Carlos V receives a visit from Saint Francis Borgia in Yuste | Joaquín María Herrer y Rodríguez

Saint Francis Borgia

October 10. Saint Francis Borgia had it made according to every social standard. He had name, position, power, etc. But after a series of events, including the death of his wife, he joined the Jesuits, where he used his professional talents and abilities in the service of his Order and the Church.

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Detail | Louis XII of France Kneeling in Prayer | Jean Bourdichon

Saint Denis and Companions

October 9. This martyr and patron of France is regarded as the first bishop of Paris. His popularity is due to a series of legends, especially those connecting him with the great abbey church of St. Denis in Paris.

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Body of Saint John Leonardi | Santa Maria in Portico in Campitelli, Rome

Saint John Leonardi

October 8. Saint John Leonardi was a priest and founder of the Clerks Regular of the Mother of God. He also formed the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. Father Leonardi and his priests became a great power for good in 16th century Italy.

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Our Lady of the Rosary | St. Nicholas Church, Osgood, Ohio

Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7. The rosary is a truly Catholic devotion. It is a form of prayer and meditation in honor of Mary and celebrates the mysteries of Jesus' and Mary’s lives. It has been called a miniature catechism highlighting the key events of our faith. Our Lady of the Rosary remembers Mary’s intercession and celebrates this popular devotion.

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Saint Bruno | Girolamo Marchesi

Saint Bruno

October 6. Today we celebrate a saint who was never canonized and who wanted to live in solitide and prayer. Saint Bruno was a Carthusian who took great steps to find a quiet place to live in spite of being asked to assist the Pope in Rome.

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Saint Faustyna and Jesus, I Trust in You sculpture | Piotrków Trybunalski

Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

October 5. A Sister of Our Lady of Mercy, Saint Maria Faustina was blessed with unique messages from Christ concerning his mercy and forgiveness. These messages came at a time when many people viewed God as a strict judge. Like Pope Francis, Saint Faustina emphasized the mercy of God. She died in 1938, and was canonized in 2000: a truly modern saint.

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Image: Scenes from the Life of St Francis (Scene 7) | Benozzo Gozzoli

Saint Francis of Assisi

October 4. Saint Francis of Assisi: founder of the Franciscan family, Patron Saint of ecology, inspiration to thousands, claimed by people of all faiths as well as by those with no particular faith, a truly “catholic and apostolic man.” Though born in the 13th century, he belongs to all ages.

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Saint Theodora Guerin | Image courtesy and © Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Saint Theodora Guérin

October 3. Saint Theodora was born in France but came to Vincennes, Indiana, at the invitation of the bishop. Eventually, she established a new foundation of her community in the States, but not after suffering many hardships. Saint Theodora is buried at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, the headquarters of the Sisters of Providence.

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Detail | The Guardian Angel | Marcantonio Franceschini

Feast of the Guardian Angels

October 2. Angels play an important role in Sacred Scripture as messengers of God. The belief that each person has a guardian angel watching over him or her is an extension of that role, and a reminder of God's never-failing providence.

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Saint Thérèse of Lisieux as a novice at age 16. | Carmelite Archives of Lisieux

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

October 1. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux is perhaps one of the most known and best loved saints in the Catholic calendar. A young Carmelite nun who wanted to go to the missions, she remained within the cloister yet became the patron of the missions. Therese entered the convent at 15 and died at 24 having lived a full life, including serving her community as novice director. Her parents were canonized in 2015.

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