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American health care pioneer Mother Marianne Cope was canonized this past weekend. Mother Marianne, renowned for her work with Hansen's disease, is one of only 10 Americans thus far to have achieved sainthood.

American health care pioneer Mother Marianne Cope canonized

By • Catholic Online • 10/21/2012

American health care pioneer Mother Marianne Cope was canonized this past weekend. Mother Marianne, renowned for her work with Hansen's disease, is one of only 10 Americans thus far to have achieved sainthood. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In the late 19th Century in Hawaii, people ...


St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Feast of St Ingnatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr: I am God's Wheat

By • Catholic Online • 10/17/2012

"I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire." (St. Igantius of Antioch) CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - The second Bishop of Antioch, Syria, this disciple of ...


St. Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Avila: Virgin and Doctor of Prayer

By • Catholic Online • 10/15/2012

St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.  GLADE PARK, Colorado (Catholic Online) - Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada was born on a Wednesday morning in the Castilian town of ...


In Praise of Blessed John Henry Newman

By • Catholic Online • 10/9/2012

In the person of Blessed John Henry Newman, we find a man who lived his life dedicated to the true and to the good, to truth and holiness.  Without knowing it, he also exuded the other transcendentals.  While pursuing the true and the good, Newman's soul not only achieved truth and good, ...


The Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: Archangels and Powerful Spiritual Allies Sent by Love and for Love

By • Catholic Online • 9/29/2012

The Catechism of the Catholic Church informs us, "The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls 'angels' is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition" (328). Charged by God to supply us aid, our guardian ...


St. Michael is normally depicted in battle defeating the devil.

St. Michael the Archangel defend us!

By • Catholic Online • 9/28/2012

Of all the saints, few are as revered as St. Michael, the Archangel. Called upon to intercede in times of danger, Michael is the patron saint of paratroopers, police, and a protector of the Church. He is known for his battles against Satan and is frequently depicted trampling the Devil. St. Michael ...


The 'restless heart' of St Augustine is depicted

Living Six Months with St. Augustine

By • Catholic Online • 9/4/2012

It's perhaps not common to take a bishop to bed with you in the evening, to share a cup of coffee with him in the morning, to write about him in your journal, sit on a couch with him in the evenings with a glass of wine, lie down with him on a hammock on a sultry Saturday afternoon while smoking a ...


The Beheading of John the Baptizer

The Beheading of John the Baptizer and the Path to Freedom

By • Catholic Online • 8/29/2012

He was a man who understood that life wasn't all about him. He emptied himself willingly and was thus able to reveal Jesus to others. He was the "best man" at the wedding. His humility opened a space within him for true joy to take root and set him free! John is a sign of contradiction for this ...


St. Augustine: 'Too late have I loved Thee, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new. Too late have I loved Thee. For behold Thou wert within, and I without, and there did I seek Thee. I, unlovely, rushed heedlessly among the things of beauty which Thou madest' (Bk. 10, 27, 38).

Feast of St Augustine of Hippo: Defender of Truth

By • Catholic Online • 8/28/2012

If there is any message which can be drawn from St. Augustine's life, and there are many, it is the message of repentance and conversion. This is a message the world desperately needs to hear today. It is one of heartfelt dedication to Christ as Master, Teacher and Savior, which cultivates and ...


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Heroic Faith: Ave Maria Radio's Al Kresta Celebrates 15 years after Miraculous Recovery

By • Catholic Online • 8/25/2012

Kresta said he did not feel sad. "The message came through clearly. "At that moment, I did not grieve for my lost leg, because in comparison to my life, it was not so important."He determined that he would use his time of suffering. "I did not want to forget why I was there. I wanted my personal ...





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Saint of the Day: St. Bernadette

St. Bernadette

On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order -- died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard. She was thirty-five. Born into a humble family which little by little fell into extreme poverty, Bernadette had always been a frail child. Quite young, she had already suffered from ... continue reading



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St. Julia

St. Julia

Yes, there is a St. Julia and here is her story: St. Julia was born of noble parents in South Africa. When she was still quite young, her city was conquered by barbarians. Julia was captured and sold as a slave to a pagan merchant, but she did not complain or feel sorry for herself. She accepted everything, and performed the most humble tasks with wonderful ... continue reading


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St. Gabriel, the Archangel

St. Gabriel, the Archangel

The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the angel who appeared to Zachariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptizer. Finally, he ... continue reading



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Saint Joseph's love for Jesus is worth of commemoration.
Is St. Joseph worthy of commemoration?

Today is the feast day of St. Joseph, which means this is the perfect time to check out our offerings of St. Joseph medals, prayer cards ... continue reading

Duc in Altum: Men, Put Out Into the Deep on the Feast of St Joseph

This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but ... continue reading




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