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VATICAN - Cardinal Filoni at the College of St Peter Apostle: "Have a Great Love for Your Mission" CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 24, 2017 ... local Churches, well represent the multitude of people who are open to the Gospel. It is not secondary, therefore, today to remember, in continuity with the history of this College, the more than 2,700 alumni who came here, as well as the Divine Word Fathers who right from the beginning were entrusted the management of the College, the women religious who took care of this House and lay personnel who guaranteed its functionality. Our gratitude goes out to the countless benefactors, without ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/vatican-cardinal-filoni-at-college-of.html

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, Bishop and Martyr BIG C CATHOLICS - February 22, 2017 February 23th, the Church celebrates the optional memorial of Saint Polycarp (69 AD – 155 AD), the 1st century bishop, martyr and renowned Apostolic Father. Polycarp was widely venerated largely through the accounts of his heroic martyrdom as recorded by the Church in Smyrna. Tradition holds he was born a pagan before being befriended by Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist who catechized Polycarp in the Faith. As Bishop of Smyrna, ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/02/saint-polycarp-of-smyrna-bishop-and.html

St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church JEAN M. HEIMANN - February 21, 2017 The saint of the day for February 21 is St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, who was one of the Church's greatest reformers in the Middle Ages. Peter was the youngest child born to a large family in Ravenna, Italy in 1007. His parents both died when he was young and he was placed in the care of one of his brothers, who treated him poorly and under-fed him while employing him as a swineherd. Another brother, a priest in Ravenna, came to his ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/02/st-peter-damian-bishop-doctor-church/

St. Peter Damian Concerning True Happiness & Wisdom BIG C CATHOLICS - February 20, 2017 The following commentary is excerpted from The Fifty-Eighth Treatise of Saint Peter Damian entitled: Concerning True Happiness and Wisdom, Chapter 6. "And so, beloved, if you cannot yet be content with the life of the spirit alone as your only bride, but are held bound by the evil caresses and allurements of life in the world, at least let the love of everlasting life hold first place in the household of your heart, as befits the first-born; and let concern ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/02/st-peter-damian-concerning-true.html

Optional Memorial of Saint Peter Damian, Reformer BIG C CATHOLICS - February 20, 2017 On February 21st, the Church celebrates the optional memorial of Saint Peter Damian (1007-72), the reforming bishop and cardinal who lived as an ascetic hermit, scholar and advisor to popes. Although the austerities that St. Peter Damian undertook during his life in the 11th century may seem extreme to us in the 21st, they nonetheless prepared him to be one of the great reformers of the Church in an era when it took great holiness and strength of character ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/02/optional-memorial-of-saint-peter-damian.html

The Margaret Home - St. Margaret of Cortona A FOLLOWER OF FRANCIS - February 18, 2017 ... home. The home is named after St. Margaret of Cortona. St. Margaret was born in 1247 in Laviano, Italy. Her mother died when she was young, and her father later remarried. St. Margaret did not get along with her stepmother and became somewhat wild as a teenager, running away when she was 17 with a wealthy young man. Unable to marry, due to their different classes - despite her repeated requests and his promises that they eventually would wed - they lived together for nine ...http://paxchristirochester.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-margaret-home-st-margaret-of-cortona.html

St. Claude De La Cololmbiere CATHOLIC LIGHT - RADICAL FAITH & TRUST - February 16, 2017 SAINT OF THE DAY - Saint Claude de la Colombiere St. Claude de la Colombiere (1641-1682) was born to a noble family in France and became a Jesuit priest. He was known for his solid and serious sermons and his dedication to observing the rule of his Order with exactness. He became the rector of a Jesuit house next to the Monastery of the Visitation where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque lived, who was given special revelations from Jesus of His ...http://tsahaylu.blogspot.com/2017/02/st-claude-de-la-cololmbiere.html

Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites JEAN M. HEIMANN - February 16, 2017 February 17 is the memorial of the Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites. These seven men were born into noble families in 13th century Florence, which was torn by political strife and filled with heresy. The city was decadent and religion was nearly non-existent. Drawn together by friendship and devotion to the Blessed Virgin, they dedicated themselves to common prayer and works of charity. On the feast of the Assumption, as they were absorbed in prayer, they saw ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/02/seven-holy-founders-order-servites/

St. Claude De La Colombiere: Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus JEAN M. HEIMANN - February 15, 2017 The saint of the day for February 15 is St. Claude de la Colombiere, a Jesuit missionary, who was the brilliant and pious spiritual director of St. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. While he is best known for his association with St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the devotion of the Sacred Heart, his life has its own drama. He was born near Lyons, France in 1641 to a very devout family and at the age of 17 entered the Society of Jesus at ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/02/st-claude-de-la-colombiere-apostle-sacred-heart-jesus/

Saint Claude De La Colombiere, Jesuit Missionary and Apostle of the Sacred Heart BIG C CATHOLICS - February 14, 2017 ... priest, preacher and missionary to England. He is best known as the confessor and spiritual advisor to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque to whom our Lord revealed the treasures of his Sacred Heart. In the course of Christ's appearances to her, Margaret Mary was overcome with anguish and uncertainty. Jesus promised her "my faithful servant and perfect friend" to assist her in carrying out her divine mission. That "faithful servant" would arrive a short time later in the person of ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/02/saint-claude-de-la-colombiere-jesuit.html

