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STORIES OF SAINTS

A Russian Evangelist: St. Sergius of Radonezh

Saint Sergius was known as a spiritual leader, a monastic reformer of medieval Russia and one of the most highly venerated saints of Russia. Born May 13, 1314, this man was baptized Bartholomew, after the Apostle Bartholomew. His parents were Kiril and Maria, members of the highest ranking of Russian feudal aristocracies, big land owners. He ...

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SAINT EUPHRASIA

MARCH 13 is the traditional memorial of ST. EUPHRASIA (+410). Husband and wife, Antigonus and Euphrasia, noble and of royal blood, were a young couple. He was in the employment of Emperor Theodosius the Younger. After the birth of their daughter, Euphrasia, the couple chose to live a chaste life and engage in acts of alms-giving and penance, ...

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SAINT JOHN OF GOD

MARCH 8 is the traditional feast day of St. John of God (+1550). The story of this saint's life has got to be the story of one of the most impulsive men ever to have lived. John was this way from a very young age. When he was only eight, an itinerant priest came to his village in Portugal. He was so impressed by the teaching that he ran...

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SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS

MARCH 7 is the traditional feast day of ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (+1274), this being the anniversary of his death. However, in 1969, it was decided that since the date usually fell in Lent, they would change his feast day to January 28. However, we will discuss him today. Thomas was born of a moderately well to do family whose parents were Landulf...

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SAINT ANGELA OF FOLIGNO

FEBRUARY 28 is the traditional memorial of SAINT ANGELA OF FOLIGNO (+1309). It is celebrated by the Franciscan Tertiaries and Regulars on January 4, but in the United States on January 7. Although she died in 1309, she was not beatified until 1701, despite years of veneration. Pope Francis declared her a saint on October 9, 2013, by equivocal ...

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ST. MARGARET OF CORTONA

FEBRUARY 22 is the traditional feast day of ST. MARGARET OF CORTONA (+1297). Margaret was born in Loviana, Tuscany in 1247. It was a time of renewal and revolt. The Dominicans and the Franciscans were new. There were always soldiers about due to the various local wars and international wars crisscrossing the Italian peninsula. Dante and Tho...

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SAINT SEVERIAN, BISHOP OF SCYTHOPOLIS

FEBRUARY 21 is the traditional memorial day of ST. SEVERIAN, BISHOP OF SCYTHOPOLIS (+453) St. Severian, was the bishop of a town in Galilee, now an area by the Palestinean-Israeli border. During his episcopate, the Monophysite heresy was rampant.. the heresy, established by Eutychius, insisted that Christ did not have the two natures of God a...

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SAINT VALENTINE

FEBRUARY 14 is the feast day of ST. VALENTINE (+269). How Valentine came to be associated with lovers and romance is a story of itself: According to some historians, it began with new rules from the emperor, Claudius II. It became illegal for young people to marry.The society was very permissive and living together openly or, even polygamy, w...

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SAINT JOHN OF MATHA

February 28th, 2016 2/28/2016 0 Comments FEBRUARY 8 is the traditional memorial of ST. JOHN OF MATHA (+1213). John was born of noble parentage in Provence in June, 1169. He was sent to Aix to learn grammar, fencing and horseback riding, the things expected of a nobleman in the Middle Ages. Being of a pious heart, John gave away m...

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SAINT ROMUALD

Picture FEBRUARY 7* is the traditional memorial of ST. ROMUALD (+1027). Romuald was born in Ravenna, Italy, around 950. He was of the aristocratic Onestis. Romuald lived the standard self-indulgent life of the well-to-do until, at the age of 20, he was a second for his father in a duel over property. The other duelist was killed and Romuald ...

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