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Saint of the Day for Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Saint of the Day for Thursday, August 15th, 2019

St. Alipius

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Facts

Feastday: August 15
Death: 430
Bishop and companion of St. Augustine. He was born in Tagaste, North Africa, and was raised as a friend of St. Augustine. He went to Rome to study law and became a magistrate there. When Augustine arrived in Rome, Alipius resigned his post and accompanied him to Milan.

There he was baptized with Augustine in 387 or 394 by St. Ambrose. The two were ordained in Hippo, North Africa, and Alipius became the

bishop of Tagaste, serving in that capacity for thirty years. Alipius’ name was placed in the Roman Martyrology by Pope Gregory XIII in 1584. The evidence of Alipius’ sanctity was clearly stated by Augustine’s account of his life.

St. Neopolus

Facts

Feastday: August 15

Egyptian martyr, also called Napoleon. He was seized during the persecutions under Emperor Diocletian and was brutally tortured in Alexandria. Neopolus died from his injuries.

St. Arduinus

Facts

Feastday: August 15
Death: 1009

Confessor and priest of Rimini, Italy. Arduinus was a hermit in the region until he entered the monastery of San Gudenzio, where he died.

More Saints of the Day

  • St. Alipius
  • St. AltfridSt. ArduinusBl. Claudio GranzottoSt. LimbaniaSt. NeopolusSt. Tarsicius
    Saints of the Day for Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

    Saints of the Day for Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

    St. Hippolytus

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    Facts

    Feastday: August 13
    Patron of Bibbiena, Italy; horses; prison guards; prison officers; prison workers
    Birth: 170
    Death: 235
    Martyr of Rome, with Concordia and other companions, he is a controversial figure who censured Pope St. Callistus I. Hippolytus was slain in Sardinia where he had been exiled for being elected as an antipope, the first in the history of the Church. He was reconciled to the Church before his martyrdom. His writings were important, including A Refutation of All Heresies, Song of Songs, and The Apostolic Tradition.

    Bl. William Freeman

    Facts

    Feastday: August 13
    Death: 1595

    English martyr. Born in East Riding, Yorkshire, he studied at Oxford and was converted to Catholicism in 1586 by the martyrdom of Blessed Edward Stransahm at Tyburn. He went to Reims, France, where he was ordained in 1587. He went back to England the following year, and labored for the English mission in Worcestershire and Warwickshire until arrested in early 1595. Seven months later he was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Warwick on August 13. William was beatified in 1929

    St. Cassian of Imola

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    Facts

    Feastday: August 13
    Patron of Imola, Mexico City, schoolteachers, shorthand-writers, parish clerks.
    Death: 363

    Martyr of Imola, near modern Ravenna, Italy. He was a teacher arrested for being a Christian. His students were invited to hack him to death when he refused to deny Christ. Prudentius recorded Cassian’s grisly martyrdom, noting that the students could not wield mortal blows, thus prolonging the martyr’s agony. His cult is confined to local calendars

    More Saints of the Day

    1. St. Hippolytus
      St. Benilde
      St. Benilde Romancon
      St. Cassian of Imola
      St. Centolla & Helen
      St. Fachanan
      St. Francis of Pesaro
      St. Herulph
      St. Junian
      St. Ludoiph
    1. Bl. Mark of Aviano
      St. Maximus the Confessor
      St. Nerses Glaietsi
      Bl. Otto Neururer
      St. Radegund
      St. Radegunde
      St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
      St. Wigbert
      Bl. William Freeman
    Saint of the Day for Monday, August 12th, 2019

    Saint of the Day for Monday, August 12th, 2019

    St. Michael My

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    Facts

    Feastday: August 12
    Death: 1838
    Canonized By: Pope John Paul

    Martyr of Vietnam. He was the mayor of a town in Vietnam when the persecutionof Christians started. Michael was martyred with Blessed Anthony Dich, his son-in-law, and with St. James Nam. He was canonized in 1988 by Pope JohnPaul II.

    St. Eusebius of Milan

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    Facts

    Feastday: August 12
    Death: 462
    Bishop of Milan, Italy, the successor of St. Lazarus. A Greek by birth, Eusebius aided Pope St. Leo the Great in repressing the heresy of Eutychianism.

    St. Anthony Peter Dich

    Facts

    Feastday: August 12
    Death: 1838

    Martyr of Vietnam. He was a native of Vietnam, a farmer who was beheaded for sheltering a priest, St. James Nam. Anthony was canonized in 1988.

