Monthly Archives: July 2013

St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

St. Ignatius was born in the family castle in Guipúzcoa, Spain, the youngest of 13 children, and was called Iñigo. When he was old enough, he became a page, and then a soldier of Spain to fight against the French. A cannon ball and … Continue reading

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St. Martha, Holy Woman

“Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus.” This unique statement in John’s gospel tells us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha, her sister, and her brother. Apparently Jesus was a frequent guest at Martha’s home in Bethany, a small village two miles from Jerusalem. We … Continue reading

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Sts. Natalie & Aurelius, Martyrs

Saints Aurelius and Natalia (died 852) were Christian martyrs who were put to death during the reign of Abd ar-Rahman II,Emir of Córdoba, and are counted among the Martyrs of Córdoba. Aurelius was the son of a Muslim father and a Christian mother. He was also secretly … Continue reading

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St. James the Greater, Apostle

For James there was no indication that this was the day that his life would change. The dawn for him was not the bright beginning of a new day, but the end of long fruitless night of fishing. As James sat mending his nets in the … Continue reading

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St. Kinga of Poland

She was born in Esztergom, Kingdom of Hungary, the daughter of King Béla IV of Hungary and Maria Laskarina. She was a niece of St. Elizabeth of Hungary and great-niece of Saint Hedwig. Kinga’s sisters were Saint Margaret of Hungary and Jolenta of Poland (Yolanda, Helen). She reluctantly married Bolesław V the … Continue reading

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St. Bridget, Religious

Saint Birgitta was the daughter of Uppland’s Lagman, Birger Petersson and his wife, Ingeborg, who was a member of the same clan as the reigning family. Birgitta’s family was pious; her father went to confession every Friday and made long and arduous … Continue reading

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St. Mary Magdalene, Holy Woman

She is called “the Penitent”. St. Mary was given the name ‘Magdalen’ because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. St. Luke records that she was a notorious … Continue reading

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