. The Praetorian Prefect, Sextus Tigidius Perennis, arrested him, also putting the slave to death as an informer. Perennis demanded that Apollonius denounce the faith, and when he refused, the case was remanded to the Roman senate....


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Saint of the Day for April 17, 2012

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St. Anicetus

 Feastday: April 17

Anicetus was a Syrian from Emesa. He became pope about 155 and actively opposed Marcionism and Gnosticism. His pontificate saw the appearance of the controversy between East and West over the date of Easter. St. Polycarp, a disciple of John, is reported to have visited him in Rome about the dispute, which was to accelerate and grow more heated over the following centuries.  


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Saint of the Day for April 16, 2012

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St. Bernadette

 Feastday: April 16
Died: 1879

On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order -- died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard. She was thirty-five.

Born into a humble family which little by little fell into extreme poverty, Bernadette had always been a frail child. Quite young, she had already suffered from digestive trouble, then after having just escaped being a victim of the cholera epidemic...
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Saint of the Day for April 15, 2012

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St. Paternus

 Feastday: April 15
482 - 565

St. Paternus.The first 5th century saint. He followed his father's path by becoming a hermit in Wales. He founded the monastery at the great church of Paternus, and became a bishop of that region. He was known for his preaching, charity and mortifications. Scholars believe his story is an amalgam. His feast day is April 16.  


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Saint of the Day for April 14, 2012

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St. Lydwine

 Feastday: April 14
Patron of sickness; chronically ill, ice skaters, town of Schiedam
1380 - 1433

St. Lydwine is the patroness of sickness Lydwine of Schiedam was born at Schiedam, Holland, one of nine children of a working man. After an injury in her youth, she became bedridden and suffered the rest of her life from various illnesses and diseases. She experienced mystical gifts, including supernatural visions of heaven, hell, purgatory, apparitions of Christ, and the stigmata. Thom...


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Saint of the Day for April 13, 2012

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Pope Saint Martin I

 Feastday: April 13
Died: 655

Martin I lay too sick to fight on a couch in front of the altar when the soldiers burst into the Lateran basilica. He had come to the church when he heard the soldiers had landed. But the thought of kidnapping a sick pope from the house of God didn't stop the soldiers from grabbing him and hustling him down to their ship.

Elected pope in 649, Martin I had gotten in trouble for refusing to condone silence in the face of wrong. At that time...


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Saint of the Day for April 12, 2012

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St. Julius

 Feastday: April 12

Julius whose feast day is April 12th. Julius was the son of a Roman named Rusticus. He was elected Pope to succeed Pope St. Mark on February 6, 337. Julius was soon involved in the Arian controversy when Eusebius of Nicomedia opposed the return of Athanasius to the See of Alexandria in 338. Eusebius and his followers elected George, whereupon the Arians elected Pistus. Julius convened a synod in Rome in 340 or 341 that neither group attended, and in a letter to t...


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Saint of the Day for April 11, 2012

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St. Marguerite d'Youville

 Feastday: April 11
Died: 1771
Canonized By: Pope John Paul II

Foundress of the Sisters of Charity, the Grey Nuns of Canada. St. Marguerite D'Youville was born at Varennes, Quebec, on October 15, Marie Marguerite Dufrost de La Jemmerais. She studied under the Ursulines, married Francois D'Youville in 1722, and became a widow in 1730. She worked to support herself and her three children, devoted much of her time to the Confraternity of the Holy Family in charitable act...


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Saint of the Day for April 9, 2012

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St. Waldetrudis

 Feastday: April 9
Died: 688

Also known as Waltrude or Waudru, she was the daughter of Saints Walbert and Bertilia and sister of St. Aldegunus of Maubeuge. Marrying St. Vincent Madelgarius, she became the mother of saints Landericus, Madalberta, Adeltrudis, and Dentelin. When her husband chose to become a  monk about 643 in the monastery of Hautrnont, France, he had founded, she established a convent at Chateaulieu, around which grew up the town of Mons, Belgium.  

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Saint of the Day for April 8, 2012

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St. Julie Billiart

Feastday: April 8

St. Julie (Julia) Billiart was born in 1751 and died in 1816. As a child, playing "school" was Julie's favorite game. When she was sixteen, to help supp...


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Saint of the Day for April 7, 2012

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St. John Baptist de la Salle

 Feastday: April 7
Patron of Teachers

John Baptist de la Salle was born at Rheims, France on April 30th. He was the eldest of ten children in a noble family. He studied in Paris and was ordained in 1678. He was known for his work with the poor. He died at St. Yon, Rouen, on April 7th. He was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1900. John was very involved in education. He founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (approved in 1725) and established t...


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Saint of the Day for April 6, 2012

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St. William of Eskilsoe

 Feastday: April 6
Died: 1203

Missionary. Born at Saint-Germain, France, circa 1125, he served as a canon at the church of St. Genevieve, Paris, under the great Abbot Suger until about 1170, when he was sent to Denmark with the mission of reforming the canons at Eskilsoe at the request of the bishop of Roskilde. He became abbot there and, during his three decades among the Danes, he also reformed many other communities. He also founded the abbey of St. Thomas, in Zeeland....


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Saint of the Day for April 5, 2012

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St. Vincent Ferrer

 Feastday: April 5
Patron of Builders

St. Vincent Ferrer is the patron saint of builders because of his fame for "building up" and strengthening the Church: through his preaching, missionary work, in his teachings, as confessor and adviser.  At Valencia in Spain, this illustrious son of St. Dominic came into the world on January 23, 1357. In the year 1374, he entered the Order of St. Dominic in a monastery near his native city. Soon after his profession he was commissione...


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Saint of the Day for April 4, 2012

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St. Isidore of Seville
Doctor of the Church

Feastday: April 4
Died: 636

Isidore was literally born into a family of saints in sixth century Spain. Two of his brothers, Leander and Fulgentius, and one of his sisters, Florentina, are revered as saints in Spain. It was also a family of leaders and strong minds with Leander and Fulgentius serving as bishops and Florentina as abbess.

This didn't make life easier for Isidore. To the contrary, Leander may have been holy in many ways, but his tr...


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Saint of the Day for April 3, 2012

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St. Richard of Wyche

 Feastday: April 3
Patron of Coachmen; Diocese of Chichester; Sussex, England
1197 - 1253

Richard of Wyche, also known as Richard of Chichester, was born at Wyche (Droitwich), Worcestershire, England. He was orphaned when he was quite young. He retrieved the fortunes of the mismanaged estate he inherited when he took it over, and then turned it over to his brother Robert. Richard refused marriage and went to Oxford, where he studied under Grosseteste and met and beg...


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Saint of the Day for April 2, 2012

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St. Francis of Paola

 Feastday: April 2

Francis was born at Paola, Italy and was educated at the Franciscan friary of San Marco there, and when fifteen became a hermit near Paola. In 1436, he and two companions began a community that is considered the foundation of the Minim Friars. He built a monastery where he had led his eremitical life some fifteen years later and set a Rule for his followers emphasizing penance, charity, and humility, and added to the three monastic vows, one of fast...


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Saint of the Day for April 1, 2012

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St. Hugh of Grenoble

 Feastday: April 1
1053 - 1132

Benedictine bishop of Grenoble, France, patron of St. Bruno. He was born in the Dauphine region and became a canon of the cathedral in Valence. In 1080, while attending a synod in Avignon, Hugh was named bishop of Grenoble. He attempted a massive reform of the diocese, but, discouraged, retired to Chaise Dieu Abbey, and became a Benedictine. Pope St. Gregoiy VII ordered him back to Grenoble. Hugh gave St. Bruno the land on which the Grande ...


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Saint of the Day for March 31, 2012

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St. Benjamin

 Feastday: March 31
Died: 424

St. Benjamin, Martyr (Feast Day - March 31) The Christians in Persia had enjoyed twelve years of peace during the reign of Isdegerd, son of Sapor III, when in 420 it was disturbed by the indiscreet zeal of Abdas, a Christian Bishop who burned the Temple of Fire, the great sanctuary of the Persians. King Isdegerd threatened to destroy all the churches of the Christians unless the Bishop would rebuild it.

As Abdas refused to comply, the threat ...


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Saint of the Day for March 30, 2012

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St. Peter Regulatus

 Feastday: March 30
1390 - 1456

Also Peter Regalado, Franciscan reformer. Peter was born at Valladolid, Spain, to a noble family, and entered the Franciscan Order in his native city at the age of thirteen. After several years, he transferred to a far more austere monastery at Tribulos, where he became known for his severe asceticism as well as his abilities to levitate and enter into ecstasies. A success as abbot, he gave himself over to bringing needed reforms to t...


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Saint of the Day for March 29, 2012

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St. Berthold

Feastday: March 29
Died: 1195

Considered by some historians to be the founder of the Carmelite Order. He was born in Limoges, France, and proved a brilliant student at the Unive...


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Saint of the Day for March 28, 2012

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St. Venturino of Bergamo

 Feastday: March 28
1304 - 1346

Dominican preacher and missionary crusader. A native of Bergamo, Italy, he joined the Dominicans in 1319 and soon distinguished himself as a brilliant preacher, attracting huge crowds throughout northern Italy. Pleased with his ability to reach large numbers of believers, he announced in 1335 his intention to go on a pilgrimage to Rome. When Pope Benedict XII (r. 1334-1342) learned of the pilgrimage, he feared Venturino might be plannin...


