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St. Severinus, Abbot of Agaunum
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St. Severinus, Abbot of Agaunum

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ST. SEVERINUS, of a noble family in Burgundy, was educated in the Catholic faith, at a time when the Arian heresy reigned in that country. He forsook the world in his youth, and dedicated himself to God in the monastery of Agaunum, which then only consisted of scattered cells, till the Catholic King Sigismund built […]

St. Apollonia and the Martyrs of Alexandria
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St. Apollonia and the Martyrs of Alexandria

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AT Alexandria, in 249, the mob rose in savage fury against the Christians. Metras, an old man, perished first. His eyes were pierced with reeds, and he was stoned to death. A woman named Quinta was the next victim. She was led to a heathen temple and bidden worship. She replied by cursing the false […]

St. John of Matha
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St. John of Matha

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THE life of St. John of Matha was one long course of self-sacrifice for the glory of God and the good of his neighbor. As a child, his chief delight was serving the poor; and he often told them he had come into the world for no other end but to wash their feet. He […]

St. Jerome Emiliani
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St. Jerome Emiliani

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ST. JEROME EMILIANI was a member of one of the patrician families of Venice, and, like many other Saints, in early life a soldier. He was appointed governor of a fortress among the mountains of Treviso, and whilst bravely defending his post, was made prisoner by the enemy. In the misery of his dungeon he […]

St. Dorothy, Virgin and Martyr
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St. Dorothy, Virgin and Martyr

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ST. DOROTHY was a young virgin, celebrated at Cæsarea, where she lived, for her angelic virtue. Her parents seem to have been martyred before her in the Diocletian persecution, and when the Governor Sapricius came to Cæsarea he called her before him, and sent this child of martyrs to the home where they were waiting […]

St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr
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St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

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ST. AGATHA was born in Sicily, of rich and noble parents—a child of benediction from the first, for she was promised to her parents before her birth, and consecrated from her earliest infancy to God. In the midst of dangers and temptations she served Christ in purity of body and soul, and she died for […]

The Conversion of St. Paul
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The Conversion of St. Paul

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THE great apostle Paul, named Saul at his circumcision, was born at Tarsus, the capital of Silicia, and was by privilege a Roman citizen.  Citizenship carried great distinction, and several exemptions were granted by the laws of the empire. He was early instructed in the strict observance of the Mosaic law, and lived up to […]

St. Timothy, Bishop, Martyr
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St. Timothy, Bishop, Martyr

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TIMOTHY was a convert of St. Paul. He was born at Lystra in Asia Minor. His mother was a Jewess, but his father was a pagan; and though Timothy had read the Scriptures from his childhood, he had not been circumcised as a Jew. On the arrival of St. Paul at Lystra the youthful Timothy, […]

St. Raymund of Pennafort
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St. Raymund of Pennafort

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BORN A. D. 1175, of a noble Spanish family, Raymund, at the age of twenty, taught philosophy at Barcelona with marvellous success. Ten years later his rare abilities won for him the degree of Doctor in the University of Bologna, and many high dignities. A tender devotion to our blessed Lady, which had grown up […]

St. Agnes, Virgin, Martyr
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St. Agnes, Virgin, Martyr

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ST. AGNES was but twelve years old when she was led to the altar of Minerva at Rome and commanded to obey the persecuting laws of Diocletian by offering incense. In the midst of the idolatrous rites she raised her hands to Christ, her Spouse, and made the sign of the life-giving cross. She did […]

St. Canutus, King, Martyr
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St. Canutus, King, Martyr

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ST. CANUTUS, King of Denmark, was endowed with excellent qualities of both mind and body. It is hard to say whether he excelled more in courage or in conduct and skill in war; but his singular piety eclipsed all his other endowments. He cleared the seas of pirates, and subdued several neighboring provinces which infested […]

St. Peter's Chair at Rome
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St. Peter’s Chair at Rome

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ST. PETER having triumphed over the devil in the East, the latter pursued him to Rome in the person of Simon Magus. He who had formerly trembled at the voice of a poor maid now feared not the very throne of idolatry and superstition. The capital of the empire of the world, and the centre […]

