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St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622)


St. Francis De Sales was the Bishop of Geneva in Switzerland. He lived in a time when the church was divided between different groups who taught contradicting ideas. He was a great preacher and writer who brought many people back to the Catholic Church. His writings have helped many grow in holiness and spirituality. He is the patron saint of writers and journalists because he made extensive use of flyers and books. His feast day is on 24 January.

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St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622)
St. Francis De Sales was the Bishop of Geneva in Switzerland. He lived in a time when the church was divided between different groups who taught contradicting ideas. He was a great preacher and writer who brought many people back to the Catholic Church. His writings have helped many grow in holiness and spirituality. He is the patron saint of writers and journalists because he made extensive use of flyers and books. His feast day is on 24 January.

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St. Agnes (291 – 304)
St. Agnes was a young girl from Rome who promised God her life. When the Roman governor wanted her to marry his son, she refused to break her promise to God. So she was tortured and killed, and she was only thirteen! She remained joyful at her death knowing she would see God soon. St. Agnes is often shown with a lamb because her name sounds like ‘Agnus’ which means ‘lamb’ in Latin, and Jesus is the Lamb of God! St. Agnes is the patron saint of little girls. Her feast day is on 21 January.

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St. Agnes (291 – 304)
St. Agnes was a young girl from Rome who promised God her life. When the Roman governor wanted her to marry his son, she refused to break her promise to God. So she was tortured and killed, and she was only thirteen! She remained joyful at her death knowing she would see God soon. St. Agnes is often shown with a lamb because her name sounds like ‘Agnus’ which means ‘lamb’ in Latin, and Jesus is the Lamb of God! St. Agnes is the patron saint of little girls. Her feast day is on 21 January.

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Jacques Callot - Martyrdom of Twenty Three Franciscan Monks Crucified in Japan; 1627

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Jacques Callot - Martyrdom of Twenty Three Franciscan Monks Crucified in Japan; 1627

Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation. St Augustine (via wherewisdombegins)

When I feel nothing, when I am incapable of praying or practicing virtue, then is the moment to look for small occasions, nothings that give Jesus pleasure…a smile or a friendly word, when I would much prefer to say nothing at all.

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-St. Therese of Lisieux

We ought always to devote at least a quarter of an hour to preparing ourselves to hear Mass well; we ought to annihilate ourselves before God, after the example of His profound annihilation in the Sacrament of the Eucharist; and we should make our examination of conscience, for we must be in a state of grace to be able to assist properly at Mass.

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-St John Vianney

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St. Juan Diego (1474 – 1548)


St. Juan Diego was a poor Mexican peasant who saw Mother Mary while on his way to Mass. Our Lady asked to have a church built where she stood. St. Juan quickly reported this to the Bishop who did not believe him. So, St. Juan returned to our Lady and she gave him roses to show the Bishop. When he presented the flowers, the cape or ‘tilma’ that he was using to hold the flowers revealed a miraculous painting of Mary! The Bishop and everyone fell to their knees and the devotion to our Lady of Guadalupe spread quickly. The painting can still be seen today in Mexico! St. Juan Diego himself lived a humble and holy life. His feast day is on 9 December.

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St. Juan Diego (1474 – 1548)
St. Juan Diego was a poor Mexican peasant who saw Mother Mary while on his way to Mass. Our Lady asked to have a church built where she stood. St. Juan quickly reported this to the Bishop who did not believe him. So, St. Juan returned to our Lady and she gave him roses to show the Bishop. When he presented the flowers, the cape or ‘tilma’ that he was using to hold the flowers revealed a miraculous painting of Mary! The Bishop and everyone fell to their knees and the devotion to our Lady of Guadalupe spread quickly. The painting can still be seen today in Mexico! St. Juan Diego himself lived a humble and holy life. His feast day is on 9 December.

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Saint Juan Diego, you who were chosen by Our Lady of Guadalupe as an instrument to show your people and the world that the way of Christianity is one of love, compassion, understanding, values, sacrifices, repentance of our sins, appreciation and respect for God’s creation, and most of all one of HUMILITY and obedience …
You who we know is now in the Kingdom of the Lord and close to our Mother …
Be our angel and protect us, stay with us as we struggle in this modern life not knowing most of the time where to set our priorities. 
Help us to pray to our God to obtain the gifts of the Holy Spirit and use them for the good of humanity and the good of our Church, through the Heart of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Heart of Jesus.
Amen.

