Saturday, July 20, 2024

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

Saint María de la Purísima Salvat Romero Read more

Saint María de la Purísima Salvat Romero

Saint María de la Purísima Salvat Romero (20 February 1926 – 31 October 1998), born María Isabel Salvat Romero, was a Spanish Roman Catholic nun and a member of the Sisters of the Company of the Cross. She assumed the name of "María de la Purísima of the Cross" after she entered that order. She was beatified on 18 September 2010 in Seville and a second miracle approved in 2015...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 400
St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Read more

St. Alphonsus Rodriguez

St. Alphonsus Rodriguez (1532–1617) was born in Segovia, Spain, the son of a wool merchant. He was prepared for his First Holy Communion by St. Peter Faber, one of the first Jesuits. When his father died, Alphonsus had to leave school at the age of 14 to take over the family business, which eventually failed. He married and had three children, and was left a widower at the age of 31 when...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 203
St. Narcissus Read more

St. Narcissus

St. Narcissus (c. 99 – c. 216 A.D.) was a holy and esteemed priest of Greek origin who became the 30th bishop of Jerusalem in the year 180 A.D., about a century after the city's destruction by the Romans. He was known as a miracle-worker, as well as for governing his diocese with vigor and discipline despite being in his 80th year when he was made bishop. Of his many miracles, the...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 170
Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles Read more

Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles

St. Jude Thaddeus (1st c.) was a blood relative of Jesus Christ and one of his Twelve Apostles. He was known for his preaching, healing, exorcisms, and his appearance was said to have closely matched that of Jesus'. He is the patron of impossible causes, desperate situations, and hospitals. He also wrote the book of the Bible that bears his name. St. Simon the Zealot (1st c.) was also one...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 248
St. Emilina of Boulancourt Read more

St. Emilina of Boulancourt

Emilina joined the Cistercian Abbey of Boulancourt at Longeville, France when still very young. She was noted for her deep prayer life, fasts, and austere, sometimes severe self-imposed penances such as wearing a pointed chain under her habit, walking barefooted throughout the year and fasting from food and liquids three days a week. Word of her devotion soon spread, and pilgrims came to...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 228
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