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On August 1, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Alphonsus Mary
de Liguori of Marianelli [Alfonso Maria] (Italian, nobleman, missionary, theologian, spiritual author, founded Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer [Redemptorists], bishop of Sant' Agata dei Gotti, Doctor of the Church, died at about age 91 in 1787 [beatified 1816, canonized 1839])


     Bl. Alexis
Sobaszek of Przygodzice Wielkie [Aleksy] (Polish, diocesan priest, martyred by Nazis at Dachau [Germany] at age 47 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     St. Almedha (Welsh, princess, virgin, martyred [beheaded by her father] in 6th Century)

     St. Arcadius of Bourges (French, bishop, d. 549)

     Blessed Martyrs of Belarus (Belarusan or Polish, eleven virgins, religious sisters of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth, martyred by Nazis in 1943 [beatified 2000])
--- Mother Superior:
----- Bl. Mary Estelle
Mardosewicz of Ciasnówka [Maria Stella] [baptized Adela] (died at age 55)
--- Sisters:
----- Bl. Borromea
Narmuntowicz of Wiercieliszki [Boromea] [baptized Veronika] (died at age 27)
----- Bl. Canisia
Mackiewicz of Suwalki [Kanizja] [baptized Eugenia] (died at age 39)
----- Bl. Felicity
Borowik of Rudno [Felicyta] [baptized Paulina] (died at age 38)
----- Bl. Heliodora
Matuszewska of Stara Huta [Heliodora] [baptized Leokadia] (died at age 37)
----- Bl. Mary Daniel of Jesus and Mary Immaculate
Juzwik of Poizdów [Maria Daniela] [baptized Eleanor] (died at age 48)
----- Bl. Mary Guy of Divine Mercy
Cierpka of Granowiec [Maria Gwidona] [baptized Helena] (died at age 43)
----- Bl. Mary Imelda of Jesus
Zak of Oswiecim [Maria Imelda] [baptized Jadwiga (Hedwig)] (died at age 51)
----- Bl. Mary Knute of Jesus on the Mount of Olives
Chrobot of Raczyn [Maria Kanuta] [baptized Jozefa] (died at age 47)
----- Bl. Mary Raymond of Jesus
Kukulowicz of Barwaniszki [Maria Rajmunda] [baptized Anna] (died at age 51)
----- Bl. Mary Sergia of the Dolorous Virgin
Rapieg of Rogozyn [Maria Sergia] [baptized Julia] (died at age 43)

     St. Bernard Vo Van Due (Vietnamese, retired priest, martyred by beheading at about age 83 in 1838 [beatified 1900, canonized 1988])

     Blessed Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro (Spanish, 51 men [9 priests, 5 brothers, and 37 seminarians], members of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary [Claretians], martyred [shot by Communist firing squads] in Civil War in August, 1936 [beatified 1992])

[Click here to see the martyrs' names and other facts about them.]


     St. Dominic Nguyen Van Hanh (Vietnamese, Dominican  priest, martyred at about age 66 in 1838 [beatified 1900, canonized 1988])

     St. Ethelwold of Winchester (British, courtier, Benedictine  abbot, bishop, royal counselor, died at about age 72 in 984)

     Sts. Friard and Secundel, of Bresné (French, hermits, 6th Century) [St. Friard died in 677 at about age 66.]

     Bl. Gerhard Hirschfelder of Glatz (German, parish priest, denounced Nazi errors, martyred [starvation and pneumonia] at Dachau at age 35 in 1942 [beatified 2010])


     St. Justin of Louvre (French, child, martyred in 290)

     St. Jonatus of Elnone (French, Benedictine  abbot, c. 690)

     St. Kenneth of Gower (Welsh, chieftain's son, hermit)

     Sts. Leontius, Alexander, Attius, and six companions, of Perga (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], martyred in 300)

     St. Leus of Viguenza (Italian, priest, 4th Century)

     Holy Maccabees of Modein (Israelite, Old Testament priest and his five sons [Mattathias, John Gaddi, Simon called Thassi, Judas called the Hammer, Eleazar called Avaran, and Jonathan called Apphus], heroes of independence from Greek oppression of Jews, 2nd Century B.C.)

     St. Peregrine of Modena (from British Isles, pilgrim to Holy Land, hermit in Italy, d. 643)

     St. Rioch (Irish, nephew of St. Patrick, abbot, missionary bishop, d. 480)

     Bl. Rudolph [Rodolfo] (Italian, abbot, d. 1076 [beatified 1602])

     Bl. Thomas Welbourn of Hutton Bushel [also spelled Welbourne] (English, schoolteacher, martyred [drawn, hanged, quartered] under James I in 1605 [beatified 1929])

[from St. Alphonse de Liguori:]

     "We must show charity towards the sick, who are in greater need of help. Let us take them some small gift if they are poor, or, at least, let us go and wait on them and comfort them."

     "If we should be saved and become saints, we ought always to stand at the gates of the Divine mercy to beg and pray for, as an alms, all that we need."

     "He who does not acquire the love of God will scarcely persevere in the grace of God, for it is very difficult to renounce sin merely through fear of chastisement."

     "When we hear people talk of riches, honors and amusements of the world, let us remember that all things have an end, and let us then say: 'My God, I wish for you alone and nothing more.'"

     "He who receives Communion most frequently will be freest from sin, and will make farthest progress in Divine Love."



 

Blessed Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro -- CONTINUED


     Blessed Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro (Spanish, 51 men [9 priests, 5 brothers, and 37 seminarians], members of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary [Claretians], martyred [shot by Communist firing squads] in Civil War in August, 1936 [beatified 1992])

{Photos of those beatified can be viewed here.}

The names of the 51 (less than 1/5 of the 272 Claretians who died in the War) now follow:

  [Priests:]

----- Bl. John Díaz Nosti of La Quinta de los Catalanes [Juan] (died at age 56)

----- Bl. Joseph Pavón Bueno of Cartagena [José] (died at age 27)

----- Bl. Leontius Pérez Ramos of Muro de Aguas [Leoncio] (died at age 60)

----- Bl. Louis Masferrer Vila of Torelló [Luis] (died at age 24)

----- Bl. Nicasius Sierra Ucar of Cascante [Nicasio] (died at age 45)

----- Bl. Peter Cunill Padrós of Vich [Pedro] (died at age 33)

----- Bl. Philip of Jesus Munárriz Azcona of Allo [Felipe de Jesús] (died at age 61)

----- Bl. Sebastian Calvo Martínez of Gumiel de Izan [Sebastiano]

----- Bl. Secundus Mary Ortega García of Santa Cruz de la Salceda [Segundo] (died at age 24)

  [Brothers:]

----- Bl. Alphonse Miquel Garriaga of Prades de Molsosa [Alfonso] (died at age 22)

----- Bl. Emmanuel Buil Lalueza of Abizanda [Manuel] (died at age 21)

----- Bl. Emmanuel Martínez Jarauta of Murchante [Manuel] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Francis Castán Messeguer of Fonz [Francisco] (died at age 25)

----- Bl. Gregory Chirivás Lacambra of Sietamo [Gregorio] (died at age 56)

  [Seminarians:]

 ----- Bl. Aloysius Escalé Binefa of Fondarella [Aloisio] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Aloysius Lladó Teixidó of Viladesens [Aloisio] (died at age 24)

----- Bl. Alphonse Sorribes Teixidó of Rocafort de Nalech [Alfonso] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Anthony Dalmau Rosich of Miralcamp [Antonio María]

----- Bl. Anthony Mary Calvo Calvo of Gumiel del Mercado [Antonillo María] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Athanasius Vidaurreta Labra of Adiós [Atanasio] (died at age 25)

----- Bl. Edward Ripoll Diego of Jativa [Eduardo]

----- Bl. Emmanuel Torras Sais of Martivell [Manuel] (died at age 21)

----- Bl. Eusebius Codina Millá of Albesa [Eusebio] (died at age 21)

----- Bl. Faustino Pérez García of Baríndano (died at age 25)

----- Bl. Francis Mary Roura Farró of Sors [Francisco María] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Hilary Llorente Martín of Vadocondes [Hilario María] (died at about age 25)

----- Bl. James Falgarona Vilanova of Argelaguer [Jaime] (died at age 24)

----- Bl. Jesus Augustine Viela Ezcurdia of Oteiza de la Solana [Jesús Agustín] (died at age 22)

----- Bl. John Baixeras Berenguer of Castelltersol [Juan] (died at age 22)

----- Bl. John Codinachs Tuneu of Gene [Juan] (died at age 22)

----- Bl. John Echarri Vique of Olite [Juan] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. John Sánchez Munárriz [Juan]

----- Bl. Joseph Figuero Beltrán of Gumiel del Mercado [José] (died on the day after his 25th birthday)

----- Bl. Joseph John Francis Brengaret Pujol of San Jordi Desvalls [José Juan Francisco] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Joseph Mary Amorós Hernández of Puebla Larga [José María] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Joseph Mary Badía Mateu of Puigpelat [José Maria] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Joseph Mary Blasco Juan of Jativa [José María ] (died at age 24)

----- Bl. Joseph Mary Ormo Seró of Almatret [José María] (died five days before his 25th birthday)

----- Bl. Joseph Mary Ros Florensa of Torms [José María] (died at age 21)

----- Bl. Michael Masip González of Llardecans [Miguel] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Peter García Bernal of Santa Cruz de Salceda [Pedro] (died at age 25)

----- Bl. Raphael Briega Morales of Zaragoza [Rafael] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Raymond Illa Salvía of Bellvís [Ramón]

----- Bl. Raymond Novich Rabionet of Sellera del Ter [Ramón] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Salvatore Pigem Serra of Viloví de Oñar [Salvador] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Sebastian Riera Coromina of Ribas de Freser [Sebastiano] (died at age 22)

----- Bl. Stephen Casadevall Puig of Argelaguer [Esteban] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Theodore Ruiz de Larrínaga García of Bargota [Teodoro] (died at age 23)

----- Bl. Thomas Capdevila Miró of Malda [Tomás] (died at age 22)

----- Bl. Wenceslaus Mary Clarís Vilaregut of Olost de Liusanes [Venceslás María] (subdeacon, died at age 29)

----- Bl. Xavier Aloysius Bandrés Jiménez of Sanguesa [Javier Aloisio] (died at age 23)

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On August 2, we members of the Catholic Church family honor the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title, Our Lady of the Angels.
We also honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Eusebius
of Vercelli (Sardinian [Italian], bishop, opposed Arian heretics, abused and exiled, died at about age 88 in 371)

     St. Peter Julian Eymard of La Mure [Pierre-Julien] (French, cutler, parish priest, provincial superior of Marists, founder of Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, mystical writer, died at age 57 in 1868 [beatified 1925, canonized 1962])


     St. Boetharius
of Chartres (French, bishop, 7th Century)

     St. Etheldritha of Croyland (British, princess, Benedictine  hermitess for forty years, d. 834)

     Bl. Gundechar of Eichstätt (Bavarian, bishop, empress's chaplain, died at about age 54 in 1073)

     Bl. Justin Mary Russolillo of Pianura [Giustino Maria] (Italian, parish priest, founded Society of Divine Vocations [Vocationist Fathers and Vocationist Sisters]  and Apostles of Universal Sanctification, died at age 64 in 1955 [beatified 2011])

 

     St. Maximus of Padua (Italian, bishop, c. 195)

     St. Peter of Osma [Pierre] (French, Benedictine  monk, archdeacon in Spain, bishop, d. 1109)

     St. Plegmund of Canterbury (British, Benedictine  hermit, royal tutor, archbishop, d. 914)

     St. Rutilius (North African, martyred in 250)

     Pope St. Stephen I of Rome (Italian, archdeacon, elected to papacy in 254, reigned until death [possibly martyred] in 257)

     Sts. Theodota, Evodius, Hermogenes, and Callista, of Nicaea (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], mother and three children, martyred by burning in 304)

     St. Thomas Hales of Dover (English, Benedictine  monk, martyred in 1295)

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On August 3, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:


     St. Aspren of Naples (Italian, bishop, 3rd Century?)