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Saint of the Day for March 27, 2012

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St. Rupert

 Feastday: March 27
60 - 717

Bishop and missionary, also listed as Robert of Hrodbert. A member of a noble Frankish family, he was appointed bishop of Worms, Germany, and then dedicated himself to spreading the faith among the Germans. With the patronage of Duke Thedo of Bavaria, he took over the deserted town of luvavum about 697, which was renamed Salzburg, Austria. Rupert founded a church, a monastery, and a school; brought in groups of missionaries; and established a nunnery a...


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Saint of the Day for March 26, 2012

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St. Margaret of Clitherow

 Feastday: March 26

St. Margaret Clitherow was born in Middleton, England, in 1555, of protestant parents. Possessed of good looks and full of wit and merriment, she was a charming personality. In 1571, she married John Clitherow, a well-to-do grazier and butcher (to whom she bore two children), and a few years later entered the Catholic Church. Her zeal led her to harbor fugitive priests, for which she was arrested and imprisoned by hostile authorities. Recourse was...


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Saint of the Day for March 25, 2012

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St. Dismas

Feastday: March 25

All that is known of Dismas is that he is the Good Thief crucified with Christ on Calvary. The other thief is known as Gestas. A completely unsubstantiated myth from the Arabic Gospel of the Infancy that enjoyed great popular...


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Saint of the Day for March 23, 2012

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St. Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo

 Feastday: March 23
Patron of Native rights; Latin American bishops; Peru
1538 - 1606

Bishop and defender of the rights of the native Indians in Peru, Born in Mayorga, Spain, he studied law and became a lawyer and then professor at Salamanca, receiving appointment-despite being a layman-as chief judge of the court of Inquisition at Granada under King Philip II of Spain. The king subsequently appointed him in 1580 to the post of archbishop of Lima, Peru. After re...


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Saint of the Day for March 22, 2012

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St. Lea

 Feastday: March 22

A letter which St. Jerome wrote to St. Marcella provides the only information we have about St. Lea, a devout fourth century widow. Upon the death of her husband, she retired to a Roman monastery and ultimately became its Superior. Since his correspondence was acquainted with the details of St. Lea's life, St. Jerome omitted these in his letter. He concentrated instead on the fate of St. Lea in comparison with that of a consul who had recently died. "Who will pr...


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Saint of the Day for March 21, 2012

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St. Enda
Feastday: March 21

Legend has him an Irishman noted for his military feats who was convinced by his sister St. Fanchea to renounce his warring activities and marry. When he found his ...


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Saint of the Day for March 20, 2012

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Bl. John of Parma

 Feastday: March 20

John Buralli, the seventh minister general of the Franciscans, was born at Parma in the year 1209, and he was already teaching logic there when at the age of twenty-five, he joined the Franciscans. He was sent to Paris to study and, after he had been ordained, to teach and preach in Bologna, Naples and Rome. He preached so well that crowds of people came to hear his sermons, even very important persons flocked to hear him.  In the year 1247, John was ch...


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Saint of the Day for March 19, 2012

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St. Joseph
 Feastday: March 19
Patron of the Universal Church

Everything we know about the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus comes from Scripture and that has seemed too little for those who made up legends about him.

We know he was a carpenter, a working man, for the skeptical Nazarenes ask about Jesus, "Is this not the carpenter's son?" (Matthew 13:55). He wasn't rich for when he took Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised and Mary to be purified he offered the sacrific...


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Saint of the Day for March 18, 2012

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St. Cyril of Jerusalem
 Feastday: March 18
315 - 386

"Make your fold with the sheep; flee from the wolves: depart not from the Church," Cyril admonished catechumens surrounded by heresy. These were prophetic words for Cyril was to be hounded by enemies and heretics for most of his life, and although they could exile him from his diocese he never left his beloved Church.

Cyril's life began a few years before Arianism (the heresy that Jesus was not divine or one in being with the Father) a...


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Saint of the Day for March 17, 2012

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St. Patrick

 Feastday: March 17
Patron of Ireland
387 - 461

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints.

Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.

Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day when everyone's Irish.

There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, but this is his story.

Patrick was bor...


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Saint of the Day for March 16, 2012

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St. Abban

 Feastday: March 16
Died: 620

Abbot and Irish missionary. An Irish prince, Abban was the son of King Cormac of Leinster. He is listed as the nephew of St. Ibar. Abban founded many churches in the old district of Ui Cennselaigh, in modern County Wexford and Ferns. His main monastery is Magheranoidhe, in Adamstown, Ireland. This monastery's fame is attributed in some records to another Abban, that of New Ross. Abban is also associated with Kill-Abban Abbey in Leinster, serving as a...
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Saint of the Day for March 15, 2012

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St. Louise de Marillac

 Feastday: March 15
Died: 1660

Louise de Marillac was born probably at Ferrieres-en-Brie near Meux, France, on August 12, 1591. She was educated by the Dominican nuns at Poissy. She desired to become a nun but on the advice of her confessor, she married Antony LeGras, an official in the Queen's service, in 1613. After Antony's death in 1625, she met St. Vincent de Paul, who became her spiritual adviser. She devoted the rest of her life to working with him. She helped...


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Saint of the Day for March 14, 2012

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St. Matilda

 Feastday: March 14
Patron of parents of large families
Died: 968

Matilda was the daughter of Count Dietrich of Westphalia and Reinhild of Denmark. She was also known as Mechtildis and Maud. She was raised by her grandmother, the Abbess of Eufurt convent. Matilda married Henry the Fowler, son of Duke Otto of Saxony, in the year 909. He succeeded his father as Duke in the year 912 and in 919 succeeded King Conrad I to the German throne. She was noted for her piety and charitable wo...


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Saint of the Day for March 13, 2012

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Bl. Agnello of Pisa

 Feastday: March 13

The founder of the English Franciscan province, Blessed Agnello, was admitted into the Order by St. Francis himself on the occasion of his sojourn in Pisa. He was sent to the Friary in Paris, of which he became the guardian, and in 1224, St. Francis appointed him to found an English province; at the time he was only a deacon. Eight others were selected to accompany him. True to the precepts of St. Francis, they had no money, and the monks of Fecam...


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Saint of the Day for March 12. 2012

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St. Fina
 Feastday: March 12

St. Fina or Seraphina, Virgin A.D. 1253 The old town of San Geminiano in Tuscany treasures with special veneration the memory of Santa Fina, a young girl whose claim to be recognized as a saint lay in the perfect resignation with which she accepted bodily suffering. She was born of parents who had seen better days but had fallen into poverty. The child was pretty and attractive. Poor as she was she always kept half her food to give to those who were worse off ...


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Saint of the Day for March 11, 2012

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St. Constantine
 Feastday: March 11

Constantine was king of Cornwall. Unreliable tradition has him married to the daughter of the king of Brittany who on her death ceded his throne to his son and became a monk at St. Mochuda monastery at Rahan, Ireland. He performed menial tasks at the monastery, then studied for the priesthood and was ordained. He went as a missionary to Scotland under St. Columba and then St. Kentigern, preached in Galloway, and became Abbot of a monastery at Govan. In old ...


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Saint of the Day for March 10, 2012

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St. John Ogilvie
 Feastday: March 10
1579 - 1615

Born in 1579, John Ogilvie belonged to Scottish nobility. Raised a Calvinist, he was educated on the continent. Exposed to the religious controversies of his day and impressed with the faith of the martyrs, he decided to become a Catholic. In 1596, at age seventeen he was received into the Church at Louvain. Later John attended a variety of Catholic educational institutions, and eventually he sought admission into the Jesuits. He was ordained a...


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Saint of the Day for March 9, 2012

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St. Frances of Rome

Feastday: March 9

Frances was born in the city of Rome in 1384 to a wealthy, noble family. From her mother she inherited a quiet manner and a pious devotion to God. From her ...


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Saint of the Day for March 8, 2012

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St. John of God

 Feastday: March 8
Patron of Booksellers

From the time he was eight to the day he died, John followed every impulse of his heart. The challenge for him was to rush to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit gave him, not his own human temptations. But unlike many who act impulsively, when John made a decision, no matter how quickly, he stuck with it, no matter what the hardship.

At eight years old, John heard a visiting priest speak of adventures that were waiting in the ag...


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Saint of the Day for March 7, 2012

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St. Paul the Simple
 Feastday: March 7
Died: 339

A hermit and disciple of St. Anthony. Paul had long been a humble farmer in Egypt when, at the age of sixty, he discovered that his wife was unfaithful. Leaving her, he set out for the desert and went to Anthony to become a follower. Anthony at first refused him, owing to Paul’s advanced years and because he doubted Paul’s sincerity. As Paul was persistent, Anthony gave him a host of demanding and arduous tasks which Paul fulfilled wi...


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Saint of the Day for March 6, 2012

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St. Colette

 Feastday: March 6

Colette was the daughter of a carpenter named DeBoilet at Corby Abbey in Picardy, France. She was born on January 13, christened Nicolette, and called Colette. Orphaned at seventeen, she distributed her inheritance to the poor. She became a Franciscan tertiary, and lived at Corby as a solitary. She soon became well known for her holiness and spiritual wisdom, but left her cell in 1406 in response to a dream directing her to reform the Poor Clares. She receiv...


