Monthly Archives: December 2012

St. Chaeremon & St. Ischyrion and Companion Marytrs, Martyrs

The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church. Today’s saints were martyred during the reign of Emperor Decius. They lived in Egypt. Many of the Christians were driven out into the desert. There they died in a … Continue reading

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St. Anastasius I, Pope

Pope Anastasius I was among the first to condemn the works of Origen. Elected to the papacy in 399, Anastasius was a Roman by birth, and little is known of his early life. In 400, he arranged a council to consider the … Continue reading

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St. Flannan, Bishop

St. Flannan was born in Thomond, Ireland, in the 17th century, the son of an Irish chieftain named Turdough. He received his early education from a monk, some of which was more vocational than intellectual. Despite opposition from family and … Continue reading

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St. John of Matha, Priest

The life of St. John of Matha was one long course of self-sacrifice for the glory of God and the good of his neighbor. As a child, his chief delight was serving the poor; and he often told them he … Continue reading

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St. Adelaide, Holy Woman

Born c. 931 in Burgandy, St. Adelaide married, at 15 or 16, Lothair of Italy to whom her father had engaged her when she was two. When Lothair died three years later, his successor and usurper Berengar of Ivrea imprisoned Adelaide and attempted to … Continue reading

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St. Maria Crocifissa di Rosa

St. Maria Crocifissa di Rosa was the founder of the Handmaids of Charity in Brescia, Italy, in 1839.[She was both beatified and canonized by Pope Pius XII. She was born as Paolina Francesca di Rosa on November 6, 1813, in the city of Brescia, Italy.First educated in … Continue reading

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St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church

Born in Spain in 1542, John learned the importance of self-sacrificing love from his parents. His father gave up wealth, status, and comfort when he married a weaver’s daughter and was disowned by his noble family. After his father died, his mother kept the … Continue reading

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St. Edburga, Virgin

Edburga, who lived in the eight century, was of noble birth. Her family controlled the area surrounding Kent in England. Little is known of Edburga’s early life. As a young woman, she was a follower of St. Mildred, and she … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Blessed Virgin Mary, by her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe, is the Patroness of Mexico and the Americas. On December 9, 1531, Our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego, an Indian Christian, whom she sent to the bishop with … Continue reading

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St. Eulalia of Merida, Virgin and Martyr

Eulalia of Merida was born in Spain in the last decade of the third century. It is almost universally accepted that she suffered martyrdom for the faith. What little known else known of her to date is based mostly on … Continue reading

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