Encounter With an Evangelical CROSSED THE TIBER - February 13, 2017 ... misconceptions about praying to saints, etc. She asked if we believed in Jesus death on the cross as our only way to heaven which we positively affirmed. We chatted for about 20 more minutes as I explained what "born again" really meant up until the reformation and explained sacraments. Finally, she said let me ask you a question: " If you died and went to heaven and Jesus asked why should you get in, what would you say?" This was a common question I used to ask others when I ...http://crossed-the-tiber.blogspot.com/2017/02/encounter-with-evangelical.html

Memorial of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius BIG C CATHOLICS - February 13, 2017 ... professor in Constantinople, and would have come by his knowledge of Slavic in that way. It would be their familiarity with this language that would later prove to be both a political and spiritual asset in their work on behalf of God's Church. By the year 860, both brothers, growing tired of secular life, had withdrawn into a monastery, where they assumed they would spend the rest of their lives. God, however, had other plans. When the Moravian prince Rastislav requested that Christian ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/02/memorial-of-saint-cyril-and-saint.html

Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin and Foundress BIG C CATHOLICS - February 9, 2017 On February 10th, the Church celebrates the memorial of Saint Scholastica (c. 480 – 547), the sixth century nun and twin sister of Saint Benedict of Nursia. In possession of numerous spiritual gifts, as a young girl, she dedicated her life and her virginity to God. What little we know about her comes from Saint Gregory the Great's Dialogues , (Chapters 33 and 34) in passages concerning Benedict. Once a year, she would visit her ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/02/memorial-of-saint-scholastica-virgin.html

Saint Josephine Bakhita and Benedict XVI's Spe Salvi GLORIA ROMANORUM - February 8, 2017 February 8 is the feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita, canonized by Pope St. John Paul II in 2000. Her perilous and inspiring journey from slavery to sainthood is fairly well-known as it has been the subject of several books and movies. A summary of her biography may also be found in Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical Spe Salvi from 2007. Pope Benedict wrote: The example of a saint of our time can to some degree help us understand what it means ...http://gloriaromanorum.blogspot.com/2017/02/saint-josephine-bakhita-and-benedict.html

St. Josephine Bakhita: The Slave Who Became a Saint JEAN M. HEIMANN - February 8, 2017 Today is the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Canossian Sister who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Sudan. She is the patron saint of Sudan. Josephine Bakhita was born in Eastern Sudan around 1869. At the age of nine, she was captured by slave traders, who named her Bakhita, which means "the lucky or fortunate one." Bakhita came from a happy, loving tribal family, which consisted of her parents, three brothers, and four sisters. In comparison to ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/02/st-josephine-bakhita-slave-became-saint/

Saint Josephine Bakhita, From Slave to Saint BIG C CATHOLICS - February 7, 2017 ... Josephine was a slave, but her spirit was always free and eventually that spirit prevailed. Born in Olgossa in the Darfur region of southern Sudan, at the age of nine, she was kidnapped by slave-traders, beaten till she bled, and sold five times in Sudan's slave-markets. Eventually she found herself working as a slave for the mother and the wife of a general, and there she was flogged daily till she bled. As a result, she bore 144 scars throughout her life. Finally, in 1882, ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/02/saint-josephine-bakhita-from-slave-to.html

Saint John of Matha, Founder of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity BIG C CATHOLICS - February 7, 2017 ... Rite, February 8th is the feast of St. John of Matha, priest and founder. Saint John of Matha (1160 - 1213), the founder of the Trinitarian Order, was born at Faucon, on the borders of Provence, in France. He was trained as a young noble in horsemanship and the use of arms, decided to study for the priesthood, and was ordained in Paris. After some years in solitude, he conceived the idea of founding an order to ransom Christian captives from the Muslims and ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/02/saint-john-of-matha-founder-of-order-of.html

Saint Jerome Emiliani, Priest and Founder BIG C CATHOLICS - February 7, 2017 February 8th, is the optional memorial of Saint Jerome Emiliani (1486 - 1537), the 16th century Italian priest who founded the Congregation of Regular Clerics for the care and education of indigent youth. He was born into a noble family, the son of Angelo Emiliani and Eleonore Mauroceni of Venice, Italy. At 15, he joined the army following the death of his father. A careless and irreligious soldier, he was placed in command of Castelnuovo, a fortress high ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/02/saint-jerome-emiliani-priest-and-founder.html

St. Jerome Emiliani ATONEMENTONLINE - February 7, 2017 St. Jerome Emiliani was born in the 15th century, and as a young man he became a soldier for the city-state of Venice. During that time he wasn't terribly religious; in fact, he was fairly selfish, and didn't think much about other people. He loved the life of a soldier, and was never happier than when he was heading off to do battle against someone else. One day, when he was engaged in a minor battle, Jerome was captured and chained in a dungeon. While he was in prison, ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2017/02/st-jerome-emiliani.html

St. Dorothy's Day HAPPY CATHOLIC* - February 6, 2017 Saint Dorothy and the Infant Christ , Francesco di Giorgio Dorothy was born in Caesarea, where her Christian parents had fled to escape the persecutions taking place in Rome. The Roman emperor Diocletian stepped up his harassment of the Christian communities around the time that Dorothy was a young woman of marriageable age. When marriage to the roman prefect Fabricius was arranged for her, Dorothy refused, saying that she wanted to remain a virgin. To ...http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/2017/02/st-dorothys-day.html

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