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St. Maria Goretti

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St. Maria Goretti

Maria Goretti had led a very ordinary life. But in spite of her simplicity, her great faith and love for God made her truly extraordinary.  Many recorded miracles, both spiritual and physical, have been worked through St. Maria Goretti's intercession. Worldwide, there are many places of devotion to St. Maria Goretti, such as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Graces and St. Maria Goretti in Nettuno, Italy, pictured here.

10 Facts about St. Maria Goretti

1.  Maria Goretti was born on October 16, 1890.  She was the daughter of a poor Italian tenant farmer, had no chance to go to school, never learned to read or write.

2.  When she made her First Communion not long before her death at age 12, she was one of the larger and somewhat backward members of the class.

3. Lured by the passions of his day and nurturing the dark side of his soul with impious reading and thoughts, Alessandro Serenelli had been a thorn in lovely Maria's side. He propositioned her on several occasions and harassed her with impure suggestions.

4.  On July 5, 1902, he would be denied no longer. As she once again rebuffed his sexual advance, shouting, "No! It is a sin! God does not want it!", Alexander lunged to the deed, stabbing Maria 14 times.

5.  After 20 painful hours of suffering during which she forgave and prayed for Alessandro, Maria entered Heaven fortified with the Last Sacraments.

6.  Her last earthly gaze rested upon a picture of the Blessed Mother, on July 6, 1902.

7.  Almost fifty years later on June 24, 1950, Pope Pius XII stood on the steps of St. Peter's in Rome and pronounced Maria Goretti a Saint and Martyr of the Universal Church.

8.  She is the Patron Saint of Modern Youth.

9.  St. Maria Goretti's Feast Day is July 6th.

10.   Her mother, and her murderer, attended the canonization ceremony together.

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St. Bernadette

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St. Bernadette

St. Bernadette of Lourdes was born on January 7, 1844 in Lourdes, France. She received several visions from the Virgin Mary starting in 1858. When she reported these visions, civil authorities attempted to force her to recant her accounts. She refused, and word spread about the cave she had found with supposed miracle healing springs. Napolean III’s wife helped her achieve her vision to build a church at the cave. Lourdes emerged as a pilgrimage site for worshippers from around the world.

10 Facts about St. Bernadette of Lourdes

1.  Bernadette was born Maria Bernada Sobirós, named after her mother's sister who was also her godmother. However, she was known by the nickname Bernadette all her life.

2.  Bernadette had cholera when she was very young, and suffered severe asthma for the rest of her life. It wasn't shocking that she contracted cholera; the Soubirous family lived in very cramped, unhygienic conditions, where diseases were common.

3.  When Bernadette was 14 her, a friend and her sister went out gathering firewood. Bernadette lagged behind (because of her asthma) and stopped to rest for a minute. While she was doing this, she noticed a light coming from a nearby cave. Bernadette went to investigate, and there saw what she would later call the Immaculate Conception. That was the first of the visions she saw of Mary.

4.  She was made a saint on the 8th of December, 1933, by Pope Pius XI, 54 years after she died. Her body was exhumed three times before this, and she didn't appear to have aged or decayed at all.

5.  Bernadette joined a convent in 1866, when she was 22. She spent the rest of her short life there, first as an assistant in the infirmary, then embroidering altar cloths and vestments.

6.   She died of tuberculosis on the 16th of April 1879. She was only 35 years old.

7.  When Bernadette had her first vision she said she saw 'a lady dressed in white with a blue girdle. She had a golden rose on each foot, and held a rosary of pearls'. On that occasion, the lady said nothing to her, but on Bernadette's next visit, the lady asked her to return every day for the next fifteen days, which she did.

8.  On her 9th visit, the vision pointed to the ground and told Bernadette to drink from the spring. When she dug for it, she only found a muddy puddle, and tried to drink from it several times. This caused much derison from everyone watching, all of them thinking her insane. In the next few days, however, a spring began to flow from that muddy puddle, and it was reported to have healing properties.

9.  Patron Saint of  Bodily ills, illness, Lourdes France, people ridiculed for their piety, poverty, shepherdesses, shepherds, sick people, sickness

10. Feast day is April 16th

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St. Monica

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St. Monica

Saint Monica, also known as Monica of Hippo, was an early Christian saint and the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. She is remembered and honored in most Christian denominations, albeit on different feast days, for her outstanding Christian virtues, particularly the suffering caused by her husband's adultery, and her prayerful life dedicated to the reformation of her son.

10 Facts about St. Monica

1.  Monica was born about the year 332 in Tagaste, North Africa, to a Christian family.

2. St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violent tempered.  His mother Lived with them and was equally difficult, which proved a constant challenge to St. Monica.

3.  Monica had three children who survived infancy: sons Augustine and Navigius and daughter Perpetua.

4.  The "weeping" springs outside Santa Monica, California were named for the saint.

5.  Her oldest son, Augustine, is St. Augustine of Hippo.

6.  Monica was distressed to learn that at 17, Augustine,  had accepted the Manichean heresy (all flesh is evil)  and was living an immoral life. For a while, she refused to let him eat or sleep in her house. Then one night she had a vision that assured her Augustine would return to the faith. From that time on, she stayed close to her son, praying and fasting for him. In fact, she often stayed much closer than Augustine wanted.

7.  St. Monica, thru the power of prayer and patience, converted her pagan husband and mother-in-law to the catholic faith.

8.  She is patron saint of wives and abused victims.

9.  It is the prayers of Monica herself that have been invoked by generations of the faithful who honor her as a special patroness of married women and as an example for Christian motherhood.

10.  St. Monica's feast day is May 4.

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St. Clare of Assisi

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St. Clare of Assisi

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Saint Clare of Assisi  (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253), born Chiara Offreduccio, is an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life—the first monastic rule known to have been written by a woman.

10 Facts about St. Clare of Assisi

1.  St. Clare and her sisters wore no shoes, ate no meat, lived in a poor house, and kept silent most of the time.

2.  An army of rough soldiers came to attack Assisi and they planned to raid the convent first.  St. Clare was very sick, however she had herself carried to the wall and right there, where the enemies could see it, she had the Blessed Sacrament placed. Then on her knees, she begged God to save the Sisters.

3.  St. Clare was the foundress of the “Poor Clares”, an order of nuns modeled after the Franciscan religious order.

4.  After listening to St. Francis of Assisi preach, she was moved to imitate him and serve Jesus.  St. Francis himself cut her hair short and gave her a rough brown robe to wear.

5.  St. Francis placed Clare in the convent of the Benedictine nuns near Bastia from where her father made several unsuccessful attempts to abduct her, still wanting her to get married.

6.  Unlike the Franciscan friars, whose members moved around the country to preach, Saint Clare’s sisters lived in enclosure, since an itinerant life was hardly conceivable at the time for women. Their life consisted of manual labor and prayer.

7.  St. Clare sought to imitate Francis’ virtues and way of life so much so that she was sometimes titled alter Franciscus, another Francis.

8.  St. Clare played a significant role in encouraging and aiding St. Francis, whom she saw as a spiritual father figure, and she took care of him during his illnesses at the end of his life, until his death in 1226.

9.  On August 15, 1255, Pope Alexander IV canonized Clare as Saint Clare of Assisi.

10.  Pope Pius XII designated her as the patron saint of television in 1958, on the basis that when she was too ill to attend Mass, she had reportedly been able to see and hear it on the wall of her room. The American Catholic television channel Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) was founded by a Poor Clare nun, Mother Angelica.

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