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  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort, 04-27-17

    04/27/2017 7:15:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-27-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Stained glass of Saint Louis de Montfort | G. Freihalter Saint Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort Saint of the Day for April 27 (January 31, 1673 – April 28, 1716)  Saint Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort’s Story Louis’s life is inseparable from his efforts to promote genuine devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus and mother of the Church. Totus tuus (“completely yours”) was Louis’s personal motto; Pope John Paul II chose it as his episcopal motto.Born in the Breton village of Montfort, close to Rennes, France, as an adult Louis identified himself by...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Pedro de San Jos Betancur, 04-26-17

    04/27/2017 7:03:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-26-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Saint Pedro de San José Betancur Fr. Don Miller, OFM Saint Pedro de San José Betancur Saint of the Day for April 26 (March 19, 1626 – April 25, 1667)  Saint Pedro de San José Betancur’s Story Central America claimed its first saint with the canonization of Pedro de San José Betancur. Known as the “St. Francis of the Americas,” Pedro de Betancur is the first saint to have worked and died in Guatemala.Pedro very much wanted to become a priest, but God had other plans for the young man born into a poor family on Tenerife in the Canary...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Mark, 04-25-17

    04/26/2017 2:53:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-25-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Saint Mark the Evangelist | Jean BourdichonSaint Mark Saint of the Day for April 25 (? – c. April 25, 68)  Saint Mark’s Story Most of what we know about Mark comes directly from the New Testament. He is usually identified with the Mark of Acts 12:12. When St. Peter escaped from prison, he went to the home of Mark’s mother.Paul and Barnabas took him along on the first missionary journey, but for some reason Mark returned alone to Jerusalem. It is evident, from Paul’s refusal to let Mark accompany him on the second...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, 04-24-17

    04/26/2017 9:32:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-24-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Painting of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen | photo by Andreas PraefckeSaint Fidelis of Sigmaringen Saint of the Day for April 24 (1577 – April 24, 1622)  Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen’s Story If a poor man needed some clothing, Fidelis would often give the man the clothes right off his back. Complete generosity to others characterized this saint’s life.Born in 1577, Mark Rey became a lawyer who constantly upheld the causes of the poor and oppressed people. Nicknamed “the poor man’s lawyer,” Rey soon grew disgusted with the corruption and injustice he saw among his...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint George, 04-23-17

    04/25/2017 6:59:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-23-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Saint George and the Dragon | Gustave MoreauSaint George Saint of the Day for April 23 (c. 280 – April 23, 303)  Saint George’s Story Saint George is the object of a vast amount of imagination. There is every reason to believe that he was a real martyr who suffered at Lydda in Palestine, probably before the time of Constantine. The Church adheres to his memory, but not to the legends surrounding his life. That he was willing to pay the supreme price to follow Christ is what the Church believes. And it is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-17, OM, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest & Martyr

    04/23/2017 7:35:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-17 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2017 Monday of the Second Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 4:23-31After their release Peter and John went back to their own peopleand reported what the chief priests and elders had told them.And when they heard it,they raised their voices to God with one accordand said, "Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earthand the sea and all that is in them,you said by the Holy Spiritthrough the mouth of our father David, your servant: Why did the Gentiles rageand the peoples entertain folly?The kings of the earth took their standand the princes gathered togetheragainst the Lord and against...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Adalbert of Prague, 04-22-17

    04/22/2017 2:14:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-22-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statue of Saint Adalbert of Prague near Church of the Visitation of Our Lady in Hluboké Mašůvky, Znojmo District | photo by Jiří Sedláček Saint Adalbert of Prague Saint of the Day for April 22 (956 – April 23, 997)  Saint Adalbert of Prague’s Story Opposition to the Good News of Jesus did not discourage Adalbert, who is now remembered with great honor in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Germany.Born to a noble family in Bohemia, he received part of his education from Saint Adalbert of Magdeburg. At the age of 27, he...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Anselm, 04-21-17

