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Elizabeth, + 1336; named after her great-aunt, St. Elizabeth of Hungary (+ 1231); queen and mother; lover of the poor; peacemaker in the royal family; later a Franciscan tertiary; patroness of Catholic action.
Maria Goretti, + 1902 at age 12; born near Ancona; an Italian virgin and martyr, she was stabbed to death, preferring to die than be raped; with her mother present, she was canonized in 1950 before the largest crowd ever assembled in Rome for a canonization.
Anthony Zaccaria, +1539 at Cremona at age 36; doctor turned priest; popular preacher who founded (1530) in Milan the Clerics Regular of St. Paul (Barnabites) for the reform of society; sought collaboration between the clergy and the laity; promoted frequent Holy Communion.
Augustine Zhao Rong was a Chinese diocesan priest who was martyred with his 119 companions in 1815. Among their number was an 18-yr old, Chi Zhuzi, who cried out to those who had just cut off his right arm and were preparing to flay him alive: “Every piece of my flesh, every drop of my blood will tell you that I am a Christian.”
Benedict, + 547; wrote the famous monastic Rule noted for its wisdom and moderation; founded 12 monasteries including Monte Cassino; considered the “Patriarch of Western Monasticism”; patron of students and Europe.
Patron of the childless, of Dukes, of the handicapped and those rejected by Religious Order
Henry II, + 1024; together with his wife St. Cunegunda, he assisted the poor; as emperor, respected the Church’s freedom, fostering ecclesiastical and monastic reform; he founded the see of Bamberg as a center of missions to the Slavs.Also known as Saint Henry, Obl. S. B., last member of the Ottonian dynasty of Emperors as he had no children.
Patron of Nurses, of the Sick, and Hospitals
Camillus de Lellis, + 1614; born at Cheti in Abruzzi in 1550; soldier addicted to gambling; his conversion led him to found (1582) a society (Camillians), today numbering 1,000 religious, which established hospitals and cared for the sick with affection and diligence.
Bonaventure, + 1274; O.F.M. minister general for 17 years; Cardinal Bishop of Albano; authored biblical commentaries and many ascetical and spiritual treatises, esp. Journey of the Soul into God; known as the “Seraphic Doctor”.
The scriptures speak of the beauty of Mount Carmel in Galilee where the prophet Elijah defended the faith of Israel in the living God. There, at the beginning of the 13thc., under the title of “St. Mary of Mount Carmel”, the Order of Carmelites had its formal beginning.
Since the 15th century, popular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel has centered on the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmelalso known as the Brown Scapular, a sacramental associated with promises of Mary’s special aid for the salvation of the devoted wearer. Traditionally, Mary is said to have given the Scapular to an early Carmelite named Saint Simon Stock.
Early accounts report that St. Apollinaris was ordained bishop by St. Peter himself and sent as a missionary bishop to Ravenna during the reign of the Emperor Claudius. Renowned for his powers to heal in the name of Christ, he was frequently exiled, tortured and imprisoned for the faith, and finally martyred.
Caesare de Rossi was born at Brandisi, kingdom of Naples, on July 22nd. He was a Roman Catholic Priest and Theologian, educated by the conventual Franciscans there and by his uncle at St. Mark’s in Venice. When sixteen, he joined the Capuchins at Verona, taking the name Lawrence.
Lawrence + 1619; Capuchin, linguist, military chaplain, diplomat and minister general; learned exegete, forceful preacher and controversialist; 15 volumes of his writings are extant.
Patroness of the Order of Preachers
Mary Magdalene, + 1 c.; healed of possession; disciple of Jesus and present at His crucifixion; in Mark, the first woman to witness to the risen Lord, hence, called the “Apostle of the Apostles”. The Gospels agree that Mary was originally a great sinner. Jesus cast seven demons out of her when He met her. After this, she told several women she associated with and these women also became followers.
Bridget, + 1373 in Rome; born in Sweden; mother of eight; mystic prophet and founder of the Order of the Most Holy Savior, “Brigettines nuns and monks”; sought to end the luxury and dissipation of the Avignon papacy and the return of the Pope to Rome; her Revelations record her spiritual experiences and life; patroness of Sweden; with Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and Catherine of Siena, declared co-patroness of Europe by St. John Paul II (1999).
James, brother of John, is called “the Greater” because he followed Christ before the other apostle of the same name; first of the twelve to be martyred, being decapitated by order of Herod Agrippa I, c. 44; venerated at Compostella, Spain; named in the Roman Canon; patron of Spain, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
The legend told in this document says that after years of childlessness, an angel appeared to tell Anne and Joachim that they would have a child. Anne promised to dedicate this child to God (much the way that Samuel was dedicated by his mother Hannah — Anne — in 1 Kings).The parents of Mary who nurtured Mary, taught her, brought her up to be a worthy Mother of God. It was their teaching that led her to respond to God’s request with faith, “Let it be done to me as you will.” It was their example of parenting that Mary must have followed as she brought up her own son, Jesus. It was their faith that laid the foundation of courage and strength that allowed her to stand by the cross as her son was crucified and still believe.Such parents can be examples and models for all parents.Anne (or Ann) is the patron saint of Christian mothers and of women in labor.
Patron saint of housewives, servants and cooks
Martha, + 1 c.; sister of Mary and Lazarus; model of hospitality and faithful disciple; confessed her faith in Jesus as the Son of God.
St. Peter Chrysologus was born at Imola, Italy, in 406. Bishop Cornelius of Imola baptized, educated, and ordained him a deacon. He was called “Chrysologus” (golden-worded) because of his exceptional oratorical eloquence. He was consecrated Archbishop of Ravenna in 433 by Pope Sixtus III. He ruled his flock with utmost diligence and care. He removed the last vestiges of paganism and other abuses among his people. He cautioned them against indecent dancing. “Anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil cannot rejoice with Christ” he admonished. He died in 450 at Imola, Italy. As a result of his simple, practical and clear Sermons, nearly all dealing with Gospel subjects, he was made a Doctor of the Church in 1729.
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