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Saint of the Day: Edith Stein

August 9th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

Feast Day: August 9

The youngest of 11 children of a devout Jewish mother in Wroclaw, Poland, Edith was an atheist by her teens.

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) (Wikimedia Commons)

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) (Wikimedia Commons)

After studying philosophy in Germany, she was deeply affected by reading the autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila.

Baptized a Catholic in 1922, she joined the Discalced Carmelites in Cologne in 1933, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

Fleeing the Nazis, she moved to a convent in Echt, Netherlands, but was arrested with non-Aryan Christians after the Dutch bishops protested Nazi deportations.

She was martyred at Auschwitz.

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Saint of the Day: Dominic

August 8th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Dominic

Feast Day: August 8

As a theology student, this Spaniard sold his books to help others during a famine, and later held positions at the Osma Cathedral, where

St. Dominic (CNS)

St. Dominic (CNS)

community life followed the Rule of St. Augustine.

Dominic and his bishop went to southern France on a papal mission to fight the Albigensian heresy.

He remained in Toulouse, as head of a preaching mission that evolved into the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans.

Dominic always preferred persuasion to establish orthodoxy and was said by a friar to have “a lively sympathy with any suffering.”

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Saint of the Day: Cajetan

August 7th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Cajetan

Feast Day: August 7

Born in Vicenza, Italy, Cajetan earned a doctorate in civil and canon law at the University of Padua.

St. Cajetan (CNS)

St. Cajetan (CNS)

He took an ecclesiastical office in Rome under Pope Julius II and was ordained in 1516, joining a local oratory.

In Rome and other northern Italian cities, he focused on helping the sick.

With three other Italians, one a bishop who later became pope, he founded in 1523 the first order of clerks regular, the Theatines, which took its name from the bishop’s see.

The priests of this reform congregation aided the Catholic Reformation, taking vows and living communally but also doing pastoral work.

They served the sick, preached and studied the Bible.

Cajetan died in Naples; he is patron of the Theatines and domestic animals.

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Saint of the Day: John Vianney

August 4th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. John Vianney

Feast Day: August 4

Born near Lyon, France, this farmer’s son studied for the priesthood for many years, and eventually was ordained more for his devoutness and

St. John Vianney (CNS)

St. John Vianney (CNS)

good will than for other qualities. But he became a model parish priest in Arsen-Dombes, where he served for 40 years. He was devoted to his parishioners, and became famous for rigorous preaching and insights in the confessional. The Cure of Ars, as he was known, spent up to 18 hours a day hearing the confessions of pilgrims who sought him out. He is the patron of parish priests.

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Saint of the Day: Peter Julian Eymard

August 2nd, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Peter Julian Eymard (Wikimedia Commons/PD/USA)

St. Peter Julian Eymard (Wikimedia Commons/PD/USA)

St. Peter Julian Eymard

Feast Day: August 2

The patron saint of eucharistic devotion, Peter Julian began adult life, like his father, as a cutler. But he became a priest of the French Alpine Diocese of Grenoble in 1834.

In 1839, he left diocesan service to become a Marist priest and eventually became provincial of his congregation at Lyons.

But, after making a pilgrimage in 1851, he understood that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, to whom he was utterly devoted, had no specific religious institute.

Subsequently, he founded the Congregation of the Priests of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, an order of sisters, both devoted to perpetual adoration.

He was canonized in 1962.

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Saint of the Day: Alphonsus Liguori

August 1st, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Alphonsus Liguori

St. Alphonsus Ligouri (Wikimedia Commons/PD/USA)

St. Alphonsus Liguori (Wikimedia Commons/PD/USA)

Feast Day: August 1

Born to nobility, Alphonsus studied civil and canon law at the University of Naples. He practiced law until 1723, when he began theology studies.

After ordination in 1726, he focused on preaching and hearing confessions, and in 1732 founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, or Redemptorists.

As bishop of Sant’ Agata dei Goti 1762-1775, he initiated reforms, restored churches and fostered good liturgy.

He resigned his see due to illness, then devoted himself to his order’s growth and spiritual writings. He is a doctor of the church.

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Saint of the Day: Ignatius of Loyola

July 31st, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Ignatius of Loyola

Feast Day: July 31

Born in his family’s ancestral Basque castle, Inigo Lopez de Loyola was a page in Castile and a soldier wounded in battle before he experienced a personal conversion that has had profound consequences for the church ever since.

"Ignatius of Loyola" by Peter Paul Rubens

“Ignatius of Loyola” by Peter Paul Rubens (Wikimedia Commons/PD/USA)

While convalescing, he read about Christ and the saints, made a long retreat at Manresa and journeyed to Jerusalem.

He studied for 10 years in Barcelona and Paris, where he became Ignatius and was the center of a group of like-minded men.

They founded the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits, to be active missionaries and meet the challenges of the Reformation.

Ignatius, superior general of the new order, also wrote “Spiritual Exercises,” which is still a popular guide.

He is the patron saint of retreats and soldiers.

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Saint of the Day: Peter Chrysologus

July 30th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Peter Chrysologus

Feast Day: July 30

Born in northeastern Italy, Peter was a deacon before Emperor Valentinian III named him archbishop of Ravenna, capital of the Western empire, about 425.

St. Peter (CNS)

St. Peter Chrysologus(CNS)

The empress heard his first sermon as bishop and became a patron regarding building projects and church reforms.

Many of his sermons survive; they reveal good preparation, pastoral warmth and many details of Christian life in fifth-century Ravenna.

Peter supported Pope Leo the Great’s teaching on the Incarnation and counseled Eutyches of Constantinople to accept Rome’s authority.

He may later have been dubbed “chrysologus” (Greek for golden-worded) to give the Western church a preacher equal to John Chrysostom (golden-tongued) in the East.

Peter was declared a doctor of the church in 1729.

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Saint of the Day: Martha

July 29th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Martha

Feast Day: July 29

Martha and her siblings, Mary and Lazarus, are Jesus’ friends in Bethany. In Luke 10:38-42, while Mary sits at Jesus’ feet, Martha is busy serving.

"Christus bei Maria und Martha," by Adolf Zimmerman (Wikimedia Commons)

“Christus bei Maria und Martha,” by Adolf Zimmerman (Wikimedia Commons)

When she complains to Jesus, he says: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. … Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

Just before Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-44), Martha confesses: “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

She is the patron of cooks and servers.

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Saints of the Day: Nazarius and Celsus

July 28th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Nazarius and Celsus

Feast Day: July 28

The story of Nazarius and Celsus, like that of other early martyrs, is rooted in legend.

Ss. Nazarius and Celsus (Wikimedia Commons)

Ss. Nazarius and Celsus (Wikimedia Commons)

One legend says Nazarius was born in Rome, the son of a pagan army officer and Christian mother, who was taught by St. Peter himself.

Because he was preaching Christianity in Milan during the first persecution of Emperor Nero, he was beheaded there with his young companion, Celsus.

However, all that is factually known about them is that St. Ambrose discovered their bodies in Milan about 395 and had their relics enshrined there.

The blood of Nazarius reportedly was still liquid and red in color when the remains were found.

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