Category: Saint of the Day – Ex Form

St. Gatian, Bishop
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St. Gatian, Bishop

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ST. GATIAN came from Rome with St. Dionysius of Paris, about the middle of the third century, and preached the Faith principally at Tours in Gaul, where he fixed his episcopal see. The Gauls in that part were extremely addicted to the worship of their idols. But no contradictions or sufferings were able to discourage […]

St. Olympias, widow
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St. Olympias, widow

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ST. OLYMPIAS, the glory of the widows in the Eastern Church, was of a noble and wealthy family. Left an orphan at a tender age, she was brought up by Theodosia, sister of St. Amphilochius, a virtuous and prudent woman. Olympias insensibly reflected the virtues of this estimable woman. She married quite young, but her […]

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Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop

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ST. EUSEBIUS was born of a noble family, in the island of Sardinia, where his father is said to have died in prison for the Faith. The Saint’s mother carried him and his sister, both infants, to Rome. Eusebius having been ordained, served the Church of Vercelli with such zeal that on the episcopal chair […]

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St. Mesmin

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ST. MESMIN was a native of Verdun. The inhabitants of that place having proved disloyal to King Clovis, an uncle of our Saint’s, a priest named Euspice, brought about a reconciliation between the monarch and his subjects. Clovis, appreciating the virtues of Euspice, persuaded him to take up his residence at court, and the servant […]

St. Nicasius, Archbishop, and his Companions, Martyrs.
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St. Nicasius, Archbishop, and his Companions, Martyrs.

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IN the fifth century an army of barbarians from Germany ravaging part of Gaul, plundered the city of Rheims. Nicasius, the holy bishop, had foretold this calamity to his flock. When he saw the enemy at the gates and in the streets, forgetting himself, and solicitous only for his spiritual children, he went from door […]

3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudate Sunday)
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3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudate Sunday)

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St. Valery, Abbot; St. Finian, Bishop

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 ST. VALERY was born at Auvergne, in the sixth century, O and in his childhood kept his father’s sheep. He was yet young when he took the monastic habit in the neighboring monastery of St. Antony. Seeking the most perfect means of advancing in the paths of all virtues, he passed from this house to […]

St. Damasus, Pope
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St. Damasus, Pope

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ST. DAMASUS was born at Rome at the beginning of the fourth century. He was archdeacon of the Roman Church in 355, when Pope Liberius was banished to Berda, and followed him into exile, but afterward returned to Rome. On the death of Liberius our Saint was chosen to succeed him. Ursinus, a competitor for […]

St. Eulalia, Virgin, Martyr
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St. Eulalia, Virgin, Martyr

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ST. EULALIA was a native of Merida, in Spain. She was but twelve years old when the bloody edicts of the Roman Emperor, Diocletian, were issued. Eulalia presented herself before the cruel judge Dacianus, and reproached him for attempting to destroy souls by compelling them to renounce the only true God. The governor commanded her […]

St. Leocadia
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St. Leocadia

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ST. LEOCADIA was a native of Toledo, and was apprehended by an order of Dacian, the cruel governor under Diocletian in 304. Hearing of the martyrdom of St. Eulalia, she prayed that God would not prolong her exile, but unite her speedily with her holy friend in His glory. Her prayer was heard, and she […]

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
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Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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ON this day, so dear to every Catholic heart, we celebrate, in the first place, the moment in which Almighty God showed Mary, through the distance of ages, to our first parents as the Virgin Mother of the divine Redeemer, the woman destined to crush the head of the serpent. And as by eternal decree […]

St. Ambrose, Bishop
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St. Ambrose, Bishop

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AMBROSE was of a noble family, and was governor of Milan in 374, when a bishop was to be chosen for that great see. As the Arian heretics were many and fierce, he was present to preserve order during the election. Though only a catechumen, it was the will of God that he should himself […]

St. Sabas, Abbot
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St. Sabas, Abbot

