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Saint of the Day: John Baptist De La Salle DA MIHI ANIMAS - April 7, 2014 ... in France for the care of delinquents. Worn out by austerities and exhausting labours, he died at Saint Yon near Rouen early in 1719 on Good Friday, only weeks before his sixty-eighth birthday. John Baptist de La Salle was a pioneer in founding training colleges for teachers, reform schools for delinquents, technical schools, and secondary schools for modern languages, arts, and sciences. His work quickly spread through France and, after his death, continued to spread across ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/04/saint-of-day-john-baptist-de-la-salle.html

Saint of the Day: Turibius DA MIHI ANIMAS - March 23, 2014 http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/03/saint-of-day-turibius.html

Saint Apollonia CATHOLIC JOURNEY - March 18, 2014 Feast Day: February 9th Patron saint of Dentists and those suffering tooth pain or dental disease. Saint Apollonia was an Christian virgin of, advanced age, living in Alexandria, Egypt. She was killed by pagans during a local persecution around the year 249. The details of her demise were documented in Eusebius's Historia Ecclesiae (Church History). He records a letter that was sent from Dionysius, Bishop of Alexandria to Fabius, Bishop ...http://happy-catholic.blogspot.com/2014/03/saint-apollonia.html

The Evangelical and Pastoral Heart of Francis De Sales SHAMELESS POPERY - February 26, 2014 ... role in returning tens of thousands of Calvinists to the Catholic Church. You'll often find a Saint who was accomplished as a theologian, or as a mystic, or as an apologist, or as a devotional author. Francis was all of these, in addition to being a successful evangelist, and then the bishop of a persecuted Diocese. I. Francis De Sales as a Man for All Seasons St. Francis de Sales His Introduction to the Devout Life was focused on the need for laypeople to be Saints. In this ...http://catholicdefense.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-evangelical-and-pastoral-heart-of.html

EWTN Press Release: "Son of God" Movie CONNECTICUT CATHOLIC CORNER - February 19, 2014 ... working day and Knights for Catholic youth! "Life on the Rock" Co-hosts Fr. Mark and Doug Barry welcome Fr. John Kalisch, Director of Chaplain & Spiritual Developers for the Knights of Columbus, to discuss his work with young adults and teens throughout the United States. Join us for "Life on the Rock," LIVE at 10 p.m. ET, Thursday, Feb. 20—exclusively on EWTN! Find EWTN on a channel near you: www.ewtn.com/channelfinder Were you "lucky" enough to catch the first part of "Bakhita?" ...http://connecticutcatholiccorner.blogspot.com/2014/02/ewtn-press-release-son-of-god-movie.html

St. Agatha, Patron Saint Against Breast Cancer CATHOLIC FIRE - February 5, 2014 The saint of the day for February 5 is St. Agatha, patron saint against breast cancer. Agatha was born in Sicily, the daughter of rich and pious parents. At a young age, she consecrated herself to God. She grew to be a virtuous Christian woman, known for her remarkable beauty, but resisted the advances of men. The Roman Senator Quintianus, who governed Sicily, had heard of her great beauty and wealth, and planned on ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/02/st-agatha-patron-saint-against-breast.html

Saint of the Day: Francis De Sales, Patron of Church Unity DA MIHI ANIMAS - January 24, 2014 ... ministry, the faithful chided him for having an aristocratic manner. In many ways, Francis' greatest achievements – such as the "Introduction to the Devout Life," an innovative spiritual guidebook for laypersons, or his strong emphasis on the role of human love in Christian devotion – represent successful attempts to re-integrate seemingly disparate "worldly" and "spiritual" realities into one coherent vision of life. Few people, however, would have predicted these achievements for ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/01/saint-of-day-francis-de-sales-patron-of.html

The Amazing St. Raymond of Penafort... ARE WE THERE YET? - January 23, 2014 ... the Blessed Mother, the Mercedarian Order grew swiftly and was blessed with great success. Every chance he got through the rest of his life St. Raymond dedicated himself to bringing home Christian captives of the Crusades -- and to the conversion of both Muslims and Jews. It is said that at his death, he was responsible for the conversion of over 10,000 Moors. But... as if that weren't enough, St. Raymond also found time to write the definitive book of advice and information for confessors at ...http://arewethereyet-davisfarmmom.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-amazing-st-raymond-of-pennafort.html

Japanese Samurai on the Path to Sainthood CATHOLIC FIRE - January 15, 2014 ... today. MSGR. JOSEPH MITSUAKI TAKAMI Bishop of Nagasaki (Japan) "They ordered him to abandon his faith, but instead Takayama Ukon abandoned his social status, his wealth, his land, his castle. He left behind all his properties, and was even expelled. Many of his values are still valid for us all today." Currently, about half a million Japanese identify as Catholic. That's about 0.5 percent of the population. Jesuit missionaries were the first Christians to arrive in the 16th ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/01/japanese-samurai-on-path-to-sainthood.html

What's It All Mean? - Patron Saints and Patron Saints for the Year HAPPY CATHOLIC* - January 7, 2014 When I review a book, I don't just post it here. I share the wealth by putting it at Goodreads, over at Patheos, and to just about anywhere I've got access. Which is a lot of places, now that I think of it. At any rate my review of A Song For Nagasaki brought up some questions over at Goodreads. I had casually mentioned that Takashi Nagai was my selected patron for 2014 and that I'd chosen J.R.R. Tolkien for 2013 (click through on the review for more). I ...http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/2014/01/whats-it-all-mean-patron-saints-and.html

St. Raymond of Peñafort CATHOLIC FIRE - January 7, 2014 Today is the optional memorial of St. Raymond of Peñafort, the third Superior-General of the Dominican Order. A contemporary of Saint Thomas Aquinas, he inspired the theologian to write the "Summa Contra Gentiles" for the conversion of non-Catholics. At least 10,000 Muslims reportedly converted as a result of St. Raymond's evangelistic labors. Raymond was born in Spain in 1175 and died there on January 6, 1275 at the age of 99. He was the gifted son of the count ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/01/st-raymond-of-penafort.html

Celebrating the Feast of St. Stephen With Good King Wenceslas PHAT CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS - January 5, 2014 ... shalt find the winter's rage Freeze thy blood less coldly." In his master's steps he trod Where the snow lay dinted Heat was in the very sod Which the Saint had printed Therefore, Christian men, be sure Wealth or rank possessing Ye who now will bless the poor Shall yourselves find blessing The "fisheaters" website has more on the connection between St. Stephen and Good King Wenceslas: Because St. Stephen was the first Deacon, and because one of the Deacons' ...http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2009/12/celebrating-feast-of-st-stephen-with.html

Monday, 6 Jan – Be Still, Know That I Am God OXYGEN - January 5, 2014 ... and kings to your dawning brightness. Lift up your eyes and look round: all are assembling and coming towards you, your sons from far away and your daughters being tenderly carried. At this sight you will grow radiant, your heart throbbing and full; since the riches of the sea will flow to you, the wealth of the nations come to you; camels in throngs will cover you, and dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; everyone in Sheba will come, bringing gold and incense and singing the ...http://thecatholicwriter.com/oxygen/2014/01/monday-6-jan-be-still-know-that-i-am-god/