St. Eliseus (Ninth Century
He was an Old Testament prophet, the disciple and companion of St.
Elias. When Elias, whose feast is July 20, was taken up in a fiery
chariot, he let his cloak fall upon St. Eliseus, who then became
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. They secretly baptized him and brought
him up as a Catholic. When his father discovered that he had become
a Catholic, he handed him over to the pagan governor of Sicily,
where he lived as punishment. Vitus, Crescentia and Modestus
all escaped to southern Italy, and all three were captured by pagan
soldiers there, cruelly tortured, and then killed. All three are
lovingly remembered by the Catholic Church as saints. St. Vitus
is one of the 14 Holy Helpers, and is known as the protector against
nervous diseases, epilepsy and paralysis. He is also the protector
against the nervous affliction known as “Saint Vitus’
Germaine Cousin (1601).
She was the daughter of a poor farmer who lived near Toulouse in
France. She was born with a deformed hand and was afflicted with
the disease of scrofula. Her mother died when she was an infant,
and her father then married a most cruel woman who treated Germaine
very harshly. The great loves of St. Germane were the Blessed Eucharist
and the Blessed Virgin. She delighted to roam among the children
of her town, and tell them about Jesus and Mary. She died when she
was only 22 years old. She is beloved in southern France, even to
this day, especially in the town of Toulouse. This is the town where
St. Dominic was given the rosary, in the year 1214, by the virginal
Mother of God.
St. John Francis Regis (1640).
He was one of the greatest priests of the Society of Jesus. He entered
the Society of Saint Ignatius when he was 19 years old, on the feast
of the Immaculate Conception. His great crusade was to bring all
Protestants back from the heresies into which they had fallen
in the 16th century. He wanted to make them members again of the
one true Church, outside of which they could not be saved. He wanted
very much to go to foreign missions, but was not allowed to go.
He loved to climb mountains and find lonely people to whom he could
teach the simple and innocent truths of the Catholic Faith. He died
in the middle of a cold winter in La Louvesc in southern France.
Rose Philippine Duchesne chose him as one of her patrons. His most
devoted client was the Cure of Ars, St. John Marie Vianney, who
got encouragement to pursue his vocation to the priesthood while
praying at the tomb of St. John. When the Cure of Ars was dying,
he declared, “Everything good that I have done, I owe to him.”
St. John established confraterities in honor of the Blessed Sacrament
and spent many hours each day in the confessional. He was hated
by the Huguenots. He died saying, “I see Our Lord and His
Mother opening Heaven for me.” St. John Francis Regis is the
patron saint of the nuns in the Religious of the Cenacle and the
patron saint of Kansas City, Mo.
Botolph was a Benedictine, and an Englishman, with over 70 churches
dedicated to him in England. An English town, originally called
Saint Botolphstown, was later contracted by the style of utterance
for which the English are famous, to Botolphstown, then Botolphston,
then Botoston, and then Boston. And so, by reason, at least of its
name, Boston, Mass is dedicated to this saintly seventh-century
saint. Anyone walking along the side streets of Boston, Massachusetts,
will see a street called “Saint Botolph’s Street.”
This keeps many Bostonians from forgetting the saint for whom the
original city was named.
St. Adolph (Seventh Century).
He was the brother of St. Botolph and a Benedictine. Adolph was
made a bishop in Germany.
St. Ranier (1160).
He was a young nobleman of Italy, born at Pisa. He dedicated
his life to prayer, penance and good works. He even made a pilgrimage
to the Holy Land so that he could see the places lovingly with his
eyes and kiss the spots where Our Lord and Our Lady had been. He
gave up all his noble titles, and retired to a monastery in the
suburbs of Pisa. He died there when he was only 32 years old, the
same age as St. John the Baptist at his death.
Mark and Marcellian (Third Century).
They were twin brothers and deacons of the Church at Rome who were
martyred under Diocletian.
St. Elizabeth of Schonau (1164)
St. Elizabeth of Schonau was a Benedictine abbess who was a gifted
mystic. She had her first vision in 1152 and was known for ecstasies,
prophecies, and diabolical visitations. She became abbess in 1157
. Her cult was never formalized, but she is listed as a saint in
the Roman Martyrology. Her brother, Ethbert, a Benedictine abbot,
wrote her biography and recorded her visions in three books.
page 1, 2,
3, 4, 5
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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of the Relics of the Passion
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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?