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St Rabanus Maurus Magnentius COMMUNIO - February 4, 2016 Saint Rabanus Maurus Magnentius (c. 780 – 4 February 856), as a Frankish Benedictine monk, the archbishop of Mainz in Germany and a theologian. In his spare time he authored the encyclopaedia De rerum naturis (On the Nature of Things) and treatises on education, grammar and the Bible. Rabanus was born of noble parents in Mainz. He was a professed monk having entered the Benedictine abbey at Fulda. He studied there under Alcuin. His academic ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2016/02/st-rabanus-maurus-magnentius/

St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr ATONEMENTONLINE - February 4, 2016 St. Agatha was born in Sicily, and is one of the many brave and faithful martyrs of the 3rd century. Her family was a wealthy and important one. Agatha was raised as a Christian, and when she was a very young girl she dedicated her life to God alone, and felt no vocation to be married. Because of her beauty and wealth, and because of the importance of her family, there were many men who sought to marry her. She resisted them all, desiring only a life of prayer and ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2016/02/st-agatha-virgin-and-martyr.html

Andrea Aziani Sainthood Cause Opened COMMUNIO - February 3, 2016 ... Carabayllo, in the city of Lima, Peru, Bishop Lino Panizza, announced the opening of the cause of beatification of Andrea Aziani. Andrea Aziani was a born on January 16, 1953 and a member of the Memores Domini. He met Father Luigi Giussani in 1972, and 15 years later, departed for a mission to Peru where he remained until his death on July 30, 2008. PAZ translated from Tracce; image of Andrea Aziani with Saint John Paul ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2016/02/andrea-aziani-sainthood-cause-opened/

Other Pontifical Acts VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - February 2, 2016 ... deacons 7, religious 104), Canada. The bishop-elect was born in Sudbury, Canada in 1956 and was ordained a priest in 181. He holds a doctorate in canon law and has served in a number of pastoral and administrative roles, including parish vicar, parish priest, judge of the ecclesiastical tribunal and diocesan chancellor. He is currently vicar general of the diocese of Sault Saint Marie. He succeeds Bishop Vincent Cadieux, whose resignation from the pastoral ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2016/02/other-pontifical-acts_2.html

Catholic Schools Week P R WOMAN FOR CHRIST - February 1, 2016 ... Catholic Parochial School System. He died on January 5, 1860. On January 28, one of the greatest theologians ever is celebrated as a Saint and the patron of Catholic students and Catholic schools: St. Thomas Aquinas. Born around 1225, Thomas' family were determined to get him married off to a suitable bride. He would hear none of it, despite family members various efforts to dissuade him. Thomas wanted to devote his life to God in the Dominican Order. He had ...http://prwomanforchrist.blogspot.com/2016/02/catholic-schools-week.html

Memorial of Saint John Bosco – Priest and Founder BIG C CATHOLICS - January 31, 2016 Today's feast of Saint John Bosco is superseded by the Sunday liturgy. We present his biography in homage to the courageous life and lasting legacy of this popular saint. "In his life the supernatural became the natural and the extraordinary the ordinary." So spoke Pope Pius XI of the beloved Don Bosco, renowned for his educational pioneering and his affectionate care for the fatherless. Bornhttp://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/01/feast-of-saint-john-bosco-priest-and.html

Who Am I Revised THE ONE TRUE FAITH - January 31, 2016 ... of the blue guessing "Who Am I?" We'll read the saint's life. Then guess who he is. This will be read to them. I was born in 1170. Son of Felix Guzman and Bl. Joan of Aza, he was born at Calaruega, Spain, studied at the Univ. at Palencia, was probably ordained there while pursuing his studies and was appointed canon at Osma in 1199. There he became prior superior of the chapter, which was noted for its strict adherence to the rule of St. ...http://theonetruefaith-faith.blogspot.com/2016/01/who-am-i-revised.html

Happy Feast of St. John Bosco! DA MIHI ANIMAS - January 31, 2016 ... 31 is the feast of St. John Bosco ! Also known as Don Bosco or Giovanni Melchior Bosco, he was the founder of the Salesian Society. John Bosco was born of poor parents in their small house at Becchi, a hill-side hamlet near Castelnuovo, Piedmont, Italy, on August 16, 1815. Don Bosco died January 31, 1888 and was declared Venerable by Pius X, July 21, 1907. After his ordination to the priesthood, he settled in the industrial town of Turin which was flooded by peasants in search ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2016/01/happy-feast-of-st-john-bosco.html

"Father and Teacher of the Young..." ATONEMENTONLINE - January 31, 2016 St. John Bosco was born near Turin, Italy, in 1815. His father died when John was only two years old, but his mother made sure he received a good education. His early years were financially difficult but at the age of twenty he entered the major seminary, thanks to the financial help received from a benefactor. John Bosco was ordained a priest on June 5, 1846. At this time the city of Turin was on the threshold of the industrial revolution and as a result there were ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2016/01/father-and-teacher-of-young.html

St. Gildas the Wise, Saint of the Day CATHOLIC LIGHT - RADICAL FAITH & TRUST - January 29, 2016 St. Gildas the Wise : Gildas, surnamed "the Wise," was born in Scotland around the year 516 to a noble family. He was educated under St. Iltus in Wales and was a companion of St. Samson and St. Peter of Leon. He was drawn to the monastic life and moved to Ireland to pursue such a life. While in Ireland he was …http://tsahaylu.blogspot.com/2016/01/st-gildas-wise-saint-of-day.html

Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor BIG C CATHOLICS - January 28, 2016 Saint Thomas Aquinas [1225-1274] was born in 1225 at the castle of Roccasecca, in Italy. He dedicated his life to creating a complete synthesis of Catholic philosophy and theology. Although humble and quiet, Aquinas possessed one of the most intellectually curious minds in history. He is regarded as the Catholic Church's greatest theologian, philosopher and jurist. In 1244, Aquinas joined thehttp://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/01/feast-of-saint-thomas-aquinas-priest.html

Ten Fun Facts About St Thomas Aquinas THOMAS FOR TODAY - January 28, 2016 For the feast of this great saint and doctor of the Church 1. He was born and grew up in a castle. Thomas was from a well-to-do family in Roccasecca, Italy. He had three brothers and five sisters. 2. He had a lifelong fear of storms. That's probably because when he was a toddler, his infant sister was killed by lightning when they were both taking a nap in the same room. Later in life, Thomas always carried a relic of St. Agnes and prayed to her for ...http://thomasfortoday.blogspot.com/2016/01/ten-fun-facts-about-st-thomas-aquinas.html

A Glimpse of St. Thomas Aquinas HARVESTING THE FRUITS OF CONTEMPLATION - January 28, 2016 [It has been four years since I originally shared this post. I thought it might be worthwhile to do so again on the memorial of this great Dominican saint and theologian.] Thomas Aquinas was born to a noble family in Aquino ( Italy ) in 1225. They objected to his entering the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) but he did so in 1244. At the age of nineteen, he went on to study under Saint Albert the Great. His life is succinctly but ...http://harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/2016/01/a-glimpse-of-st-thomas-aquinas.html

Optional Memorial of Saint Angela Merici, Foundress and Virgin BIG C CATHOLICS - January 27, 2016 Saint Angela Merici was born in northern Italy in the year 1474. At age 15, she and her older sister were left orphans. A short time later, her sister would die without receiving Last Rites. Angela was most alarmed by this and prayed fervently for her sister's soul. By God's grace, Angela received a vision confirming her sister was indeed in heaven among the saints. Angela dedicated her life tohttp://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/01/optional-memorial-of-saint-angela.html

St. Thomas Aquinas: The Angelic Doctor CATHOLIC FIRE - January 27, 2016 January 28 is the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, a 13th century Dominican priest, philosopher, and theologian. As a Doctor of the Church, he has been given the title "Angelic Doctor" and is the patron saint of apologists, Catholic schools, chastity, learning, philosophers, publishers, students, theologians, and universities. St. Thomas ranks among the greatest writers and theologians of all time. His most important work, the Summa Theologiae , a ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/01/st-thomas-aquinas-angelic-doctor.html

January 27 - Homily for Today FATHER BILL DINGA'S BLOG - January 27, 2016 + Today we celebrate the venerated foundress of the Ursuline Sisters, St Angela Merici, born March 21, 1474 at Lake Garda, Italy. Angela was a Franciscan tertiary at age 15, and at that time she received a vision telling her she would inspire devout women in their vocation. In Crete, during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, she was struck blind. Her friends wanted to return home, but she insisted on going on, visiting the shrines with as much devotion and enthusiasm as if she ...http://fatherbill1975.blogspot.com/2016/01/january-27-homily-for-today.html

St. Angela Merici: Emancipator of Women CATHOLIC FIRE - January 27, 2016 ... farm and was also taught by her family the habits of prayer and fasting — which she continued to practice her entire life. Her parents died when she was only ten years old. Together, with her older sister, she moved to the nearby town of Salo, to live with her uncle. When her sister died quite suddenly without receiving the last sacraments, Angela was deeply upset. At the age of 15, she became a third order Franciscan and increased her prayers and sacrifices for the repose of her ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/01/st-angela-merici-emancipator-of-women.html

January 25: Memorial of St. Timothy and St. Titus BIG C CATHOLICS - January 26, 2016 Saint Timothy was born in Galatia in Asia Minor, [present day Turkey] the son of a Greek father and a Jewish mother. He was later baptized and ordained to the priesthood by Saint Paul, his mentor and advisor. Timothy replaced Barnabas as Paul's missionary companion and in time became his most beloved spiritual son. He accompanied Paul on numerous missionary journeys and according to traditionhttp://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/01/january-25-memorial-of-saint-timothy.html

January 24: Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul BIG C CATHOLICS - January 25, 2016 Saint Paul [named Saul prior to his conversion] was a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, born in Tarsus, the capitol of Cilicia. Saul was a Roman citizen and devout Jew who strictly followed the precepts of his faith. He grew to became a violent persecutor of Christians. While traveling to Damascus Saul beheld a miraculous apparition of Our Lord. By virtue of his encounter with Christ, Saul, nowhttp://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/01/january-24-feast-of-conversion-of-saint.html

The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle CATHOLIC FIRE - January 25, 2016 ... Benjamin and was given the name Saul at the time of his circumcision. As a Roman citizen from birth, he also had the Latin name Paul. He learned to be a tent maker from his father, or rather to make the material of which the tents were made (goat's wool or linen fibers). At the age of 12 or 13, he left home and was sent to Jerusalem to be educated by Rabbi Gamaliel the Elder, where he acquired a great love for the Mosaic Torah. As a devout Jew, he viewed Christianity as a threat to Jewish ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-conversion-of-st-paul-apostle.html

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