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March 2 - Pope St. Simplicius www.ucatholic.com... Pope St. Simplicius reigned when the last of the western Roman Emperors fell in 476 a.d.. He defended the action of the Council of Chalcedon against the Eutychian heresy, labored to help the people of Italy against the marauding raids of barbarian invaders. He worked to maintain the authority of Rom…

August 13 - Pope St. Pontian from 230-235 who holds the distinction of being the first pontiff to abdicate. Perhaps a Roman by birth, he was elected to succeed St. Urban I and devoted much of his reign to upholding the condemnation of the heretical aspects of Origenism and struggled against the schismatic movement which supported the antipope St. Hippolytus.

St. Joseph. A beautiful example of masculinity and fatherhood and a personal patron of mine

During his homily at her canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square, St. Pope John Paul II said that in St. Josephine Bakhita, "We find a shining advocate of genuine emancipation. The history of her life inspires not passive acceptance but the firm resolve to work effectively to free girls and women from oppression and violence, and to return them to their dignity in the full exercise of their rights."

St. Aloysius - one of my favorites!!

St. Ignatius of Antioch was a Bishop of Antioch and a notable martyr of the early Church. He died by being thrown to the wild beasts in the Roman Circus. Feast day: October 17.

St. Rita - Saint of impossible causes - Chaplet of St. Rita - O Holy St. Rita, exemplary Augustinian Sister, we honor you for your devotion to the Passion of Christ. Although your early life was filled with disappointment, frustration, and unceasing tragedy, you never lost faith and trust in God. For this you are the patroness of the impossible, and our inspiration and advocate in desperate circumstances. Say 3 Our Fathers, 3 Hail Marys, and 3 Glorias.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8 #bibleverses

July 13 - St. Henry (972-1024), German king and Holy Roman Emperor, is the patron saint of the childless, of Dukes, of the handicapped and those rejected by Religious Order

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