     Bl. Augustine Gazotic of Trau (Dalmatian [from part of what is now Croatia], Dominican  friar, bishop of Zagreb in Croatia and of Lucera in Italy, healer, died at about age 61 in 1323 [beatified 1700])

     Bl. Benno of Schwabia (German, nobleman, priest, hermit in Switzerland, Benedictine  monk, bishop of Metz, d. 940)

     St. Euphronius of Autun (French, bishop, c. 476)

     Sts. Gamaliel and Abibas (Israelite ... Talmudic scholar [teacher of St. Paul] and his son [Acts 5] ... converts to Christianity, 1st Century)

     St. Gaudentia of Rome (Italian, virgin, early martyr)

     St. Godfrey of Loudon (French, bishop, d. 1255)

     Bl. Gregory of Nonantula (Italian, Benedictine  abbot, d. 933)

     St. Lydia of Thyatira (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], seller of purple dye, disciple of St. Paul at Philippi [Acts 16], 1st Century)

     St. Mancus of Cornwall (British? bishop)

     Sts. Marana and Cyra (Syrian, hermitesses, martyred in 5th Century)

     St. Nicodemus (Israelite, member of Jewish Sanhedrin, disciple of Jesus whom he helped bury, martyred in 1st Century)

     St. Peter of Salerno [Pietro] (Italian, Benedictine  monk, bishop of Anagni, papal legate, d. 1105)

     St. Senach of Clonard (Irish? bishop, 6th Century)

     St. Trea of Ardtree (Irish, disciple of St. Patrick, virgin, hermit, 5th Century)

     St. Waltheof of Melrose (Scottish, Augustinian  prior in England, Cistercian  abbot, died at about age 60 c. 1160)
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On August 4, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. John Baptist Mary
Vianney of Dardilly [Jean-Baptiste-Marie] ["Curé d'Ars" (Parish Priest of Ars)] (French, farm hand, parish priest for 40 years, heard confessions all day, died at age 73 in 1869 [beatified 1905, canonized 1925])


     St. Agabius
of Verona (Italian, bishop, c. 250)

     St. Aristarchus of Thessalonica (Greek, bishop, companion of St. Paul [Acts 20, Philemon], martyred [beheaded] in 1st Century)

     Bl. Francis of Pesaro [Francesco] (Italian, Franciscan  tertiary, hermit, miracle worker, d. 1350)

     St. Eleutherius of Constantinople (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], martyred c. 300)

     St. Euphronius of Tours (French, bishop, died at about age 43 in 573)

     Bl. Henry Krzysztofik of Zachorzew [Henryk] [baptized Józef (Joseph)] (Polish, Capuchin  priest, martyred by Nazis at Dachau [Germany] at age 34 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     St. Ia and companions (Greek and Persian, slave and her converts, tortured and martyred by beheading in 360)

     St. Isidore (French, early martyr)

     St. Molua of Limerick (Irish, hermit, abbot, d. 622)

     St. Perpetua of Rome (Italian, matron, c. 80)

     St. Protasius of Cologne (German?, early martyr)

     St. Raynerius of Fontavellana [Raniero] (Italian, Camaldolese  monk, bishop of Cagli, archbishop of Spalatro, martyred by stoning in 1180)

     St. Sithney (from British Isles, monk in France, c. 529)

     St. Tertullinus (Roman, priest for two days, martyred in 257)

     Bl. William Horne [or Horn] and companions (English, Carthusian  brothers, martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] under Henry VIII in 1540 [beatified 1886])

[from St. John Vianney:]

     "All our religion is but a false religion, and all our virtues are mere illusions and we ourselves are only hypocrites in the sight of God, if we have not that universal charity for everyone -- for the good, and for the bad, for the poor and for the rich, and for all those who do us harm as much as those who do us good."

     "If people would do for God what they do for the world, what a great number of Christians would go to Heaven!"

     "I tell you that you have less to suffer in following the Cross than in serving the world and its pleasures."

     "You cannot please both God and the world at the same time. They are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, and their actions."

     "We should consider those moments spent before the Blessed Sacrament as the happiest of our lives."

     "My little children, ... If you pray and love, that is where a man's happiness lies."

     "My little children, your hearts, are small, but prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God. Through prayer we receive a foretaste of heaven and something of paradise comes down upon us. Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the souls and makes all things sweet. When we pray  properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun."

     "Some men immerse themselves as deeply in prayer as fish in water, because they give themselves totally to God. O, how I love these noble souls! How unlike them we are! How often we come to church with no idea of what to do or what to ask for. And yet, whenever we go to any human being, we know well enough why we go. ... I often think that when we come to adore the Lord, we would receive everything we ask for, if we would ask with living faith and with a pure heart."

     "Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself."

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On August 5, we members of the Catholic Church family commemorate the dedication of the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major (also called Our Lady of the Snows) in 435 A.D..

We also honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:


     St. Abel
of Rheims (British or Irish, Benedictine  monk, missionary in Europe, archbishop in France, abbot, c. 751)

     Sts. Addai of Palestine and Mari of Edessa (Israelite and Syrian, evangelized Syria and Persia, 1st Century)

     St. Afra of Augsburg (Bavarian, reformed prostitute, martyred by burning c. 304)

     Sts. Cantidius, Cantidian, and Sobel (Egyptian, early martyrs)

     St. Cassian of Autun (Egyptian, bishop in France for over 35 years, miracle-worker, c. 350)

     St. Emidius of Trier (missionary bishop in pagan Germany, martyred by beheading c. 303)

     St. Eusignius of Antioch (soldier in Syria, martyred by beheading at age 110 in 362)

     Bl. Frederick Janssoone of Ghyvelde [Frederic] (French, Franciscan  priest, died in Canada in 1916 [beatified 1988]) [On Canadian "particular calendar"] [Commemorated by some on August 4]

     St. Gormgal of Ardoilen (Irish, abbot, d. 1016)

     Bl. James Gerius of Florence [Giacomo] (Italian, Camaldolese  monk, died at age 33 in 1345)

     St. Memmius of Châlons-sur-Marne (French, missionary, bishop, miracle worker, c. 300)

     St. Nonna of Nazianzus (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], wife of one saint, mother of three saints, d. 374)

     King St. Oswald of Northumbria (British, soldier, monarch, died at about age 37 in 642)

     St. Paris of Teano (Greek, bishop in Italy, d. 346)

     St. Theodoric of Cambrai (French, bishop, d. 863)

     St. Venantius of Viviers (French, bishop, d. 544)

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On August 6, we members of the Catholic Church family celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord.

We also honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:


     Bl. Bronislaus
Kostowski of Slupsk [Bronislaw] (Polish, diocesan seminarian, martyred by Nazis at Dachau [Germany] at age 27 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     Blessed Martyrs of Burgos [also known as "St. Stephen of Cardeña and companions"] (Spanish, Benedictine  abbot and more than 200 monks, martyred by Moslems in 872 [beatified 1603])

     St. Gezelin of Sebusrode (German, hermit)

     Pope St. Hormisdas of Frosinone (Italian, widower, father of Pope St. Silverius, deacon, elected to papacy in 514, reigned until death in 523)

     St. James of Amida (Syrian, hermit, c. 501)

     Sts. Justus and Pastor of Alcala (Spanish, children [aged 13 and 9], scourged and martyred by beheading in 304)

     Bl. Mary Frances of Jesus Rubatto of Carmagnola [Maria Francesca di Gesu] [baptized Anna Maria] (Italian, Superior General of Capuchin  sisters, missionary to the Americas, died in Uruguay at age 60 in 1904 [beatified 1993])

     Bl. Octavian of Quingey (French, Benedictine  monk in Italy, bishop of Savona, died at about age 72 in 1132 [beatified 1793])

     Bl. Pope Paul VI Montini of Concesio [Paolo] [baptized Giovanni Battista (John the Baptist)] (Italian, diocesan priest working in Vatican Secretariat of State, secretary to Pope Pius XII, Cardinal Archbishop of Milan, elected pope in 1963, presided over part of Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, author of prophetic encyclical ["Humanae vitae"], reigned until death in Castelgandolfo at age 80 in 1978 [beatified 2014])


     St. Schetzelon of Grünewald (hermit in Germany, d. 1141)

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On August 7, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Cajetan
dei Conti di Tiene of Vicenza [Gaetano] (Italian, nobleman, lawyer, priest at age 36, co-founder of Congregation of Clerks Regular [Theatines], died at age 66 in 1547 [beatified 1629, canonized 1671])

     Pope St. Sixtus II (Greek, philosopher, deacon in Rome, elected to papacy in 257 [named in Eucharistic Prayer I], reigned until martyred by beheading with at least four deacons in 258)


     Bl. Agathangelus
Noury of Vendôme and Bl. Cassian Vaz Lopez-Neto of Nantes (French, Capuchin  friars, missionaries in Egypt and Ethiopia, martyred at about ages 40 and 31 in 1638 [beatified 1905]) [commemorated by some on the 11th]

     St. Albert of Trapani (Sicilian, Carmelite  priest, died at about age 50 in 1306 [beatified 1454, canonized 1476])

     Sts. Carpophorus, Exanthus, Cassius, Severinus, Secundus, and Licinius (Italian, soldiers, martyred c. 295)

     St. Claudia (British, matron in Rome, 1st Century)

     St. Dometius and two companions (Persian, monk and disciples, martyred by stoning in 4th Century)

     St. Donatian of Châlons-sur-Marne (French, bishop, 4th Century?)

     St. Donatus of Besançon (French, Benedictine  monk, bishop, c. 650)

     St. Donatus of Nicomedia (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], bishop of Arezzo in Italy, 4th Century)

     Bl. Edward Bamber of Carlton [alias Edward Helmes, alias Edward Reding] (English, diocesan priest, martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] at age 46 under Charles I in 1646 [beatified 1987])

     Bl. Edmund Bojanowski of Grabonog (Polish, layman, founded Congregation of the Handmaids of the Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary, died at age 56 in 1871 [beatified 1999])

     St. Faustus of Milan (Italian, soldier, martyred c. 190)

     St. Hilarinus of Ostia (Italian, monk, martyred in 4th Century)

     St. Hyperechios (Egyptian, early desert hermit)

     Bl. John Woodcock of Leyland [alias John Faringdon] (English, Franciscan  priest, martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] at age 43 under Charles I in 1646 [beatified 1987])

     Bl. Jordan Forzatei of Padua [Giordano] (Italian, Benedictine  abbot, died at about age 90 in 1248)

     Bl. Nicholas Postgate of Egton (English, diocesan priest, martyred at about age 79 under Charles II in 1679 [beatified 1987])

     Sts. Peter, Julian, and companions, of Rome (Italian, at least 20 men and women, martyred c. 260)

     Bl. Thomas Whitaker of Burnley [alias Thomas Starkie] (English, diocesan priest, martyred at about age 35 under Charles I in 1646 [beatified 1987])

     St. Victricius of Rouen (Roman? soldier, missionary in France, bishop, c. 409)

     Bl. Vincent of Aquila [Vincenzo] (Italian, Franciscan  brother, mystic, d. 1504 [beatified 1785])

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On August 8, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Dominic
de Guzman of Calaruega [Domingo] (Spanish, nobleman, Augustinian  priest, founder of Order of Friars Preachers [Dominicans], visionary, opposed Albigensian heresy, died in Italy at about age 51 in 1221 [canonized 1234]) [Commemorated in Australia and New Zealand on August 5]


     St. Altman
of Paderborn (German, emperor's chaplain, bishop of Passau, died in Austria at about age 71 in 1091)

     St. Bonifacia Rodríguez Castro of Salamanca (Spanish, cord-maker, founded Congregation of the Sisters Servants of Saint Joseph, died at age 68 in 1905 [beatified 2003, canonized 2011])

     Sts. Eleutherius and Leonides of Constantinople (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], early martyrs by burning)

     St. Ellidius (Welsh, 7th Century)

     St. Emilian of Cyzicus (bishop on Turkish island, exiled for opposing iconoclast heresy, d. 820)

     St. Famianus of Cologne (German, hermit in Spain for 25 years, Cistercian  monk, died on pilgrimage in Italy at about age 60 in 1150)

     Bl. Francis Ingleby of Ripley and Bl. John Fingley of Barmby-in-the-Marsh [also known as Finglow] (English, diocesan priests, martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] under Elizabeth I in 1586 [beatified 1987])

     St. Gedeon of Besançon (French, bishop, c. 796)

     St. Hormisdas (Persian, nobleman, lost rank due to his religion, camel driver, martyred in 420)

     Bl. Joan of Aza [Juana] (Spanish, noblewoman, mother of St. Dominic and three other children, c. 1190 [beatified 1828])

     Bl. John Felton of Bermondsey (English, layman, tortured and martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] under Elizabeth I in 1570 [beatified 1886])

