Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. Andre Bessette Read more

St. Andre Bessette

St. Andre Bessette (1845–1937) was born the eighth of twelve children to a poor working class family in Quebec, Canada. He was weak and sickly from his birth. When he was nine, his father died in a lumber accident; when he was twelve, his mother died of tuberculosis. He then worked at various odd jobs until he entered the Congregation of the Holy Cross as a lay brother at age 25, serving...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 153
St. Edward the Confessor Read more

St. Edward the Confessor

Edward was born a prince, the son of King Ethelred II and Queen Emma; half-brother to King Edmund Ironside and King Hardicanute. When his father was unseated by Danish invasion. Edward and his brother were sent to Denmark to be quietly killed, but the officer in charge took pity on the boys, and sent them to Sweden, and from there they went to the King of Hungary to be raised and educated....
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 145
St. Angela of Foligno Read more

St. Angela of Foligno

St. Angela of Foligno, T.O.S.F., was an Italian Franciscan tertiary who became known as a mystic from her extensive writings about her mystical revelations. Due to the respect they engendered in the Catholic Church, she is known as "Mistress of Theologians". Angela was noted not only for her spiritual writings, but also for founding a religious community which refused to accept...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 127
St. Genevieve of Paris Read more

St. Genevieve of Paris

St. Genevieve (c.422-512 A.D.) was born to a respectable family in a small village outside Paris, France. When she was seven years old a famous bishop, St. Germain, spotted her in a crowd and prophesied to her parents about her future sanctity. At his invitation, St. Genevieve expressed her desire to live in a state of perpetual virginity and made her vows under him, after which St. Germain...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 182
Bl. Ortolana of Assisi Read more

Bl. Ortolana of Assisi

Ortolana di Fiumi, wife of Favorino Scifi, Count of Sasso-Rosso was a noblewoman who mothered three daughters, two saints and a blessed, Saint Clare, Saint Agnes and Blessed Beatrice. Upon the death of her husband, Ortolana joined her elder daughters, Clare and Agnes at the Convent of San Damiano, becoming thus a spiritual daughter of her own blood daughter, whom the latter welcomed her with...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 157
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