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May 2021

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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St. Bede, The Venerable

May 27
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Born at Jarrow in Northumberland, England, Bede was entrusted as a young lad to the care of St. Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth. Having himself become a monk, Bede, “the most observant and the happiest of monks,” was also one of the most learned churchmen of his time. He wrote very full commentaries on Holy…

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St. Augustine of Canterbury

May 28
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St. Augustine, a monk of Mount Coelius in Rome, was sent by St. Gregory to England to preach the Gospel to the Anglo-Saxons. It is now known that this mission was undertaken at the express wish of the Anglo-Saxon kings who desired that their subjects, by the grace of baptism, might benefit by the ancient…

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St. Mary Magdalen Dei Pazzi

May 29
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A Florentine of the noble family of Pazzi, St. Mary Magdalen became a Carmelite nun at the age of sixteen. She practiced great mortification for the salvation of infidels and sinners, taking as her motto: “to suffer, not to die.” She died in 1607, and her body, which she had so greatly mortified, still remains…

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St. Felix, Pope

May 30
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St. Felix I, who governed the Church from 268 to 273, was buried after his martyrdom in the “crypt of the popes” at the catacomb of St. Callixtus.  Pope St. Felix commanded that Masses be offered over the tombs of martyrs.  This union of the martyrs with the sacrifice of the Mass shows that their…

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The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

May 31
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The faithful, under the guidance of an unerring Catholic instinct, have ever recognized the queenly dignity of the Mother of “The King of kings and Lord of lords.” The Fathers, the Doctors of the Church and Popes, down the centuries, have given authoritative expression to this truth and the crowning testimony to this common belief…

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