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Ferdinand Holböck, S.T.D.

Countless saints have been priests or religious, living out lives of penance and sacrifice for the good of the Church. But many Catholics don't realize that married couples are called to holiness as well.

Fr. Holböck's tells the inspiring stories of over 200 married saints and blesseds from the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph to Margaret of Scotland, King Louis of France, Thomas More, and modern examples like Gianna Molla and Louis and Zélie Martin, parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. The example of these holy men and women is essential to living a truly Catholic married life. Important Church documents and scripture passages are also included to further guide and enlighten the reader. Many illustrations.

“These inspiring and diverse profiles reveal what happens to marriage when it is transformed by sacramental grace. The author shows in warm detail the inherent challenges of making a life-long covenant in a fallen world. Through them we find hope for our own commitment.”
—Genevieve S. Kineke, Editor, Canticle Magazine for Women

Ferdinand Holböck, S.T.D., Professor of Theology at the University of Salzburg and Prelate of the Papal Household is the author of numerous works including the popular New Saints and Blesseds of the Church.




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0-89870-843-5
9780898708431
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8"  (20.3 cm) x 5"  (12.7 cm) x 1 1/4"  (3.17 cm)
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2002

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St. Gianna Beretta Molla

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/28


Also known as
    Gianna Beretta
    Gianna Molla

Memorial
    28 April

Profile
    Tenth of thirteen children born to Alberto and Maria Beretta, she was a pious girl raised in a pious family; one sister became a nun, and two brothers, including Enrico Beretta became priests. While in college, she worked with the poor and elderly, and joined the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Physician and surgeon, graduating from the University of Pavia in 1949, she started a clinic in Mero, Italy in 1950. She returned to school and studied pediatrics, and after finishing in 1952 she worked especially with mothers, babies, the elderly, and the poor. Active in Catholic Action, and a avid skier. She considered a call to religious life, but was married to Pietro Molla on 24 September 1955 at Magenta. Mother of three, she continued her medical career, treating it as a mission and gift from God. During her pregnancy with her fourth child, she was diagnosed with a large ovarian cyst. Her surgeon recommended an abortion in order to save Gianna's life; she refused and died a week after childbirth, caring more for doing right by her unborn child than for her own life. Today that child is a physician herself, and involved in the pro-life movement.

Born
    4 October 1922 in Magenta, Milan, Italy

Died
    28 April 1962 in Monza Maternity Hospital of complications from an ovarian cyst

Venerated
    6 July 1991 by Pope John Paul II

Beatified
    24 April 1994 by Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy

Canonized
    16 May 2004 by Pope John Paul II



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Joseph

St. Joseph Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 03/19


Patron Of: Belgium, Carpenters, Confectioners, Doubt, Dying, Engineers, Families, Happy Death, Hesitation, Married Couples, Peru, Pioneers, Universal Church, Workers

Also known as

    * Joseph the Betrothed
    * Joseph the Worker

Memorial

    * 19 March
    * 1 May (Joseph the Worker)

Profile

    Descendant of the house of David. Layman. Builder by trade; traditionally a carpenter, but may have been a stone worker. Earthly spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Foster and adoptive father of Jesus Christ. Visionary who was visited by angels. Noted for his willingness to immediately get up and do what God told him to do.

Died

    * 1st century, prior to the Passion, of natural causes

Name Meaning

    * whom the Lord adds (Joseph)

Patronage

    * against doubt
    * against hesitation
    * bursars
    * cabinetmakers
    * Candian Armed Forces (in 1941)
    * carpenters
    * Catholic Church (1847 by Blessed Pope Pius IX)
    * civil engineers
    * confectioners
    * craftsmen
    * dying people
    * emigrants
    * expectant mothers
    * families
    * fathers
    * happy death
    * holy death
    * house hunters
    * immigrants
    * interior souls
    * laborers
    * married people
    * Oblates of Saint Joseph
    * people in doubt
    * people who fight Communism
    * pioneers
    * pregnant women
    * protection of the Church
    * social justice
    * travellers
    * unborn children
    * Universal Church (1847 by Blessed Pope Pius IX)
    * Vatican II
    * wheelwrights
    * workers
    * working people
    * Americas
    * Austria
    * Belgium
    * Bohemia
    * Canada
    * China
    * Croatian people (in 1687 by decree of the Croatian parliment)
    * Korea
    * Mexico
    * New France
    * New World
    * Peru
    * Viet Nam
    * Anchorage, Alaska, archdiocese of
    * Balanga, Philippines, diocese of
    * Bangued, Philippines, diocese of
    * Baton Rouge, Louisiana, diocese of
    * Biloxi, Mississippi, diocese of
    * Buffalo, New York, diocese of
    * Butuan, Philippines, diocese of
    * Cheyenne, Wyoming, diocese of
    * Cologne, Germany, archdiocese of
    * Daet, Philippines, diocese of
    * Edmonton, Alberta, diocese of
    * Gatineau, Québec, archdiocese of
    * Hartford, Connecticut, archdiocese of
    * Itanagar, India, diocese of
    * La Crosse, Wisconsin, diocese of
    * Libmanan, Philippines, diocese of
    * Louisville, Kentucky, archdiocese of
    * Lubango, Angola, archdiocese of
    * MacKenzie – Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, diocese of
    * Manchester, New Hampshire, diocese of
    * Mangalore, India, diocese of
    * Menevia, Wales, diocese of
    * Nashville, Tennessee, diocese of
    * Osnabrück, Germany, diocese of
    * Ottawa, Ontario, archdiocese of
    * Rarotonga, Cook Islands, diocese of
    * Romblon, Philippines, diocese of
    * Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, diocese of
    * San Jose, California, diocese of
    * San Jose, Mindoro, Philippines, apostolic vicariate of
    * San Jose, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, diocese of
    * Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, diocese of
    * Sioux Falls, South Dakota, diocese of
    * Tagbilaran, Philippines, diocese of
    * Virac, Philippines, diocese of
    * Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, diocese of
    * Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, diocese of
    * Winnipeg, Manitoba, archdiocese of
    * Birkirkara, Malta
    * Carinthia, Austria
    * Castelplanio, Ancona, Italy
    * Deschambault, Quebec, Canada
    * Florence, Italy
    * Fonte Nuova, Italy
    * Kalkara, Malta
    * La Spezia, Italy
    * Ladispoli, Italy
    * Laguna Indian Pueblo
    * Msida, Malta
    * Orvieto, Italy
    * Qala, Gozo, Malta
    * Querceta, Italy
    * Radazzo, Sicily, Italy
    * Santa Marinella, Italy
    * Sicily, Italy
    * Spadafora, Sicily, Italy
    * Styria, Austria
    * Turin, Italy
    * Tyrol, Austria

