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Solemnity of St. Joseph: Model of Commitment in Faith and Hope

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, March 19, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
GLADE PARK, CO (Catholic Online) -- On the eve of the Solemnity of Joseph, Husband of Mary, the reading for Evening Prayer I of the Liturgy of the Hours -- the official prayer of the Church in which millions of Catholic faithful around the world unite together in the fellowship of koinonia and ecclesial prayer -- is taken from Colossians:

"Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being. Do it for the Lord rather than for men, since you know full well you will receive an inheritance fr...
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Saint of the Day for February 29, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, March 1, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

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 15, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

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 8, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 9, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
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 6, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
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 5, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Monday, February 6, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
St. Agatha (3rd century)
Agatha was a beautiful young woman that consecrated her life to God. During a Christian persecution, a powerful man demanded her purity in exchange for not charging her. When she refused, she was beaten, imprisoned, tortured, and eventually killed by being rolled on red-hot coals.

Reflections from the Saints

Jesus Christ, Lord of all things! You see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am - you alone. I am your sheep; make me worthy to overcome the devil...

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Saint of the Day for February 4, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Saturday, February 4, 2012, In : Our Lady's Promise 
St. Joseph of Leonissa (1556-1612)
Joseph was a Capuchin Franciscan missionary to Muslim lands. After being hung above a fire for three days, he escaped and returned home to Italy. There he helped establish hospitals, homeless shelters, and food banks, and ministered in prisons, to the poor, and the sick.

Reflections from the Saints

Every Christian must be a living book wherein one can read the teaching of the gospel.
– St. Joseph of Leonissa

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Saint of the Day for February 3, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 

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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
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 27, 2012

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Thursday, January 26, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
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

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : Saint of the Day 
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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My Daily Eucharist - Reflection for August 19, 2011

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : The Eucharist 

You should adore our Lord Jesus Christ, who makes himself present to us on the altar, so that we might offer him the homage and adoration we owe. Pray that just as he changes the lower earthly nature of bread and wine into his body and blood he might change and transform also the sluggishness, coldness and dryness of our earthly and arid heat into the fire, tenderness and agility of the holy divine affections and dispositions of his divine and heavenly heart. Then you should remember...


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The Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

"Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society"

--Saint Francis

Text Box:  One of the most famous and enduring, if not endearing saints of the West was born the son of a wealthy silk merchant in the southern Italian town of Assisi.  Peter and Pica Bernadone became parents while Peter was away in France on business.  The newborn was baptized and christened with the name of John (Giovanni), but upon his father’s return from a successful business trip to France, he was renamed Francesco, or as w...


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