Wisdom of the Saints about the Cross (part 3)

“We proclaim the Crucified and the devils quake. So don’t be ashamed of the cross of Christ. Openly seal it on your forehead that the devils may behold the royal sign and flee trembling far away. Make the sign of the cross when you eat or drink, when you sit,...

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Saint of the Month: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen was a lawyer, a religious order priest, a missionary, and a martyr for the Catholic Faith during the Counter-Reformation. Mark Rey was born in 1577 at Sigmaringen, Prussia, located in modern-day southwestern Germany. His father, Johannes, was burgomaster, the position roughly the equivalent to mayor. Mark...

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Wisdom of the Saints about spiritual warfare (part 3)

“God has desired that in spiritual combat we might fight rather with prayers than with our own strength.” St. Augustine of Hippo (4th-5th centuries, Doctor of the Church) “When a prayer, like a ray of the sun, arises from our tongue and comes forth from our mouth, our mind is...

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Saint of the Month: Servant of God Thea Bowman

Servant of God Thea Bowman was a religious sister and teacher who intrepidly brought people of different races together in Jesus Christ. Bertha Bowman was born in 1937 in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Her grandfather was born a slave. Her parents, Theon and Mary Esther, had their only child late in...

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Wisdom of the Saints about God

“Human art, moreover, produces houses, and ships, and cities, and pictures. And how shall I tell what God makes? Behold the whole universe; it is His work: and the heaven, and the sun, and angels, and men, are the works of His fingers. How great is the power of God!...

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Saint of the Month: Bl. Benedict Daswa

Blessed Benedict Daswa was a husband and father, a school teacher and principal, and a modern-day martyr for his Catholic beliefs. Tshimangadzo Daswa Bakali was born in 1946 at the village of Mbahe in the Province of Limpopo, in South Africa. His given name was Tshimangadzo; his family name Daswa;...

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Wisdom of the Saints about spiritual aridity

“Emulate the tiny ant; be an ant of God. Listen to the word of God, and hide it in your heart. Collect plenty of food during the happy days of your spiritual summers. You will then be able to endure the difficult days of temptations during the winters of your...

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Saint of the Month: St. Basil the Great

St. Basil the Great, Father and Doctor of the Church, was a monk, bishop, and one of the most significant figures in the early centuries of the Church. Basil was born into a saintly family ca. 329 at Caesarea, Cappadocia in Asia Minor (present-day Turkey). The family was well-educated and...

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Wisdom of the Saints about love of neighbor (part 2)

“Let us be kind to one another after the pattern of the tender mercy and goodness of our Creator.” St. Clement of Rome (1st century) “The Lord does not say that the proof of His disciples’ faithfulness will be the working of wondrous miracles…What does He tell them? ‘You shall...

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Wisdom of the Saints about the Incarnation (part 5)

“The Lord Jesus took compassion on us in order that He might call us to Himself and not scare us away. He comes as someone gentle, someone humble.” St. Ambrose of Milan (4th century, Doctor of the Church) “May He make us children of God, He Who for our sakes...

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