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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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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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DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA

"NOVEMBER 9 is the memorial of the DEDICATION OF ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA. As we remember from high school history, Constantine was the emperor of the Western Empire from 306 to 337 AD. His father had been Roman emperor from 305-306. When Constantine took over, he had one major enemy, Maxentius, who was son of the Roman Emperor Maximi...

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PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND THOUGHTS

It was 7:30 am. We were on the coast of Prince Edward Island with a trailer and a one hundred pound dog. And he wanted to go for a walk. I grabbed my rosary and shoved it in my pocket then grabbed his lead and took him out. It was a beautiful sunny morning. Until I looked at the river. It wasn't there! Well, it was, but I could not see ...

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HOW LONG IS MASS?

I guess that our pastor must be reading the catholic365 website! His sermon this weekend could have been taken from these essays! I live in a resort area. We have three seasons: summer, snowmobile and mud seasons. Right now we are in summer and the place is packed with campers, hikers and water park enthusiasts. There are two churches in the tow...

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WAS SIXTUS A POPE?

Although Sixtus is claimed to be a pope by the writings of St. Ireneus and Eusebius, there is not good historical accuracy for that claim. Although it is known that there were bishops in Asia Minor, such as James, in Jerusalem, and Polycarp, in Smyrna, there does not seem to be any indication of the men, listed as pope in the first century aft...

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POPE ALEXANDER I

Alexander is reckoned the fifth pope after St. Peter. As with many persons from the early period of the Church, little is known about Alexander. The most likely scenario is that he was a Roman, some say named after his father. Legend has it that he was born at Caput Tauri, (“head if the bull”) an area of Rome on Esquilline Hill, one of the seven...

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