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Saints for Today: Philip Neri, Priest (1515-1595)

Like his contemporary Teresa of Ávila, Philip Neri was a mystic-in-action.

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.”

Dr. Jean Lee

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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.