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Saints of the Day: The Archangels

September 28th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized Tags:

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The Archangels

Feast Day: September 29

The chief angels of the high order are Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

Altarpiece of three archangels, Marco d”Oggiono (Wikimedia Commons)

Michael is viewed as a guide to heaven, protector of God’s chosen people, foe of Satan and guardian of the church.

Gabriel, revealer of the Incarnation, announced the births of John the Baptist and Christ.

Tradition honors Raphael, an angel of healing, as head of guardian angels, those who hear prayers and bring them to God.

In artwork these messengers of God are depicted as winged beings, a possible reference to the appearance of Gabriel “in rapid flight” to the prophet Daniel.

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Saint of the Day: Wenceslas

September 28th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Wenceslas

Feast: September 28

Educated by his grandmother, St. Ludmilla, Wenceslas became duke of Bohemia (in the Czech Republic) at 15, after his father’s death and an unsuccessful regency by his mother.

Though young, he tried to establish the rule of law, improve education, extend Christianity and open Bohemia to the West.

St. Wenceslas (CNS)

But he ran afoul of his nobles, who did not approve of his acknowledging the German king as their overlord, and of his younger brother’s ambition.

At a church dedication, Boleslas, the brother, provoked a fight with Wenceslas in which the latter was killed.

He was immediately venerated as a martyr.

The relics of this patron saint of Bohemia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are in St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.

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Saint of the Day: Therese Couderc

September 26th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Therese Couderc

Fesast Day: September 26

Born to a French farm family, Marie-Victoire Couderc joined a new religious teaching order, but was sent to manage a mountain

St. Therese Couderc (CNS)

hostel for women pilgrims at the shrine of St. John Francis Regis.

It became a successful retreat house under her guidance, and the order split into a teaching ministry, the Sisters of St. Regis, and a retreat ministry, the Congregation of Our Lady of the Cenacle.

Mother Therese was superior of the Cenacle sisters until 1838, when Jesuit advisers began replacing her with a succession of wealthy women.

She lived out her days as an ordinary nun, suffering deafness and painful arthritis at the end.

She wrote that “the surrendered soul has found paradise on earth,” and was canonized in 1970.

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Saint of the Day: Vincent Strambi

September 25th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Vincent Strambi

Feast Day: September 25

Vincent joined the Passionists as priest in 1768. Over three decades he served as a leader of the congregation, ultimately as

St. Vincent Strambi (CNS)

provincial.

In 1801, he became bishop of Macerata in central Italy. Vincent reformed the diocese by caring for his priests. He built a seminary, staffed it with gifted teachers, and taught there himself.

Vincent also fostered a renewal of worship in his churches.

In 1808, he refused to swear allegiance to Napoleon and was forced into exile.

But when Napoleon abdicated in 1814, Vincent returned to Macerata.

In the final decade of his life he personally turned an Austrian army away from the province and cared for people suffering from famine and a typhoid epidemic, all while continuing his reforms.

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Saint of the Day: Robert of Knaresborough

September 24th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Robert of Knaresborough

Feast Day: September 24

Robert sought his vocation first as a priest and then as a monk.

(CNS)

But reckoning neither as his call, he decided to live in solitude as a hermit.

Robert first made his home in a cave in the forest of Knaresborough.

Then over the years, benefactors provided him hermitages, land and some animals.

Robert used these gifts to provide for the poor, often providing housing for the destitute.

His favorite service was obtaining the release of men from prison.

Finally, he returned to his cave at Knaresborough, where he died on Sept. 24, 1218.

Saint watchers regard Blessed Robert along with St. Elizabeth of Hungary as one of the most popular and prominent saints of the 12th and 13th centuries.

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Saint of the Day: Pio of Pietrelcina

September 23rd, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Pio of Pietrelcina

St. Padre Pio is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Patrick Church in Smithtown, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Feast Day: September 23

Born in an Italian farming village, Francesco Forgione gained worldwide fame as Capuchin friar Padre Pio, who bore the stigmata, or wounds of Christ, invisibly from the time of his ordination in 1910 and visibly from 1918.

As his renown as a confessor grew, the Vatican investigated the genuineness of his stigmata and ministry of prayer and healing.

At San Giovanni Rotondo, he built a hospital to treat patients using prayer and science, as well as a pilgrimage and study complex.

Shortly before his death, the stigmata disappeared. He was canonized in 2002.

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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.

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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.

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Saint of the Week: Vincent de Paul

September 20th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Vincent de Paul

Feast Day: September 27

Born in southwestern France, Vincent began priestly studies in 1595 and was ordained in 1600.

St. Vincent de Paul (Wikimedia Commons)

In 1605, he was taken off a ship attacked by pirates.

After two years as a slave in Tunisia, he escaped and returned to France, taking up parish work outside Paris.

From about 1615, he dedicated his life to serving the poor.

To that end, he founded the Confraternity of Charity, the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) and, with St. Louise de Marillac, the Daughters of Charity.

In 1885 Pope Leo XIII named him the patron of all works of charity.

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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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