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Catholic Heroes… St. Lawrence

August 9, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Lawrence

By CAROLE BRESLIN Valencia, claim its inhabitants, is the premier city in all of Spain. Located along Spain’s eastern Mediterranean coastline, it boasts stunning beaches, ancient history, and magnificent churches. Perhaps the most famous is the Valencian Cathedral, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption, which holds a chalice which has been defended as the relic of the true Holy Grail. St. Lawrence is believed to have been instrumental in secreting the Holy Grail (the sacred vessel used by Christ for His Precious Blood) out of Rome during a particularly brutal persecution of the early Church. His parents lived in Huesca, a city well known for the silver coins it produced, but also for its nobility and Christian population…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Frederic Janssoone

August 2, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Blessed Frederic Janssoone

By CAROLE BRESLIN In 1342 The Franciscans were charged with the care of the sites in the Holy Land promoting the Way of the Cross. More than 500 years later, Fr. Frederick Janssoone received the same responsibility — to guard the holy sites in Jerusalem. In Ghyvelde, the Nord Department of northern France, Pierre Janssoone and Marie-Isabella Bollengier became the proud parents of Frederick on November 19, 1838. He was the youngest of 13 children. His mother called him her gift from St. Elizabeth of Hungary since it was her feast day. In 1847, Pierre died, leaving the children in the care of their mother who had a deep devotion to St. Francis of Assisi. The year after his father’s…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

July 26, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

By CAROLE BRESLIN In northern Israel between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea, a mountain range stretches inland. This range, although named Mount Carmel, is really a series of mountains stretching inland. The main site of the Mount, the Stella Maris monastery of the Discalced Carmelites, sits on a limestone bluff overlooking the city of Haifa. The view of the sea, the lands, and mountain range beyond the monastery is stunning. In fact the name Carmel comes from the ancient Hebrew word meaning garden, named after its many beautiful flowers, shrubs, and fragrant herbs. So beautiful was this mount that people compared it to the bride in the Song of Songs (7:5). Although we think of Our Lady…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Pope St. Symmachus

July 19, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Pope St. Symmachus

By CAROLE BRESLIN Although Chinese people are not familiar with a popular saying, some attribute it to them: “May you live in interesting times.” Certainly its context seems benevolent on the surface, but it is intended to be more of an unkind expectation. Interesting times are not necessarily peaceful times, such as the reign of Pope Symmachus, which can definitely be classified as an interesting time. Symmachus was one of those saints whose younger days are obscure, but who became more widely known in his later years. He was born in Sardinia, an idyllic island in the Mediterranean Sea west of Italy. Most historians believe his father, Fortunatus, and his mother were pagans, since Symmachus was not baptized until he…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Veronica Giuliani

July 12, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Veronica Giuliani

By CAROLE BRESLIN In July, the month of the Precious Blood, the Catholic Church remembers saints by the name of Veronica. On July 12, the memorial of Veronica (meaning “true image”), the saint from the first century who presented her veil to wipe the face of Jesus, is celebrated. Three days before that, on July 9, St. Veronica Giuliani is remembered. Some saints become widely known because of their active lives founding religious orders, helping the poor, or traveling to foreign lands to evangelize, leaving behind a great deal of information. Others are mystics and have led lives of seclusion and the only way we know much about them is by the journals they wrote in obedience to their superiors,…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

July 5, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

By CAROLE BRESLIN Our Lord had a special love for the poor when He walked this earth. At one time He rebuked one of the apostles, saying, “The poor you will always have with you” (Matt. 26:11). Rather than avoiding the destitute or shun the homeless, Christians are called to love them as we love ourselves. At the beginning of the 20th century, our Lord sent a man to Italy to be servant of God to those in need. Nearly 60 years before Apostolicam Actuositatem (Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People — Vatican II), Pier Giorgio discerned that God had called him to remain a layman so that he could serve the poor and the needy more effectively. Alfredo…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Raymond Lull

June 28, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Blessed Raymond Lull

By CAROLE BRESLIN Occasionally our Lord will bring into the world a man so brilliant that few can comprehend how one person could possess so much knowledge and wisdom. Leonardo da Vinci, famous for painting the Mona Lisa, also conceived ideas and drawings, such as an anemometer to measure wind speed, a flying machine — one like a helicopter and one like a fixed-wing plane — a parachute, a machine gun, an armored car like a tank, a robotic knight, scuba gear, and a revolving bridge. These ideas predated their construction by 300 to 400 years. Einstein and his theory of relativity also come to mind. But a man few people have heard about is Raymond Lull, who is credited…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph Cafasso

June 21, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph Cafasso

By CAROLE BRESLIN Truman Capote wrote: “Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life.” More important, grace is a chain of grace with one grace leading to another. And holiness a chain of holiness as God pours His love through one person to another, as the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mediatrix of all graces, pours graces upon her children on Earth. This is evident from the life of St. Monica, who is largely responsible for the conversion of both her husband and her son, St. Augustine of Hippo. Similarly, St. Thomas Aquinas was the student of St. Albert the Great, and Saints Louis and Zélie Martin were the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, doctor…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph The Hymnographer

June 14, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph The Hymnographer

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the late sixth and early seventh century, the glories of Gregorian chant began to develop in Rome. Then, in the thirteenth century, St. Thomas Aquinas wrote beautiful hymns to celebrate Corpus Christi and to honor the Real Presence. In the Eastern Church, around Constantinople, they also sang hymns, but it was not until the late ninth century that a simple man was inspired by God to write a plethora of hymns dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Bartholomew, St. Nicholas, and to many others. He composed so many hymns that he came to be known as St. Joseph the Hymnographer. Joseph, born around 810 on the Italian island of Sicily, had exemplary Christian parents. His…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Medard

June 7, 2018 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Medard

By CAROLE BRESLIN Detachment from worldly goods and temporal pleasures sometimes comes to a person after years of devotions, fasting, and prayer. By giving up one vice at a time or practicing one virtue and mastering that one, then moving on to the next, a person can grow in holiness. Occasionally, our Lord will bring a child into the world who practices such heroic virtue from his earliest days, that it is clear he will become a great servant of God. St. Medard was such a man, becoming one of the most distinguished prelates in the history of France. Both his parents possessed royal lineages with his father, Nectaridus, an important French nobleman in the king’s court, and his mother,…Continue Reading