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

Saint Bridget of Sweden

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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What do you really know about St. Mary Magdalene?

Saint Mary Magdalene

Today is the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene. The Church considers her to be one of the greatest saints of all time and her feast has been celebrated since the earliest age of the Church. The Gospels tell us little about her, but we do know that she was a great sinner who experienced a profound conversion, in the …

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Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi

 Saint Lawrence of Brindisi 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 …

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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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