Tagged: saint of the day

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...

7 Quick Takes: Music, Movies, Books, Saints, and More

1. What I am singing now: We are learning this hymn in choir for Advent and Christmas.   © 2017 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. **ALL IMAGES ARE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY. SALE, DUPLICATION OR TRANSFER OF THIS MATERIAL IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. 2. What I am watching now: The Star: A Must-See Christmas Movie  The Star is a delightful,...

Blessed John Duns Scotus: “Marian Doctor”

The saint of the day for November 8 is Blessed John Duns Scotus, Franciscan priest and theologian of the thirteenth century. Bl. John Duns Scotus was born in Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland, to a wealthy farming family around 1265. At the age of 15, he entered the Novitiate of the Order of Friars Minor and was ordained a priest in 1291, at the church of St....

St. Anthony Claret: A Man Filled with the Fire of Charity

Today is the feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret — a favorite saint that my husband introduced me to over twenty years ago when he gave a teaching on this incredible man of God. I don’t think I have ever heard of any saint who was filled with so much zeal for his apostolate. He was a monk and a mystic who exerted an unusual...

Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko: Priest and Martyr

Image: Father Jerzy Popiełuszko Today is the feast of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko (1947 – 1984), a young Polish priest who celebrated a regular “Mass for the Homeland” in which he spoke openly and honestly about the evils of Communism—the mistreatment of workers, the random arrests, the savagery of the police, and the hunger and hardship so many families experienced on a daily basis. Fr. Jerzy...

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of teenagers

The saint of the day for June 21 is St. Aloysius Gonzaga, an Italian Jesuit priest, the patron saint of teenagers. He is also the patron of AIDS care-givers and AIDS patients, and relief from sore eyes. The 16th century was very similar to the 21st century.  The times were lax, morally careless, self-indulgent. Aloysius saw the decadence around him and was determined not to be part...

Saint Anslem: Benedictine monk and Doctor of the Church

April 21 is the feast of Saint Anslem, a Benedictine monk, abbot, philosopher and theologian, who held the office of archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. He is a Doctor of the Church who is known as “the most luminous and penetrating intellect between St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas” and “the Father of Scholasticism.” He preferred to defend the Faith using intellectual reasoning...

Saint Berthold of Calabria: Crusader, Priest, Hermit

  The saint of the day for March 29 is St. Berthold of Calabria (d. 1195), a Norman French crusader and a priest who founded a hermit colony on Mount Carmel in 1185. A son of the Count of Limoges, Berthold was born in Malifaye in southwest France. He was also a nephew of Aymeric of Malifaye, the Latin patriarch of who was installed in...

Saint Venturino, Dominican preacher and missionary crusader

On March 28, the Church commemorates Saint Venturino of Bergamo (1304 – 1346), a Dominican preacher and missionary crusader. Saint Venturino was born at Bergamo, and received the habit of the Order of Friars Preachers at the convent of Saint Stephen, Bergamo in 1319. He was a popular preacher and attracted large crowds of people in all the cities of northern Italy. In 1335, he...

Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo, Patron of Peru

  The saint of the day for March 23 is Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo also known as St. Toribio de Mogrovejo. Together with St. Rose of Lima, St. Turibius of Mongrovejo is the first known saint of the New World, serving the Lord in Peru, South America, for 26 years. Born in Spain and educated for the law, he became so brilliant a scholar that...