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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.”

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Saint Robert Bellarmine

(You can learn more about this great saint on the Reconquest episode I recorded with Mr. Ryan Grant.) He was born on October 4, 1542, at Montepulciano, Tuscany, and died September 17, 1621 in Rome. Saint Robert’s parents were Vincenzo Bellarmine and Cinzia Cervini, a niece of Pope Marcellus II. His mother was conspicuous for her piety. Robert was the third of their ten children … More →


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St. Darerca, Sister of St. Patrick, Mother of 22, 17 Saints

Why not! God is wonderful in His saints and the patron saint of Ireland was wonderfully blessed. New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Darerca, of Ireland, a sister of St. Patrick. Much obscurity attaches to her history, and it is not easy to disentangle the actual facts of her history from the network of legend which medieval writers interwove with her acts. However, her fame, apart from … More →

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FREE YouTube Reconquest Sampler: ‘Blessed Karl von Habsburg, Statesman and Victim’

All the episodes of Reconquest are free if you listen to them at air time over at veritasradionetwork.com. (See the schedule here.) To listen ON-DEMAND or to DOWNLOAD the WHOLE SHOW (not just the 20-minute free segment that everyone can access), you will need to have a membership. This will also give you access to all the other quality programming on the Veritas Radio Network. Once … More →


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Saint Pulcheria: Two Christological Councils Owe Their Success to Her

No doubt one of the greatest women to grace the Church, Empress Saint Pulcheria was born in the year 399. She was the eldest daughter of Emperor Arcadius and assumed the regency for her younger brother, Theodosius II. Pulcheria and her sisters took vows of virginity, which she kept even after marrying a general, named Marcian, who agreed to respect her commitment to God. With … More →

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My Favorite Story From the Life of Today’s Saint, Lydwine

Today is the feast day of a little known saint and one of my favorites, Saint Lydwine of Schiedam, Holland. She was born in 1380 and died on April 14, 1433. Lydwine was very devoted to the Blessed Virgin from her childhood on. When she was fifteen she was knocked over by a friend while ice skating and she broke a rib. The rib would … More →


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Blessed Maria Restituta: Beheaded by the Nazis

Aleteia: Sister Maria Restituta began Lent of 1942 under arrest. She was taken on Ash Wednesday. Her crime: “hanging crucifixes.” She was sentenced to death. The following year, on Tuesday of Holy Week, she was executed. Read more of her story here. (Scroll down to Bottom of page) Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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April 6: Feast Day of the Saint Responsible for Giving Us the Feast of Corpus Christi

Today is the feast day of Saint Juliana of Mont Cornillon. She was born in 1193 at Retines near Liège in Belgium. Orphaned at an early age, she was educated by the Augustinian nuns of Mont Cornillon. She made her profession in this order and eventually became superioress. Saint Juliana, from childhood, had great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. God inspired in her, by a … More →

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Canonization of Lutheran Convert and Foundress Blessed Elizabeth Hesselblad, June 5

Rorate Caeli: Somewhat hid behind the news of the canonization of Mother Teresa, the Holy See also announced for June 5 the canonization of Blessed Elizabeth Hesselblad. Hesselblad, a Swedish Lutheran immigrant to the United States, has one of the most beautiful conversion stories of that period (the late 19th and early 20th century) that brought into the Church so many converts from Protestantism. More here. … More →

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St. John of God, March 8, Patron of Mentally Ill

He was a convert at the age of forty. Catholic Culture: Matters spiritual were of no particular interest until he heard the preaching of Blessed John of Avila. Then his conversion was so sincere and sudden that he was considered to be out of his mind. He was incarcerated in the Royal Hospital in Granada, and suffered the cruel treatment of the day. Here he … More →

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Astounding Miracle Through Intercession of Bl. Stanislaus Papczynski

National Catholic Register: The Vatican has announced the approval of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczyński (1631-1701), the Founder of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. The Vatican announced the approval of the miracle on Jan. 21. The miracle was the healing of a 20-year-old Polish woman shortly after Blessed Stanislaus’ beatification. … More →

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Facts to Know About the State of the Church in Mexico

The following report notes that the fourteen year-old martyr, Blessed José Sanchez del Rio, will be canonized this year. Sandro Magister, www.chiesa: The Mexico that Pope Francis is visiting is an atypical case compared with other countries of Latin America. In absolute numbers it hosts the second-largest Catholic population in the world, after Brazil, and is surpassed only by Paraguay in the proportion of Catholics in … More →

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St. Josephine Bakhita: From Tortured Slave, to Sisterhood, to Sainthood

Feast Day, February 8 Catholic Online: After several months in the catechumenate, Bakhita received the sacraments of Christian initiation and was given a new name, Josephine. It was 9 January 1890. She did not know how to express her joy that day. Her big and expressive eyes sparkled, revealing deep emotions. From then on, she was often seen kissing the baptismal font and saying: “Here, I became … More →

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Saint Leopoldo of Castelnovo: A Great Gift of God in a Very Small Package

The saints of God are as varied as the human race itself. God seems to send each one to the right place at the right time so that he (or she) can work the most good. One thinks of the importance of the towering personality of Saint Paul to the spread of Christianity in the first century, the millions of known and unknown martyrs in … More →


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Miracle Approved by Young Cristero Martyr

You will remember Blessed Jose from the movie Greater Glory. CNA: The miraculous cure of a baby with brain damage through the intercession of Mexican martyr Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río has been approved by the Vatican, completing the final step for the teen’s path to sainthood. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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The Pope Who Really Was Chosen by the Holy Ghost

The account of the extraordinary election of Pope Saint Fabian was related by Eusebius, the fourth century author of the Ecclesiastical History of the Church (Volume VI, c. 29). With the death of Pope Anterus in 236, crowds of Christians came to Rome to see who would succeed him. One of these was a farmer named Fabian. As the electors, who then were the clergy … More →

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