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The Month of May is dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Maryđź’™

We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour his Mother&we honour her simply&solely to honour him all the more perfectly.We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek-Jesus,her Son.
StLouis de Montfort
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1. Born in 1386, St John had a vision while a prisoner of war that made him long to enter religion. In 1416 he joined the Franciscan Order, was ordained in 1420,

2. and began to preach throughout Italy. He preached in var#ious countries of Eastern Europe, with great success, until the Turks captured Constantinople in 1453. He raised an army to fight the Turks in Hungary, and defeated them in 1456. He died later that year, of the plague.

you raised up Saint John of Capistrano
to give your people comfort in their trials.
May your Church enjoy unending peace
and be secure in your protection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit...
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1. St Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, was born around 849 - the fifth son of the king.

Having become king himself on 23 April 871, Danish invaders posed a severe threat #StAlfredTheGreat #Oct26 #UK #England #SaintOfTheDay
2. but he managed to establish Saxon supremacy.

Alfred improved the quality of life of his subjects: he issued laws, restored and founded monasteries, including Shaftesbury Abbey.

A patron of the arts, literature and other Church matters, he was loved in his #medievaltwitter
3. realm.

His wife, St Elswith, whom he married in 868, bore him five children, St Ethelgiva of Shaftesbury was one of them.

He translated Bede’s Ecclesiastical History into Anglo-Saxon, as well as the Pastoral Rule and Dialogues of Pope St Gregory the Great.
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1. When the pagan Saxons laid waste our island from sea to sea, many of its old British inhabitants fled. Ursula and companions seem to have left Britain about that time
#StUrsula #Oct12 #Christianity #History #SaintOfTheDay
2. for the Castle Brittenburgh on the Rhine and to have met a glorious death in defence of their virginity from the army of the Huns, which in the fifth age plundered that country, and carried fire and the sword wherever they came.

#Huns #Saxons #UK #England #Christiantwitter
3. Sigebert’s Chronicle places their martyrdom in 453.

They were buried at Cologne, where, according to the custom of those early ages, a great church was built over their tombs, which was very famous in 643, when St Cunibert was chosen archbishop in it. #Cologne #StCunibert
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Isaac Jogues and his companions were the first martyrs of the North American continent officially recognized by the Church. As a young Jesuit, Isaac Jogues, a man of learning and culture, taught literature in France...

#StIsaacJogues #StJohnDeBrebeuf #Martyrs #SaintoftheDay
...He gave up that career to work among the Huron Indians in the New World, and in 1636, he and his companions, under the leadership of Jean de Brébeuf, arrived in Quebec. The Hurons were constantly warred upon by the Iroquois, and in a few years Father Jogues was captured by...
...the Iroquois and imprisoned for 13 months. His letters and journals tell how he and his companions were led from village to village, how they were beaten, tortured, and forced to watch as their Huron converts were mangled and killed...

#TEC #TheEveningChapel #HuronIndians
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Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul Daneo lived at a time when many regarded Jesus as a great moral teacher but no more. After a brief time as a soldier, he turned to solitary prayer, developing a devotion to Christ’s passion...

#TEC #TheEveningChapel #Saint #SaintoftheDay
...Paul saw in the Lord’s passion a demonstration of God’s love for all people. In turn that devotion nurtured his compassion and supported a preaching ministry that touched the hearts of many listeners. He was known as one of the most popular preachers of his day,...
..both for his words and for his generous acts of mercy.

In 1720, Paul founded the Congregation of the Passion, whose members combined devotion to Christ’s passion with preaching to the poor,and rigorous penances...

#StJohnoftheCross #ThePassionist #Poverty #Chastity #Obedience
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1. The Father of all believers, and the progenitor, according to the flesh, of the Hebrew nation. He is also the father of Ismael, from whom the Ismaelites or Arabs are descended.
#Abraham #God #Bible #religion #SaintOfTheDay
2. When seventy years of age, he went forth from Babylonia, his native land, at God’s bidding, to dwell henceforth in Canaan, the land flowing with milk and honey promised to his seed. There, he led a pastoral and nomad life.

