Saint Josemaria Escriva and Opus Dei
Jun20

Saint Josemaria Escriva and Opus Dei

Josemaria was a bright, hard-working little boy with a sunny disposition. His home life was bustling and joyful, with five siblings and happy, faithful Catholic parents. His life shifted suddenly when his three sisters all died at a young age and his family, suffering financial hardship from the father’s job less, needed to move to a different town in Spain to find work.

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What Can Saint Isidore the Farmer Teach Us?
May15

What Can Saint Isidore the Farmer Teach Us?

The patron saint of farmers was a lousy farmer? How is that possible? The life of St. Isidore the Farmer is a vivid reminder that the Lord works in mysterious ways. What are the four most important lessons we can learn from this ordinary man who became the extraordinary patron saint of farmers, peasants, day laborers, rural communities?

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The Story of Saint Isidore
May15

The Story of Saint Isidore

Saint Isidore is the patron saint of farmers and rural communities. Born in Madrid, Spain, in the year 1110, he came from a poor family and spent many years working as a farm hand on the De Vargas estate beginning from his childhood. Isidore was very prayerful and devoted to attending Mass and receiving the Holy Eucharist.

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Saint Pius V Saved Europe with the Rosary!
Apr30

Saint Pius V Saved Europe with the Rosary!

Pope Saint Pius V, born Antonio Ghislieri, was ruler of the Papal States and head of the Catholic Church from January 8, 1566 until he passed away on 1572. He was the one responsible for assembling the alliance of Catholic states to fight off the Ottoman Empire’s advancement in Eastern Europe.

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Who is Saint Mark the Evangelist? Why is he Portrayed as a Winged Lion?
Apr25

Who is Saint Mark the Evangelist? Why is he Portrayed as a Winged Lion?

Saint Mark the Evangelist wrote the second gospel, the Gospel according to Mark. He is one of the four evangelists who penned the good news of Jesus. Not only did Mark write the Gospel, he also founded the Church of Alexandria, which is referred to in early Christianity as one of the most important episcopal sees. In his lifetime he evangelized the word of Christ not only in writing but by traveling great distances as a Christian missionary alongside Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas.

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Saint Joseph, A Role Model for Christian Fatherhood
Mar22

Saint Joseph, A Role Model for Christian Fatherhood

In Catholic Tradition, there is more to St. Joseph than his mere presence in the Nativity Scene. His story and his saintly virtues also go beyond the story of Christmas. He is a role model of Christian Fatherhood in the face of today’s many modern adversities.

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Fast Facts about Saint Patrick
Mar17

Fast Facts about Saint Patrick

Out of the Church’s many saints, St. Patrick is one of the few who have also attained the status of historical legend and national icon. He is also a great example of a dedicated missionary who, above all else, put the spread of Christ’s message as his only purpose in life.

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Who is Saint Blaise?
Jan11

Who is Saint Blaise?

Saint Blaise was a physician and Bishop in Armenia.
 Blaise has been extremely popular for centuries and many cures were attributed to him.

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The Story of St. Stephen, the First Martyr
Dec26

The Story of St. Stephen, the First Martyr

St. Stephen is the patron saint of deacons, altar servers, stonemasons and casket makers. Saint Stephen lived an exemplary life as one of the seven deacons appointed by the Apostles to perform charitable acts to the poor. As his feast day, December 26, draws near, let us look back to his life and legacy and look for lessons we can learn from it.

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Saint Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec09

Saint Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe

Saint Juan Diego is the patron saint of indigenous peoples. He is not just recognized as the first Roman Catholic indigenous saint from the Americas, he is well known for having seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary four times. We celebrate his feast day every year on December 9.

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The Story of Saint John the Baptist – Feast Day June 24th
Jun24

The Story of Saint John the Baptist – Feast Day June 24th

Saint John the Baptist is an important figure not just in the Catholic Faith but in different world religions. The patron saint of baptism, bird dealers, converts, lambs, monastics, printers, tailors and more, he is honored as a priest, prophet, saint and a forerunner of Jesus Christ.

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St. Thomas the Apostle and the Doubter?
Jun10

St. Thomas the Apostle and the Doubter?

On July 3, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, better known as “Doubting Thomas.” St. Thomas has been dubbed “the doubter” for thousands of years and counting for questioning Jesus’ resurrection. As the story goes, after some of the disciples encountered Jesus for the first time after His resurrection, they went to Thomas to tell him the astounding news.

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Who is Saint Polycarp of Smyrna
Feb09

Who is Saint Polycarp of Smyrna

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna Patron: Against Earaches Polycarp was a disciple of St. John the Apostle, who had converted Polycarp around the year 80 AD. He had lived near Jerusalem and was proud of his early associations with the Apostles. He preached and spoke often about learning from the Apostles who saw the Lord. Polycarp became bishop of Smyrna and held the seat for about 70 years. Polycarp was one of the most glorious martyrs of...

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Saint Francis Xavier
Oct19

Saint Francis Xavier

  Saint Francis Xavier Apostle to the Far East See some great Catholic gifts for Saint Francis...

