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May 2018

Venerable Maria of Jesus

May 24
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(1602-1665) Maria was a Franciscan nun living in Spain who became the abbess of her monastery and was famous for her spiritual wisdom. She also was transported in prayer some 500 times to present-day New Mexico, where she preached to…

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Mary, Help of Christians

May 24
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Instituted after Pope Pius VII survived imprisonment from Napoleon and accredited Mary’s intercession on his behalf, Mary, Help of Christians honors Mary’s role in interceding for the faithful’s prayers, God’s plans and protecting Christians. Mary, Help of Christians is the…

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St. Bede the Venerable

May 25
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(672–735) Bede—a scholar who was dedicated to learning, writing and teaching—was considered a saint even when he was alive, and later declared a Doctor of the Church (that is, a great teacher of the Church). Bede wrote the first history…

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St. Philip Neri

May 26
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(1515–1595) At a time when many citizens of Rome had abandoned the faith, Philip went there to bring some life back to the Church. He began by striking up friendships with everyone he met. His warmth, wit, and good sense…

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St. Melangell of Wales

May 27
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(600s) Melangell was an Irish princess who lived as a hermit in a remote part of Wales. She was praying in a clearing in the woods when Prince Powys, who was hunting in the area, came upon her. The hare…

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Venerable Pierre Toussaint

May 28
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(1766-1853) Pierre was a former Haitian slave who became one of the most popular hair dressers in New York City; together with his wife, they used his earnings to free other slaves and do charitable work. He was widely respected…

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St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

May 29
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(1779-1865) Madeleine went to Paris in 1795, at the height of the French Revolution, which had sought to destroy the Church. Her experience of the violence of the revolution as well as the impact of Jansenism, which taught that only…

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