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July 2021

St. Christina

July 24
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She suffered many torments and a cruel death for the faith in the persecution of Diocletian about 307, at Tyro, a city, which stood formerly in an island in the lake of Bolsero in Tuscany, but has been long since swallowed up by water. Her relics are now at Palermo in Sicily. She is much…

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St. James, Apostle

July 25
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Known as the Greater in order to distinguish him from the other Apostle St. James, St. James is our Lord’s cousin and St. John’s brother. With Peter and John he was one of the witnesses of the Transfiguration as later he was also of the agony in the garden. He was beheaded in Jerusalem in…

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St. Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary

July 26
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Devotion of the faithful to St. Anne is founded on the bond which unites her to Mary, whose mother she is. The association of Christian Mothers has chosen her as patron saint. Veneration of St. Anne originated in the East and was propagated in the West at the time of the crusades. This feast was…

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St. Pantaleon

July 27
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He was physician to the emperor Galerius Maximianus and a Christian but by an impious, idolatrous court was deceived. He often heard the false maxims of the world applauded and was unhappily seduced into an apostasy. A zealous Christian called Hermolaus awakened his conscience to a sense of his guilt and brought him again into…

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Saints Nazarius and Celsus, Martyrs, St. Victor I, Pope and Martyr and St. Innocent I, Pope

July 28
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Today’s feast commemorates together several saints, who lived at different times and in different countries. Saints Nazarius and Celsus were first century martyrs, whose bodies were found by St. Ambrose in 395. The town of St. Nazaire in France is named after Nazarius. St. Victory I was pope from 189 to 198; he regulated the…

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St. Martha

July 29
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Jesus liked to stay at the house of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, his friends at Bethany when He was in Judea. In one of these visits with which Jesus honored them, St. Luke tells us that St. Martha showed great solicitude to entertain and serve Him. She forgot the privilege of her rank and riches…

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Ss. Abdon and Sennen

July 30
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They were Persians, but coming to Rome, courageously confessed the faith of Christ in the persecution of Decius in 250. The Christians at Rome did not treat them as strangers but as brethren united to them in the hope of the same blessed country; and after their death carefully deposited their bodies in the house…

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St. Ignatius of Loyola

July 31
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Born at Loyola in the Spanish Basque country in 1491, St. Ignatius was of a somewhat fiery and warlike nature so that it was not surprising that he adopted a military career; on being wounded in the leg at the siege of Pampeluna he was obliged to undergo a long convalescence during which the grace…

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August 2021

The Holy Machabees

August 1
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The seven Machabees were brothers martyred with their mother under Antiochus Epiphanes in about the year 150 before Christ. There is an account of their wonderful death in the Old Testament (2 Mach. 7). The seven brothers suffered, one after another, the most exquisite torments with invincible courage and constancy while their heroic mother stood…

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St. Alphonsus Mary De Liguori

August 2
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Before his religious life, St. Alphonsus practiced for some time at the bar and was fast growing in reputation when an incident occurred which was the catalyst for his apostolic labors and learned writings. Alphonsus, in his defense of a case of great importance pleaded so ingeniously that the president felt disposed to give judgment…

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