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Saint Joseph Calasanz, Priest and Founder BIG C CATHOLICS - August 24, 2016 August 25th, is the Optional Memorial of Saint Joseph Calasanz, (1556-1648) the Spanish priest and educator who founded the Order of the Poor Clerks Regular, (the Piarists) a community devoted to the instruction of youth. He was born in Petralta, Aragon, and educated in philosophy, law and theology. His father desired that he marry, but upon recovering from a life threatening illness, Joseph resolved to become a priest. He was ordained in 1583, after which ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/08/saint-joseph-calasanz-priest-and-founder.html

Optional Memorial of Saint Louis IX, King of France BIG C CATHOLICS - August 24, 2016 August 25th, is the Optional Memorial of Saint Louis IX, (1214 – 1270) the French King known for his personal holiness and wise rule. As a monarch, he dedicated himself to the concerns of his kingdom and those of Christendom. Accounts of his life hold that Luis ministered to the poor and the sick, often personally tending to their needs. People from every walk of life sought his assistance. He was a tertiary of the Order of the Holy Trinity and Captives ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/08/optional-memorial-of-saint-louis-ix.html

Saint Rose of Lima, Virgin: "We Cannot Obtain Grace Unless We Suffer Afflictions." BIG C CATHOLICS - August 22, 2016 August 23rd, is the Optional Memorial of Saint Rose of Lima, (1586-1617) a Dominican lay tertiary known for her charity and extreme austerity, who is the first canonized saint of the Western Hemisphere. She was born Isabel Flores de Oliva in the city of Lima, Peru, to Gaspar Flores, a cavalry officer in the Imperial Spanish army, and María de Oliva y Herrera, a criolla native. As a five-year-old child, she pledged her innocence to ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/08/saint-rose-of-lima-virgin-we-cannot.html

Don Bosco's Popes: St. Pius X DA MIHI ANIMAS - August 21, 2016 The following comes from SDB.org: Joseph Sarto was born at Riese (Treviso) on 2nd June 1835. He was elected Pope on 4th August 1903. He died on 20th August 1914 and was canonised on 29th May 1954. Not just as Pope, but also as priest, bishop and patriarch, he gave evidence of his good will towards the Salesian Society When he was a Canon, he met with the Founder in Turin on 15th August 1875; he sat at table with the Saint, was enrolled ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2016/08/don-boscos-popes-st-pius-x.html

St Pius X COMMUNIO - August 21, 2016 With Saint Pius X we have an example of a man who was given the mission "to safeguard the Catholic faith and to restore all things in Christ," based on "heavenly wisdom and apostolic fortitude." This is what we need to attend to. From the Office of Readings given today for the liturgical memorial of Saint Pius X comes from the 1911 apostolic constitution Divino Afflatu written by himself: The collection of psalms found in Scripture, composed as it was ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2016/08/st-pius-x/

Saint of the Day: Bernard of Clairvaux DA MIHI ANIMAS - August 20, 2016 ... of the abbey at Clairvaux. The following is from the Ecole Glossary : St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153 AD) was born into nobility in Burgundy, France and was educated at the school of secular canons in the town of Chatillon-sur-Seine. At the age of twenty-three, he entered the Cistercian abbey of Citeaux near Dijon. Bernard spent a short time at Citeaux before being asked to found the monastery of Clairvaux and become its abbot. His success at Clairvaux prompted Pope ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2016/08/saint-of-day-bernard-of-clairvaux.html

Sword and Serpent by Taylor R. Marshall BOOK REVIEWS AND MORE - August 19, 2016 Sword and Serpent Taylor R. Marshall Saint John Press ISBN 9780988442559 ASIN B00Q09BFH2 Epic story; that is the best way to sum up this book! I have become a fan of Dr. Marshall's blog and podcasts. I have even read a few of this theological works, but this narrative as historical fiction was an amazing read. For a number of years in university I wore a Saint George medal that my grandmother had given me. This retelling of the legend of ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/BookReviewsAndMore/~3/618ps9qOWYg/sword-and-serpent-taylor-r.html

St. John Eudes: Apostle of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary CATHOLIC FIRE - August 19, 2016 ... born at Ri, Normandy, France, on November 14, 1601, the son of a farmer. Prior to John's birth, his parents who had been praying for a child and when he was born, they consecrated him to God through Mary. He attended the Jesuit college at Caen, joined the religious order of the Oratorians, and was ordained a priest at the age of 24. John worked as a volunteer, caring for the victims of the plagues that struck Normandy in 1625 and 1631. In order to avoid ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/st-john-eudes-apostle-of-hearts-of.html

St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot, Reformer and Doctor of the Church BIG C CATHOLICS - August 19, 2016 August 20th, is the Memorial of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, (1090-1153) the 12th century French abbot, gifted spiritual writer, counselor to popes, and Doctor of the Church who reformed the Cistercian Order. His extensive Marian theology marks him not only as a theologian of the highest rank, but also as the "cithara of Mary," (A cithara is a stringed instrument similar to a lyre.) He is especially noted for his development of the Blessed Mother's role as mediator. Pope ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/08/st-bernard-of-clairvaux-abbott-reformer.html

St. John Eudes ATONEMENTONLINE - August 19, 2016 If ever you feel like you have too much work to do, look at the life of St. John Eudes. He can put most of us to shame. He was born on a farm in northern France. He was 79 years old when he died, and with all he accomplished, at the end of his live he was living only in the next county. During his life he was a religious, a parish missionary, founder of two religious communities and a great promoter of the devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2016/08/st-john-eudes.html

