Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. Maura of Constantinople Read more

St. Maura of Constantinople

Saint Maura was a young Catholic virgin of Constantinople, cruelly martyred for the Faith.  Her memory haunted the haters of the Catholic Faith for years after her death.  Even Julian the Apostate, the Roman Emperor who died in 363, was worried about the way in which Saint Maura was venerated.  One of the Ionian Islands, between Greece and Italy, was named after her.  Her...
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Blessed Denis of the Nativity Read more

Blessed Denis of the Nativity

Blessed Denis of the Nativity (1600-1638) was born as Pierre Berthelotin in France and became a sailor at the age of twelve. He had a successful career as pilot-in-chief and cartographer in service to the Kings of France and Portugal, even being knighted for bravery. He later chose the religious life and became a Carmelite friar, taking the name Dionysius (Denis) of the Nativity. He was sent...
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St. James of the Marches Read more

St. James of the Marches

James Gangala was born at Montebrandone, Ancona. He studied law and then joined the Franciscans at Assisi in 1416. He studied under St. Bernardino of Siena at Fiesole, was ordained when he was twenty-nine, and became an effective and forceful preacher. He worked as a missionary with St. John Capistran in Italy and in Germany, Bohemia, Poland, and Hungary, and in 1426, with John, was named...
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Sts. Barlaam and Josaphat Read more

Sts. Barlaam and Josaphat

Barlaam and Josaphat are legendary Christian martyrs and saints. Their life story is likely to have been based on the life of the Gautama Buddha. It tells how an Indian king persecuted the Christian Church in his realm. When astrologers predicted that his own son would someday become a Christian, the king imprisoned the young prince Josaphat, who nevertheless met the hermit Saint Barlaam and...
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St. John Berchmans Read more

St. John Berchmans

St. John Berchmans (1599-1621) was born in Flanders, Belgium, the eldest of five children of a shoemaker. He was a virtuous and well-liked child who would often rise early to serve at two or three Masses a day before he reached the age of seven. On Friday evenings he had a custom of making the Stations of the Cross outdoors while barefoot. When he was nine years old his mother suffered from a...
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