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The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. Camillus de Lellis Read more

St. Camillus de Lellis

St. Camillus de Lellis (1550–1614) was a wild, undisciplined youth who became a battle-hardened soldier with a violent temper and a gambling addiction. His bad behavior, combined with a persistent war wound in his leg, left him in poverty. He found work doing odd jobs at a Capuchin friary. Gradually the good influence of the friars inspired him to a better life, and he experienced a true...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 15
St. Alexius of Rome Read more

St. Alexius of Rome

St. Alexius (d. 417 A.D.) was a native of Rome, the son of a distinguished Roman senator. His parents arranged a marriage for him, but he had a divine calling to a higher vocation. On the night of his wedding, with permission from his fiance, he secretly fled to Edessa in Syria to live in poverty and obscurity as a holy ascetic. He disguised himself as a beggar, unrecognized by all, even...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 13
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St. Eustace of Antioch

Eustace of Antioch, sometimes surnamed the Great, was a Christian bishop and archbishop of Antioch in the 4th century. He was a native of Side in Pamphylia. About 320 he was bishop of Beroea, and he became patriarch of Antioch shortly before the Council of Nicaea in 325. In that assembly he distinguished himself zealously against the Arians. His anti–Arian polemic against Eusebius of...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 15
St. Bonaventure Read more

St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure (1221–1274) was born with the name Giovanni in Tuscany, Italy. As a child he became seriously ill and was in danger of death until his mother brought him to St. Francis of Assisi, who was then living in the region as a mendicant friar. It is said that St. Francis healed the child and afterward exclaimed, "O buona ventura (O good fortune)!" when he prophetically...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 13
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St. Kateri Tekakwitha

St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680), also known as the 'Lily of the Mohawks,' was born in present-day New York. Her father was a Mohawk chief, and her mother an Algonquin who had been converted to the Christian faith by Jesuit missionaries. When Kateri was four years old, a smallpox epidemic killed her entire family and left her partially blind, disfigured, and crippled. She was raised...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 15
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