Tagged: Catholic saints

St. Matthew: Apostle and Evangelist

  September 21 is the feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. St. Matthew was born at Capernaum. He was working as a tax collector when Jesus called him to be one of the twelve apostles. He wrote his gospel in Hebrew. His gospel, with its familiar references to the messianic prophecies, throws light on the continuity between the covenants. Moreover, his vocation is one...

St. Andrew Kim Taegon, St. Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions

September 20 is the memorial of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, priest and martyr, St. Paul Chong, martyr, and companions. During the persecutions of 1839, 1846, 1866, and 1867, one hundred and three Christians in Korea gave their lives as martyrs. The martyrs included clergy, but were, for the most part, members of the laity. They consecrated the rich beginnings of the Church in Korea with...

St. Januarius: The Miracle of His Blood Liquefaction

September 19th is the feast of St. Januarius, bishop and martyr. He is the patron saint of Naples, where Catholics assemble three times a year in the Naples Cathedral to witness the liquefaction of a small sample of his his blood which is kept in a sealed vial. St. Januarius was born in Naples and served as bishop of Beneventum (just east of Naples). He...

The Marian Option: A Book Review

The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis. by Carrie Gress, PhD is a book that I have long wanted to read. It seems that whenever I turned on EWTN or Catholic radio, Dr. Gress was being interviewed about this book. I typically turned on the program after it had already started and only caught bits and pieces of the conversation, but what...

Saint Joseph of Cupertino: The Flying Friar

September 18 is the feast day of Saint Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663), If you have watched the film “The Reluctant Saint”, you know just how endearing this sweet Franciscan saint was and what strong humility he had. Joseph’s father was a poor carpenter who died prior to his birth. His mother, Francesca Panara, was unable to pay the debts, so the creditors evicted her from...

Novena and Litany to Saint Vincent de Paul

  The novena to Saint Vincent de Paul begins on September 18 and ends on September 26. September 27 is the memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, the 17th century French priest known for his apostolic work among the poor and marginalized. Saint Vincent dePaul was well-known for his compassion, humility, and generosity and is the patron saint of all works of charity. He is also the patron...

St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

  September 13 is the memorial of St. John Chrysostom (ca. 347-407), one of the most famous Fathers, Doctors, and bishops of the Catholic Church. Known to be one of the most prominent speakers of his time, St. John Chrysostom suffered much for his positions as a Catholic bishop, from both secular and Church authorities. Born in Antioch, St. John Chrysostom studied law as a...

Saint Regina: Virgin and Martyr

On September 7, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Regina (also known as Saint Reine, died in 386), virgin and martyr. Saint Regina is the patroness of poor people, shepherdesses, and torture victims. Tradition tells us that Regina was born in the third century in eastern France. Her mother died in childbirth, and she was left to be raised by her father, Clement Alise,...

Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Model of Mercy and Charity

  September 5 marks the feast day of Saint Teresa of Calcutta – a beautiful servant of God who is one of our most celebrated mothers and a universal symbol of God’s merciful and preferential love for the poor and forgotten. She has been widely known as both a model of mercy and of charity. There is no one more renowned for practicing the heroic...

7 Quick Takes: Saints, The Rosary, and More

1. The saint of the day for September 1 is St. Giles (650-710), abbot, hermit, and patron of the poor and disabled. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Saint Giles is invoked for protection in times of plague and epidemic. Read more. 2. Saint Ingrid of Sweden is the saint of the day for September 2. Born in Skänninge, Sweden, in the 13th century, St....