Representation

    * bible
    * branch
    * carpenter‘s square
    * carpenter‘s tools
    * chalice
    * cross
    * hand tools
    * infant Jesus
    * ladder
    * lamb
    * lily
    * monstrance
    * old man holding a lily and a carpenter‘s tool such as a square
    * old man holding the infant Jesus
    * plane
    * rod

 



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Louis

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/25
Tridentine Calendar - 08/24


Patron Of: Builders, Construction Workers, Difficult Marriages, Stone Masons, Sick, Barbers, Tertiaries, Death Of Children, Needle Workers, Soldiers, Button Makers, Sculptors, Hairstylists, Masons, Embroiderers, Kings

Profile
Son of King Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile. King of France at age eleven; his mother ruled as regent until he reached 22, and he reigned for 44 years. He made numerous judicial and legislative reforms. Promoted Christianity in France; established religious foundations, aided mendicant orders, propagated synodal decrees of the Church, built leper hospitals, and collected relics. Married Marguerite of Provence at age 19, and father of eleven. Supported Pope Innocent IV in war against Emperor Frederick II of Germany. Franciscan tertiary. Led two Crusades and died on one.
Born
25 April 1214 at Poissy, France
Died
25 August 1270 at Tunis, Algeria of natural causes; relics in the house at Saint Denis, Paris, France; destroyed in 1793 during the French Revolution



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St. Margaret of Scotland

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 11/16


Patron Of: Scotland, Death Of Children, Widows, Learning, Large Families, Queens

Memorial
    16 November
    formerly 10 June
    16 June in Scotland

Profile
    Granddaughter of King Edmund Ironside of England. Great-niece of Saint Stephen of Hungary. Born in Hungary while her family was in exile due to the Danish invasion of England, she still spent much of her youth in the British Isles. While fleeing the invading army of William the Conqueror in 1066, her family's ship wrecked on the Scottish coast. They were assisted by King Malcolm III Canmore of Scotland, whom Margaret married in 1070. Queen of Scotland. They had eight children, one of whom as Saint Maud, wife of Henry I. Margaret founded abbeys and used her position to work for justice and improved conditions for the poor.

Born
    c.1045 in Hungary

Died
    16 November 1093 at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, four days after her husband and son died in defense of the castle
    buried in front of the high altar at Dunfermline, Scotland
    relics later removed to a nearby shrine
    the bulk of her relics were destroyed in stages during the Protestant Reformation and the French Revolution

Canonized
    1251 by Pope Innocent IV

Patronage
    death of children
    large families
    learning
    queens
    Scotland
    widows



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Therese Of Lisieux

St. Therese Of Lisieux Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/01
Tridentine Calendar - 10/01
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/10


Patron Of: Aviators, Tuberculosis, Florists, Missionaries, Missions, Domestic, France, Loss of Parents, African Missions, AIDS Sufferers, Air Crews, Aircraft Pilots, Flower Growers, Illness

Also known as
Teresa of the Infant Jesus; Therese of the Child Jesus; the Little Flower; the Little Flower of Jesus
Profile
    Born to a middle-class French family. Her father, Louis, was a watchmaker, her mother, who died of cancer when Therese was 4, was a lace maker, and both have been declared Venerable by the Church. Cured from an illness at age eight when a statue of the Blessed Virgin smiled at her. Carmelite nun at age 15. Defined her path to God and holiness as "The Little Way," which consisted of love and trust in God. At the direction of her spiritual director, and against her wishes, she dictated her famed autobiography Story of a Soul. Many miracles attributed to her. Declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.

    "For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy." - Saint Therese of Lisieux

Born
    2 January 1873 at Alcon, Normandy, France

Died
    7pm Thursday 30 September 1897 at Lisieux, France of tuberculosis

Venerated
    14 August 1921 by Pope Benedict XV

Beatified
    29 April 1923 by Pope Pius XI

Canonized
    17 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/22
Tridentine Calendar - 06/22


Patron Of: Adopted Children, Civil Servants, Court Workers, Difficult Marriages, Stepparents, Widowers, Lawyers, Large Families, Politicians, Statesmen

Profile
    Studied at London and Oxford. Page for the Archbishop of Canterbury. Lawyer. Twice married, father of one son and three daughters, and a devoted family man. Writer. Friend of King Henry VIII. Lord Chancellor of England, a position of power second only to the king. Opposed the king on the matter of royal divorce, and refused to swear the Oath of Supremacy which declared the king the head of the Church in England. Resigned the Chancellorship, and was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Martyred for his refusal to bend his religious beliefs to the king's political needs.
 
Born
    1478 at London, England

Died
    beheaded in 1535; head kept in the Roper Vault, Saint Dunstan's church, Canterbury, England; body at Saint Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London, England

Canonized
    1935 by Pope Pius XI


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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