+1787; lawyer; founded the Redemptorists; opposed Jansenism, stressing Christ’s love “copiosa apud eum redemption” and Mary’s help; bishop of Sant’ Agata dei Goti; master of moral theology; patron of confessors and moral theologians.
Eusebius, +371; considered the founder of the canons regular in the West, defender of St. Athanasius; exiled to Palestine by Constantius; with St. Hilary, an opponent of Arianism.
Peter Julian Eymard, born at La Mure, France, became a parish priest in 1834 and joined the Marists 5 years later. He fostered Eucharistic adoration throughout his life and founded a religious order of priests-adorers of the Holy Eucharist who came to be known as the Priests of the Blessed Sacrament.
Jean-Baptiste Marie Vianney, +1859; universally known as the “Cure of Ars”, compassionate confessor and spiritual counsellor; patron of priests both diocesan and religious.
The feast of the Transfiguration of Christ celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divine glory on Mount Tabor in Galilee (Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-36). After revealing to His disciples that He would be put to death in Jerusalem (Matthew 16:21), Christ, along with Ss. Peter, James, and John, went up the mountain. There, Saint Matthew writes, “he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow.”
Dominic de Guzman, + 6 August 1221; born in Caleruega, Spain; founded the Order of Preachers, an elective, fraternal form of community life devoted to contemplation, study and preaching; sought to bring Albigensians back into the Church through preaching and living evangelical poverty; his ideal: contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere; canonized in 1234.
Edith Stein, born October 12, 1891, Wrocław, Poland; + August 9, 1942 also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, OCD, was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to the Roman Catholic Church and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She is a martyr and saint of the Catholic Church.
Lawrence was one of the seven deacons of the city of Rome under Pope Sixtus II who were martyred during the persecution by Emperor Valerian in 258; cared for the temporal welfare of the Roman Church; said to have been burned alive on a gridiron; after Peter and Paul, Lawrence is venerated as Patron of Rome.
Saint Clare of Assisi, born July 16, 1194, Assisi, Italy, + August 11, 1253, Assisi, Italy; an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. As a young girl, Clare dedicated herself to prayer. At 18-years-old, she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach during a Lenten service in the church of San Giorgio and asked him to help her live according to the Gospel; was so devoted and dedicated to Francis that she was often referred to as “alter Franciscus,” or another Francis. Founded the Poor Clares whose first convent at Assisi she directed as abbess for 42 years. Patron of eye disease, goldsmiths, laundry.
Jane Fremiot, 28 January 1572 – 13 December 1641; a Roman Catholic Saint, who founded a religious order after the death of her husband; patroness of forgotten people; in-law problems; loss of parents; parents separated from children; widows.
Hippolytus of Rome was the most important 3rd-century theologian in the Christian Church in Rome, where he was probably born. Patron of Bibbiena, Italy; Patron of prison guards; prison officers; prison workers.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven, before her body could begin to decay—a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin’s passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts and a Holy Day of Obligation.
A Catholic saint, a confessor whose death is commemorated on 16 August; specially invoked against the plague; also called Rock in English, and has the designation of St. Rollox in Glasgow, Scotland, said to be a corruption of St. Roch’s Loch; patron saint of dogs and falsely accused people, among other things.
Born in 1090, at Fontaines, near Dijon, France; died at Clairvaux, 21 August, 1153; a French abbot and the primary builder of the reforming Cistercian order; After the death of his mother, Bernard sought admission into the Cistercian order; patron saint of the Alps in 1923. His image appears in the flag of some detachments of the Tyrolean Alpine Guard. He is also the patron saint of skiing, snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering.
On the 11th OF October 1954, Pope Pius XII established the Feast of the Queenship of Mary to be celebrated throughout the world, and commanded that on that day each year, the world should renew its consecration to her; the Feast came to be celebrated on 22nd of August. “The purpose of the Feast is that all may recognize more clearly and venerate more devoutly the merciful and motherly sovereignty of her who bore God in her womb” (Ven. Pius XII, Ad. Coeli Reginam).
Isabela de Oliva, + 1617 at age 31; nicknamed Rosa because of her beauty; a Spanish colonist in Lima, Peru; known for both her life of severe asceticism and her care of the needy of the city through her own private efforts. A lay member of the Dominican Order; declared a saint by the Catholic Church, patroness of South America, especially Peru; also florists and gardeners; proclaimed secondary patroness of the Philippines.
One of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus; identified with Nathanael (alternatively spelled Nathaniel), who appears in the Gospel according to John as being introduced to Christ by Philip (who would also become an apostle); seized by the king’s brother Astiagus in the city of Alban (now the city of Baku), and crucified upside down. But even from the cross he did not cease to proclaim the good news about Christ the Savior; he was alive when his skin was flayed and cut off his head. Believers placed his relics in a leaden coffin and buried him.
St. Joseph Calasanz, +August 25, 1648 (aged 90); also known as Joseph Calasanctius and Josephus a Matre Dei, was a Spanish Catholic priest, educator and the founder of the Pious Schools, providing free education to the sons of the poor, and the Religious Order that ran them, commonly known as thePiarists. He is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church; patron of all Catholic schools dedicated to assisting the poor.
Patroness of Mothers, Difficult marriages, disappointing children, victims of adultery or unfaithfulness, victims of (verbal) abuse, and conversion of relatives,; an early Christian saint and the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo; remembered and honored in most Christian denominations, albeit on different feast days, for her outstanding Christian virtues, particularly the suffering caused by her husband’s adultery, and her prayerful life dedicated to the reformation of her son, who wrote extensively of her pious acts and life with her in his Confessions. Popular Christian legends recall Saint Monica weeping every night for her son Augustine.
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