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Catholic Heroes… Blessed Luigi Orione

March 6, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Blessed Luigi Orione

By CAROLE BRESLIN Suffering, great persecutions, humiliations, obstacles to entering the religious life — all of these seem to be the lot of those destined to become saints. In fact, without these pains present in their lives, chances are that their causes for canonization would not proceed. Why would someone want to become a saint if that is the path? Without the cross there is no salvation, but there is much more. Though saints may have been deprived of earthly pleasures, the joy they experience in knowing they are embracing God’s will for them, the graces our Lord bestows on them, and the fruits of their labors that they may live long enough to see, far surpass the pains endured.…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Frances Of Rome

February 27, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Frances Of Rome

By CAROLE BRESLIN Saints come from all states of life and forms of associations within the Church. Quite a few of them were members of Third Orders. A Third Order is an “association of the faithful established by religious orders. Dating from the 13th century, they may be either secular or regular. If secular, they are lay persons, commonly called tertiaries. If regular, they are religious, bound by public vows, and live in community. Originally, Third Orders were Franciscan or Dominican, but the Holy See has since approved many others, both secular and regular, e.g., the Augustinians, Carmelites, Servites, Benedictines, and Trinitarians” (Modern Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, p. 538). These associations are called Third Orders since the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Agnes Of Bohemia

February 20, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Agnes Of Bohemia

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the thirteenth century, many alliances were solidified by a marriage between members of royalty from other nations. There were also quite a few royal persons who were known for their holiness by following Christianity, including St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Ludmila and St. Wenceslaus of Czechoslovakia. Related to all of these saints, Princess Agnes also loved our Lord. Even though she became a pawn in the betrothal scheming, she refused all suitors and spurned the various marriages others were planning for her. Agnes, the daughter of Ottokar, king of Bohemia, and Constance of Hungary, was born on June 20, 1211. Her father is frequently called the father of the Czech Republic as he led the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Margaret Of Cortona

February 13, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Margaret Of Cortona

By CAROLE BRESLIN Great sinners make great saints. It takes a strong-willed child to become a saint. These are statements which would easily fit saints such as Mary Magdalene and St. Augustine. In the thirteenth century, a young lady free in spirit and strong in will led such a life that she was essentially driven from her home village, but later in life Mary Magdalene and Jesus appeared to her as their beloved. Her change in behavior was so abrupt and was so different from her unwholesome ways that she was once again driven away by her family — not because of her immorality, but because of the extremes to which she went in loving repentance. Margaret was born in…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Joseph Allamano

February 6, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Blessed Joseph Allamano

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the lives of the saints one thing is very common: They have such a strong desire to do God’s will that nothing will hinder their work. Many saints, despite illness, weak health, or many other obstacles achieved their goals. Frequently the amount of work accomplished by such individuals seems humanly impossible — and, of course, it is. Flooded with abundant graces because they opened their minds and hearts to God’s will, they could move mountains. Such was the case of Blessed Joseph Allamano. Joseph was born on January 21, 1851 at Castelnuovo d’Asti, Italy, which is just ten miles east of Turin. Two other saints also came from that village about the same time: St. Joseph…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Jeanne De Lestonnac

January 30, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Jeanne De Lestonnac

By CAROLE BRESLIN Is it possible to have two vocations? There are men who have become priests after their wives have died. There are also women saints who, after their husbands died, became religious, such as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Jane Frances de Chantal, and St. Jeanne de Lestonnac. Jeanne was born on December 27, 1556 in Bordeaux, France. She was the firstborn child of Richard de Lestonnac, a member of the Bordeaux parliament, and Jeanne Eyquem, the sister of Michel Eyquem de Montaigne who became widely known and respected for his philosophical essays. During Jeanne’s lifetime, France suffered from the intense conflict between the Catholic Church and the Protestant reformists. Sadly, her mother fell prey to the enemies…Continue Reading

St. Polycarp Of Smyrna

January 23, 2018 saints Comments Off on St. Polycarp Of Smyrna

By CAROLE BRESLIN Researching Church history usually begins with studying the fathers of the Church. Many rely heavily on the writings on spirituality, traditions, and the development of doctrine of these men, including St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Jerome. Who are these men and why are they called fathers of the Church? There are four qualities that are considered when categorizing these fathers: They lived before the close of the eighth century, they preserved doctrinal integrity, they possessed personal sanctity, and they earned the approval of the Church. Many lived in the first few centuries after the death of Christ and are very well known, having left abundant writings that have been…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Raymond Penafort

January 16, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Raymond Penafort

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church has been blessed with a plethora of doctrinal resources, thanks in large part to Pope St. John Paul II. The Code of Canon Law, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the many encyclicals, apostolic exhortations, books, and letters continue to provide the Church with a solid foundation for learning and applying the truths of our faith. Canon Law has been around for many centuries thanks to the pioneering work of a man who lived at the beginning of the 13th century: Raymond Penafort. Although St. Ivo of Chartres (1040-1115) and St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) are credited with great contributions to the development of canon law, St. Raymond Penafort (1175-1275) is recognized for making the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

January 9, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

By CAROLE BRESLIN Our Lord has no limits and conditions for persons whom He calls to sainthood. They may be the richest, such as St. Francis of Assisi, or the poorest such, as the children of Fatima. They may be powerful, such as St. Louis, king of France, or humble, such as our Lady. They may be the most brilliant, such as St. Augustine of Hippo, or the simplest, such as St. Joseph of Cupertino. They can also be very normal, average persons. Marguerite Bourgeoys was not outstandingly brilliant, poor, smart, or simple. Her greatest trait was her love of God and her eagerness to serve. Marguerite was born into unusual times in France. King Louis XIII of France, with…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. John The Apostle

January 2, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. John The Apostle

By CAROLE BRESLIN John the Apostle, who wrote one of the four Gospels, three letters, and the Book of Revelation, is known as the disciple whom Jesus loved. Perhaps because John was so young, innocent, virginal, and pure Jesus loved him in a special way. Or perhaps it was because He knew that John would be the only apostle who would stand by His Mother at the foot of the cross. Could it be because John’s Gospel would be the one that spoke of Christ in an ethereal way, uncommon to the other Evangelists? John the Apostle, also called John the Evangelist, was born around AD 15. Although some claim he came from noble birth, others point to the fact…Continue Reading