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August 2018

St. Bernard of Clairvaux 

August 20
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(1091-1153) The Cistersian abbot and reformer, scholar, and theologian who counseled popes, healed a schism, and preached the Second Crusade; also, a Doctor of the Church. He said, “There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is…

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St. Pius X

August 21
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(1835-1914) Best remembered for his humility, Pope Pius X also encouraged the frequent reception of the Eucharist, and moved the age of First Communion from 12 to 7. Upon the outbreak of World War I, he said: “This is the last…

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Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 22
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Today we celebrate Mary as the queen of heaven. This title for Mary became especially popular in the 11th and 12th centuries. We call Mary “queen” because she is the mother of Jesus, the one who rules in the Kingdom of God.

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St. Rose of Lima 

August 23
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(1586-1617) The young woman from Peru whose devotion to the Eucharist led her to bring homeless children to her room in her parents’ house; she sold flowers, lace, and embroidery to raise money for her family and the poor. “Apart from the Cross, there is no other ladder by which…

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St. Bartholomew (apostle)

August 24
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St. Bartholomew is traditionally associated with the apostle Nathanael, which is why for his feast day we hear the reading from the Gospel of John in which Nathanael teases Jesus about his birthplace—and Jesus responds with a tongue-in-cheek retort of…

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Blessed Maria Troncatti

August 25
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(1883-1969) She joined the Salesian Sisters, then served as a Red Cross nurse during World War I. In 1922, she was sent as a missionary to work with the Shuar Indians in a remote part of Ecuador. Her first challenge…

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St. Emily de Vialar 

August 26
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(1797-1856) The young woman who, with three friends, began helping children, the poor, and the sick, especially in northern Africa; they became the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition. She said, “Since God does so much for me, what could I not do for him?”

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