Saturday, December 2, 2023

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. Raymond Nonnatus Read more

St. Raymond Nonnatus

St. Raymond Nonnatus (1200-1240) was born in Catalonia, Spain, to a noble family. His life was saved by caesarean section after his mother died in childbirth, earning him the name 'Nonnatus' meaning 'one not born'. Raymond was a pious child drawn to the religious life, but his father had plans for him to serve in the royal court of the King of Aragon. To distract Raymond from...
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Saints Felix and Audactus Read more

Saints Felix and Audactus

Felix and Adauctus (d. 303) were legendary Christian martyrs who were said to have suffered during the Great Persecution during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The Acts, first published in Ado's Martyrology, relate as follows: Felix, a Roman priest, and brother of another priest, also named Felix, being ordered to offer sacrifice to the gods, was brought by the prefect Dracus to...
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Saints Hypatius and Andrew Read more

Saints Hypatius and Andrew

Martyrs of Constantinople, Hypatius was a bishop and Andrew a priest. They were natives of Lydia. They died defending sacred images from Emperor Leo III the Isaurian. Their beards were covered in pitch and then set aflame, the skin of their scalps was torn off, and then they were beheaded. Their feast is kept on August 29.

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St. Augustine of Hippo Read more

St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430 A.D.) was born in North Africa to a pagan father and a Christian mother, St. Monica. His mother did her best to raise him in the Christian faith, but Augustine, a brilliant and promising young student, was carried away into the attractions of the world, lust for women, and pagan philosophies. This put his faith and morals into a state of crisis for many...
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St. Monica Read more

St. Monica

St. Monica (322-387 A.D.) was raised in a Christian home in Tagaste, North Africa. Early in life she struggled with alcoholism, sneaking draughts of wine from the family cellar, before being caught and overcoming the habit. She was later given in marriage to an ill-tempered and adulterous pagan Roman official. She suffered greatly on account of her husband, and that of her unkind mother-in-law...
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