Monday, May 27, 2024

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. Jerome Read more

St. Jerome

St. Jerome (347 - 420) was born to a wealthy pagan family in Dalmatia. He was sent to Rome for his schooling and there converted to Christianity, being baptized by Pope Liberius. He studied theology and traveled widely to the important intellectual and theological centers across the newly-established Christian Empire. He was ordained a priest at Antioch and lived many years as a hermit in a...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 211
The Feast of the Archangels Read more

The Feast of the Archangels

Originally, September 29 was the feast of St. Michael the Archangel.  The day was chosen in remembrance of the day when, under his invocation, a church was consecrated on Mount Gargano. With the reform of the liturgical calendar after Vatican II, the other two named archangels were added to the feast. All three are named in Scripture. However, the term “archangel” only...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 204
St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions Read more

St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions

Lorenzo was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them, and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He became a professional calligrapher, transcribing documents in beautiful penmanship. He was a full member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary under Dominican auspices. He married...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 205
St. Vincent DePaul Read more

St. Vincent DePaul

St. Vincent de Paul (1581–1660) was born in France to a peasant farming family. As a child he grew up herding sheep, and showed such an aptitude for his studies that his father sold the family oxen to fund his seminary education. After his ordination in 1600, St. Vincent worked in Toulouse as a tutor to pay for his doctorate. In 1605, while traveling by sea, he was captured by Turkish...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 175
Sts. Cosmas and Damien Read more

Sts. Cosmas and Damien

Sts. Cosmas and Damian (d. 287 A.D.) were twin brothers born in Arabia. They both became skilled physicians who practiced in Asia Minor. They took no money for their medical services, for which they were well-respected. Because of their charity they drew many to the Catholic faith. During the Christian persecution under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, Cosmas and Damian were targeted, arrested,...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 205
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