Saint Raymond Nonnatus

NONNATUS

Saint Raymond Nonnatus (1204-1240) was delivered by caesarean operation when his mother died in childbirth. Hence his name "non natus" (Latin: not born). He is the patron saint of expectant mothers and midwives because of the nature of his own birth.

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The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

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The Church, having celebrated the earthly birthday of St. John the Baptist on June 24, today honors the anniversary of his martyrdom. Besides our Lord and our Lady, St. John the Baptist is the only one whose birth and death are thus celebrated.

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Pope Saint Zephyrinus

Zephyrinus

The pontificate of this first third-century pope was to see a storm of heresy rage around the pontiff, who had to keep a firm hand on the tiller of Peter's barque. According to the "Liber Pontificalis," Zephyrinus was a Roman, the son of Habundius. He ordered that all ordinations, whether of ...

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Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Bernard

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux was the founding abbot of Clairvaux Abbey in Burgundy, was one of the most commanding Church leaders in the first half of the twelfth century as well as one of the greatest spiritual masters of all times and the most powerful propagator of the Cistercian reform. ...

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Saint John Eudes

Saint John Eudes

Saint John Eudes, was a French missionary and priest, who founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary and the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge, and was the author of the propers for the Mass and Divine Office of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

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Saint Mamas

SaintMamas

Saint Mamas (2nd c.) is ranked by the Greeks among the great martyrs. Born in prison to parents who had been jailed because they were Christian, Mamas became an orphan when his parents were executed. After his parents' death, Mamas was raised by a rich widow named Ammia, who died when he was 15 ...

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Catechism of The Catholic Church #966

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966 "Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the ...

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Saint Maximilian Kolbe

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Saint Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz in Poland.

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Priests In The Home

Priests In The Home

Do you invite your priests to your home? Here's why you should.

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The Catholic Origins of Do-Re-Mi

Plaque of Guido Monaco, Arezzo

Anybody who has taken piano lessons (like my wife who inspired this article), was lucky enough to have went to a school that had the budget for music class, or generally has awareness that in fact, music exists, is likely familiar with the ubiquitous and often practiced exercise colloquially ...

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