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Who is Our Lady of Perpetual Help?

Who is Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Succour) or Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, associated with the Byzantine icon of the same name, said to be from the 13th or 14th century, but perhaps 15th century, which has been in Rome since at least the late 15th century. The image is very popular among Catholics throughout the world, and has been much copied and reproduced. In the Byzantine Church this iconography is known as the Theotokos of the Passion.

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Five Ways to Follow Jesus Like John the Baptist

How to follow Jesus like Saint John

John the Baptist could be considered Jesus' first evangelist. Mary went to visit Elizabeth because the angel Gabriel told her that Elizabeth was expecting. When Mary arrived at Elizabeth's home, Saint John leaped in her womb at Mary's greeting. "And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy." RSV Lk 1:43-44 Let's consider five ways that we can follow Jesus like Saint John the Baptist did and improve our evanglism in the process.

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Celebrating the Birth of the Forerunner, St. John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist

Today is the feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist On June 24th, in the Roman calendar, the church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist. The celebration of the birth of the Forerunner is one of the oldest feasts in the Church's history, dating from the earliest days. St. John the Baptist has remained a …

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St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, Martyrs against tyranny

Celebrate Saint Thomas More and John Fisher

   Saint Thomas More was born in London and was Chancellor of King Henry VIII. As a family man, a public servant, and writer, he displayed a rare combination of human warmth, Christian wisdom, and sense of humor. His most famous quote, fitting for today, was when he declared himself to be “the King's good servant — but God's first” …

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St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of Catholic Youth

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

June 21 is the feast day of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of teens and young people, an extremely devout young Jesuit novice who died at the age of 23. The first born child to the Marquis of Castiglione in 1568, Aloysius was born an Italian noble, and as such he grew up in a castle, trained from the age of …

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We Celebrate the Life of St. Anthony of Padua on June 13

Saint Anthony - patron of the lost

"St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most beloved saints in the Church and one of the most well-known early disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a renowned preacher and worker of miracles during his lifetime, and throughout the eight hundred years since his death he has so generously come to the assistance of the faithful who invoke him, that he is known throughout the world. We celebrate his feast day on June 13.

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9 Facts About the Sacred Heart

Nine Things You Didn't Know About the Sacred Heart

Sure, you know about the Sacred Heart. But do you know where the devotion came from or how long it took to be accepted? Nine things to share about the Sacred Heart.

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Saint Isidore the Farmer

Saint Isidore the Farmer

St. Isidore was born in about 1070 to a poor, but devout family. At a very young age, Isidore hired himself out as a farmer to a wealthy Madrilenian landowner named Juan de Vargas.

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The Origins of the Mizpah Medal

The meaning of the Mizpah Medal

The origin of the Mizpah Medal A long time ago there was a man named Jacob. He traveled far from home and found employment working for his uncle Laban. Laban had a daughter named Rachel with whom Jacob fell in love. Jacob promised to work for Laban for seven years in exchange for permission to marry Rachel. Betrayal! Laban, being …

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May, The Month of Mary

Celebrate the Month of Mary

Traditionally, May has been celebrated as the month of “new life.” This has been true even for the ancient Greeks and Romans who each had goddesses that represented the blooming of new life. It is easy to see this because the earth seems to be coming back to life when winter is over and the flowers and trees begin to sprout their beautiful, lively colors again. Mary is also a bearer of new life. She literally brought the Life to the world in bearing her Son, Jesus, whom destroyed our death or “winter” of sin. God, working through Mary, gave us new life.

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