Saints: January 2012 Archives

Saint John Bosco

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St Don Bosco.jpgO God, who raised up the Priest Saint John Bosco as a father and teacher of the young, grant, we pray, that, aflame with the same fire of love, we may seek out souls and serve you alone.

Saint John Bosco is for me, an important model and patron of ministry. Thanks to my friend Dom Paschal of Portsmouth Abbey, Bosco's values of loving kindness, religion and reason are front-in-center of my own ministry and have become the basis of pastoral care be it mission work, education, the healthcare apostolate or parish life. 

Saint John Bosco's final words were recorded as "Love each other as brothers. Do good to all, evil to none."

Indeed, let's follow Don Bosco.

Saint Angela Merici

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May the Virgin Saint Angela never fail to commend us to your compassion, O Lord, we pray, that, following the lessons of her charity and prudence, we may hold fast to your teaching and express it in what we do.

We need a full restoration of the congregation of sisters founded by Saint Angela Merici. Notice what the Church holds us as important for us to imitate.

(icon taken from Archbishop Prendergast's blog)

Saint Francis de Sales

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St Francis de Sales in prayer.jpgO God, who for the salvation of souls willed that the Bishop Saint Francis de Sales become all things to all, graciously grant that, following his example, we may always display the gentleness of charity in the service of our neighbor.

Charity and meekness are hallmarks of today's saint who was a terrific bishop and is a Doctor of  the Church. Without charity how can one truly be a disciple of Christ?

Among many things, Saint Francis de Sales was a co-founder of the Order of the Visitation with Saint Jane De Chantal. 

Let us follow his witness and good example.

Saint Anthony of the Desert

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The father of monasticism, Saint Anthony reminds us of two things: to deny the self is a freeing gesture in one's relationship with God and with others. Remember: we have communion with God and communion with our friends.

The denial of self is not merely the denial of material things but our preconceived ideas and skepticism. The second prayer highlights for me the vigilance needed to be aware of evil. The powers of darkness are real and need to be confronted.

The Collect

O God, who brought the Abbot Saint Anthony to serve you by a wondrous way of life in the desert, grant, through his intercession, that, denying ourselves, we may always love you above all things.

Prayer After Communion

Nourished for our healing by your Sacraments, O Lord, may we escape every snare of the enemy unharmed, just as by your grace Saint Anthony won glorious victories over the powers of darkness.

Saint John Neumann

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St John Neumann of Phil.jpgThe famed American bishop, John Neumann (1811-60), is recalled by the Church today in her Liturgy. Known for his zeal and charity, John Neumann was an immigrant from Bohemia to North America and where he worked diligently to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. Neumann was famous for his work with the poor, Catholic education and the Eucharistic adoration. The readings from Scripture and the Collects from the Mass all conspire to remind us of the urgent and real concern we ought to have for our brothers and sisters. The Collect even as a reference to the city where the saint was bishop, Philadelphia. 

The Church prays,

O God, who called the Bishop Saint John Neumann, renowned for his charity and pastoral service, to shepherd your people in America, grant by his intercession that, as we foster the Christian education of youth and are strengthened by the witness of brotherly love, we may constantly increase the family of your Church.

Watch two videos on the great Redemptorist Saint John Neumann's life and here.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Behold a wise woman who has built her house. She feared the Lord and walked the right path. (the Entrance verse at Mass)

Elizabeth Ann Seton tomb.jpgThe first United States native to be canonized by the Catholic Church is Elizabeth Ann Seton (August 28, 1774 - January 4, 1821). She is the famous American convert, wife, mother and founder of a religious congregation of women (The Sisters of Charity) revolutionized the work of the Church in the US. Seton's motto, "Hazard yet forward" is a indication of her deep conviction that Christ indeed is our Savior and everything we do ought to be done for Him. Our "hazard" is being bold in proclaiming the Good News of Salvation, in proposing to live this Good News so that our lives are truly different and all people may see the face of Christ in our own.

Let us call upon Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton for her intercession with the Lord to help us hazard yet go forward in doing all things for Christ and His sacrament, the Church for our own salvation and the salvation of others.

The Church prays

O God, who crowned with the gift of true faith Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton's burning zeal to find you, grant by her intercession and example that we may always seek you with diligent love and find you in daily service with sincere faith.

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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