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. Gregory the Great (September 3, 2015)||Coming events cast their shadows before: Gregory was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate and became a Benedictine monk in his own home at Rome.||9/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Blessed John Francis Burté and Companions (September 2, 2015)||These priests were victims of the French Revolution. Though their martyrdom spans a period of several years, they stand together in the Church's memory because they all gave their lives for the same principle. The Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1791) r||9/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Giles (September 1, 2015)||Despite the fact that much about St. Giles is shrouded in mystery, we can say that he was one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages. Likely, he was born in the first half of the 7th century in southeastern France. That is where he built a monaster||9/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus (August 31, 2015)||The actions of these two influential Jewish leaders give insight into the charismatic power of Jesus and his teachings--and the risks that could be involved in following him.||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Blessed Jeanne Jugan (August 30, 2015)||Being of humble origins needn't keep us from doing great things for God. Blessed Jeanne Jugan is proof of that.||8/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Martyrdom of John the Baptist (August 29, 2015)||The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honor, a seductive dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of John the Baptist. The greatest of prophets suffered the fate of so many Old Testament prophets before him||8/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Augustine (August 28, 2015)||A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. But really to get to know the man is a rewarding experience.||8/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Monica (August 27, 2015)||The circumstances of St. Monica's life could have made her a nagging wife, a bitter daughter-in-law and a despairing parent, yet she did not give way to any of these temptations. Although she was a Christian, her parents gave her in marriage to a pagan, P||8/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Joseph Calasanz (August 26, 2015)||From Aragon, where he was born in 1556, to Rome, where he died 92 years later, fortune alternately smiled and frowned on the work of Joseph Calasanz. A priest with university training in canon law and theology, respected for his wisdom and administrative||8/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Louis of France (August 25, 2015)||At his coronation as king of France, Louis bound himself by oath to behave as God's anointed, as the father of his people and feudal lord of the King of Peace. Other kings had done the same, of course. Louis was different in that he actually interpreted h||8/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Bartholomew (August 24, 2015)||In the New Testament, Bartholomew is mentioned only in the lists of the apostles. Some scholars identify him with Nathanael, a man of Cana in Galilee who was summoned to Jesus by Philip. Jesus paid him a great compliment: "Here is a true Israelite. There||8/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Rose of Lima (August 23, 2015)||The first canonized saint of the New World has one characteristic of all saints--the suffering of opposition--and another characteristic which is more for admiration than for imitation--excessive practice of mortification.||8/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Queenship of Mary (August 22, 2015)||Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary's queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation Gabriel announced that Mary's Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary "mother of my Lord." As||8/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Pius X (August 21, 2015)||Pope Pius X is perhaps best remembered for his encouragement of the frequent reception of Holy Communion, especially by children.||8/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Bernard of Clairvaux (August 20, 2015)||Man of the century! Woman of the century! You see such terms applied to so many today--"golfer of the century," "composer of the century," "right tackle of the century"--that the line no longer has any punch. But the "man of the twelfth century," without||8/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. John Eudes (August 19, 2015)||How little we know where God's grace will lead. Born on a farm in northern France, John died at 79 in the next "county" or department. In that time he was a religious, a parish missionary, founder of two religious communities and a great promoter of the||8/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Jane Frances de Chantal (August 18, 2015)||Jane Frances was wife, mother, nun and founder of a religious community. Her mother died when Jane was 18 months old, and her father, head of parliament at Dijon, France, became the main influence on her education. She developed into a woman of beauty and||8/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Joan of the Cross (August 17, 2015)||An encounter with a shabby old woman many dismissed as insane prompted St. Joan to dedicate her life to the poor. For Joan, who had a reputation as a businesswoman intent on monetary success, this was a significant conversion.||8/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Stephen of Hungary (August 16, 2015)||The Church is universal, but its expression is always affected--for good or ill--by local culture. There are no "generic" Christians; there are Mexican Christians, Polish Christians, Filipino Christians. This fact is evident in the life of Stephen, nation||8/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Assumption of Mary (August 15, 2015)||On November 1, 1950, Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: "We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly l||8/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe (August 14, 2015)||"I don't know what's going to become of you!" How many parents have said that? Maximilian Mary Kolbe's reaction was, "I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. Sh||8/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus (August 13, 2015)||Two men died for the faith after harsh treatment and exhaustion in the mines of Sardinia. One had been pope for five years, the other an antipope for 18. They died reconciled.||8/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Louis of Toulouse (August 12, 2015)||When he died at the age of 23, Louis was already a Franciscan, a bishop and a saint!||8/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Clare (August 11, 2015)||One of the more sugary movies made about Francis of Assisi pictures Clare as a golden-haired beauty floating through sun-drenched fields, a sort of one-girl counterpart to the new Franciscan Order.||8/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Lawrence (August 10, 2015)||The esteem in which the Church holds Lawrence is seen in the fact that today's celebration ranks as a feast. We know very little about his life. He is one of those whose martyrdom made a deep and lasting impression on the early Church. Celebration of his||8/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) (August 9, 2015)||A brilliant philosopher who stopped believing in God when she was 14, Edith Stein was so captivated by reading the autobiography of Teresa of Avila that she began a spiritual journey that led to her Baptism in 1922. Twelve years later she imitated Teresa||8/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Dominic (August 8, 2015)||If he hadn't taken a trip with his bishop, Dominic would probably have remained within the structure of contemplative life; after the trip, he spent the rest of his life being a contemplative in active apostolic work.||8/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||St. Cajetan (August 7, 2015)||Like most of us, Cajetan seemed headed for an "ordinary" life--first as a lawyer, then as a priest engaged in the work of the Roman Curia.||8/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6, 2015)||All three Synoptic Gospels tell the story of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-9; Luke 9:28-36). With remarkable agreement, all three place the event shortly after Peter's confession of faith that Jesus is the Messiah and Jesus' first predicti||8/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dedication of St. Mary Major Basilica (August 5, 2015)||First raised at the order of Pope Liberius in the mid-fourth century, the Liberian Basilica was rebuilt by Pope Sixtus III shortly after the Council of Ephesus affirmed Mary's title as Mother of God in 431. Rededicated at that time to the Mother of God, S||8/5/2015||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.