Saint of the Day
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Catholic saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to an invitation from God to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint.
||St. James of the Marche (November 28, 2015)||Meet one of the fathers of the modern pawnshop!||11/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Francesco Antonio Fasani (November 27, 2015)||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 as guardian of his friary and later became provincial. When his term of office ende||11/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Catherine of Alexandria (November 26, 2015)||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||11/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Columban (November 25, 2015)||Columban was the greatest of the Irish missionaries who worked on the European continent. As a young man he was greatly tormented by temptations of the flesh, and sought the advice of a religious woman who had lived a hermit's life for years. He saw in he||11/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions (November 24, 2015)||St. Andrew was one of 117 martyrs who met death in Vietnam between 1820 and 1862. Members of this group were beatified on four different occasions between 1900 and 1951. Now all have been canonized by Pope John Paul II.||11/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro (November 23, 2015)||¡Viva Cristo Rey! (Long live Christ the King) were the last words Father Pro uttered before he was executed for being a Catholic priest and serving his flock.||11/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Cecilia (November 22, 2015)||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 centur||11/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Feast of the Presentation of Mary (November 21, 2015)||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 d||11/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (November 20, 2015)||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 materi||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Agnes of Assisi (November 19, 2015)||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 heav||11/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dedication of St. Peter and Paul (November 18, 2015)||St. Peter's is probably the most famous church in Christendom. Massive in scale and a veritable museum of art and architecture, it began on a much humbler scale. Vatican Hill was a simple cemetery where believers gathered at St. Peter's tomb to||11/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Elizabeth of Hungary (November 17, 2015)||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 ascet||11/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Margaret of Scotland (November 16, 2015)||Margaret of Scotland was a truly liberated woman in the sense that she was free to be herself. For her, that meant freedom to love God and serve others.||11/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Albert the Great (November 15, 2015)||Albert the Great was a 13th-century German Dominican who influenced decisively the stance of the Church toward Aristotelian philosophy brought to Europe by the spread of Islam.||11/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Gertrude (November 14, 2015)||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||11/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (November 13, 2015)||Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized. Her deep trust in the loving care of her God gave her the strength to be a valiant woman doing the work of Christ.||11/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Josaphat (November 12, 2015)||In 1967, 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 nine centuries.||11/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Martin of Tours (November 11, 2015)||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||11/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Leo the Great (November 10, 2015)||With apparent strong conviction of the importance of the Bishop of Rome in the Church, and of the Church as the ongoing sign of Christ's presence in the world, Leo the Great displayed endless dedication in his role as pope. Elected in 440, he worked tirel||11/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dedication of St. John Lateran (November 9, 2015)||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.||11/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Blessed John Duns Scotus (November 8, 2015)||A humble man, John Duns Scotus has been one of the most influential Franciscans through the centuries.||11/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Didacus (November 7, 2015)||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).||11/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Nicholas Tavelic and Companions (November 6, 2015)||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.||11/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Venerable Solanus Casey (November 5, 2015)||Barney Casey became one of Detroit's best-known priests even though he was not allowed to preach formally or to hear confessions!||11/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Charles Borromeo (November 4, 2015)||The name of St. Charles Borromeo is associated with reform. He lived during the time of the Protestant Reformation, and had a hand in the reform of the whole Church during the final years of the Council of Trent.||11/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Martin de Porres (November 3, 2015)||"Father unknown" is the cold legal phrase sometimes used on baptismal records. "Half-breed" or "war souvenir" is the cruel name inflicted by those of "pure" blood. Like many others, Martin might have grown to be a bitter man, but he did not. It was said t||11/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Feast of All Souls (November 2, 2015)||The Church has encouraged prayer for the dead from the earliest times as an act of Christian charity. "If we had no care for the dead," Augustine noted, "we would not be in the habit of praying for them." Yet pre-Christian rites for the deceased kept such||11/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Feast of All Saints (November 1, 2015)||The earliest certain observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of "all the martyrs." In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up som||11/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Wolfgang of Regensburg (October 31, 2015)||Wolfgang was born in Swabia, Germany, and was educated at a school located at the abbey of Reichenau. There he encountered Henry, a young noble who went on to become Archbishop of Trier. Meanwhile, Wolfgang remained in close contact with the archbishop, t||10/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Alphonsus Rodriguez (October 30, 2015)||Tragedy and challenge beset today's saint early in life, but Alphonsus Rodriguez found happiness and contentment through simple service and prayer.||10/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Stories of daily inspiration
These short (1:30) podcasts provide a wonderful window into the rich tapestry of saints who have gone before us, and remind us of the struggles, suffering, and rewards of serving the Lord. I listen to these podcasts every day and have often thought that Catholic schools should air these (or read the text) every morning when school starts. Saint of the Day connects us with a proud heritage and history going back 2,000 years.
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Short, sweet and to the point each and every day. A great way to start your day!
A true gem on the internet.If you listen to Saint of the Day long enough you will get to meet a saint you can identify with.