Moreover, God made a covenant with him,
3. changing his name from Abram to Abraham (Father of nations), promising at the same time that his descendants should be more numerous than the stars of Heaven and that in his seed all peoples should be blessed. Of him Our Lord said: "Abraham rejoiced that he might see my day;
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1. St Agapitus suffered in his youth a cruel martyrdom at Praeneste, now called Palestrina, twenty-four miles from Rome, under Aurelian, about the year 275.
[He was first sent to die in the arena
#StAgapitus #Christian #martyr #Aug18 Image
2. but when the lions did not touch him, St Agapitus was beheaded.]

His name is famous in the sacramentaries of St Gelasius, and St Gregory the Great, and in the ancient calendars of the church of Rome. Two churches in Palestrina
3. and others in other places are dedicated to God under his name. [St Agapitus is invoked against colicky pain.]

(from Fr Butler's "Lives of the Saints"; photo: St Agapitus in the arena among the wild beasts)
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1. Isidore Bakanja was born some time between 1880 and 1890 [in the former Belgian Congo]. He worked in a plantation run by a Belgian, an atheist who despised Christianity.
#IsidoreBakanja #Christian Image
2. Baptised in 1906 he took every opportunity to spread his Faith despite the prohibition orders of the plantation owner.

He prayed the rosary daily and was devoted to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whose scapular he wore with pride.
#SaintOfTheDay #HolyMenAndWomen #Christianity
3. On 22 April 1909, the superintendent tore off his scapular and had him severely beaten and then hidden in the jungle so that he would not be spotted by the colony inspector.

However, Isidore crawled from his hiding place and was seen by the inspector
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1. St Walthen (Waltheof) was second son of Simon, Earl of Huntingdon, and Maud, daughter to Judith, niece of William the Conqueror. The consideration of the snares of the world led him to his religious profession
#StWalthen #UK Image
2. among the regular canons of St Austin, St Oswald’s monastery at Nostel, near Pontefract in Yorkshire. Here he lived concealed from the world, in the company of his crucified Jesus.

After some time he was promoted to the holy order of priesthood. Walthen then took the habit
3. at Wardon, a Cistercian convent in Bedfordshire.
Four years after his profession Walthen was chosenAbbot of Melross, a great monastery in the marches of Scotland, on the river Tweed.

In a famine which happened in 1154, he and his monks contented themselves with half their
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1. St Pantaleon was physician to the Emperor Galerius Maximianus, and a #Christian, but fell by a temptation - for bad example, if not shunned, insensibly weakens, and at length destroys the strongest virtue.
#StPantaleon #FourteenHolyHelpers Image
2. Pantaleon being perpetually obsessed by it in an impious idolatrous court, and deceived by often hearing the false maxims of the world applauded, was unhappily seduced into an apostacy. But a zealous Christian called Hermolaus, by his prudent admonitions awakened his
3. conscience to a sense of his guilt, and brought him again into the fold of the Church.

When Diocletian’s bloody persecution broke out at Nicomedia in 303, he distributed all his possessions among the poor. Not long after this action he was taken up,
#Diocletian #persecution
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1. St Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303. She married and gave birth to eight children for whom she was a devoted mother. After her husband’s death she continued to live in the world
#StBridgetofSweden Image
2. devoted herself to the ascetic life as a member of the Third Order of Saint Francis. She then founded a religious order and journeyed to Rome for the sake of penance. She wrote many works in which she related her mystical experiences. St Bridget died in 1373. #SaintOfTheDay

O God, who guided St Bridget of Sweden
along different paths of life
and wondrously taught her the wisdom of the Cross
as she contemplated the Passion of your Son,
grant us, we pray,
that, walking worthily in our vocation,
we may seek you in all things.
Through our Lord.
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1. St Alexis (Alexius) is a perfect model of the most generous contempt of the world. He was the only son of a rich senator of Rome in the fifth century. The more he enlarged his views of eternity
#StAlexisOfRome #SaintOfTheDay #Christian Image
2. and raised his thoughts and desires to the bright scene of immortal bliss, the more did he despise all the empty pageantry of all that worldlings call great!

