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May 2019

St. Paschal of Babylon

May 17
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St. Paschal, a poor shepherd boy of Aragon, at the age of twenty-four entered the Order of Discalced Franciscans as a lay brother where he became a model of austerity, obedience and absolute poverty. His meditation on the things of God was so profound that he was often in ecstasy; he had a great devotion…

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St. Venantius

May 18
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A Dalmatian bishop, St. Venantius made a glorious confession of his faith and after suffering many torments was beheaded in the persecution of Decius in 250, at Camerino of Ancona in Italy. He is patron of Camerino in the Roman Marches.

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St. Peter Celestine

May 19
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St. Peter Celestine was Pope only for a few months. He was about seventy when he was dragged from his monastic solitude and made to accept the heavy charge of head of the Church; the Holy See had been vacant for twenty-seven months; he could not refuse. But a few months later he voluntarily resigned…

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St. Bernardine of Siena

May 20
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Born in 1380, St. Bernardine of Siena at an early age left the world in order to lead a hermit’s life; then, at the age of twenty-two, he entered the Franciscan Order, one of whose glories he is. Having been made General of the Order, he resigned this charge in order to devote himself to…

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St. Hospitius, Recluse in Provence

May 21
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St. Hospitius shut himself up in the ruins of an old tower near Villafranca, in Provence, in a peninsula which is still called from him San-Sospis. He girded himself with an iron chain, lived only on bread and dates and was honored with the gifts of prophecy and miracles. He died in 681 on which…

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St. Rita of Cascia

May 22
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St. Rita (Margarita) after eighteen years of married life, lost, by death, her husband and her two sons. Called afterwards to the religious state, she professed the Rule of St. Augustine at Cascia her native town, near Spoleto, in Central Italy. In a life-long and terrible malady her patience, cheerfulness and union by prayer with…

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St. Julia

May 23
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Julia was a noble virgin at Carthage who when that city was taken by Genseric in 439 was sold for a slave to a pagan merchant of Syria. Under the most mortifying employments for her station, by cheerfulness and patience she found, besides her sanctification, a present happiness and comfort which the world could not…

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St. John de Prado

May 24
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A native of the kingdom of Leon in Spain, St. John embraced in his own country the austere order of the Barefooted Observantine Franciscans. Being sent by the authority of the Congregation de Propaganda Fide to preach the faith in the kingdoms of Fez and Morocco, he discharged himself with such great zeal that the…

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St. Gregory VII, Pope

May 25
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In the eleventh century the Church, held in subjection by lay princes, was ravaged by grave disorders in the moral life of the clergy. But it was not long before a movement for reform began to take shape. To this a monk of Cluny, Hildebrand, gave his adhesion. He was the principal advisor of Alexander…

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St. Philip Neri

May 26
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Born in Florence in 1515, St. Philip Neri lived all his life in Rome and was one of the most influential persons of his times. He was a man of original character and happy disposition, but his soul was burning with an ardent and unbounded love of God and for people of all conditions, with…

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