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April 27: Saint Maughold

If you enjoy this daily blog of lesser-known saints, see my book, which contains short biographies of saints for every day of the year. Saint Patrick is said to have converted all of Ireland, and Saint Maughold (d. c. 498) is said to be one of his most dramatic converts. After all, Maughold was a pirate […]

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April 26: Saint Richarius

If you enjoy this daily blog of lesser-known saints, see my book, which contains short biographies of saints for every day of the year. Saint Richarius (d. c. 645, sometimes called Radbertus) was a pagan living in France when two Irish priests came to his hometown to preach the Gospel. When his pagan neighbors threatened the […]

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April 25: Blesseds Robert Anderton and William Marsden

If you enjoy this daily blog of lesser-known saints, see my book, which contains short biographies of saints for every day of the year. Blesseds Robert Anderton and William Marsden were sixteenth-century Englishmen who had been ordained as Catholic priests. They had been forced to travel to France to be ordained because of the anti-Catholic persecution […]

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April 24: Blessed Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

If you enjoy this daily blog of lesser-known saints, see my book, which contains short biographies of saints for every day of the year. Rose Pelletier was born in 1796 into a faithful French family; she became a religious sister in an order which cared for what used to be known as “fallen” women. That is, […]

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June 1: Saint Proculus

In the city of Bologna, Italy, a man named Proculus was executed for refusing to give up his faith in Christ. So why does the city of Bologna claim two martyrs with that name?

The first Proculus was a soldier and died in the year 304, under the Roman persecution of Christians. A few centuries later, the bishop of Bologna, also named Proculus, was arrested and killed during the invasion of the Goths, in the year 542.

The people of Bologna put the bodies of both saints in the same tomb and have asked for their intercession ever since.

Saint Proculus, ask the Lord to bless my community.

Want to read about a saint every day? The “Saint of the Day” blog posts for the entire month of June on this web site are designed to help you do that. Every day of the month of June, there’s a blog post about a holy man or woman you’ve probably never heard of, but who is formally acknowledged as a saint or blessed of the Church. Just like the book, Saints: Becoming an Image of Christ Every Day of the Year, these blog posts show you how to start (or interrupt or finish) your day with a brief, inspirational life story of a saint. Each biography concludes with a short prayer to help you identify some aspect of that saint’s life that might help you in your own spiritual life.

(Note that none of the saints in these blog posts are included in the book, Saints: Becoming an Image of Christ Every Day of the Year, but they are present in the Church’s latest official list of saints, the Martyrologium Romanum, dated 2004.)

As Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, there is nothing new under the sun, and the problems we face today are often startlingly similar to the problems that holy men and women of the past faced in their own lives. Other blog posts discuss saints celebrated in the current month or who have something to teach us about our current difficulties, such as dealing with an epidemic or how to handle suffering.

The saints and blesseds of the Church teach us that holiness is possible for anyone, in any state of life, and in any historical time period. We only have to be open to God’s grace so that He can form us into images of Jesus Christ.

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