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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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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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