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Saint Rita of Cascia

Saint of the Day for May 22 (1381 – May 22, 1457) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Rita of Cascia’s StoryLike Elizabeth Ann Seton, Rita of Cascia was a wife, mother, widow, and member of a religious community. Her holiness was reflected in each phase of her life.Born at Roccaporena in central Italy, Rita wanted to…
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Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions

Saints of the Day for May 21 (July 30, 1869-May 25, 1927) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions’ StoryLike Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, SJ, Cristóbal and his 24 companion martyrs lived under a very anti-Catholic government in Mexico, one determined to weaken the Catholic faith of its people. Churches, schools, and seminaries were…
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Saint Bernardine of Siena

Saint of the Day for May 20 (September 8, 1380 – May 20, 1444) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Bernardine of Siena’s StoryMost of the saints suffer great personal opposition, even persecution. Bernardine, by contrast, seems more like a human dynamo who simply took on the needs of the world.He was the greatest preacher of his…
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Saint Theophilus of Corte

Saint of the Day for May 19 (October 30, 1676 – June 17, 1740) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Theophilus of Corte’s StoryIf we expect saints to do marvelous things continually and to leave us many memorable quotes, we are bound to be disappointed with Saint Theophilus. The mystery of God’s grace in a person’s life,…
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Saint John I

Saint of the Day for May 18 (c. 470 – May 18, 526) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint John I’s StoryPope John I inherited the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ. Italy had been ruled for 30 years by an emperor who espoused the heresy, though he treated the empire’s Catholics with toleration. His…
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Saint Paschal Baylon

Saint of the Day for May 17 (May 24, 1540 – May 15, 1592) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Paschal Baylon’s storyIn Paschal’s lifetime the Spanish empire in the New World was at the height of its power, though France and England were soon to reduce its influence. The 16th century has been called the Golden…
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Saint Margaret of Cortona

Saint of the Day for May 16 (1247 – February 22, 1297) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Margaret of Cortona’s StoryMargaret was born of farming parents in Laviano, Tuscany. Her mother died when Margaret was seven; life with her stepmother was so difficult that Margaret moved out. For nine years she lived with Arsenio, though they…
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Saint Isidore

Saint of the Day for May 15 (1070 – May 15, 1130) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Isidore the Farmer’s StoryIsidore has become the patron of farmers and rural communities. In particular, he is the patron of Madrid, Spain, and of the United States National Rural Life Conference.When he was barely old enough to wield a…
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Saint Matthias

Saint of the Day for May 14 (? – ?) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Matthias’ StoryAccording to Acts 1:15-26, during the days after the Ascension Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers—about 120 of Jesus’ followers. Now that Judas had betrayed his ministry, it was necessary, Peter said, to fulfill the scriptural recommendation…
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Our Lady of Fatima

Saint of the Day for May 13 Posted from FranciscanMedia.org The Story of Our Lady of FatimaBetween May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children–Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin Lucia dos Santos–received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria near Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. Mary asked the…
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