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  • Sts. Marcellinus and Peter: Saint of the Day for Friday, June 02, 2023
    by Catholic Online on June 2, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Though we know very little about these two martyrs under Diocletian, there is no question that the early church venerated them. Evidence of the respect in which they were held are the basilica Constantine built over their tombs and the presence of their names in the first eucharistic prayer. Pope St. Damasus says that he heard the story of these two martyrs from their executioner who became a Christian after their deaths. Marcellinus, a priest, and Peter, an exorcist, died in the year 304. ...

  • St. Justin Martyr: Saint of the Day for Thursday, June 01, 2023
    by Catholic Online on June 1, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Christian apologist, born at Flavia Neapolis, about A.D. 100, converted to Christianity about A.D. 130, taught and defended the Christian religion in Asia Minor and at Rome, where he suffered martyrdom about the year 165. Two "Apologies" bearing his name and his "Dialogue with the Jew Tryphon" have come down to us. Leo XIII had a Mass and an Office composed in his honour and set his feast for 14 April. Life Among the Fathers of the second century his life is the best known, and from ...

  • St. Mechtildis: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, May 31, 2023
    by Catholic Online on May 31, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Benedictine abbess and miracle worker. She was the daughter of Count Berthold of Andechs, in modem Bavaria, Germany. The count and his wife, Sophia, founded a monastery on their es­tate at Diessen, Bavaria, and placed Mechtildis there at the age of five. She became a Benedictine nun, and then abbess. In 1153 the bishop of Augsburg placed her in charge of Edelstetten Abbey. Mechtildis was revered for her mystical gifts and miracles. She died at Diessen on May 31.

  • St. Joan of Arc: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, May 30, 2023
    by Catholic Online on May 30, 2023 at 12:00 am

    St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class in the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she was said to have heard the voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret. At first the messages were personal and general, but when she was 13-years-old, she was in her father's garden and had visions of Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint ...

  • St. Maximinus of Trier: Saint of the Day for Monday, May 29, 2023
    by Catholic Online on May 29, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Bishop of Trier, Germany, from 332, and a miracle worker. He was probably born at Silly, France, and succeeded St. Agritus as bishop of Trier, giving refuge to St. Athanasius in 336. St. Paul, the patriarch of Constantinople, was also given MaximinusÂ? protection. Maximinus was an ardent enemy of the Arian heretics, opposing them in the councils of Milan, Sardica, and Cologne. He was a known miracle worker and apologist for orthodox Catholicism and was called Â?one of the most courageous bishops ...

  • Bl. Margaret Pole: Saint of the Day for Sunday, May 28, 2023
    by Catholic Online on May 28, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Martyr of England. She was born Margaret Plantagenet, the niece of Edward IV and Rich­ard III. She married Sir Reginald Pole about 1491 and bore five sons, including Reginald Cardinal Pole. Margaret was widowed, named countess of Salisbury, and appointed governess to Princess Mary, daughter of Hemy VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, Spain. She opposed Henry�s mar­riage to Anne Boleyn, and the king exiled her from court, although he called her �the holiest woman in England.� When her son, ...

  • St. Augustine of Canterbury: Saint of the Day for Saturday, May 27, 2023
    by Catholic Online on May 27, 2023 at 12:00 am

    At the end of the sixth century anyone would have said that Augustine had found his niche in life. Looking at this respected prior of a monastery, almost anyone would have predicted he would spend his last days there, instructing, governing, and settling even further into this sedentary life. But Pope St. Gregory the Great had lived under Augustine's rule in that same monastery. When he decided it was time to send missionaries to Anglo-Saxon England, he didn't choose those with restless ...