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October 2020

St. Hilarion

October 21
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St. Hilarion was the founder and organizer of monastic life in Palestine and the spiritual father of many monks. He was born to the south of Gaza in Palestine and studied in Alexandria; in Egypt he came to know St. Antony, desired to share his solitary life with him and then introduced this form of…

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St. Philip, Bishop of Heraclea, and Companions

October 22
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Philip, a venerable old man, bishop of Heraclea, the metropolis of Thrace, was an illustrious martyr of Christ in the persecution of Diocletian. He was careful to train many disciples in the study of sacred learning, and in the practice of solid piety. Two of his disciples, Serverus, a priest, and Hermes, a deacon, had…

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St. Antony Mary Claret

October 23
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Born in Barcelona in 1807, Antony Mary Claret felt called to the foreign missions in far off lands. Instead he was asked to exercise his missionary apostolate in his own country. He went everywhere in Catalonia and in the Canary Islands where his burning zeal and deep piety was the means of converting many souls.…

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St. Raphael the Archangel

October 24
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Our knowledge of the Archangel Raphael comes to us from the book of Tobias. His mission as wonderful healer and fellow traveler with the youthful Tobias has caused him to be invoked for journeys and at critical moments in life. His Mass invites us to see in the angels perpetual adorers who live constantly in…

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Feast of Christ the King

October 25
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Pope Pius XI, in instituting the feast of the Kingship of Christ, desired to make solemn proclamation of the social dominion of our Lord Jesus Christ over the world. Christ, the King of souls and consciences, of intellects and wills, is also the King of families and cities, peoples and nations. He is King of…

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St. Evaristus

October 26
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St. Evaristus became Pope in 112 and governed the church for 9 years. The institution of cardinal priest is by some ascribed to him, because he first divided Rome into several parishes, according to the Pontifical, assigning a priest to each: he also appointed seven deacons to attend the bishop. He was honored with the…

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St. Frumentius, Apostle of Ethiopia

October 27
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The only survivors of a capture during a voyage back from Persia, cousins Frumentius and Edesius were raised by a prince of Abyssinia and eventually assisted his widow in the government of the state. Frumentius supported Christian merchants and strongly recommended the true religion to the infidels. After release from his duties, Frumentius entreated St.…

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Ss. Simon and Jude

October 28
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Celebrated on the same day, Saints Simon and Jude appear together in the Canon of the Mass, possibly because they both preached the Gospel in Mesopotamia and Persia. St. Simon was zealous for the honor of his Master, and exact in all the duties of the Christian religion. He showed a pious indignation towards those…

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St. Narcissus, Bishop of Jerusalem

October 29
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When almost 80 years old, about 195, St. Narcissus was placed at the head of the church of Jerusalem. He presided over a council of the bishops of Palestine which decreed that Easter is to be kept always on a Sunday, and not with the Jewish Passover. One famous miracle of this holy bishop was…

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St. Alphonsus Rodriguez

October 30
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St. Alphonsus was born in Spain in 1532.  His wife and child died and so he entered the newly formed Jesuit order at about age 40.  His lack of formal education led his superiors to appoint to be the porter.  In this capacity he assisted many in their troubles.  He helped a fervent seminarian who…

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