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ST. JOHN NEUMANN

Posted on Dec 28 , 2012 in Saint of the Week

ST. JOHN NEUMANN

People called him the stubby priest and laughed when they saw him riding his horse, because his feet did not touch the stirrups. He was not very good-looking – a square face, a square body. He was quiet, not a man with a vivacious personality, not one to charm a crowd or draw attention to himself. He was not the type of Church leader who pleased influential people. But John Nepomucene Neumann was a man of God who was also true to himself and he did the best job he could do.

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ST. CATHERINE LABOURE

Posted on Dec 27 , 2012 in Saint of the Week

ST. CATHERINE LABOURE

ST. CATHERINE LABOURE was born on May 2, 1806. At an early age she entered the community of the Daughters of Charity, in Paris, France. Three times in 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, who then was a twenty-four year old novice.

On July 18, the first apparition occurred in the community's motherhouse. St. Catherine beheld a lady seated on the rightside of the sanctuary. When St. Catherine approached her, the heavenly visitor told her how to act in time of trial and pointed to the altar as the source of all consolation. Promising to entrust St. Catherine with a mission which would cause her great suffering, the lady also predicted the anticlerical revolt which occurred at Paris in 1870.

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St. Anastasia

Posted on Dec 18 , 2012 in Saint of the Week

St. Anastasia

This martyr enjoys the distinction, of having a special commemoration in the second Mass on Christmas day. This Mass was originally celebrated in commemoration of this martyr, and towards the end of the fifth century her name was also inserted in the Roman canon of the Mass. She suffered martyrdom at Sirmium, and was venerated at Rome at the end of the fifth century. The "Martyrologium Sieronymianum" records her name on 25 December, not for Sirmium alone, but also for Constantinople.

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St. JOHN OF THE CROSS (1542-1591)

Posted on Dec 17 , 2012 in Saint of the Week

St. JOHN OF THE CROSS (1542-1591)

The Spanish Carmelite St. JOHN OF THE CROSS (1542-1591) is the most important mystical writer in the Catholic tradition. He also played a leading role in the 16th-century reform of the Carmelites.

Juan de Yepes, later St. John of the Cross, was born at Fontiveros. His father died when Juan was 2 years old and left the family of three children penniless. After they all moved to