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Saints for Today: Raymond of Penafort, Priest (1175-1275)

Raymond spread his cloak upon the waters, and, tying one end to his staff as a sail, made the Sign of the Cross and fearlessly stepped upon it making his way across the body of water to Barcelona

Saints for Today: Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious (1774-1821)

Brought up as an Episcopalian, she received an excellent education, and from her early years, she manifested an unusual concern for the poor.

Saints for Today: Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church (1521-1597)

In the late sixteenth century, when open hostility typified relations between Catholics and Protestants, Peter Canisius advised charity and moderation.

Saints for Today: Lucy, Virgin and Martyr (283-304)

Neither a gang of strong men nor a team of oxen could shift her. Her wardens could not lift her to take her to the stake for burning. The Holy Spirit, making her miraculously heavy, had filled her.

Saints for Today: John Damascene, Doctor of the Church (676-749)

The caliph ordered John’s hand to be cut off in punishment. John prayed to the Blessed Virgin Mary that his hand might be restored. He fell asleep by her image, and when he awoke, his hand had been miraculously restored.

Saints for Today: James of the Marches, Religious (1391-1476)

James led a life of exemplary sanctity and set up enterprises to help the poor. He adopted a very penitential life-style and became a most effective preacher in and outside his homeland.

Saints for Today: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

As with Mary’s birth, we read of Mary’s presentation in the temple only in the apocryphal literature, Protoevangelium of James, which dates from the second century.

Saints for Today: Rose Philippine Duchesne, Religious (1769 – 1852)

Finally, at seventy-two, in poor health and retired, she got her lifelong wish, which was to work as a missionary among the Native Americans.

Saints for Today: Leo the Great, Pope & Doctor of the Church (D. 461)

When Attila the Hun was about to sack Rome in 452, Leo personally turned him away by persuading him to accept payment of a tribute.

Saints for Today: Martin de Porres, Religious (1579-1639)

Martin de Porres was a mulatto, the illegitimate son of a Spanish conquistador and a freed slave woman from Panama. Martin was trained as a physician, but he also possessed gifts of healing.

Saints For Today: John Paul II, Pope (1920-2005)

John Paul II was so unrestrainedly loved, not just among Catholics but also beyond the Church. This was attributable not only to his immense charisma but also to his instinctive gifts as a communicator.

Saints for Today: Margaret Mary Alacoque, Religious (1647-1690)

Feast Day: October 16 Margaret Mary was born into a middle class family in Burgundy, France. Her father died when she was nine years old and...

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