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Saint of the Day for March 5, 2012

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St. John of the Cross
 Feastday: March 5
Patron of Ischia
1654 - 1739

St. John Joseph of the Cross was born about the middle of the seventeenth century in the beautiful island of Ischia, near Naples. From his childhood he was the model of virtue, and in his sixteenth year he entered the Franciscan Order of the Strictest Observance, or Reform of St. Peter of Alcantara. Such was the edification he gave in his Order, that within three years after his profession he was sent to found a monast...


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Saint of the Day for March 4, 2012

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St Casimir
Feastday: March 4
Patron of Poland and Lithuania
1461 - 1484

Casimir grew up in a world where his life was not his own. As a prince of Poland, the second son of King Casimir IV and Elizabeth of Austria, his life was scheduled to cement his father's authority and increase Poland's power.

Casimir realized from an early age that his life belonged to someone else, but to a much higher King than his father. Despite pressure, humiliation, and rejection, he stood by that loyalty throug...


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Saint of the Day for March 3, 2012

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St. Katharine Drexel

 Feastday: March 3
Died: 1955
Beatified By: Pope John Paul II
Canonized By: Pope John Paul II

Saint Katharine Drexel, Religious (Feast Day-March 3) Born in 1858, into a prominent Philadelphia family, Katharine became imbued with love for God and neighbor. She took an avid interest in the material and spiritual well-being of black and native Americans. She began by donating money but soon concluded that more was needed - the lacking ingredient was people. Katharine founde...


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Saint of the Day for March 2, 2012

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Bl. Charles the Good

 Feastday: March 2
1083 - 1127

In 1086, St. Canute, King of Denmark and father of Blessed Charles the Good, was slain in St. Alban's Church, Odence. Charles who was only a few years old was taken by his mother to the court of Robert, Count of Flanders, his maternal grandfather. When he grew up, he became a knight and accompanied Robert in a crusade to the Holy Land where he distinguished himself; on their return, Charles also fought against the English with his uncle. ...


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Saint of the Day for March 1, 2012

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St. David
 Feastday: March 1

According to tradition, St. David was the son of King Sant of South Wales and St. Non. He was ordained a priest and later studied under St. Paulinus. Later, he was involved in missionary work and founded a number of monasteries. The monastery he founded at Menevia in Southwestern Wales was noted for extreme asceticism. David and his monks drank neither wine nor beer - only water - while putting in a full day of heavy manual labor and intense study. Around ...


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Saint of the Day for February 29, 2012

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St. Aubin

 Feastday: February 29

Albinus, also known as Aubin, entered the monastery of Tincillac when a youth, was elected Abbot when he was thirty-five, and was named Bishop of Angers in 529. He was known for his generosity to the sick and the indigent, widows, and orphans, for his work in ransoming slaves, and for his holiness and the many miracles he is reputed to have performed both during his lifetime and after his death. His feast day is March 1.  


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Saint of the Day for February 28. 2012

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St. Hilary, Pope

 Feastday: February 28
Died: 468

Pope from 461-468 and guardian of Church unity. He was born in Sardinia, Italy, and was a papal legate to the Robber Council of Ephesus in 449, barely escaping with his life from this affair. Hilary was used by Pope St. Leo I the Great on many assignments. When Leo died, Hilary was elected pope and consecrated on November 19,461. He worked diligently to strengthen the Church in France and Spain, calling councils in 462 and 465. Hilary also reb...


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Saint of the Day for February 27, 2012

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St. Leander of Seville

 Feastday: February 27
534 - 600

St. Leander of Seville, Bishop (Feast - February 27th) Leander was born at Cartagena, Spain, of Severianus and Theodora, illustrious for their virtue. St. Isidore and Fulgentius, both bishops were his brothers, and his sister, Florentina, is also numbered among the saints. He became a monk at Seville and then the bishop of the See. He was instrumental in converting the two sons Hermenegild and Reccared of the Arian Visigothic King Leov...


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Saint of the Day for February 26, 2012

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St. Isabel of France


Feastday: February 26

Sister of St. Louis and daughter of King Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, she refused offers of marriage from several noble suitors to continue her life of virgini...


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Saint of the Day for February 25, 2012

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St. Tarasius

 Feastday: February 25
730 - 806

St. Tarasius was subject of the Byzantine Empire. He was raised to the highest honors in the Empire as Consul, and later became first secretary to the Emperor Constantine and his mother, Irene. When being elected Patriarch of Constantinople, he consented to accept the dignity offered to him only on condition that a General Council should be summoned to resolve the disputes concerning the veneration of sacred images, for Constantinople had been sep...


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Saint of the Day for February 24, 2012

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St. John Theristus

Feastday: February 24
1049 - 1129

Benedictine monk, called Theristus or “Harvester.” He was of Calabrian lineage, born in Sicily. His mother was a slave of the Saracens. John escaped at a young age and became a monk.  


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Saint of the Day for February 23, 2012

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St. Polycarp

 Feastday: February 23

Imagine being able to sit at the feet of the apostles and hear their stories of life with Jesus from their own lips. Imagine walking with those who had walked with Jesus, seen him, and touched him. That was what Polycarp was able to do as a disciple of Saint John the Evangelist.

But being part of the second generation of Church leaders had challenges that the first generation could not teach about. What did you do when those eyewitnesses were gone? H...


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Saint of the Day for February 22. 2012

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St. Margaret of Cortona

 Feastday: February 22

Margaret of Cortona, penitent, was born in Loviana in Tuscany in 1247. Her father was a small farmer. Margaret's mother died when she was seven years old. Her stepmother had little care for her high-spirited daughter. Rejected at home, Margaret eloped with a youth from Montepulciano and bore him a son out of wedlock. After nine years, her lover was murdered without warning. Margaret left Montpulciano and returned as a penitent to her fat...


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Saint of the Day for February 21, 2012

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St. Severian

 Feastday: February 21
Died: 452

Bishop and martyr. The bishop of Scythopolis in Galilee. He attended the Council of Chalcedon (451) and took part in the complete triumph of the orthodox Christian cause against the heretics of the era. On his return home he was assassinated by a group of heretics at the command of Emperor Theodosius II.   


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Saint of the Day for February 20, 2012

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St. Wulfric

  
Feastday: February 20
1080 - 1154

Wulfric (d. 1154) + hermit and miracle worker. Born at Compton Martin, near Bristol, England, he became a priest and was excessively materialistic and worldly. After meeting with a beggar, he underwent a personal conversion and became a hermit at Haselbury; Somerset, England. For his remaining years, he devoted himself to rigorous austerities and was known for his miracles and prophecies. While he was never formally canonized, Wulfric was a ver...


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Saint of the Day for February 19, 2012

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Bl. Alvarez of Corova

 Feastday: February 19
1350 - 1430

Alvarez was born in either Lisbon, Portugal, or Cordova, Spain. He entered the Dominican convent at Cordova in 1368. He became known for his preaching prowess in Spain and Italy, was confessor and adviser of Queen Catherine, John of Gaunt's daughter, and tutor of King John II in his youth. He reformed the court, and then left the court to found a monastery near Cordova. There the Escalaceli (ladder of heaven) that he built became a cen...
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Saint of the Day for February 18, 2012

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St. Simon
 Feastday: February 18

In St. Matthew's Gospel, we read of St. Simon or Simeon who is described as one of our Lord's brethren or kinsmen. His father was Cleophas, St. Joseph's brother, and his mother, according to some writers, was our Lady's sister. He would therefore be our Lord's first cousin and is supposed to have been about eight years older than He. No doubt he is one of those brethren of Christ who are  mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as having received the Holy Spir...


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Saint of the Day for February 17, 2012

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St. Alexis Falconieri

 Feastday: February 17
Patron of the city of Orvieto (Italy)
1200 - 1310

Founder and mystic, one of the first Servants of Mary or Servites. The son of a wealthy merchant in Florence, Italy, Alexis and six companions joined the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin in Florence in 1225. Gathered together on the Feast of the Assumption in 1233, the group experienced a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary which inspired them to found a new religious community dedicated to prayer....


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Saint of the Day for February 16, 2012

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St. Daniel

Died in 309, He and four companions, Elias, Isaias, Jeremy and Samuel were Egyptians who visited Christians condemned to work in the mines of Cilicia during Maximus persecution, to comfort them. Apprehended at the gates of Caesarea, Palestine, they were brought before the governor, Firmilian and accused of being Christians. They were all tortured and then beheaded. When Porphyry, a servant of St. Pamphilus demanded that the bodies be buried, he was tortured and then burned ...


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Saint of the Day for February 15, 2012

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St. Walfrid

Feastday:
February 15
Died: 765

Walfrid or Galfrido della Gherardesca was born in Pisa, of which he became a prosperous and honored citizen. He married a wife to whom he was deeply attached, and they had five sons and at least one daughter. After a time, Walfrid and his wife Thesia felt that God was calling them to enter the religious life. Walfrid had two friends - A kinsman named Gunduald and a certain Fortis, a native of Corsica: like him they were living in the world, but were dr...
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Saint of the Day for February 14, 2012

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St. Valentine 

Feastday: February 14
Patron of Love, Young People, Happy Marriages
Died: 269

Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith ineffectual, commanded him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270....


