January 19, 2012

St. Lucy

St. Lucy of Syracuse was born in Sicily circa 283. She promised to live her life for Christ, but Lucy’s mother arranged her marriage. After Lucy prayed at St. Agatha’s tomb and her mother’s illness was cured, Lucy’s mother agreed that Lucy did not have to marry. However, Lucy’s would-be groom told the governor that...
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St. Olympias

St. Olympias was born to a noble family in Constantinople but was orphaned when she was young. After she was married and widowed, she decided to devote her life to the church. She built a hospital and an orphanage, and she performed other charitable works. In 404 she was exiled because she supported St. John...
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Blessed Urban V

Blessed Urban V was born with the name Guillaume Grimoard in 1310. He was elected pope Sept. 28, 1362. He lived in Avignon at the beginning of his papacy, but he later moved the papacy back to Rome. He restored discipline of the clergy. Urban V worked for peace in Europe. He died Dec. 19,...
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St. Peter Canisius

St. Peter Canisius was born in Holland in 1521. He became a Jesuit and worked with St. Ignatius of Loyola. He had a vision of the Sacred Heart while he was praying. He was a leader of the German Counter-Reformation. He was ordained in 1546, and his catechism was translated into multiple languages. He also...
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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born in Italy in 1850. In 1877 she took religious vows and worked in an orphanage. When the orphanage closed, Frances founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to take care of poor children; she did this at her bishop’s request. The pope had her move to the United...
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St. John Cantius

St. John Cantius was born in Poland in 1390. John was a priest and professor of theology at the University of Cracow, Poland. After attacks by his associates, John left the university to work in a parish. However, he later returned to the university and taught Scripture. He died in Poland in 1473. St. John...
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St. Tarsilla

St. Tarsilla, a Roman citizen, was the daughter of St. Sylvia, the sister of St. Emiliana and the aunt of St. Gregory the Great. She didn’t join an order, but she took private vows to live a religious life. She had a vision of St. Felix III, and, after her death, she appeared to Emiliana...
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Holy Innocents

Today is the feast of the Holy Innocents. These innocents are the children killed by Herod while he attempted to kill the infant Jesus. The Holy Innocents are patron saints of infants and children’s choirs.
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St. Sabinus

St. Sabinus was a bishop who was killed for his faith along with members of his flock. He died circa 303 in Italy.
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