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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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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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The Passion of St. Bernadette

Msgr. Charles Pope: The life of St. Bernadette Soubirous was steeped in paradox and irony. She was the chosen visionary of our Lady at Lourdes and was to bring forth, by heavenly guidance, a spring that would bring miraculous healing to thousands. Yet Bernadette herself was beset with health problems that would cause her dreadful suffering. Full account is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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St. Christina: Frightening Revelations and Life of Stupendous Miracles

ChurchPop: So, Christina the Astonishing is sort of a saint. She lived in the late 12th century and early 13th century, right around the time the Church was forming the modern canonization process, and she’s never been been formally canonized. Nonetheless, she was popularly considered a saint for centuries after her death. Her relics have been preserved, she was included in a version of Butler’s Lives of Saints, and … More →

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St. Telemachus: Martyr Whose Death ended Gladiator Fights

ChurchPop: In ancient Rome, a popular form of entertainment was gladiator fights. If you’ve seen the movie Gladiator, you have an idea of what they were like: violent, cruel, and often ended in people’s death – all just for entertainment. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Sainthood Cause Entered for Jesuit Martyr in Philippines

UCANews: The southern Philippine Diocese of Dipolog has launched the first step toward the beatification and canonization of an Italian Jesuit missionary murdered in Mindanao in the 1600s. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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‘I Fear Only Bad Catholics’: Saint Bernadette of Lourdes

Another great post by Monsignor Pope Community in Mission: The average person may worry about any number of things: finances; security; strife in the family, community, nation, or world; health; the status of a relationship; how he is perceived by others. These tend to be the sorts of things that cause concern. Full article is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Religious Brother From NH on Path to Sainthood

Seacoastonline: Brother William Gagnon, a Dover [New Hampshire] native born in 1905, is on the path to become the first saint in New Hampshire’s history and only the second person born in the United States to be canonized, or declared a saint. Read more here. The first canonized person born in the U.S. was Saint Katharine Drexel. As the article correctly points out, “Saint Kateri Tekakwitha … More →

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Saint Germanus: Here’s to You!

Saint Germanus of Auxerre was the Bishop of Auxerre in Gaul, born in that same city, in 380. He died at Ravenna in 448 while on a mission in Italy. The story of his conversion is peculiar indeed. Born into a noble Catholic family, he studied in Lyons, Arles, and then studied civil law in Rome, where he married Eustacia a woman of the imperial … More →

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St. Giuseppe Moscati: Doctor of the Poor

Good short review here by Father C.  John McCloskey of Antonio Tripodoro, S.J.’s biography of a wonderful saint. St. Giuseppe cared for the wounded and dying soldiers in the Italian army during World War I. With them, as with all his patients, he practiced medicine with the general philosophy that there was a close link between body and soul and that bodily health was linked to … More →

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St. Martin of Tours Raised a Catechumen to Life in Order to Baptize Him

Feastday of St. Martin of Tours, uncle of Saint Patrick Catholic Online: As disciples came to Martin for direction, he founded a monastery for them called Ligug‚. It was there he performed the first of many miracles. When a catechumen died before baptism, Martin laid himself over the body and after several hours the man came back to life. Sulpicius also had talked to this man … More →

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Martyred Syrian Bishop to Be Beatified

Catholic Herald: Bishop Melki, who was martyred during the Assyrian Genocide, will soon be ‘blessed’. The bishop was killed in Gazarta during the sayfo – “putting to the sword” – of Syrians in 1915, after he refused to convert to Islam. Earlier in August, Pope Francis approved Melki’s beatification after he determined that Melki was killed in hatred of the faith. The bishop will be beatified … More →

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November 3: One Big Day for Many Saints

Today, in this month dedicated to All Saints, our calendar gives us five saints to venerate. Paging through the Saint Benedict Center book, Saints to Remember, by the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Still River, Massachusetts, I see no day of the year where that many saints are included in this great little book. The interesting thing is that each of these … More →


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