Saturday, December 2, 2023

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. Petronax of Monte Cassino Read more

St. Petronax of Monte Cassino

Saint Petronax of Monte Cassino (May 1, 670 – May 6, 747), called "The Second Founder of Monte Cassino", was an Italian monk and abbot who rebuilt and repopulated the monastery of Monte Cassino, which had been destroyed by the invading Lombards in the late sixth century. A native of Brescia, Petronax had made a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint Benedict in 717 after being...
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St. Judith of Prussia Read more

St. Judith of Prussia

St. Judith of Prussia (13th c.), also known as St. Jutta, was born to a wealthy family in Thuringia in what is now Germany. She desired to model her life after another noble saint from her country, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who lived in the previous century. Judith was married at age fifteen to a man of equal rank, and together they raised a family. Despite their great wealth, Judith desired...
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St. Conleth of Kildare Read more

St. Conleth of Kildare

Conleth was an Irish metal worker and hermit. He lived as a recluse at Old Connell on the Liffey and was a close friend of St. Brigid. In time he served as spiritual director of St. Brigid’s Convent at Kildare. A copyist and skilled illuminator of manuscripts, he is noted for the crosier that he fashioned for St. Finbar of Termon Barry. Conleth died when he was attacked by wolves in the...
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St. Juvenal Read more

St. Juvenal

Saint Juvenal is venerated as the first Bishop of Narni in Umbria. Historical details regarding Juvenal’s life are limited. A biography of Juvenal of little historical value was written after the seventh century; it states that Juvenal was born in Africa and was ordained by Pope Damasus I and was the first bishop of Narni and was buried in the Porta Superiore on the Via Flaminia on...
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St. Athanasius of Alexandria Read more

St. Athanasius of Alexandria

St. Athanasius (296-373 A.D.) was born in Alexandria, Egypt, to noble Christian parents. He received an excellent education in theology, philosophy, rhetoric, and law, which he directed to the service of God. He made great progress in both wisdom and virtue, and made a spiritual retreat in the Egyptian desert with St. Anthony the Great. St. Athanasius became the Bishop of Alexandria and served...
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