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March 2019

St. Monan of Scotland

March 1, 2019
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Trained from his boyhood and ordained a priest by St. Adrian, St. Monan was sent to preach the gospel in the isle of May. He exterminated superstition and many other crimes and abuses and having settled the churches of that island in good order, passed in to the county of Fife and was there martyred…

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St. Simplicius, Pope

March 2, 2019
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In 497 St. Simplicius was raised by God to the papacy to comfort and support his church amidst the greatest storms. All the provinces of the Western empire were fallen into the hands of barbarians, infected for the greatest part with idolatry or Arianism. Pope Simplicius was wholly taken up in comforting and relieving the…

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St. Cunegundes, Empress

March 3, 2019
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St. Cunegundes married St. Henry, Duke of Bavaria who, upon the death of the emperor Otto III was chosen king of the Romans, and crowned in 1002. She had, by St. Henry’s consent before her marriage, made a vow of virginity. Calumniators afterwards accused her to him of freedoms with other men. The holy empress,…

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St. Casimir

March 4, 2019
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Detachment from worldly goods and a taste for heavenly things go together in the Christian soul. Let us ask St. Casimir, who gave a splendid example of both, to obtain them for us. He was the son of King Casimir IV of Poland and Elizabeth of Austria; amid the dangers of court he lived an…

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Ss. Marinus and Asterius

March 5, 2019
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In the year 272 in Caesarea in Palestine, St. Marinus was to succeed to the place of a centurion when another came and said that he could not have the post on account of his being a Christian. Achaeus, the governor of Palestine, receiving Marinus’ affirmative answer gave him three hours to consider whether or…

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Ss. Perpetua and Felicitas

March 6, 2019
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The account of the martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas forms one of the finest pages of the history of the first centuries of the Church. It shows us clearly the wonderful sentiments of these two women when they heard that they had been condemned to the wild beasts. Knowing their own weakness but relying…

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St. Thomas Aquinas

March 7, 2019
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After being committed to the care of the Benedictine monks at Monte Cassino at the age of five, young Thomas Aquinas decided to enter the Order of St. Dominic, whose greatest glory he is. He taught philosophy and theology with such genius that he is considered one of the leading Christian thinkers. His innocence, on…

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St. John of God

March 8, 2019
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Of Portuguese origin, St. John of God was first a shepherd, a dealer and then a soldier. At the age of forty he was converted, and devoted himself to the care of those sick in mind, showing himself in this thankless task, a real innovator and at the same time a saint of superhuman heroism.…

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St. Frances of Rome

March 9, 2019
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In the fifteenth century St. Frances, among the noble leaders of Rome, showed herself an example of what a Christian wife should be. After the death of her husband she retired from the world and lived in a monastery of Oblates that she had founded at Tor de’Specchi near the Tiber, under the Rule of…

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The Forty Holy Martyrs

March 10, 2019
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Under the Emperor Licinius, in 320, forty soldiers of the garrison of Sebaste in Armenia refused to sacrifice to idols and were put to death out of hatred for Christ. The judge ordered the saints to be exposed, naked on the ice of a frozen pond. In order to tempt them to renounce their faith,…

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