     St. Leobald of Fleury (French, abbot, d. 650)

     Bl. Mary Margaret Caiani of Poggio [Maria Margarita] [baptized Maria Ana Rosa (Mary Ann Rose)] (Italian, virgin, founded Institute of the Third Order of Minims Franciscans of the Sacred Heart, died at age 57 in 1921 [beatified 1989])

     St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop of Fitzroy [baptized Maria Ellen] (Australian, teacher, co-founded Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart  to educate the poor, died at age 67 in 1909 [beatified 1995, canonized 2010]) [On "particular calendars" of Australia and New Zealand]

     St. Mummolus of Fleury (French, abbot, c. 678)

     St. Myron the Wonder Worker of Raucia (Cretan, farmer, bishop, died at about age 100 in 350)

     Bl. Robert Bickerdike of Low Hall (English, layman, martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] under Elizabeth I in 1586 [beatified 1987])

     St. Ternatius of Besançon (French, bishop, d. 680)

     Bl. Vladimir Laskowski of Rogozno [Wlodzimierz] (Polish, diocesan priest, martyred by Nazis at Gusen [Poland] at age 54 in 1940 [beatified 1999])

     Bl. Zephyrinus Gimenez Malla of Benavent de Segria [Ceferino] (Spanish, layman, martyred in Civil War at age 75 in 1936 [beatified 1997, first Gypsy ever beatified])

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On August 9, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Teresa Blessed by the Cross
Stein of Breslau [Teresa Benedykta od Krzyza (Latin: Teresa Benedicta a Cruce)] [baptized Edyta (Edith)] (Polish, professor, convert from atheism and Judaism, philosopher, Carmelite  nun in Germany and Holland, spiritual writer, imprisoned at Auschwitz [Oswiecim] in Poland, martyred by gassing at age 50 in 1942 [beatified 1987, canonized 1998])


     St. Amadeus
of Assisi (Portuguese, nobleman, hermit, Franciscan  brother, priest, d. 1482)

     St. Amor (French, early martyr)

     St. Autor of Metz (French, bishop, 5th Century)

     St. Bandaridus of Soissons (French, bishop, d. 556)

     St. Domitian of Châlons-sur-Marne (French, bishop, 4th Century)

     Bl. Falco of Calabria (Italian, hermit, d. 1440 [beatified 1893])

     Sts. Firmus and Rusticus of Bergamo (Italian, laymen, martyred in 290)

     Bl. Florentino Asensio Barroso of Villasexmir (Spanish, bishop of Barbastro, martyred in Civil War at age 59 in 1936 [beatified 1997])

 

     Bl. Francis Jägerstätter of St. Radegund [Franz] (Austrian, married layman, father of three, publicly opposed Hitler, martyred [beheaded] by Nazis at age 36 in 1943 [beatified 2007])

     Bl. John Bufalari of Rieti [Giovanni] (Italian, Augustinian  friar, porter, c. 1350 [beatified 1832])

     Bl. John Norton of Yorkshire (English, layman, martyred under Elizabeth I in 1600 [beatified 1987])

     Bl. John of Salerno [Giovanni] (Italian, disciple of St. Dominic, died at about age 82 in 1272 [beatified 1783])

     Bl. John Talbot of Thornton-le-Street (English, layman, martyred under Elizabeth I in 1600 [beatified 1987])

     Sts. Julian, Marcian, and ten companions, of Constantinople (from what is now Turkey, opposed iconoclast heresy, martyred in 730)

     St. Maurilius of Reims (French, Benedictine  monk in France and Italy, archbishop of Rouen, d. 1067)

     Sts. Nathy of Luighne and Felim of Kilmore (Irish, priest and bishop, c. 6th Century [Nathy canonized in 1903]) [On Irish "particular calendar"]

     St. Numidicus of Carthage (North African, martyred by burning in 3rd Century)

     St. Romanus Ostiarius of Rome (Italian, soldier, martyred in 258)

     St. Rusticus (Pannonian [Hungarian], martyred in 4th Century)

     St. Samuel of Edessa (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], ecclesiastical writer, opposed Nestorian and other heresies, d. 496)

     Sts. Secundian, Marcellian, and Verian, of Tuscany (Italian, government official and students, martyred in 250)

     St. Serenus of Marseilles (French, bishop, d. 606)

     Bl. Thomas Palaster of Ellerton-upon-Swale [surname also spelled Palasor, Palaster, Pallicer] (English, priest, martyred under Elizabeth I at about age 30 in 1600 [beatified 1987])

[from St. Teresa
Stein:]

     "Whatever did not fit in with my plan did lie within the plan of God. I have an ever deeper and firmer belief that nothing is merely an accident when seen in the light of God, that my whole life down to the smallest details has been marked out for me in the plan of Divine Providence and has a completely coherent meaning in God's all-seeing eyes. And so I am beginning to rejoice in the light of glory wherein this meaning will be unveiled to me."

     "Learn from Saint Thérèse [of Lisieux] to depend on God alone and serve Him with a wholly pure and detached heart. Then, like her, you will be able to say 'I do not regret that I have given myself up to Love.'"

     "O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage, and strength to serve You. Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me. I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will open before me, and I shall meet it with peace."

 

[I always feel sad when I see St. Teresa Stein referred to as "Teresa Benedicta of the Cross," because that is a mistranslation of her name.  Edyta (Edith) Stein had the Polish religious name "Teresa Benedykta od Krzyza," which is accurately rendered in Latin as "Teresa Benedicta a Cruce."  The problem is that this name means, "Teresa, blessed by the Cross" -- a signification that is totally lost to people who see it mistranslated as "Teresa Benedicta of the Cross."  The mistranslation can also fool a person into thinking that the saint was named after St. Benedict.]

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On August 10, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Lawrence
of Huesca (Spanish, deacon in Rome, martyred [grilled over a fire] in 258)


     St. Agilberta
of Jouarre (French, abbess, d. 680)

     Holy Martyrs of Alexandria (Egyptian, tortured and martyred between 260 and 267)

     St. Aredius of Lyons (French, archbishop, d. 614)

     St. Asteria of Bergamo (Italian, virgin, martyred c. 307)

     Sts. Bassa, Paula, and Agathonica, of Carthage (North African, virgins, early martyrs)

     St. Bettelin of Ilam (British, hermit?)

     St. Blane of Bute (Scottish, monk in Ireland and Scotland, missionary bishop, c. 590)

     St. Deusdedit of Rome (Italian, laborer, great benefactor of poor, 6th Century)

     Bl. Edward Grzymala of Kolodziaz and Bl. Francis Drzewiecki of Zduny [Franciszek] (Polish, diocesan priest and priest of Congregation of the Little Work of Divine Providence, martyred by Nazis at Dachau [Germany] at ages 33/34 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     King St. Gerontius of Devon (British, monarch, c. 508)

     Bl. Hugh de Montaigu of Auxerre [Hugues] (French, Benedictine  monk, bishop for 40 years, d. 1136)

     St. Philomena (Italian, adolescent virgin, early martyr)

     St. Thiento and six companions, of Wessobrunn (Bavarian, Benedictine  abbot and monks, martyred in 955)

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On August 11, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Clare
Offreduccio di Favarone of Assisi [Chiara] [also spelled Claire] (Italian, noblewoman, first female disciple of St. Francis, co-founder of Order of Poor Ladies [Poor Clares], abbess for forty years, died at age 59 in 1253 [canonized 1255])


     St. Alexander
of Comana (Greek, maker of charcoal, bishop, martyred by burning c. 275)

     Sts. Chromatius and Tiburtius of Rome (Italian, father and son, prefect and subdeacon, martyred in 3rd Century)

     St. Digna (Italian, hermitess, 4th Century)

     Bl. Francis of St. Mary [Francisco de Santa María] (Spanish, Franciscan  missionary in Japan, martyred by burning in Nagasaki in 1627 [beatified 1867])

     St. Gaugericus of Trier (French, bishop of Cambrai-Arras, c. 625)

     Bl. John and Bl. Peter Becchetti of Oxford (English, brothers, relatives of St. Thomas a Becket [d. 1170], Augustinian  friars, professors, c. 1420 [beatified 1835])

     Bl. John Sandys of Cheshire (English, priest, martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] under Elizabeth I in 1586 [beatified 1987])

     Bl. Lawrence Nerucci [Lorenzo], Bl. Augustine Cennini [Agostino], Bl. Bartholomew Donati [Bartolomeo], Bl. John Baptist Petrucci [Giovanni Battista], and sixty companions (Italians and Slavs, Servite  missionaries in Bohemia, martyred [burned] by Hussite heretics in 1420 [beatified 1918]) [commemorated by some on August 31]

     Bl. Louis Biraghi of Vignate [Luigi] (Italian, parish priest, spiritual director, founded Sisters of St. Marcellina, died at age 77 in 1879 [beatified 2006])

     Bl. Maurice Tornay of La Rosière (Swiss, priest, religious of the Canonical Order of the Regulars of St. Augustine, martyred in Tibet at age 39 in 1949 [beatified 1993])

     St. Peter Faber of Villaret [also called Favre and le Fevre] [Pierre] (French, shepherd boy, priest, one of the original members of the Society of Jesus [Jesuits], preached throughout Europe, died in Italy in 1546 [beatified 1872, canonized 2013])

     St. Rufinus of Marsi (Italian, bishop, early martyr)

     St. Susanna of Rome (Italian, noblewoman, niece of a pope, virgin, martyred by beheading in 295)

     St. Taurinus of Evreux (French, bishop, d. 412)

[A group of Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration -- contemplative nuns -- sent me the following short litany in honor of their "mother:"

          St. Clare, chaste spouse of Christ, pray for us.          St. Clare, strong in faith, pray for us.

          St. Clare, unwavering in hope, pray for us.          St. Clare, resplendent in charity, pray for us.

          St. Clare, ardent lover of Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.          St. Clare, fearless in difficulties, pray for us.

          St. Clare, patient and persevering in trials, pray for us.          St. Clare, peaceful, kind, gentle, and strong, pray for us.

          St. Clare, worker of miracles, pray for us.           St. Clare, universal patroness of television, pray for us.

Let us pray:  St. Clare, obtain for us strong and courageous hearts to do God's will always and everywhere. Amen.]

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On August 12, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Jane Frances
de Chantal of Dijon [Jeanne-Françoise] [nee Fremiot] (French, baroness, mother of four, widow at age 28, founded Order of the Visitation of Our Lady, died at age 59 in 1641 [beatified 1751, canonized 1767])
[In the Americas, this memorial is transferred from December 12, when the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is observed.]


     Sts. Anicetus, Photinus, and companions,
of Nicomedia (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], family members, martyred in 305)

     Sts. Anthony Nguyên Dich of Chi Long, Michael Nguyên Huy My of Ke Vinh, and James Mai Nam of Dông Biên (Vietnamese, two farmers and priest, martyred by beheading in 1838 [beatified 1900, canonized 1988])

     St. Araght of Sligo [also called Attracta] (Irish, noblewoman, disciple of St. Patrick, hermitess, healer, 6th Century) [On Irish "particular calendar"] [Commemorated by some on August 11]

     St. Cassian of Benevento (Italian, bishop, d. 340)

     St. Euplius of Catania (Sicilian, deacon, martyred by beheading c. 304)

     Sts. Felicissima and Gracilian (Italian, Christian and pagan blind girl cured by him in prison, martyred c. 304)

     Bl. Florian Stepniak of Zdzary [baptized Józef (Joseph)] (Polish, Capuchin  priest, martyred by Nazis at Linz [Austria] at age 30 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     St. Herculanus of Brescia (Italian, bishop, c. 550)

     Sts. Hilaria, Eunomia, Eutropia, and Digna, of Augsburg (German, St. Afra's mother and her three maidservants, martyred by burning c. 304)

     Bl. Pope Innocent XI Odescalchi of Como [Innocenzo] [baptized Benedetto (Benedict)] (Italian, elected to papacy in 1676, opposed ecclesiastical nepotism and several heresies, reigned until death at age 78 in 1689 [beatified 1956])

     St. Jambert of Canterbury (British? abbot, archbishop, d. 792)

     Bl. John of the Sacred Heart Dehon of La Capelle [baptized Leo-Gustav] (French, attorney, parish priest, stenographer at Vatican I, spiritual director to religious sisters, founded Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus [Dehonians], founded "Reign" magazine, died at age 82 in Belgium in 1925 [beatified 2006])

     Bl. Joseph Straszewski of Wloclawek [Józef] (Polish, diocesan priest, martyred by Nazis at age 57 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     Sts. Julian and Macarius (Syrian, missionary monks, early martyrs)

     Bl. Karl Leisner of Rees (German, youth leader, imprisoned by Nazis in four camps, secretly ordained priest at Dachau, died [tuberculosis] at age 30 in 1945 [beatified 1996])

     St. Lelia of Munster (Irish, abbess) [On Irish "particular calendar"] [Commemorated by some on August 11]

     St. Merewenna (British)

     St. Murtagh of Killala [also called Muredach or Meredith] (Irish, disciple of St. Patrick, bishop, hermit, 6th Century) [On Irish "particular calendar"] [Commemorated by some on August 13]

     St. Porcarius and companions, of Lerins (French, abbot and about 500 monks, martyred by Moslems c. 732)



[Here are some excerpts from a work by St. Jane Frances called "Wings to the Lord:"]

     "Fidelity toward God consists in being perfectly resigned to his holy will, in enduring everything that his goodness allows in our lives, and in carrying out all our duties, especially that of prayer, with love and for love. In prayer we must converse very familiarly with our Lord, concerning our little needs, telling him what they are, and remaining submissive to anything he may wish to do with us...

