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10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About St. Augustine

10 Things You Didn't Know About St. Augustine

St. Augustine is one of the greatest and most influential Church Fathers.  His writings have shaped both Catholic and Protestant theology and his greatest work The Confessions is one of the most widely translated, published and read books after the Bible.  Much is known about his life but here are ten facts you might not know about him.  If you …

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Saint Monica – A Mother’s Saintly Patience

Saint Monica - The patience of a mother

St. Augustine and His Mother St. Monica Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Monica, the virtuous mother of the great convert Augustine of Hippo, who was saved through the prayers and persistence of his mother. Tomorrow the Church remembers St. Augustine himself. These two saints give much hope to many people – those who are praying for a family …

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St. Pius X and the Liturgical Reform

Pius X

Pope St. Pius X, whose feast day is celebrated today, is a lightning rod of the liturgical reform. The group founded by Bishop Marcel Lefebvre adopted him as the patron of their society, The Society of Pius X. This selection is one of the most ironic choices I can think of for a group that, apart from theological problems with …

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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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Feast of Saint Dominic, Founder of the Dominican Order

Feast of Saint Dominic

It is true that all the saints we remember throughout the year, as well as those whose names have been forgotten, were holy people who lived – and often died – for the Catholic faith and worked to strengthen God’s Church on earth. However, the lives of some saints are especially dear to our hearts, and the effects of their actions on the world and our Church today seem particularly apparent

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

Saint John Vianney

(1786-1859) Born new Lyons, France, St. John Vianney 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 …

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A Remarkable Saint from the East – the Hermit of Lebanon

Saint Sharbel

Today, July 24, is the feast day of St. Charbel (Sharbel) Makhluf of Lebanon. Today the Church celebrates the holy memory St. Charbel Makhlouf, a Maronite Catholic monk from Lebanon, known for his piety, and called by many the hermit of Lebanon and the Wonder Worker of the East. Charbel was born Youssef Antoun Makhlouf in 1828, in North Lebanon. …

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