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Saint of the Day for February 13, 2012

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St. Catherine de Ricci

 Feastday: February 13

St. Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her baptismal name was Alexandrina, but she took the name of Catherine upon entering religion. From her earliest infancy she manifested a great love of prayer, and in her sixth year, her father placed her in the convent of Monticelli in Florence, where her aunt, Louisa de Ricci, was a nun. After a brief return home, she entered the convent of the Dominican nuns at Prat in Tuscany, in her fourteenth ye...


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Saint of the Day for February 12, 2012

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St. Buonfiglio Monaldo

 Feastday: February 12

He was one of seven Florentines who had joined the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin (the Laudesi) in a particularly lax period in the city's history and who were inspired by a vision on the feast of the Assumption to take up a life of solitude and prayer. After nearly fifteen years of austerity at a hermitage on Monte Senario he took the name in 1240 of Servants of Mary, or Servites. Six were ordained, developed as mendicant friars und...


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Saint of the Day for February 10, 2012

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Feastday: February 10
Died: 543

St. Scholastica, sister of St. Benedict, consecrated her life to God from her earliest youth. After her brother went to Monte Cassino, where he established his famous monastery, she took up her abode in the neighborhood at Plombariola, where she founded and governed a monastery of nuns, about five miles from that of St. Benedict, who, it appears, also directed his sister and her nuns. She visited her brother once a year, and as she was not allowed to enter ...


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Saint of the Day for February 9, 2012

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Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)
Anne was an Augustinian nun who experienced visions and made prophecies throughout her life. In 1813, she became bedridden with the stigmata. She recorded her visions in The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, as well as several other works.

Reflections from the Saints

If the Church is true, all in her is true; he who admits not the one, believes not the other.
– Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich

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Saint of the Day for February 8, 2012

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St. Josephine Bakhita (1868-1947)
When she was nine, Josephine was kidnapped by slave-traders. She was sold and resold for years until an Italian owner freed her. In Italy, she embraced the Faith and converted. A few years later, she became a nun. She was known for her gentle presence and her willingness to perform even the most menial tasks.

Reflections from the Saints

When a person loves another dearly, he desires strongly to be close to the other: therefore, why be afraid to die? Death br...

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Saint of the Day for February 7, 2012

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Pope Bl. Pius IX (1792-1878)
The son of Italian nobles, Pius may be best known for defining the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. He also presided over the First Vatican Council, which defined the dogma of papal infallibility. He had a reputation for being a patriotic reformer. Next to St. Peter, his papacy was the longest in history.

Reflections from the Saints

Great indeed is our trust in Mary. The resplendent glory of her merits, far exceeding all the choirs of angels, elevates her to t...

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Saint of the Day for February 6, 2012

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St. Paul Miki (1562-1597)
The son of a wealthy military leader, Paul joined the Jesuits at a young age. When a persecution began, he continued his preaching ministry and was soon arrested. He was forced to march 600 miles, being beaten along the way, and was eventually crucified.

Reflections from the Saints

The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason that I die.
– St. Paul Miki

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Saint of the Day for February 3, 2012

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St. Blaise (3rd century)
Blaise was a physician and bishop. After living in a cave for years, he was cast into prison by pagans. There, he miraculously cured a child who was choking, and ministered to his fellow prisoners. When he challenged the pagans to prove the power of their gods, he was beaten and beheaded.

Reflections from the Saints

Either make Jesus Christ known or die!
– Bl. Marie Rivier

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Saint of the Day for February 2, 2012

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Saint of the Day

St. Cornelius (1st century)
Cornelius was a pagan centurion of the Roman army stationed at Caesarea. After listening to the preaching of the Apostle Peter, he asked him to baptize his entire family. He was the first known Gentile convert to Christianity, and the first bishop of Caesarea.

Reflections from the Saints

If I were worthy of such a favor from my God, I would ask that he grant me this one miracle: that by His grace He would make of me a good man.
– St. Ansgar

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Saint of the Day for February 1, 2012

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St. Brigid of Ireland (453-523)
Brigid was a Christian slave and friend of St. Patrick. As a child, she frequently gave her owner's belongs to the poor. Her owner set her free just to rid himself of her. When her father then arranged for her marriage, she refused and fled to a bishop to make a vow of virginity. She started convents all over Ireland.

Reflections from the Saints

I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of c...

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Saint of the Day for January 30, 2012

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St. Hyacintha (1585-1640)
An Italian noblie, Hyacintha abandoned her lifestyle to be a Franciscan. When she was challenged by her confessor to live a more humble life, she simplified her food and dress, did the most menial work in the convent, and replaced her bed with a few bare boards. She later founded the Oblates of Mary.

Reflections from the Saints

Every day He humbles Himself just as He did when from from His heavenly throne into the Virgin's womb; every day He comes to us and lets us ...

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Saint of the Day for January 29, 2012

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St. Gildas (516-570)
Gildas was an English noble who was taught by St. Illtyd. Later, as a teacher, he taught several saints himself. After he was ordained in Ireland, he returned to evangelize England, where he founded several churches and monasteries. He then became a hermit, living on the tiny island, where he wrote several works about holiness. He was one of Britain's earliest historians.

Reflections from the Saints

The rosary is said not with the lips alone, muttering Hail Marys one aft...

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Saint of the Day for January 28, 2012

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St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
A student of St. Albert the Great, Thomas was a priest who taught theology in Paris. There he wrote his great work, Summa Theologica. He once experienced a divine revelation which so enraptured him that he abandoned the Summa, saying that it was nothing compared to the true Glory of God. He died a few months later, and was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to f...

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Saint of the Day for January 27, 2012

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St. Angela Merici (1474-1540)
At an early age, Angela was a Third-Order Franciscan. She founded two schools for the instruction of young girls in religion, and started the Ursuline Order.

Reflections from the Saints

Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.
– St. Angela Merici

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Saint of the Day for January 26, 2012

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St. Timothy (1st century)
Timothy was an early Christian, and the recipient of two letters now found in the New Testament. The son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother, he was a companion of St. Paul. He was first bishop of Ephesus, where he was martyred for opposing the worship of Dionysius.

Reflections from the Saints

Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.
– St. Paul the Apostle

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Saint of the Day for January 25, 2012

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St. Paul the Apostle (1st century)
Saul was a Jew who hated and persecuted the first Christians. Once, while travelling, he was thrown from his horse, blinded by a light, and given a message from Christ Himself. Profoundly affected by the experience, he converted to Christianity. He was baptized, changed his name to Paul, and began travelling and preaching. He wrote several letters now found in Sacred Scripture. After being imprisoned several times, he was beheaded in Rome.

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Saint of the Day for January 24, 2012

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St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Francis was a Doctor of Law before becoming a priest. He later became a bishop. Famous for his sermons and writings, especially The Introduction to the Devout Life, his gentle ways won the hearts of many. He is a Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

All of us can attain to Christian virtue and holiness, no matter in what condition of life we live and no matter what our life work may be.
– St. Francis de Sales

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Saint of the Day for January 23, 2012

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St. John the Almsgiver (550-616)
The son of the governor of Cyprus, John entered the religious life upon the death of his wife and child from disease. During his patriarchate at Alexandria, he became widely known for his generosity to the poor. He also helped refugees from the wars in the Holy Land.

Reflections from the Saints

If we are able to enter the church day and night and implore God to hear our prayers, how careful we should be to hear and grant the petitions of our neighbor in need....

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Saint of the Day for January 22, 2012

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St. Vincent Pallotti (1798-1850)
An Italian noble, Vincent was the founder of the Pious Society of Missions (Pallottines). He devoted his life to the poor and penitents, and started the special observance at Rome of the Octave of the Epiphany.

Reflections from the Saints

Not the goods of the world, but God. Not riches, but God. Not honors, but God. Not distinction, but God. Not dignities, but God. Not advancement, but God. God always and in everything.
– St. Vincent Pallotti

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Saint of the Day for January 21, 2012

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St. Agnes of Rome (3rd century)
Agnes was twelve when she was dragged to a Roman Temple, tortured, and threatened with rape. When she refused to deny Christ, she was burned and beheaded. Her name is mentioned in the Eucharistic Prayers of Mass.

Reflections from the Saints

Christ made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him whom the angels serve.
– St. Agnes of Rome

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Saint of the Day for January 20, 2012

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St. Sebastian (3rd century)
An officer of the Roman army, Sebastian visited persecuted Christians in prison, bringing supplies and comfort. Soon he was converting his fellow soldiers. Furious, the Emporor had him tied to a tree and shot with arrows. He survived and later returned to preach to him. He was then beaten to death.

Reflections from the Saints

The Church is the only one, the Roman Catholic! And if there were left upon earth but one Catholic, he would be the one, universal Church, t...

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Saint of the Day for January 19. 2012

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Saint of the Day

St. Joseph Pelczar (1842-1924)
Joseph, a doctor of theology and a canon lawyer, was a Dean of Theology at the University of Krakow. He started hundreds of libraries and wrote over a thousand books. Later, as a bishop, he built churches, nurseries, kitchens, homeless shelters, and schools.