    More Saints of the Day

    St. Michael My
    St. Anicetus
    St. Anthony Peter Dich
    St. Cassian of Benevento
    St. Euplius
    St. Eusebius of Milan
    St. HilariaBl. Isidore Bakanja
    St. Jambert
    St. James Nam
    St. Jane Frances de Chantal
    Bl. Karl Leisner
    St. Macarius & Julian
    St. Merewenna
    St. Murtagh
    St. Porcarius
    St. Just
    Saint of the Day for Saturday, August 10th, 2019

    Saint of the Day for Saturday, August 10th, 2019

    St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

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    Facts

    Feastday: August 10
    Patron of Rome, students, miners, tanners, chefs, poor, firefighters
    Birth: December 31, 225
    Death: August 10, 258
    Canonized By: Pre-Congregation

    The year was 258 A.D. It was a difficult beginning for what would become the First Christian Millennium. Hostility against the early followers of Jesus Christ was growing. The barbarism and severity of pagan Rome had begun to reach a fever pitch. It would soon lead to a blood lust. The newborn Christian Church, faithful to the One who had given Himself for the life of the world, continued the work of His redemption.

    Roman authorities charged Christians of that era with “odium humani generis” [hatred of the human race]. The Romans claimed to be citizens of a great empire, yet they practiced primitive forms of abortion as well as “exposure”, the killing of unwanted newborns.

    First and Second century Rome was a challenging mission field for these early Christians. Rome proclaimed itself the shining example to the world of its age while it violated the Natural Moral Law and embraced debauchery. Sound familiar?

    The day that Deacon Lawrence experienced his birth from death to life was an ominous and frightful day in ancient Rome. Four days earlier, the great Bishop of Rome, Sixtus, was arrested by soldiers of the emperor Valerian, along with his beloved deacons, and beheaded.

    Valerian had issued an edict to the Roman Senate that all the Christian clergy-bishops, priests and deacons-were to be arrested and executed. There were so many holy people among the martyrs of early Rome. That makes it even more remarkable that the life and death of this one humble Deacon-Lawrence-is attributed with all of Rome becoming Christian.

    Sentenced to death in the Emperor Valerian’s sweeping condemnation of all Christian clergy, Lawrence offended the Emperor – and endeared himself to all Christians since then – by assembling before Valerian the real gold and silver of the Church, the poor.

    According to the Christian tradition, Deacon Lawrence, knowing that the fervor of Valerians’ hatred was extending to all Christians who owned property, began to give it all away. He distributed the money and treasures of the Church to the city’s poor-believing the clear admonition of the Savior that they were blessed and especially loved by Him.

    Valerian heard the news and wanted the treasure to satisfy his unbridled lust for worldly power. So, he offered Deacon Lawrence a way out of sure death. If he would show him where the Church’s great gold and silver were located, he would issue an order of clemency, sparing his life so that he could continue his work.

    Valerian was delighted when the deacon asked for three days to gather all the gold and silver of the Church together in one central place! His pride and greed filled blinded him from seeing the truth.

    For three days, Deacon Lawrence went throughout the city and invited all the beloved poor, handicapped, and misfortunate to come together. They were being supported by a thriving early Christian community who understood the Gospel imperative to recognize Jesus in the poor.

    When Valerian arrived, Deacon Lawrence presented him with the true gold and silver of the Church, the poor! The emperor was filled with rage! Beheading was not enough for this Christian Deacon. He ordered Deacon Lawrence to be burned alive, in public, on a griddle. Witnesses recorded the public martyrdom. The deacon cheerfully offered himself to the Lord Jesus and even joked with his executioners!

    The tradition records massive conversions to the Christian faith as a result of the holy life and death of one Deacon who understood the true heart of his vocation. He was poured out, like his Master, Jesus Christ the Servant, in redemptive love, on behalf of others. It is still said to this day that all of Rome became Christian as a result of the faithful life, and the death, of this one humble deacon. He was buried in a cemetery on the Via Tiburtina. On that spot, Constantine would later build a Basilica.

    A special devotion to Lawrence, deacon and martyr, spread throughout the entire Christian community. Early Christians had no doubt that those who had gone to be with the Lord continued to pray for those who still struggled in this earthly life. They saw in Lawrence a great example of how to live, and how to die, faithful to the Gospel.

    Years later, St Augustine reflected on the heroism of this great deacon in a sermon preached on his feast day, emphasizing that his life and death were an example for all Christians to emulate: “I tell you again and again my brethren, that in the Lord’s garden are to be found not only the roses of His martyrs. In it there are also the lilies of the virgins, the ivy of wedded couples, and the violets of widows. On no account may any class of people despair, thinking that God has not called them.”

    The life and death of Deacon Lawrence speaks the timeless message of the Gospel to all who will listen. Whether we are ever called to shed our blood in what has traditionally been called red martyrdom or simply called to offer our sacrifices daily in a continuous life of poured-out love, traditionally called white martyrdom, we continue the redemptive work of the Lord through our daily Christian lives and participation in the life of the Church.

    The Deacon and martyr Lawrence offered himself fully to Jesus Christ – and shows us the way to do the same.

    Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, Pray for us