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Saint Joachina De Vedruna, Religious BIG C CATHOLICS - June 9, 2017 Optional Memorial of St. Joachina de Vedruna, June 10th St. Joachina de Vedruna de Mas was born on April 16, 1783 in Barcelona, Spain, on the verge of a period of war and unrest. A loving and generous daughter, she exhibited the deep piety that would mark her life's work and vocation. At age 12, Joachina asked to enter the cloistered Carmelite convent, only to be turned away. Her parents ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/06/saint-joachina-de-vedruna-religious.html

Saint John I, Pope and Martyr JEAN M. HEIMANN - May 18, 2017 On May 18, the Church honors the first Pope St. John in its history. Saint John I, a martyr, was incarcerated and starved to death by a heretical Germanic king during the sixth century. Pope John was born in Tuscany. He served as an archdeacon for several years before being elected Pope on the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. He was a friend and confidant of the philosopher Boethius. In 525 Pope John was sent to Constantinople by ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/05/saint-john-pope-martyr/

St. Damien of Molokai ATONEMENTONLINE - May 9, 2017 In the year 1840, Joseph De Veuster was born in Belgium , to a large family of farmers and merchants. This was the future Father Damien. When his oldest brother entered the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts, his father planned that Joseph should take charge of the family business. Joseph, however, decided to become a religious. When he was nineteen he entered the novitiate in the same house as his brother. It was there that he took the name ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2017/05/st-damien-of-molokai.html

Saint Damien of Molokai, Priest and Missionary BIG C CATHOLICS - May 9, 2017 Joseph De Veuster, the future Father Damien, was born at Tremelo in Belgium, January 3rd, 1840. His was a large family and his father was a farmer-merchant. When his oldest brother entered the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts (called 'Picpus' after the street in Paris where its Generalate was located), his father planned that Joseph should take charge of the family business. Joseph, however, decided to become a religious. At the beginning ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/saint-damien-of-molokai-priest-and.html

St. Magdalene of Canossa, Foundress JEAN M. HEIMANN - May 8, 2017 The saint of the day for May 8th is St. Magdalene of Canossa, virgin, foundress of the Canossian Family of Daughters and Sons of Charity (1774-1835). Magdalene of Canossa was born in 1774, the second child of a noble family from Verona, the Marquis Octavius Canossa and Countess Maria Terese Szluha. During her early childhood, Magdalene experienced deep suffering. At the age of five, her father died in ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/05/st-magdalene-canossa-foundress/

St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican Doctor JEAN M. HEIMANN - April 29, 2017 April 29th is the feast of my Confirmation saint, St. Catherine of Siena, Caterina di Giacomo di Benicasa (1347 R11; 1380). As a mystic, activist, reformer, contemplative, and Doctor of the Church, she is one of the most prominent figures in Christian history. Catherine, the youngest of twenty-six children, was born in Siena on March 25, 1347. During her youth she had ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/04/st-catherine-siena-dominican-doctor/

St. Gianna Beretta Molla: Doctor, Wife, and Mother JEAN M. HEIMANN - April 28, 2017 October 4, 1922 R11; April 28, 1962 If you must choose between me and the baby, no hesitation; ChooseR12;and I demand itR12;the baby, Save him!" Gianna Beretta Molla was an Italian pediatrician, wife, and mother who refused to have either an abortion or hysterectomy when she was pregnant with her fourth child. Doctors had discovered in the second month of her pregnancy a fibroma ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/04/st-gianna-beretta-molla-doctor-wife-mother/

St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church BIG C CATHOLICS - April 28, 2017 April 29th, is the memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena (1347 R11; 1380), the 14th century virgin, visionary and Doctor of the Church. Catherine di Benincasa was born the twenty-fifth child of Giacomo and Lapa di Benincasa in Siena, Italy. At the age of 6, she began to experience mystical visions including seeing angels. She consecrated her virginity to Christ when she ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/04/st-catherine-of-siena-virgin-and-doctor.html

Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church CATHOLIC HOTDISH - April 28, 2017 St. Catherine was born in Siena, Italy, in 1347, the youngest of twenty-five children. As a young girl she had a vigorous spiritual life, and her mystical experiences began at age six when she reported her first vision when Jesus appeared to her along with Peter, Paul, and John. When Catherine was sixteen, her parents insisted that she prepare for marriage. Catherine steadfastly refused, cut off her long hair, and reserved herself completely for Jesus. In ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CatholicHotdish/~3/CZUSovAo9-k/

St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr ATONEMENTONLINE - April 28, 2017 On April 18, 1841, a band of native warriors entered the hut of a missionary priest, Father Peter Chanel on the island of Futuna in the New Hebrides islands R11; now called Vanuatu. They clubbed the missionary to death and cut up his body with hatchets. But just two years after this murder, the complete population of the island was Catholic. St. Peter Chanel's death bears witness to the ancient axiom ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2017/04/st-peter-chanel-priest-and-martyr.html

