Tagged: holiness

Seven Quotes from the Saints on Sanctity

Happy All Saints’ Day! The Solemnity of All Saints is the day when the Church honors every saint, known and unknown. While we have information about many saints, and we honor them on specific days, there are many unknown or unsung saints, who may have been forgotten, or never been honored specifically. On All Saints’ Day, we celebrate these holy individuals, and ask for their...

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist Preaching in the Wilderness On June 24, we celebrated the birthday of Saint John the Baptist; on August 29, we commemorate the anniversary of his martyrdom, also known as the Passion of Saint John the Baptist. After he had baptized Jesus, John the Baptist began to condemn Herod Antipas, the governor of Galilee. John had the courage to confront Herod and...

Saint Louis IX: King of France, Spouse and Father

August 25 is the optional memorial of Saint Louis IX (1215-1270). A third order Franciscan, he was a just king, a devoted spouse, and the loving father of eleven children. Saint Louis IX, King of France, son of Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile, was born at Poissy, April 25, 1215. Louis was twelve years old when his father’s death made him king. At that...

St. Clare of Montefalco: Bearer of the Cross of Christ

August 17 is the feast of St. Clare of Montefalco (1268-1308), an Augustinian nun noted for her devotion to the Passion of Christ. For that reason, she is sometimes called St. Clare of the Cross. In her community of sisters, she was a model of religious life according to the ideals of Augustine. As superior of her convent, she constantly urged her sisters to practice...