Category: Saint of the Day

St. John Bosco
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St. John Bosco

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This apostolic priest of modern times is hailed as the patron of youth.  He was born in Castelnuovo, Italy, on August 16, 1815.  As a youngster, he was employed for a time as a shepherd, and this leisurely work gave him opportunity for prayerful union with God, which was so evident in the years of […]

Ferial Day
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St. Thomas Aquinas
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St. Thomas Aquinas

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ST. THOMAS was born of noble parents at Aquino in Italy, in 1226. At the age of nineteen he received the Dominican habit at Naples, where he was studying. Seized by his brothers on his way to Paris, he suffered a two years’ captivity in their castle of Rocca-Secca; but neither the caresses of his […]

St. Angela Merici
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St. Angela Merici

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Angela Merici was born in 1474 at Desenzano, in the territory of Venice.  From her earliest years, she kept the strictest guard over the lily of her virginity, which she had resolved should never be taken from her.  Hating all feminine adornments, she made a point of making the beauty of her features and her […]

Sts. Timothy and Titus
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Sts. Timothy and Titus

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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, […]

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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. 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. 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. 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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Ferial Day

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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. 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, […]

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 […]

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)  

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 […]

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 […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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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, […]

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Jospeh
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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Jospeh

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As we follow the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, let us fix our gaze on Jesus, Mary and Joseph and adore the mystery of a God who chose to be born of a woman, the Blessed Virgin, and to enter this world in the way common to all humankind. By so doing he sanctified the […]

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 […]

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