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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 Gregory of Narek was a Catholic

This morning, I telephoned an old Armenian Catholic friend to ask him about Saint Gregory of Narek, recently proclaimed Doctor of the Church by Pope Francis. Joe speaks fluent modern Armenian and reads the old classical Armenian literature. He was, for a time after Wold War II, a novice for the Mekhitarist Congregation of Armenian Catholic monks in Vienna, Austria. He is my go-to man for things Armenian … More →

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New Doctor of the Church: Armenian Saint Gregory of Narek

Catholic Culture: St. Gregory of Narek, an Armenian Catholic monk who lived in what is now Turkey and died in 1005, has been named by Pope Francis a Doctor of the Church. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Pope Canonizes First Sri Lankan Saint, Father Joseph Vaz

Vatican Information Service; On the morning of Wednesday 14 January, the Holy Father transferred from the apostolic nunciature in Colombo to Galle Face Green. This urban park in the heart of the financial district of Colombo spreads over five hectares up to the coast of the Indian Ocean and can hold up to half a million people. Twenty years ago, on 15 January 1995, St. … More →

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Blessed Palestinian Melkite Nun, Stigmatist, Approved for Canonization

CNA: Pope Francis on Saturday approved the advancement in the causes for sainthood of eight men and women, including two Palestinian nuns and an 20th century Italian wife and mother. The Holy Father authorized the promulgation of the decrees for three Blesseds and five Servants of God during a Dec. 6 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo … More →

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St. Martin of Tours Raised Unbaptized Catechumen to Life

From the account of Saint Martin’s biographer, Sulpicius Severus, a certain man joined the saint’s monastery in France for instruction as a catechumen. He died while the saint was away. When Saint Martin returned the deceased was still laid out on his death bed, having died suddenly without baptism. Saint Martin raised him to life in order to baptize him. Here, according to Sulpicius Severus, … More →

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Just a Few Unusual Happenings in the Lives of the Saints

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 →

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New Jersey Sister of Charity to Be Beatified October 4

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 →

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First Korean Priest Was a Martyr: So, Too, His Father and Grandfather

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 →

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Padre Pio Bilocated to Cardinal Mindszenty’s Prison Cell

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.

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100 Years Ago Today Pope Saint Pius X Passed Away

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 →

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The Church in Korea, Founded by Sages, Not Missionaries

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 →

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Oregon Student Speaks About a Martyr Saint, His Great-Great-Great-Grandfather

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 →

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Saint Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart

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 →

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Eight More Saint Margarets: Here are the Two Earliest, More Coming

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 →

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Saint Margaret Clitherow: Martyred on Good Friday

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 →

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