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October 2018

Saint Teresa of Avila

Oct 15

Saint Teresa of Avila’s Story (March 28, 1515 – October 4, 1582) Teresa lived in an age of exploration as well as political, social, and religious upheaval. It was the 16th century, a time of turmoil and reform. She was born before the Protestant Reformation and died almost 20 years after the closing of the Council of Trent. The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she became holy and left her mark on the Church and the…

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Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

Oct 16
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s Story (July 22, 1647 – October 17, 1690) Margaret Mary was chosen by Christ to arouse the Church to a realization of the love of God symbolized by the heart of Jesus. Her early years were marked by sickness and a painful home situation. “The heaviest of my crosses was that I could do nothing to lighten the cross my mother was suffering.” After considering marriage for some time, Margaret Mary entered the Order of the…

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Saint Ignatius of Antioch

Oct 17

Saint Ignatius of Antioch’s Story (d. c. 107) Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. In the year 107, Emperor Trajan visited Antioch and forced the Christians there to choose between death and apostasy. Ignatius would not deny Christ and thus was condemned to be put to death in Rome. Ignatius is well known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from Antioch to Rome. Five of these letters are to…

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Saint Luke

Oct 18

Saint Luke’s Story (d. c. 84) Luke wrote one of the major portions of the New Testament, a two-volume work comprising the third Gospel and Acts of the Apostles. In the two books he shows the parallel between the life of Christ and that of the Church. He is the only Gentile Christian among the Gospel writers. Tradition holds him to be a native of Antioch, and Paul calls him “our beloved physician.” His Gospel was probably written between 70…

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Saints Isaac Jogues Jean de Brébeuf and Companions

Oct 19

Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions’ Story (d. 1642 – 1649) Isaac Jogues and his companions were the first martyrs of the North American continent officially recognized by the Church. As a young Jesuit, Isaac Jogues, a man of learning and culture, taught literature in France. He gave up that career to work among the Huron Indians in the New World and in 1636, he and his companions, under the leadership of Jean de Brébeuf, arrived in Quebec.…

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Saint Paul of the Cross

Oct 20

Saint Paul of the Cross’ Story (January 3, 1694 – October 18, 1775) Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul Daneo lived at a time when many regarded Jesus as a great moral teacher but no more. After a brief time as a soldier, he turned to solitary prayer, developing a devotion to Christ’s passion. Paul saw in the Lord’s passion a demonstration of God’s love for all people. In turn that devotion nurtured his compassion and supported a preaching…

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Saint Hilarion

Oct 21

Saint Hilarion’s Story (c. 291 – 371) Despite his best efforts to live in prayer and solitude, today’s saint found it difficult to achieve his deepest desire. People were naturally drawn to Hilarion as a source of spiritual wisdom and peace. He had reached such fame by the time of his death that his body had to be secretly removed so that a shrine would not be built in his honor. Instead, he was buried in his home village. Saint Hilarion…

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Saint John Paul II

Oct 22

Saint John Paul II’s Story (May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005) Open wide the doors to Christ,” urged John Paul II during the homily at the Mass when he was installed as pope in 1978. Born in Wadowice, Poland, Karol Jozef Wojtyla had lost his mother, father and older brother before his 21st birthday. Karol’s promising academic career at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University was cut short by the outbreak of World War II. While working in a quarry and a…

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Saint John of Capistrano

Oct 23

Saint John of Capistrano’s Story (June 24, 1386 – October 23, 1456) It has been said the Christian saints are the world’s greatest optimists. Not blind to the existence and consequences of evil, they base their confidence on the power of Christ’s redemption. The power of conversion through Christ extends not only to sinful people but also to calamitous events. Imagine being born in the 14th century. One-third of the population and nearly 40 percent of the clergy were wiped…

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Saint Anthony Mary Claret

24th October 2018 - 24th October 2019

Saint Anthony Mary Claret’s Story (December 23, 1807 – October 24, 1870) The “spiritual father of Cuba” was a missionary, religious founder, social reformer, queen’s chaplain, writer and publisher, archbishop, and refugee. He was a Spaniard whose work took him to the Canary Islands, Cuba, Madrid, Paris, and to the First Vatican Council. In his spare time as weaver and designer in the textile mills of Barcelona, he learned Latin and printing: The future priest and publisher was preparing. Ordained at…

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