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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The city of Assisi |

Celebrating Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi lived a life of prayer, service, and total abandon to God. Even today, he encourages us to do the same.

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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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