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ST. SABAS, one of the most renowned patriarchs of the monks of Palestine, was born in the year 439, near Cæsarea. In order to settle a dispute which had arisen between some of his relatives in regard to the administration of his estate, while still young he forsook the world and entered a monastery, wherein […]

St. Barbara
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St. Barbara

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ST. BARBARA was brought up a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for the purpose. Here in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to receive instruction and Baptism by stealth from a Christian priest. Dioscorus, on discovering […]

St. Francis Xavier
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St. Francis Xavier

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Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta was born in 1506 in Navarre, Spain.  As a young Spanish gentleman, in the dangerous days of the Reformation, he was making a name for himself as a Professor of Philosophy in the University of Paris.  He had seemingly no higher aim, when St. Ignatius of Loyola won him to […]

St. Bibiana, Virgin, Martyr
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St. Bibiana, Virgin, Martyr

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ST. BIBIANA was a native of Rome. Flavian, her father, was apprehended, burned in the face with a hot iron, and banished to Aequapendente, where he died of his wounds a few days after; and her mother, Dafrosa, was some time after beheaded. Bibiana and her sister Demetria, after the death of their parents, were […]

St. Eligius
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St. Eligius

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ELIGIUS, a goldsmith at Paris, was commissioned by King Clotaire to make a throne. With the gold and precious stones given him he made two. Struck by his rare honesty, the king gave him an appointment at court, and demanded an oath of fidelity sworn upon holy relics; but Eligius prayed with tears to be […]

St. Andrew, Apostle
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St. Andrew, Apostle

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ST. ANDREW was one of the fishermen of Bethsaida, and brother, perhaps elder brother, of St. Peter, and became a disciple of St. John Baptist. He seemed always eager to bring others into notice; when called himself by Christ on the banks of the Jordan, his first thought was to go in search of his […]

St. Saturninus
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St. Saturninus

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SATURNINUS went from Rome, by direction of Pope Fabian, about the year 245, to preach the faith in Gaul. He fixed his episcopal see at Toulouse, and thus became the first Christian bishop of that city. There were but few Christians in the place. However, their number grew fast after the coming of the Saint; […]

St. James of la Marca of Ancona
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St. James of la Marca of Ancona

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THE small town of Montbrandon, Italy, in the Marca of Ancona, gave birth to this Saint, also known in English as James of the Marches. When young he was sent to the University of Perugia, where his progress in learning soon qualified him to be chosen preceptor to a young gentleman of Florence. Fearing that […]

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St. Maximus, Bishop

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ST. MAXIMUS, abbot of Lerins, in succession to St. Honoratus, was remarkable not only for the spirit of recollection, fervor, and piety familiar to him from very childhood, but still more for the gentleness and kindliness with which he governed the monastery.  At that time it contained many religious, and was famous for the learning […]

St. Peter of Alexandria, Bishop, Martyr
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St. Peter of Alexandria, Bishop, Martyr

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ST. PETER governed the Church of Alexandria during the persecution of the Roman Emperor, Diocletian. The sentence of excommunication that he was the first to pronounce against the schismatics, Melitius and Arius, and which, despite the united efforts of powerful partisans, he strenuously upheld, proves that he possessed as much sagacity as zeal and firmness. […]

St. Catherine of Alexandria
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St. Catherine of Alexandria

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CATHERINE was a noble virgin of Alexandria, Egypt.  Before her Baptism, it is said, she saw in vision the Blessed Virgin ask her Son to receive her among His servants, but the Divine Infant turned away. After Baptism, Catherine saw the same vision, when Jesus Christ received her with great affection, and espoused her before […]

St. John of the Cross, Doctor
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St. John of the Cross, Doctor

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THE father of St. John was discarded by his kindred for marrying a poor orphan, and the Saint, thus born and nurtured in poverty, chose it also for his portion. Unable to learn a trade, he became the servant of the poor in the hospital of Medina, while still pursuing his sacred studies. In 1563, […]

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