Tuesday, October 4, 2022

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Martyrs of Nagasaki Read more

Martyrs of Nagasaki

Today the Church memorializes twenty-six Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries and Japanese converts crucified together by order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Following their arrests, they were taken to the public square of Meako to the city's principal temple. They each had a piece of their left ear cut off, and then paraded from city to city for weeks with a man shouting their crimes and...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 116
St. Agatha of Sicily Read more

St. Agatha of Sicily

St. Agatha (231-251 A.D.) was born in Sicily into an affluent family. At a young age she made the decision to devote herself to Christ, resisting every offer of marriage. Struck by her beauty and wealth, a magistrate named Quintian desired to marry her. He plotted to use his political power to force her hand, and threatened to prosecute her for the crime of Christianity unless she accepted his...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 85
St. Joseph of Leonessa Read more

St. Joseph of Leonessa

Eufranio Desideri was the third of eight children born to John Desideri, a wool merchant, and Serafina Paolini. His parents died when the boy was 12 years old, and he was raised and educated by his uncle Battista Desideri, a teacher in Viterbo, Italy. Desideri arranged a marriage for Eufranio with a local noble family, but the young man felt a call to religious life. Worry over his vocation...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 113
St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr Read more

St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr

St. Blaise (d. 316 A.D.) was born into a wealthy Christian family in Armenia. He was trained as a physician before becoming a priest, and was finally ordained a bishop. When a wave of Christian persecution began, God instructed St. Blaise to hide in a desert cave. While he was in hiding, birds miraculously brought him food and sick men came to him to be healed. The king's hunters...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 90
St. Lawrence of Canterbury, Bishop Read more

St. Lawrence of Canterbury, Bishop

St. Lawrence of Canterbury (d. 619 A.D.) was among the original band of missionaries sent from Rome to evangelize England with St. Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury. As a fruit of their labor the region's most powerful ruler, the King of Kent, became a baptized Christian along with many of his countrymen. When Augustine died, Lawrence became Canterbury's second Archbishop....
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 97
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