     "We should go to prayer with deep humility and an awareness of our nothingness. We must invoke the help of the Holy Spirit and that of our good angel, and then remain still in God's presence, full of faith that he is more in us than we are in ourselves.

     "There is no danger if our prayer is without words or reflection because the good success of prayer depends neither on words nor on study. It depends upon the simple raising of our minds to God, and the more simple and stripped of feeling it is, the surer it is.

     "We must never dwell on our sins during prayer. Regarding our offenses, a simple humbling of our soul before God, without a thought of this offense or that, is enough...such thoughts act as distractions."

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On August 13, we members of the Catholic Church family honor the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title, "Refuge of Sinners."

We also honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     Pope St. Pontian and St. Hippolytus,
of Rome (Italian, pontiff [elected in 230, abdicated in 235] and priest [theologian and repentant antipope], exiled to Sardinian salt mines, martyred [abusive treatment] in 235)


     St. Benilde
Romançon of Thuret [baptized Pierre] (French, member of Christian (de La Salle) Brothers, teacher for over 40 years, died at age 57 in 1862 [beatified 1948, canonized 1967])

     St. Cassian of Imola (Italian, teacher, martyred [hacked to death] in 250)

     St. Concordia (early martyr)

     Bl. Gertrude of Altenberg (German, daughter of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Norbertine  abbess for 50 years, died at about age 70 in 1297)

     Sts. Helen and Centolla of Burgos (Spanish, martyred c. 304)

     St. Herulph of Ellwangen (German, nobleman, Benedictine  abbot, bishop of Langres in France, d. 785)

     Bl. Jakob Gapp of Wattens (Austrian, World War I soldier and prisoner-of-war, anti-Nazi and Marianist  priest in Switzerland/Austria/France/Spain, martyred [guillotined] in Berlin at age 46 by Nazis in 1943 [beatified 1996])

     Bl. John of Alvernia [Giovanni] (Italian, hermit, spiritual advisor, mystic, Franciscan for 50 years, died at about age 63 in 1322 [beatified 1880])

     St. Junian of Poitou (abbot, hermit, d. 587)

     St. Ludoiph of Westphalia (German, Benedictine  abbot, d. 983)

     Bl. Mark Cristofori of Aviano [Marco] [baptized Carlo Domenico (Charles Dominic)] (Italian, Capuchin  priest, died in Austria at age 67 in 1699 [beatified 2003])

     St. Maximus the Confessor of Constantinople (Turkish, emperor's secretary, abbot in Egypt/Carthage/Rome, theologian, tortured and martyred at about age 82 in 662)

     St. Nerses Glaietsi (Armenian, poet, catholicos [bishop] to the Armenians, worked for Church unity, died at about age 71 in 1173)

     St. Radegunde of Erfurt (German, queen, nun in France, d. 587)

     Blessed Martyrs of Salás de Pallars [also known as "Bl. Joseph Tápies y Sirvant and companions"] (Spanish and French, seven parish priests, martyred by shooting, out of hatred for the Catholic faith, in the Spanish Civil War in 1936 [beatified 2005])

----- Bl. Francis Castells Brenuy of La Pobla de Segur [Francisco] (Spanish, died at about age 70)

----- Bl. Joseph Boher Foix of San Salvador de Toló [Jose] (Spanish, died at about age 49)

----- Bl. Joseph John Perot Juanmartí of Boulogne [Joseph-Jean] (French, died at about age 59)
----- Bl. Joseph
Tápies y Sirvant of Ponts [Jose] (Spanish, organist, died at age 67)
----- Bl. Paschal
Araguás Guárdia of Pont de Claverol [Pascual] (Spanish, died at about age 37)
----- Bl. Peter
Martret Moles of Seu de Urgell [Pedro] (Spanish, died at about age 35)
----- Bl. Silvester
Arnau Pasqüet of Gósol [Silvestre] (Spanish, died at about age 25)

     St. Wigbert of Fritzlar (British, Benedictine  missionary and abbot in Germany, d. 738)

     Bl. William Freeman of Yorkshire (English, priest, martyred [drawn, hanged, quartered] under Elizabeth I in 1595 [beatified 1929])

[from St. Maximus the Confessor:]

     "To harbor no envy, no anger, no resentment against an offender is still not to have charity for him. It is possible, without any charity, to avoid rendering evil for evil. But spontaneously to render good for evil -- such belongs to a perfect spiritual love."

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On August 14, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Maximilian Mary
Kolbe of Zdunska Wola [Maksymilian Maria] [baptized Rajmund (Raymond)] (Polish, son of poor weavers, Franciscan  priest and superior, religious journalist, martyred [starved and poisoned] at age 47 by Nazis at Auschwitz death camp in 1941 [beatified 1971, canonized 1982])


     St. Anthony
Primaldo of Otranto [Antonio] and about 800 companions (Italian, artisan and other citizens of Otranto, rejected forced conversion to Islam, martyred [hacked to pieces] by Moslem invaders in 1480 [beatified 1771, canonized 2013])

     St. Athanasia of Constantinople (Greek, married woman living in what is now Turkey, d. 860)

     St. Demetrius (African, early martyr)

     Bl. Eberhard of Einsiedeln (German, Benedictine  hermit and abbot in Switzerland, d. 958)

     Bl. Elizabeth Renzi of Saludecio [Elisabetta] (Italian, virgin, founded Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows, died at age 72 in 1859 [beatified 1989])

     St. Eusebius (Palestinian, priest, martyred by beheading in 3rd Century)

     St. Eusebius of Rome (Italian, priest, c. 357)

     St. Fachtna of Ross [also called Fachanan] (Irish, bishop, 6th Century) [On Irish "particular calendar"]

     Bl. Juliana Puricelli of Busto-Arsizio (Italian, Augustinian  nun, died at about age 74 in 1501 [beatified 1769])

     St. Marcellus of Apamaea (Cypriot, bishop in Syria, martyred [burned] in 389)

     Bl. Sanctes Brancasino of Monte Fabri (Italian, Franciscan  brother, d. 1490 [beatified 1770])

     St. Ursicius of Nicomedia (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], army officer, martyred by beheading in 304)

     St. Werenfrid of Arnheim (British, Benedictine  monk, missionary in Holland, c. 780)

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On August 15, we members of the Catholic Church family celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, body and soul, into heaven -- a holy day of obligation in the U.S. and many other nations.

We also honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:


     St. Alipius
of Tagaste (North African, lifelong colleague of St. Augustine, converted Manichaean, bishop, c. 430 [beatified 1584]) [commemorated by some on the 18th]

     St. Altfrid of Hildesheim (German, Benedictine  monk, bishop, d. 874)

     St. Arduino of Rimini (Italian, priest, d. 1009)

     St. Arnulf of Flanders (Belgian, nobleman, Benedictine  abbot, bishop of Soissons in France, died in Belgium at about age 47 in 1087)

     Bl. Chester Jozwiak of Lazyn [Czeslaw], Bl. Edward Kazmierski of Poznan, Bl. Edward Klinik of Bochum, Bl. Francis Kesy of Berlin [Franciszek], and Bl. Jarogniew Wojciechowski of Poznan (Polish, Salesian seminarians, martyred by Nazis [guillotined] at Dresden [Germany] at ages 22/22/23/21/19 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     Bl. Claude Granzotto [Claudio] [baptized Riccardo (Richard)] (Italian, peasant, honored sculptor, Franciscan  friar, died [brain tumor] eight days before his 47th birthday in 1947 [beatified 1994]) [commemorated by some on September 2]

     Bl. Isidore Bakanja of Boanji (Congolese, mason, servant, tortured and martyred at about age 22 in 1909 [beatified 1994])

     St. Limbania of Genoa (Cypriot, Benedictine  nun in Italy, d. 1294)

     St. MacCartin of Clogher (Irish, nobleman, disciple of St. Patrick, bishop, d. 506)

     Bl. Mary Tabernacle of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Moragas Cantarero of Lillo [María Sagrario de San Aloisio Gonzaga] [baptized Elvira] (Spanish, pharmacist, Carmelite  prioress, martyred [shot] during Spain's Civil War at age 55 in 1936 [beatified 1997])

     Blessed Martyrs of Motril [Granada] (Spanish, one diocesan priest and seven Augustinian Recollects  [six priests, one brother], martyred [shot] during Spain's Civil War in 1936 [beatified 1999])
----- Bl. Emmanuel
Martín Sierra of Chiurriana de la Vega [Manuel] (diocesan priest, died at age 44)
----- Bl. Vincent
Soler Muñárriz of Malón [Vicente] (priest, died at age 72)
----- Bl. Julian of St. Nicholas of Tolentino
Benigno Moreno of Alfaro [Julián de San Nicolás de Tolentino] (priest, died at age 65)
----- Bl. Leon of the Virgin of the Rosary
Inchausti Minteguia of Mendieta-Beaskoa [León de la Vírgen del Rosario] (priest, died at age 77)
----- Bl. Thanks-be-to-God of St. Augustine
Palacios del Rio of Baños de Valdearados [Deogracias de San Agustín] (priest, died at age 35)
----- Bl. Joseph of Sorrows
Rada Royo of Tarazona [José de Dolores] (priest, died at age 74)
----- Bl. Joseph Richard of the Heart of Jesus
Díez of Camposalinas [José Ricardo del Corazón de Jesús] (brother, died at age 27)
----- Bl. Vincent of St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Pinilla Ibánez of Calatayud [Vicente de San Aloisio Gonzaga] (priest, died at age 66)

     St. Napoleon of Alexandria (Egyptian, tortured and martyred c. 300)

     St. Rupert of Ottobeuren (German, Benedictine  abbot for 43 years, d. 1145)

     St. Tarcisius of Rome (Italian, acolyte or deacon, martyred [stoned and clubbed] protecting the Blessed Sacrament c. 255)

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On August 16, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     King St. Stephen I
of Esztergom [Istvan] [name before baptism: Vajk] (Hungarian, Magyar monarch, father of St. Emeric, died at about age 69 in 1038 [canonized 1083])


     St. Ambrose
of Ferentino [Ambrogio] (Italian, centurion, martyred c. 303)

     Bl. Angel Augustine Mazzinghi of Florence [Angelo Agostini] (Italian, Carmelite  priest and provincial, teacher, died at about age 61 in 1438 [beatified 1761])

     St. Armagillus of Brittany (Welsh, abbot in France, c. 570)

     St. Arsacius of Nicomedia (Persian, soldier, hermit in Asia Minor [now called Turkey], d. 358)

     St. Diomedes of Tarsus (Cilician [from part of what is now Turkey], physician, martyred c. 311)

     St. Eleutherius of Auxerre (French, bishop, d. 561)

     Bl. John of St. Martha of Prados [Juan de Santa Marta] (Spanish, Franciscan  missionary priest, beheaded in Japan at about age 40 in 1618 [beatified 1867])

     Bl. Laurence Loricatus of Apulia [Lorenzo] (Italian, soldier, Benedictine  monk, hermit, died at about age 53 in 1423 [beatified 1778])

     Bl. Mary Magdalen Kiota (Japanese, noblewoman, Dominican  tertiary, martyred by burning in 1620 [beatified 1867])