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Who is Saint Benedict?
Jul10

Who is Saint Benedict?

St. Benedict was born to a noble family around 480 A.D. in Nursia, in central Italy. He lived a sequestered life for many years, leaving family and friends behind to live in a cave near the town of Subiaco. Disgusted after witnessing the immoral lifestyle while in school in Rome, St. Benedict chose to live a quiet life in prayer and devotion to God As we all are, Saint Benedict was constantly tempted by the devil, although he was able...

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Saint Anthony in 60 Seconds
Jun12

Saint Anthony in 60 Seconds

The feast of St. Anthony is celebrated every June 13. He is known as the patron saint of lost items, but he is also the patron saint of amputees. St. Anthony of Padua isn’t actually Italian. He was born in an influential family with the name Ferdinand in 1195 in Portugal. At the age of 15, he moved into the Augustinian Abbey of St. Vincent near Lisbon and joined The Canons Regular of St. Augustine—a religious order, to live a life...

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St. Anthony, a.k.a. “The Miracle Worker” & “Hammer of Heretics”
Jun11

St. Anthony, a.k.a. “The Miracle Worker” & “Hammer of Heretics”

St. Anthony is popularly known as the patron saint of lost items, but did you know he’s also known as the patron saint of amputees and is often regarded as the “miracle worker” for all the miracles he performed even when he was still alive? The feast of St. Anthony is celebrated every June 13. In honor of this saint, let’s take a closer look at his life and how he earned these powerful titles. We’ll also discuss interesting facts...

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St. Michael the Archangel: Patron Saint of Police Officers
May08

St. Michael the Archangel: Patron Saint of Police Officers

Angels have long played a role in the Catholic faith—from creation to Jesus’ death and resurrection. Often depicted in art as chubby cherubs or serene figures with wings wearing white, angels are described by the Catechism of the Catholic Church as “spiritual, non-corporeal beings that glorify God without ceasing and who serve his saving plans for other creatures.” St. Augustine describes them as, “servants and messengers of God.”...

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St. Florian: How He Became Patron Saint of Firefighters
May01

St. Florian: How He Became Patron Saint of Firefighters

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…” (Matthew 5:11-12) St. Florian—an officer in the Roman army who died protecting his faith—is without a doubt reaping his reward in heaven as promised by God. Put to death for refusing to kill Christians as ordered by Emperor Diocletian, St. Florian is the man...

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Saint Mark the Evangelist
Apr24

Saint Mark the Evangelist

The Feast Day for Saint Mark the Evangelist is April 25th. He wrote the Gospel of Mark in 50AD. Mark’s Gospel is a record of St. Peter’s preaching about Our Lord and focuses on the head of the Apostles. He was martyred by the heathens while preaching in Alexandria, Egypt. Saint Mark is the Patron Saint Against impenitence; attorneys; barristers; captives; Egypt; glaziers; imprisoned people; insect bites; lions; notaries;...

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Saint Fidelis’ Devotion Toward Mary Was Truly Remarkable
Apr23

Saint Fidelis’ Devotion Toward Mary Was Truly Remarkable

Saint Fidelis was a Priest and Martyr The Feast Day for Saint Fidelis is April 24th. “From now on I want to live in complete poverty, chastity, and obedience amidst sufferings and persecutions and in austere penance and profound humility. I came from the womb of my mother with nothing, and with nothing I desire to return to the arms of my...

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Who is Saint George?
Apr22

Who is Saint George?

St. George was a part of the Roman army and is venerated as a great martyr in the Eastern Church. As one of the “Fourteen Holy Helpers” his intercession is considered particularly effective. St. George is the patron of England since 800AD. Many legends are attached to Saint George, yet the most famous is the one in The Golden Legend. There was a dragon that was terrorizing flocks and the people that lived around a lake near...

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Who is Saint Patrick
Mar11

Who is Saint Patrick

March 17th is not all about 4 leaf clovers, leprechauns and green beer. This is a day to honor and pray to St. Patrick. 1,500 years ago, Saint Patrick was an influential saint who brought Christianity to the little country of Ireland. Saint Patrick in the Early Years He was born around 415 AD in the British Isles, and while he was still young he was captured by Irish raiders and sold as a slave. After a few years of slavery and near...

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Who is Saint John Bosco?
Jan31

Who is Saint John Bosco?

Saint John Bosco was born in Turin, Italy, in 1815 His father died when John was only two years old and it was his mother Margaret who provided him with a good Christian education. At the age of twenty he entered the major seminary John Bosco was ordained a priest on June 5, 1846, and with the help of John Borel he founded the oratory of St. Francis de Sales. John Bosco formulated a system of education based on “reason, religion...

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Who is Saint Thomas Aquinas
Jan28

Who is Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas taught philosophy and theology with such genius that he is considered one of the leading Christian thinkers. He ranks among the greatest writers and theologians of all time. His most important work, the Summa Theologica, an explanation of the entire body of Catholic teaching, has been standard for centuries. He inspired others by how he suffering with the poor in his efforts to alleviate their needs. Gladly giving...

