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Sts. Simon and Jude

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St. Simon was a simple Galilean, called by Our Lord to be one of the twelve pillars of His Church. Zelotes, “the zealot,” was the surname which he bore among the disciples. Armed with this zeal he went forth to the combat against unbelief and sin, and made conquest of many souls for His divine […]

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St. Anthony Mary Claret
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St. Anthony Mary Claret

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Anthony Mary Claret was a Catalan Spanish Roman Catholic archbishop and missionary, and was confessor of Isabella II of Spain.  Born in Sallent, Bages comarca, near Barcelona, on December 23, 1807, the son of a small woolen manufacturer. He received an elementary education in his native village, and at the age of twelve became a […]

St. John Capistran (San Juan Capistrano)
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St. John Capistran (San Juan Capistrano)

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St. John was born at Capistrano, Italy, in 1385. His father had come to Naples under Louis of Anjou, hence he is supposed to have been of French blood, though some say he was of German origin. His father dying early, John owed his education to his mother. She had him at first instructed at […]

St. John Paul II
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St. John Paul II

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St. John Paul II.  Born Karol Józef Wojtya in Wadowice Poland, 18 May 1920.  Ordained a priest in 1946; a bishop in 1958, and elevated to the papacy in 1978.  Died in the Vatican, 2 April 2005 at the age of 84. As Pope, he made such a mark that he is often referred to […]

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St. Paul of the Cross
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St. Paul of the Cross

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THE eighty-one years of this Saint’s life were modeled on the Passion of Jesus Christ. In his childhood, when praying in church, a heavy bench fell on his foot, but the boy took no notice of the bleeding wound, and spoke of it as “a rose sent from God.” A few years later, the vision […]

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St. Luke, Evangelist and Historian
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St. Luke, Evangelist and Historian

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Today is the Feast of St. Luke the evangelist. Luke was a native of Antioch and unlike the other New Testament writers, was not a Jew, but a Greek. When we look for Luke in the Scriptures, we first come across his Gospel, but from a historical perspective, his first mention is not in the […]

St. Ignatius of Antioch
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St. Ignatius of Antioch

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ST. IGNATIUS, Bishop of Antioch, was the disciple of St. John. When Domitian persecuted the Church, St. Ignatius obtained peace for his own flock by fasting and prayer. But for his part he desired to suffer with Christ, and to prove himself a perfect disciple. In the year 107, Trajan came to Antioch, and forced […]

St. Teresa of Avila
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St. Teresa of Avila

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When a child of seven years, Teresa ran away from her home at Avila in Spain, in the hope of being martyred by the Moors. Being brought back and asked the reason of her flight, she replied, “I want to see God, and I must die before I can see Him.”  She then began with […]

St. Callistus, Pope, Martyr
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St. Callistus, Pope, Martyr

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EARLY in the third century, Callistus, then a deacon, was intrusted by Pope St. Zephyrinus with the rule of the clergy, and set by him over the cemeteries of the Christians at Rome; and, at the death of Zephyrinus, Callistus, according to the Roman usage, succeeded to the Apostolic See. A decree is ascribed to […]

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St. Denis and Companions
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St. Denis and Companions

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Bishop of Paris and martyr during the 3rd century.  Pope Fabian (236-250) sent Denis with other missionary bishops to Gaul to revive the faith there after the persecution of Decius.  They settled on the island in the Seine where now stands the cathedral of Notre Dame.  Many conversions followed thanks to his labors, and those […]

Our Lady of the Rosary
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Our Lady of the Rosary

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With the entire Mediterranean at the mercy of Ottoman fleets, Muslim slave-traders had been ravaging coastal towns in 16th century Europe, and carrying whole villages to the slave markets.  Pope Pius V helped organize a coalition of Christian fleets, notably Spanish, Venetian and that of the Papal States.  The Pope asked the Churches of Catholic […]

St. Bruno
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St. Bruno

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BRUNO was born at Cologne, about 1030, of an illustrious family. He was endowed with rare natural gifts, which he cultivated with care at Paris. He became canon of Cologne, and then of Rheims, where he had the direction of theological studies. On the death of the bishop the see fell for a time into […]

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First Friday
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First Friday

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The Holy Guardian Angels
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The Holy Guardian Angels

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GOD does not abandon to mere chance any of His handiworks; by His providence He is everywhere present; not a hair falls from the head or a sparrow to the ground without His knowledge. Not content, however, with yielding such familiar help in all things, not content with affording that existence which He communicates and […]

St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, Virgin
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St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, Virgin

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Marie-Francoise-Therese Martin, known as “the Little Flower of Jesus,” was born at Alencon, France, on January 2, 1873.  Reared in a home of comfort and surrounded by refinements that would have spoiled an ordinary child, Theresa’s intelligence had an early dawning which enabled her to comprehend the Divine Goodness far in advance of her tender […]

St. Jerome, Doctor.
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St. Jerome, Doctor.

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ST. JEROME, born in Dalmatia, in 329, was sent to school at Rome. His boyhood was not free from fault. His thirst for knowledge was excessive, and his love of books a passion. He had studied under the best masters, visited foreign cities, and devoted himself to the pursuit of science. But Christ had need […]

St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, Archangels
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St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, Archangels

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“MI-CA-EL,” or “Who is like to God?” Such was the cry of the great Archangel when he smote the rebel Lucifer in the conflict of the heavenly hosts, and from that hour he has been known as “Michael,” the captain of the armies of God, the type of divine fortitude, the champion of every faithful […]

St. Vincent de Paul
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St. Vincent de Paul

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ST. VINCENT was born in 1576. In after-years, when adviser of the queen and oracle of the Church in France, he loved to recount how, in his youth, he had guarded his father’s pigs. Soon after his ordination he was captured by corsairs, and carried into Barbary. He converted his renegade master, and escaped with […]

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