Category: Saints

St Catherine of Alexandria

Bernardino Luini - Saint Catherine

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St Catherine of Alexandria

Feast Day:

  • 25 November 
  • 24 November with the Orthodox Churches of Russian origin

Apparently Catherine was a Alexandrian princess who was both beautiful and intelligent.  She was a noted scholar.

She turned to Christianity at the age of 14.  But by 18 she was martyred.

Legend has it that St Catherine paid heavily for her belief in Christianity.  Many forms of tortures and humiliations were use on the virgin Catherine to make her recant her faith in Jesus.

She was imprisoned.

She was scrubbed, using abrasive materials, until her whole body was sore and bleeding.

She was starved.

And finally she put her on a breaking wheel.

An angel came from heaven above and destroyed the wheel.

However  St Catherine’s tormentors were not defeated.  They used a sword to  behead her; instead of blood, milk spurted from her body.

 

St Kevin of Glendalough

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Saint Cóemgen (Irish: Caoimhín; Latin: Coemgenus), popularly Anglicized to Kevin (498 – 3 June 618) is an Irish saint who was known as the founder and first abbot of Glendalough in County Wicklow, Ireland. His feast day in theRoman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches is 3 June. (Wikipedia)

St Kevin of Glendalough

At the opposite drawing, St Kevin is shown holding a blackbird.

This has something to do with a legend.

Apparently every Lenten season, it was customary for St Kevin to practise a monastic existence, where he would flee from the company of men and seek solitude in a little hut, small enough to just keep him from the rays of the sun and drops from rain.

He would then spend his time in earnest, reading and praying; and in between, in contemplation.

As his customary position, he would kneel down and his hands outstretched through the window and lifted up heavenwards.  A blackbird settled on his hand busying herself into making a nest and laying her eggs.

The saint was so moved by what had occurred that he patiently and with all gentleness remained in the same position with his hand opened and not withdrawing even for a minute from the window until all the eggs had fully hatched into young ones.  His hand remained unwearied and did its purpose in shaping new lives.

ahhhhhhhh  Such a beautiful story!

St Vincent de Paul – Great Apostle of Charity

saint-vincent-de-paul-11St. Vincent de Paul (24 April 1581 – 27 September 1660) was a priest of the Catholic Church who dedicated himself to serving the poor. He is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He was canonized in 1737.[1] De Paul was renowned for his compassion, humility, and generosity and is known as the “Great Apostle of Charity”.

– Wikipedia

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Quotes from the compassionate Saint:

A most powerful and efficacious remedy for all evils, a means of correcting all imperfections, of triumphing over temptation, and preserving our hearts in an undisturbed peace, is conformity with the will of God.
—ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.
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A single act of resignation to the divine will in what it ordains contrary to our desires, is of more value than a hundred thousand successes conformable to our will and taste.
—ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.
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If you must be in a hurry, then let it be according to the old adage, and hasten slowly.
~Saint Vincent de Paul


Learning without humility has always been pernicious to the Church; and as pride precipitated the rebellious angels from heaven, it frequently causes the loss of learned men.
—ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.
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Perfection consists in renouncing ourselves, in carrying our cross, and in following Jesus Christ. Now, he who renounces himself most perfectly carries his cross the best and follows nearest to Jesus Christ is he who never does his own will, but always that of God.
—ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.
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To establish ourselves in a virtue it is necessary to form good and practical resolutions to perform certain and determined acts of that virtue, and we must, moreover, be faithful in executing them.
—ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.
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When we receive with an entire and perfect resignation the afflictions which God sends us they become for us favors and benefits; because conformity to the will of God is a gain far superior to all temporal advantages.
—ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.

 

St Catherine of Siena

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All that God gives us and all that He permits in this world have no other end than to sanctify us in Him.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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Charity requires us always to have compassion on human infirmity.—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.

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Consent to suffer a slight temporary pain, that so thou mayst avoid the eternal pains which sin deserves.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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Evil is often more hurtful to the doer than to the one against whom it is done.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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God is supreme strength, fortifying those who place their trust and confidence in Him.—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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It is the key of obedience that opens the door of paradise. Jesus Christ has confided that key to His vicar, the Pope, Christ on earth, whom all are obliged to obey even unto death.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
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Is it not a great cruelty for us Christians, members of the body of the Holy Church, to attack one another?
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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Let not confusion for thy fault overwhelm thee with despair, as if there were no longer a remedy.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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It is therefore true, indeed, that the soul unites herself with God by the affection of love.
— ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
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Love others much, but visit them seldom.
— ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
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Outside of God nothing is durable. We exchange life for death, health for sickness, honor for shame, riches for poverty. All things change and pass away.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
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Prayer is a pasturage, a field, wherein all the virtues find their nourishment, growth, and strength.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
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Raise thy heart and thy love toward the sweet and most holy cross, which soothes every pain!
— ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.
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To acquire purity of the soul, it is necessary to guard against passing judgment on our neighbor, or useless remarks on his conduct.
—ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA.

St Alphonsus

St Alphonsus

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Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori  was from a Neopolitan nobility.  He had a promising law career before he entered the priesthood.

(27 September 1696 – 1 August 1787), was an Italian Catholic bishop, spiritual writer, scholastic philosopher andtheologian.

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Sagely Thoughts from St Alphonsus:

 
All perfection consists in the love of God; and the perfection of divine love consists in the union of our will with that of God.
— ST. ALPHONSUS.
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It is folly not to think of death. It is greater folly to think of it, and not prepare for it.
—ST. ALPHONSUS
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The upright intention is the soul of our actions. It gives them life and makes them good.
— ST. ALPHONSUS
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When faith grows weak, all virtues are weakened. When faith is lost, all virtues are lost
— ST. ALPHONSUS
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