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Catholic Heroes… St. Jane Frances De Chantal

March 7, 2019 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Jane Frances De Chantal

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the sixteenth century, the Catholic Church was reeling from the Protestant Reformation, which led to the Council of Trent (1545-1563) to renew the Church. In addition, God provided many holy men and women to help usher in a spiritual revival as well. Some of those champions of the Counter Reformation were St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), and St. Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641). Jane came from noble roots. Her father was prominent as the royalist president of the Parliament of Burgundy, France. Jane was born in Dijon on January 23, 1572, an only child. A pious, faithful Catholic, Jane’s father…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Teresa Eustochio Verzeri

February 28, 2019 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Teresa Eustochio Verzeri

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the first part of the 1800s, the Jansenists continued to spread their heresy. To them God was an angry God. Everyone’s fate was sealed and could not change and so there was no point in developing an intimate relationship with Jesus, especially in the Blessed Sacrament. Catholics were urged to stay away from Holy Communion since they were not worthy to receive our Lord because of their sinfulness. Into this chaos a woman was born who loved our Lord and who labored to help others learn of God’s love through the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The village of Bergamo lies in the foothills of the Italian Alps, about 50 miles northwest of Milan. Antonio Verzeri and…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Daniel Brottier

February 21, 2019 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Blessed Daniel Brottier

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Eighth Station of the Cross tells us that on His way to Calvary, our Lord counseled the women of Jerusalem. Without self-pity, He set aside His pain and suffering to think only of saving souls. Many saints have suffered great pains and dark nights, but they did not use these sufferings as excuses to avoid doing God’s work. Blessed Daniel Brottier suffered from severe headaches for most of his life, yet he accomplished many great deeds to honor God’s Kingdom. John-Baptiste Brottier, and his wife, Herminie (née Bouthe), lived in a commune in La Ferté-Saint-Cyr, about 125 miles south of Paris. On September 7, 1876 they welcomed their newborn son Daniel. His father supported Daniel, his…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara

February 14, 2019 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara

By CAROLE BRESLIN India has almost as many people (1.37 billion) as China (1.42 billion), which has three times the land area. Of the population of India, under three percent are Christian. In Kerala, a state on the southwest coast of India, nearly 20 percent are Christian. Perhaps the greater proportion is a result of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, who came from Kerala and was the first male Indian to be canonized. The Catholic community in Kerala dates back to the time of St. Thomas the Apostle. Kuriakose’s parents, Iko Chavara and Mariam Thoppil, came from an ancient Nasrani Christian family. Kuriakose was born in Kainakary on February 10, 1805 and was baptized at St. Joseph’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Church on…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Jacoba Of Settesoli

February 7, 2019 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Blessed Jacoba Of Settesoli

By CAROLE BRESLIN Two millennia of Catholicism have produced saints from all walks of life: rich and poor — and the wealthy who became poor, such as St. Francis of Assisi who renounced his inheritance, St. Anthony of Egypt who gave his wealth away, and St. Thomas Aquinas who became a poor monk. There have also been those who lived prominent lives with heroic sanctity such as St. Louis IX, King of France (1214-1270), and St. Stephen of Hungary (973-1038). There are those who have lived lives of heroic virtue within the state of their life, such as the martyr St. Felicity, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, and Blessed Jacoba of Settesoli. Most Catholics know of St. Clare of Assisi who…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Maria Catherine Kaspar

January 30, 2019 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. Maria Catherine Kaspar

By CAROLE BRESLIN During the crisis of the Protestant Revolution, the Lord sent such towers virtue and prayer like St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Teresa of Avila to strengthen the Church. In another era, St. Francis of Assisi was personally asked by our Lord to rebuild His Church. Not all saints of the Church have had such broad and lasting influence — some have done what they discerned God called them to do in their own environment. They have seen a need among a few and have mobilized their meager resources, blessed by the grace of God, and have helped the marginalized. Today the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, among other ministries, are working to stop the trade in…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Vincent Pallotti

January 24, 2019 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes . . . St. Vincent Pallotti

By CAROLE BRESLIN Throughout the history of the Church, beginning with Christ Himself, disenfranchised youth have found a friend in the followers of the Lord. St. John Bosco and St. Philip Neri come to mind. There is another saint who also helped both young men and young women, St. Vincent Pallotti, a man born and raised in Rome during the time of the Jesuit suppression. Peter Paul Pallotti and his wife Maddalena were a devout Catholic couple with two children when Vincent was born on April 21, 1795. He was the third of ten children, who were raised by attending daily Mass and many devotions in the neighboring churches of Rome. As a child he had learning troubles, so his…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. John Calabria

January 16, 2019 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… St. John Calabria

By CAROLE BRESLIN St. Teresa of Calcutta answered a call within a call by founding the Missionaries of Charity to help the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, India. Soon her apostolic endeavors to serve the most destitute of persons spread throughout the world, while she said that the greatest poverty is in the West where people do not know the love of God despite all of their wealth. One hundred years before she answered her call, another man answered a similar call by helping the most vulnerable in his locality and, as with St. Teresa, his work soon spread throughout the world. John Calabria found certain truths to be universal. Beauty, peace, and love have no price though great…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Anthony Of Egypt, Abbot

January 9, 2019 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes . . . St. Anthony Of Egypt, Abbot

By CAROLE BRESLIN While we can understand that God is infinite, it is difficult to comprehend the stretch of such infinity. Certainly our finite minds cannot begin to comprehend it. Hence, since our minds are finite, the more we have cluttering our minds with worldly affairs such as possessions, relationships, and activities, the less time and room we have in our minds for considering the things of God. St. Anthony of Egypt, a young man who had been left a great estate, comprehended this truth more than anyone of his time. Thanks to the biography written by St. Athanasius (died 373) a detailed history of St. Anthony of Egypt is available. In 251, a Christian couple in Egypt gave birth…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Servant Of God Walter Ciszek

January 2, 2019 saints Comments Off on Catholic Heroes… Servant Of God Walter Ciszek

By CAROLE BRESLIN Part 2 After living 23 years in Russia in prison camps and various towns in northern Russia, Fr. Walter Ciszek was suddenly given orders to be prepared to go to Moscow. He was never told why he was being transferred to the capital of Russia. When he first arrived, he wondered what was happening. For once, he was treated with respect, but still kept in darkness about his presence in Moscow. His odyssey in Moscow began when he had been living in Abakan and was allowed to write letters. Eventually, his sister received one of his letters, but was skeptical that it was really her brother. Over several exchanges she determined that it was truly him. Mrs.…Continue Reading