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ST. LAWRENCE – DEACON AND MARTYR: AUGUST 10

St. Lawrence was a Deacon of the Church of Rome.  He was martyred during the persecution of Valerian four days after the martyrdom of Pope Sixtus II and his four companions.  His tomb is located in the field of Verano near the Via Tiburtina where Constantine the Great later built a basilica.  Devotion to Lawrence Read More →

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EDITH STEIN – ST. TERESA BENEDICTA OF THE CROSS – VIRGIN AND MARTYR: AUGUST 9

Born in Breslau (now Warsaw, Poland) to a Jewish family in 1891.  She abandoned Judaism in her early teens.  After reading the autobiography of Teresa of Avila, she became a Catholic and later became a Carmelite.  She was brilliant and earned a doctorate in philosophy in 1916.  She taught in the university until 1922.  She Read More →

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STS. NATHALIA, AURELIUS, LILOSA, FELIX AND GEORGE – MARTYRS: JULY 27

During the 8th century Moslems ruled in Cordova Spain.  For a while, Christians were permitted to practice their Faith.  But soon they began to be systematically persecuted.  Nathalia was a Moslem, and her husband Aurelius was the son of an Arab.  Outwardly, they conformed to Moslem customs but practiced their Christian Faith in secret.  When Read More →

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ST. JAMES – APOSTLE: JULY 25

St. James was the son of Zebedee and the brother of St. John.  He and his brother were fishing when Jesus invited them to follow him.  Our Lord called them “sons of thunder”  because they were so zealous.  He was present at most of the miracles performed by Jesus.  He was also near Jesus at Read More →

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ST. KATERI TEKAKWITHA: JULY 14

St. Kateri was born in 1556.  Her mother, an Algonquin Indian, was captured by the Mohawk Indians and the chief married her.  Her mother, father, and little  brother all died of smallpox.  Kateri survived  but was scarred and frail.  Her uncle took her to live with his family and she endured much suffering after she Read More →

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ST. HENRY II – EMPEROR: JULY 13

St. Henry was born in 972 to the Duke of Bavaria and his wife Gisella.  St. Wolfgang, Bishop of Ratisbon, guided his education.  In 995, he succeeded his father as Duke of Bavaria, and in 1002 he was elected Emperor upon the death of his cousin, Otho III.  His zeal was for all things for Read More →

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ST. VERONICA OF THE VEIL: JULY 12

Legend has it that she wiped the face of Jesus when He was carrying the cross on the way to His crucifixion.  When He returned it to her it had the imprint of His face on it.  She became known as Veronica in time (Vera-true; icon-image).  Several different legends surround her life.  There is none Read More →

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ST. BENEDICT – ABBOT: JULY 11

Born at Nursia about 480, he was educated at Rome.  After seeing the corruption of the world, he left home to live the life of penance and prayer as a hermit in a cave in Subiaco.  He was instructed in Christian asceticism by St. Romanus.  There he gathered disciples, and then departed for Monte Cassino Read More →

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OLIVER PLUNKETT – ARCHBISHOP AND MARTYR: JULY 10

Born in 1629 in County Meath, Ireland.  After his studies for the priesthood in Rome, he was ordained in 1654.  He was appointed Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland after some years of teaching and giving service to the poor of Rome.  A new wave of anti-Catholic persecution began in Ireland in 1654, and he was Read More →

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ST. AUGUSTINE ZHAO RONG – PRIEST AND COMPANIONS: JULY 9

St. Augustine was a Chinese soldier.  Bishop John Gabriel Taurin Dufresse (Paris Foreign Mission Society) was martyred in Beijing, and St. Augustine accompanied him to his martyrdom.  Shortly after, Augustine converted and was baptized.  Then he was ordained a diocesan priest.  He, along with his companions, were martyred over the years.  Four were Chinese diocesan Read More →

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