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The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. John (Don) Bosco, Priest Read more

St. John (Don) Bosco, Priest

St. John Bosco (1815–1888) was born in Italy to a poor farming family. His father died when he was two, leaving his religious instruction to his pious mother. At the age of nine he had his first of many powerful visions which would come throughout his life. In it Jesus and the Virgin Mary showed him that he was to instruct poor, wayward boys and bring them back to God. John eventually...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 125
Pope Saint Gelasius II, Pope Read more

Pope Saint Gelasius II, Pope

Pope Gelasius II (c. 1060/1064 – 29 January 1119), born Giovanni Caetani or Giovanni da Gaeta, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 24 January 1118 to his death in 1119. A monk of Monte Cassino and chancellor of Pope Paschal II, Caetani was unanimously elected to succeed him. In doing so he also succeeded to the conflicts with Emperor Henry V over...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 87
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, RELIGIOUS PRIEST, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH Read more

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, RELIGIOUS PRIEST, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) was born into a wealthy and noble family in Aquino, Italy. He was the pious and brilliant son of a count, and a lucrative future was planned for him. When Thomas set off to enter the newly founded Dominican order to be a poor mendicant friar, his mother the countess held him prisoner in the family castle in order to dissuade him. His brothers tried to...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 99
Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops Read more

Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops

SAINTS TIMOTHY AND TITUS St. Timothy (1st c.) was born in Galatia in Asia Minor, the son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother. Timothy was a convert of St. Paul the Apostle around the year 47 A.D. Timothy became a trusted friend and a beloved spiritual son to Paul, laboring faithfully alongside him in his apostolic work for many years. Paul mentions Timothy repeatedly in his letters and...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 181
SAINT ANANIAS Read more

SAINT ANANIAS

Ananias, or in Hebrew, Hananiah, was a disciple of Jesus at Damascus mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible, which describes how he was sent by Jesus to restore the sight of "Saul, of Tarsus" (known later as Paul the Apostle) and provide him with additional instruction in the way of the Lord.  According to Acts 9:10, Ananias was living in Damascus. In Paul's...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 173
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