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Saint of the Day: Bridget of Sweden

July 23rd, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Bridget of Sweden

Feast Day: July 23

Bridget, or Birgitta, married a Swedish nobleman and they had eight children, including St. Katherine of Vadstena.

St. Bridget of Sweden (CNS)

St. Bridget of Sweden (CNS)

About 1335 Bridget was appointed chief lady-in-waiting at the Swedish court.

After she was widowed in 1344, she founded the Order of the Most Holy Savior, known as Brigittines.

Bridget spent much time in Rome, living austerely and caring for the poor and sick. She died there after a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Bridget claimed to have visions and inspirations throughout her life, prompting both influence and controversy. She was canonized in 1391.

Saint of the Day: Mary Magdalene

July 22nd, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Mary Magdalene

Feast Day: July 22

Mary, from Magdala in Galilee, was a disciple of Jesus who used her resources, or wealth, to help support him and his followers.

"Appearance of Jesus Christ to Maria Magdalena" by Alexander Ivanov

“Appearance of Jesus Christ to Maria Magdalena” by Alexander Ivanov

The Gospel of Luke also says Mary was the woman from whom Jesus cast out seven demons and that she was present at his crucifixion and burial.

In all four Gospels, Mary was the first witness to the Resurrection and carried that news to the others; because of this, St. Augustine called her “apostola apostolorum” the apostle to the apostles.

Traditions that identified Mary as a prostitute or penitent sinner are now discounted.

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What does Scripture reveal about heaven?

July 20th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Catholic News Service

In the great creeds of the Catholic faith, we profess our belief in the “life of the world to come” and “life everlasting.” This is not something merely passively believed in; rather, it is a profound hope in the truest sense of the word: the blessed trust in God’s mercy and providence.

Why is this “world to come” something that we should look forward to? What do we learn from sacred Scripture? Read more »

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Saint of the Day: Margaret of Antioch

July 20th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint of the Day: St. Margaret of Antioch

Feast Day: July 20

This virgin and martyr, the patron saint for a difficult childbirth, is associated with a series of stories about Pelagia of Antioch, who may have been

St. Margaret of Antioch (CNS)

St. Margaret of Antioch (CNS)

martyred when Emperor Diocletian ordered the last persecution of Christians in 303.

St. John Chrysostom in the sixth century and later St. Ambrose knew of a Margaret or Pelagia in Antioch (Marina in the Eastern church) who jumped off a building to save her chastity.

Margaret had a strong following as one of the 14 helper saints in the Middle Ages, and was one of the “voices” that St. Joan of Arc heard, urging her to save France.

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Saint of the Day: Camillus de Lellis

July 18th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Camillus de Lellis

Feast Day: July 18

Though this tall, young Italian was restricted by an ulcerated leg, he worked as a hospital servant and Venetian soldier. After gambling away all his

"Ecstasy of Saint Camillus de Lellis" by Cristóbal Lozano (Wikimedia Commons)

“Ecstasy of Saint Camillus de Lellis” by Cristóbal Lozano (Wikimedia Commons)

property, he became a laborer at the Manfredonia Capuchin monastery and in 1575 tried to join the Capuchins. But his leg wound returned, and he was in and out of the hospital, eventually deciding to devote his life to caring for the sick. Camillus was ordained in 1584 and founded the Order of the Servants of the Sick, more generally known as the Camillians. He is a patron of the sick, of hospitals and of nurses.

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Saint of the Day: Hedwig of Poland

July 17th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Saint Hedwig of Poland

Feast Day: July 17

Monument of St. Hedwig Katowice Panewniki, Poland. (Wikimedia Commons/PD/USA)

Monument of St. Hedwig Katowice Panewniki, Poland. (Wikimedia Commons/PD/USA)

Hedwig, or Jadwiga, was the daughter of King Louis of Poland and Hungary and whis wife, Elizabeth of Bosnia. After her father’s untimely death, Hedwig was made Queen of Poland at age 10. Her betrothed was Grand Duke Jagiello of Lithuania. He converted to Christianity and the royal marriage was key in the conversion of Lithuania. Hedwig dealt with many revolts and tried to find peaceful solutions to conflicts. She encouraged perpetual adoration and helped to unite Latin and Orthodox Christians.

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Saint of the Day: Julie Mary-Magdalen Postel

July 16th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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St. Julie Mary-Magdalen Postel

Feast July 16

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St. Julie Mary-Magdalen Postel (CNS)

In 1774 this Frenchwoman opened a school for girls in her hometown, Barfleur. During the Revolution, Barfleur was a center of underground religious activities, and Julie was given charge of the reserved Eucharist and allowed to bring Communion to the sick. She continued her teaching and good works. At age 51 she founded the Sisters of the Christian Schools of Mercy. Despite many obstacles, as Sister Mary-Magdalen she shepherded the congregation until her death, finding a headquarters and achieving formal recognition.

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Saint of the Day: Bonaventure

July 15th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Bonaventure

Feast Day: July 15

St. Bonaventure, by Tommaso de Leu, 1609-1612 (Wikimedia Commons/PD/USA)

St. Bonaventure, by Tommaso de Leu, 1609-1612 (Wikimedia Commons/PD/USA)

Franciscan doctor of the church, Bonaventure is best known for writing on spirituality and theology.

He stressed the importance of emotion in the search for God without denying human reason in examining divine revelation.

He became minister general of the Franciscans and demonstrated that simplicity, poverty and imitation of Christ could be balanced with intellectual pursuits.

In 1273 he was made cardinal. It is said he refused the traditional red hat and asked papal legates to leave it hanging from a tree.

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Saint of the Day: Kateri Tekakwitha

July 14th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Feast Day: July 14

At her canonization in 2012, Pope Benedict XVI prayed, “St. Kateri, protectress of Canada and the first Native American saint, we entrust to you the

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha holds a cross in the oldest known portrait of her painted about 16 years after her death in 1680. It was painted by Jesuit Father Claude Chauchetiere, who personally knew Blessed Kateri. (CNS photo/courtesy of the Cause of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha)

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha holds a cross in the oldest known portrait of her painted about 16 years after her death in 1680. It was painted by Jesuit Father Claude Chauchetiere, who personally knew St. Kateri. (CNS photo/courtesy of the Cause of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha)

renewal of the faith in the First Nations and in all of North America!”

The daughter of a Mohawk chief and Algonquin woman, Kateri was orphaned in a smallpox epidemic that left her partly blind and disfigured.

She was baptized by a French missionary visiting her village in New York state.

But, her faith and refusal to marry caused trouble, and she fled to an Indian community near Montreal, where she was revered by French and Indians alike for her mystical gifts and kindness.

The “Lily of the Mohawk” is the patron of Native Americans, refugees and the disabled.

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Backgrounder: Q-and-A on the Vatican’s instruction on bread, wine for Communion

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The Vatican recently published a circular letter, “On the bread and wine for the Eucharist,” sent to diocesan bishops at the request of Pope Francis. Dated June 15, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, the letter was made public by the Vatican July 8. Read more »

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