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January 2021

St. Vincent and Anastasius

January 22
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The Church celebrates together the anniversaries of two martyrs: the great Spanish deacon, St. Vincent, burned to death at Saragossa in 304, and a Persian monk, St. Anastasius, beheaded in 628. Two famous churches at Rome are dedicated to them, some of their relics being kept in Tre Fontane, the traditional site of St. Paul’s…

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St. Raymond of Pennafort

January 23
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Born at Penafort, near Barcelona, St. Raymund is one of the glories of the Dominicans. As a moral theologian and an outstanding minister of the sacrament of penance he placed his knowledge, which was extensive, at the service of the cause of the conversion of the Moors. He was renowned for his miracles and for…

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St. Timothy

January 24
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On the eve of the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Church has fixed the feast of St. Timothy, his faithful companion on his missionary journeys. Timothy also suffered imprisonment for Christ, and gloriously confessed his name, in the presence of many witnesses; but was set at liberty. He was ordained bishop by…

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Conversion of St. Paul

January 25
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The Epistle (Acts of the Apostles 9. 1-22) is the account of the conversion of him who, to the Church, is the very type of apostle, whose wonderful teaching she continually puts before us. Surpassing all his equals in zeal for the Jewish law and their traditions, which he thought the cause of God, Paul…

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St. Polycarp

January 26
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A disciple of St. John, who appointed him bishop of Smyrna, St. Polycarp was condemned to the stake in 156 at the age of eighty-six. He accepted martyrdom with peace and joy of soul. The account of his arrest and suffering speaks of his admirable calm and of the veneration in which the Christians of…

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St. John Chrysostom

January 27
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Born in Antioch about 347, St. John Chrysostom was a great genius. His powerful eloquence earned for him the surname of Chrysostom, or golden mouthed. With St. Athanasius, St. Gregory Nazianzen and St. Basil, he forms the group of the four great doctors of the Eastern Church. He was anointed Archbishop of Constantinople. His courage…

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St. Peter Nolasco

January 28
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Devoting himself body and soul to delivering Christians from captivity among the infidels and in providing for their spiritual welfare, St. Peter Nolasco founded the Order of Our Lady of Ransom which he obliged its members themselves to become prisoners of the pagans, if by so doing they could obtain the freedom of their brothers…

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St. Francis de Sales

January 29
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His ardent love of God and souls, his great kindliness, rare wisdom and sure teaching made St. Francis exceptionally influential in bringing about conversions and in guiding souls in the spiritual life. He was bishop of Geneva. He won back to the faith more than 70,000 heretics, thus restoring to the Church a great part…

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St. Martina

January 30
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A noble Roman virgin who glorified God, St. Martina suffered many torments and a cruel death for her faith, in the capital city of the world, in the third century. The city of Rome ranks her among its particular patrons. Her relics were discovered in a vault, in the ruins of her old church, and…

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St. John Bosco

January 31
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In St. John Bosco the liturgy honors a saint whose soul was all simplicity, joyfulness and zeal, whose trust in divine Providence overcame every difficulty and persisted through every obstacle. Born near Turin in 1815, St. John Bosco devoted his life as a priest to the poor, to prisoners and to all the unfortunate of…

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