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A fresh look at a familiar saint: Francis of Assisi--New biography looks past the pious tales and misconceptions to reveal a complex man who was obedient to God’s will. By Woodeene Koenig-Bricker - OSV Newsweekly, 5/20/2012

St. Francis of Assisi!

St. Francis of Assisi

Learn more about Saint Kateri Tekakwitha!

St. Anthony of Padua -- Anthony was a child who grew up with riches, but he chose to live as St. Francis did: in poverty, or poorness, helping others and loving God

Feast of All Carmelite Saints {Nov.14} "What numbers of saints we have in heaven who have worn this habit of ours! We must have the holy audacity to aspire, with God's help, to be like them. The struggle will not last long, but the outcome will be eternal." ~ St. Teresa of Avila

Saint Clair Patron of sore eyes Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called "Poor Clares." When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So one evening, she ran away from home, and in a little chapel outside Assisi, gave herself to God.

St. Francis

Apostle Saint Simon the Zealot , Often pictured with a saw. He was the least known of the apostles . He is Patron Saint to the countless Christians who go throughout life without fame, without a name and the army of workers and Christian soliders that goes nameless.

Shock, sadness follow death of a young Nashville seminarian who died after emergency ordination

St. Ignatius of Loyola. This man came up with the 30 day Spiritual Exercises. A saint for our times! :)

Saint Vincent de Paul-The Apostle of Charity.

The liturgy celebrates the feast of these three archangels who are venerated in the tradition of the Church. Michael (Who is like God?) was the archangel...

Be a Saint Now! Here's how... (Being a Saint in Bite-Sized Pieces)

Rose of Lima - St. Rose was born in Lima, Peru, in 1586, and became the first canonized saint of the Western Hemisphere.

For the Safety of Soldiers Almighty and eternal God, those who take refuge in you will be glad and forever will shout for joy. Protect these soldiers as they discharge their duties. Protect them with the shield of your strength and keep them safe from all evil and harm. May the power of your love enable them to return home in safety, that with all who love them, they may ever praise you for your loving care. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Happy Feast of St. Mark, the Evangelist. "We cannot keep to ourselves the words of eternal life given to us in our encounter with Jesus Christ: they are meant for everyone, for every man and woman. ... It is our responsibility to pass on what, by God's grace, we ourselves have received." -Pope Benedict XVI

"My grace is sufficient for you" [2 Cor 12:9] versus the culture of divorce and the culture of death: The operative words here are "what GOD has joined together." This is a covenant that isn't just a civil contract. This is about God's plan of salvation for you both, which is why marriage requires discernment. It is also about learning to trust God more; to trust that He gives you all the grace you both need for the marriage to succeed via the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

St. Bernadette of Lourdes

Joan Acocella: The Radical Vision of St. Francis of Assisi : The New Yorker

St. Athanasius of Alexandria - 4th century Bishop, Confessor of the Faith vs. Arianism, and Doctor of the Church. Feast day - 5/2. St. Athanasius, help me to follow your example in vigorously defending the divinity of Jesus Christ.