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  • St. Apollonia: Saint of the Day for Thursday, February 09, 2023
    by Catholic Online on February 9, 2023 at 12:00 am

    St. Apollonia, who died in the year 249, was martyred for not renouncing her faith during the reign of Emperor Philip. The account of the life of St. Apollonia was written by St. Dionysius to Fabian, Bishop of Antioch. Apollonia had all her teeth knocked out after being hit in the face by a Christian persecutor under the reign of Emperor Philip. After she was threatened with fire unless she renounced her faith, Apollonia jumped into the flames voluntarily. She is considered the patron of dental ...

  • St. Jerome Emiliani: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, February 08, 2023
    by Catholic Online on February 8, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Jerome Emiliani lay chained in the dark dirty dungeon. Only a short time before he had been a military commander for Venice in charge of a fortress. He didn't care much about God because he didn't need him -- he had his own strength and the strength of his soldiers and weapons. When Venice's enemies, the League of Cambrai, captured the fortress, he was dragged off and imprisoned. There in the dungeon, Jerome decided to get rid of the chains that bound him. He let go of his worldly attachments ...

  • St. Moses: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, February 07, 2023
    by Catholic Online on February 7, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Arab hermit and bishop who is called Â?the Apostle of the Saracens.Â? He lived in the desert regions of Syria and Egypt, caring for the local nomadic tribes. When the Romans imposed peace upon the Saracens, Queen Mavia, the Saracen ruler, demanded that Moses be consecrated a bishop. He accepted against his will and maintained the peace between the Saracens and Rome. The Saracens were a nomadic people of the Syro-Egyptian desert so designated by the Romans.

  • St. Paul Miki: Saint of the Day for Monday, February 06, 2023
    by Catholic Online on February 6, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Paul was the son of a Japanese military leader. He was born at Tounucumada, Japan, was educated at the Jesuit college of Anziquiama, joined the Jesuits in 1580, and became known for his eloquent preaching. He was crucified on Februay 5 with twenty-five other Catholics during the persecution of Christians under the Taiko, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, ruler of Japan in the name of the emperor. Among the Japanese layment who suffered the same fate were: Francis, a carpenter who was arrested while watching ...

  • St. Agatha: Saint of the Day for Sunday, February 05, 2023
    by Catholic Online on February 5, 2023 at 12:00 am

    St. Agatha, also known as Agatha of Sicily, is one of the most highly venerated virgin martyrs of the Catholic Church. It is believed that she was born around 231 in either Catania or Palermo, Sicily to a rich and noble family. From her very early years, the notably beautiful Agatha dedicated her life to God. She became a consecrated virgin, a state in life where young women choose to remain celibate and give themselves wholly to Jesus and the Church in a life of prayer and service. That did ...

  • St. Joan of Valois: Saint of the Day for Saturday, February 04, 2023
    by Catholic Online on February 4, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Joan of Valois, 1464 - 1505, was the second daughter of Louis X1, King of France, and Charlotte of Savoy, She was born on April 23, 1464. At the ge of two months she was betrothed to Louis, Duke of Orleans, and the marriage took place in 1476. There is no doubt that it was invalid, for Louis of Orleans married her in fear of his life if he did not comply with the king's orders to do so. Joan was by no means a prepossessing figure: she was hunch-backed, lame and ...

  • St. Blaise: Saint of the Day for Friday, February 03, 2023
    by Catholic Online on February 3, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Saint Blaise was the bishop of Sebastea and a doctor. The first known record of the saint's life comes from the medical writings of AĂ«tius Amidenus, where he is recorded as helping with patients suffering from objects stuck in their throat. Many of the miraculous aspects of St. BlaiseÂ?s life are written of 400 years after his martyrdom in the Â?Acts of St. Blaise.Â? Saint Blaise is believed to begin as a healer then, eventually, became a "physician of souls." He then retired to a cave, where he ...