    04/22/2017 6:40:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-21-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Stained glass of Saint Anselm in Chester Cathedral cloister | photo by Mum’s taxiSaint Anselm Saint of the Day for April 21 (1033 – April 21, 1109)  Saint Anselm’s Story Indifferent toward religion as a young man, Anselm became one of the Church’s greatest theologians and leaders. He received the title “Father of Scholasticism” for his attempt to analyze and illumine the truths of faith through the aid of reason.At 15, Anselm wanted to enter a monastery, but was refused acceptance because of his father’s opposition. Twelve years later, after careless disinterest in religion...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Conrad of Parzham, 04-20-17

    04/20/2017 9:03:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-20-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Sculpture of Saint Conrad of Parzham | photo by Andreas PraefckeSaint Conrad of Parzham Saint of the Day for April 20 (December 22, 1818 – April 21, 1894)  Saint Conrad of Parzham’s Story Conrad spent most of his life as porter in Altoetting, Bavaria, letting people into the friary and indirectly encouraging them to let God into their lives.His parents, Bartholomew and Gertrude Birndorfer, lived near Parzham, Bavaria. In those days, this region was recovering from the Napoleonic wars. A lover of solitary prayer and a peacemaker as a young man, Conrad joined the...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, 04-19-17

    04/20/2017 8:58:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-19-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Painting of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla with her children | Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe | flickr Saint Gianna Beretta Molla Saint of the Day for April 19 (October 4, 1922 – April 28, 1962)  Saint Gianna Beretta Molla’s Story In less than 40 years, Gianna Beretta Molla became a pediatric physician, a wife, a mother and a saint!She was born in Magenta near Milano, the 10th of Alberto and Maria Beretta’s 13 children. An active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a leader in the Catholic Action movement, Gianna...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, 04-17-17

    04/17/2017 5:52:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-17-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Etching | Saint Benedict Joseph Labre | Wellcome ImagesSaint Benedict Joseph Labre Saint of the Day for April 17 (March 25, 1748 – April 17, 1783)  Saint Benedict Joseph Labre’s Story Benedict Joseph Labre was truly eccentric, one of God’s special little ones. Born in France and the eldest of 18 children, he studied under his uncle, a parish priest. Because of poor health and a lack of suitable academic preparation he was unsuccessful in his attempts to enter the religious life. Then, at age 16, a profound change took place. Benedict lost his...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Bernadette Soubirous, 04-16-17

    04/16/2017 1:52:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-16-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Saint Bernadette Soubirous en 1861 ou 1862 | photo by abbé P. Bernadou Saint Bernadette Soubirous Saint of the Day for April 16 (January 7, 1844 – April 16, 1879)  Saint Bernadette Soubirous’s Story Bernadette Soubirous was born in 1844, the first child of an extremely poor miller in the town of Lourdes in southern France. The family was living in the basement of a dilapidated building when on February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette in a cave above the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes. Bernadette, 14 years...
  • 50 Catholic Converts...Over the Last Century

    04/16/2017 9:18:10 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    NCR, the good one ^ | Apr 15th, 2017 | Matthew Bunson
    [Excerpt: cut from 50 to 13] A few of the most notable converts over the last century: The dazzling variety is a microcosm of the many different people who enter the Church every year [for] no past, however dark and troubled, makes us unwelcome to Gods loving embrace of mercy and forgiveness. Francis Beckwith (b. 1960): Philosopher /theologian; elected president of the Evangelical Theological Society; converted to Catholicism 2007. Robert Bork (1927-2012): Conservative American judge known for the vicious political fight blocking his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987. Converted to Catholicism in 2003. Dave Brubeck (1920-2012): Renowned...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Caesar de Bus, 04-15-17

