Category Archives: Lives of the Saints

Category: Lives of the Saints

A Little Christmas Joy from a Little Saint in the Making

Catholic World Report, Russell Shaw on Saint Thérèse of Lisieux : For many people, the season of good cheer is a deeply trying affair. I don’t mean unhappy souls who have good reason to be sad—the loss of loved ones, poor health, loneliness—but those who feel let down when Christmas doesn’t deliver all the personal gratification they were looking for. The funk they then experience is … More →

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A Wordly Knight to a Hermit Saint, Galgano Guidotti and His Miraculous Sword

Here is a story for every Knight of the Immaculata, featuring Our Lady, the Apostles, and most prominently, Saint Michael the Archangel. Could it be the source of the legend of King Arthur’s sword? This is a saint of whom I had never heard. And, being that he was the first saint canonized (1185) under the newly promulgated canonical process for canonizations, the history of his … More →

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38 Albanian Martyrs, Killed by Communists, to Be Beatified Nov 5

CNA: During 40 years of communist rule in Albania – which in 1967 declared itself the first completely atheist country in the world – praying, making the sign of the cross, wearing a crucifix around one’s neck, or any other evidence of being a believer in God were treated as crimes. Churches, mosques and other places of worship were used as shopping centers, sports halls, or … More →

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Cristero, Fifteen Year-Old Blessed José Sanchez, to Be Canonized Sunday October 16

TFP Student Action: Our young saint lived in tumultuous times.  The socialist government of Mexico was waging a bloody war against the Catholic Church, and fervent Catholics known as the Cristeros rose up to defend Christ the King.  Their heroic resistance, La Cristiada, began in 1926. Full account is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Saint Robert Southwell: A Brief Life

Robert Southwell was born in 1561, the third son of Richard Southwell, a gentlemen and courtier of Horsham St. Faith in Norfolk. His mother was Bridget Southwell, a Copley of Sussex. His paternal grandfather was Sir Richard Southwell of Wodrising Norfolk, a man who personally benefitted from the suppression of the monasteries under Henry VIII. Horsham Saint Faith, where Robert grew up, was once a … More →


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Blessed Herman the Cripple, Author of Salve Regina and Alma Redemptoris Mater

A hundred years after Blessed Herman died, Saint Bernard added the O Clemens, O Pia, O Dulcis Virgo Maria to the Salve Regina, genuflecting three times as he processed to the altar in the cathedral of Speyers in 1146 on a mission from  Pope Eugene III as his legate to Emperor Conrad III in Germany. The occasion was the calling of an imperial Diet to launch the Second … More →

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On Padre Pio’s Feast Day, Let Us Give Thanks for His Father

Seton Magazine, John Clark: On a hot and sunny day about one hundred and twenty-five years ago, on a little Italian farm, the landscape contained a familiar image—a man tending to the needs of his land. That man, Grazio Mario Forgione, was happily joined that afternoon by his son, whom he had named “Francesco” in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. As Grazio worked the … More →

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Was the Last Apostle to Die Martyred?

ChurchPop: Of the 12 Apostles appointed by Jesus, 10 of them died as martyrs. Judas, the traitor,took his own life. But the last Apostle to die, John, met a very different fate. Living nearly to the very end of the 1st century, he died of natural causes – and it was because of an amazing miracle. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Council Father, a Saint Who Spoke in Tongues

Today is the feast day of Saint Rose of Lima, one of five saints from that illustrious city in Peru. It is also the feast day of a lesser known saint, Philip Benizi. There were two saints who attended the Second General Council of Lyons in 1274, Saints Philip and Bonaventure. Saint Thomas Aquinas died on his way to the synod. Saint Philip was born … More →

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St. Mary Magdalene is the Same Mary, the Sister of Lazarus and Martha of Bethany

I had doubted this in the past. My main reason was that Saint Mary Magdalene is called “the Magdalene” not “Mary of Bethany.” Magdala was in Galilee, not Judea, where Bethany was.  I stand corrected by this informative article by Father Ryan Erlenbush on the New Advent website. I do not agree with every point Father makes, but the principal argument he develops so well has convinced … More →

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The ‘Gaucho’ Priest and Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio to Be Canonized October 16

CNA: If Jose Brochero doesn’t sound like a Gaucho name, nothing does. Earlier this year, Pope Francis announced Oct. 16 as the canonization date for Blessed Brochero, a fellow countryman from Argentina also known as the “Gaucho priest.” More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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‘If You Would Have Seen Him He Is So Ugly’

Saint Gemma Galgani ChurchPop: “During the last two days Jesus has been telling me after Holy Communion: ‘My daughter, the devil will soon wage a great war against you,’” she wrote to a priest. “These words I hear in my heart continuously. Please pray for me.” More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Saint Columba and the Loch Ness Monster

(Courtesy of Fisheaters.com) St. Columba (also known as “Columcille”) was born of the O’Donnell Clan in Garten, County Donegal, Ireland, on December 7, 521; he died on 9 June, 597. In between, he founded monasteries in and evangelized Ireland and Scotland. The story of his meeting Nessie — said to have taken place in A.D. 565 — was first recorded by Adamnan in “The Life … More →


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The Fourteen Holy Helpers

During the chastizing period of the Black Death that devastated Europe from 1346-1349 there were many saints that the faithful invoked against the plague and sudden death. Among these were those who a century later would be known as the Fourteen Holy Helpers. (A brief history of the devotion of the Holy Helpers, and the vision that initiated that devotion, is wonderfully related in a … More →


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The 124 Korean Martyrs

AsiaNews: The Korean Church waits for the canonization of Paul Yun Ji-chung and his 123 companions, proclaimed Servants of God by the Vatican in 2003. Bishop of Daejeon: “It would be nice to have Pope Francis here to celebrate together.” Their blood “sustains all people” and their stories are an extraordinary example of fidelity and love for the Gospel. AsiaNews presents a number of biographies, beginning … More →

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