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St. Prisca: Jan. 18

St. Prisca is buried in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome.  She was known to have had a very early cult in Rome.  It is said that she suffered martyrdom.  She died in circa 270AD. FEAST DAY- January 18 BOOKS   Responsorial Psalm Lord, in your strength the king is glad.   Quiz Yesterday’s Answer- Read More →

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ST. ANTHONY: Jan. 17

At age 22, Anthony disposed of his wealth and went to live as a hermit in Upper Egypt.  Many disciples lived near him and he was their spiritual guide.  He founded two monasteries for them. One was the first monastery in the Christian world.  St. Athanasius took him to Alexandria to preach against heresy.  The Read More →

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ST. MARCELLUS: Jan. 16

In 308AD, Marcellus, a priest in Rome, was elected Pope.  Prior to this,  Emperor  Diocletian persecuted Christians and a new pope couldn’t be elected.  Marcellus reorganized the Church in Rome, insisting that before being readmitted to the Sacraments, they do penance.  This caused civil disorder and Marcellus was exiled.  He died shortly after being exiled, Read More →

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ST PAUL, THE HERMIT: Jan. 15

St. Paul was born around 230 AD to a wealthy Egyptian Christian family.  When Paul was 22, Emperor Decius started persecuting Christians.  Paul hid for awhile in the home of a friend and then made his home in a cave.  Paul remained as a hermit after the persecutions ceased as he found the life of Read More →

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ST. FELIX OF NOLA : Jan. 14

During the time of persecution, he helped his elderly bishop, Maximus escape.  Felix was then arrested, beaten severely and imprisoned.  An angel released him from prison.  Felix went to where Maximus was hiding and cared for him.  After Maximus’ death he lived quietly as a priest and farmer.  After his death, a great devotion was Read More →

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ST. HILARY: Jan. 13

St. Hilary was born in France of a noble family as a pagan.  By his reading, inquiries and bible study he became a Christian.  He endeavored to convert others to Christianity.  He was married prior to his conversion.  He was appointed Bishop of Poitiers around 353 AD.  At that time married men were sometimes appointed Read More →

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BAPTISM OF THE LORD: Jan. 12

The Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord brings the season of Christmas to a close.  St. John baptized Jesus in the waters of the Jordan.  He went into the river so that its waters would be sanctified.  Jesus’ Baptism is His definitive manifestation as the Messiah. FEAST DAY- January 12 BAPTISM GIFTS   Responsorial Read More →

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ST. PAULINUS: Jan. 11

Born near Friuli, Italy to a family of farmers, St. Paulinus was a farmer in his youth.  He became a priest and was noted for his scholarship.  He was named Patriarch of Aquilela against his will.  Charlemagne, who he represented at all Church councils, favored him.  He denounced Adoptionism and wrote on this heresy to Read More →

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ST. WILLIAM OF BOURGES: Jan. 10

St. William of Bourges was born in Nevers, France.  His uncle Peter, an Archdeacon of Soissons. educated him.  William became a canon of Soissons and of Paris.  Later, he became a monk at Grandmont Abbey and then a Cistercian at Pontigny.  Eventually he became the abbot at Fontaine-Jean in Sens.  In 1187 he was named Read More →

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ST. ADRIAN OF CANTERBURY: Jan. 9

St. Adrian was a native of Africa.  He was the Abbot of a monastery near Monte Casino, Italy.  He was a saintly man.  The pope appointed him to the post of Archbishop of Canterbury because of his talent for instructing and nurturing a nation still young in the Faith.  Because Adrian felt unworthy of such Read More →

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