    04/15/2017 5:31:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-15-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Blessed César de Bus | soul-candy.infoBlessed Caesar de Bus Saint of the Day for April 15 (February 3, 1544 – April 15, 1607)  Blessed Caesar de Bus’ Story Like so many of us, Caesar de Bus struggled with the decision about what to do with his life. After completing his Jesuit education he had difficulty settling between a military and a literary career. He wrote some plays but ultimately settled for life in the army and at court.For a time, life was going rather smoothly for the engaging, well-to-do young Frenchman. He was confident...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Peter Gonzalez, 04-14-17

    04/15/2017 5:21:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-14-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statue of Saint Telmo (Pedro González Telmo) in Frómista, province of Palencia, Spain | photo by Lucien leGreyBlessed Peter Gonzalez Saint of the Day for April 14 (1190 – April 15, 1246)  Blessed Peter Gonzalez’s Story Saint Paul had a conversion experience on the road to Damascus. Many years later, the same proved true for Peter Gonzalez, who triumphantly rode his horse into the Spanish city of Astorga in the 13th century to take up an important post at the cathedral. The animal stumbled and fell, leaving Peter in the mud and onlookers amused.Humbled,...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Martin I, 04-13-17

    04/13/2017 4:19:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-13-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statua di S. Martino Papa nel tempio di Santa Maria della Consolazione, Roma | photo by Daniel Aldrighetti Saint Martin I Saint of the Day for April 13 (d. September 16, 655)  Saint Martin I’s Story When Martin I became pope in 649, Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine empire and the patriarch of Constantinople was the most influential Church leader in the eastern Christian world. The struggles that existed within the Church at that time were magnified by the close cooperation of emperor and patriarch.A teaching, strongly supported in the East, held...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Teresa of Los Andes, 04-12-17

    04/13/2017 4:12:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-12-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Prayer wall at the Santuario de Saint Teresa de los Andes | photo by MalissetteSaint Teresa of Los Andes Saint of the Day for April 12 (July 13, 1900 – April 12, 1920)  Saint Teresa of Los Andes’ Story One needn’t live a long life to leave a deep imprint. Teresa of Los Andes is proof of that.As a young girl growing up in the early 1900’s in Santiago, Chile, Juana Fernandez read an autobiography of a French-born saint—Thérèse, popularly known as the Little Flower. The experience deepened her desire to serve God and...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Stanislaus, 04-11-17

    04/11/2017 4:40:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-11-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Gothic stained glass window from Dominican Monastery in Kraków | photo by Ludwig Schneider.Saint Stanislaus Saint of the Day for April 11 (July 26, 1030 – April 11, 1079)  Saint Stanislaus’ Story Anyone who reads the history of Eastern Europe cannot help but chance on the name of Stanislaus, the saintly but tragic bishop of Kraków, patron of Poland. He is remembered with Saints Thomas More and Thomas Becket for vigorous opposition to the evils of an unjust government.Born in Szczepanow near Kraków on July 26, 1030, he was ordained a priest after being...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Magdalen of Canossa, 04-10-17

    04/10/2017 9:00:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-10-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Monument of Saint Magdalene of Canossa in Verona | photo by Chrumps Saint Magdalen of Canossa Saint of the Day for April 10 (March 1, 1774 – April 10, 1835)  Saint Magdalen of Canossa’s Story Wealth and privilege did nothing to prevent today’s saint from following her calling to serve Christ in the poor. Nor did the protests of her relatives, concerned that such work was beneath her.Born in northern Italy in 1774, Magdalen knew her mind—and spoke it. At age 15 she announced she wished to become a nun. After trying out her...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Casilda, 04-09-17

    04/09/2017 4:29:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 04-09-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Portrait of Saint Casilda | Francisco de Zurbarán Saint Casilda Saint of the Day for April 9 (d. c. 1050)  Saint Casilda’s Story Some saints’ names are far more familiar to us than others, but even the lives of obscure holy persons teach us something.And so it is with Saint Casilda. Her father was a Muslim leader in Toledo, Spain, in the 10th century. Casilda was a devout Muslim but was kind to Christian prisoners. She became ill as a young woman but did not trust that any of the local Arab doctors could...