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St. Vincent, Martyr
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St. Vincent, Martyr

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VINCENT was archdeacon of the church at Saragossa. Valerian, the bishop, had an impediment in his speech; thus Vincent preached in his stead, and answered in his name when both were brought before Dacian, the president, during the persecution of Diocletian. When the bishop was sent into banishment, Vincent remained to suffer and to die. […]

Pray for laws to protect the unborn
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Pray for laws to protect the unborn

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A Knights of Columbus poll conduced in January 2015 found a supermajority of Americans favoring bans on abortion after 3 months’ pregnancy, and opposing taxpayer funding of abortion.

St. Sebastian, Martyr
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St. Sebastian, Martyr

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ST. SEBASTIAN was an officer in the Roman army, esteemed even by the heathen as a good soldier, and honored by the Church ever since as a champion of Jesus Christ. Born at Narbonne, Sebastian came to Rome about the year 284, and entered the lists against the powers of evil. He found the twin […]

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St. Honoratus, Archbishop
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ST. HONORATUS was of a consular Roman family settled in Gaul. In his youth he renounced the worship of idols, and gained his elder brother, Venantius, to Christ. Convinced of the hollowness of the things of this world, they wished to renounce it with all its pleasures, but a fond pagan father put continual obstacles […]

St. Paul, the First Hermit
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St. Paul, the First Hermit

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ST. PAUL was born in Upper Egypt, about the year 230, and became an orphan at the age of fifteen. He was very rich and highly educated. Fearing lest the tortures of a terrible persecution might endanger his Christian perseverance, he retired into a remote village. But his pagan brother-in-law denounced him, and St. Paul, […]

St. Veronica of Milan
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St. Veronica of Milan

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VERONICA’S parents were peasants of a village near Milan. From her childhood she toiled hard in the house and the field, and accomplished cheerfully every menial task. Gradually the desire for perfection grew within her; she became deaf to the jokes and songs of her companions, and sometimes, when reaping and hoeing, would hide her […]

St. Andre Besette
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St. Andre Besette

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In 1845, St. Andre Besette was born in Canada, in a small town southwest of Montreal.  He was a Holy Cross Brother, who served for decades as porter (or doorman) for the college of Notre Dame in Côte-des-Neiges, Quebec.  In addition to his duties as receptionist, his tasks included washing floors and windows, cleaning lamps, […]

The Epiphany
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The Epiphany

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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 manifestedto 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 dangers […]

The Most Holy Name of Jesus
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The Most Holy Name of Jesus

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There is something about the name Jesus Something about the name Jesus. It is the sweetest name I know Oh how I love the name Jesus, Oh how I love the name Jesus It is the sweetest name I know. Old Hymn (Chorus)  

St. Genevieve, Virgin
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St. Genevieve, Virgin

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GENEVIEVE was born at Nanterre, near Paris. St. Germanus, when passing through, specially noticed a little shepherdess, and predicted her future sanctity. At seven years of age she made a vow of perpetual chastity. After the death of her parents, Paris became her abode; but she often travelled on works of mercy, which, by the […]

Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and doctors
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Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and doctors

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ST. BASIL was born in Asia Minor. Two of his brothers became bishops, and, together with his mother and sister, are honored as Saints. He studied with great success at Athens, where he formed with St. Gregory Nazianzen the most tender friendship. He then taught oratory; but dreading the honors of the world, he gave […]

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

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The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is a liturgical feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated on 1 January, the Octave Day of Christmas. In the United States this day is considered a holy day of obligation. The feast is a celebration of Mary’s motherhood of Jesus. The title “Mother of God” is a […]

The Circumcision of Our Lord
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The Circumcision of Our Lord

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CIRCUMCISION was a sacrament of the Old Law, and the first legal observance required by Almighty God of the descendants of Abraham. It was a sacrament of initiation in the service of God, and a promise and engagement to believe and act as He had revealed and directed. The law of circumcision continued in force […]

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St. Thomas of Canterbury
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St. Thomas of Canterbury

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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, […]

St. John the Apostle
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St. John the Apostle

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ST. JOHN, the youngest of the apostles in age, was called to follow Christ on the banks of the Jordan during the first days of Our Lord’s ministry. He was one of the privileged few present at the Transfiguration and the Agony in the garden. At the Last Supper his head rested on the bosom […]

St. Stephen, first martyr
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St. Stephen, first martyr

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THERE is good reason to believe that St. Stephen was one of the seventy-two disciples of our blessed Lord. After the Ascension he was chosen one of the seven deacons. The ministry of the seven was very fruitful; but Stephen especially, “full of grace and fortitude, did great wonders and signs among the people.” Many […]

Christmas, the Nativity of the Lord
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Christmas, the Nativity of the Lord

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play, And wild and sweet the words repeat Of peace on earth, good will to men. I thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along th’unbroken song Of peace on […]

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St. John Cantius

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ST. JOHN was born at Kenty in Poland in 1403, and studied at Cracow with great ability, industry, and success, while his modesty and virtue drew all hearts to him. He was for a short time in charge of a parish; but he shrank from the burden of responsibility, and returned to his life of […]

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

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Italian born, American saint (1850-1917). Sister Cabrini took religious vows in 1877 and added Xavier to her name to honor the Jesuit saint, Francis Xavier. She became the Superior of the House of Providence orphanage in Codogno, Italy where she taught, and drew a small community of women to live a religious way of life. […]

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