Reflections from the Saints

Earthly ideals are fading away. I see the ideal of life in sacrifice, and the ideal of sacrifice in priesthood.
– St. Joseph Pelczar

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Saint of the Day for January 18, 2012

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Bl. Christina Ciccarelli (1481-1543)
Christina was an abbess, a prophet, a healer, and a mystic. Once, on Good Friday, she endured the invisible stigmata and the pains of Crucifixion until the next day. She was sought after as a spiritual director due to her piety, humility, and ecstasies.

Reflections from the Saints

God does not command us to live in hair shirts and chains, or to chastise our flesh with scourges, but to love Him above all things and our neighbor as ourselves.
– St. Char...

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Saint of the Day for January 17, 2012

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St. Anthony the Abbott (3rd century)
At the age of twenty, Anthony gave his inheritance to the poor and retired to a cell in the mountains, where he lived in solitude for 35 years. He emerged to organize monastic life for the crowds who followed him. He then retired to the desert for 45 more years, leaving only for a short time to fight Arianism and to comfort victims of the persecutions. He is known as the founder of Christian monasticism.

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By dying for others, He...

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Saint of the Day for January 16, 2012

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Saint of the Day

St. Berard (13th century)
Berard joined the Franciscans in 1213. Proficient in Arabic and an eloquent preacher, he was sent by St. Francis, along with four companions, to preach in Morocco. They were the first Franciscans to be imprisoned and martyred.

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Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.
– St. Francis of Assisi

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Saint of the Day for January 15, 2012

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St. Paul the Hermit (230-342)
A well-educated member of the upper class, Paul escaped the persecution of Decius by taking refuge in a mountain desert, where he lived in a cave for ninety years, in mortification and prayer. He is known as the first hermit.

Reflections from the Saints

People who change their way of life and begin to think about spiritual progress also begin to suffer from the tongues of detractors. Whoever has not yet suffered this trial has not yet made progress, and whoever ...

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Saint of the Day for January 14, 2012

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St. Felix of Nola (3rd century)
Ordained by St. Maximus, Felix was imprisoned during the persecution of Decius, but was set free by an angel. Refusing the episcopacy of Nola, he continued his duties as auxiliary. He devoted himself to the poor, giving them all of his inheritance. His sufferings have merited the title of martyr.

Reflections from the Saints

Humility is the only thing that no devil can imitate. If pride made demons out of angels, there is no doubt that humility could make angel...

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Saint of the Day for January 13, 2012

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St. Hilary (315-368)
The son of a pagan noble, Hilary embraced the faith after rigourously studying the Bible. He was made the Bishop of Poitiers, but he was later exiled for opposing the emperor's attempt to run the Church. He wrote great works explaining the faith, and is now a Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

To those who wish to stand in God's grace, neither the guardianship of saints nor the defenses of angels are wanting.
– St. Hilary

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Saint of the Day for January 12, 2012

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St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700)
Marguerite spent many of her early years caring for her family after her parents died. In 1653, she left France for Canada, where she became a teacher. She opened a school and founded the Congregation of Notre Dame, which welcomed several Native American women to its ranks.

Reflections from the Saints

Our Lady's love is like a stream that has its source in the Eternal Fountains, quenches the thirst of all, can never be drained, and ever flows back to its ...

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Saint of the Day for January 10, 2012

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St. Peter Orseolo (928-987)
After a revolt, Peter was made the Doge of Venice. He restored law and order, built hospitals and orphanages, and created social programs to help the poor and abandoned. In 978, he secretly left Venice to become a monk. He built a hermitage and spent the rest of his life in solitude and prayer.

Reflections from the Saints

Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity.
– St. Therese of...

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Saint of the Day for January 9, 2012

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Pope St. Gregory X (1210-1276)
Gregory was an archdeacon of Belgium who accompanied the last Crusaders to the Holy Land. While there, even though he was not yet a priest, he was elected Pope. He called the Council of Lyons, which briefly reconciled the Catholic and Orthodox Church.

Reflections from the Saints

Our actions have a tongue of their own; they have an eloquence of their own, even when the tongue is silent. For deeds prove the lover more than words.
– St. Cyril of Jerusalem

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Saint of the Day for January 8, 2012

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Saint of the Day

St. Peter Thomas (1305-1366)
Peter was a Carmelite priest who worked tirelessly for peace, unity, and healing of the Great Schism between Catholics and the Orthodox. A bishop and papal diplomat, he was a noted preacher and homilist. He died from wounds he received while on a Crusade.

Reflections from the Saints

We therefore grossly deceive ourselves in not allotting more time to the study of divine truths.
– St. Apollinaris

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Saint of the Day for January 7, 2012

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St. Raymond of Penyafort (1175-1275)
Raymond was a Dominican priest and philosophy professor. When he was offered a position as archbishop, he declined due to his love for parish work. He started a school to help prepare missionaries to North Africa, and helped write Church law.

Reflections from the Saints

May the God of love and peace set your hearts at rest and speed you on your journey.
– St. Raymond of Penyafort

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Saint of the Day for January 6, 2012

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St. Melchior (1st century)
Melchior was one of the three magi that visited the newborn Savior in Bethlehem. He was the first Gentile to see the Word made flesh.

Reflections from the Saints

Pray with great confidence, with confidence based upon the goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray.
– St. Louis de Montfort

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Saint of the Day for January 5, 2012

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St. John Neumann (1811-1860)
John lived in Bohemia until he came to America in 1836. Having already completed his studies, he was ordained soon after he arrived. He was a parish priest in Buffalo for four years before joining the Redemptorists in Pittsburgh. He built fifty churches and opened nearly a hundred schools, and was the first American man to be canonized.

Reflections from the Saints

A man must always be ready, for death comes when and where God wills it.
– St. John Neumann

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Saint of the Day for January 4, 2012

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)
Elizabeth converted to Catholicism after her husband died. To support her family and educate her five children, she opened a private school in Boston. She established a Catholic girl's school in Baltimore, and started America's parochial school system. To run it, she founded the Sisters of Charity, the first native American religious community for women.

Reflections from the Saints

The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondl...

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Saint of the Day for January 3, 2012

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St. Genevieve (422-500)
Genevieve consecrated herself to God at the age of fifteen under the direction of St. Germain of Auxerre. A mystic, she prophesied invasions and disasters for Paris, read people's consciences, and calmed the possessed.

Reflections from the Saints

Human nature grows tired of always doing the same thing, and it is God's will that this should be because of the opportunity of practicing two great virtues. The first is perseverance, which will bring us to our goal. The oth...

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Saint of the Day for January 2, 2012

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St. Basil the Great (329-379)
Basil is known as the founder of eastern monasticism. As a bishop, he reformed both clergy and laity, and was a fearlessness defender of the Church. He is a Greek Doctor and Father of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

The bread which you use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes you wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many ...

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Saint of the Day for January 1, 2012

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St. Joseph Mary Tomasi (1649-1713)
The son of a Sicilian duke, Joseph lived as a hermit. He was the confessor to Pope Clement XI. He wrote extensively on theology, Scripture, and patristics, and was known for his knowledge, humility, charity, and reforming work.

Reflections from the Saints

It was through the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign in the world.
– St. Louis de Montfort

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Saint of the Day for December 31, 2001

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Pope St. Sylvester I (4th century)
During Sylvester's pontificate, the great churches of Rome were built by Emperor Constantine, such as the Basilicas of St. John Lateran and St. Peter. He contributed to the development of the liturgy of the Church, and compiled the first history of Roman martyrs.

Reflections from the Saints

You ask me a method of attaining perfection. I know of love, and only love. Love can do all things.
– St. Therese of Lisieux

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Saint of the Day for December 30, 2011

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St. Egwin (8th century)
Egwin was a Benedictine monk and a bishop of Worcester. His zeal for ecclesiastical discipline aroused false accusations against him. He made a pilgrimage to Rome in order to vindicate himself with the pope. According to legend he locked shackles on his feet and threw the key into a river. On his arrival the key was found in the belly of a fish he bought in the market. Reinstated by the pope, he returned to England and founded an abbey.

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We ...

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Saint of the Day for December 29, 2011

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St. Thomas Becket (1118-1170)
Thomas was a civil and canon lawyer, as well as an officer in the military. He was made the Archbishop of Canterbury the day after he was ordained a priest. For opposing the King's interference in ecclesiastical matters, he was exiled several times, then martyred.

Reflections from the Saints

For our sake Christ offered himself to the Father upon the altar for the cross. He now looks down from heaven on our actions and secret thoughts, and one day he will give ea...

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Saint of the Day for December 28, 2011

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The Holy Innocents (1st century)
The Holy Innocents were the children mentioned in Matthew 2:16-18. "When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refus...

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Saint of the Day for December 27, 2011

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St. John the Apostle (1st century)
John was the younger brother of the Apostle St. James the Greater. A disciple of St. John the Baptist, when he was called by Christ he became His "beloved disciple." He was the only Apostle to remain faithful to the Master during His Passion. To him Christ entrusted the care of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He, along with St. Peter, was prominent in organizing the early Church. He wrote the fourth Gospel, three Epistles, and the Book of Revelation.

