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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin
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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin

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THE angel Gabriel, in the mystery of the Annunciation, informed the Mother of God that her cousin Elizabeth had miraculously conceived, and was then pregnant with a son who was to be the precursor of the Messias. The Blessed Virgin out of humility concealed the wonderful dignity to which she was raised by the incarnation […]

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St. Gal, Bishop

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ST. GAL was born at Clermont in Auvergne, about the year 489. His father was of the first houses of that province, and his mother was descended from the family of Vettius Apagatus, the celebrated Roman who suffered at Lyons for the faith of Christ. They both took special care of the education of their […]

First Martyrs of the Church of Rome
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First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

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The First Martyrs of the Church of Rome were Christians martyred in the city of Rome during Nero’s persecution in 64. The event is recorded by both Tacitus and Pope Clement I, among others. They are celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church as an optional memorial on 30 June. This feast first came into the […]

St. Paul
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St. Paul

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ST. PAUL was born at Tarsus, of Jewish parents, and studied at Jerusalem, at the feet of Gamaliel. While still a young man, he held the clothes of those who stoned the proto-martyr Stephen; and in his restless zeal he pressed on to Damascus, “breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of Christ.” But […]

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
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Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

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PETER was of Bethsaida in Galilee, and as he was fishing on the lake was called by Our Lord to be one of His apostles. He was poor and unlearned, but candid, eager, and loving. In his heart, first of all, grew up the conviction, and from his lips came the confession, “Thou art the […]

St. Peter, Apostle
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St. Peter, Apostle

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PETER was of Bethsaida in Galilee, and as he was fishing on the lake was called by Our Lord to be one of His apostles. He was poor and unlearned, but candid, eager, and loving. In his heart, first of all, grew up the conviction, and from his lips came the confession, “Thou art the […]

St. Irenæus, Bishop, Martyr
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St. Irenæus, Bishop, Martyr

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THIS Saint was born about the year 120. He was a Grecian, probably a native of Lesser Asia. His parents, who were Christians, placed him under the care of the great St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. It was in so holy a school that he learned that sacred science which rendered him afterward a great […]

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor
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Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor

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ST. CYRIL became Patriarch of Alexandria in 412. Having at first thrown himself with ardor into the party politics of the place, God called him to a nobler conflict. In 428, Nestorius, Bishop of Constantinople, began to deny the unity of Person in Christ, and to refuse to the Blessed Virgin the title of “Mother […]

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Sts. John and Paul, Martyrs

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THESE two Saints were both officers in the army under Julian the Apostate, and received the crown of martyrdom, probably in 362. They glorified God by a double victory; they despised the honors of the world, and triumphed over its threats and torments. They saw many wicked men prosper in their impiety, but were not […]

St. John the Baptist
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St. John the Baptist

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THE birth of St. John was foretold by an angel of the Lord to his father, Zachary, who was offering incense in the Temple. It was the office of St. John to prepare the way for Christ, and before he was born into the world he began to live for the Incarnate God. Even in […]

St. Etheldreda, Abbess
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St. Etheldreda, Abbess

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BORN in Britain and brought up in the fear of God — her mother and three sisters are numbered among the Saints — Etheldreda had but one aim in life, to devote herself to our Lord’s service in the religious state. Her parents, however, had other views for her, and, in spite of her tears […]

St. Paulinus of Nola
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St. Paulinus of Nola

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PAULINUS was of a family which boasted of a long line of senators, prefects, and consuls. He was educated with great care, and his genius and eloquence, in prose and verse, were the admiration of St. Jerome and St. Augustine. He had more than doubled his wealth by marriage, and was one of the foremost […]

St. Aloysius Gonzaga
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St. Aloysius Gonzaga

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ALOYSIUS, the eldest son of Ferdinand Gonzaga, Marquis of Castiglione, was born on the March 9th, 1568. The first words he pronounced were the holy names of Jesus and Mary. When he was nine years of age he made a vow of perpetual virginity, and by a special grace was ever exempted from temptations against […]

