Saint of the Day

Saint Nicholas Owen Saint of the Day for March 22

Saint Nicholas Owen Saint of the Day for March 22

Saint Nicholas Owen’s StoryNicholas, familiarly known as “Little John,” was small in stature but big in the esteem of his fellow Jesuits.Born at Oxford, this humble artisan saved the lives of many priests and laypersons in England during the penal times (1559-1829), when a series of statutes punished Catholics for the practice of their faith. Over a period of about 20 years, Nicholas used his skills to build secret hiding places for priests throughout the country.His work, which he did completely by himself as both architect and builder, was so good that time and time again priests in hiding were...

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Blessed John of Parma Saint of the Day for March 21 (1209–1289)

Blessed John of Parma Saint of the Day for March 21 (1209–1289)

Blessed John of Parma’s Story The seventh general minister of the Franciscan Order, John was known for his attempts to bring back the earlier spirit of the Order after the death of Saint Francis of Assisi. He was born in Parma, Italy, in 1209. It was when he was a young philosophy professor known for his piety and learning that God called him to bid good-bye to the world he was used to and enter the new world of the Franciscan Order. After his profession, John was sent to Paris to complete his theological studies. Ordained to the priesthood, he was...

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Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary Saint of the Day for March 19

Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary Saint of the Day for March 19

Saint Joseph’s StoryThe Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a “just” man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness in paying debts.When the Bible speaks of God “justifying” someone, it means that God, the all-holy or “righteous” one, so transforms a person that the individual shares somehow in God’s own holiness, and hence it is really “right” for God to love him or her. In other words, God is not playing games, acting as if we were lovable when we are not.By saying Joseph was “just,” the Bible means that he was one who was completely open...

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How to pray the rosary

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How to pray the rosary

HOW TO PRAY THE ROSARY Rosary beads help Catholics count their prayers. More importantly, Catholics pray the rosary as a means of entreaty to ask God for a special favor, such as helping a loved one recover from an illness, or to thank God for blessings received — a new baby, a new job, a new moon. #1 On the crucifix, make the sign of the cross and then pray the Apostles’ Creed. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the...

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Saint John of God - Saint of the Day for March 8

Saint John of God is the Patron Saint of: BooksellersFirefightersHeart PatientsHospitalsNursesPrintersSick Having given up active Christian belief while a soldier, John was 40 before the depth of his sinfulness began to dawn on him. He decided to give the rest of his life to God’s service, and headed at once for Africa where he hoped to free captive Christians and, possibly, be martyred. He was soon advised that his desire for martyrdom was not spiritually well based, and returned to Spain and the relatively prosaic activity of a religious goods store. Yet he was still not settled. Moved initially by...

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