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St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Church Doctor

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

"You wish me to tell you why and how God should be loved. My answer is that God himself is the reason he is to be loved." (1090-1153) Born in France, Bernard was a Cistercian abbot and legendary speaker who fought for the peace and unity of the Church against schism. He wrote many treatises on the Blessed Virgin and Jesus Christ, as well as many works of theology and ascetism. His life manifested a profound recognition of the importance of obedience in one's spiritual life.

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Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest & Martyr

Saint Maximilian Kolbe

A beautiful story of sacrifice and martyrdom St. Maximillian was born in the Poland in 1894. He entered the novitiate of the Conventual Franciscans in 1910. In 1914 and three years later help organized the association The Militia of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. He was ordained in Rome in 1918. In 1922, he began publishing the magazine, “Knight of the …

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St. John Mary Vianney, (the Cure d’Ars)

Saint John Vianney

(1786-1859) Born new Lyons, France, he was ordained in 1815 in Grenoble, and in 1818 was assigned to the parish of Ars, where he spent the rest of his life. He was best known for his steadfast care of souls, for his spirit of prayer and mortification and, above all, for his tireless dedication to the Sacrament of Penance. He …

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All About St. James

Saint James the Greater

James drank of the cup Jesus drank of, all too shortly after the Resurrection.  Acts 12:1 tells us that James was one of the first martyrs of the Church. Saint James is known to have died around A.D.  44, by the sword, at the command of Herod Agrippa. Herod Agrippa I, the grandson of Herod the Great who tried to have Baby Jesus killed, set …

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St. Bridget of Sweden and the 15 Prayers for His Passion

St. Bridget of Sweden (also known as Birgitta) was born June 14, 1303 to Birger Persson, a governor, judge and wealthy land owner and Ingeborg Bengtsdotter, a deeply pious woman. She married Prince Ulf Gudmarsson a noble and pious man. They had eight children including St. Catherine of Sweden. When her husband died in 1344 she devoted herself to religious …

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Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi

 Saint Lawrence was Italian and a Capuchin with great teaching, writing, and leadership abilities. His writings include a commentary on Genesis, several treatises against Luther, and nine volumes of sermons. He preached in many regions of Europe and died in Lisbon. Lawrence (Lorenzo) of Brindisi was most gifted in languages. In addition to his native Italian, he had complete reading …

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Why St. Maria Goretti is Important in our Times

Saint Maria Goretti

Most of us know the story of Maria Goretti, and the martyrdom that led to her canonization. Hers is truly a story of Love and Mercy, and she is the Patroness of Chasity, Purity, and Youths. In 1902, an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed her from her steps and tried to rape her. When Maria said that she would rather die …

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Feast Day of St. Thomas the Apostle

St. Thomas the Apostle

The Gospel account of Jesus' appearance to His grieving apostles after His resurrection in John 20, tells of Thomas, who was away, being doubtful of the preposterous story that the Lord was alive. He had been with the Lord during his Passion and Crucifixion. He knew about the stone that sealed the tomb. How could his Lord be risen from the dead? I …

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St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Defender of the Faith

Saint Irenaeus

Saint Irenaeus was a disciple of St. Polycarp of Smyrna. At a time when Gnostic sects threatened to undermine Christianity by a perversion of Christian thought, he vigorously denounced all heresies and safeguarded unity of belief. He succeeded the martyred St. Pothinus as Bishop of Lyons. During this “Fortnight of Freedom”, we have yet another holy example of love and …

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St. Josemaria Escriva, Priest and Founder of Opus Dei

Saint Jose Maria Escriva

Saint Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei and patron saint of diabetes, highlighted a humble path to holiness in the Catholic Church, teaching that people can become holy by performing their work and daily duties with a Christian spirit. He is the patron saint of diabetes because he himself suffered from type 1 Diabetes.   From the Opus Dei …

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