Saint John Eudes, Priest, Missionary and Founder BIG C CATHOLICS - August 18, 2016 August 19th, the Church celebrates the Optional Memorial of Saint John Eudes, (1601-1680) the French priest and missionary who founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary and the Order of Our Lady of Charity. He was born in the village of Ri, in Normandy, France, the son of peasant farmers Isaac and Martha Eudes. At 14, he entered the Jesuit college at Caen. Despite his parents' hopes that he marry, Eudes joined the Congregation of the Oratory of France in ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/08/saint-john-eudes-priest-missionary-and.html

St. Clare of Montefalco CATHOLIC FIRE - August 17, 2016 ... spend long hours in prayer. As a young woman she became a member of that community, professing religious vows under the Rule of Saint Augustine. Soon after, she experienced a great trial. Her heart was filled daily with spiritual turmoil. She lost any sense of pleasure in prayer. Temptations assaulted her. She wondered if God had abandoned her. All this continued for 11 years. After Joan, who was Abbess of the community, died, Clare was chosen to succeed her. At first she ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/st-clare-of-montefalco.html

Saint Stephen of Hungary, the Apostolic King BIG C CATHOLICS - August 15, 2016 August 16th, is the Optional Memorial of Saint Stephen, (977-1038) the first King of Hungary. He was born the son of Duke Geza, a Magyar chieftain, and Duchess Sarolt. Two years before his birth, his mother received a vision in which the Church's first martyr, Saint Stephen, revealed to her that she would bear a son who would bring the Good News to Hungary and evangelize its people. Like hishttp://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/08/saint-stephen-of-hungary-apostolic-king.html

St. Stephen of Hungary: The King Who Converted His Country to Catholicism CATHOLIC FIRE - August 15, 2016 ... age of 20, he married Gisela, the daughter of Duke Henry II of Bavaria. Stephen crushed the pagan counter-reaction to Christianity, and converted the so-called Black Hungarians after their failed rebellion. In recognition of his efforts, Stephen was crowned king of Hungary at the age of 25, receiving the cross and the crown from Pope Sylvester II. His crown and regalia became beloved symbols of the Hungarian nation, and Stephen was venerated as the ideal Christian king. He devoted much of his ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/st-stephen-of-hungary-king-who.html

Saint of the Day: Jane Frances De Chantel DA MIHI ANIMAS - August 12, 2016 The following comes from the Patron Saints Index: Born to the nobility, the daughter of the president of the Parliment of Burgundy who raised her alone after the death of her mother when Jeanne was 18 months old. Married in 1592 at age twenty to Baron de Chantal. Mother of four. Widowed at 28 when the Baron was killed in a hunting accident and died in her arms. Taking a personal vow of chastity, she was forced to live with her father-in-law, which was a period of misery ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2016/08/saint-of-day-jane-frances-de-chantel.html

Optional Memorial of Saint Jane Frances De Chantal, Foundress of the Sisters of the Visitation BIG C CATHOLICS - August 11, 2016 The Optional Memorial of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal is August 12th. St. Jane experienced both the vocation of marriage and life as a consecrated religious. Like Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, after her husband's untimely death, she raised a large family before taking vows and founding an order for women. She was born in Dijon, France, on January 28, 1572. Her father was a high ranking officialhttp://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/08/optional-memorial-of-saint-jane-frances.html

The Spirituality and Miracles of St. Clare of Assisi ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC WOMEN BLOGGERS - August 11, 2016 ... Francis of Assisi preach his Lenten homilies at the Church of San Giorgio, she was captivated by his words. At age eighteen, she heard him say: "When there is poverty with joy, there is inner peace." She became deeply determined to live out the gospel message in a radical way. On the evening of Palm Sunday, she secretly left her paternal home with her cousin Pacifica, never to return. In the dead of night lit only by torches, Clare met Francis and his friars at the 'Portiuncola'. There, in the ...http://associationofcatholicwomenbloggers.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-spirituality-and-miracles-of-st.html

St. Jane Frances De Chantal ATONEMENTONLINE - August 11, 2016 St. Jane Frances de Chantal was born in 1572 and came from a noble family. Her father gave her in marriage to the Baron von Chantal in 1592. She was a loving wife and mother, and she brought up her children as faithful Catholics, teaching them the importance of obeying God's laws, and always showing kindness to others. She was extremely generous to the poor, and she made a personal vow that she would never turn away anybody who was in need. Her family was a very happy one, ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2016/08/st-jane-frances-de-chantal.html

Back-To-School Prayers A CONCORD PASTOR COMMENTS - August 11, 2016 ... my child and entrusted me with his care. Now he leaves this home and begins a new life apart from me. Surround him with good people and watch over him each day. And let him know that I will always be near whenever he may need me. Heal any hurts we may harbor with each other and forgive our failings as we learn to be in a new kind of relationship with each other. And when the sight of his empty room pierces my heart with sadness, may I find ...http://concordpastor.blogspot.com/2016/08/back-to-school-prayers.html

Memorial of Saint Clare, Virgin and Foundress BIG C CATHOLICS - August 10, 2016 August 11th, is the Memorial of Saint Clare of Assisi (1191-1253). The founder of the Order of Poor Ladies, St. Clare was one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. Born into a world of wealth and privilege enjoyed by the Italian nobility, she was the eldest daughter of Favorino Sciffi, Count of Sasso-Rosso and his wife Blessed Ortolana. From her mother she received her deep faithhttp://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/08/memorial-of-saint-clare-virgin-and.html

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