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Saint of the Day May 22: St. Rita of Cascia

May 22nd, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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St. Rita of Cascia

Feast Day: May 22
Born near Spoleto, Italy, Rita wanted to be a nun but married in deference to her parents. For nearly 20 years, she endured

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St. Rita of Cascia (CNS)

her profligate husband’s mistreatment. Following his violent death, she was admitted after three refusals to an Augustinian convent at Cascia, where she spent the next 40 years. She is remembered for her devoted care of sick nuns and for a deep forehead wound that lasted 15 years, caused she said by a thorn from Christ’s crown of thorns. She has a large popular following, and is invoked in Italy for difficult situations.

Saint of the Day May 21: St. Cristobal Magallanes Jara

May 21st, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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St. Cristobal Magallanes Jara

Feast Day: May 21

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St. Cristobal Magallanes Jara (CNS)

This Mexican saint shares his feast with 21 other priests and three laymen martyred between 1915 and 1937, when Mexican authorities persecuted the Catholic Church. Many of these Cristero martyrs, canonized in 2000, were tortured and executed when apprehended. Father Magallanes, a zealous pastor in his home state of Jalisco, also did mission work among the indigenous Huicholes. Before they were shot, he said to his priest-companion, “Be at peace, my son; it takes but one moment, then it will be heaven.”

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Saint of the Day May 20: St. Bernardine of Siena

May 20th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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St. Bernardine of Siena

Feast Day: May 20

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St. Berndardine of Siena (Wikimedia Commons)

This renowned Italian preacher was canonized only six years after he died. He was born near Siena and studied at the university there. He was ordained a Franciscan priest in 1404. From 1417 until his death 27 years later, he crisscrossed northern and central Italy as an itinerant preacher who drew enormous crowds by focusing on honest and penitential living and on reverence for the holy name of Jesus which led to the spread of this devotion. He also preached against gambling and materialism, and turned down three requests to become a bishop.

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Saint of the Day May 19: St. Dunstan of Canterbury

May 19th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Dunstan of Canterbury

Feast Day: May 19

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Central portion of a 19th century stained glass window in Bath Abbey depicting King Edgar of England being crowned by Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury. Edgar was crowned by Dunstan at Bath, and the service, devised by Dunstan himself, forms the basis of the present-day British coronation ceremony. (Wikimedia Commons)

This abbot of Glastonbury and archbishop of Canterbury was influential in politics as well as the church. He fled at least twice from enemies in the English court, spending time in Monastic solitude. As abbot he instituted the Benedictine rule at Glastonbury and acted as a trusted advisor to King Edmund of Wessex. Dunstan’s influence spread beyond monastic and court circles after he became archbishop. He insisted on the observance of marriage laws as well as those of fasting and abstinence.

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Saint of the Day May 18: Blessed Blandine Merten

May 18th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Blessed Blandine Merten

Feast Day: May 18
Maria Merton was the ninth child in a devout German family. She taught school for six years until 1908, when she and a

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Blessed Blandine Merten (CNS)

sister entered the Ursulines near Ahrweiler. She took the name of an early Christian martyr, and in 1913 added a fourth vow at her consecration to religious life: She offered herself as a willing sacrifice to Christ. But Blandine soon contracted tuberculosis, and in 1916 entered a sanitarium at the Ursuline convent in Trier, where she died. Calm and cheerful as she faced prolonged suffering, she wrote, “I want to love God more than any creature has ever loved him.” She was beatified in 1987.

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Saint of the Day May 17: St. Paschal Baylon

May 17th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Paschal Baylon

Feast Day: May 17

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St. Paschal Baylon (CNS)

Born to a Spanish shepherd family, Paschal was said to have taught himself to read while tending sheep. At age 21 he joined an austere group of Franciscans, devoting himself to prayer and charity. He was sent on a dangerous mission to French Franciscans, and a shoulder wound he received caused him pain for the rest of his life. Long hours of prayer on his knees before the Eucharist earned this lay brother the honor of being patron of Catholic Eucharistic congresses. His emblem in art is a monstrance.

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Saint of the Day May 16: St. Simon Stock

May 16th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Simon Stock

Feast Day: May 16

Never formally canonized a saint, Simon Stock is venerated by the Carmelite order and some dioceses. He was the sixth

"Vierge et saint Simon Stock" by Nicolas Mignard (Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Public Domain)

“Vierge et saint Simon Stock” by Nicolas Mignard (Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Public Domain)

master general of the Carmelites and was responsible for their transformation to a mendicant order. Born in England, Simon supposedly became a hermit at 12. According to legend, Simon received a vision of the Virgin Mary who presented to him the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Devotion to her and the wearing of the scapular have remained popular for centuries.

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Saint of the Day May 15: St. Isidore the Farmer

May 15th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Isidore the Farmer (Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Isidore the Farmer

Feast Day: May 15

A humble peasant born near Madrid, Spain, Isidore married and worked the same fields all his life. The couple was said to have lived celibately after their young son died. Always devout, Isidore visited church on his way t work, prayed while ploughing and made local pilgrimages. Legends associate him with miraculous feedings of birds and a crowd of poor men. He was canonized in the august company of Ignatius Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila and Philip Neri.

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Saint of the Day May 14: St. Mary Mazzarello

May 14th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Mary Mazzarello

Saint Maria Mazzerello (Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Maria Mazzerello (Wikimedia Commons)

Feast Day: May 14

An Italian peasant, Mary worked long hours in the fields and vineyards. She attended Mass frequently and joined a sodality whose members in 1860 were asked to nurse typhoid victims. Mary caught the fever and nearly died. Because of weakened health, she started a dressmaking business to employ local girls. This was the beginning of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, which now has 1,400 houses in 54 countries. Mary is enshrined in Turin next to St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians men’s order.

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Saint of the Day May 13: Our Lady of Fatima

May 13th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Our Lady of Fatima
Feast Day: May 13

Mary appeared to three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, six times between May 13 and October 13, 1917, and asked for prayers for

Our Lady of Fatima (CNS)

Our Lady of Fatima (CNS)

 world peace and an end to World War I, for sinners, and for the conversion of Russia. She entrusted the children with three secrets, regarding devotion to her Immaculate Heart, a vision of hell, and a “bishop in white” shot by soldiers firing bullets and arrows.

Many connect the third secret to the attempted assassination of Blessed Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981, and the pope thanked Mary for guiding the bullet and saving him. At the Vatican last October 13, Pope Francis stood before the statue of Our Lady from the Fatima shrine and formally entrusted the world to Mary.

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