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Saints for Today: Benjamin, Deacon & Martyr (d. 421)

Benjamin was a martyr of Persia (modern Iran), a deacon during the persecution of Christians in the fifth century.

Saints for Today: Andre Bessette, Religious (1845-1937)

When he died at the age of 91, it was estimated that close to a million people came to the Oratory to pay their last respects.

Saints for Today: Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr (292-310)

When she refused to marry the emperor, he became enraged and condemned her to be tortured. He designed a spiked wheel that was supposed to tear her to pieces. But the machine miraculously broke apart and killed many onlookers.

Saints for Today: Cornelius, Pope & Martyr

The main issue facing Cornelius was the treatment of Christians who had denied their faith during the persecutions.

Saints for Today: Monica, Mother of St. Augustine (332-387)

This consolation experienced by St. Monica and her total abandonment to God can also be ours today if we persevere in patience and trust.

Saints for Today: Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot & Doctor of the Church (1090-1153)

He guided popes and kings, bishops and common folk. Because of him, the twelfth century is sometimes called the “Bernardine period.”

Saints for Today: Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious (1572-1641)

Francis de Sales called Jane “the perfect woman.”

Saints for Today: Martha, Holy Woman (1st c.)

Martha’s great glory is her simple and strong statement of faith in Jesus after her brother, Lazarus’ death.

Dr. Jean Lee

Columnist

Jean M. Lee, M.A., D.Min., is a licensed behavioral health and substance abuse counselor, founding a nonprofit, state-licensed behavior health counseling agency and Christian gift/book store. A Catholic revert after 32 years away from the Church, she is devout in the Catholic faith, loves the saints, and lives a deeper spiritual/religious and more joyful life since returning to the Church.