4 Saints who were (good) kings
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January 16, 2018

4 Saints who were (good) kings

We don't usually think good thoughts about kings, but these men were different. In our modern world the kings of old seem rather barbaric and unjust. Americans tend to view kings as oppressive and foreign. Yet, there are many saints…
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The boy who became a saint through simple kindness and courtesy
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January 16, 2018

The boy who became a saint through simple kindness and courtesy

Say a prayer to John Berchmans today, especially for the altar servers who help Father at Mass. Here’s a story about a young man who became a saint, though he did not found any religious orders, commit any great acts…
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St. Gensius: He posed as a Christian as a joke, but ended up a believer
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January 15, 2018

St. Gensius: He posed as a Christian as a joke, but ended up a believer

St. Genesius was an actor and comedian who initially mocked Christians through his plays. Survival in Hollywood or any form of popular entertainment is never easy. It is a difficult art to perfect with many other people who have the…
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A wandering hermit with a checkered past leading thousands to heaven: Charles de Foucauld
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January 15, 2018

A wandering hermit with a checkered past leading thousands to heaven: Charles de Foucauld

Heir to a great fortune spent on women and fine food, sparked to faith by the example of Muslims, led to the desert to find Christ, shot dead after failure followed failure. Viscount Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916) was born the…
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St. Catherine Laboure: The beautiful story of a girl, her mother, and the Miraculous Medal
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January 15, 2018

St. Catherine Laboure: The beautiful story of a girl, her mother, and the Miraculous Medal

Not only a remarkable and humble woman, but also a personal confidante of the Blessed Virgin Mary Among the most famous and well known of all medals in Catholicism is the Miraculous Medal. This medal was given to us by…
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Jerzy Popiełuszko: A rebel with a cause
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January 15, 2018

Jerzy Popiełuszko: A rebel with a cause

The young Polish priest openly defied the communist regime and never backed down. Young people tend to embrace rebellious activity. While not always good, that can sometimes be a positive attribute. Such was the case for Father Jerzy Popiełuszko, a Polish…
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The holy hand that baptized more than 700,000 people
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January 15, 2018

The holy hand that baptized more than 700,000 people

Through the hand of St. Francis Xavier, many were brought to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For visitors to the Jesuit Church of the Gesu in Rome, one striking feature is a side chapel dedicated to a peculiar relic of…
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Do you hate confessing your sins to a priest? Let this motivate you
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January 15, 2018

Do you hate confessing your sins to a priest? Let this motivate you

Remember, God doesn't gain anything from it. It's you who will benefit! Even if you go to confession regularly, the idea of accusing yourself of all your wrongdoings is never appealing. In fact, that knot that forms in your stomach…
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A beautiful prayer to place your life in God’s hands
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January 15, 2018

A beautiful prayer to place your life in God’s hands

Blessed Charles de Foucald invites us to say: Let only your will be done in me ... Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready…
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5 Sayings from the Desert Fathers that challenge us to be better Christians
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January 15, 2018

5 Sayings from the Desert Fathers that challenge us to be better Christians

Their sayings provide countless little lessons that are extremely profound and challenging. The Desert Fathers were spiritual pillars of the ancient world and their sayings were first compiled into a volume called the Sayings of the Fathers in the 5th century. The Sayings provide countless little…
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