Saturday, July 20, 2024

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. Lawrence of Novara Read more

St. Lawrence of Novara

St. Lawrence of Novara was a martyred priest who aided St. Gaudentius, the bishop of Novara, Italy. He was martyred with a group of children whom he was instructing in the faith. His feast is kept on April 30.

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St. Catherine of Siena Read more

St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena (1347–1380) was born in Siena, Italy, the 24th of 25 children born to a wealthy wool dyer and his wife. Catherine began having profound mystical experiences at the age of six which encouraged her in a life of virtue, extreme penance, and total consecration to God through a private vow of virginity. She became a Dominican Tertiary at the age of 16 while continuing...
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St. Peter Chanel Read more

St. Peter Chanel

St. Peter was the first martyr of Oceania. He was born at Cluet, France, to a peasant family and was ordained a priest in 1827. After serving for a time in a simple parish, he entered the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers) in 1831 and was dispatched as a missionary to the Pacific. While in the Marshall Islands, he was murdered by a local chieftain. He was canonized in 1954 by Pope Pius...
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St. Zita Read more

St. Zita

St. Zita (d. 1271) was born into poverty in Tuscany, Italy. Her mother taught her to develop a strong prayer life, which, combined with her happy disposition, enabled her to seek God's will in all her life circumstances. At the age of twelve she became a servant for a noble Italian family. The family she served lived near a church, and Zita would rise early to attend daily Mass before...
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Pope St. Cletus and Pope St. Marcellinus Read more

Pope St. Cletus and Pope St. Marcellinus

St. Cletus (1st c.) and St. Marcellinus (3rd c.) were both Romans, popes, and martyrs who ruled the Holy See during the terrible persecution of Christians at the hands of the Roman Empire. St. Cletus was a convert and disciple of St. Peter the Apostle who became the third Bishop of Rome from 76 to 89 A.D., under the reigns of Roman Emperors Vespasian and Titus. His name appears in the Roman...
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