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Saint of the Day: Matthew

September 21st, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Matthew

Feast Day: September 21

One of the Twelve Apostles, this tax collector is called Matthew in one Gospel (Mt 9:9) and Levi in two others (Mk 2:14 and Lk

St. Matthew (CNS)

5:27).

Scripture scholars believe they are the same man because the call and shared meal with Jesus are similar in all three accounts.

He sometimes is credited with writing the Gospel of Matthew, but most scholars think this unlikely.

And there is no evidence for early church traditions that Matthew evangelized in Judea, Parthia or Ethiopia, or that he was martyred in Persia.

Saints of the Day: Maurice and Companions

September 21st, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Sts. Maurice and Companions

Feast Day: September 22

In the fifth century, St. Eucherius of Lyons described the legendary martyrdom of Maurice and the Theban Legion, comprised of

St. Maurice as depicted in stained glass in Cathedral
Vienne, France (CNS)

Christians from Upper Egypt.

Maurice was first officer of the legion, sent by Emperor Maximian to Switzerland to put down some rebellious Gauls.

When Maximian ordered the soldiers to sacrifice to Roman gods, Maurice and his legion refused.

The outraged emperor ordered “decimations” in which one of every 10 men was killed; when the remainder still would not worship Roman gods, Maximian had other soldiers massacre the entire legion of 6,000.

Though the number may be exaggerated, a martyrdom of some Christian soldiers seems believable.

Maurice is a patron saint of all armies, the Swiss Guard and Austria.

Saint of the Day: Andrew Kim Taegon

September 20th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Andrew Kim Taegon

Feast Day: September 20

Andrew was among the 103 Korean Martyrs — 92 Koreans and 11 Europeans — killed during a persecution in 1839-66.

Statue depicting Andrew Kim Tae-gon (Wikimedia Commons)

Born to parents who were Catholic converts, Andrew completed seminary studies in Macao and in 1845 was the first native Korean to become a Catholic priest with his ordination in Shanghai.

After returning to Korea, he tried to smuggle more missionaries into the country but was arrested in 1846.

He spent three months in prison, then was beheaded.

His father also was among the Korean Martyrs canonized in 1984.

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Saint of the Day: Emily de Rodat

September 19th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Emily de Rodat

Feast Day: September 19

Described by one French contemporary as “a saint, but a headstrong saint,” Emily was brought up by her grandmother.

St. Emily de Rodat (CNS)

From the age of 17 she practiced charitable works and entered three different convents but did not stay in any of them.

With support from Abbe Marty, in 1815 she opened a free school to teach poor children at Villefranche-de-Rouergue; the Congregation of the Holy Family and 38 additional foundations grew from this first one.

Mother Emily, outwardly dour and intensely prayerful, led her congregation for 30 years.

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Saint of the Day: Catherine of Genoa

September 15th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Catherine of Genoa

Feast Day: September 15

Caterina Fieschi wanted to be a nun like her older sister, but instead was married at 16 to Giuliano Adorno.

Their arranged union was not happy for Caterina; her husband had a child with his mistress and

St. Catherine of Genoa (CNS)

wasted much of their fortune.

But in 1473 Caterina had a vision of Christ carrying his cross which changed her life.

Thereafter, she devoted her life to prayer and caring for the poor in the slums of Genoa, Italy.

Giuliano also changed, becoming a Franciscan tertiary.

They both worked at the largest charity hospital in Europe, with Caterina advancing from volunteer to director.

She also wrote about mysticism and was canonized in 1737.

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Saint of the Week: Joseph of Copertino

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St. Joseph of Copertino

Feast Day: September 18

Because this Italian Franciscan was seen to levitate and move through the air, usually toward a

“S. Giuseppe da Copertino si eleva in volo alla vista della Basilica di Loreto”, by Ludovico Mazzanti (Wikimedia Commons)

tabernacle or statue of Mary, he is a patron saint of airline pilots, crews and passengers, as well as astronauts and test-takers.

A poor, unschooled peasant from Copertino, Joseph entered a friary in 1620.

He was dismissed for failing to complete even simple tasks, but joined another friary through family connections. There he learned to read his missal and breviary, and he approached exams by praying hard.

He was ordained in 1628.

The “flights,” which he could not control, prompted investigations by two Inquisitions; Joseph was exonerated, but could not celebrate Mass publicly or participate in public functions.

He was canonized in 1767.

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Feast of the Day: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14

Emperor Constantine erected a basilica on the Jerusalem site where Jesus had died and risen; it was

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem (Wikimedia Commons)

dedicated Sept. 13, 335.

Over time, a custom developed: On the day after the anniversary of the dedication, a relic of the wood of the true cross was brought out for veneration.

This feast evolved from that custom, first in the Eastern church and later in the Western church.

It is also called the feast of the Triumph of the Cross:

Through Christ’s action, a symbol of humiliation and defeat was turned into a symbol of liberation and triumph.

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Saint of the Day: John Chrysostom

September 13th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint John Chrysostom

Feast Day: September 13

One of four Greek doctors of the church and an eloquent preacher (chrysostomos means “golden

The Pardon of Saint John Chrysostom by Mattia Preti (Wikimedia Commons)

tongue”), John was born in Antioch.

After some years as a mountain ascetic, he joined the clergy in Antioch in 381 and became a noted biblical commentator.

Elected patriarch of Constantinople in 398, John was outspoken.

His broad reforms drew fire from secular elites and the patriarch of Alexandria.

He was deposed by gathering of bishops in 403 and exiled by the emperor.

He died during a forced move in exile.

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Saint of the Day: Guy of Anderlicht

September 12th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Guy of Anderlicht

Feast Day: September 12

In the late 10th century. Guy was born to a very poor family in a rural area near Brussels.

He embraced his poverty with faith. And he generously shared the little he had with others.

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Guy was homeless for a while. Then a parish priest — struck with his simple, devout life — made him a sacristan at his church.

Thinking he might gain more money to share with the poor, Guy invested much of his sparse livelihood in a business scheme which soon failed.

To repent of his unwise behavior, he made a seven-year pilgrimage on foot, first to Rome, then to Jerusalem.

Sick and exhausted from his journey, Guy returned to Anderlicht in Belgium where he died in 1012.

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Saint of the Day: John Gabriel Perboyre

September 11th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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John Gabriel Perboyre

Feast Day: September 11

A Frenchman drawn to the missions, John Gabriel in 1818 joined the Congregation of the Mission, whose

John Gabriel Perboyre (CNS)

members are called Lazarists or Vincentians.

Ordained in 1826, he was assigned to seminary formation work in France.

In 1835, he finally was sent to Macao, to learn Chinese, then to Hunan.

For two years, he rescued abandoned children and taught them Christianity.

In 1839 in Hupeh, persecution forced missionaries into hiding; John Gabriel was turned in by a recent convert.

Paraded before bureaucrats and mandarins, he would not betray other missionaries or trample the cross.

He was tortured at least 20 times before being strangled on a cross a year after his arrest.

This martyr was canonized in 1996.

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