Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Balbina

You shall not kiss these chains, but go out and find St. Peter’s chains. Once you’ve found them, kiss them with devotion and you will soon be well. Pope Alexander to Saint Balbina

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Mark of Arethusa

SOME Greeks rank among the saints on this day Mark, bishop of Arethusa, in Syria, in the fourth age. When Constantius put to death his uncle Julius Constantius, brother of Constantine the Great, with his eldest son; the two younger,

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Pope Saint Sixtus III

HE was a priest among the Roman clergy in 418, when Pope Zozimus condemned the Pelagian heretics. Sixtus was the first, after this sentence, who pronounced publicly anathema against them, to stop their slander in Africa that he favoured their

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Ludger

From his life, written by Altfrid, one of his successors, and another compiled by a monk of Werden, about sixty years after the death of St. Ludger, of inferior authority to the former, both extant in Mabillon, Act. Bened. t.

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Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed James Bird

BORN at Winchester of a gentleman’s family and brought up a Protestant, he became a Catholic and went to study at Rheims. On his return he was apprehended and charged with being reconciled to the Roman Church, and maintaining the

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Hildelith

Hildelith, a devout servant of God, succeeded Ethelberga in the office of abbess, and presided over that monastery many years, till she was of an extreme old age, with exemplary conduct, in the observance of regular discipline, and in the

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Basil of Ancyra

MARCELLUS, bishop of Ancyra, distinguished himself by his zeal against the Arians, on which account he was banished by Constantius in 336. 1 Basil, a ringleader of the Semi-Arians, was introduced into that see, but was himself deposed by the

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Josef Bilczewski

“Totally sacrifice oneself for the Holy Church”. Motto  of Saint Josef Bilczewski as Bishop.  He extended such care to the homeless and poor in the turbulent times in which he lived that he was popularly, and affectionately, known as “Patron

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Joseph

THE GLORIOUS St. Joseph was lineally descended from the greatest kings of the tribe of Juda, and from the most illustrious of the ancient patriarchs; but his true glory consisted in his humility and virtue. The history of his life

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Edward the Martyr

March 18 St. Edward, King and Martyr HE was monarch of England, and succeeded his father, the glorious King Edgar, in 975, being thirteen years old. He followed in all things the counsels of St. Dunstan; and his ardour in

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Eusebia

Eldest daughter of Saint Adalbald of Ostrevant and Saint Rictrudis of Marchiennes; great-granddaughter of Saint Gertrude the Elder; sister of Saint Maurontius, Saint Clotsindis, and Saint Adalsindis of Hamay. After her father‘s murder when she was very young, she was

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Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Artemide Zatti

Like the Good Samaritan, he took numerous risks in their favour. He never counted the cost. When it came to caring the sick, he spent all he had!           A description of Blessed Artemide Zatti by one of

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Matilda

THIS princess was daughter of Theodoric, a powerful Saxon count. Her parents, being sensible that piety is the only true greatness, placed her very young in the monastery of Erford, of which her grandmother Maud, who had renounced the world

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Euphrasia

Invincible emperor, having consecrated myself to Christ in perpetual chastity, I cannot be false to my engagement, and marry a mortal man, who will shortly be the food of worms. For the sake of my parents, be pleased to distribute

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Teresa Margaret Redi

You, my God, have declared yourself my captain; you have raised the standard of the Cross, saying: ‘Take up the cross and follow in my footsteps.’ To correspond with this invitation, I promise to resist your love no longer; rather,

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Catherine of Bologna

Whoever wishes to carry the cross for His sake must take up the proper weapons for the contest, especially those mentioned here: (1) to be careful always to do good; (2) to believe that we can never achieve anything truly

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Julian of Toledo

HE presided in the fourteenth and fifteenth councils of Toledo. King Wemba falling sick, received penance and the monastic habit from his hands, and recovering, lived afterwards a monk. St. Julian has left us a History of the Wars of

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Paul the Simple

FROM his ignorance of secular learning, and his extraordinary humility, he was surnamed the Simple. He served God in the world to the age of sixty, in the toils of a poor and laborious country life. The incontinency of his

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Cadroe

March 6 St. Cadroe, Confessor HE was a noble Scotsman, son of count (or rather laird) Fokerstrach, and travelling into France, he took the monastic habit at Saint Bennet’s on the Loire. He afterwards reformed the monastery of St. Clement,

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Kieran

March 5 St. Kiaran, or Kenerin, Bishop and Confessor [Called by the Britons, Piran.] AMONG the Irish saints who were somewhat older than Saint Patrick, the first and most celebrated is Saint Kiaran, whom the Irish style the first-born of

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Casimir of Poland

March 4 St. Casimir, Prince of Poland From his life compiled by Zachary Ferrier, legate of Leo X., in Poland, thirty-six years after his death; and an authentic relation of his miracles, with many circumstances of his life, by Gregory

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Angela of the Cross

The nothing keeps silent, the nothing does not want to be, the nothing suffers all. The nothing does not impose itself, the nothing does not command with authority, and finally, the nothing in the creature is practical humility.    

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Monan

ST. ADRIAN, bishop of St. Andrew’s, trained up this holy man from his childhood, and when he had ordained him priest, and long employed him in the service of his own church, sent him to preach the gospel in the

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Oswald

February 29 St. Oswald, Bishop of Worcester and Archbishop of York From his life, written by Eadmer; also from Florence of Worcester, William of Malmesbury, and, above all, the elegant and accurate author of the History of Ramsey, published by

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Oswald of Worcester

Catholics can celebrate “leap day” as a uniquely Catholic holiday because of a saint — Oswald — and the fact that the idea of a leap year is a Catholic one. The pagan Julian calendar, named after Julius Caesar, began

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Alnoth

WEDON, in Northamptonshire, was honoured with a palace of Wulphere, king of Mercia, in the middle of England, and was bestowed by that prince upon his daughter St. Wereburge, who converted it into a monastery. Alnoth was the bailiff of

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