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Saint Benedict of Nursia

Benedict was the son of a Roman noble of Nursia, born in c. 480; in a small town near Spoleto, died at Monte Cassino, 543. He is a twin if Saint Scholastica. His boyhood was spent in Rome, where he lived with his parents and attended the schools until he had reached his higher studies. Then “giving over his books, and forsaking his father’s house and wealth, with a mind only to serve God, he sought for some place where he might attain to the desire of his holy purpose; and in this sort he departed [from Rome], instructed with learned ignorance and furnished with unlearned wisdom” (Dial. St. Greg., II, Introd. in Migne, P.L. LXVI).

He was not yet twenty when he decided to go away from Rome to live in some remote spot. No one knew of his plan except an aged family servant, who loyally insisted on accompanying him to serve his wants. Benedict and this old woman made their way to a village called Enfide, in the Sabine Mountains, some thirty miles from Rome.

While staying in the village, Benedict miraculously mended an earthen sieve which his servant had broken. Wishing to escape the notice and the talk which this brought upon him, he soon started out alone in search of complete solitude. Up among the hills he found a place known as Subiaco or Sublacum (beneath the lake), so named from an artificial lake created there some five centuries earlier. It was near the ruins of one of Nero’s palaces. He made the acquaintance of a monk called Romanus, and to him Benedict revealed his desire to become a hermit. Romanus, who lived in a monastery not far away, gave the young man a monastic habit made of skins and led him up to an isolated cave, where he might live completely undisturbed. The roof of the cave was an overhanging rock over which descent was impossible, and it was approached from below with difficulty In this desolate cavern Benedict passed the next three years, unknown to all but his friend Romanus, who each day saved for him a part of his own portion of bread and let it down from above in a basket by a rope. Read more…

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Blessed Imelda Lambertini

Imelda Lambertini was born in 1322 in Bologna, the only child of Count Egano Lambertini and Castora Galuzzi. Her parents were devout Catholics and were known for their charity and generosity to the underprivileged of Bologna. On her fifth birthday, she requested to receive Holy Eucharist; however the custom at the time was that children did not receive their First Holy Communion until age 14. Imelda would sometimes exclaim: “Tell me, can anyone receive Jesus into his heart and not die?”

At the age of nine, though her wish for receiving Holy Communion had not been granted, Imelda was allowed to enter the Dominican convent as a young postulant in Valdipietra, near Bologna, which was unusual to do for a girl at her age.

One night on May 12, 1333, the day of the vigil of the Ascension, the now eleven-year-old Imelda stayed late in the chapel to pray after Mass. She had begged to be allowed to make her First Holy Communion on this feast, but was again denied. Each denied request increased her love and desire for the Real Presence of Jesus in her soul. Read more…

Saint Aquilla

Born a God-fearing Hebrew in a remote region of the Black Sea, Saint Aquila, together with his equally devout and highly intelligent wife Priscilla, settled in the ancient city of Corinth in the year 48 during the reign of Claudius, emperor of Rome. They were the first century Christian missionary married couple described in the New Testament and traditionally listed among the Seventy Disciples. They lived, worked, and travelled with the Apostle Paul, who described them as his “fellow workers in Christ Jesus” (Romans 16:3 NASB).

Aquila was a tentmaker, a trade which he shared with the great St. Paul. In fact, he met St. Paul in Corinth and this event changed the course of his life as well as that of his wife. After listening to St. Paul, Aquila and his wife converted to Christianity. As a matter of fact, St. Paul was so impressed by his new converts that he himself baptized them into the Christian faith. That St. Paul greatly loved them is evidenced by the fact that they were mentioned several times in his Epistles (Romans 16:3; 1 Corinthians 16:19; 2 Timothy 4:19).

St. Paul, the greatest of the apostles, carried the message of Christ to more people and more nations than any other apostle, and it was evident that throughout his magnificent crusade no one was closer to him than Aquila and his wife. The fact that this couple had such a close relationship with St. Paul is itself enough to ensure their immortality. Yet they were much more than favorites of Christ’s chief vicar. Their mutual affection stemmed from their common purpose of bringing the hope of Jesus Christ to all people, a glorious effort in which all three were to share joys and sorrows. Read more…

Saint Regina

Saint Regina (also known as Saint Reine, died in 386), virgin and martyr. Saint Regina is the patroness of poor people, shepherdesses, and torture victims.

