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.
||First Martyrs of the Church of Rome (June 30, 2015)||There were Christians in Rome within a dozen or so years after the death of Jesus, though they were not the converts of the "Apostle of the Gentiles" (Romans 15:20). Paul had not yet visited them at the time he wrote his great letter in a.d. 57-58.||6/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29, 2015)||Peter: St. Mark ends the first half of his Gospel with a triumphant climax. He has recorded doubt, misunderstanding and the opposition of many to Jesus. Now Peter makes his great confession of faith: "You are the Messiah" (Mark 8:29b). It was one of the m||6/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Irenaeus (June 28, 2015)||The Church is fortunate that Irenaeus was involved in many of its controversies in the second century. He was a student, well trained, no doubt, with great patience in investigating, tremendously protective of apostolic teaching, but prompted more by a de||6/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Cyril of Alexandria (June 27, 2015)||Saints are not born with halos around their heads. Cyril, recognized as a great teacher of the Church, began his career as archbishop of Alexandria, Egypt, with impulsive, often violent, actions. He pillaged and closed the churches of the Novatian heretic||6/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Blessed Raymond Lull (June 26, 2015)||Raymond worked all his life to promote the missions and died a missionary to North Africa.||6/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Blessed Jutta of Thuringia (June 25, 2015)||Today's patroness of Prussia began her life amidst luxury and power but died the death of a simple servant of the poor.||6/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Birth of John the Baptist (June 24, 2015)||Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: "I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John...." But John would have agreed completely with what Jesus added: "[Y]et the least in the kingdom of God is greater than||6/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. John Fisher (June 23, 2015)||John Fisher is usually associated with Erasmus, Thomas More and other Renaissance humanists. His life, therefore, did not have the external simplicity found in the lives of some saints. Rather, he was a man of learning, associated with the intellectuals a||6/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Thomas More (June 22, 2015)||His belief that no lay ruler has jurisdiction over the Church of Christ cost Thomas More his life.||6/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Aloysius Gonzaga (June 21, 2015)||The Lord can make saints anywhere, even amid the brutality and license of Renaissance life. Florence was the "mother of piety" for Aloysius Gonzaga despite his exposure to a "society of fraud, dagger, poison and lust." As a son of a princely family, he gr||6/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Paulinus of Nola (June 20, 2015)||Anyone who is praised in the letters of six or seven saints undoubtedly must be of extraordinary character. Such a person was Paulinus of Nola, correspondent and friend of Augustine, Jerome, Melania, Martin, Gregory and Ambrose.||6/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Romuald (June 19, 2015)||After a wasted youth, Romuald saw his father kill a relative in a duel over property. In horror he fled to a monastery near Ravenna in Italy. After three years some of the monks found him to be uncomfortably holy and eased him out.||6/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Venerable Matt Talbot (June 18, 2015)||Matt can be considered the patron of men and women struggling with alcoholism.||6/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Joseph Cafasso (June 17, 2015)||Even as a young man, Joseph loved to attend Mass and was known for his humility and fervor in prayer. After his ordination he was assigned to a seminary in Turin. There he worked especially against the spirit of Jansenism, an excessive preoccupation with||6/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. John Francis Regis (June 16, 2015)||Born into a family of some wealth, John Francis was so impressed by his Jesuit educators that he himself wished to enter the Society of Jesus. He did so at age 18. Despite his rigorous academic schedule he spent many hours in chapel, often to the dismay o||6/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Servant of God Orlando Catanii (June 15, 2015)||An unexpected encounter with St. Francis of Assisi in 1213 was to forever change--and enrich--the life of Count Orlando of Chiusi.||6/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Albert Chmielowski (June 14, 2015)||Born in Igolomia near Kraków as the eldest of four children in a wealthy family, he was christened Adam. During the 1864 revolt against Czar Alexander III, Adam's wounds forced the amputation of his left leg.||6/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Anthony of Padua (June 13, 2015)||The gospel call to leave everything and follow Christ was the rule of Anthony's life. Over and over again God called him to something new in his plan. Every time Anthony responded with renewed zeal and self-sacrificing to serve his Lord Jesus more complet||6/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Blessed Jolenta (Yolanda) of Poland (June 12, 2015)||Jolenta was the daughter of Bela IV, King of Hungary. Her sister, St. Kunigunde, was married to the Duke of Poland. Jolenta was sent to Poland where her sister was to supervise her education. Eventually married to Boleslaus, the Duke of Greater Poland, Jo||6/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Barnabas (June 11, 2015)||Barnabas, a Jew of Cyprus, comes as close as anyone outside the Twelve to being a full-fledged apostle. He was closely associated with St. Paul (he introduced Paul to Peter and the other apostles) and served as a kind of mediator between the former persec||6/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Blessed Joachima (June 10, 2015)||Born into an aristocratic family in Barcelona, Spain, Joachima was 12 when she expressed a desire to become a Carmelite nun. But her life took an altogether different turn at 16 with her marriage to a young lawyer, Theodore de Mas. Both deeply devout, the||6/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Ephrem (June 9, 2015)||Poet, teacher, orator and defender of the faith, Ephrem is the only Syrian recognized as a doctor of the Church. He took upon himself the special task of opposing the many false doctrines rampant at his time, always remaining a true and forceful defender||6/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. William of York (June 8, 2015)||A disputed election as archbishop of York and a mysterious death. Those are the headlines from the tragic life of today's saint.||6/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Servant of God Joseph Perez (June 7, 2015)||"The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church," said Tertullian in the third century. Joseph Perez carried on that tradition.||6/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Norbert (June 6, 2015)||Friends sometimes jokingly mangle the name of the Premonstratensians into "Monstrous Pretensions," just as the Franciscan O.F.M. is said to mean "Out For Money." The name actually derives from Premontre, the region of France where Norbert established this||6/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Boniface (June 5, 2015)||Boniface, known as the apostle of the Germans, was an English Benedictine monk who gave up being elected abbot to devote his life to the conversion of the Germanic tribes. Two characteristics stand out: his Christian orthodoxy and his fidelity to the pope||6/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Charles Lwanga and Companions (June 4, 2015)||One of 22 Ugandan martyrs, Charles Lwanga is the patron of youth and Catholic action in most of tropical Africa. He protected his fellow pages (aged 13 to 30) from the homosexual demands of the Bagandan ruler, Mwanga, and encouraged and instructed them in||6/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Blessed John XXIII (June 3, 2015)||Although few people had as great an impact on the 20th century as Pope John XXIII, he avoided the limelight as much as possible. Indeed, one writer has noted that his "ordinariness" seems one of his most remarkable qualities.||6/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sts. Marcellinus and Peter (June 2, 2015)||Marcellinus and Peter were prominent enough in the memory of Church to be included among the saints of the Roman Canon. Mention of their names is optional in our present Eucharistic Prayer I.||6/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Justin (June 1, 2015)||Justin never ended his quest for religious truth even when he converted to Christianity after years of studying various pagan philosophies.||6/1/2015||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.