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STORIES OF SAINTS

St. Martin of Tours, a Veteran for Veteran's DAy

NOVEMBER 11 is the traditional memorial of ST. MARTIN OF TOURS (+397). It is interesting to note that Veteran’s Day has a veteran as its saint of the day. St. Martin was born to a cavalry officer of the Imperial Horse Guard, in Pannonia, an area now part of Hungary. Whether it was 316 AD or 336 AD, no one knows. In either case, it was short...

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Blessed Marie-Therese de Soubiran

OCTOBER 20 is the traditional memorial of BD. MARIE-THERESE de SOUBIRAN (+1889). Time passes, and it passes quickly: we shall soon know the reason of so many things that surprise and shock our feeble short-sighted reason. Marie-Therese was born to Joseph Paul Comte de Soubiran and his wife Noemi de Gelis on May 16, 1834. Marie-Therese recei...

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St. Jerome

SEPTEMBER 30 is the traditional memorial of ST. JEROME who died this day in 420 AD. Born March 27, 347 AD, Jerome’s whole name was Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus. He was born and grew up a pagan in the area which has become Slovenia. As a young teen, Jerome and his friend, Bonosus, moved to Rome for their education. Apparently, this education...

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Saint Robert of Knaresborough

SEPTEMBER 24 is the traditional memorial of ST. ROBERT OF KNARESBOROUGH (+c. 1218). Robert, along with St. Elizabeth of Hungary, is one of the most popular saints of the 12th and 13th centuries. Robert was born Robert Flower (or Floure or Fleur) to Robert (or Touk) Flower. Touk was mayor of York, implying a comfortable upbringing for Robert and ...

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St. Joseph of Cupertino

SEPTEMBER 18 is the traditional memorial of ST. JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO (+1663). St. Joseph, born in the kingdom of Naples in 1603, is known as the patron saint of air travelers, pilots and the learning disabled. Read on to see why. Our saint was born Giuseppe Maria Desa. His parents were not well to do and his father died in great debt before...

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Saint Hildegard

SEPTEMBER 17 is the traditional memorial of ST. HILDEGARD (+1179). The youngest of at least seven children born to a lower noble family, Hildegard was born about 1098, in Bockelheim, West Franconia, Germany. A fragile, sickly child, she was said to have visions even then. Hildegard was fostered out to a woman named Jutta where she learned th...

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St. Eulogius, Patriarch of Alexandria

SEPTEMBER 13 is the traditional memorial of ST. EULOGIUS, PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA (+c. 607). Eulogius was born in Antioch, Syria and became a priest and monk. Well-educated, Eulogius studied the literature and science of the day. He was a Biblical scholar and studied well the writings of the ancient fathers. He became the abbot of Mother of God ...

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St. Raymond Nonnatus

AUGUST 31 is the traditional memorial of ST. RAYMOND CARDINAL NONNATUS (+1240). He was from Catalonia, Spain. Now, Nonnatus is not a Spanish surname. It actually means “not born”. Raymond was born by cesarean section as his mother died. The horrible event stayed with him. As an adult, he joined the Mercedarian order, which was established to ...

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St. Rose of Lima

AUGUST 30 is the traditional memorial of ST. ROSE OF LIMA (+1617). Rose was the first native-born person of the western hemisphere ever canonized. Rose was the daughter of a Spanish cavalry officer and a native Indian woman. She was born Isabella Flores de Oliva. “Rose” was a nickname from childhood and the name she took at her confirmation....

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St. Philip Benizi

AUGUST 23 is the traditional memorial of ST. PHILIP BENIZI (+1285). Philip was a precocious genius and his education moved to the University of Paris at 13. Later, he attended the University of Padua, where he studied medicine. After completing his course, he practiced as a doctor in Florence for a year, working among the poor. His heart was ide...

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