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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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POPE ANTERUS

Pope Pontian was arrested by the soldiers of Emperor Maximinus the Thracian in the early fall of 235. He was sent to his death in the mines of Sardinia along with Hippolytus, the writer and theologian, who had been his nemesis. Shortly before leaving, Pontian chose to keep the Church orderly by abdicating his position as the bishop of Rome on Se...

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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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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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POPE SAINT PONTIAN

The Liber Pontificalis is a book of information on the early popes, written in the fourth century. It is not always perfectly accurate and, as archeology reveals more information, new books are published with updated details. I try to get the newest data for these blogs. Like most of the bishops of Rome before Christianity...

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POPE SAINT VICTOR

Pope St Victor, son of Felix was born in Africa, in what is now known as Leptis Magna in Tunisia. His birth was probably in the second quarter of the second century. Nothing else is known of his younger years. Victor's reign showed many changes in the Church. Culture had begun to change in the Roman Empire. No longer was Greek the standar...

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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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POPE SAINT ELEUTHARIUS

Pope St. Eleutherius was a Greek, son of Habundius, born in Nicopolis, part of what is now Greece, some time after 100 AD. His name means "frank, honest, free-spirited". Whether that is his real name or a description of the man is unknown. Eleutherius was Bishop of Rome from about 175 to May 24, 189 AD. It is said that he was martyred ...

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