Fearing the distraction of temporal honours he planned to renounce the advantages of his birth. #NotOfThisWorld
3. In disguise he travelled into a distant country, embraced extreme poverty, and resided in a hut adjoining to a church. After some time there he was discovered to be a stranger of distinction. Therefore he returned home, and being received as a poor pilgrim, lived some time
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1. Saint Swithin, the holy confessor, was born beside Winchester in the time of Saint Egbert, king. Elmeston, that was at that time Bishop of Winchester, encouraged him to be ordained priest.

He became then so holy in living.. #StSwithinsDay Image
2. that King Egbert set Ethulf his son and heir under his guiding, and prayed him to take heed to him that he might be brought up virtuously.

And within short time after the king died, and his son Ethult was made king after him. And he guided this land full well and wisely
3. through the counsel of Saint Swithin.

And when Elmeston the Bishop of Winchester was dead, Swithin was made Bishop there after him, whereof the people were full glad, and by his holy living he caused the people to live virtuously. And if any church fell down, or was in decay
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Son of Gisella of Burgundy and Henry II the Quarrelsome, Duke of Bavaria. Educated at the cathedral school in Hildesheim by bishop Wolfgang of Regensburg. Became Duke of Bavaria himself in 995 upon his father's death, which ended Henry's thoughts of becoming a priest....
Ascended to the throne of Germany in 1002. Crowned King of Pavia, Italy on 15 May 1004. Married Saint Cunegunda, but was never a father. Some sources claim the two lived celibately, but there is no evidence either way...
Henry's brother rebelled against his power, and Henry was forced to defeat him on the battlefield, but later forgave him, and the two reconciled. Henry was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 1014 by Pope Benedict VIII; he was the last of the Saxon dynasty of emperors...
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1. St John Jones was born in Clynnog Fawr in Caernarfonshire (Gwynedd) into a courageous Catholic family who remained faithful to the #Church even at the height of the Protestant Reformation.
#StJohnJones #Wales #Welsh #martyr #SaintOfTheDay Image
2. When John was a boy he entered a strict Observant Franciscan friary at Greenwich.

When it was dissolved in 1559 [by the Protestant forces] he moved to Pontoise, where he professed his vows. He later travelled to Rome and stayed at the Aracoeli friary.
#Greenwich #London
3. While in Rome John joined the Roman province of the Reformati, a yet stricter branch of the Friars Minor.

In 1591 he asked to join the English Mission. Despite the evident risk to his life, his superiors agreed. He received a blessing and commendation from Pope Clement VIII.
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Christianity arrived in China by way of Syria in the 600s. Depending on China's relations with the outside world, Christianity over the centuries was free to grow or was forced to operate secretly.

#TEC #TheEveningChapel #Saints #SaintoftheDay #StAugustineZhaoRong #Priest
The 120 martyrs in this group died between 1648 and 1930. Most of them (eighty-seven) were born in China and were children, parents, catechists or laborers, ranging from nine years of age to seventy-two. This group includes four Chinese diocesan priests.

#Marytrs #China
The thirty-three foreign-born martyrs were mostly priests or women religious, especially from the Order of Preachers, the Paris Foreign Mission Society, the Friars Minor, Jesuits, Salesians and Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.

#FriarMinors #Jesuits #Salesians #Franciscan
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1. Mary Guo Li, of Hu-jia-che, China (Hebei Province), born in 1835, was a Catholic wife and grandmother, with numerous children and grandchildren.

In 1900 a Chinese quasi-religious faction
#StMaryGuoLi #SaintOfTheDay #Jul7 Image
2. known to history as the “Boxers” began a persecution of Christians.

Mary instructed her children and grandchildren that under no circumstances were they to deny their faith, warning two of her sons, “Remember that if you apostatise, I shall no longer be your mother!”
3. On 29th June 1900, the Boxers raided the family’s home, murdered Mary’s husband Guo Zhinfang, and torched the house.

Sensing that she would soon share her husband’s fate, Mary spent the days that followed preparing herself praying the rosary, fasting, and spiritual reading.
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1. Blessed Peter To Rot was born in 1912 in the village of Rakunai [Papua New Guinea], the third of six children.

