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Saint Rita of Cascia

“Please let me suffer like You, Divine Savior,” was Saint Rita’s prayer.

Saint Rita of
 (d. 1457) is the well-known saint and patron of the desperate, seemingly impossible causes
and situations. She assists Saint Jude and others before the Throne of Grace. The
reputation of Saint Rita is such because she had been involved in so many
stages of life as a – wife, mother, widow, and Augustinian nun, she buried her
family, helped bring peace to her city Unmbria in Italy, saw her dreams denied
and fulfilled – and never lost her faith in God, or her desire to be with Him. The
shrine where her relics are venerated in Cascia (Italy) is well-visited.

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Holy Patroness
of those in need, Saint Rita, you were humble, pure and patient. Your pleadings
with your divine Spouse are irresistible, so please obtain for me from our
risen Jesus the request I make of you: (mention your petition). Be kind to me
for the greater glory of God, and I shall honor you and sing your praise

Glorious Saint Rita,
you miraculously participated in the sorrowful passion of our Lord Jesus
Christ. Obtain for me now the grace to suffer with resignation the troubles of
this life, and protect me in all my needs. Amen.

Visit the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia

Blessed Franz Jägerstätter

Just as the man
who thinks only of this world does everything possible to make life here easier
and better, so must we, too, who believe in the eternal kingdom, risk
everything in order to receive a great reward there. (Franz Jägerstätter)


Franz Jägerstätter
(1907-1943) married Franziska Schwaninger in 1936 and honeymooned in Rome
receiving a blessing from Pope Pius XI after which he maintained it was a
spiritual awakening. He was a daily communicant and a Secular Franciscan.

At the time of
his death at age 36, Blessed Jägerstätter left behind a widow and 3 small
daughters. Interestingly both his priest and his bishop urged him to give up
his conscientious objection, and join the army; his sacrifice was regarded as
folly by his neighbors. The chaplain who saw Jägerstätter to his death related
that Jägerstätter said, “I am completely bound in inner union with the Lord.”

Reflecting upon
the context of his life he said:

The situation in
which we Christians of Germany find ourselves today is much more bewildering
than that faced by the Christians of the early centuries at the time of their
bloodiest persecution … We are not dealing with a small matter, but the great
(apocalyptic) life and death struggle has already begun. Y
et in the midst of it
there are many who still go on living their lives as though nothing had changed
That we Catholics must make ourselves told of the worst and most dangerous
anti-Christian power that has ever existed is something that I cannot and never
will believe
… Many actually believe quite simply that things have to be the
way they are. If this should happen to mean that they are obliged to commit
injustice, then they believe that others are responsible. … I am convinced that
it is still best that I speak the truth even though it costs me my life
. For
you will not find it written in any of the commandments of God or of the Church
that a man is obliged under pain of sin to take an oath committing him to obey
whatever might be commanded him by his secular ruler. We need no rifles or
pistols for our battle, but instead spiritual weapons, and the foremost of
these is prayer

The Common for Martyrs: One Martyr in Easter Time

Read William
Diono’s First Things article, “Franz Jägerstätter: Martyr and Model” 

For another essay on
Blessed Franz Jägerstätter read… 

His biography,
In Solitary Witness, can be purchased from Amazon

Erna Putz’ biography, Franz Jägerstätter-Martyr: A Shining Example in Dark Times can be read here

The Houston
Catholic Worker’s article on the witness of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter 

Franz Jägerstätter: Letters and Writings from Prison (Orbis Books, 2009).

Saint Isidore

St Isidore the Farmer.jpgWell done, good and faithful servant; because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things, saith the Lord.


O God, Who didst give Thy people blessed Isidore as a minister of eternal salvation, we beseech Thee; grant that we may deserve to have him as an intercessor in heaven, whom we had as a teacher of life on earth.


Saint Isidore was married to a religious woman named, Maria Torribia. She, too is a saint of the Church. The couple had one son who died unexpectedly as a child. After the son’s death Isidore and Maria vowed to live a life of perfect continence. We ought to remember that Isidore came from a family of saints.

It is known that Isidore frequented Mass every morning making him late to work, which likely made his employer a bit annoyed, except that his work as a plowman was done by angels resulting in three times more productivity. His boss witnessed such miraculous events and accorded Isidore with great respect. Keep this info in the back your head next time you’re late to work due to attendance at Mass.

Saint Isidore loved the poor and the animals. The miracle of the multiplication of food occurred when he fed a flock of starving birds and at another time he shared his food with a large group of beggars.

Isidore died on May 15, 1120 at 60 years of age and was canonized in 1622 along with four very notable Spanish saints. The joke at the time of his canonization was that there were four Spaniards and a saint. The famous group was Saints Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, Francis Xavier, Phillip Neri, and Isidore. His body has been found incorrupt.

A biography on our bishop and doctor saint.

Saint Matthias

St Matthias.jpgYou have not chosen me; I have chosen you. Go and bear fruit that will last, alleluia.

O God, Who did associate blessed Matthias to the company of Thine Apostles, grant, we beseech Thee, that by his intercession we may ever experience Thy tender mercy towards us.
A brief biography of the Apostle Matthias.

Saint Isaiah

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With a great
voice like that of a trumpet,

You proclaimed
the coming of Christ to the world.

You were
revealed as a swiftly-writing scribe of the things to come;

Therefore, we
acclaim you with hymns,

Most illustrious
prophet Isaiah. (Troparion, Tone 4)


Endowed with the
gift of prophecy,

Isaiah, herald of God,

You made clear
to all the incarnation of Christ

By proclaiming
with a great voice:

the Virgin shall conceive in her womb.” (Kontakion, Tone 2)

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]
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