     Bl. Ralph de la Futaye of Saint-Sulpice [Raoul] (French, Benedictine  abbot, d. 1129)

     St. Rocco of Montpellier [Roch] (French, nobleman, cared for victims of the plague, died at about age 32 in 1327)

     St. Serena of Rome (Italian, c. 290)

     St. Simplician of Milan (Italian, bishop, d. 400)

     St. Titus of Rome (Italian, deacon, martyred by a pagan Goth in 5th Century)

     St. Uguzo of Carvagna (Italian, shepherd, early martyr)

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On August 17, the Catholic Church honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:


     St. Amor
of Amorbach (missionary in Germany, Benedictine  abbot in France, 8th Century)

     St. Anastasius of Ter (Syrian, hermit, bishop in Italy, d. 553)

     Bl. Bartholomew Laurel [Bartolome] (Mexican, Franciscan  brother, missionary in Philippines and Japan, martyred by burning at Nagasaki in 1627 [beatified 1867])

     Bl. Caspar Vaz and Bl. Mary Vaz (Japanese, husband and wife, Franciscan  tertiaries, martyred [one burned, one beheaded] at Nagasaki in 1627 [beatified 1867])

     St. Clare of Montefalco [Chiara] (Italian, Augustinian  nun, died at about age 40 in 1308 [beatified 1737, canonized 1881])

     St. Donato of Ripacandida (Italian, Benedictine  monk, d. 1198)

     St. Drithelm of Northumbria (British, hermit, c. 700)

     Bl. Frances Bizzocca (Japanese, wife of Italian, Dominican  tertiary in Japan, martyred by burning at Nagasaki in 1627 [beatified 1867])

     Bl. Francis Kuloi, Bl. Louis Someyon, Bl. Luke Kiemon, and Bl. Michael Kiraiemon (Japanese, Franciscan  tertiaries, martyred by beheading at Nagasaki in 1627 [beatified 1867])

     Bl. Francis Kurobioye (Japanese, Dominican  tertiary, martyred by burning at Nagasaki in 1627 [beatified 1867])

     St. Hiero (Irish, missionary to Holland, martyred 885)

     St. Hyacinth Odrowaz of Krakow [Jacenty] (Silesian, Dominican  missionary to Poland and other nations, died at about age 72 in 1257 [canonized 1594])

     St. James of Northumbria (Italian, Benedictine  monk, deacon, 7th Century)

     St. Joan of the Cross Delanoue of Samur [Jeanne-de-la-Croix] (French, founded Sisters of Saint Anne of Providence of Samur, died at age 70 in 1736 [beatified 1947, canonized 1982])

     St. John of Monte Marano [Giovanni] (Italian, Benedictine  monk, bishop, d. 1094 [canonized 1906])

     Sts. Liberatus, Boniface, Maximus, Rogatus, Rusticus, Septimus, and Servus (North African, abbot and others, martyred by Arian Vandals in 483)

     St. Mamas of Cappadocia (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], shepherd, martyred c. 275)

     Bl. Martin Gomez (Japanese of Portuguese descent, Franciscan  tertiary, martyred by beheading at Nagasaki in 1627 [beatified 1867])

     St. Myron of Cyzicus (martyred c. 250)

     Sts. Paul and Juliana of Ptolemais (Palestinian, brother and sister, beheaded c. 270)

     St. Theodulus of Valais (French, bishop, 4th Century)

     Bl. Thomas Vinyemon (Japanese, layman, martyred by beheading at Nagasaki in 1627 [beatified 1867])

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On August 18, the Catholic Church honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:


     St. Agapitus
of Palestrina (Italian, boy aged 15, martyred c. 274)

     Bl. Aimo Taparelli of Savigliano (Italian, Dominican  friar, inquisitor, died at about age 100 in 1495 [beatified 1856])

     St. Albert Hurtado Cruchaga of Viña del Mar [Alberto] (Chilean, Jesuit  priest, died at age 51 in 1952 [beatified 1994, canonized 2005])

     Sts. Crispus and John of Rome (Italian, priests, martyred c. 303)

     St. Daig Maccairill of Iniskin (Irish, bishop, c. 560)

     St. Evan of Ayrshire (Scottish, hermit, 9th Century)

     St. Firminus of Metz (Greek or Italian, bishop in France, d. 496)

     Sts. Florus and Laurus (Illyrian [from Balkan area], twin brothers, stone-masons, martyred by drowning in 2nd Century)

     St. Helena of Drepanum (Bithynian [from part of what is now Turkey], found the cross of Jesus in Jerusalem, mother of emperor Constantine, died at about age 80 in 330)

     Sts. Hermas, Serapion, and Polyaenus, of Rome (early martyrs)

     St. Juliana of Strobylum (early martyr of Asia Minor [now called Turkey])

     Bl. Mary, Bl. Thomas, and Bl. James Guengoro (Japanese ... husband, wife, and 2-year-old son ... martyred by crucifixion in 1620 [beatified 1867])

     St. Leo of Myra (early martyr)

     Bl. Leonard of Cava [Leonardo] (Italian, Benedictine  abbot, d. 1255 [beatified 1928])

     Bl. Milo of Fontenelle (French, nobleman, Benedictine  monk, hermit, c. 730)

     Bl. Rinaldo of Milan (Italian, archbishop of Ravenna, d. 1321 [beatified 1852])

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On August 19, the Catholic Church honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. John
Eudes of Ri [Jean] (French, priest, founded Congregation of Jesus and Mary [Eudists] and Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, died at age 78 in 1680 [beatified 1909, canonized 1925])


     St. Andrew the Tribune
of Rome (Italian, army officer, converted in Persia, martyred in Cilicia [part of what is now Turkey] in 300)

     St. Badulfus of Ainay (French, Benedictine  abbot, d. 850)

     St. Bertulf of Bobbio (French, abbot in Italy, d. 640)

     Sts. Calminius of Villars and Namadia of Marsat (French ... hermit / founder of monasteries and his widow / nun, died c. 690 and 700)

     Bl. Christopher Robinson of Woodside (English, priest, martyred under Elizabeth I at about age 33 in 1598 [beatified 1987])

     St. Credan of Evesham (British, Benedictine  abbot, d. 780)

     St. Donatus of Provence (French, hermit, d. 535)

     St. Elaphius of Châlons-sur-Marne (French, bishop, d. 580)

     Bl. Emily Bicchieri of Vercelli [Emilia] (Italian, Dominican  tertiary abbess from age 20 to 76, d. 1314)

     St. Ezekiel Moreno y Diaz of Alfaro Tarazona [Ezequiel] (Spanish, missionary, bishop of Pinara and Pasto in Colombia, died at age 58 in 1906 [beatified 1975, canonized 1992])

     St. Guenninus of Vannes (French, bishop, 7th Century)

     Bl. Guerricus of Tournai (French, Cistercian  abbot, died at about age 75 c. 1155 [beatified 1889])

     Bl. Hugh Green of London (English, priest, martyred by hanging under Charles I in 1642 [beatified 1929])

     St. Julius of Rome (Italian, senator, martyred in 190)

     St. Louis of Nocera (French, prince of Naples, Franciscan  friar, very young bishop of Toulouse, died at about age 23 in 1297 [canonized 1317])

     St. Magnus of Avignon (French, governor, widower, monk, and bishop, d. 660)

     St. Marianus of Entraigues (French, hermit)

     St. Marinus of Catalonia (Spanish, Benedictine  abbot, bishop)

     St. Mochta of Louth (Irish, bishop)

     Blessed Martyrs of Nagasaki of 1622 (Japanese and European, sailors and others, martyred [some burned, some beheaded] in Japan in 1622 [beatified 1867])
----- Bl. Anthony, Bl. Bartholomew
Monfiore, Bl. Paul Sanchiki, Bl. Thomas Koyanangi, Bl. Lawrence Rokuyemon, Bl. Leo Suchiemon (Japanese ... sailors, passenger, merchant, pilot [on ship transporting European Catholics to Japan] ... beheaded)
----- Bl. James
Denxi, Bl. Joachim Firayama-Diz, Bl. John Foyamon, Bl. John Nangata, Bl. John Yano, and companions (Japanese, sailors and others, beheaded)
----- Bl. Louis
Flores (Belgian, became Dominican  priest in Mexico, missionary to Philippines, burned)
----- Bl. Michael
Diaz [Miguel] (Spanish, maritime merchant, burned)
----- Bl. Peter
Zuniga [Pedro] (Spanish, Augustinian  priest, missionary to Philippines and Japan, burned)

     St. Rufinus of Mantua (Italian, priest, early martyr)

     St. Sarah of Ur [originally Sarai] (Chaldean [from what is now Iraq], wife of Old Testament patriarch Abram [Abraham], nomad in Canaan, mother of Isaac at age 90, c. 2100 B.C.)

     St. Sebaldus of the Reichswald (Benedictine  hermit, later missionary to Germany, c. 770)

     Sts. Timothy, Thecla, and Agapius, of Gaza (Palestinian ... bishop and others ... tortured and martyred [one burned, one thrown to animals, one drowned] between 304 and 306)

[St. John Eudes is known for his great devotion to, and writings about the hearts of Jesus and Mary. Here are two brief excerpts from his works:]

     "The Christian life is a continuation and completion of the life of Christ in us. We should be so many Christs here on earth, continuing His life and His works, laboring and suffering in a holy and divine manner in the spirit of Jesus."

     "The air that we breathe, the bread that we eat, the heart which throbs in our bosoms, are not more necessary for man that he may live as a human being, than is prayer for the Christian that he may live as a Christian."

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On August 20, the Catholic Church honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Bernard
of Clairvaux (French, Cistercian  monk, Doctor of the Church, died at about age 63 in 1153 [canonized 1170])


     St. Bernard
of Valdeiglesias [Bernardo] (Spanish, Cistercian  monk, d. 1155)

     St. Bernard Tolomei of Siena [Bernardo] [baptized Giovanni] (Italian, government official, theologian, founded and led Congregation of the Blessed Virgin of Monte Oliveto [Olivetan Benedictines], died at about age 76 in 1348 [beatified 1634, canonized 2009]) [commemorated by some on August 19]


     Sts. Christopher and Leogivild of Cordova (Spanish, monk and priest, martyred by Moslems in 852)

     St. Edbert of Northumbria (British, king, Benedictine  monk, d. 960)

     Bl. George Häfner of Wurzburg [Georg] [surname sometimes spelled Haefner] (Bavarian [German], parish priest, arrested for his pastoral zeal, martyred [starved] at Dachau by Nazis at age 41 in 1942 [beatified 2011])

     St. Gobert of Apremont (Belgian, count, crusader, and monk, d. 1263)

     St. Haduin of Le Mans (French, bishop, c. 662)

     St. Heliodorus (Persian [Iranian], martyr, d. 362)

     St. Herbert Hoscam of Conze (English, archbishop in Italy, d. 1180)

     Bl. James Bell of Warrington (English, priest, martyred by hanging under Elizabeth I in 1584 [beatified 1929])

     Bl. Ladislaus Maczkowski of Ociaz [Wladyslaw] (Polish, diocesan priest, martyred by Nazis at Dachau [Germany] at age 31 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     St. Lucius of Cyrene (North African, early martyr)

     St. Mary de Mattias of Vallecorsa [Maria] (Italian, virgin, foundress of Congregation of the Adoring Sisters of the Blood of Christ, died at age 61 in 1866 [beatified 1950, canonized 2003])

     St. Maximus of Tours (French, disciple of St. Martin, abbot, d. 470)

     St. Oswin of Deira (British, king, martyred 651)

     St. Ronald of Kirkwall (Scottish, warrior chieftain, erected cathedral, martyred in 1158)

     St. Samuel of Ramathaim-zophim (Israelite, Old Testament prophet, anointed kings Saul and David, c. 1000 B.C.)

     Holy Martyrs of Thrace (Greek, 37 early martyrs [feet and hands cut off, burned to death])

[St. Bernard
of Clairvaux is closely associated with deep Marian devotion. Here is an excerpt from his writings:]

     "In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray. While invoking her, you shall never lose heart. So long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception. While she holds your hand, you cannot fall. Under her protection you have nothing to fear. If she walks before you, you shall not grow weary. If she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal."

 

[The prayer called the "Memorare" ("Remember") is sometimes attributed to  St. Bernard of Clairvaux, though it may have been written by one of his disciples instead:]

     "Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen."