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Saint of the Day for December 26, 2011

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St. Stephen (1st century)
Stephen was a deacon, a preacher, and the first Christian martyr. While preaching in the streets of Jerusalem, angry Jews who believed he was a blasphemer dragged him outside the city and stoned him to death. Among the mob was the man who later became St. Paul.

Reflections from the Saints

Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.
– St. Stephen

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Saint of the Day for December 25, 2011

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St. Anastasia (4th century)
Anastasia was the matron of a noble Roman pagan family. A spiritual student of St. Chrysogonus, she was martryed during he persecutions of Diocletian. Little else is known about her, but she is distinctly honored in the first Eucharistic prayer of the second Christmas Mass.

Reflections from the Saints

Celebrate the feast of Christmas every day, even every moment in the interior temple of your spirit, remaining like a baby in the bosom of the heavenly Father, where...

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Saint of the Day for December 24, 2011

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St. Charbel (1828-1898)
Charbel was raised by an uncle who opposed his youthful piety. At 23, he snuck away to join a monastery, where he was soon ordained. He lived as a model monk, but eventually left his monastery to become a hermit. He had a great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and was known to levitate while praying.

Reflections from the Saints

For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thu...

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Saint of the Day for December 23, 2011

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St. John Cantius (1390-1473)
John was a highly educated priest and the chair of theology at the Academy of Krakow, Poland. He made one pilgrimage to Jerusalem and four to Rome on foot. Admired for his humility and charity and the practice of mortification, many miracles are attributed to him.

Reflections from the Saints

Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness, and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause.
– St. John Cantius

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Saint of the Day for December 22, 2011

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St. Adam of Saxony (13th century)
Adam was a Cistercian priest in Germany. He was known for his strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom he saw in several visions, and was great miracle worker.

Reflections from the Saints

The state of marriage is one that requires more virtue and constancy than any other: it is a perpetual exercise of mortification.
– St. Francis de Sales

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Saint of the Day for December 21, 2011

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St. Peter Canisius (1521-1597)
Peter was a theologian and leader of the Counter-Reformation in Germany. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1543 and studied under St. Ignatius of Loyola at Rome. With his doctorate in theology, he was regularly sent on important missions by the Holy See. A prolific writer, his catechism appeared in over 200 editions during his lifetime and was translated into twelve languages.

Reflections from the Saints

If you have too much to do, with God's help you will fin...

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Saint of the Day for December 20, 2011

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St. Dominic of Silos (1000-1073)
Dominic was an eleventh century Spanish shepherd boy. He learned to love to pray while tending to sheep. Soon he became a monk, and restored an old run-down monastery to glory. He cured the sick, and raised funds to ransom Christian prisoners from the Moors.

Reflections from the Saints

My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you. My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you. My Lord and my God, detach me from ...

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Saint of the Day for December 19, 2011

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Pope St. Anastasius I (4th century)
Anastasius, a friend of St. Augustine, St. Jerome, and St. Paulinus, was known for his condemnation of the heretical writings of Origen. He convened a synod to condemn his works. He also fought the heresy of Donatism.

Reflections from the Saints

Occupy your minds with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones. Unoccupied, they cannot be.
– St. Thomas More

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Saint of the Day for December 18, 2011

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St. Winebald (8th century)
Winebald was the son of St. Richard the King, and the brother of St. Willibald and St. Walburga. During a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands, he became very ill. He spent the next seven years in Rome recovering and studying before finally returning to England. He was a missionary with St. Boniface to Germany, where he founded a monastery.

Reflections from the Saints

I should willingly give every drop of my blood to please Him and to prevent sinners offending Him. I shall...

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Saint of the Day for December 17, 2011

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St. Begga (7th century)
Begga was an example of keeping good company. She was the daughter of Blessed Pepin and Saint Ida of Nevilles, her sister was St. Gertrude of Nevilles, and her husband was the son of St. Arnulf of Metz. When her husband died in a hunting accident, she made a vow of celibacy, founded seven churches, and built a convent where she lived as the abbess for the rest of her life.

Reflections from the Saints

May our lives may show forth the virtue of self denial and thereby a...

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Saint of the Day for December 16, 2011

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Bl. Mary Fontanella (1661-1717)
Mary joined the Cistercians at the age of twelve. Soon after, her father died and she was forced to return home to help with the family. Four years later, she joined the Carmelites despite opposition from her family. A mystic and visionary, she was frequently the victim of diabolical attacks. She was known for her strong devotion to St. Joseph.

Reflections from the Saints

Go to Jesus. He loves you and is waiting for you to give you many graces. He is on the al...

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Saint of the Day for December 15, 2011

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Bl. Mary Frances Schervier (1819-1876)
Mary was the daughter of a wealthy business owner and the god-daughter of Emporer Francis I of Austria. While still young, she lost her mother and two older sisters to tuberculosis. So began a life of generous service. She and four companions established a religious order called the Sisters of the Poor of Saint Francis. They were, and still are, devoted to caring for the poor.

Reflections from the Saints

The sight of my Savior hanging naked on the Cross...

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Saint of the Day for December 14, 2011

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St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)
John was a doctor of mystic theology, and the founde, of the Discalced Carmelites, along with St. Teresa of Avila. He served as the spiritual director and confessor for the entire convent under Teresa's rule. His mystic writings include The Ascent of Mount Carmel and The Dark Night of the Soul.

Reflections from the Saints

If you do not learn to deny yourself, you can make no progress in perfection.
– St. John of the Cross

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Saint of the Day for December 13, 2011

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St. Lucy (283-304)
Lucy was born to a noble Greek family, brought up as a Christian by her mother, Eutychia. After her mother's miraculous cure at a shrine, Lucy made a vow of virginity and gave her riches to the poor. Angered by this, the man to whom she had been unwillingly betrothed denounced her to the Governor of Sicily. Condemned to a sentence of forced prostitution, she stood immovable and could not be dragged away, even by a team of oxen. Instead, the Governor had her tortured and kill...

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Saint of the Day for December 12, 2011

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St. Edburga (8th century)
The only daughter of an English king and queen, Edburga was a Benedictine nun who later became an Abbess. A skilled scribe and calligrapher, she met St. Boniface while on a pilgrimage to Rome and began to support him in his mission work by copying manuscripts for him.

Reflections from the Saints

Let us stand fast in what is right, and prepare our souls for trial. Let us wait upon God's strengthening aid and say to him: "O Lord, you have been our refuge in all genera...

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Saint of the Day for December 11, 2011

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Pope St. Damasus I (306-384)
As pope, Damasus opposed Arianism and other major heresies. At his suggestion, St. Jerome completed the Vulgate Bible. He successfully maintained the primacy of the Apostolic See, and welcomed the edict of Theodosius I, which made Catholism the religion of the Roman state. His interest in the martyrs led him to restore the catacombs.

Reflections from the Saints

He is the Illuminator; Truth, because He is from the Father; Life, because He is the creator; Bread bec...

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Saint of the Day for December 10, 2011

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Pope St. Gregory III (8th century)
Born in Syria, Gregory was the 90th Pope. He was a renowned ecclesiastical administrator who aided foreign missions and completed the restoration of the walls of Rome. His greatest struggles were the heresy of Iconoclasm and the invasion of the Lombards.

Reflections from the Saints

If you commit any sin, repent of it at once and resolve to amend. If it is a grievous sin, confess it as soon as possible.
– St. Alphonsus Liguori

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Saint of the Day for December 9, 2011

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St. Juan Diego (1474-1548)
Juan Diego was a Mexican farmer and weaver. The Blessed Mother appeared to him twice. When the local bishop asked him to prove it, he opened his cloak to reveal dozens of Castillian roses which could not be grown in Mexico, along with a glowing image of Our Lady emblazoned on the inside. Soon after, a church was built on the site where Our Lady appeared to him.

Reflections from the Saints

Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abando...

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Saint of the Day for December 7, 2011

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St. Ambrose (340-397)
Ambrose distinguished himself as a lawyer and a consular governor. In 374, he was baptized, confirmed, ordained a priest, and made a bishop. He was instrumental in the conversion of St. Augustine, and left many writings on Scripture, priesthood, virginity, and doctrinal subjects. He is a Father and Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.
– St. Ambrose

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Saint of the Day for December 6, 2011

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St. Nicholas of Myra (4th century)
Nicholas was a priest, an abbot, and a bishop of Myra. Once, he helped a poor family by dropping bags of gold coins in a window, landing in a stocking hung up to dry. Thus, the story of Santa Claus was born. He was known for his holiness, zeal, and astonishing miracles–even raising people from the dead.

Reflections from the Saints

By the effective exercise of only one virtue, a person may attain to the height of all the rest.
– St. Gregory Nazianzen

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Saint of the Day for December 5, 2011

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St. Sabbas (439-532)
For sixty years, Sabbas lived in a cave, devoting himself to prayer and manual labor. Every day he wove ten baskets, which he traded for food. He was a superior over 1,000 monks and hermits, and once led a peaceful uprising of 10,000 monks who demanded the end of the persecution of Palestinian bishops by Anastatius I.

Reflections from the Saints

No matter how good food is, if poison is mixed with it, it may cause the death of him who eats it. So it is with conversation. ...