In 1930 Bl. Peter went to the Catechist School in Taliligap. At the age of 21, Bl. Peter was called back
Bl. #PeterToRot Image
2. to his village to become the youngest catechist. Blessed Peter taught in the parish school and visited and prayed with the sick.

On 11th November, 1936, Blessed Peter married Paula Ja Varpit at the Rakunai church. Blessed Peter was an exemplary husband
3. and he and his wife spent time in prayer every day. They had two children.

Blessed Peter would share with his wife his increasing concerns about the Japanese occupation of their island. When the Japanese soldiers arrived all the missionary priests were sent to a prison camp
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1. St Oliver Plunket - Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland - was born at Loughcrew near Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland, 1629; he died 11 July, 1681. Ordained to the priesthood in 1654,
#StOliverPlunket #Ireland #SaintofTheDay Image
2. St Oliver was deputed by the Irish bishops to act as their representative in Rome. He was appointed to the primatial see of Armagh, and was consecrated, 30 November 1669, at Ghent, in Belgium, by the Bishop of Ghent.

In March, 1670 he entered on his apostolate in Armagh.
3. From the very outset he was most zealous in the exercise of the sacred ministry. Within three months he had administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to about 10,000 of the faithful. He opened schools, held frequent ordinations, celebrated two Provincial Synods,
#Irish #saint
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1. Etheldreda had but one aim in life, to devote herself to become a religious. Her parents, however, had other views for her, and, in spite of her tears and prayers, she was compelled
#StEthelreda #England #Catholic #SaintOfTheDay Image
2. to become the wife of Tonbercht, a tributary of the Mercian king.

She lived with him as a virgin for three years, and at his death retired to the isle of Ely, that she might apply herself wholly to heavenly things. This happiness was short-lived. #medievaltwitter #happiness
3. Egfrid, the powerful King of Northumbria, pressed his suit upon her with such eagerness that she was forced into a second marriage.

Her life at his court was that of an ascetic rather than a queen: she lived with him not as a wife but as a sister,

#medieval #women
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1. St Botulph and St Adulph were two noble English brothers who opened their eyes to the light of faith in the first dawning of the day of the gospel upon our ancestors.
#StBotolph #SaintOfTheDay #London #Church #England Image
2. Astonished at the great truths which they had learned and penetrated with the most profound sentiments which religion inspires, they travelled into the Belgic Gaul there to find some religious houses and schools of virtue, which were then scarce in England.
3. Such was the progress of these holy men that they soon were judged fit to be themselves masters. Nor was it long before St Adulph became Bishop of Maastricht, which he administered in so holy a manner, that he is honoured in France among the saints on the 17th of June.
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1. William Fitzherbert (St William of York), a relative of King Stephen of England, was Archbishop from 1141 to 1147 and from 1153 to 1154.

Born in the late 11th century, and ordained priest,
#StWilliamOfYork #June8 #England #medieval Image
2. he was Minster’s Treasurer at York before being elected Archbishop in 1141 by the majority of the Chapter. From the start, William faced opposition from the Cistercians, who after the election of the Cistercian Pope Eugene III, had William deposed
3. in favour of the Cistercian Henry Murdac, the Abbot of Fountains Abbey.

From 1147 until 1153, William settled at Winchester Cathedral Priory for a life of prayer and penance.
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So, some of you will remember that I used to do a #SaintoftheDay feature? Well, today, while out rambling, I came across one of the most sad and bizarre of them all - poor little St Regiswindis... /1
Today I caught a train from Stuttgart up to Lauffen Am Neckar on the, well, River Neckar. It has a castle and a church, so I figured it was worth a visit.

It used to be the only secure river crossing for miles, hence the castle, held by the Counts of Lauffen. /2
If you head inside the church, named for Regiswindis, you can find a (reproduced) painting showing the King of the Franks, Ludwig the Pious, handing out a title to Ernst, his sidekick, who later made Lauffen his home. There he had three kids, including little Regiswindis. /3
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