Draw Close to Christ through the Saints
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Catholics living in the city of Rome were persecuted sporadically but brutally for the first few centuries of the Church’s existence. Saint Felicula was living as a consecrated virgin—an early form of religious life for women—when the Roman empire renewed its persecution of Christians. She was arrested, thrown into prison, starved for two weeks, and […]
Blessed Mercedes Molina was born in 1828 in Baba, Ecuador. She lost both parents by the time she was fifteen years old, and she went through a deep conversion soon afterward due to a serious fall from a horse. As a young woman, she became a nun, but then she founded her own religious order, […]
Two Italian cities claim Saint Parisio as their native son: Treviso and Bologna. Whichever is right, he spent most of his life in Treviso during the thirteenth century. Parisio was one of those rare saints who seem to have been pure and devout from childhood. He was allowed to enter the Camaldolese order when he […]
Blessed Henry of Treviso was born into a poor family in Bolzano, Italy, in the thirteenth century. He never learned how to read or write, and he spent his whole life working as a day laborer. Yet this poorly dressed man with a long nose, who was sometimes ridiculed by children and strangers, was a […]