 

[One of my favorite non-scriptural religious passages of all time is the following meditation on the Annunciation by St. Bernard. The Church offers it in the Office of Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours:]

     "You have heard it said, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son. You have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit.

     The angel awaits an answer. It is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion. The sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us.

     The price of salvation is offered to you. We shall be set free at once if you consent. In the eternal Word of God we all came to be, and behold, we die. In your brief response we are to be remade in order to be recalled to life ...

     Answer quickly, O Virgin. Reply in haste to the angel, or rather through the angel to the Lord.  Answer with a word, receive the Word of God.  Speak your own word, conceive the divine Word.  Breathe a passing word, embrace the eternal Word.

     Why do you delay, why are you afraid? Believe, give praise and receive. Let humility be bold, let modesty be confident. This is no time for virginal simplicity to forget prudence. In this matter alone, O prudent Virgin, do not fear to be presumptuous.

     Though modest silence is pleasing, dutiful speech is now more necessary. Open your heart to faith, O blessed Virgin, your lips to praise, your womb to the Creator. See, the desired of all nations is at your door, knocking to enter. If he should pass by because of your delay, in sorrow you would begin to seek him afresh, the One whom your soul loves.

     Arise, hasten, open. Arise in faith, hasten in devotion, open in praise and thanksgiving.

     'Behold the handmaid of the Lord,' she says. 'Be it done to me according to your word.'"

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On August 21, the Catholic Church recalls the 1879 apparition of Our Lady of Knock in Ireland. 

She also honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     Pope St. Pius X Sarto of Riese [Pio] [baptized Giuseppe (Joseph)] ["Pope of the Blessed Sacrament"] (Italian, bishop of Mantua, cardinal "patriarch" [archbishop] of Venice, reigned from 1903 until death at age 79 in 1914 [beatified 1951, canonized 1954])


     St. Anastasius Cornicularius
of Rome (Italian, military officer, martyred in 274)

     St. Apollinaris Sidonius of Lyons [full Latin name: Caius Sollius Apollinaris Sidonius Lugdunensis] (French, nobleman, imperial official, orator, poet, bishop of Avernum, introduced "rogation days," d. 480)

     St. Aria of Rome (Italian, early martyr)

     St. Avitus of Clermont (French, bishop, d. 600)

     Sts. Bassa, Theogonius, Agapius, and Fidelis, of Edessa (Greek ... wife of pagan priest and her three sons ... martyred in 304)

     St. Bernard Tolomeo of Siena [Bernardo] [baptized Giovanni (John)] (Italian, monk, founder of Congregation of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Olivet, died at about age 76 in 1348 [beatified 1644])

     St. Cyriaca of Rome (Italian, widow, martyred by scourging in 249)

     St. Gilbert of Valenciennes (French, Benedictine  monk, d. 1185)

     St. Hardulph of Leicester (British)

     St. Joseph Dang Dinh Vien of Tien Chu (Vietnamese, Dominican  tertiary, catechist, martyred by beheading at about age 52 in 1838 [beatified 1900, canonized 1988])

     St. Leontius the Elder of Bordeaux (French, bishop, d. 541)

     Sts. Luxorius, Camerinus, and Cisellus, of Sardinia (Italian ... soldier and youths ... martyred by beheading in 303)

     St. Paternus of Alexandria (Egyptian, martyred [neglect in prison] in 255)

     St. Quadratus of Utica (French, bishop, martyred in 3rd Century)

     Bl. Victoria Rasoamanarivo of Antananarivo (Madagascaran, widow, died at age 46 in 1894 [beatified 1989])

     Bl. Ladislaus Findysz of Kroscienko Nizne [Wladyslaw] (Polish, parish priest, persecuted and imprisoned by Communists, died [cancer, but recognized by the Church as a martyr] at age 56 in 1964 [beatified 2005])

 

[St. Pius X wrote:]

 "My hope is in Christ, who strengthens the weakest by His divine help. I can do all in Him who strengthens me. His Power is infinite, and if I lean on him, it will be mine. His Wisdom is infinite, and if I look to Him for counsel, I shall not be deceived. His Goodness is infinite, and if my trust is stayed in Him, I shall not be abandoned."

 

[Prayer for the intercession of St. Pius X:]

     "Glorious Pope of the Eucharist, Saint Pius X, you sought 'to restore all things in Christ.' Obtain for me a true love of Jesus so that I may live only for Him. Help me to acquire a lively fervor and a sincere will to strive for sanctity of life, and that I may avail myself of the riches of the Holy Eucharist in sacrifice and sacrament. By your love for Mary, mother and queen of all, inflame my heart with tender devotion to her. Blessed model of the priesthood, obtain for us holy, dedicated priests, and increase vocations to the religious life. Dispel confusion and hatred and anxiety, and incline our hearts to peace and concord. so that all nations will place themselves under the sweet reign of Christ. Amen. Saint Pius X, pray for me."

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On August 22, the Catholic Church commemorates the "Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary."

She also honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     Sts. Agathonicus, Zoticus of Bithynia, and companions (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey] ... patrician, philosopher, and disciples ... martyred in 3rd Century)

     St. Andrew of Fiesole (Irish or Scottish, Benedictine  abbot in Italy, c. 880)

     St. Antoninus of Rome (Italian, executioner, convert from paganism, martyred in 186)

     St. Arnulf of Eynesbury (British, hermit, 9th Century)

     Sts. Athanasius of Tarsus, Anthusa of Seleucia, Charisius of Nicaea, and Neophytus of Nicaea (from Asia Minor ... bishop, noblewoman, and her slaves ... martyred c. 257)

     Bl. Bernard Perani of Appignano [Bernardo] [baptized Domenico (Dominic)] (Italian, peasant, Capuchin  brother, miracle worker, died at age 89 in 1694 [beatified 1795])

     St. Ethelgitha of Northumbria (British, Benedictine  abbess, c. 720)

     Sts. Fabrician and Philibert (Spanish, early martyrs)

     St. Gunifort of Pavia (British or Irish, early martyr in Italy)

     St. John Kemble of Saint Weonard's (English, priest, martyred by hanging under Charles II at about age 80 in 1679 [beatified 1929, canonized 1970])

     St. Joachim of St. Anne Wall of Lancashire [aliases: John Marsh, Francis Dormore, Francis Webb, Francis Johnson] [baptized John] (English, Franciscan  priest, martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] under Charles II at about age 59 in 1679 [beatified 1929, canonized 1970])

     Bl. Lambert of Chézery (French, Cistercian  abbot, d. 1151)

     Sts. Martial, Saturninus, Epictetus, Maprilis, Felix, and companions (martyred c. 300)

     St. Maurus and fifty companions, of Rheims (French, priest and others, martyred c. 260-300)

     St. Sigfrid of Wearmouth (British, Benedictine  abbot, d. 688)

     St. Symphorian of Autun (French, nobleman, martyred by beheading c. 180)

     St. Timothy of Antioch (Syrian, priest in Rome, martyred by beheading in 311)

     Bl. William Lacey of Horton and Bl. Richard Kirkman of Addingham (English ... widower/priest and priest/tutor, martyred under Elizabeth I in 1582 [beatified 1886])

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On August 23, the Catholic Church honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Elizabeth Rose
Flores de Oliva of Lima [known as Rose of Lima] [Isabel Rosa] (Peruvian, virgin, Dominican  tertiary, died at about age 31 in 1617 [beatified 1668, canonized 1671])


     St. Apollinaris
of Reims (French, executioner, converted from paganism, martyred by beheading in 290)

     St. Ascelina of Boulancourt (French, Cistercian  nun, mystic, d. 1195)

     Sts. Astericus, Claudius, Neon, Domnina, and Theonilla, of Cilicia (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey] ... three biological brothers and two women ... martyred [four scourged to death, one burned to death with live coals] in 303)

     St. Ebbe the Younger and companions, of Coldingham (Scottish, abbess and her nuns, martyred [burned in convent] by Norse pirates in 870)

     St. Flavian of Autun (French, bishop, 7th Century)

     Bl. Francis Dachtera of Salno [Franciszek] (Polish, diocesan priest, martyred by Nazis at Dachau [Germany] at age 33 in 1944 [beatified 1999])

     St. Hilarinus of Saint-Seine (French, Benedictine  monk, martyred in 731)

     Bl. James Bianconi of Mevania [Giacomo] (Italian, Dominican  friar, died at about age 81 in 1301 [beatified 1672])

     St. Lupicinus of Verona (Italian, bishop, 5th Century)

     St. Lupus (slave, early martyr)

     Sts. Minervius, Eleazar, and eight children, of Lyons (French, family, martyred in 3rd Century)

     St. Philip Benizi of Florence [Filippo] (Italian, nobleman, doctor of medicine and philosophy, Servite  priest and superior, healer, died at age 52 in 1285 [beatified 1645, canonized 1671])

     Sts. Quiriacus, Maximus, Archelaus, and companions, of Ostia (Italian ... bishop, priest, deacon, and flock ... martyred in 235)

     Sts. Restitutus and fifteen companions, of Antioch (Syrian [and North African?], martyred in 305)

     St. Theonas of Alexandria (Egyptian, bishop, d. 300)

     St. Tydfil (Welsh, daughter of a prince, martyred in 480)

     St. Victor of Vita (Tunisian, bishop of Carthage or Utica, d. 535)

     St. Zacchaeus of Jerusalem (Palestinian, patriarch [bishop], d. 116)

[St. Rose of Lima said, "Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven."]

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On August 24, the Catholic Church honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Bartholomew
of Cana [also called Nathaniel] (Israelite, apostle, missionary, believed to have been martyred by flaying in Armenia, 1st Century)


     Bl. Alice
Rich of Abingdon (English, Benedictine  prioress, c. 1270)

     St. Aurea of Ostia (Italian, virgin, martyred by drowning c. 260)

     St. Eutychius of Phrygia (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], raised from the dead by St. Paul [Acts 20], companion of St. John, 1st Century)

     St. George Limniotes (hermit in Asia Minor, martyred at about age 95 c. 730)

     St. Irchard of Kincardinshire (Scottish, missionary bishop to the Picts, 7th Century)

     Bl. Luke Mellini [Luca] (Italian, Celestine  father general, c. 1460)

     Bl. Mary Incarnation of the Sacred Heart Rosal Vasquez of Quetzaltenango [María Encarnacion del Sagrado Corazon] [baptized María Vicenta] (Guatemalan, reformer of the Sisters of Bethlehem, died at age 65 in 1886 [beatified 1997] [incorruptible])

     St. Mary Michael of the Blessed Sacrament Desmaisières y Lopez de Dicastillo of Madrid [María Micaela del Santísimo Sacramento] [baptized María de la Soledad] ["Madre Sacramento"] (Spanish, founded Institute of the Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament, died at age 59 in 1865 [beatified 1925, canonized 1934]) [commemorated by some on August 25]

     Bl. Miroslav Bulesic of Cabrunici (Croatian, diocesan priest, martyred [stabbed in neck] by communists at age 27 in 1947 [beatified 2013])

     St. Ouen of Sancy (French, king's chancellor, bishop of Rouen, died at least age 73 in 684)

     St. Patrick the Elder of Nevers (Irish or French, abbot, c. 450)

     St. Ptolemy of Nepi (Italian, disciple of St. Peter, bishop, martyred in 1st Century)

     St. Romanus of Nepi (Italian, bishop, successor of St. Ptolemy, martyred in 1st Century)

     Bl. Sandratus of Gladbach (German, Benedictine  abbot, d. 986)

     St. Tation of Claudiopolis (Bithynian [from part of what is now Turkey], martyred c. 304)

     Holy Martyrs of Utica (North African, between 150 and 300 Christian prisoners, martyred ["burned" in huge lime pit] c. 260-285)

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On August 25, the Catholic Church honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     King St. Louis IX of Poissy (French, Franciscan  tertiary, died in Algeria while heading toward a Crusade at age 56 in 1270 [beatified 1297])

     St. Joseph Calasanz of Peralta [José] (Spanish, priest, founder of Piarists [also called Scalopians], died at age 91 in 1648 [beatified 1748, canonized 1767])


     St. Aredius
of Limoges (French, abbot, d. 591)

     St. Ebbe the Elder of Northumbria (British, princess, Benedictine  abbess in Scotland died at about age 68 in 683)

     Sts. Eusebius, Pontian, Vincent, and Peregrinus (tortured [racked, clubbed, burned] and martyred [beaten] at Rome in 192)

