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Catholic Heroes . . . St. John Baptist De La Salle

April 5, 2016 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes . . . St. John Baptist De La Salle

By CAROLE BRESLIN When some men hear the call of God, it is sudden with great changes made in their lives, as with St. Paul and the children of Fatima. However, for most people, it takes years to see where God is leading them. One man even admitted that if he had known when he began where God was leading him, he never would have begun the work to which he had been called. That man was St. John Baptist de La Salle from Reims, France. Louis de La Salle and Nicole de Moet de Brouillet were the parents of seven children, the oldest one being John Baptist de La Salle born on April 30, 1651. Nicole came from a…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . Blessed Anacleto Gonzalez Flores

March 29, 2016 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes . . . Blessed Anacleto Gonzalez Flores

By CAROLE BRESLIN During Holy Week, we hear our Lord say during the Passion, “For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?” (Luke 23:31). Throughout the history of the Church, Catholics have been persecuted and martyred and they continue to be persecuted and martyred today. This is the normal situation of Catholics, one in which we should rejoice to be able to join our Lord in winning souls for Heaven. Persecution also decimated Catholic activities in Mexico during the early 20th century. Graham Greene wrote that the persecution of the Church in Mexico was second only to the persecution of Catholics in England under Queen Elizabeth I. The Cristero War (1926-1929)…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Lucy Filippini

March 22, 2016 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes . . . St. Lucy Filippini

By CAROLE BRESLIN Since the beginning of the Catholic Church, the family has been recognized as the foundation of both the Church and society. Without a strong family structure, chaos ensues with violence, conflicts, abuse, and heartache. Likewise, the Church has always recognized that while the man is the head of the home as Christ is the head of the Church, the woman is the heart of the home and the foundation for a vitalized Church. In the 17th century, as civilization deteriorated, Mark Anthony Cardinal Barbarigo saw that the Church needed to be revitalized and began planning for this work. Our Lord provided him a most fitting assistant to meet his needs. On January 13, 1672 a little girl…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . Servant Of God Augustus Tolton

March 15, 2016 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes . . . Servant Of God Augustus Tolton

By CAROLE BRESLIN When God calls a man to the priesthood, sometimes the call is heard clearly and few obstacles are placed in the path of the aspiring man of God. Sometimes, however, that man must overcome numerous obstacles to his vocation before achieving the honor of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Such was the case of Augustus Tolton, born into slavery in Missouri. A well-to-do Catholic family lived in Kentucky, owning a number of slaves, one of which was a lovely young girl named Martha Jane Chisley. Just before 1850, her owners, Stephen and Savilla Elliot, moved to Missouri, taking Savilla’s personal slave, Martha, with them. In 1851, Martha married Peter Paul Tolton in St. Peter Church in Brush…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Giacomo Cusmano

March 8, 2016 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Blessed Giacomo Cusmano

By CAROLE BRESLIN In our human frailty, it is easy to become discouraged when there is so much tragedy, corruption, and sorrow in our lives. However, that is when God is especially close to us. It is a normal way of life for the Christian to suffer, but also a normal way of life for true Christians to see the grace in the midst of suffering. “Now the law entered in, that sin might abound. And where sin abounded, grace did more abound” (Romans 5:20). Blessed Giacomo Cusmano was an angel of mercy, bringing solace to the suffering of the island of Sicily in face of its trials from the revolutions. On March 15, 1834, a man of God was…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Casimir Of Poland

March 1, 2016 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes . . . St. Casimir Of Poland

By CAROLE BRESLIN Our Lord told His disciples quite clearly that it is difficult for the rich to enter into Heaven. “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God” (Matt. 19:24 and Luke 18:25). Nonetheless, there are many saints who came from wealthy and noble parents. They lived simple lives, often in seclusion, forgoing the trappings of their station and seeking only to know and do the will of God. St. Francis of Assisi, King Louis IX and his sister St. Isabel of France, and St. Casimir of Poland are just a few of them. St. Casimir…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Isabel Of France

February 23, 2016 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Isabel Of France

By CAROLE BRESLIN France, because of her early and continual faithfulness to the Catholic faith, has been called the Eldest Daughter of the Church. The ties with the Catholic Church began with the conversion of King Clovis I (466-511) and continued through the Protestant Revolution until the present time — even with the persecutions France suffered during the French Revolution. One of the Catholic kings who became a saint had a sister who has also been declared a saint, St. Isabel of France. In Pays de France, just outside of Paris, along the Seine, lived King Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile, the queen of France. The royal couple were a holy example of Christian love, and they already had…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Giovanni Da Fiesole, OP

February 16, 2016 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Blessed Giovanni Da Fiesole, OP

By CAROLE BRESLIN During the Renaissance, a return to classical interests surged with cultural, social, and educational reforms. Diplomacy and manners became popular once again, but the most remarkable accomplishments were in the art of the era. Many famous artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and da Vinci created masterpieces that are still highly prized centuries later. But there is only one of them whom the Catholic Church ever declared a blessed: Blessed Giovanni da Fiesole. Blessed Giovanni was born in about 1395 in Rupecanina, Tuscany, just northwest of Florence. Little is known about his parents, who gave him the name Guido di Pietro at his birth. The first of any evidence about the man was recorded on October 17,…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Miguel Febres Cordero Munoz

February 9, 2016 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes . . . St. Miguel Febres Cordero Munoz

By CAROLE BRESLIN There have been many saints born in Europe who came to the Americas to convert the natives and work among immigrants. These included St. Isaac Jogues, St. Frances Cabrini, and St. Damien of Molokai, to name a few. There were few saints who were born in the Americas and then went to Europe and died there far from their native land. One of these rare saints is Miguel Febres Cordero Munoz. On November 7, 1854, one month before the dogma of the Immaculate Conception was announced by Pope Pius IX, a child was born in Cuenca, Ecuador. He was named Francisco Febres Cordero Munoz. Francisco was born with club feet and was unable to walk for many…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Boleslava Maria Lament

February 2, 2016 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Blessed Boleslava Maria Lament

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church observes the Church Unity Octave from January 18 through January 25. For each day of the octave, we pray for a different form of unity. For example, on January 18, the intention is for the return of separated Eastern Christians to communion with the Holy See. Another day the intention is for the restoration of lapsed Catholics to the sacramental life of the Church. Both of these intentions formed the spiritual life and apostolic activity of Blessed Boleslava Maria Lament. Boleslava was born on July 3, 1862 in Lowicz, Poland, to Martin Cyqamoska and Lucia Lament. She was the eldest of eight children. During this period of high infant mortality, Boleslava witnessed the deaths…Continue Reading