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Lives of the Saints
The reason that the Church honors the saints is not just to give them glory, but to hold them up as exemplars for imitation. Many of the saints became saints themselves by reading the lives of saints. Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s by reading the Life of Christ and the Lives of the Saints. If these men can make such heroic sacrifices for God, then why can’t I, he wondered. Wonder turned into determination.
Some saints wrote biographies of other saints. Saint Athanasius wrote the Life of Saint Anthony of the Desert, a work that indirectly influenced Saint Augustine. Saint Gregory of Nyssa wrote the Life of Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus. Saint Bonaventure wrote the Life of Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Bede wrote the Life of Saint Aidan. Some saints wrote autobiographies: Saints Augustine, Thérèse of Liseux, Antonio Maria Claret, and Margaret Mary Alacoque are among them.
In a letter to her aunt, Isidore Guerin, Saint Thérèse wrote: “I love to read the lives of the saints very much. The account of their heroic deeds inflames my courage and spurs me on to imitate them.”
Unusual Things in the Lives of the Saints I am posting this without doing reference work. These accounts are in my memory, having read many books on the saints, including Father Alvin Butler’s magnum opus: short biographies for every saint for every day of the year. His work must have taken a lifetime. Saint John Chrysostom takes the prize for Father Butler’s longest entry: forty … More →
This is great news for my family. My aunt is a Sister of Charity at Saint Elizabeth’s Convent where Sister Miriam Theresa resided. My aunt worked with the late Sister Zita at the Sister Miriam Theresa League House. The new Blessed’s meditations are recorded in her book, Greater Perfection. CNA: October 4, 2014 marks an historic moment in the life of the Catholic Church in … More →
Last words of Saint Andrew Kim: “I have held communication with foreigners, it has been for my religion and for my God. It is for Him that I die. My immortal life is on the point of beginning. Become Christians if you wish to be happy after death, because God has eternal chastisements in store for those who have refused to know Him.” Read full … More →
TFP website: Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli has published on the Vatican Insider site a serious testimony about Padre Pio’s bilocation to the Hungarian dungeon where Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty was imprisoned in the fifties.The Hungarian anticommunist cardinal was a fierce adversary of the Vatican policy of detente toward Communist governments known as Ostpolitik. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Great tribute follows from Rorate Caeli website: Thank you, Saint Pius X! Please, intercede for us in Heaven above, that we may accomplish the words of the Apostle to the Gentiles you made your lifelong aspiration: “to restore all things in Christ“! For the past 8 years, we have strived to cover each major centennial of Pope Saint Pius’ amazing holy work for the Restoration of … More →
Of course, the missionaries came soon after the true Faith took root. And, for the Faith to grow, the blood of martyrs provided the nourishment. Sometime in the mid-eighteenth century, Korean ambassadors working in China came across Catholic books in Beijing that the Jesuits had distributed there going back to the mission days of Matteo Ricci (1597-1610). The ambassadors were of the noble class, well-educated, … More →
Catholic News Service: Phu Nguyen, a University of Portland sophomore, is descended from a saint. Phu’s great-great-great-grandfather died for abiding by his faith. The Vatican considers the torture endured by the renowned Vietnamese martyrs among the worst in the history of Christianity. St. Matthew Nguyen Van Phuong was born in Vietnam in 1801. After his parents died, he was raised by the local priest in … More →
The most popular of all the saints named Margaret, with the exception of that of the Scots and their own Queen Saint Margaret, is Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, the “Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart.” She was born at Lhautecour, France, on July 22, 1647. Her parents, Claude and Philiberte Alacoque were poor and devout. That may sound typical in the lives of so many … More →
After posting a column about Saint Margaret Clitherow, whose feast day is tomorrow, I wondered how many saints there were with the name “Margaret”? I could name several, including Margaret of Scotland, Margaret Mary Alacoque (my mother’s patron saint), and Margaret Bourgeoys, but there were others, not quite so well-known, even virtually unknown. So, with the help of a list of female saints provided by … More →
The “Pearl of York,” Saint Margaret Clitherow, martyr, feast day, March 26. Margaret Clitherow (née, MIddleton) was born at York of Protestant parents in 1555. The popular Christian name is derived from the Greek word for “pearl.” Margaret married John Clitherow when she was only fifteen. Three years later, she converted to the Catholic Faith. Her husband, although a member of the government “Established Church,” … More →
Catholic Culture: Pope Francis recently told a group of Spanish bishops that he would canonize three saints by equivalent canonization on April 2, according to a report on a Spanish diocesan website. The three are Blessed José de Anchieta (1534-97), a Spanish Jesuit missionary to Brazil; Blessed Marie of the Incarnation (1599-1672), who introduced the Ursuline order in Canada; and who introduced the Discalced Carmelite reform … More →
Zenit: For 500 years, Christians have been martyred in China. Since the first Jesuit missionaries arrived in China, Christians have been put to death for proclaiming Jesus Christ. Emperors, nationalists, and communists have persecuted Christianity, often by the sword. Martyrs may one day convert China. But there is one Chinese martyr whose life and death may have already converted millions. During the Boxer Rebellion of … More →
I have been looking for the long version of Saint Patrick’s Breastplate or Lorica Prayer that had the petition for Christ to be with him in his chariot. I found it. Saint Odran was the charioteer of Saint Patrick. Hearing that one the pagan chieftains had sworn to kill Patrick for destroying the statue of his idol Crom Cruach, Odran asked the apostle to take … More →
Saint John Ogilvie, whose feast day was March 10, was canonized in 1976 by Pope Paul VI. He was the first Scot canonized in several hundred years. In the middle ages and down to the sixth century there were scores of saints and martyrs from Scotland. Saint Margaret (1045-1093), the Queen (and mother of Saint David), is certainly the most famous of its saints. And … More →
Today is the feast day of Saint Cunegunda, Empress and wife of Holy Roman Emperor, Saint Henry II. Saint Cunegunda had taken a vow of virginity and Henry respected that vow, living celibately himself as well. Although Henry at times interfered with the canonical rights of German bishops, he defended the papacy and always deferred to the pope in his efforts to restore unity and … More →