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August 2018

St. John Eudes

August 19
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Born at Ry (Orne) in France, St. John Eudes founded a society of priests known as the Eudists and a congregation of nuns, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity. He rendered immense services to the Church by the seminaries that he founded and by the missions that he preached in almost all the provinces…

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St. Bernard

August 20
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It is an especial joy to celebrate the feast of St. Bernard soon after the Assumption for one of his titles to fame is due to the tenderness and piety with which he hymned the glories of Mary in his prayers, sermons and writings. Born in 1090 of a noble Burgundian family, at the age…

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St. Jane Frances de Chantal

August 21
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Born at Dijon in 1572, St. Jane Frances, after her marriage to Baron de Chantal, showed herself as an admirable wife and mother. At the death of her husband when she was twenty-eight, she decided to remain a widow in order to occupy herself with education of her children. She devoted all her energies to…

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The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 22
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In the midst of the second world war Pope Pius XII put the whole world under the special protection of our Savior’s Mother by consecrating it to her Immaculate Heart and in 1944 he decreed that in future the whole Church should celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on August 22, formerly…

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St. Philip Benizi

August 23
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This great and humble man had an unusual vocation; he took his degree at the University of Paris, entered the Servite Order as a lay-brother, became general of the Order, and was obliged to flee to avoid being made pope. He was a great worker for peace in thirteenth-century Italy rent by the strife of…

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St. Bartholomew

August 24
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St. Bartholomew is the disciple introduced to our Lord by Philip under the name of Nathanael, whom He praised in the words: “That is a true Israelite in whom there is no guile.” St. Like mentions him among the twelve whom Christ, after a night of prayer, chose to be witnesses of His life, His…

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St. Louis IX

August 25
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Louis IX who became King of France at the age of twelve was religiously trained by his mother, Blanche of Castille. Throughout his life he remained deeply devout and as a king his conduct was that of a real saint. “He was,” said Bossuet, “The holiest and most just king who ever wore the crown.”…

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St. Zephyrinus

August 26
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The long pontificate of St. Zephyrinus (198-217) was a period marked by the persecution of Septimus Severus, the struggle against heresy and the organization of the Christian community in Rome. In the person of the Pope the Roman Church asserted her claim as the appointed guardian of the true faith.

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St. Joseph Calasanctius

August 27
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The son of a nobleman of Aragon, St. Joseph Calasanctius was born in 1556. At an early age he felt called to devote himself to the education of youth. This ideal he realized in Rome in 1597 by founding a new congregation of Clerks Regular known as the Piarists. The institute developed rapidly but the…

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St. Augustine

August 28
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Augustine was born at Tagaste in North Africa in 354. At first he followed his mother’s example and advice but later fell into a licentious way of life: “My sins increased like a rolling snowball,” he wrote in his Confessions. In her distress, Monica turned to God in prayer and tears and remained with her…

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