November 15. Sometimes fulfilling God's will takes tenacity. Poor health prevented Blessed Mary from becoming a Poor Clare, but patience and perseverence led her to become the foundress of another Franciscan community.
October 18. Being made a bishop need not go to one's head nor does it necessarily lead to a lavish life. Blessed James of Strepar was a good example of simple living and dedication to the good of the people of his diocese.
August 16. Saint Roch knew suffering in his life, but he seems to have kept his focus on the needs of others. Personal suffering did not lead to him turning his attention to himself, but he remained attuned to the needs of others.
October 12. Did Saint Seraphin run to religious life to avoid the abuse at home, or did he have a vocation? We may never know, but God can use whatever motivation there is that can move a person to do his will.
October 16. Saint Gerard was a highly gifted young man who knew poverty and hardship. But he took everything in stride, and eventually joined the Redemptorist where he won the admiration of Saint Alphonse Liguori.
October 20. The patron of universities, Blessed Contardo distinguished himself as a learned man in the sciences as well as a man of faith. He was highly esteemed by his colleagues who attested to his holiness and learning.
September 26. Those who grew up praying the Roman Canon at the Eucharist would be familiar with the names of Cosmas and Damian. They have long been considered important figures in Catholic devotion in spite of the fact that we know so little about them.
November 7. Seeing your life's work destroyed is never easy. But having the courage and perseverence to start over again is even more noble. Saint Willibrord did just that and won the acclaim of both God and his faithful followers.
December 13. Like Saint Anthony in Italy, Servant of God Berthold preached and won the hearts of Catholics in Germany. Both men began their life as Friars quietly and humbly, but soon rose to prominence through the grace of God.
October 16. We don't always succeed in spite of a very positive track record. So it was with Saint Hedwig who brought peace to many warring factions, but could not reconcile her two sons.