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Saint Peter Damian: Doctor of the Church

Image: Saint Peter Damian The saint of the day for February 21 is Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, who was one of the Church’s greatest reformers in the Middle Ages. He is also the patron of headache sufferers. Peter was the youngest child born to a large family in Ravenna, Italy in 1007. His parents both died when he was young...

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, Mystic

On February 9, we commemorate the feast of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, an Augustinian canoness noted for her visions of Christ and other mystical gifts. Anne Catherine Emmerich was born on September 8, 1774 at Flamske, Westphalia, West Germany, to a small farming family. Her parents, Bernard Emmerich and Anne Hiller, were poor, but were very devout and holy. As a young lay woman, Anne...

Saint Brigid of Ireland: Abbess, Healer, Miracle-Worker

Image: Saint Brigid by Patrick Joseph Tuohy February 1 is the feast of Saint Brigid of Ireland, a fifth century convert to Christianity, who was inspired by the preaching of St. Patrick. As an abbess and Catholic nun, she founded a double monastery, of monks and nuns, at Kildare, the first women’s monastic community in Ireland. Saint Brigid is the patron saint of: babies, children whose...

Saint John Bosco: Patron of Youth

On Jan. 31, we celebrate the feast of Saint John Bosco or “Don Bosco,” a 19th century Italian priest who worked to improve the education, vocational opportunities, and faith of youth during the industrial revolution. Giovanni (John) Melchior Bosco was born in 1815 to a poor farm family in the hillside hamlet of Becchi in northern Italy. When he was born, his mother consecrated him...

St. Marianne Cope: Patroness of Outcasts

January 23 is the feast of St. Marianne Cope (1838-1918), a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, who was canonized on October 21, 2012. She is the first Franciscan woman from North America to be canonized, and only the 11th American saint. St. Marianne Cope is the patroness of lepers, outcasts, those with HIV/AIDS, and Hawaii. Marianne was one of ten children born...

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...

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 John Damascene: Doctor of Christian Art

December 4th is the feast of Saint John Damascene, Patristic Father and Doctor of the Church. Saint John Damascene (also known as St. John of Damascus) was born In Damascus, Syria around 676 AD into a rich family and spent the early years of his adult life serving as the official representative of the Christian community to the Muslim Caliph. He later abandoned this political...

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

November 21 is the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the fact that the parents of Our Lady brought her to the Temple and handed her over to live there for a long period as a virgin consecrated to the Temple, contemplating God exclusively. Also known as the Dedication of the Blessed Virgin Mary,...