St. Justin, Martyr (165).
He lived in Palestine. He was converted to the Catholic Faith by
the reading of Holy Scripture. Seeing the heroic courage with which
Catholics joyfully shed their blood for the Faith they believed,
he too aspired to be a martyr. And, God granted him that grace.
Sts. Marcellinus and Peter (304).
Marcellinus was a priest and Peter an exorcist (one of the minor
orders), who both lived in Rome and labored there under the cruel
Emperor Diocletian. They were martyred together. So great was the
veneration of the Catholics for them that a basilica was built over
their tomb in Rome. Their names are mentioned in the Roman Canon
of the Mass. If “the law of praying is the law of believing,”
we may know from this simple recognition how great and heroic these
two martyrs were, and how much they should be remembered and invoked.
St. Charles Lwanga and Companions (1886-1887).
These were 22 young men and boys, from 13 to 30 years old, who were
martyred for the Catholic Faith in Uganda in Africa after undergoing
cruel torments. Four had not yet received the sacrament of Baptism
at the time they were arrested, but Charles Lwanga baptized them
shortly afterward. They were the first martyrs among the Africans
and were canonized in 1964.
St. Clotilde (545)
St. Clotilde was a queen, the wife of King Clovis of the Franks.
Her husband brought the French people as a nation into the Catholic
Church in 496, when he was baptized at Rheims by St. Remigius. Her
husband died in 511, and St. Clotilde was left a widow for 34 years.
She lived the rest of her life as much a nun as she was a queen
enduring great sufferings for the Catholic Faith. Her favorite
patron saint in Heaven was St. Martin of Tours. She died not far
from his tomb, at the age of 71.
St. Francis Caracciolo (1608).
He was born of a royal family in the Kingdom of Naples. As
a little boy he started reciting the rosary daily. Very early in
his life he contracted leprosy, and was miraculously cured of it.
Francis spent every possible moment of his life in the presence
of the Blessed Sacrament. His thought was that it was for men that
Our Lord came to us in the Eucharist, and while the angels throng
Catholic churches to worship God there, men desert Him. While kneeling
before the Blessed Sacrament his face was blazed with light, which
everyone could see. His favorite devotion was visiting the Blessed
Sacrament in unfrequented churches, where few people came. In 1588,
St. Francis Caracciolo founded the Clerics Regular, whose main work
was the perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He died
when only 44-years-old, on the eve of Corpus Christi, at the same
age as St. Francis of Assisi at his death. Francis Caracciolo’s
last words were, “Let us go, let us go to Heaven!” When
his body was opened after death, these words were found imprinted
on his heart: “The zeal of Thy house hath eaten me up.”
St Boniface (755).
Saint Boniface was born in England, in 680. His name in English
was Winfrid, which in Latin is translated to Boniface, and means
“he who does good.” He entered a Benedictine monastery
at the age of five, and in 719, he was sent by Pope St. Gregory
II to be the apostle of Germany. He reconverted that whole country
to the Faith, and many of its neighboring countries as well. At
75, he set out with 52 companions to finish his work in the conversion
of Friesland. St. Boniface and all his companions were martyred
there by the pagans. St. Boniface was killed while he was putting
on his vestments to say Mass.
St. Norbert (1134).
He was born near Cologne, in Germany, and was educated at the court
of the emperor. After a somewhat worldly life, he was struck down
one day by lightning while riding on a horse. He cried out to God,
like St. Paul, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me do?” He
heard a voice from Heaven saying to him, “Turn from evil unto
good.” He was ordained a priest when he was 35, and later
became a bishop. In a hidden and lonely valley named Premontre,
he founded the Religious Order known as the Premonstratensians with
13 of his disciples. It is a branch of the Augustinian Order. His
great devotion, and that of his monks, was to the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Norbert is usually pictured with a monstrance in his hand, holding
Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. He converted great numbers to
the Catholic Faith.
St. Philip the Deacon (First Century).
He was one of the Seven Deacons ordained by the Apostles, as we
are told in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 6. It was he who baptized
the eunuch of Queen Candace, of Ethiopia, to let us know how much
God values every soul of good will, no matter how socially low or
useless he may be according to the standards of the world.
St. Philip the Deacon was a great friend of St. Paul. He was the
father of four daughters, virgins, all of whom are honored as saints,
and all of whom were given by God the gift of prophecy. There are
five great Philips among the saints: St. Philip the Apostle; St.
Philip the Deacon; St. Philip Neri; St. Philip Benizi and St. Philip
of Jesus, a Mexican who was martyred in Japan in 1597.
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OF THE SAINTS
ST. JUSTIN, MARTYR (165).
He lived in Palestine. He was converted to the Catholic Faith by the reading of Holy Scripture.
STS. MARCELLINUS AND PETER (304).
Marcellinus was a priest and Peter an exorcist (one of the minor orders), who both lived in Rome and labored there under the cruel Emperor Diocletian.
ST. CHARLES LWANGA AND COMPANIONS (1886-1887).
These were 22 young men and boys, from 13 to 30 years old, who were mar¬≠tyred for the Catholic Faith in Uganda in Africa after undergoing cruel torments.
ST. CLOTILDE (545)
St. Clotilde was a queen, the wife of King Clovis of the Franks. Her husband brought the French people as a nation into the Catholic Church in 496, when he was baptized at Rheims by St. Remigius. Her husband died in 511, and St. Clotilde was left a widow for 34 years.