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Saint of the Day for December 4, 2011

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St. John Damascene (676-749)
John was a highly educated monk and priest who lived near Jerusalem. He wrote the first real compendium of Christian theology, along with other works defending the faith, Biblical commentaries, poetry, and hymns. A great philosopher and orator, he was the last of the Greek Fathers of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

The saints must be honored as friends of Christ and children and heirs of God... Let us carefully observe the manner of life of all the apostl...

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Saint of the Day for December 3, 2011

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St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552)
A friend of St. Ignatius, Francis was one of the founding members of the Jesuits in the 1500s. He was a very successful priest and missionary in India and Japan, baptizing more than 40,000. He traveled thousands of miles, most on his bare feet, to seek out and help the poor and forgotten. He was a great miracle worker, prophet and healer.

Reflections from the Saints

It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards a man's progress, nor the nature of t...

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Saint of the Day for December 2, 2011

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Bl. Rafal Chylinski (1694-1741)
Rafal, called "the little monk" as a child, gave up his career as an officer in the Polish cavalry to become a Franciscan priest. He was known for his simple but challenging sermons, and for his generosity in serving the poor and the homeless.

Reflections from the Saints

Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake. If you keep good companions, I can assure you that you will one day rejoice with the blessed in Heaven; whereas if you keep with ...

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Saint of the Day for December 1, 2011

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St. Edmund Campion (1540-1581)
Edmund was the brilliant son of a bookseller. When Queen Elizabeth I offered him a position in the Church of England, he refused, fled to the continent, and joined the Jesuits. After he was ordained a priest in 1578, he returned to England as a missionary, where he was arrested, imprisoned, tortured and killed in the Tower of London.

Reflections from the Saints

I am a Catholic man and a priest; in that Faith I have lived, and in that Faith do I intend to die. I...

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Saint of the Day for November 30, 2011

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St. Andrew (1st century)
Andrew, the brother of St. Peter, was a fisherman. He was the first Apostle to follow Christ. After Our Lord ascended into Heaven, he went to Greece to preach the gospel. He was put to death by being tied to a cross, where he lived for two days, continuing to preach to the people who gathered around him.

Reflections from the Saints

We have found the Messiah!
– St. Andrew

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Saint of the Day for November 29, 2011

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St. Redemptorus of the Cross (17th century)
Redemptorus was a military officer who joined the Discalced Carmelites in 1615. He set out as a missionary to the king of Achin with Bl. Denis of the Nativity. While traveling, they were ambushed and martyred by Muslims.

Reflections from the Saints

Our Lord avoided any offensive personal remarks when He preached. He attacked only the vices of a school, of a caste, also the bad examples and scandals. He did not reveal hidden crimes or secret defects...

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Saint of the Day for November 28, 2011

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St. Catherine Laboure (1806-1876)
Catherine was a mystic who had a vision of St. Vincent de Paul; he told her that God wanted her to work with the sick. She later had a vision of Our Lady who described to her what is now known as the Miraculous Medal.

Reflections from the Saints

Every day He humbles Himself just as He did when from from His heavenly throne into the Virgin's womb; every day He comes to us and lets us see Him in lowliness, when He descends from the bosom of the Father into ...

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Saint of the Day for November 27, 2011

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St. Francesco Fasani (1681-1742)
Francis was a Franciscan priest who served as a novice master and later as a provincial for his order. A popular confessor and preacher, he was known to levitate while praying.

Reflections from the Saints

This very moment I may, if I desire, become the friend of God.
– St. Augustine

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Saint of the Day for November 26, 2011

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Bl. Gaetana Sterni (1827-1889)
Gaetana was married to a widower with three children. While carrying their first child, her husband died. When her baby died a few days after birth, her late husband's family demanded that the three children be returned to them. Devastated, she returned home to care for her aging mother. In 1865, she formed a congregation and spent the rest of her life serving the aged, the sick, and the dying.

Reflections from the Saints

You never saw Him, and yet believ...

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Saint of the Day for November 25, 2011

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Bl. Maria Corsini (1884-1965)
Maria, the wife of Bl. Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi, was a volunteer Red Cross nurse in Italy during World War II. Their home was a shelter for refugees. After the war, she became a professor, a writer on education, and a noted speaker to women's lay groups.

Reflections from the Saints

Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you, for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart.
– St. Therese of Lisieux

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Saint of the Day for November 24, 2011

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St. Andrew Dung-Lac (1785-1839)
Andrew was a priest who worked in the missions with other priests from the Foreign Mission Society of Paris. He was imprisoned and repeatedly tortured in the persecutions of Minh-Meng, and was eventually beheaded.

Reflections from the Saints

So mighty is the physician who has come to us that he has healed all our sins! If we choose to be sick once again, we not only harm ourselves, but show ingratitude to the physician as well. Yes he gave us a path of humilit...

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Saint of the Day for November 23, 2011

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St. Felicity (2nd century)
Felicity was a rich, noble Roman widow. When she refused to worship pagan gods, her seven sons were arrested and given the same order. They refused as well. Felicity was then forced to watch as her children were executed one by one. After each one was killed, she was given the chance to reject her faith and save the remaining sons and herself, but she refused, and was beheaded.

Reflections from the Saints

Nothing but self-will can separate us from God.
– St. Alp...

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Saint of the Day for November 22, 2011

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St. Cecilia (2nd century)
Cecilia was a virgin who was given in marriage against her wishes. She told her husband that she was accompanied by an angel, but in order to see it, he must be purified. After he was baptized, he found her in prayer accompanied by a praying angel. Her husband was killed in 117 for giving poper burials to Christians martyred by the Romans. Later, she too was killed when she refused to sacrifice to false gods.

Reflections from the Saints

Our actions have a tongue of ...

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Saint of the Day for November 21, 2011

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Pope St. Gelasius I (5th century)
As pope, Gelasius fought several heresies of fifth century. He insisted on the primacy of the bishops of Rome, and ordered communion to be received under two forms, bread and wine, in order to separate the wine-refusing Manicheans from the Catholics. He organized and beautified the liturgy, and was a great writer of that period.

Reflections from the Saints

Our Lady's love is like a stream that has its source in the Eternal Fountains, quenches the thirst of a...

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Saint of the Day for November 20, 2011

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St. Felix of Valois (1127-1212)
At an early age, Felix renounced all his possessions to live a life of prayer and contemplation in a forest. There he was joined by Saint John of Matha, with whom he founded the Order of Trinitarians in order to raise money for the ransom of Christians held as slaves by the Moors of Spain and Northern Africa. He worked in France, where he looked after his congregation until his death.

Reflections from the Saints

Withdraw your heart from the world before God ta...

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Saint of the Day for November 19, 2011

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St. Raphael Kalinowski (1835-1907)
Raphael was a lieutenant in the Russian Military Engineering Corps in 1857, but later he peacefully helped lead a resistance movement against the Russian occupiers of Poland. He was arrested and served ten years in the Siberian salt mines. When he was freed, he joined a Carmelite community in Austria and became a priest. He spent many hours hearing confessions daily, and was known for talent as a spiritual director.

Reflections from the Saints

Our Redeemer,...

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Saint of the Day for November 18, 2011

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St. Karolina Kozkowna (1898-1914)
Karolina is known as the Maria Goretti of Poland. She was the fourth of eleven children born to farmers. As a teenaged virgin, she refused the advances of a Russian soldier. Filled with rage, he kidnapped her, dragged her into the forest, and killed her during an attempted rape.

Reflections from the Saints

Humility is the safeguard of chastity. In the matter of purity, there is no greater danger than not fearing danger. When a person puts himself in an occas...

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Saint of the Day for November 17, 2011

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231)
The daughter of a king, Elizabeth led an austere life, practiced penance, and devoted herself to works of charity despite her nobility. When her husband died leaving her with three children, she renounced the world and became a third order Franciscan. She built a hospital and devoted herself to caring for the sick.

Reflections from the Saints

Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment f...

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Saint of the Day for November 16, 2011

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St. Margaret of Scotland (1045-1093)
Margaret was the daughter of King Edward the Exile of England. After her father's death, she fled from England; she was received by Malcolm III of Scotland, who later married her. As queen, she convoked a synod which made regulations concerning the Lenten fast, Easter Communion, and marriage laws. She founded several churches, and was constantly engaged in prayer and pious practices.

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I see more Pharisees among Christians ...

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Saint of the Day for November 15, 2011

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St. Albert the Great (1206-1280)
Albert was a Dominican philosopher, theologian, and scientist. He taught at Cologne and Paris, where he had Thomas Aquinas among his pupils, and compiled an encyclopedia of the learning of his day. His study of the natural sciences was far ahead of his time.

Reflections from the Saints

It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, w...

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Saint of the Day for November 14, 2011

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St. Lawrence O'Toole (1128-1180)

Lawrence was a monk and an archbishop of Dublin. He was involved in negotiating with the English following their invasion of Ireland. He also attended the General Lateran Council in Rome, and was named papal legate to Ireland.

Reflections from the Saints

True charity means returning good for evil – always.
– St. Mary Mazzarello

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Saint of the Day - November 13, 2011

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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917)

Just three years after she made her religious vows, Frances was asked by her bishop to start a new religious order to care for poor children in Italy. It was so successful that Pope Leo XIII asked her to go to the United States. There, she opened many schools, hospitals, and orphanages. She was the first American citizen to be canonized.

