Saints

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  • Saint Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30th)

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    Saint Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30th)
    Most references to Andrew in the New Testament simply include him on a list of the Twelve Apostles, or group him with his brother, Simon Peter. But he appears acting as an individual three times in the Gospel of John. When a number of Greeks ...

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  • Saint Cecilia - Patron of musicians (November 22)

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    Saint Cecilia - Patron of musicians (November 22)
    In the fourth century appeared a Greek religious romance on the Loves of Cecilia and Valerian, written, like those of Chrysanthus and Daria, Julian and Basilissa, in glorification of the virginal life, and with the purpose of taking the place of the sensual romances of Daphnis and Chloe, Chereas and Callirhoe, etc., which were then popular.

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  • Saint Teresa of Avila (October 15)

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    Saint Teresa of Avila (October 15)
    St Teresa of Avila (Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada) was born in Avila, Spain on 28th March 1515. Her parents were both pious Catholics and in some ways inspired their daughter to take up a life of prayer. As a young child Teresa showed signs of a deeply religious nature; she would often retreat into...

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  • Saint Francis of Assisi (1118-1226)

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    Saint Francis of Assisi (1118-1226)
    Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not in a narrow fundamentalist sense, but by actually following all that Jesus said and did, joyfully, without limit and without a mite of self-importance...

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  • Saint Therese of Lisieux 'The Little Flower'(1873-1897)

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    Saint Therese of Lisieux `The Little Flower`(1873-1897)
    The world came to know Therese through her autobiography, "Story of a Soul". She described her life as a "little way of spiritual childhood." She lived each day with an unshakable confidence in God's love. "What matters in life," she wrote, "is not great deeds, but great love."

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  • Saint Vincent de Paul: The patron of Charitable Societies

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    Saint Vincent de Paul: The patron of Charitable Societies
    Vincent, was born in a town in Southwest France and was the son of poor French peasants. Today the town is called Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Landes, France. When he grew up and became famous, he ...

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  • St. Augustine (354-430)

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    St. Augustine (354-430)
    St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspirationto many who struggle with a ...

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  • Saint Monica (331 – 387)

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    Saint Monica (331 – 387)
    Today, with Internet searches, e-mail shopping, text messages, tweets and instant credit, we have little patience for things that take time. Likewise, we want instant answers to our prayers. Monica is a model of patience. Her long years of prayer, coupled with ...

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  • Mary's the Assumption into Heaven-Guide of Christianity

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    Mary`s the Assumption into Heaven-Guide of Christianity
    On 15 August, since the 8th century, all of Christianity has celebrated the event of Mary's the Assumption into Heaven. The Mother of the Crucified and Risen One is a symbol of those who accept in faith God's promise of a future and a "dwelling" of...

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  • St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) Martyr

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    St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) Martyr
    St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Edith Stein, was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), on 12 October 1891, the youngest of 11, as her family was celebrating Yom Kippur, that most important Jewish festival...

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  • St. Mary Magdelene, "the Penitent" (July 22nd)

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    St. Mary Magdelene, ``the Penitent`` (July 22nd)
    She is called "the Penitent". St. Mary was given the name 'Magdalen' because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. St. Luke records that she was a notorious sinner ...

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  • Qui est Marie Madeleine?

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    Qui est Marie Madeleine?
    Les quatre évangélistes nous parlent de Marie Madeleine à plusieurs reprises. En réalité, ils nous parlent d'une Marie de Magdala (en grec : Magdaléné). Magdala est le nom de la ville où était née Marie qu'on surnomme Madeleine.

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  • Pope Francis signs canonization decrees for John XXIII and John Paul II

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    Pope Francis signs canonization decrees for John XXIII and John Paul II
    Journalists in the Holy See Press Office busy getting to grips with Pope Francis’ first encyclical the Light of Faith, were somewhat surprised Friday lunchtime when Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. called them back for a second announcement ...

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  • St. Matthias - Apostle (May 14)

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    St. Matthias - Apostle (May 14)
    The first act of the apostles after the Ascension of Jesus was to find a replacement for Judas. With all the questions, doubts, and dangers facing them, they chose to focus their attention on finding a twelfth apostle. Why was this important? Twelve was a very important number to the Chosen People...

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  • Saint Athanasius (May 2nd)

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    Saint Athanasius (May 2nd)
    Bishop of Alexandria; Confessor and Doctor of the Church; born c. 296; died 2 May, 373. Athanasius was the greatest champion of Catholic belief on the subject of the Incarnation that the Church has ever known and in his lifetime earned the characteristic title of "Father of Orthodoxy", by which he has been...

