Category Archives: Saints

Saints Simon and Jude

May the apostles and martyrs Saints Simon and Jude, pray for us!
May Saint Simon intercede for Egypt and may Saint Jude intercede for Persia!
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Saint Luke

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Lord God, who chose Saint Luke to reveal by his preaching and writings the mystery of Your love for the poor, grant that those who already glory in Your Name, may persevere as one heart and one soul, and that all the nations may merits to see Your salvation.
Today, let us pray for healthcare professionals, hospital chaplains and those others who care for the ill through Saint Luke’s intercession.

Saint André Bessette

Pope Benedict said earlier today,

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“Brother André Bessette, born in Quebec, in Canada, and a
religious of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, knew suffering and poverty
very early in life. This led him to turn to God for prayer and an intense
interior life. Doorman at the Notre Dame College in Montreal, he showed
boundless charity and did everything possible to soothe the despair of those
who confided in him. With little instruction, he nevertheless understood what
was essential to his faith. For him, to believe meant to submit freely and
lovingly to Divine Will. Everything existed through the mystery of Jesus, he
lived the beatitude of the pure of heart, that of personal rectitude. It is
thanks to this simplicity, he showed many God. He had the Saint Joseph Oratory
of Mont Royal built, where he was the faithful guardian until his death in
1937. There, he was the witness of many healings and conversions. “Do not try
to have your trials taken away from you”, he said, “rather, ask for the grace
to endure them well”. For him, everything spoke of God and His presence. May
we, following his example, search for God with simplicity to discover Him
always present in the core of our lives! May the example of Brother André
inspire Canadian Christian life!”

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop

The Church in Australia has a her first native born
saint, Mary of the Cross MacKillop. 
The canonized Saint Mary of the Cross with 5 others earlier today. The feast day of Saint Mary of the Cross is August 8.


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“She
dedicated herself as a young woman to the education of the poor in the
difficult and demanding terrain of rural Australia, inspiring other women to
join her in the first women’s community of religious sisters of that country.
She attended to the needs of each young person entrusted to her, without regard
for station or wealth, providing both intellectual and spiritual formation.
Despite many challenges, her prayers to Saint Joseph and her unflagging
devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to whom she dedicated her new
congregation, gave this holy woman the graces needed to remain faithful to God
and to the Church. Through her intercession, may her followers today continue
to serve God and the Church with faith and humility! She dedicated herself as a
young woman to the education of the poor in the difficult and demanding terrain
of rural Australia, inspiring other women to join her in the first women’s
community of religious sisters of that country. She attended to the needs of
each young person entrusted to her, without regard for station or wealth,
providing both intellectual and spiritual formation. Despite many challenges,
her prayers to Saint Joseph and her unflagging devotion to the Sacred Heart of
Jesus, to whom she dedicated her new congregation, gave this holy woman the
graces needed to remain faithful to God and to the Church. Through her
intercession, may her followers today continue to serve God and the Church with
faith and humility!”

(Pope Benedict XVI, 17 October 2010, canonization
homily)

Saint Edward the Confessor

St Edward the Confessor.jpgHail to You, Christ, Prince of Peace!

Your great reign shall never cease!
Model of each Christian king,
Hear the song of praise we bring
For Saint Edward, strong and true,
Ever faithful, Lord, to You!
On this day we sing his fame,
And proclaim Your holy Name!
Steadfast in his nation’s care,
Fervent with the poor to share,
Just to great and small, they say;
His good deeds we sing this day!
Give us grace, like him to strive,
That our faith might be alive,
Full of mercy, love, and grace
That the world may see Your face!
Glory to the Father bring!
Glory to the Son, our King!
Glory to the Spirit blest!
Three-in-One, in heaven’s rest!
With St. Edward joined as one,
May we pray, “Thy will be done!”
Till we there in heav’n may be
Joined with You, forever free!
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suggested tune: St George’s Windsor

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]yahoo.com.
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