Optional Memorial of Saint Louis-Marie De Montfort BIG C CATHOLICS - April 27, 2017 April 28th, is the optional memorial of Saint Louis-Marie Grignion De Montfort (1673 R11; 1716). De Montfort's life is inseparable from his prodigious efforts to promote genuine devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church. " Totus tuus" (completely yours) was De Montfort's personal motto; Karol Wojtyla chose it as his episcopal motto. Born in ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/04/optional-memorial-of-saint-louis-marie.html

St. Zita of Lucca, Patron Saint of Housekeepers JEAN M. HEIMANN - April 27, 2017 April 27 is the feast of St. Zita of Lucca (1212-72), the patron saint of housekeepers, domestic servants, and waitresses. She is also invoked to help find lost keys. She was born in Tuscany, Italy in the village of Monsagrati. Zita came from a poor, but deeply pious family. To help support the family, she became a maid of a wealthy family, Fatinelli, in the nearby Tuscan city of Lucca, serving them loyally for 48 years. ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/04/st-zita-lucca-patron-saint-housekeepers/

Saint Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr BIG C CATHOLICS - April 27, 2017 April 28th, is the optional memorial of Saint Peter Chanel (1802 R11; 1841), the 19th century priest, missionary and martyr. Sometimes, we are called to be the planters of seeds that someone else will harvest. That was precisely the vocation entrusted to St. Peter Chanel, whose tireless work in the region of Oceania in the mid-19th century would end ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/04/st-peter-chanel-priest-and-martyr.html

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr BIG C CATHOLICS - April 23, 2017 April 24th, is the optional memorial of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen (1577-1622), the 17th century Capuchin priest and martyr who played an important role in the Counter-Reformation, and was brutally murdered by his opponents at Seewis im Prättigau, in present day Switzerland. Fidelis has been called the "protomartyr of the Capuchin Order and of the Propaganda in Rome." He was devoted to Mary. Fidelis ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/04/saint-fidelis-of-sigmaringen-priest-and.html

Homily - 23 April 2017 - Why Did John Not Write More? SERVANT AND STEWARD - April 23, 2017 The Second Sunday of Easter (A) Divine Mercy Sunday Dear brothers and sisters, If, as Saint John says, "Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book," why does he not include some of them in his Gospel ( John 20:30 )? He writes but one more chapter in which he records the miraculous catch of fish, Jesus' command for Saint Peter to "feed my sheep," and the Lord's prediction of Peter's death ( ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/OhEL/~3/OaFK9Y-70zc/homily-23-april-2017-why-did-john-not.html

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen ATONEMENTONLINE - April 23, 2017 St. Fidelis was born Mark Rey and took the name of "Fidelis" when he joined the Capuchin Order at the age of 35 in 1612. He was born at Sigmaringen, a town in modern-day Germany. He studied law and philosophy at Freiburg. St. Fidelis subsequently taught philosophy at the University of Freiburg, ultimately earning a "doctor of laws". During his time as a student he did not drink wine, and wore a hair-shirt. He was known for ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2017/04/st-fidelis-of-sigmaringen.html

Saint Anslem: Benedictine Monk and Doctor of the Church JEAN M. HEIMANN - April 21, 2017 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 rather than ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/04/saint-anslem-benedictine-monk-doctor-church/

Saint Anselm, the "Father of Scholasticism" BIG C CATHOLICS - April 20, 2017 April 21st, is the optional memorial of Saint Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)., also known as Anselm of Aosta and Anselm of Bec, the 11th century Benedictine abbot, archbishop, theologian and philosopher. He was born in the Italian town of Aosta, the eldest child of a noble family. His mother gave him a careful academic and Christian education. At 15, he sought entry to ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/04/saint-anselm-father-of-scholasticism.html

St. Agnes of Montepulciano, Dominican Mystic JEAN M. HEIMANN - April 19, 2017 April 20 is the feast of St. Agnes of Montepulciano, a Dominican abbess and foundress in medieval Tuscany. Seventy years after Agnes died St. Catherine of Siena made a pilgrimage to the shrine of this famous Dominican foundress. As St. Catherine bowed to kiss Agnes' foot, the saint raised it up toward her so she would not have to bend so far. Catherine may not have been completely surprised, as miracles surrounded Agnes' life. This holy virgin ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/04/st-agnes-montepulciano-dominican-mystic/

Saint Julie Billiart CATHOLIC LIGHT - RADICAL FAITH & TRUST - April 8, 2017 SAINT OF THE DAY - ST. JULIE BILLIART St. Julie Billiart (1751-1816) was born in Cuvilly, France, to a large and prosperous farming family. By the age of seven she knew her catechism by heart, and would gather her playmates together and teach it to them. Her spiritual progress was so remarkable that her parish priest allowed her to make an early first communion at the age of nine, at which time she took a ...http://tsahaylu.blogspot.com/2017/04/saint-julie-billiart.html

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