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The Conversion of St. Paul
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The Conversion of St. Paul

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THE great apostle Paul, named Saul at his circumcision, was born at Tarsus, the capital of Silicia, and was by privilege a Roman citizen.  Citizenship carried great distinction, and several exemptions were granted by the laws of the empire. He was early instructed in the strict observance of the Mosaic law, and lived up to […]

St. Timothy, Bishop, Martyr
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St. Timothy, Bishop, Martyr

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TIMOTHY was a convert of St. Paul. He was born at Lystra in Asia Minor. His mother was a Jewess, but his father was a pagan; and though Timothy had read the Scriptures from his childhood, he had not been circumcised as a Jew. On the arrival of St. Paul at Lystra the youthful Timothy, […]

St. Francis de Sales
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St. Francis de Sales

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FRANCIS was born of noble and pious parents, near Annecy, 1566, and studied with brilliant success at Paris and Padua. On his return from Italy he gave up the grand career which his father had marked out for him in the service of the state, and became a priest. When the Duke of Savoy had […]

St. Raymund of Pennafort
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St. Raymund of Pennafort

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BORN A. D. 1175, of a noble Spanish family, Raymund, at the age of twenty, taught philosophy at Barcelona with marvelous success. Ten years later his rare abilities won for him the degree of Doctor in the University of Bologna, and many high dignities. A tender devotion to our blessed Lady, which had grown up […]

St. Agnes, Virgin, Martyr
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St. Agnes, Virgin, Martyr

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ST. AGNES was but twelve years old when she was led to the altar of Minerva at Rome and commanded to obey the persecuting laws of Diocletian by offering incense. In the midst of the idolatrous rites she raised her hands to Christ, her Spouse, and made the sign of the life-giving cross. She did […]

St. Canutus, King, Martyr
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St. Canutus, King, Martyr

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ST. CANUTUS, King of Denmark, was endowed with excellent qualities of both mind and body. It is hard to say whether he excelled more in courage or in conduct and skill in war; but his singular piety eclipsed all his other endowments. He cleared the seas of pirates, and subdued several neighboring provinces which infested […]

St. Peter's Chair at Rome
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St. Peter’s Chair at Rome

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ST. PETER having triumphed over the devil in the East, the latter pursued him to Rome in the person of Simon Magus. He who had formerly trembled at the voice of a poor maid now feared not the very throne of idolatry and superstition. The capital of the empire of the world, and the centre […]

St. Anthony, Hermit
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St. Anthony, Hermit

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ST. ANTHONY was born in the year 251, in Upper Egypt. Hearing at Mass the words, “If thou wilt be perfect, go, sell what thou hast, and give to the poor,” he gave away all his vast possessions. He then begged an aged hermit to teach him the spiritual life. He also visited various solitaries, […]

St. Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor
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St. Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor

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ST. HILARY was a native of Poitiers in Aquitaine. Born and educated a pagan, it was not till near middle age that he embraced Christianity, moved thereto mainly by the idea of God presented to him in the Holy Scriptures. He soon converted his wife and daughter, and separated himself rigidly from all un-Catholic company. […]

St. William, Archbishop
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St. William, Archbishop

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WILLIAM BERRUYER (c. 1155 – January 10, 1209), of the illustrious French family of the ancient Counts of Nevers, was educated by Peter the Hermit, Archdeacon of Soissons, his uncle by the mother’s side. From his infancy William learned to despise the folly and emptiness of the world, to abhor its pleasures, and to tremble […]

St. Julian and St. Basilissa
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St. Julian and St. Basilissa

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St. Julian and St. Basilissa (early 4th century) though married, lived by mutual consent in perpetual chastity.  They sanctified themselves by the most perfect exercises of an ascetic life, and employed their revenues in relieving the poor and the sick. For this purpose they converted their house into a kind of hospital, in which they […]

St. Apollinaris the Apologist, Bishop
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St. Apollinaris the Apologist, Bishop

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  CLAUDIUS APOLLINARIS, Bishop of Hierapolis in Phrygia, was one of the most illustrious prelates of the second age. Notwithstanding the great encomiums bestowed on him by Eusebius, St. Jerome, Theodoret, and ethers, but little is known of his actions; and his writings, which then were held in great esteem, seem now to be all […]

