Category Archives: Patron Saints

The Saints of Auschwitz

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January 27, 1945 is a day etched in history. On this day the Russian army liberated the Nazis’ largest and infamously cruel concentration camp located in south-western Poland–Auschwitz. It is estimated that at minimum 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945; of these, at least 1.1 million were murdered.

Among those who were killed at Auschwitz are two Catholic saints, St. Maximilian Marie Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein). Continue reading


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The Efficacious Three Hail Mary Novena

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The Three Hail Mary novena is a very beautiful prayer recited in honor of three of Mary’s special gifts given to her by God: her power, wisdom, and mercy. In this novena we ask her to use these gifts on our behalf to obtain our petitions from God, and most importantly, to help us lead a holier life.

The words of this prayer are very powerful, and if prayed daily, will undoubtedly bring about noticeable changes in your life. Pray it sincerely every day, and you will begin to notice the special graces you will receive from the Blessed Mother. She works! Continue reading


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Our Lady of Guadalupe Historical Timeline

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The Knights of Columbus have a great timeline available detailing the fascinating history of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the 16th century apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary near present day Mexico City.

From the birth of St. Juan Diego to modern times, this timeline shows how much the miraculous image of Our Lady has meant to the Americas, the Catholic Church, and the whole world. Continue reading


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St. Juan Diego, Our Lady’s Humble Son

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St. Juan Diego is the first indigenous saint from the Americas. He was a poor and humble peasant from the lowest class of Aztec Indians living in 16th century Mexico. His native name was Cuauhtlatoatzin, meaning, “eagle that talks.” Continue reading


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A Prayer to Saint Nicholas

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Saint Nicholas of Myra was a 4th century bishop famous for his generosity to the poor and protection of the wronged. He was a miracle worker, most known for appearing to sailors caught in a storm at sea and raising three young boys from the dead. He is the patron saint of a great many causes, professions, cities, and countries; most notably he is the patron saint of children, sailors, prisoners, and maidens seeking to marry. Continue reading


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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 Nativity 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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