Regina was born in the third century in eastern France. Her mother died in childbirth, and she was left to be raised by her father, Clement Alise, a wealthy pagan. He placed her in the care of a Christian nurse, who secretly baptized her. When her father learned of her Christianity, he threw her out of the house and forced her to live with the nurse who raised her.

Regina dedicated herself to God in a vow of virginity in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Due to the family’s poverty, Regina helped out by working as a shepherdess in the hills.

When she was fifteen, the local prefect, Olybrius, was riding by the field where she was with her sheep. He saw her beauty, sensed her nobility but was annoyed by her holiness. He intended to marry her and asked her to deny her Faith as a Catholic. When she refused to do so, and when her clear, pure eyes challenged his lewdness and lasciviousness, and when she refused to violate her vow of virginity and would not sacrifice to idols, he had her beaten, burned with red-hot plates and pincers and iron combs. He finally had her throat cut and beheaded at Alesia in the diocese of Autun, called Alise-Sainte-Reine after her.

So did this little child with the queenly name enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Saint Eustace

According to tradition, prior to his conversion to Christianity Eustace was a Roman general named Placidus, who served the emperor Trajan.

One day, while he was pursuing a large deer, it suddenly turned and stood still. Placidus was astonished to see between its antlers a Crucifix, surrounded by a bright light, and to hear from its mouth the same words which our Lord had spoken to Saul, the persecutor of the first Christians: “Placidus, why dost thou persecute me? I am Jesus, who died for love of thee, and who will save thee.” Placidus, greatly surprised, fell upon his knees and said: “What dost thou wish me to do?” “Go into the city,” was the answer; seek a priest, and be baptized, with thy wife and children; and then return hither.”

Placidus obeyed the heavenly voice, went into the city, sought and found a priest, who instructed and baptized him, his wife, and his two sons. Placidus received in baptism the name of Eustace (Greek: Ευστάθιος (Eustáthios), “well stable”, or Ευστάχιος (Eustáchios), “fruitful/rich grain”). His wife, who had been called Tatiana, was named Theopista; the elder son, Agapius, and the younger, Theopistus. After this had taken place, Eustace returned into the forest, humbly praying that God would further make His holy will known to him. The Saviour appeared to him as before, saying: “Thou hast done well; thou hast been obedient. Now, being a Christian, prepare thyself to suffer. A great struggle is approaching; but fear not; be constant. I give thee the assurance of my assistance, and promise thee the crown of eternal glory.” Read more…

Saint Vincent De Paul

St. Vincent de Paul was born to a poor peasant family in the French village of Pouy on April 24, 1581. His first formal education was provided by the Franciscans. He did so well, he was hired to tutor the children of a nearby wealthy family. He used the monies he earned teaching to continue his formal studies at the University of Toulose where he studied theology. His father encouraged and helped him toward the priesthood, to which he was ordained on September 23, 1600, at the age of nineteen or twenty.

Educated by the Franciscans at Dax, France, he was ordained in 1600 and graduated from the University of Toulouse in 1604. He was allegedly captured at sea by Barbary pirates and sold as a slave but eventually escaped. He spent a year in Rome to continue his studies and then went to Paris, where he remained permanently. He placed himself under the spiritual guidance of the celebrated cardinal Pierre de Bérulle, who entrusted him with the parish of Clichy.

In 1622 Vincent was appointed chaplain to the galleys. After working for some time in Paris among imprisoned galley-slaves, he returned to be the superior of what is now known as the Congregation of the Mission, or the “Vincentians” (in France known as “Lazaristes”). These priests, with vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and stability, were to devote themselves entirely to the people in smaller towns and villages. Read more…

Who Are Catholic Saints

As Catholics celebrate All Saints Day on 1st November, some non-Catholics probably are curious who are these holy people, why does the Church include All Saints’ Day in their calendar of solemn feasts and why does the Apostles’ Creed include “the communion of saints” as one of the 12 essential articles of our faith.

Catholics do not worship saints, but the saints are near and dear to Catholic hearts. Catholics respect and honor the saints and consider them to be the heroes of the Church. The Church emphasizes that they were ordinary people from ordinary families, and they were totally human.

A saint (also historically known as a hallow) is a person who is recognized as having an exceptional degree of holiness or likeness or closeness to God. Depending on the context and denomination, the term also retains its original Christian meaning, as any believer who is “in Christ” and in whom Christ dwells, whether in Heaven or on Earth. Broadly speaking, are all people who follow Jesus Christ and live their lives according to His teaching. Catholics, however, also use the term more narrowly to refer to especially holy men and women who, by persevering in the Christian Faith and living extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven. Read more…