Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. John Kanty (Cantius) Read more

St. John Kanty (Cantius)

John was a country lad who made good in the big city and the big university of Kraków, Poland. After brilliant studies he was ordained a priest and became a professor of theology. The inevitable opposition which saints encounter led to his being ousted by rivals and sent to be a parish priest at Olkusz. An extremely humble man, he did his best, but his best was not to the liking of his...
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St. Zeno of Nicomedia Read more

St. Zeno of Nicomedia

St. Zeno of Nicomedia (d. 303 A.D.) was a Roman soldier and commander living in Nicomedia (modern-day Turkey) during the reign of Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian. During their fierce persecution of the Church they were condemning many Christians to death, including any soldiers who professed faith in Jesus Christ. In Nicomedia alone, as many as 20,000 Christians were burned alive as...
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St. Anastasius II of Antioch Read more

St. Anastasius II of Antioch

Anastasius II of Antioch, also known as Anastasius the Younger, succeeded Anastasius of Antioch as Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, in 599. He is known for his opposition and suppression of simony in his diocese, with the support of Pope Gregory the Great. In 609 Anastasius is said to have been murdered during an uprising of Syrian Jews against Emperor Phocas, although some Monophysite...
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Sts. Eugene and Macarius Read more

Sts. Eugene and Macarius

The Holy Confessors Eugene and Macarius were presbyters of the Antiochian Church. During the reign of Julian the Apostate (361-363) they were brought to the emperor for trial for their refusal to participate in pagan orgies. The presbyters boldly denounced him for his apostasy and they were given over to fierce tortures, which they underwent with prayer and spiritual rejoicing. After the...
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St. Fausta of Sirmium Read more

St. Fausta of Sirmium

Saint Fausta of Sirmium, also known as Fausta of Sirmium, was an esteemed Catholic saint who lived in the late 3rd century in Rome, Italy. Born into a noble family, she was blessed with many privileges and advantages from an early age. Fausta entered into a marriage and became the loving and devoted wife of her husband, with whom she had a daughter named Anastasia, who would also become a...
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