Reflections from the Saints

We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on mater...

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Saint of the Day for November 12, 2011

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St. Josaphat (1580-1623)
After Josaphat entered a Basilian monastery and was ordained a priest, he became the superior for several monasteries, a bishop, then an archbishop. He prayed constantly for the extinction of the Eastern Schism, and labored zealously for Church unity and the political rights of clergy. He was a martyr.

Reflections from the Saints

I am ready to die for the holy union, for the supremacy of Saint Peter, and of his successor the Supreme Pontiff.
– St. Josaphat

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Saint of the Day for November 11, 2011

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St. Martin of Tours (316-397)
The son of a pagan military officer, Martin was enrolled in the Roman army as a boy. After he shared his military cloak with a beggar, he saw a heavenly vision which led to his baptism. When he was released from service, he organized a community of monks, erected a monastery, and became Bishop of Tours.

Reflections from the Saints

Lord, if your people still need me, I am ready for the task; your will be done.
– St. Martin of Tours

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Saint of the Day for November 10, 2011

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Pope St. Leo the Great (400-461)
Leo was Pope when Attila the Hun invaded Rome. Many believe it was his sanctity and eloquence that saved the city. He called the Council of Chalcedon to condemn a number of major heresies of the period. An eloquent writer and homilist, he was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church.

Reflections from the Saints

Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife.
– Pope St. Leo the Great

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Saint of the Day for November 8, 2011

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Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)
A lively and popular girl, Elizabeth had an early attraction to a life of prayer and reflection. As a teen, she visited the sick and taught catechism to children. When she was 21, she joined a Carmelite monastery against her mother's wishes. She is best known for her letters and retreat guides.

Reflections from the Saints

If you only knew how the good God love pure hearts! It is there that He loves to reign.
– Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity

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Saint of the Day for November 7, 2011

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Bl. John Duns Scotus (1266-1308)
Born a wealthy farmer, John was a Franciscan priest who lectured at Oxford and Cambridge for four years, and then traveled to Paris to teach and complete his doctorate. He is the founder of a school of scholastic thought called Scotism. His defense of the Immaculate Conception of Mary was so convincing that Pope Pius IX solemnly defined the dogma in 1854 largely due to his work.

Reflections from the Saints

The man who burns with the fire of divine love ...

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Saint of the Day for November 6, 2011

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St. Leonard of Noblac (6th century)
Leonard lived a life of austerity, sanctification, and preaching. Desiring more seclusion than a monastery could offer, he withdrew into the forest and lived on herbs, wild fruits, and spring water. There he built an oratory, which he left only for journeys to churches. He had great compassion for prisoners, many of whom he converted.

Reflections from the Saints

Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for he who...

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Saint of the Day for November 5, 2011

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St. Elizabeth (1st century)
Elizabeth was the wife of Zachary and mother of St. John the Baptist. Childless at an advanced age, the Angel Gabriel announced that she would bear a son to be called John. Five months later when Mary visited her home, her son was sanctified in her womb, and she saluted her cousin as "Mother of my Lord."

Reflections from the Saints

Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
– St. Elizabeth

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Saint of the Day for November 4, 2011

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St. Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)
The son of a count and a nephew of Pope Pius IV, Charles was a papal secretary of state who enforced the reforms of the Council of Trent and helped write the Roman Catechism. A priest and bishop, he was loved for his simplicity, piety, generosity, and self-sacrifice.

Reflections from the Saints

If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as mu...

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Saint of the Day for November 3, 2011

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St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639)
Martin was the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a young freed black slave. As a child, he joined the Dominicans, where he quickly became known for his tender care of the sick. He established an orphanage and a hospital for the poor children of the slums. He lived an austere life, fasted regularly, never ate meat, and spent much time in prayer and meditation.

Reflections from the Saints

Charity may be a very short word, but with its tremendous ...

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Saint of the Day for November 1, 2011

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St. Rachel (17th century BC)
Rachel was a wife of the Old Testament Patriarch, Jacob. She spent many years of her marriage ashamed of her sterility, then thought to be a sign of God's disfavor. However, late in life she had two sons, Joseph and Benjamin.

Reflections from the Saints

Mary seeks for those who approach her devoutly and with reverence, for such she loves, nourishes, and adopts as her children.
– St. Bonaventure

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Saint of the Day for October 31, 2011

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St. Wolfgang (924-994)
Wolfgang joined the Benedictines in Germany and was appointed head of a monastery school. He set out with a group of monks to preach in Hungary, but returned to become the bishop of Regensburg. He helped reform the clergy of his diocese, restored monasteries, promoted education, and was renowned for his charity and aid to the poor.

Reflections from the Saints

Turn yourself round like a piece of clay and say to the Lord: I am clay, and you, Lord, the potter. Make o...

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Saint of the Day for October 30, 2011

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St. Alphonsus Rodriguez (1532-1617)
Alphonsus was admitted into the Society of Jesus in Spain as a lay brother after his wife died. After six months, he was sent to a college where he was a porter for 46 years. He exercised great influence on the members of the household and many others who came to him for advice and direction, including St. Peter Claver.

Reflections from the Saints

We ought to be persuaded that what God refuses to our prayer, He grants to our salvation.
– St. Augustine

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Saint of the Day for October 29, 2011

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St. Narcissus (3rd century)
Narcissus was a bishop of Jerusalem. Late in life, after he was falsely accused of a crime, he resigned his post in order to prevent scandal and he became a desert hermit. After a complete acquittal, he returned to his see and served for several more years. He lived to the age of 116.

Reflections from the Saints

Belief in the Eucharist is a treasure we must seek by submissiveness, preserve by piety, and defend at any cost. Not to believe in the Blessed Sacra...

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Saint of the Day Reflection for October 28, 2011

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Sts. Simon and Jude (1st century)
Simon, called the Zealot, was an Apostle who spread the Gospel in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Jude, also an Apostle, was a nephew of Mary and Joseph. He wrote a canonical letter, and preached with St. Simon. A healer and an exorcist, he is now favored as the patron saint of lost or impossible causes. Both Simon and Jude were martyrs.

Reflections from the Saints

Build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love...

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Saint of the Day for October 27, 2011

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St. Frumentius (4th century)
After surviving a shipwreck, Frumentius was taken to the royal court of Ethiopia where he quickly attained a high position as a royal secretary. Together with St. Aedesius, he introduced Christianity to the land. Later, he was made a bishop. They are considered the apostles of Ethiopia.

Reflections from the Saints

God gave Himself to you: give yourself to God.
– Bl. Robert Southwell

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Saint of the Day for October 26, 2011

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Bl. Damian of Finario (15th century)
Damian was kidnapped as an infant. When his parents prayed fervently for help, a miraculous light led searchers to him. He later joined the Dominicans and became a famous preacher and miracle worker throughout Italy. Hundreds converted during his missions.

Reflections from the Saints

Spiritual joy arises from purity of the heart and perseverance in prayer.– St. Francis of Assisi
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Saint of the Day for October 25, 2011

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Bl. Antonio de Sant'Anna Galvao (1739-1822)
Antonio was a Franciscan preacher, confessor of the laity, and porter in Brazil. When his friend, Sr. Helena Maria, died, he assumed responsibility for a religious community she had started. His principal work is the excellent Rule he wrote for them.

Reflections from the Saints

So mighty is the physician who has come to us that he has healed all our sins! If we choose to be sick once again, we not only harm ourselves, but show ingratitude t...

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Saint of the Day for October 24, 2011

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St. Anthony Claret (1807-1870)
Anthony was the founder of the Claretians. He was the confessor for Queen Isabella II, and was exiled with her. He had the gifts of miracles and prophecy. He spread devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in over 10,000 sermons and 200 published works.

Reflections from the Saints

The zealous man desires and achieve all great things and he labors strenuously so that God may always be better known, loved and served in this world.
...

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Saint of the Day for October 23, 2011

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St. John of Capistrano (1386-1456)
John left his position as governor of Perugiato become a Franciscan. He traveled through Italy after his ordination, preaching and performing miracles of healing, and assisting St. Bernardine of Siena in reforming the Order. He was employed as papal legate on numerous occasions, and was the leading spirit in the crusade against the Turks in Hungary where he led the left wing of the Christian army to victory at the battle of Belgrade.

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Saint of the Day for October 22, 2011

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St. Peter of Alcantara (1499-1562)
Despite being born to wealthy noble parents, Peter embraced poverty at the age of sixteen when he became a Franciscan. He was a noted preacher, a mystic, and a writer whose works were used by St. Francis de Sales. He was a friend and confessor of St. Teresa of Avila.

Reflections from the Saints

He does much in the sight of God who does his best, be it ever so little.
– St. Peter of Alcantara

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Saint of the Day October 22, 2011

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Saint of the Day

St. Hilarion (291-371)
Raised a pagan, Hilarion converted as a teenager while studying at Alexandria, Egypt with St. Anthony the Great. He was known for his ascetic life; he lived for years eating only 15 figs a day. A popular miracle worker, he escaped both the crowds and the Roman persecution by living on Mount Sinai.

Reflections from the Saints

If you have too much to do, with God's help you will find time to do it all.
– St. Peter Canisius

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