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Saint of the Day: Isaac Jogues

October 19th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Isaac Jogues

Feast Day: October 19

Born in Orleans, France, Isaac joined the Jesuits at a young age and was sent to his order’s North American mission in 1636.

St. Isaac Jogues (Wikimedia Commons)

He and Rene Goupil were captured and tortured by a band of Iroquois in 1642.

Rene was killed and Isaac was held as a slave until his rescue by Dutch settlers.

He returned to France, secured permission to continue saying Mass despite mutilated hands, and returned to Canada in 1644.

He and John Lalande were tomahawked and beheaded by Huron Indians who invited them to a meal.

These three and five others, the North American martyrs, are patron saints of Canada and North America.

They share this feast and shrines in New York State and Ontario, Canada.

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Saint of the Day: St. Luke

October 18th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Luke

Feast Day: October 18

Early historians said this author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles was born to a pagan family in Antioch

“St. Luke Painting the Madonna,” by Jan Gossaert (Wikimedia Commons)

(Turkey) and converted to Christianity.

According to Paul’s letters and Acts, he was a doctor and Paul’s companion during his later journeys and imprisonment in Rome.

Luke’s New Testament writings in Greek were for gentiles, extending to them the salvation promised to Israel.

He is the patron of physicians and surgeons and, because of a legend that he painted a Marian icon, of painters.

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Saint of the Day: Ignatius of Antioch

October 17th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Ignatius of Antioch

Feast Day: October 17

This Syrian-born martyr, who gave himself the nickname “God-bearer” because of his certainty of God’s presence within him and who may have been a disciple of St. John the Evangelist, became bishop of Antioch about 69.

St. Ignatius of Antioch (CNS)

Eventually he was arrested and sent to Rome, where his strong desire for martyrdom was fulfilled when he was thrown to the lions in the Colosseum.

In seven letters written to Christians in Asia Minor and Rome, he stressed the need to heal church conflicts, the authority of local bishops and the Eucharist as a source of unity.

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Saint of the Day: Hedwig of Silesia

October 16th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Hedwig of Silesia

Feast Day: October 16

A laywoman from Bavaria, in southern Germany, Hedwig married the duke of Silesia, in southern Poland.

Henry I encouraged his wife’s numerous charitable activities, one of which was founding an abbey of Cistercian nuns at Trzebnica.

The couple vowed to live chastely after their seventh child was born in 1209.

When Henry died in 1238, Hedwig moved to the abbey, where her daughter Gertrude was abbess, but without becoming a nun.

She used her fortune to aid the poor and suffering nearby, and is remembered for increasing German influence in Silesia.

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Saint of the Day: Teresa of Avila

October 15th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Teresa of Avila

Feast Day: October 15

In Castilian Spain, Teresa was born to a wealthy family and educated in an Augustinian convent.

St. Teresa of Avila by François Gérard (Wikimedia Commons)

Eschewing marriage, she entered the Carmelites in 1536.

She began to practice contemplative prayer during a long illness, and grew dissatisfied with the bigness and worldly distractions of her convent.

After a “second conversion” in 1555, she founded the reform-minded Discalced Carmelites and wrote several books.

For her contribution to mystical theology and Christian spirituality, Teresa was named a doctor of the church in 1970.

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Saint of the Day: Callistus I

October 14th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Callistus I

Feast Day: October 14

According to St. Hippolytus, this Roman native was a salve condemned to Sardinia’s salt mines because he mishandled a banking operation for his Christian master.

Afterward he lived in Anzio, and was made a deacon and administrator of the Appian Way Christian cemetery by Pope Zephyrinus, whom he succeeded in 217.

As pontiff, he was criticized for readmitting to the church, following suitable penance, those guilty of adultery, fornication and apostasy under persecution.

He may have died in a popular uprising, ad was venerated as a martyr.

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Saint of the Day: Edward the Confessor

October 13th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Edward the Confessor

Feast Day: October 13

St. Edward reigned as king of England from 1042 to 1066.

Biographers describe his natural gifts of patience, caution, and flexibility, which equipped him for effective governance.

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Edward defended the country from external enemies and protected his authority from his internal opponents.

Thus, in 1066 he left his successor a country that was more peaceful, united, and stable that it was when he became king.

Edward showed his holiness in his care for the poor and generosity to the church.

He was also known for his miracles. For example, water in which he had washed his hands healed people of skin diseases and epilepsy.

Edward was so popular that for a long time he was celebrated as a patron saint of England.

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Saint of the Day: Maria Acosta

October 11th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Maria Soledad Torres Acosta

Feast Day: October 11

As a child in Madrid, Spain, Manuela Torres Acosta reportedly was more intent on getting playmates to pray than to play.

St. Maria Acosta (CNS)

In 1851, she and six companions were invited by a Servite priest to provide home care to the sick of his parish.

Taking the name Maria Soledad to honor Our Lady of Sorrows and overcoming her fear of nursing, she became a founder of the Handmaids of Mary Serving the Sick.

As superior for 35 years, she oversaw the congregation’s rapid expansion and battled government opposition; she was canonized in 1970.

One of her novices said, “Mother Soledad is like an anvil; she is constantly taking a beating.”

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Saint of the Day: Francis Borgia

October 10th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Francis Borgia

Feast Day: October 10

St. Francis was a husband, father of eight, a member of the court of Charles V and the Duke of Gandia.

St. Francis Borgia (CNS)

Then he experienced a conversion in 1539.

And after his wife died, he joined the Jesuits in 1550.

St. Ignatius recognized Francis’ administrative talents and advanced him in the leadership of the society.

The Jesuits elected him general in 1565.

Francis consolidated the order, founding novitiates in every province.

He also expanded the society’s ministry throughout Europe and he introduced bases into the Americas.

Francis’ correspondence sparkles with wisdom.

“When you remove your clothes at bedtime,” he once wrote, “crave Jesus’ pain when he was stripped just before his crucifixion, so that he may strip us of our evil habits of mind.”

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Saint of the Day: Louis Bertrand

October 9th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Louis Bertrand

Feast Day: October 9

Louis became a Dominican at 18 and was ordained a priest in 1547.

St. Louis Bertrand (CNS)

He was novice-master in his native Spain on and off for 30 years and gained a reputation for holiness by caring for plague victims in Valencia in 1557.

In 1562, he went as a missionary to the Caribbean, working in Colombia, and the Leeward, Virgin and Windward Islands for six years.

His apostolic zeal, aided by the gift of tongues and other miraculous events, resulted in 15,000 conversions among the Indian populations.

After he returned to Spain, he trained preachers for the missions, saying the only effective preparation was humble and fervent prayer.

He was canonized in 1671 and is the principal patron saint of Colombia.

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