St. Lucian, Martyr
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St. Lucian, Martyr

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ST. LUCIAN was born at Samosata in Syria. Having lost his parents in his youth, he distributed all his worldly goods, of which he inherited an abundant share, to the poor, and withdrew to Edessa, to live near a holy man named Macarius, who imbued his mind with a knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, and […]

The Epiphany of our Lord
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The Epiphany of our Lord

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THE word Epiphany means “manifestation.” It has passed into general acceptance throughout the universal Church from the fact that Jesus Christ manifested to the eyes of men His divine mission on this day first of all, when a miraculous star revealed His birth to the kings of the East.  In spite of the difficulties and […]

St. Simeon Stylites
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St. Simeon Stylites

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ONE winter’s day, about the year 401, the snow lay thick around Sisan, a little town in Cilicia. A shepherd boy, who could not lead his sheep to the fields on account of the cold, went to the church instead, and listened to the eight Beatitudes, which were read that morning. He asked how these […]

St. John Neumann
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St. John Neumann

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St. John Neumann was born in Bohemia, 1811.  As a young man he traveled to New York and was ordained in 1836.  He became a Redemptorist priest in 1847.  As Bishop of Philadelphia 1852-1860 he established the first diocesan Catholic school system in the United States.   Canonized in 1977, he is the first male […]

St. Fulgentius, Bishop
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St. Fulgentius, Bishop

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IN spite of family troubles and delicate health, Fulgentius was appointed at an early age procurator of his province at Carthage. This success, however, did not satisfy his heart. Levying the taxes proved daily more distasteful, and when he was twenty-two, St. Austin’s treatise on the Psalms decided him to enter religion. After six years […]

St. Sylvester I, Pope
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St. Sylvester I, Pope

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SYLVESTER was born in Rome toward the close of the third century. He was a young priest when the persecution of the Christians broke out under the tyrant Diocletian. Idols were erected at the corners of the streets, in the market-places, and over the public fountains, so that it was scarcely possible for a Christian […]

St. Sabinus, Bishop, and Companions
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St. Sabinus, Bishop, and Companions

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THE cruel edicts of Diocletian and Maximin against the Christians being published in the year 303, Sabinus, Bishop of Assisium, and several of his clergy, were apprehended and kept in custody till Venustianus, the Governor of Etruria and Umbria, came thither. Upon his arrival in that city he caused the hands of Sabinus, who had […]

St. Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr
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St. Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr

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ST. THOMAS, son of Gilbert Becket, was born in Southwark, England, in 1117. When a youth he was attached to the household of Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent him to Paris and Bologna to study law. He became Archdeacon of Canterbury, then Lord High Chancellor of England; and in 1160, when Archbishop Theobald died, […]

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St. Delphinus, Sts. Thrasilla & Emiliana

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LITTLE is known of St. Delphinus before his elevation to the episcopate. He assisted at the Council of Saragossa, in 330, in which the Priscillianists were condemned, and also at the Council of Bordeaux, which condemned the same schismatics. He baptized St. Paulerius in 388, and the latter, in several letters, speaks of him as […]

St. Servulus
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St. Servulus

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SERVULUS was a beggar, and had been so afflicted with palsy from his infancy that he was never able to stand, sit upright, lift his hand to his mouth, or turn himself from one side to another. His mother and brother carried him into the porch of St. Clement’s Church at Rome, where he lived […]

St. Nemesion, Martyr
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St. Nemesion, Martyr

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IN the persecution of Decius, Nemesion, an Egyptian, was apprehended at Alexandria upon an indictment for theft. The servant of Christ easily cleared himself of that charge, but was immediately accused of being a Christian, and after being scourged and tormented more than the thieves, was condemned to be burnt with the robbers and other […]

St. Olympias, widow
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St. Olympias, widow

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ST. OLYMPIAS, the glory of the widows in the Eastern Church, was of a noble and wealthy family. Left an orphan at a tender age, she was brought up by Theodosia, sister of St. Amphilochius, a virtuous and prudent woman. Olympias insensibly reflected the virtues of this estimable woman. She married quite young, but her […]

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