     St. Genesius of Arles (French, martyr c. 305)

     St. Gelasius of Rome (Italian, actor, beheaded c. 303)

     St. Geruntius of Italica (bishop of Talco in Spain, martyred c. 100)

     St. Gregory of Trier (German, Benedictine  monk, abbot, bishop of Utrecht, died at about age 73 in 776)

     St. Gurloes of Brittany (French, Benedictine  monk, abbot, d. 1057)

     St. Hunegund of Homblieres (French, Benedictine  nun, c. 690)

     St. Julian (Syrian, priest)

     Bl. Louis Baba (Japanese, Franciscan  friar, catechist, martyred [burned] in 1624 [beatified 1867])

     Bl. Louis Sasanda [Luis] (Spanish, Franciscan  friar in Mexico, priest in Philippines, missionary in Japan, martyred [burned] in 1624 [beatified 1867])

     Bl. Louis Sotelo of Seville [Luis] (Spanish, nobleman, Franciscan  missionary priest in Philippines and Japan, martyred [burned] in 1624 [beatified 1867])

     St. Lucilla (Italian, daughter of St. Nemesius, martyred by beheading in Rome c. 260)

     St. Maginus of Tarragona (Spanish, missionary, early martyr by beheading)

     St. Marcian of Apt (French, abbot)

     Bl. Mary of Jesus Crucified Baouardy of Abellin [baptized Mariam] ["Al Qiddisa" (the Holy One), "The Little Arab"] (Galilean, Melkite Catholic, orphaned at age 2, servant in Egypt, Carmelite  nun in France/India/Palestine, mystic, stigmatist, died in Bethlehem at age 32 [gangrene] in 1878 [beatified 1983])

     Bl. Mary of the Assumption and of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament Cabanillas Luján of Cordoba [María del Tránsito de Jesús Sacramentado] [baptized Eugenia de los Dolores] (Argentinian, foundress of Congregation of Tertiary Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Argentina, died at age 64 in 1885 [beatified 2002])

     Bl. Mary Troncatti of Corteno Golgi [Maria] (Italian, virgin, World War I nurse, medical missionary sister of Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians [Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco]  in Ecuador, died [air crash] at age 86 in 1969 [beatified 2012])


     St. Menas of Alexandria (Egyptian, patriarch of Constantinople, d. 552)

     St. Nemesius (Italian, father of St. Lucilla, military tribune, deacon, martyred by beheading in Rome c. 260)

     St. Patricia of Naples (Turkish nun in Italy, c. 665)

     Bl. Peter Vasquez of Berin [Pedro] (Spanish, Dominican  missionary priest in Japan, martyred [burned] in 1624 [beatified 1867])

     Bl. Petra of St. Joseph Pérez Florido of Valle de Abdalajís [Petra de San José] [Ana Josefa (Ann Josepha)] (Spanish, virgin, founded Institute of the Mothers of the Helpless and of St. Joseph of the Mountain, d. 1906 [beatified 1994])

     [St. Louis is famous for many things, not the least of which is a letter to his son, the future king of France. Here is part of the letter:]

     My dearest son, my first instruction is that you should love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your strength. Without this there is no salvation. Keep yourself, my son, from everything that you know displeases God, that is to say, from every mortal sin. You should permit yourself to be tormented by every kind of martyrdom before you would allow yourself to commit a mortal sin.

     If the Lord has permitted you to have some trial, bear it willingly and with gratitude, considering that it has happened for your good and that perhaps you well deserved it. If the Lord bestows upon you any kind of prosperity, thank him humbly and see that you become no worse for it, either though vain pride or anything else, because you ought not to oppose God or offend him in the matter of his gifts.

     Be kindhearted to the poor, the unfortunate and the afflicted. Give them as much help and consolation oas you can. Thank God for all the benefits he has bestowed upon you, that you may be worthy to receive greater.

     Always side with the poor rather than with the rich, until you are certain of the truth. Be devout and obedient to our mother the Church of Rome and the Supreme Pontiff as your spiritual father.

     In conclusion, dearest son, I give you every blessing that a loving father can give a son. May the three Persons of the Holy Trinity and all the saints protect you from every evil. And may the Lord give you the grace to do his will so that he may be served and honored through you, that in the next life we may together come to see him, love him and praise him unceasingly. Amen.

 

[From Bl. Mary of Jesus Crucified:]

     "Everything passes here on earth. What are we? Nothing but dust, nothingness, and God is so great, so beautiful, so lovable, but He is not loved.

     "Holy Spirit, inspire me. Love of God, consume me.  Along the true road, lead me. Mary, my good mother, look down upon me. With Jesus, bless me. From all evil, all illusion, all danger, preserve me.

     "Always remember to love your neighbor; always prefer the one who tries your patience, who tests your virtue, because with her you can always merit: suffering is Love; the Law is Love.

     "I desire to suffer always and not to die. I should add:  This is not my will; it is my inclination. It is sweet to think of Jesus, but it is sweeter to do His will.

     "The proud person is like a grain of wheat thrown into water: it swells, it gets big. Expose that grain to the fire: It dries up; it burns. The humble soul is like a grain of wheat thrown into the earth: It descends, it hides itself, it disappears, it dies, but to revive in heaven.

     "Observance of the [Carmelite] rule is of more value than all extraordinary states, more than the stigmata and the gift of miracles."

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On August 26, the Catholic Church honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     St. Abundius of Rome (Italian, martyred by drowning c. 258)

     St. Adrian of Nicomedia (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], imperial courtier, early martyr)

     St. Alexander of Bergamo (Italian, centurion, martyr)

     St. Bregwin of Canterbury (German, Benedictine  monk in England, archbishop, d. 765)

     St. David Lewis of Abergavenny (Welsh, Jesuit  priest, martyred [drawn, hanged, quartered] at about age 63 under Charles II in 1679 [beatified 1929, canonized 1970]) [On Welsh "particular calendar"] [Commemorated by some on August 27]

     Bl. Dominic Barberi of Palanzano [Domenico] (Italian, shepherd, orphan at age 8, Passionist  priest in Belgium and England, received Bl. John Henry Newman into the Church, died at age 57 in 1849 [beatified 1963]) [On English "particular calendar"] [Commemorated by some on August 27]

     St. Elias of Siracusa (Sicilian, Benedictine  monk, bishop, d. 660)

     St. Felix of Pistoia (Italian, hermit, 9th Century)

     St. Gelasinus of Heliopolis (Phoenician [from what is now Lebanon], actor, martyred by stoning in 297)

     Bl. Herluin of Bec (French, Benedictine  monk, abbot, d. 1078)

     St. Irenaeus of Rome (martyred by drowning c. 258)

     St. Joan Elizabeth Bichier des Âges of Le Blanc [Jeanne-Elisabeth] (French, foundress of Daughters of the Cross of Saint Andrew, died at age 65 in 1838 [beatified 1934, canonized 1947])

     St. John Bassano of Besançon [Jean] (French, priest, died at about age 85 in 1445)

     St. John of Caramola (French, Benedictine  hermit, Cistercian  monk in Italy, d. 1339)

     St. Margaret of Faenza [Margherita] (Italian, Benedictine  nun and abbess, d. 1330)

     Bl. Mary of the Angels Ginard Martí of Lluchmayor [María de los Ángeles] [baptized Ángela Benita Sebastiana Margarita] (Spanish [from Balearic Islands], member of Zealous Sisters of Eucharistic Devotion, superior of convent, martyred [shot] in Civil War at age 42 in 1936 [beatified 2005])

     St. Melchizedek of Salem (priest, king, honored by patriarch Abraham)

     St. Pandwina of Ettisley (Scottish or Irish, princess, Benedictine  nun in England, c. 904)

     St. Pelagia (widow, d. 584)

     St. Rufinus of Capua (Italian, bishop, 5th Century)

     St. Secundus of Ventimiglia (Italian? soldier, martyred in 3rd Century)

     Sts. Simplicius, Constantius, and Victorian (father and sons, martyred c. 161)

     St. Teresa of Jesus Jornet e Ibars of Aytona [Teresa de Jesús] (Spanish, teacher, died at age 54 in 1897 [beatified 1958, canonized 1974])

     Bl. Thomas Percy of Northumberland (English, father of four, courtier, martyred [beheaded] at about age 44 under Elizabeth I in 1572 [beatified 1895])

     Bl. Timothy of Montecchio [Timoteo] (Italian, Franciscan  friar, died at about age 90 in 1504 [beatified 1870])

     St. Victor of Cerezo (Spanish, missionary priest in North Africa, martyred [crucified] by Moslems in Algeria c. 950)

     Bl. Vyevain of York (English, bishop, d. 1285)

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On August 27, the Catholic Church honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Monica
of Tagaste (Numidian [from what is now Algeria], widow, mother of St. Augustine of Hippo, died at about age 65 in 387)


     Bl. Agilo
of Sithiu (French, Benedictine  abbot, d. 957)

     Bl. Angel of Foligno [Angelo] (Italian, Augustinian  friar, died at about age 86 in 1312 [beatified 1891])

     St. Anthusa the Younger (Persian, virgin, martyred by drowning)

     St. Caesarius of Châlons (French, bishop of Arles, died at about age 73 c. 542)

     St. Decuman of Rhoscrowther (Welsh, monk, hermit, martyred by beheading in 716)

     St. Ebbo of Tonnerre (French, Benedictine  monk, bishop of Sens, d. 740)

     Bl. Ebbo of Hamburg (German, Benedictine  abbot, d. 1162)

     St. Etherius of Lyons (French, bishop, d. 602)

     St. Euthalia of Lentini (Sicilian, virgin, early martyr)

     Bl. Gabriel Mary of Clermont [Gabriel-Marie] [baptized Gilbert-Nicholas] (French, Franciscan  priest, died at about age 69 in 1532 [beatified 1647])

     St. Gebhard of Constance (German, bishop, died at about age 46 in 995)

     Sts. Honoratus, Fortunatus, Arontius, and Sabinian, of Potenza (Italian, martyred by beheading c. 303)

     St. John of Pavia (Italian, bishop, d. 813)

     St. Licerius of Counserans (Spanish, bishop in France for 44 years, c. 548)

     St. Malrubius of Merns (Scottish, hermit, martyred by Norse invaders c. 1040)

     Sts. Marcellinus, Mannea, John, Serapion, Peter, and 13 companions, of Oxyrinchus (Egyptian ... tribune and wife, three sons, bishop, three clergymen, nine other laypersons ... martyred by beheading c. 303)

     St. Margaret the Barefooted of San Severino [Margherita] (Italian, widow, died at about age 70 in 1395)

     Bl. Maria Pilar Izquierdo Albero of Zaragoza (Spanish, foundress of the Missionary Work of Jesus and Mary, died at age 39 in 1945 [beatified 2001])

     St. Narnus of Bergamo (Italian, bishop, c. 75)

     St. Phanurius (Cretan, soldier, early martyr)

     St. Poemen of Skete (Egyptian, desert hermit, abbot, c. 450)

     Bl. Roger Cadwallador of Stretton Sugwas [alias Rogers] (English, priest, martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] at about age 42 under James I in 1610 [beatified 1987])

     Sts. Rufus and Carpophorus of Capua (Italian, early martyrs)

     St. Syagrius of Autun (French, bishop, d. 600)

[August 27 is also the date of commemoration, by Discalced Carmelites, of the "Transverberation (piercing) of the heart of St. Teresa of Avila." In 1559, at the age of 44, the saint experienced one of the most sublime of her many mystical ecstasies. In a vision, she saw an angel, and in his hand he held a golden spear tipped with fire. He penetrated her heart and caused a very sharp pain that was at the same time exquisitely beautiful, "leaving me," she said, "all on fire with a wondrous love for God." Signs that the piercing was real are visible in her heart, which is still preserved in an incorrupt state.]

 

[Prayer for the intercession of Saint Monica:]

     "Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen."

 

[St. Margaret the Barefooted, though born into a poor family in San Severino, Italy, in 1325, was married to a "gentleman" -- a strange term  to use to refer to the man who long abused her for her attachment to the Catholic Church and her service to the  poor. She gave up her shoes and dressed as a beggar to better associate herself with the less fortunate.  St. Margaret is one of the patron saints of brides, people in difficult marriages, victims of abuse, and widows.]