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Who is Saint Sebastian?
Jan20

Who is Saint Sebastian?

The oldest historical account of the saint is found in a commentary on the psalms by St. Ambrose; the passage reads:”Allow me to propose to you the example of the holy martyr Sebastian. By birth he was a Milanese. Perhaps the persecutor of Christians had left Milan, or had not yet arrived, or had become momentarily more tolerant. Sebastian believed that here there was no opportunity for combat, or that it had already passed. So...

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Who is Saint Stephen?
Dec23

Who is Saint Stephen?

The Deacon Stephen, is the first martyr. Stoned in Jerusalem two years after the death of Christ. The account in the Acts of the Apostles about his arrest and the accusations brought against him show a parallel with our Saviour’s trial; He was stoned outside the city wall and died, as he prayed for those who were focused on killing him. Stephen belongs to the group of seven deacons that helped the Apostles He was “filled...

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Yes, Virginia There Is a St. Nicholas
Dec06

Yes, Virginia There Is a St. Nicholas

The feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated on December 6 each year and marks the anniversary of the death of the saint known as the generous gift-giver. Born in the 3rd century, there is not a lot of documented history about St. Nicholas’ life, but after extensive research, historians have been able to amass ample information about this popular saint. St. Nicholas was born in Patara, Lycia, a province of Asia Minor (now Turkey), to...

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St. Michael the Archangel — Our Great Defender
Sep29

St. Michael the Archangel — Our Great Defender

Whether he’s referred to as St. Michael, St. Michael the Archangel, or Prince of the Heavenly Host, this powerful angel has been entrusted by God with the great mission of helping to defeat Satan and to shield God’s children from the forces of evil on earth. St. Michael is one of the three main archangels mentioned in the Bible; the other two being Gabriel and Raphael. The earliest mention of St. Michael in the Scriptures is in the...

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St. Joseph of Cupertino – From “Brother Ass” to Holy Priest
Sep17

St. Joseph of Cupertino – From “Brother Ass” to Holy Priest

It seems rather harsh, but St. Joseph of Cupertino—the man canonized a saint in 1767—was once referred to by his Franciscan brothers as “Brother Ass.” Why? Before St. Joseph of Cupertino became a saint, he had a long track record of failing in life. In many biographical accounts he’s described as being awkward, dull, and “failing at school, maintaining a conversation, or taking care of a house… He wasn’t even capable of touching a...

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Think You Don’t Need St. Benedict’s Protection? Think again!
Jul08

Think You Don’t Need St. Benedict’s Protection? Think again!

During a recent Mass at his Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis warned in his homily, “The devil is here…even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan.” Pope Francis reminds us that: Temptation is constantly around us The devil is always looking for ways to steer us away from the right path. The devil is sneaky and is unrelenting in his attempt to make us sin. We...

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5 Steps To Sainthood–Will You Be A Future Saint?
Apr24

5 Steps To Sainthood–Will You Be A Future Saint?

[SlideDeck2 id=569 iframe=1]   The canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII on April 27, 2014 will be an exciting time for Catholics around the world. Millions of people will be watching in person and on TV, an event similar in popularity to Prince William and Kate’s royal wedding or the Super Bowl. What makes this event so exciting is that Pope John Paul II is breaking the record for becoming the fastest saint in...

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The Feast of St. George
Apr25

The Feast of St. George

About that Dragon… There was a historical figure named George, who lived from approximately 280 to 303. We know that he traded a military career for the role of “knight for Christ, defender of the faith.” In many of our holy card images of St. George he is portrayed as slaying a dragon….Here’s the story: According to the old legends about George, an entire pagan village lived in fear of a large and terrifying creature. (Was it a...

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St. Peter and St. Paul Were SO Different
Jun20

St. Peter and St. Paul Were SO Different

Why did God make us all so darn different?! Wouldn’t it be easier if we were more alike? We tend to look at the world as if that were the reality anyway. If you have a problem with lying, you will always wonder if other people are lying. If you love strawberry shortcake you assume everyone loves shortcake. It’s hard to imagine that the thing you love could make someone else gag! I started thinking about this because we have two very...

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Teaching Your Children About St. Joseph the Worker and Husband
Mar19

Teaching Your Children About St. Joseph the Worker and Husband

St. Joseph, Worker and Husband –Solemnity March 19 During the month of March we celebrate the life of St. Joseph, the patron saint of workers and patron saint of a happy death. As I was thinking about this I overheard a teenager say, “Work? I’m allergic to it!” The value of “work” has seen a bit of a decline in our modern era. To remedy that voice of “the easy way out” and to honor St. Joseph, we’d like to reclaim the value of...

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St. Martin of Tours and the War of Wars

The wind is howling and the temperature is dropping here in New Mexico. I just want to be inside, curled up with a cup of hot chocolate. Early in the winter season, I find myself longing for more sunshine. At this time of year in Germany and the Netherlands, the feast of St. Martin of Tours is celebrated with a lantern procession–an image of bringing light into the darkness. St. Martin was a Roman soldier during the days of the...

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