St. Anthony, Hermit
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St. Anthony, Hermit

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ST. ANTHONY was born in the year 251, in Upper Egypt. Hearing at Mass the words, “If thou wilt be perfect, go, sell what thou hast, and give to the poor,” he gave away all his vast possessions. He then begged an aged hermit to teach him the spiritual life. He also visited various solitaries, […]

St. Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor
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St. Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor

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ST. HILARY was a native of Poitiers in Aquitaine. Born and educated a pagan, it was not till near middle age that he embraced Christianity, moved thereto mainly by the idea of God presented to him in the Holy Scriptures. He soon converted his wife and daughter, and separated himself rigidly from all un-Catholic company. […]

St. Alered, Abbot
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St. Alered, Abbot

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“ONE thing thou lackest.” In these words God called Aelred from the court of a royal Saint, David of Scotland, to the silence of the cloister. He left the king, the companions of his youth, and a friend most dear, to obey the call. The conviction that in the world his soul was in danger […]

St. Theodosius, the Cenobiarch
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St. Theodosius, the Cenobiarch

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THEODOSIUS was born in Cappadocia (in what is now central Turkey) in 423. The example of Abraham urged him to leave his country, and his desire to follow Jesus Christ attracted him to the religious life. He placed himself under Longinus, a very holy hermit, who sent him to govern a monastery near Bethlehem. Unable […]

St. William, Archbishop
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St. William, Archbishop

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WILLIAM BERRUYER (c. 1155 – January 10, 1209), of the illustrious French family of the ancient Counts of Nevers, was educated by Peter the Hermit, Archdeacon of Soissons, his uncle by the mother’s side. From his infancy William learned to despise the folly and emptiness of the world, to abhor its pleasures, and to tremble […]

St. Julian and St. Basilissa
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St. Julian and St. Basilissa

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St. Julian and St. Basilissa (early 4th century) though married, lived by mutual consent in perpetual chastity.  They sanctified themselves by the most perfect exercises of an ascetic life, and employed their revenues in relieving the poor and the sick. For this purpose they converted their house into a kind of hospital, in which they […]

St. Apollinaris the Apologist, Bishop
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St. Apollinaris the Apologist, Bishop

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  CLAUDIUS APOLLINARIS, Bishop of Hierapolis in Phrygia, was one of the most illustrious prelates of the second age. Notwithstanding the great encomiums bestowed on him by Eusebius, St. Jerome, Theodoret, and ethers, but little is known of his actions; and his writings, which then were held in great esteem, seem now to be all […]

St. Lucian, Martyr
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St. Lucian, Martyr

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ST. LUCIAN was born at Samosata in Syria. Having lost his parents in his youth, he distributed all his worldly goods, of which he inherited an abundant share, to the poor, and withdrew to Edessa, to live near a holy man named Macarius, who imbued his mind with a knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, and […]

St. John Neumann
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St. John Neumann

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St. John Neumann was born in Bohemia, 1811.  As a young man he traveled to New York and was ordained in 1836.  He became a Redemptorist priest in 1847.  As Bishop of Philadelphia 1852-1860 he established the first diocesan Catholic school system in the United States.   Canonized in 1977, he is the first male […]

St. Simeon Stylites
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St. Simeon Stylites

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ONE winter’s day, about the year 401, the snow lay thick around Sisan, a little town in Cilicia. A shepherd boy, who could not lead his sheep to the fields on account of the cold, went to the church instead, and listened to the eight Beatitudes, which were read that morning. He asked how these […]

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (August 28, 1774 – January 4, 1821) was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church (September 14, 1975). She established Catholic communities in Emmetsburg, Maryland, and while at Manhattan she founded the first American order of nuns, known as the Sisters […]

St. Raymund of Pennafort
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St. Raymund of Pennafort

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BORN A. D. 1175, of a noble Spanish family, Raymund, at the age of twenty, taught philosophy at Barcelona with marvelous success. Ten years later his rare abilities won for him the degree of Doctor in the University of Bologna, and many high dignities. A tender devotion to our blessed Lady, which had grown up […]

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