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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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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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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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30 Healing Saints for Common Ailments

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When it comes to our health and the health of loved ones, we often turn to prayer. We pray for disease prevention, for physical healing or for peace. Fortunately, there seems to be a special saint for every illness and health concern we can think of! Here is a list of both popular and not-so-well-known saints to invoke for common ailments: Continue reading

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The 4 Patron Saints of Impossible Causes

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There are instances in every person’s life when it seems that a problem or a cross is insurmountable and unbearable. In these cases, pray to the patron saints of impossible causes: St. Rita of Cascia, St. Jude Thaddeus and St. Gregory of Neocaesarea. Continue reading

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Blessed Imelda, Patroness of First Communicants

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When Imelda Lambertini was five years old, she asked to receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. She loved Christ deeply, to the point of wondering, “Can anyone receive Jesus into his heart and not die?” However, as it was the year 1327, her request was out of the question. At that time children were not allowed to receive Holy Communion until they were at least 12 years old.

But she persisted. Continue reading

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Your Best Answers to “Who Is Your Favorite Saint, and Why?”

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Recently we asked our Facebook fans the question, “Who is your favorite saint, and why?” Out of the two Facebook installments of this question, we received nearly 2,000 replies!

Out of these responses, here were some of our favorites: Continue reading

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St. Dymphna: The Courage of a Teenage Irish Girl

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May 15 is the feast day of St. Dymphna, a woman of incredible courage. Saint Dymphna is the patroness of the mentally and emotionally ill and other nervous disorders. How did this come to pass? Read the incredible and heart-wrenching story of St. Dymphna. Continue reading

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The Feast of St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Mother’s Heroism

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April 28 is the feast day of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, doctor and mother of four. She is a saint for our modern times with much to teach us through her life as a mother, faithful Catholic, and working woman. Continue reading

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