Saturday, December 2, 2023

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

The Prophet Habbakuk Read more

The Prophet Habbakuk

Habakkuk was a prophet in the Hebrew Bible, described in the Book of Habakkuk, the eighth of the collected twelve minor prophets (called “minor” because their writings are rather short). Almost nothing is known about Habakkuk, aside from what few facts are stated within the book of the Bible bearing his name, or those inferences that may be drawn from that book. His name appears in...
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St. Simon of Cyrene Read more

St. Simon of Cyrene

Almost everyone knows who this man was. The fifth station on the Via Dolorosa tells us that he helped Jesus to carry his cross to Calvary.  He was compelled by the Romans to carry the cross of Jesus of Nazareth as Jesus was taken to his crucifixion, according to all three Synoptic Gospels. "And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear...
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St. Maura of Constantinople Read more

St. Maura of Constantinople

Saint Maura was a young Catholic virgin of Constantinople, cruelly martyred for the Faith.  Her memory haunted the haters of the Catholic Faith for years after her death.  Even Julian the Apostate, the Roman Emperor who died in 363, was worried about the way in which Saint Maura was venerated.  One of the Ionian Islands, between Greece and Italy, was named after her.  Her...
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Blessed Denis of the Nativity Read more

Blessed Denis of the Nativity

Blessed Denis of the Nativity (1600-1638) was born as Pierre Berthelotin in France and became a sailor at the age of twelve. He had a successful career as pilot-in-chief and cartographer in service to the Kings of France and Portugal, even being knighted for bravery. He later chose the religious life and became a Carmelite friar, taking the name Dionysius (Denis) of the Nativity. He was sent...
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St. James of the Marches Read more

St. James of the Marches

James Gangala was born at Montebrandone, Ancona. He studied law and then joined the Franciscans at Assisi in 1416. He studied under St. Bernardino of Siena at Fiesole, was ordained when he was twenty-nine, and became an effective and forceful preacher. He worked as a missionary with St. John Capistran in Italy and in Germany, Bohemia, Poland, and Hungary, and in 1426, with John, was named...
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