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On August 28, the Catholic Church honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

     St. Augustine
of Tagaste [originally Aurelius Augustinus] (Numidian [from what is now Algeria], convert at 30, monk, bishop of Hippo, Doctor of the Church, author of many philosophical and theological books/treatises/sermons, died at age 75 in 430)


     St. Alexander
of Constantinople (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], bishop, opposed Arian heresy, d. 340)

     Bl. Alphonse Mary of the Holy Spirit Mazurek of Baranowka [Alfons Maria] [baptized Jozef (Joseph)] (Polish, Discalced Carmelite  priest, martyred by Nazis [shot] at Nawojowa Gora [Poland] at age 53 in 1944 [beatified 1999])

     St. Brian Edmund Arrowsmith of Haydock [preferred his Confirmation name, Edmund] (English, Jesuit  priest, martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] at about age 44 under Charles I in 1628 [beatified 1929, canonized 1970])

     St. Fortunatus (Italian, martyred in 303)

     St. Gorman of Reichenau (Benedictine  monk, bishop of Schleswig in Denmark, d. 965)

     Bl. Henry Webley of Gloucester (English, layman, martyred at about age 30 [drawn, hanged, and quartered] under Elizabeth I in 1588 [beatified 1987])

     St. Hermes of Rome (Italian, martyred c. 120)

     Bl. Hugh More of Grantham (English, layman, martyred by hanging under Elizabeth I in 1588 [beatified 1929])

     Bl. James Claxton of York (English, priest, martyred [drawn, hanged, and quartered] under Elizabeth I in 1588 [beatified 1929])

     St. Julian of Auvergne (from Gaul [France], army officer, early martyr [beheaded])

     St. Moses the Black (Ethiopian, slave in Egypt, priest, murdered at about age 75 in 405)

     St. Pelagius (Pannonian [Hungarian], young child, martyred in 283)

     Bl. Robert Morton of Yorkshire (English, priest, martyred by hanging under Elizabeth I in 1588 [beatified 1929])

     St. Rumwald of Northumbria (British, prince, d. 650)

     Bl. Teresa Bracco of Santa Giulia (Italian, farmer's daughter, martyred at age 20 [choked, shot, and stomped to death] in a reprisal against partisans by a German soldier in 1944 [beatified 1998])

     Bl. Thomas Felton of Bermondsey (English, seminarian with Minim Friars, martyred at age 20 by hanging under Elizabeth I in 1588 [beatified 1929])

     Bl. Thomas Holford of Aston [also called Thomas Acton] (English, schoolteacher, priest, martyred by hanging under Elizabeth I in 1588 [beatified 1929])

     St. Vivian of Saintes (French, bishop, d. 460)

     Bl. William Dean of Linton (English, converted minister, priest, martyred by hanging under Elizabeth I in 1588 [beatified 1929])

     Bl. William Guntei of Raglan (Welsh, priest, martyred by hanging under Elizabeth I in 1588 [beatified 1929])

 

[I believe that Fr. Benedict Groeschel, an expert on St. Augustine, mentioned that the saint had written five million words that have survived to our time. Here are a few of them, which show several things, including part of the Church's ancient teaching on the Communion of Saints -- our prayers for the poor souls in Purgatory and intercessory prayer by the martyrs in heaven for us.]

     "There is an ecclesiastical discipline, as the faithful know, when the names of the martyrs are read aloud in that place at the altar of God, where prayer is not offered for them. Prayer, however, is offered for the dead who are remembered. For it is wrong to pray for a martyr, to whose prayers we ought ourselves be commended."

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On August 29, the Catholic Church honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

     St. John the Baptist of Judah (Israelite, kinsman and "forerunner" of Our Lord, martyred c. 30) [His beheading, by Herod Antipas for Herodias and Salome, is commemorated today.]


     St. Adelphus
of Metz (French, bishop, 5th Century)

     Bl. Alberigo of Ocri (Italian, Camaldolese  hermit, c. 1050)

     St. Basilla of Smyrna (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], virgin)

     St. Candida of Rome (Italian, virgin, early martyr)

     Bl. Dominic Jedrzejewski of Kowal [Dominik] (Polish, diocesan priest, martyred by Nazis at Dachau [Germany] at age 56 in 1942 [beatified 1999])

     St. Edwold (British, prince, hermit, 9th Century)

     St. Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Eluvathingal of Edathuruthy [baptized Rosa] ["Tabernacle in Motion"] (Indian, Syro-Malabarese Catholic, religious of Congregation of the Mother of Carmel, nursed cholera victims, mystic, died at age 74 in 1952 [beatified 2006, canonized 2014])

     St. Euthymius of Perugia (Italian, layman, 4th Century)

     Sts. Hypatius and Andrew of Lydia (Turkish, deacon and priest, martyred by iconoclast heretics in 735)

     St. Medericus of Autun (French, Benedictine  abbot, hermit, c. 700)

     Sts. Nicaeas and Paul of Antioch (Syrian, early martyrs)

     Bl. Philippa Guidoni of Arezzo (Italian, Benedictine  abbess, d. 1335)

     Bl. Richard Herst of Lancashire [surname also spelled Hurst, Hayhurst] (English, farmer, martyred under Charles I in 1628 [beatified 1929])

     St. Sabina of Rome (Italian, early martyr)

     St. Sabina of Troyes (French, virgin, c. 275)

     Bl. Sancja Szymkowiak of Mozdzanów [baptized Janina (Jane)] (Polish, member of Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Sorrows [Seraphic Sisters], nursed prisoners in WWII, died at age 32 [tuberculosis] in 1942 [beatified 2002])

     King St. Sebbe of Essex (British, monarch for 30 years, hermit, c. 694)

     St. Velleicus of Kaiserswerth (British, Benedictine  monk in Germany, abbot, 8th Century)

     Sts. Vitalis, Sator, and Repositus, of Velleianum (Italian, early martyrs)

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On August 30, the Catholic Church honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:

 

 

     St. Agilus of Rebais (French, missionary in Bavaria, abbot in France, died at about age 70 in 650)

     St. Anne Line of Dunmow [nee Higham] (English, convert from Calvinism, married woman [widow?], harbored "illegal" priests, martyred [hanged] at about age 36 under Elizabeth I in 1601 [beatified 1929, canonized 1970]) [On English "particular calendar"] [commemorated by some on Feb. 27]

     Sts. Boniface, Thecla, and twelve companions, of Hadrumetum (North African, married couple and their children, martyred c. 250)

     St. Bononius of Locedio (Italian, missionary in Syria and Egypt, Camaldolese  abbot in Italy, d. 1026)

     Bl. Bronislawa Odrowaz of Kamien (Polish, cousin of St. Hyacinth, Norbertine  nun, hermit, died at about age 60 in 1259 [beatified 1839])

     Bl. Edward Shelley of Warminghurst (English, layman, martyred [hanged] under Elizabeth I at about age 58 in 1588 [beatified 1929])

     Bl. Eustace Van Lieshout of Aarle-Rixtel [Eustachius] [baptized Huub (Humbert)] (Dutch, member of Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, missionary priest in Brazil, healer, died at age 52 in 1943 [beatified 2006])

     St. Fantinus of Calabria (Italian, Basilian  abbot, c. 981)

     Sts. Felix and Adauctus of Rome (Italian, priest and companion, tortured and martyred by beheading c. 304)

     St. Fiacre (Irish, healer and hermit in France, d. 670) [On Irish "particular calendar"]

     St. Gaudentia and three companions, of Rome (Italian, virgins, early martyrs)

     Bl. Ildephonse Schuster of Rome [Ildefonso] [baptized Alfredo Ludovico Luigi (Alfred Luke Louis)] [(Italian, Benedictine  monk, cardinal archbishop of Milan, died at age 74 in 1954 [beatified 1996])

     St. Loarn of Downpatrick (Irish, disciple of St. Patrick, bishop, 5th Century)

     St. Margaret Clitherow of York ["The Pearl of York"] (English, mother of two priests and a nun, martyred [suffocated under pressure of great weight] under Elizabeth I at about age 29 on Good Friday in 1586 [beatified 1929, canonized 1970]) [On English "particular calendar"] [commemorated by some on March 25]

     St. Margaret Ward of Congleton and Bl. John Roche [alias Neale/Neele] (English and Irish, laywoman and her servant, aided "illegal" priests, tortured and martyred [hanged] under Elizabeth I in 1588 [beatified 1929, canonized 1970]) [On English "particular calendar"]

     Bl. Maria Rafols of Vilafranca del Penedes (Spanish, virgin, founded Sisters of Charity of St. Anne, died at age 71 in 1853 [beatified 1994])

     St. Mary of the Cross Jugan of Cancale [Marie-de-la-Croix] [baptized Jeanne (Joan)] (French, maid, nurse, spinner, foundress and superior of Little Sisters of the Poor, died at age 86 in 1879 [beatified 1982, canonized 2009])

     St. Narcissa of Jesus Martillo Moran of Nobol [Narcisa de Jesús] (Ecuadoran, orphaned daughter of farmers, laywoman, helper of Dominican  nuns in Peru, died at about age 36 in 1869 [beatified 1992, canonized 2008])

     St. Pammachius of Rome (Italian, senator, friend of St. Jerome, died at about age 70 in 410)

     Sts. Pelagius, Arsenius, and Silvanus (Spanish, hermits, martyred by Moslems c. 950)

     St. Peter of Carsoli [Pietro] (Italian, parish priest, c. 1060 [canonized 1215])

     Bl. Richard Leigh of London [alias Garth] and Bl. Richard Martin of Shropshire (English, priest and layman who sheltered "illegal" priests, martyred under Elizabeth I in 1588 [beatified 1929]) [Bl. Leigh was about age 27.]

     Bl. Richard Lloyd of Anglesey [aliases: Flower/Fudd/Graye] (Welsh, layman, sheltered "illegal" priest, martyred at about age 27 under Elizabeth I in 1588 [beatified 1929])

     St. Rumon (British, 6th Century)

     Bl. Stephen Nehme of Lehfed [Estephan] [baptized Joseph] (Lebanese, religious brother of Order of Maronites, carpenter, gardener, died at age 49 in 1938 [beatified 2010])


[St. Margaret Clitherow, when asked to confess her “crimes” before execution, said:]

     "I die for the love of my Lord Jesu."

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On August 31, the Catholic Church honors, in a special way, the following friends of God, "saints" and "blesseds" whose souls are now in heaven:


     St. Aidan
of Lindisfarne (Irish, monk, bishop in England, d. 651) [On English and Irish "particular calendars"]

     St. Albertino of Fonteavellana (Italian, Benedictine  prior general, d. 1294)

     St. Amatus of Nusco (Italian, Benedictine  monk, bishop, reputed to have died at age 90 in 11th or 12th Century)

     St. Aristides of Athens (Greek, philosopher, c. 133)

     St. Babolenus of Bobbio (Italian, Benedictine  abbot, c. 640)

     St. Caesidius and companions (Italian, priest and disciples, martyred in 3rd Century)

     St. Cyriaca of Rome (Italian, widow, martyred by scourging in 249)

     St. Dominic del Val of Zaragoza ["Dominguito" (little Dominic)] (Spanish, altar boy, kidnapped and martyred [nailed to wall] at age 7 in 1250)

     St. Optatus of Auxerre (French, bishop, c. 530)

     St. Paulinus of Gascony (French, bishop of Trier, strong opponent of Arian heresy, d. 358)

     Bl. Peter Tarrés y Claret of Manresa [Pedro] (Spanish, physician, parish priest, deeply involved in "Catholic Action," died at age 45 [lymphatic cancer] in 1950 [beatified 2004])

     St. Raymond Nonnatus of Portella [Ramon] (Spanish, Mercedarian  priest, cardinal bishop of Barcelona, died at about age 36 in 1240 [beatified 1625, canonized 1657])

     Bl. Richard Bere of Glastonbury (English, Carthusian  monk, martyred [starved in prison] under Henry VIII in 1537 [beatified 1886])

     Sts. Robustian and Mark (Italian, early martyrs)

     Sts. Theodotus, Rufina, and Ammia, of Cappadocia (from Asia Minor [now called Turkey], martyred c. 270)

     St. Waldef of Northampton (English, count, d. 1076)

["Nonnatus" was not St. Raymond's surname.  It was a Latin nickname -- non natus -- meaning "not born" (i.e., not delivered naturally). Because he was born by Caesarian section -- which I imagine was rare in those days of little surgery and no injected anaesthetic -- he is a patron saint of expectant mothers, newborn infants, midwives, and obstetricians.]

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