St. Justin, Martyr (165).
He lived in Palestine. He was converted to the Catholic Faith by
the reading of Holy Scripture. Seeing the heroic courage with which
Catholics joyfully shed their blood for the Faith they believed,
he too aspired to be a martyr. And, God granted him that grace.
Sts. Marcellinus and Peter (304).
Marcellinus was a priest and Peter an exorcist (one of the minor
orders), who both lived in Rome and labored there under the cruel
Emperor Diocletian. They were martyred together. So great was the
veneration of the Catholics for them that a basilica was built over
their tomb in Rome. Their names are mentioned in the Roman Canon
of the Mass. If “the law of praying is the law of believing,”
we may know from this simple recognition how great and heroic these
two martyrs were, and how much they should be remembered and invoked.
St. Charles Lwanga and Companions (1886-1887).
These were 22 young men and boys, from 13 to 30 years old, who were
martyred for the Catholic Faith in Uganda in Africa after undergoing
cruel torments. Four had not yet received the sacrament of Baptism
at the time they were arrested, but Charles Lwanga baptized them
shortly afterward. They were the first martyrs among the Africans
and were canonized in 1964.
St. Clotilde (545)
St. Clotilde was a queen, the wife of King Clovis of the Franks.
Her husband brought the French people as a nation into the Catholic
Church in 496, when he was baptized at Rheims by St. Remigius. Her
husband died in 511, and St. Clotilde was left a widow for 34 years.
She lived the rest of her life as much a nun as she was a queen
enduring great sufferings for the Catholic Faith. Her favorite
patron saint in Heaven was St. Martin of Tours. She died not far
from his tomb, at the age of 71.
St. Francis Caracciolo (1608).
He was born of a royal family in the Kingdom of Naples. As
a little boy he started reciting the rosary daily. Very early in
his life he contracted leprosy, and was miraculously cured of it.
Francis spent every possible moment of his life in the presence
of the Blessed Sacrament. His thought was that it was for men that
Our Lord came to us in the Eucharist, and while the angels throng
Catholic churches to worship God there, men desert Him. While kneeling
before the Blessed Sacrament his face was blazed with light, which
everyone could see. His favorite devotion was visiting the Blessed
Sacrament in unfrequented churches, where few people came. In 1588,
St. Francis Caracciolo founded the Clerics Regular, whose main work
was the perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He died
when only 44-years-old, on the eve of Corpus Christi, at the same
age as St. Francis of Assisi at his death. Francis Caracciolo’s
last words were, “Let us go, let us go to Heaven!” When
his body was opened after death, these words were found imprinted
on his heart: “The zeal of Thy house hath eaten me up.”
St Boniface (755).
Saint Boniface was born in England, in 680. His name in English
was Winfrid, which in Latin is translated to Boniface, and means
“he who does good.” He entered a Benedictine monastery
at the age of five, and in 719, he was sent by Pope St. Gregory
II to be the apostle of Germany. He reconverted that whole country
to the Faith, and many of its neighboring countries as well. At
75, he set out with 52 companions to finish his work in the conversion
of Friesland. St. Boniface and all his companions were martyred
there by the pagans. St. Boniface was killed while he was putting
on his vestments to say Mass.
St. Norbert (1134).
He was born near Cologne, in Germany, and was educated at the court
of the emperor. After a somewhat worldly life, he was struck down
one day by lightning while riding on a horse. He cried out to God,
like St. Paul, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me do?” He
heard a voice from Heaven saying to him, “Turn from evil unto
good.” He was ordained a priest when he was 35, and later
became a bishop. In a hidden and lonely valley named Premontre,
he founded the Religious Order known as the Premonstratensians with
13 of his disciples. It is a branch of the Augustinian Order. His
great devotion, and that of his monks, was to the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Norbert is usually pictured with a monstrance in his hand, holding
Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. He converted great numbers to
the Catholic Faith.
St. Philip the Deacon (First Century).
He was one of the Seven Deacons ordained by the Apostles, as we
are told in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 6. It was he who baptized
the eunuch of Queen Candace, of Ethiopia, to let us know how much
God values every soul of good will, no matter how socially low or
useless he may be according to the standards of the world.
St. Philip the Deacon was a great friend of St. Paul. He was the
father of four daughters, virgins, all of whom are honored as saints,
and all of whom were given by God the gift of prophecy. There are
five great Philips among the saints: St. Philip the Apostle; St.
Philip the Deacon; St. Philip Neri; St. Philip Benizi and St. Philip
of Jesus, a Mexican who was martyred in Japan in 1597.
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OF THE SAINTS
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint.
St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly God.
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus' twelve apostles.
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS
Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840.
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA
St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL
Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town in France.
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI
Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months.
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day.
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI
Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law.
St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI
St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701.
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS
Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them.
ST. ANDREW FOURNET
St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were religious people.
St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples.
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER
Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain.
St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education.
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON
St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school.
ST. JOHN I
St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, Theodoric the Goth, was an Arian.
ST. CELESTINE V
Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small.
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA
St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor.
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD
Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered to them.
ST. RITA OF CASCIA
St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI
St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them.
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND
St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom.
Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673.
ST. PHILIP NERI
St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him.
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY
St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission dear to his heart.
BLESSED MARGARET POLE
Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole.
St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul.
ST. JOAN OF ARC
St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer.
THE VISITATION OF MARY
Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
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Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?