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Saint Juan Diego, you who were chosen by Our Lady of Guadalupe as an instrument to show your people and the world that the way of Christianity is one of love, compassion, understanding, values, sacrifices, repentance of our sins, appreciation and respect for God’s creation, and most of all one of HUMILITY and obedience …

You who we know is now in the Kingdom of the Lord and close to our Mother …

Be our angel and protect us, stay with us as we struggle in this modern life not knowing most of the time where to set our priorities. 

Help us to pray to our God to obtain the gifts of the Holy Spirit and use them for the good of humanity and the good of our Church, through the Heart of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Heart of Jesus.

Amen.

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St. Nicholas (270 - 343)


St. Nicholas is popularly known as Santa Claus but he was an actual Bishop from Turkey! Although his family was wealthy, he obeyed Jesus’ Words to ‘sell what you own and give the money to the poor’. A legend told of St. Nicholas secretly throwing bags of gold into the house of a poor man. The gold helped the man’s daughters get married! This is why children still wait for St. Nicholas to give them gifts in secret today. Remember that ‘Santa Claus’ loved Jesus very much and was a faithful servant of God! St. Nicholas’s feast day is on 6 December.

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St. Nicholas (270 - 343)
St. Nicholas is popularly known as Santa Claus but he was an actual Bishop from Turkey! Although his family was wealthy, he obeyed Jesus’ Words to ‘sell what you own and give the money to the poor’. A legend told of St. Nicholas secretly throwing bags of gold into the house of a poor man. The gold helped the man’s daughters get married! This is why children still wait for St. Nicholas to give them gifts in secret today. Remember that ‘Santa Claus’ loved Jesus very much and was a faithful servant of God! St. Nicholas’s feast day is on 6 December.
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St. Barbara (3rd Century AD)
St. Barbara lived during a time when Christians were hated by the Romans. Her own father kept her in a tower to stop her from becoming a Christian but St. Barbara accepted Jesus anyway. She made three windows in the tower to represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit! Her father was enraged about this and killed her with his own sword. He was struck by lightning as a result of his cruelty. This association with towers, lightning and explosion makes St. Barbara the patron saint of architects and artillerymen. Her feast day is on 4 December. 

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St. Barbara (3rd Century AD)
St. Barbara lived during a time when Christians were hated by the Romans. Her own father kept her in a tower to stop her from becoming a Christian but St. Barbara accepted Jesus anyway. She made three windows in the tower to represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit! Her father was enraged about this and killed her with his own sword. He was struck by lightning as a result of his cruelty. This association with towers, lightning and explosion makes St. Barbara the patron saint of architects and artillerymen. Her feast day is on 4 December. 

Whether our life be that of Nazareth, the Public Life or the Desert… it should cry the Gospel…

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-Charles de Foucauld

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“Jesus, as soon as He arrived on my tongue (the cause so often of so many sins), made Himself felt immediately. I was no longer in myself but Jesus was in me; He descended to my breast. (I say breast, because I no longer have a heart; I gave it to Jesus’ Mom.) What happy moments I spent with Jesus! How could I return His affections? With what words could I express His love, and for this poor creature? Yet He did deign to come. It’s truly impossible, yes, it is impossible not to love Jesus. How many times He asked me if I love Him and if I truly love Him. And do you still doubt it, my Jesus? So, He unites ever more closely with me, talks to me, says He wants me to be perfect, that He too loves me very much and I should reciprocate.”
-St. Gemma Galgani

catholicsoul:

“Jesus, as soon as He arrived on my tongue (the cause so often of so many sins), made Himself felt immediately. I was no longer in myself but Jesus was in me; He descended to my breast. (I say breast, because I no longer have a heart; I gave it to Jesus’ Mom.) What happy moments I spent with Jesus! How could I return His affections? With what words could I express His love, and for this poor creature? Yet He did deign to come. It’s truly impossible, yes, it is impossible not to love Jesus. How many times He asked me if I love Him and if I truly love Him. And do you still doubt it, my Jesus? So, He unites ever more closely with me, talks to me, says He wants me to be perfect, that He too loves me very much and I should reciprocate.”

-St. Gemma Galgani

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“I am a Catholic man and a priest. In that faith have I lived and in that faith do I intend to die, and if you esteem my religion treason, then I am guilty. As for any other treason, I never committed. I stand condemned for nothing but the saying of Mass, hearing confessions, preaching and such like duties and functions of priesthood.”
-St. Edmund Campion

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“I am a Catholic man and a priest. In that faith have I lived and in that faith do I intend to die, and if you esteem my religion treason, then I am guilty. As for any other treason, I never committed. I stand condemned for nothing but the saying of Mass, hearing confessions, preaching and such like duties and functions of priesthood.”

-St. Edmund Campion

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