ST. FRANCIS CARACCIOLO (1608).
He was born of a royal family in the King - dom of Naples. As a little boy he started reciting the rosary daily. Very early in his life he contracted leprosy, and was miraculously cured of it. Francis spent every possible moment of his life in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
ST. BONIFACE (755).
Saint Boniface was born in England, in 680. His name in English was Winfrid, which in Latin is translated to Boniface, and means "he who does good.
ST. NORBERT (1134).
He was born near Cologne, in Germany, and was educated at the court of the emperor. After a somewhat worldly life, he was struck down one day by lightning while riding on a horse.
ST.PHILIP THE DEACON (FIRST CENTURY).
He was one of the Seven Deacons ordained by the Apostles, as we are told in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 6.
ST. ROBERT OF NEWMINISTER (1159).
He was an English priest from York - shire, England, who became a Cistercian monk.
St. Willibald was a bishop and missionary. A native of Wessex, England, he was the brother of Sts. Winebald and Walburga and was related through his mother to the great St. Boniface.
ST.MEDARD AND GILDARD (558).
These two French saints were twin brothers, as we are told in the Roman Martyrology.
ST. EPHREM (373).
St. Ephrem the Syrian is both a Father and a Doctor of the Church. He was born in Mesopotamia, not far from the place where Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden.
ST. COLUMKILLE (597).
St. Columbkille, also known as Columba, was born in Donegal, Ireland, on the feast of St. Ambrose, on December 7. Columbkille founded many monasteries and churches not only in Ireland, but in Scotland as well.
BLESSED DIANA (1236).
She was a Dominican nun, a native of Bologna, Italy. Despite opposition from her noble born family, Diana gave up the world to follow Jesus and became a nun.
St. Getulius was martyred with Amantius, Caerealis, and Primitivus.
ST. BARNABAS (60).
St. Barnabas was the cousin of St. Mark the Evan-gelist.
ST. JOHN OF ST. FACUNDO (1479).
He was born in northern Spain, in the town of St. Facundo. He was a brilliant and attractive young boy, educated in the household of a bishop, and became one of the Hermits of St. Augustine.
ST. LEO III.
St. Leo III is remembered as Charlemagne's pope. The cardinal priest of Santa Susanna, Leo was unanimously elected to the papal see in 795.
ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA (1231).
There is no more loved and admired saint of the Catholic Church than Anthony of Padua. Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal.
ST. ELISEUS (NINTH CENTURY B.C).
He was an Old Testament prophet, the disciple and companion of St. Elias.
ST. VITUS (303).
Vitus, whose name can also be Guy, was a child saint, entrusted by his pagan parents to the care of a Catholic nurse, Crescentia, and her husband, Modestus.
ST. GERMAINE COUSIN (1601).
She was the daughter of a poor farmer who lived near Toulouse in France.
ST. JOHN FRANCIS REGIS (1640).
He was one of the greatest priests of the Society of Jesus.
ST. BOTOLPH (680).
Botolph was a Benedictine, and an Englishman, with over 70 churches dedicated to him in England. An English town, origi¬≠nally called Saint Botolphstown.
STS. MARK AND MARCELLIAN (THIRD CENTURY).
They were twin brothers and deacons of the Church at Rome who were martyred under Diocletian.
ST. ROMUALD (1027).
He was a Benedictine monk, and later an abbot. He was the founder of the Camaldolese Order of the Benedictines in 1024. This saint's life was written by another holy man, Saint Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church.
ST. SILVERIUS (538).
This 60th Pope of the Catholic Church suffered great persecution for defending the dogmatic truths of the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ.
ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA (1591).
He was born on March 9, 1568, and is the model of the virtue of holy purity for all young Catholic boys.
ST. PAULINUS OF NOLA (431).
Paulinus was born at Bordeaux, France, of one of its noblest and wealthiest families. He was appointed by the Roman Emperor, Prefect of all France.
ST. THOMAS MORE (1535).
He was the wonderful English martyr, Chancellor of the Realm, who was beheaded on Tower Hill, just outside London.
ST.AUDREY (ETHELDREDA) (679).
St. Audrey was an East Anglian princess, and later a queen. Driven to do so by her parents, she first married a prince named Tonbert, who died three years after their marriage.
THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST (1 B.C).
John the Baptist was the miraculous son of Sts. Zachary and Elizabeth, given to them when Elizabeth was well beyond the years of childbearing.
ST. WILLIAM THE ABBOT (1142).
St. William the Abbot (1142).
Of the many saints and holy people named William, none is better remembered than St. William of Monte Vergine, in Italy.
ST. JOHN AND PAUL (362).
Sts. John and Paul (362).
These two notable Roman soldiers were martyred under the rule of the cruel Julian the Apostate. They were executed for refusing to support Julian's defection from the dog¬≠matic truths of the Catholic Church.
ST. CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA (444).
A Doctor of the Church, St. Cyril was "the soul of the Council of Ephesus" in 431.
ST. LRENAEUS (202).
This great saint was born to Christian parents in Asia Minor, and died when he was 72, the same age as Our Lady at her death. Irenaeus is one of the Fathers of the Church and is sometimes called "the father of Catholic theology.
ST. PETER AND PAUL(67).
Peter the Apostle, the first Pope of the Catholic Church, was the son of a fisherman in Galilee, named Jona.
ST.THE FIRST MARTYRS OF ROME(64).
On this day the Church lovingly remembers the first fruits of the martyrs of the Church at Rome.
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Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?