DEE107's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEE107 DEE107's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 12/21/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836125 December 21 <BR> St. Peter Canisius <BR> (1521-1597) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:29 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> The energetic life of Peter Canisius should demolish any stereotypes we may have of the life of a saint as dull or routine. Peter lived his 76 years at a pace which must be considered heroic, even in our time of rapid change. A man blessed with many talents, Peter is an excellent example of the scriptural man who develops his talents for the sake of the Lord’s work. <BR> ... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:50:16 EST 12/20/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835677 <link>www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sa<BR>ints/saint.aspx?id=1885&calendar=1 </link> <BR> <BR> St. Dominic of Silos <BR> (c. 1000-1073) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> It’s not the founder of the Dominicans we honor today, but there’s a poignant story that connects both Dominics. <BR> Our saint today, Dominic of Silos, was born in Spain around the year 1000 into a peasant family. As a young boy he spent time in the fields, where he welcomed the so... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:47:01 EST 12/19/14 Saint of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835197 <link>www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sa<BR>ints/saint.aspx?id=1896&calendar=1 </link> <BR> <BR> SAINT OF THE DAY <BR> Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to God's invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint. Click here to receive Saint of the Day in your email. <BR> <BR> December 19 <BR> Blessed Pope Urban V <BR> (1310-1370) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:29 <BR> Size: A A <BR... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:26:14 EST 12/18/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834693 December 17 <BR> St. Hildegard of Bingen <BR> (1098-1179) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Abbess, artist, author, composer, mystic, pharmacist, poet, preacher, theologian--where to begin describing this remarkable woman? <BR> <BR> Born into a noble family, she was instructed for ten years by the holy woman Blessed Jutta. When Hildegard was 18, she became a Benedictine nun at the Monastery of St. Disibodenberg. Ordered by her confessor to write down the v... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:23:49 EST 12/17/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834180 <link>www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sa<BR>ints/saint.aspx?id=1232&calendar=1 </link> <BR> <BR> December 17 <BR> Lazarus <BR> <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Lazarus, the friend of Jesus, the brother of Martha and Mary, was the one of whom the Jews said, "See how much he loved him." In their sight Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead. <BR> Legends abound about the life of Lazarus after the death and resurrection of Jesus. He is supposed t... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:05:13 EST Dec 16 2014 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833655 <link>www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sa<BR>ints/saint.aspx?id=1231&calendar=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> December 16 <BR> Blessed Honoratus Kozminski <BR> (1825-1916) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> He was born in Biala Podlaska (Siedlce, Poland) and studied architecture at the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw. When Wenceslaus was almost 16, his father died. Suspected of participating in a rebellious conspiracy, the young man was imprisoned from April 18... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:20:56 EST 12/15/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833125 <link>www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sa<BR>ints/saint.aspx?id=1230&calendar=1 </link> <BR> <BR> ecember 15 <BR> Blessed Mary Frances Schervier <BR> (1819-1876) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> This woman who once wanted to become a Trappistine nun was instead led by God to establish a community of sisters who care for the sick and aged in the United States and throughout the world. <BR> Born into a distinguished family in Aachen (then ruled by Pruss... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:13:39 EST 12/14/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832635 December 14 <BR> St. John of the Cross <BR> (1541-1591) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> John is a saint because his life was a heroic effort to live up to his name: “of the Cross.” The folly of the cross came to full realization in time. “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34b) is the story of John’s life. The Paschal Mystery—through death to life—strongly marks John as reformer, mystic-poet and th... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:24:41 EST 12/13/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832196 December 13 <BR> St. Lucy <BR> (d. 304) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Every little girl named Lucy must bite her tongue in disappointment when she first tries to find out what there is to know about her patron saint. The older books will have a lengthy paragraph detailing a small number of traditions. Newer books will have a lengthy paragraph showing that there is little basis in history for these traditions. The single fact survives that a disappointed... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 01:00:56 EST 12/12/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831685 <link>www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sa<BR>ints/saint.aspx?id=1227&calendar=1 </link> <BR> <BR> December 12 <BR> Our Lady of Guadalupe <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:29 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the 16th century. Chronicles of that period tell us the story. <BR> A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower and lived in a small village near ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:17:26 EST 12/11/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831136 <link>www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sa<BR>ints/saint.aspx?id=1226&calendar=1 </link> <BR> <BR> December 11 <BR> St. Damasus I <BR> (305?-384) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> To his secretary St. Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the virgin Church, who loved chastity and heard its praises with pleasure.” <BR> Damasus seldom heard such unrestrained praise. Internal political struggles, doctrin... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:38:08 EST 12/10/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830600 December 10 <BR> Servant of God Bernard of Quintavalle <BR> (d. 1246?) <BR> <BR> <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Bernard was a wealthy man of Assisi, known and esteemed for his virtue and his wisdom. He was also the first follower of St. Francis, and would ultimately prove to be first in the order of sanctity. <BR> Moved by the poverty and humility of Francis, Bernard invited him to stay at his house one night. There Bernard observed that Francis forsook a full night's sleep ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:55:21 EST 12/9/14 Saint of the Da9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830023 <link>www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sa<BR>ints/saint.aspx?id=1224&calendar=1 </link> December 9 <BR> St. Juan Diego <BR> (1474-1548) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Thousands of people gathered in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe July 31, 2002, for the canonization of Juan Diego, to whom the Blessed Mother appeared in the 16th century. Pope John Paul II celebrated the ceremony at which the poor Indian peasant became the Church’s fir... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 00:50:26 EST 12/8/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829395 December 8 <BR> Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. It is now recognized as a solemnity. <BR> In 1854, Pius IX solemnly proclaimed: “... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:30:03 EST 12/7/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828885 December 7 <BR> St. Ambrose <BR> (340?-397) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> One of Ambrose’s biographers observed that at the Last Judgment people would still be divided between those who admired Ambrose and those who heartily disliked him. He emerges as the man of action who cut a furrow through the lives of his contemporaries. Even royal personages were numbered among those who were to suffer crushing divine punishments for standing in Ambrose’s way. <B... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 00:17:33 EST 12/6/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828391 December 6 <BR> St. Nicholas <BR> (d. 350?) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> The absence of the “hard facts” of history is not necessarily an obstacle to the popularity of saints, as the devotion to St. Nicholas shows. Both the Eastern and Western Churches honor him, and it is claimed that after the Blessed Virgin, he is the saint most pictured by Christian artists. And yet, historically, we can pinpoint only the fact that Nicholas was the four... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:25:27 EST 12/5/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827874 December 5 <BR> St. John Damascene <BR> (676?-749) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> John spent most of his life in the monastery of St. Sabas, near Jerusalem, and all of his life under Muslim rule, indeed, protected by it. He was born in Damascus, received a classical and theological education, and followed his father in a government position under the Arabs. After a few years he resigned and went to the monastery of St. Sabas. <BR> He is famous in three a... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 00:25:36 EST 12/4/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827269 December 5 <BR> St. Sabas <BR> (b. 439) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Born in Cappadocia (modern-day Turkey), Sabas is one of the most highly regarded patriarchs among the monks of Palestine, and is considered one of the founders of Eastern monasticism. <BR> <BR> After an unhappy childhood in which he was abused and ran away several times, Sabas finally sought refuge in a monastery. While family members tried to persuade him to return home, the young b... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:27:45 EST 12/3/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826728 SAINT OF THE DAY <BR> Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to God's invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint. Click here to receive Saint of the Day in your email. <BR> <BR> December 3 <BR> St. Francis Xavier <BR> (1506-1552) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Jesus asked, “What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 00:58:59 EST 12/2/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826130 December 2 <BR> Blessed Rafal Chylinski <BR> (1694-1741) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Born near Buk in the Poznan region of Poland, Melchior showed early signs of religious devotion; family members nicknamed him "the little monk." After completing his studies at the Jesuit college in Poznan, Melchior joined the cavalry and was promoted to officer rank within three years. <BR> <BR> In 1715, against the urgings of his military comrades, Melchior joined ... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:24:18 EST 12/1/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825490 December 1 <BR> Blessed Charles de Foucauld <BR> (1858-1916) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Born into an aristocratic family in Strasbourg, France, Charles was orphaned at the age of six, raised by his devout grandfather, rejected the Catholic faith as a teenager and joined the French army. Inheriting a great deal of money from his grandfather, Charles went to Algeria with his regiment, but not without his mistress, Mimi. <BR> <BR> When he declined to ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:14:06 EST 11/30/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824953 November 30 <BR> St. Andrew <BR> <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Andrew was St. Peter’s brother, and was called with him. "As [Jesus] was walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is now called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him" (Matthew 4:18-20). <BR> John the Evangelist pre... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:29:19 EST 11/29/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824497 November 30 <BR> Blessed John of Vercelli <BR> (c. 1205-1283) <BR> <BR> <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> John was born near Vercelli in northwest Italy in the early 13th century. Little is known of his early life. He entered the Dominican Order in the 1240s and served in various leadership capacities over the years. Elected sixth master general of the Dominicans in 1264, he served for almost two decades. <BR> Known for his tireless energy and his commitment to simplicity, John... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:48:11 EST 11/28/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824079 November 28 <BR> St. James of the Marche <BR> (1394-1476) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Meet one of the fathers of the modern pawnshop! <BR> James was born in the Marche of Ancona, in central Italy along the Adriatic Sea. After earning doctorates in canon and civil law at the University of Perugia, he joined the Friars Minor and began a very austere life. He fasted nine months of the year; he slept three hours a night. St. Bernardine of Siena told him t... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:53:26 EST Happy Thanksgiving and Saint of the Day 11/27/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823622 First I want to say THank you for the prayers and would like to Wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Everyone have a blessed Day <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> November 27 <BR> St. Francesco Antonio Fasani <BR> (1681-1742) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Born in Lucera (southeast Italy), Francesco entered the Conventual Franciscans in 1695. After his ordination 10 years later, he taught philosophy to younger friars, served... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:52:20 EST 11/26/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823082 No Saint for the day but other days has more than one ,,,,, also Going for a stress test today at 8 30 am say a prayer please THANK you <BR> <BR> <BR> November 23 <BR> St. Columban <BR> (543?-615) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Columban was the greatest of the Irish missionaries who worked on the European continent. As a young man who was greatly tormented by temptations of the flesh, he sought the advice of a religious woman ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:29:08 EST 11/25/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822551 <link>www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sa<BR>ints/saint.aspx?id=1616&calendar=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> November 25 <BR> St. Catherine of Alexandria <BR> (c. 310) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> According to the Legend of St. Catherine, this young woman converted to Christianity after receiving a vision. At the age of 18, she debated 50 pagan philosophers. Amazed at her wisdom and debating skills, they became Christians—as did about 200 soldiers and ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:26:54 EST 11/24/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821962 November 24 <BR> St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions <BR> 19th century <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Andrew Dung-Lac was one of 117 people martyred in Vietnam between 1820 and 1862. Members of this group were beatified on four different occasions between 1900 and 1951. All were canonized by St. John Paul II. <BR> Christianity came to Vietnam (then three separate kingdoms) through the Portuguese. Jesuits opened the first permanent mission at D... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:32:16 EST 11/23/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821390 November 23 <BR> St. Clement <BR> (c. 100) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Clement of Rome was the third successor of St. Peter, reigning as pope during the last decade of the first century. He’s known as one of the Church’s five “Apostolic Fathers,” those who provided a direct link between the Apostles and later generations of Church Fathers. <BR> <BR> His First Epistle to the Corinthians was preserved and widely read in the early Church. This letter fr... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:18:25 EST 11/23/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821389 November 23 <BR> St. Clement <BR> (c. 100) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Clement of Rome was the third successor of St. Peter, reigning as pope during the last decade of the first century. He’s known as one of the Church’s five “Apostolic Fathers,” those who provided a direct link between the Apostles and later generations of Church Fathers. <BR> <BR> His First Epistle to the Corinthians was preserved and widely read in the early Church. This letter fr... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:18:21 EST 11/23/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821388 November 23 <BR> St. Clement <BR> (c. 100) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Clement of Rome was the third successor of St. Peter, reigning as pope during the last decade of the first century. He’s known as one of the Church’s five “Apostolic Fathers,” those who provided a direct link between the Apostles and later generations of Church Fathers. <BR> <BR> His First Epistle to the Corinthians was preserved and widely read in the early Church. This letter fr... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:18:18 EST 11/23/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821387 November 23 <BR> St. Clement <BR> (c. 100) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Clement of Rome was the third successor of St. Peter, reigning as pope during the last decade of the first century. He’s known as one of the Church’s five “Apostolic Fathers,” those who provided a direct link between the Apostles and later generations of Church Fathers. <BR> <BR> His First Epistle to the Corinthians was preserved and widely read in the early Church. This letter fr... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:18:15 EST 11/22/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820919 November 22 <BR> St. Cecilia <BR> (3rd century) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:29 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Although Cecilia is one of the most famous of the Roman martyrs, the familiar stories about her are apparently not founded on authentic material. There is no trace of honor being paid her in early times. A fragmentary inscription of the late fourth century refers to a church named after her, and her feast was celebrated at least in 545. <BR> According to legend, Cecilia was a ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:49:35 EST 11/21/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820408 November 21 <BR> Presentation of Mary <BR> <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:29 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal Church. <BR> As with Mary’s birth, we read ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:28:25 EST 11/20/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819824 SAINT OF THE DAY <BR> Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to God's invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint. Click here to receive Saint of the Day in your email. <BR> <BR> November 18 <BR> Dedication of Churches of Sts. Peter and Paul <BR> <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> St. Peter’s is probably the most famous church in Christendo... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:32:00 EST 11/19/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819242 November 19 <BR> St. Agnes of Assisi <BR> (1197-1253) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:29 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Agnes was the sister of St. Clare and her first follower. When Agnes left home two weeks after Clare’s departure, their family attempted to bring Agnes back by force. They tried to drag her out of the monastery, but all of a sudden her body became so heavy that several knights could not budge it. Her uncle Monaldo tried to strike her but was temporarily paralyzed. The kn... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:17:15 EST 11/18/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818653 November 18 <BR> St. Rose Philippine Duchesne <BR> (1769-1852) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Born in Grenoble, France, of a family that was among the new rich, Philippine learned political skills from her father and a love of the poor from her mother. The dominant feature of her temperament was a strong and dauntless will, which became the material—and the battlefield—of her holiness. She entered the convent at 19 and remained despite their opposition. ... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:32:01 EST 11/17/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818038 St. Elizabeth of Hungary <BR> (1207-1231) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> In her short life Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order. The daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth chose a life of penance and asceticism when a life of leisure and luxury could easily have been hers. This choice endeared her in the hearts of the common people t... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:36:45 EST 11/16/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817530 November 16 <BR> St. Gertrude the Great <BR> (1256?-1302) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Gertrude, a Benedictine nun in Helfta, Saxony, was one of the great mystics of the 13th century. Together with her friend and teacher St. Mechtild, she practiced a spirituality called "nuptial mysticism," that is, she came to see herself as the bride of Christ. Her spiritual life was a deeply personal union with Jesus and his Sacred Heart, leading her into the very l... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:32:20 EST 11/15/14 Saint of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817032 November 15 <BR> St. Albert the Great <BR> (1206-1280) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Albert the Great was a 13th-century German Dominican who decisively influenced the Church's stance toward Aristotelian philosophy brought to Europe by the spread of Islam. <BR> Students of philosophy know him as the master of Thomas Aquinas. Albert’s attempt to understand Aristotle’s writings established the climate in which Thomas Aquinas developed his synthesis of Gre... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:30:49 EST 11/14/2014 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816480 <link>www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sa<BR>ints/saint.aspx?id=1191&calendar=1 </link> <BR> November 14 <BR> St. Nicholas Tavelic and Companions <BR> (d. 1391) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Nicholas and his three companions are among the 158 Franciscans who have been martyred in the Holy Land since the friars became custodians of the shrines in 1335. <BR> Nicholas was born in 1340 to a wealthy and noble family in Croatia. He joined the Franciscans ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:49:13 EST 11/13/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815889 <link>www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sa<BR>ints/saint.aspx?id=1198&calendar=1 </link> <BR> <BR> November 13 <BR> St. Frances Xavier Cabrini <BR> (1850-1917) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized; she became a U.S. citizen in 1909. Her deep trust in the loving care of her God gave her the strength to be a valiant woman doing the work of Christ. <BR> Refused admission to the religio... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:49:28 EST 11/12/14 Saint of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815257 November 12 <BR> St. Josaphat <BR> (1580?-1623) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:29 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> In 1964, newspaper photos of Pope Paul VI embracing Athenagoras I, the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, marked a significant step toward the healing of a division in Christendom that has spanned more than nine centuries. <BR> In 1595, when today’s saint was a boy, the Orthodox bishop of Brest-Litovsk in present-day Belarus and five other bishops representing millions of R... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:50:00 EST 11/11/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814593 November 11 <BR> St. Martin of Tours <BR> (316?-397) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> A conscientious objector who wanted to be a monk; a monk who was maneuvered into being a bishop; a bishop who fought paganism as well as pleaded for mercy to heretics—such was Martin of Tours, one of the most popular of saints and one of the first not to be a martyr. <BR> Born of pagan parents in what is now Hungary and raised in Italy, this son of a veteran was forced at... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:27:29 EST 11/10/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813919 SAINT OF THE DAY <BR> Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to God's invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint. Click here to receive Saint of the Day in your email. <BR> <BR> November 10 <BR> St. Leo the Great <BR> (d. 461) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> With apparent strong conviction of the importance of the Bishop of Rome in the C... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:30:46 EST 11/9/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813350 <link>www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sa<BR>ints/saint.aspx?id=1194&calendar=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dedication of St. John Lateran <BR> <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Most Catholics think of St. Peter’s as the pope’s main church, but they are wrong. St. John Lateran is the pope’s church, the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome where the Bishop of Rome presides. <BR> The first basilica on the site was built in the fourth century when Constantine do... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 00:25:38 EST 11/8/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812874 <link>www.americancatholic.org/Features/Sa<BR>ints/saint.aspx?id=1193&calendar=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> SAINT OF THE DAY <BR> Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to God's invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint. Click here to receive Saint of the Day in your email. <BR> <BR> November 8 <BR> Blessed John Duns Scotus <BR> (c. 1266-1308) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> S... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 00:26:21 EST 11/7/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812294 November 7 <BR> St. Didacus <BR> (1400-1463) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Didacus is living proof that God "chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong" (1 Corinthians 1:27). <BR> As a young man in Spain, Didacus joined the Secular Franciscan Order and lived for some time as a hermit. After Didacus became a Franciscan brother, he developed a reputation for great insight into God’s ways. ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 00:48:46 EST 11/6/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811683 <BR> I am up watching Mass on EWTN my pastor and another one of our priest is there and a deacon having the honor to serve Holy Mass on EWTN .. Way to go Msgr Ken and Father Marcin and Deacon Joe <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> St. Martin de Porres <BR> (1579-1639) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> "Father unknown" is the cold legal phrase sometimes used on baptismal records. "Half-breed" or "war sou... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 00:31:49 EST 11/5/14 Saint of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811018 November 3 <BR> Venerable Solanus Casey <BR> (1870-1957) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Barney Casey became one of Detroit’s best-known priests even though he was not allowed to preach formally or to hear confessions! <BR> Barney came from a large family in Oak Grove, Wisconsin. At the age of 21, and after he had worked as a logger, a hospital orderly, a streetcar operator and a prison guard, he entered St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee—where... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 00:31:11 EST