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Catholic Heroes . . . St. Ambrose

November 27, 2013 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes . . . St. Ambrose

By CAROLE BRESLIN Even Truman Compote could have some interesting insights such as, “Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life.” It would seem to follow then that holiness is a chain of holiness as witnessed by St. Albert the Great and St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, and St. Ambrose and St. Thomas Aquinas. We are channels of grace meant to not only serve God, but to bring others to the same eternal end. The year of Ambrose’s birth is placed somewhere around AD 340. It is likely that he was born in Gaul where his father, also named Ambrose, was prefect for the Romans. While Ambrose…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Edmund Campion

November 19, 2013 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes . . . St. Edmund Campion

By CAROLE BRESLIN Some people are raised Catholic by very devout parents or at least one parent. When the child grows and becomes independent, then he rejects the faith. Some never come back, but there are those who, having failed to remain faithful to the teachings of the Church, come back with great zeal and drive to spread the Truth. St. Augustine comes to mind. There is a martyr of the English Reformation who also comes to mind: St. Edmund Campion. Edmund was born to a bookseller and his wife on January 25, 1540 in London, England. Edmund Campion showed great promise as a child. He was a star in the darkness of that era; he was not only brilliant…Continue Reading

St. Andrew Dung Lac

November 12, 2013 saints Comments Off on St. Andrew Dung Lac

By CAROLE BRESLIN At the docks of Kuala Terengganu, a village on the east coast of Malaysia, we waited to board the fishing boat. The craft bobbed up and down with each incoming wave. Timing was essential to land properly on the deck. Once aboard, we relaxed for the three-hour trip out to Pulau Bidong, an island in the South China Sea off the coast of West Malaysia, just 400 miles southwest of Vietnam. This island was uninhabited a few years previously, but with the flood of Vietnamese boat people escaping from the Communist regime in Vietnam after its fall in 1975, it now held over 40,000 refugees. The members of the U.S. refugee office from Kuala Lumpur typically stayed…Continue Reading

St. Martin of Tours

November 5, 2013 saints Comments Off on St. Martin of Tours

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the fourth century, after the signing of the Edict of Milan, which enacted toleration of Christianity, paganism still flourished on the European continent. It would be centuries before France would be called the Daughter of the Church. It would not be a man of Gaul who would convert much of France. Rather it would be a young man born of pagans, whose father was a soldier in the Roman army. St. Martin of Tours was born around AD 315 in Sabaria which was located in Pannonia, now known as the eastern part of Croatia. Since his father was in the army, the family moved as needed. Thus, Martin’s father took his young family to Pavia, which…Continue Reading

St. Teresa Of Avila

October 14, 2013 saints Comments Off on St. Teresa Of Avila

By CAROLE BRESLIN Many parents have bemoaned a strong-willed child. Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, said, however: “Be thankful. Only strong-willed children become saints.” St. Teresa of Avila was a strong-willed child. In fact, one biographer called her a troublemaker. Born of Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda and his second wife, Beatriz Davila y Ahumada, she loved her parents. She was born on March 28, 1515 of a large family and admits that they were all virtuous except her. Teresa’s early years were occupied with reading about the saints with her brother Rodrigo. They thrilled at the victories of martyrs. Hoping to win the same eternal rewards, she and Rodrigo left to go to the Moors and to beg God to…Continue Reading