Friday, June 21, 2024

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

Bl. Gennaro Sarnelli Read more

Bl. Gennaro Sarnelli

Bl. Gennaro Sarnelli (1702 – 1744) was born to a noble family in Naples, Italy. He was very well educated, and completed his doctorate in civil and canon law at the age of 20. He gave much of his time to caring for the incurably sick, through which he discerned a call to the priesthood. He was ordained in 1732. He became good friends with St. Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 65
Bl. Francesco Mottola Read more

Bl. Francesco Mottola

Francesco Mottola was born in Tropea in 1901 to Antonio Mottola and Concetta Braghò. His mother committed suicide in 1913. He attended a grammar school in Tropea before he commenced his studies to become a priest in 1911 and then moved in 1917 for further studies at Catanzaro. While in the seminary he visited the Blessed Sacrament frequently and had a devotion to the Madonna di Romania. He...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 73
Sts. Plutarch and Companions Read more

Sts. Plutarch and Companions

The school of Origen at Alexandria was a school of virtue and martyrdom; for the master, notwithstanding his extraordinary reputation in the sciences, made it the first part of his care to train up all his scholars in the most heroic maxims of Christian perfection. Hence it is not to be wondered that out of it came many illustrious martyrs in the persecution of Severus, which raged...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 113
St. Lazlo Read more

St. Lazlo

St. Laszlo (c. 1040-1095), also known as St. Ladislaus I of Hungary, was born to a royal family in Krakow, Poland. His father became King Bela of Hungary, and his mother was the daughter of the King of Poland. He was raised as a Christian, spending his childhood in the court of the Polish king. After the death of his father and brother, he became the King of Hungary in 1077 and also later the...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 88
St. Josemaria Escriva Read more

St. Josemaria Escriva

St. Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975) was born in Spain, one of six children of a devout Catholic family. Observing his parents faithfully endure painful family trials—the death of three of their young children and devastating financial setbacks—had a deepening effect on his own faith. As a teenager he discovered his vocation to the priesthood when he saw the path of bare footprints in...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 77
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