St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

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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. She experienced of the violence of the revolution as well as the impact of Jansenism, which taught that only … Read More

Venerable Pierre Toussaint

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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 … Read More

St. Philip Neri

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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 … Read More

St. Bede the Venerable

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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 … Read More

Venerable Maria of Jesus

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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 … Read More

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