St. Silverius, Pope and Martyr
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St. Silverius, Pope and Martyr

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SILVERIUS was son of Pope Hermisdas, who had been married before he entered the ministry. In AD 536, Silverius, then subdeacon, was chosen Pope and ordained on the 8th of June. Theodora, the empress of Justinian, resolved to promote the sect of the Acephali. She endeavored to win Silverius over to her interest, and wrote […]

St. Juliana Falconieri
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St. Juliana Falconieri

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JULIANA FALCONIERI was born in answer to prayer, in 1270. Her father built the splendid church of the Annunziata in Florence, while her uncle, Blessed Alexius, became one of the founders of the Servite Order. Under his care Juliana grew up, as he said, more like an angel than a human being. Such was her […]

St. Ephrem, Deacon
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St. Ephrem, Deacon

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ST. EPHREM is the light and glory of the Syriac Church. A mere youth, he entered on the religious life at Nisibis, his native place. Long years of retirement taught him the science of the Saints, and then God called him to Edessa, there to teach what he had learned so well. He defended the […]

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St. Avitus, Abbot

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ST. AVITUS was a native of Orleans, and, retiring into Auvergne, took the monastic habit, together with St. Calais, in the abbey of Menat, at that time very small, though afterward enriched by Queen Brunehault, and by St. Boner, Bishop of Clermont. The two Saints soon after returned to Miscy, a famous abbey situated a […]

Sts. Vitus, Crescentia, and Modestus, Martyrs
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Sts. Vitus, Crescentia, and Modestus, Martyrs

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VITUS was a child nobly born, who had the happiness to instructed in the Faith, and inspired with the most perfect sentiments of his religion, by his Christian nurse, named Crescentia, and her faithful husband, Modestus. His father, Hylas, was incensed when he discovered the child’s invincible aversion to idolatry; and finding him not to […]

St. Basil the Great
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St. Basil the Great

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ST. BASIL was born in Asia Minor. Two of his brothers became bishops, and, together with his mother and sister, are honored as Saints. He studied with great success at Athens, where he formed with St. Gregory Nazianzen the most tender friendship. He then taught oratory; but dreading the honors of the world, he gave […]

Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor
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Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor

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IN 1221 St. Francis held a general chapter at Assisi; when the others dispersed, there lingered behind, unknown and neglected, a poor Portuguese friar, resolved to ask for and to refuse nothing. Nine months later, Fra Antonio rose under obedience to preach to the religious assembled at Forli, when, as the discourse proceeded, “the Hammer […]

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St. John of St. Fagondez

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ST. JOHN was born in 1419 at St. Fagondez, Spain. At an early age he held several benefices in the diocese of Burgos, till the reproaches of his conscience forced him to resign them all except one chapel, where he said Mass daily, preached, and catechized. After this he studied theology at Salamanca, and then […]

St. Barnabas, Apostle
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St. Barnabas, Apostle

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WE read that in the first days of the Church, “the multitude of believers had but one heart and one soul; neither did any one say that aught of the things which he possessed was his own.” Of this fervent company, one only is singled out by name, Joseph, a rich Levite, from Cyprus. “He […]

St. Margaret of Scotland
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St. Margaret of Scotland

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ST. MARGARET’S name signifies “pearl;” “a fitting name,” says Theodoric, her confessor and her first biographer, “for one such as she.” Her soul was like a precious pearl. A life spent amidst the luxury of a royal court never dimmed its lustre, or stole it away from Him who had bought it with His blood. […]

St. Columba, or Columkille, Abbot
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St. Columba, or Columkille, Abbot

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ST. COLUMBA, the apostle of the Picts, was born of a noble family, at Gartan, in the county of Tyrconnel, Ireland, in 521. From early childhood he gave himself to God. In all his labors—and they were many—his chief thought was heaven and how he should secure the way thither. The result was that he […]

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