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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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Sunday Scripture readings, July 30, 2017

July 27th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Catholic News Service

 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle A Readings

1) 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12

Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130

2) Romans 8:28-30

Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

 

God desires our friendship. So much so that Jesus, the Son of God, willingly accepted suffering and death on a cross to reconcile the world to God.

I know this is the central belief of Christian faith. But do I really believe God wants to be “my” friend? Do I desire God’s friendship as much as God desires “my” love? Read more »

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Saint of the Day: Pantaleon

July 27th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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St. Pantaleon

Feast Day: July 27

The cult of this martyr spread in Asia Minor, where Emperor Justinian rebuilt his church in the sixth century, but no actual facts have survived. Saint.Cross.genericAccording to legend, he was a court physician to Emperor Galerius, but rejected a life of self-indulgence because of a Christian friend. After being arrested during the persecution of Emperor Diocletian, he was repeatedly tortured, then beheaded. Many marvels were attributed to his intercession and he became a popular patron of physicians. Reputed relics of his blood kept in Ravello, Italy, are said to liquefy on his feast day.

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Saints of the Day: Joachim and Ann

July 26th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Sts. Joachim and Ann

Feast Day: July 26

Not mentioned in the Bible, Joachim and Anne are first named as the parents of Mary in the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James,

The Meeting of Joachim and Anne outside the Golden Gate of Jerusalem, by Filippino Lippi

“The Meeting of Joachim and Anne outside the Golden Gate of Jerusalem” by Filippino Lippi

which may date from the second century.

In this story, they are old and childless, like the Old Testament Hannah, mother of Samuel, when angels deliver the news that Anne will conceive a child.

Anne was an especially popular saint in medieval England, and her feast was celebrated in the West by 1350; Joachim’s feast was authorized or suppressed by various popes, but was joined with Anne’s in 1969.

They are the patrons of married couples; Anne is also the patron of childless women, expectant mothers and miners.

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Saint of the Day: Sharbel Makhluf

July 24th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Sharbel Makhluf

Feast Day: July 24

Born in a Lebanese mountain village, Youssef was drawn to the life of his uncles, monks of the Maronite rite, but his peasant mother

St. Sharbel (Wikimedia Commons)

St. Sharbel (Wikimedia Commons)

wanted her youngest child to work in the fields.

At age 23, he left home for the monastery, taking the name Sharbel, after an early martyr. He was ordained a priest in 1859 and spend the next 16 years in the monastery at Annaya, working, fasting and praying.

From 1875 he lived as a hermit, praying ceaselessly, regarded as a saint by those who knew him. He is the first Maronite saint included in the Latin-rite calendar.

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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.

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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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