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.
||CleanSt. Leopold Mandic (July 28, 2016)||Western Christians who are working for greater dialogue with Orthodox Christians may be reaping the fruits of Father Leopold's prayers.||7/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBlessed Antonio Lucci (July 27, 2016)||Antonio studied with and was a friend of St. Francesco Antonio Fasani, who after Antonio Lucci's death testified at the diocesan hearings regarding the holiness of Lucci.||7/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSts. Joachim and Ann (July 26, 2016)||In the Scriptures, Matthew and Luke furnish a legal family history of Jesus, tracing ancestry to show that Jesus is the culmination of great promises. Not only is his mother's family neglected, we also know nothing factual about them except that they exis||7/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. James the Greater (July 25, 2016)||This James is the brother of John the Evangelist. The two were called by Jesus as they worked with their father in a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had already called another pair of brothers from a similar occupation: Peter and Andrew. "He wal||7/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Sharbel Makhlouf (July 24, 2016)||Although this saint never traveled far from the Lebanese village of Beka-Kafra, where he was born, his influence has spread widely.||7/24/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Bridget (July 23, 2016)||From age seven on, Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. Her visions formed the basis for her activity--always with the emphasis on charity rather than spiritual favors.||7/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Mary Magdalene (July 22, 2016)||Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. Yet she could well be the patron of the slandered, since there has been a persistent legend in the Church that she is the unnamed sinful woman who anointed the fe||7/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Apollinaris (July 20, 2016)||According to tradition, St. Peter sent Apollinaris to Ravenna, Italy, as its first bishop. His preaching of the Good News was so successful that the pagans there beat him and drove him from the city. He returned, however, and was exiled a second time. Aft||7/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanServant of God Francis Garces and Companions (July 19, 2016)||Government interference in the missions and landgrabbing sparked the Indian uprising which cost these friars their lives.||7/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBlessed Angeline of Marsciano (July 18, 2016)||Blessed Angeline founded the first community of Franciscan women other than Poor Clares to receive papal approval.||7/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Francis Solano (July 17, 2016)||Francis came from a leading family in Andalusia, Spain. Perhaps it was his popularity as a student that enabled Francis in his teens to stop two duelists. He entered the Friars Minor in 1570, and after ordination enthusiastically sacrificed himself for ot||7/17/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanOur Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16, 2016)||Hermits lived on Mount Carmel near the Fountain of Elijah (northern Israel) in the 12th century. They had a chapel dedicated to Our Lady. By the 13th century they became known as "Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel." They soon celebrated a special Mass||7/16/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Bonaventure (July 15, 2016)||Bonaventure, Franciscan, theologian, doctor of the Church, was both learned and holy. Because of the spirit that filled him and his writings, he was at first called the Devout Doctor; but in more recent centuries he has been known as the Seraphic Doctor a||7/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBlessed Kateri Tekakwitha (July 14, 2016)||The blood of martyrs is the seed of saints. Nine years after the Jesuits Isaac Jogues and John de Brébeuf were tortured to death by Huron and Iroquois Indians, a baby girl was born near the place of their martyrdom, Auriesville, New York. She was to be t||7/14/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Henry (July 13, 2016)||As German king and Holy Roman Emperor, Henry was a practical man of affairs. He was energetic in consolidating his rule. He crushed rebellions and feuds. On all sides he had to deal with drawn-out disputes so as to protect his frontiers. This involved him||7/13/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSts. John Jones and John Wall (July 12, 2016)||These two friars were martyred in England in the 16th and 17th centuries for refusing to deny their faith.||7/12/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Benedict (July 11, 2016)||It is unfortunate that no contemporary biography was written of a man who has exercised measureless influence on monasticism in the West. Benedict is well recognized in the later Dialogues of St. Gregory, but these are sketches to illustrate miraculous el||7/11/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Veronica Giuliani (July 10, 2016)||Veronica's desire to be like Christ crucified was answered with the stigmata.||7/10/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions (July 9, 2016)||Christianity arrived in China by way of Syria in the 600s. Depending on China's relations with the outside world, Christianity over the centuries was free to grow or was forced to operate secretly.||7/9/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Gregory Grassi and Companions (July 8, 2016)||Christian missionaries have often gotten caught in the crossfire of wars against their own countries. When the governments of Britain, Germany, Russia and France forced substantial territorial concessions from the Chinese in 1898, anti-foreign sentiment g||7/8/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBlessed Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions (July 7, 2016)||Not much is known of the early life of Emmanuel Ruiz, but details of his heroic death in defense of the faith have come down to us.||7/7/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Maria Goretti (July 6, 2016)||One of the largest crowds ever assembled for a canonization--250,000--symbolized the reaction of millions touched by the simple story of Maria Goretti.||7/6/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Anthony Zaccaria (July 5, 2016)||At the same time that Martin Luther was attacking abuses in the Church, a reformation within the Church was already being attempted. Among the early movers of the Counter-Reformation was Anthony Zaccaria. His mother became a widow at 18 and devoted hersel||7/5/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Elizabeth of Portugal (July 4, 2016)||Elizabeth is usually depicted in royal garb with a dove or an olive branch. At her birth in 1271, her father, Pedro III, future king of Aragon, was reconciled with his father, James, the reigning monarch. This proved to be a portent of things to come. Und||7/4/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Thomas the Apostle (July 3, 2016)||Poor Thomas! He made one remark and has been branded as "Doubting Thomas" ever since. But if he doubted, he also believed. He made what is certainly the most explicit statement of faith in the New Testament: "My Lord and My God!" (see John 20:24-28) and,||7/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSt. Oliver Plunkett (July 2, 2016)||The name of today's saint is especially familiar to the Irish and the English--and with good reason. The English martyred Oliver Plunkett for defending the faith in his native Ireland during a period of severe persecution.||7/2/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBlessed Junipero Serra (July 1, 2016)||In 1776, when the American Revolution was beginning in the east, another part of the future United States was being born in California. That year a gray-robed Franciscan founded Mission San Juan Capistrano, now famous for its annually returning swallows.||7/1/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFirst Martyrs of the Church of Rome (June 30, 2016)||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.||6/30/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSts. Peter and Paul (June 29, 2016)||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||6/29/2016||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.