Monday, May 27, 2024

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. Ignatius of Loyola Read more

St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) was born at the castle of Loyola in Basque country, Spain, the youngest of thirteen children. In keeping with the young aristocrats of his day, Ignatius sought after military prowess, vainglory, and fame, and became a knight at the age of seventeen. He was known as a fancy dresser, an expert dancer, a womanizer, sensitive to insult, and involved in criminal...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 277
Sts. Abdon and Sennen Read more

Sts. Abdon and Sennen

Abdon and Sennen were Persians, but coming to Rome, courageously confessed the faith of Christ in the persecution of Decius in 250. They were cruelly tormented, but the more their bodies were mangled and covered with ghastly wounds, the more were their souls adorned and beautified with divine grace, and rendered glorious in the sight of heaven. The Christians at Rome did not treat them as...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 326
Sts. Martha, Mary, and Lazarus Read more

Sts. Martha, Mary, and Lazarus

St. Martha (1st c.) was a pious Jewish woman from Bethany near Jerusalem. She was a close friend of Jesus during his earthly ministry, as was her brother, St. Lazarus, and her sister, St. Mary of Bethany. The Gospels tell us that "Jesus loved Martha, and her sister Mary and Lazarus." Martha would serve the Lord faithfully when he was a guest in her home, once busying herself so much...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 271
Blessed Stanley Francis Rother, Priest and Martyr Read more

Blessed Stanley Francis Rother, Priest and Martyr

Stanley Rother entered Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, Tex., but had difficulties with theology studies, which were taught in Latin. He was action- and service-oriented and developed a love for the Hispanic culture. A private conversation with his bishop resulted in a transfer to another seminary. He completed his studies at Mount Saint Mary’s in Maryland and went on to become a...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 266
Pope St. Celestine I Read more

Pope St. Celestine I

Pope St. Celestine I (d. 432 A.D.) was a Roman deacon who was elected Supreme Pontiff in 422 A.D. He was a contemporary of St. Augustine, and it is said that the two were good friends. He also lived with St. Ambrose in Milan prior to serving in Rome. Pope St. Celestine led the Church for nine years during a troubled time of social upheaval. Within the Church there were multiple dangerous...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 184
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