Category Archives: Patron Saints

You May Not Have Heard of St. Barlaam of Antioch, But You’ll Want to Read His Story

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St. Barlaam of Antioch (also known as St. Barlaam the Martyr or St. Barlaam of Caesarea) was an early 4th century martyr.

St. Barlaam was an unlikely champion of the church. An elderly, uneducated peasant, he was jailed for his Christian faith as part of the persecution of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Continue reading


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The Story of St. Francis of Assisi and the First Navity Scene, as told by St. Bonaventure

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Nativity scenes have been a popular Advent and Christmas decoration for centuries. And, did you know, it originated with a Catholic saint? St. Francis of Assisi had a special devotion to the Child Jesus, and he is credited with creating the first nativity scene on Christmas Eve of the year 1223. He recreated the scene of Christ’s birth in a special service and Mass he held inside of a cave, inviting both his fellow friars and the townspeople to join in the celebration. Continue reading


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The Church Triumphant! November 1, The Solemnity of All Saints

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November 1st is the Solemnity of All Saints. According to the Roman Missal, this feast day celebrates all God’s holy ones, known and unknown, from the first martyrs to the recently canonized, and everyone in between. This feast day spans 2,000 glorious years of the Church’s history. Continue reading


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Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by St. Gertrude the Great

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Tradition holds that St. Gertrude the Great was told by Our Lord that the following prayer, when piously recited, would release 1,000 souls from purgatory. Continue reading


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9 Catholic Gifts for Pope St. John Paul II Lovers

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Below we’ve put together a gift selection for those who have a devotion to one of our newest (and greatest!) heavenly intercessors. Each of these Catholic gifts commemorating Pope Saint John Paul II will undoubtedly help foster love for and devotion to this new patron saint. And hopefully, with his closeness and intercession, help you to become the saint he desires you to be. Continue reading


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How to Live the Message of Our Lady of Fatima

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Today is the 97th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, the closing event in a series of apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three Portuguese shepherd children, Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto.

The Virgin Mary promised a miracle n this final apparition, and an estimated 70,000 people flocked to the field to witness the event. They were not disappointed, as even secular sources admit that something phenomenal happened in Fatima on October 17, 1917. Our Lady always has a mission, a specific message, to proclaim in her apparitions. What was the message of Our Lady of Fatima to the world? Continue reading


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It’s Universal Guardian Angel Appreciation Day!

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October 2nd is the Feast of the Guardian Angels for the universal Catholic Church. Although guardian angels have been venerated since the early days of the Church, it wasn’t until the 17th century that Pope Clement X extended the feast day to the universal Church.

So, today is the day to tell your guardian angel “Thank You” for their daily guidance, and “Thank You” to God for assigning a heavenly protector to your personal care. Be sure to have a guardian angel sacramental handy to increase your devotion to your guardian angel and help you to remember to them throughout the day. Continue reading


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Three Novena Prayers to St. Therese of Lisieux

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Three novena prayers to St. Therese of Lisieux, “The Little Flower.” Continue reading


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How to “Choose” a Patron Saint

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Are you looking for a Patron Saint or heavenly intercessor? We receive emails nearly every week asking how to go about choosing a Patron Saint. Not everyone has a given name that is both Christian and shared with a heavenly protector. Your Name Saint is a beginning, but having other Patron Saints is a beautiful way to grow in the Faith.

The Saints are an incredible treasure of the Church, and they are our heavenly family. They have walked where we walk, and they have lived the struggles of this world. They rejoice as they await our arrival in eternity, and they share in the desire to help us reach heaven. Most Catholics have numerous “favorites” and patrons. Continue reading


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6 Ways to Deepen Your Relationship with Your Patron Saint

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Cultivating a deeper relationship with your patron saint(s) is one way to grow in your faith and in communion with the Church of the past and the present. These intimate friendships help connect us to heaven, even as we struggle down here below. It is a great consolation to know that we have the heavenly court urging us on and interceding for us before the throne of God. Here are 6 ways to deepen your relationships with your special Patron Saints: Continue reading


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