Category Archives: Patron Saints

Honoring the First Christian Martyrs of the Church at Rome

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Like the martyrdom of the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul (see previous post here), a great number of Christians perished at the hands of Nero during the terrible persecution that lasted from the years 64-68 A.D. This was the first major persecution of the newly founded Church at Rome. The holy men and women are also called the “Protomartyrs of Rome.” The historian Tacitus, in his said that a “great multitude” of Christians were put to death. Continue reading


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Vatican to Canonize First Ever Married Couple: Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux

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Yesterday it was announced that Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized by Pope Francis to coincide with the Synod on the Family coming up this October.

This is very exciting news! Continue reading


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St. Thomas More & St. John Fisher: Martyrs for Faith & Freedom

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Each year on June 22nd we celebrate the feast day of two notable Catholic saints and martyrs: Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher. It’s fitting that these two men have the same feast day, because they were both Englishmen martyred within two weeks of each other, for the same cause (religious freedom), on the same occasion (defending the sanctity of marriage and Papal authority against State usurpation), and at the hands of the same man (King Henry VIII). Continue reading


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What You Didn’t Know About the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Part 2

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Yesterday’s Sacred Heart blog post discussed the very rich and interesting history of the Sacred Heart devotion. This second installment will discuss its relationship to other Catholic devotions closely connected with it, namely the Divine Mercy, Eucharistic Adoration, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Continue reading


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What You Didn’t Know About the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Tomorrow is the feast day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, one of the most popular devotions of the Catholic faithful. Most of us are familiar with the story of Jesus appearing to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque to request a special devotion to his Sacred Heart, and how it was later instituted as a feast day for the universal Church. But there is so much more to the Sacred Heart devotion than is commonly known. Continue reading


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A Short Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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This beautiful prayer of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was written by St. Margaret Mary Alocoque (1647-1690), the French nun and mystic who promulgated the Sacred Heart devotion, in a letter of spiritual direction to a fellow religious sister, Sister Felice-Madeleine de la Barge, at the Moulins monastery in France. Continue reading


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St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Bullet-Point Plan for His Life

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While St. Maximilian wrote this for living out his vocation to the priesthood, his words and admonitions easily apply to all Christians who are part of the Church Militant.

How would we benefit if we each wrote out before God a similar spiritual plan for our own lives? Would it help us to live up to our baptismal promises more faithfully? Continue reading


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St. Rita of Cascia: Patron Saint of the Impossible

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May 22 is the feast day of St. Rita. St. Rita of Cascia was an Augustinian nun from 14th century Italy. She is the patroness of impossible causes and hopeless circumstances because of her difficult and arduous life. Through her trials God used her in remarkable ways, not only while she lived, but now from heaven she assists those who plead for her intercession for their seemingly impossible and hopeless circumstances. Continue reading


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What St. John Chrysostom Wants Husbands to Say to Their Wives

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St. John Chrysostom was a bishop, a renowned preacher, and one of the most celebrated Doctors of the Church. In his day he was considered one of the most important witnesses to the Catholic faith. And, he wrote beautifully on the Sacrament of Marriage as you can read in this homily. Continue reading


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Don Bosco Advice on How to Keep the Devil Away

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St. Don Bosco’s Advice on How to Keep the Devil Away: “Listen: there are two things the devil is deathly afraid of: fervent Communions and frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament.” Continue reading


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