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  • Saint Joseph The Worker

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    Saint Joseph The Worker
    The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker was instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1955. On this date we also again recall Jesus' two natures - He was both Human and Divine. He was one person, a divine person, but he had two natures. Today we recall St. Joseph the Worker and remember that ...

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  • St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) - Doctor of the Church

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    St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) - Doctor of the Church
    St. Catherine was born at Sienna, in 1347. Her father, James Benincasa, by trade a dyer, was a virtuous man; and though blessed with temporal prosperity, always chiefly solicitous to leave to his children a solid inheritance of virtue, by his example, and by deeply instilling into them lessons of piety.

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  • St. Mark, the evangelist

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    St. Mark, the evangelist
    The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there. St. Mark was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was ...

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  • St. Giovanni Melchior Bosco (January 31st)

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    St. Giovanni Melchior Bosco (January 31st)
    Founder of the Salesian Society. Born of poor parents in a little cabin at Becchi, a hill-side hamlet near Castelnuovo, Piedmont,Italy, 16 August, 1815; died 31 January 1888; declared Venerable by Pius X, 21 July, 1907...

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  • St. Basil and St. Gregorian Nazianen (January 2)

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    St. Basil and St. Gregorian Nazianen (January 2)
    Basil and Gregory were born in Asia Minor in the year 330. This area is modern-day Turkey. Basil's grandmother, father, mother, two brothers and a sister are all saints. Gregory's parents are St. Nonna and St. Gregory the Elder.

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  • John of the Cross (1542-1891)

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    John of the Cross (1542-1891)
    As his illness increased he was removed to the monastery of Ubeda, where he at first was treated very unkindly, his constant prayer, "to suffer and to be despised", being thus literally fulfilled almost to the end of his life. But at last even his adversaries came to acknowledge his sanctity, and his funeral was the occasion of a great outburst of enthusiasm.

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  • The feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

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    The feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
    In the Western Church the feast appeared (8 December), when in the Orient its development had come to a standstill. The timid beginnings of the new feast in some Anglo-Saxon monasteries in the eleventh century, partly smothered by the Norman conquest, were followed by its reception in some chapters and dioceses by the Anglo-Norman clergy.

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  • St. Ambrose, Bishop (November 7th)

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    St. Ambrose, Bishop (November 7th)
    He was one of the most illustrious Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and fitly chosen, together with St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Athanasius, to uphold the venerable Chair of the Prince of the Apostles in the tribune of St. Peter's at Rome.

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  • Who is St. Nicholas?

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    Who is St. Nicholas?
    The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young.

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  • St. Francis Xavier

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    St. Francis Xavier
    Born in the family castle of Xavier, near Pamplona in the Basque area of SpanishNavarre on Apr. 7, he was sent to the University of Paris1525, secured his licentiate in 1528, met Ignatius Loyola and became one of the seven who in 1534, at Montmartre founded the Society of Jesus. In 1536 he left Paris ...

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  • Holyween: Reclaim The Celebration of All Saints

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    Holyween: Reclaim The Celebration of All Saints
    The Church celebrates all its holy ones on a feast with the rank of "solemnity" and rightfully so. These after all, are the heroes and heroines of humanity, the people who knew what humanity is about — that we are more about God than about us, and that we owe him the worship and love of our lives.

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  • Life of St. Teresa of Jesus, of The Order of Our Lady of Carmel (Feast: October 15)

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    Life of St. Teresa of Jesus, of The Order of Our Lady of Carmel (Feast: October 15)
    Her parents, Don Alfonso Sanchez de Capeda and Dona Beatriz Davila y Ahumada, his second wife, were people of position in Avila, a city of Old Castile, where Teresa was born on March 28, 1515. There were nine children of this marriage, of whom Teresa was the third, and three children of her father's first marriage.

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  • Sainte Thérèse d’Avila selon Benoît XVI

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    Sainte Thérèse d’Avila selon Benoît XVI
    ... j’ai eu l’occasion de m’arrêter également sur certains saints et saintes qui ont été proclamés docteurs de l’Eglise en raison de leur éminente doctrine. Aujourd’hui, je voudrais commencer une brève série de rencontres pour compléter la présentation des docteurs de l’Eglise. Et je commence par une sainte qui représente l’un des sommets de la spiritualité chrétienne de tous les temps: sainte Thérèse d’Avila...

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  • Saint Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4th)

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    Saint Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4th)
    Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181 or 1182 — the exact year is uncertain; died there, 3 October, 1226.

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  • St. Therese of Lisieux (1873 - 1897)

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    St. Therese of Lisieux (1873 - 1897)
    Therese was born in France in 1873, the pampered daughter of a mother who had wanted to be a saint and a father who had wanted to be monk. The two had gotten married but determined they would be celibate until a priest told them that was not how God wanted a marriage to work!

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