Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Theodorus, Nicknamed Tyro

ST. GREGORY of Nyssa begins the panegyric which he pronounced upon this martyr on his festival, at his tomb near Amasea, by gratefully ascribing to his intercession the preservation of that country from the inroads of the Scythians, who had

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Englebert

True guardian of the king, thy exalted traits do honor to our emperor; chancellor whose like has never been. Walther von der Vogelweide, contemporary poet, of Saint Englebert

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Josefa Naval Girbes

Prayer, prayer…pray for a while each day, and life will be easier and bearable. Learn to speak with God without words and, in this way, practice the prayer of meditation. Be faithful and reverent before the Lord in the Holy

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Elizabeth

[12] And Zachary seeing him, was troubled, and fear fell upon him. [13] But the angel said to him: Fear not, Zachary, for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Charles Borromeo

“Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing but live otherwise and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Malachy

IN the fifth century Ireland was converted from heathenism to Christianity. Through the three succeeding ages it became the principal seat of learning in Christendom. So happy a distinction was owing to the labours and apostolic lives of the native

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed John Bodey

Indeede, I have been sufficiently censured, for I have been condemned twice; if you may make the hearing of a Blessed Mass treason, or the saying of an Ave Maria treason, you may make what you please treason… I acknowledge

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Mary the Slave

GOD, who, in the distribution of his graces makes no distinction of condition amongst men, raised an humble female slave to the dignity of martyrdom: and, in the proud capital of the world, the boasted triumphs of its deified conquerors

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Wolfgang

According to legend Saint Wolfgang tricked the Devil into helping him build the first church on lake Albersee in Austria.  The Saint promised the Devil the soul of the first pilgrim to cross the threshold of the Church.  The Devil

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez

HONOUR is flashed off exploit, so we say; And those strokes once that gashed flesh or galled shield Should tongue that time now, trumpet now that field, And, on the fighter, forge his glorious day. On Christ they do and

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Douai Martyrs

One hundred and fifty-eight priests trained at the Douai Seminary in France were judicially murdered by the English Crown between 1577 and 1680.  These were all Englishmen who loved their land and their people enough to lose their lives in

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Jude

Ness: – What is that? Malone: What is that? Ness: Yes, what is it? Malone: God, I’m with a heathen. That is my callbox key. And that is Saint Jude. Stone:  Il Santo Jude. He’s the patron saint of lost

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Frumentius

A CERTAIN philosopher named Metrodorus, out of curiosity and a desire of seeing the world, and improving his stock of knowledge, made several voyages, and travelled both into Persia, and into Farther India, which name the ancients gave to Ethiopia.

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint John Roberts

A Benedictine Monk, Saint John Roberts was famous in his day for the courage he demonstrated in tending to plague victims among London’s poor.  When he was executed for the “crime” of being at Catholic priest at Tyburn on December

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Blessed Josephine Leroux

Among the last of the nuns to be martyred during the French Revolution, she and seven other nuns were guillotined on October 23, 1794.  They went bravely to their deaths singing the Litany of Loreto to the Blessed Virgin.

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint John Paul II

The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn. Saint John Paul II   “My Communist colleagues decided that the Bishops ahead of Karol Wojtyla on

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Cleopatra

“I pray thee, O holy martyr of Christ, ask God for what shall be pleasing unto him and useful for me as well as my only son; I have nothing else to ask you for except the things that the

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Teresa of Avila

There’s a time for penance, and there’s a time for partridge. Saint Teresa of Avila   The life of St. Teresa, written by herself, holds the first place in the church among books of this kind after the Confessions of

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Pope Saint Calixtus I

THE NAME of St. Callistus 1 is rendered famous by the ancient cemetery which he beautified, and which, for the great number of holy martyrs whose bodies were there deposited, was the most celebrated of all those about Rome. 2

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Edwin of Northumbria

To which the chief of his priests, Coifi, immediately answered: ―O king, consider what this is which is now preached to us; for truly I declare to you that thereligion which we have hitherto professed has, as far as I

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Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Damien of Molokai

Without the Blessed Sacrament a position like mine would be intolerable. Saint Damien of Molokai   Requiem Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Pulcheria

From Sozomen, l. 9; Theodorus Lector, the Paschal Chronicle of Alexandria, &c. See amongst the moderns, Tillemont, t. 15, and especially Orsi. Stilting the Bollandist, t. 3, Sept. p. 504. Pinius the Bollandist, ib. t. 5, p. 778, in an

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint of the Day Quote: Saint Pelagia the Penitent

THIS saint had been a comedian at Antioch, even whilst she was a catechumen; but afterwards renounced that profession, and became a true penitent. The manner of her conversion is thus related in the Greek Menæa, published by the Emperor

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