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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...

7 Quick Takes: Saints, Feasts, Books, and Prayer

1. August 4th is the feast of St. John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. He is such a special saint and a dear friend to me that one post hardly seems enough to describe the many virtues of this holy man. He was a gentle, charitable, humble, faithful and obedient French country priest. John Vianney was born May 8, 1786 in the...

Saint Lydia Purpuraria: Businesswoman and Convert

The saint of the day for August 3 is Saint Lydia Purpuraria, the first Christian convert in Europe, a businesswoman who dealt in luxury goods. She is the patron saint of cloth dyers. Saint Lydia was born during the first century in Thyatira, a town famous for its dye works in Asia Minor, famous for its dye works, (hence, her name which means purple seller)....

St. Alphonsus Liguori: Five Favorite Quotes

St. Alphonsus Liguori, the saint of the day for August 1, is a Doctor of the Church, known for his contribution to moral theology and his great kindness. He was born in Naples, Italy, in 1696 to noble parents. He was well-educated and excelled in his studies. At the early age of sixteen, he became a lawyer and was very successful and renowned in his chosen...

St. Veronica Giuliani: Capuchin Mystic and Stigmatist

Today, July 10, is the feast of St. Veronica Giuliani, a Capuchin Poor Clare and one of the greatest mystics of the eighteenth century. Spiritually, she has been compared to St. Teresa of Avila and St. Francis of Assisi. Born in the Italian town of Mercatello on December 27, 1660, St. Veronica Giuliani was given the baptismal name of Ursula. She was pious from a...

The Infant of Prague Novena Prayer

Child Jesus of Prague (original statue) The Infant of Prague — History The original statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague was created as a royal wedding gift from a Spanish Princess to her Austrian royal cousin. The statue of the Infant is a slender and beautifully-modeled figure and is carved of wood thinly coated with wax, standing nineteen inches tall, with the left foot...

7QT: Summer Saints and Novenas

1. The Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel begins on July 7 and ends on July 15. You can find all the novena prayers here on Catholic Fire.   2. The Novena to St. Anne is the second July novena. Saint Anne’s feast day is on July 26th, so the St. Anne Novena is traditionally started on July 17 and ends on July 25; however, you...

Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle

Today, July 3, is the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, whose name derives from a Hebrew root that means “paired, twin”. In fact, John’s Gospel several times calls him “Dydimus”, a Greek nickname for “twin”. The reason for this nickname is uncertain.  St. Thomas was a Jew, and most likely a Galilæan who happily followed Jesus as one of the twelve apostles. St. Thomas...

Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

On June 27, the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I have had a long-time devotion to Our Blessed Mother under many titles, but began praying to Our Lady of Perpetual Help early in my childhood and continue to pray for her intercession daily. The Icon The icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is perhaps the oldest actual icon of...

Inspiration for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus falls 19 days after Pentecost, which is seven weeks after Easter. We celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 23 this year. On this day, we focus our eyes on Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist and reflect on God’s unconditional love and boundless mercy as symbolized by His Heart. “In the...