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St. Marguerite Bourgeoys: Woman of Faith and Fortitude

Image: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys January 12 is the feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the founder of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, a teaching order. She is the patron saint of poor people and those rejected by religious orders. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys was a woman of aspirations and action, despite her fragile health. She was a woman of faith and fortitude, known for...

Saint Gregory of Nyssa: Father of Mysticism

Image: Saint Gregory of Nyssa January 10 is the feast of Saint Gregory of Nyssa (circa 330 — 395 A.D.), an early Church Father, who created a rich legacy of theology, liturgy, and spiritual literature. Gregory was born in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) into a deeply religious family and was raised to live a holy life. The son of two saints, Basil and...

Venerable Pauline Marie Jaricot: Founder

On January 9, we remember Venerable Pauline Marie Jaricot, a French lay woman who founded the Association for the Propagation of the Faith, which later became the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Born into a very pious and wealthy family in Lyons, France in 1799, Pauline developed into a deep, thoughtful girl during her teen years through tragedy. First, a serious fall caused...

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3: 16 – 17 On January 8, the Church celebrates the...

St. Andre Bessette: Miracle Man of Montreal

Today is the feast of St. Andre Bessette, who struggled with illness for much of his life, humbly devoted his life to prayer, and served the Lord by comforting the sick and afflicted. Through his intercessory prayers to St. Joseph, many received God’s healing graces. St. Andre Bestte was born on August 9, 1845, near Montreal, Canada as Alfred Bessette. The son of a woodcutter,...

Saint John Neumann: His Life and Spirituality

January 5th is the feast of Saint John Neumann (1811-1860), a native of Bohemia (a region encompassing the western Czech Republic) who immigrated to the United States. The apptitude to learn languages that had brought him to America led him to learn Spanish, French, Italian, and Dutch so he could hear confessions in at least six languages. When Irish immigration started, he learned Gaelic so well...

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Wife, Mother, Widow, Sister

January 4th is the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a single woman, a wife, a mother, a widow, a lay woman and a religious Sister. She was the foundress of the first American Catholic parish school, the first American community of women religious (the Sisters of Charity), and the first American orphanage. This first native-born American saint was born on August 28, 1774 in...

The Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Today the Church celebrates the optional memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. Devotion to the Holy Name is deeply rooted in the Sacred Scriptures, especially in the Acts of the Apostles.  Saint Paul tells us in his letter to the Philippians  (Philippians 2: 9) that Jesus’ name is above every other name. It is the name by which we are all saved.  The Holy...

Saint Basil the Great: Bishop and Doctor

January 1 is the feast of St. Basil the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. He is the patron saint of monks and hospital administrators. Basil was born in 329 in Caesarea in the region known as Cappadocia, which is located in eastern Asia Minor (the middle of modern Turkey). His father was a wealthy lawyer and landowner. Both of his parents were devout...

Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

Happy New Year to all and a blessed Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God! On this first day of the new year, eight days after the birth of Christ, we remember the Blessed Virgin Mary by celebrating her divine motherhood. We call Mary Theotokus, or “God-Bearer” because she is the Mother of God. When Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God Incarnate, we...