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STORIES OF SAINTS

SAINT IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH

FEBRUARY 1 is the traditional memorial of ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH (+c.107). Ignatius was born in Syria and was probably rather young when he converted to Christianity. St. Peter was the first bishop of Antioch, a town on the northeastern shore of the Mediterranean. Before leaving for Rome, Peter consecrated Ignatius the third bishop after ...

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FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS

DECEMBER 28 is the traditional feast day of THE HOLY INNOCENTS. Despite the horror of the murders of the baby boys of Bethlehem, the numbers quoted in the Middle Ages of 14,000 or more, is not a possible number, considering the size of the town. Modern historians put the number at 5 to 20 children. Still not a comfort to the families who lost...

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ST. MARIA CROSIFISSA DIROSA

DECEMBER 15 is the traditional memorial of ST. MARY di ROSA (+1855). Born Paola di Rosa in Brescia, Italy in 1813, this saint was born into a well-to-do family. She was educated in a convent until the age of 17 when her mother died. Leaving her formal education behind her, she went home to run her father's household and manage one of his ...

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SAINT RALPH SHERWIN

Picture DECEMBER 1 is the traditional memorial of St. RALPH SHERWIN (+1581). Our saint of today was born in Rodsley, Derbyshire, England on October 25, 1550. A gifted young man, after finishing at Eton, he was given a fellowship to Exeter College, Oxford. Some say that his uncle, the vicar of Ingatestone, Essex, influenced the granting of the ...

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ST. JAMES INTERCISUS

NOVEMBER 27 is the traditional memorial of ST. JAMES INTERCISUS (+c. 421). The story of St James is a very interesting one in the light of the Middle East problems of today. James was a soldier and a favored courtier in the service of King Yazdegerd of Persia. He and his family were Christian. Yazdegerd was well known as a tolerant, peaceful...

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SAINT ALBERT MAGNUS

NOVEMBER 15 is the traditional memorial of ST. ALBERT THE GREAT (+1280). Albert was born before 1200, probably, 1193, likely in Lauingen, Bavaria. His father was a military officer under the Emperor Frederick II. Sent to the University of Padua for his studies, Albert met Blessed Jordan of Saxony, who was looking for exceptional young men to ...

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AUGUST 3, MEMORIAL OF ST. PETER JULIAN EYMARD

Named Apostle of the Eucharist by Pope John Paul II, Peter Julian Eymard was born to poverty in France in1811. His mother was a devout woman and took him to adoration often enough that he would go to church on his own by the time he was four. When his mother died, he decided that he wanted to become a priest. But his father prevented him for a t...

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