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From Sinner to Saint: Camillus de Lellis

Saint Camillus

Today is the Feast Day of Camillus de Lellis, devoted to the care of the sick and dying. A lesser known saint, his story is one of conversion and divine mercy. Born of a noble family of Chieti in Italy, Camillus was a young soldier of fortune and had become penniless because of an addiction to gambling when he decided …

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A Novena to Glorious St. Anne starts on July 17th

Start the Saint Anne novena today

Today, July 17th, you can begin a novena to St. Anne, whose Feast Day along with St. Joachim, is July 26th. Anne and Joachim are the parents of Mary, our Blessed Mother, and the grandparents of Jesus. Below you'll find prayers to St. Anne and Novena choices Novena to St. Anne to Obtain Some Special Favor Glorious St. Anne, filled with …

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Feast and Litany of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray For Us! The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was first instituted in the late 14th century in commemoration of the approval of the rule of the Carmelite Order a hundred years earlier. According to legend, a religious community was established even before the time of Christ on Mount Carmel. This is the …

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What is a Scapular?

What is a Scapular

You've seen scapulars. You may even wear one. But do you know what they are and what the conditions are for wearing it?

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What do you know about St. Benedict?

Saint Benedict

  Saint Benedict of Nursia, a figure known famously for being a hermit and for his monastic life, was an extremely influential man during the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. While many people recognize him as the founder of the Benedictine order, in fact Saint Benedict had a profound and lasting impact on the Catholic Church as a whole and …

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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 the Apostle, 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 …

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Feast of St. Peter and Paul

 Saints Peter and Paul are the principle pillars of the Church founded by Christ. Saint Peter was chosen by Christ to be his first Vicar on earth; he was endowed with powers ofthe keys of the kingdom of heaven (Mt 16:13-19) and charged with the role of Shepherd of Christ's flock (Jn 21:15-17). In St. Peter and his sucessors, we …

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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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