Sculpture of Saint Gilbert of Sempringham at Essen, Belgium | photo by Bocachete

Saint Gilbert of Sempringham

February 16. Saint Gilbert of Sempringham could have been a wealthy priest, but chose to live far more poorly. Be founded a religious congregation, the Gilbertines, who followed his example of living poorly and caring for those who want. Saint Gilbert live past 100 years of age.

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Seven Founders of the Servite Order | Rosselli Matteo

Seven Founders of the Servite Order

February 17. Rather than just talk about the problems of the day, the Seven Founders of the Servite Order did something about it─they consciously left all and formed a new religious congregation to address the issues. They put their money where their mouths were.

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The Adoration of the Magi | Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi

Blessed John of Fiesole

February 18. Blessed John of Fiesolo, a Dominican Friar, is also known as Fra. Angelico. He is famous for his devotional artwork and used his talents to praise God through paint. All talents can be used to praise God.

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Saint Conrad Confalonieri | Giovanni Lanfranco

Saint Conrad of Piacenza

February 19. Saint Conrad offers a different slant of holiness. Married, he and his wife opted to live separate lives─she as a Poor Clare and he as a Franciscan hermit. All this after he set a fire which was spread by the wind and destroyed the nearby fields, forests, and town.

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Photo of Lúcia Santos, Jacinta and Francisco Marto | photo by Joshua Benoliel

Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto

February 20. Two young children who died early in life, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, gained the attention of the Church and world when Mary appeared to them at Fatima. Without being martyred, they became witnesses and messengers of God’s goodness.

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Detail of Cardinal Peter Damian recruits young hermits in the maps room of the Vatican Museums | photo by Livioandronico2013

Saint Peter Damian

February 21. If it hadn’t been for an elder brother taking him under his wing, Saint Peter Damian may have taken a very different path in life. But with his brother’s guidance, he matured into a holy man, monk, and bishop. A man of prayer and devotion, Saint Peter Damian was also a spiritual writer.

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Chair of Saint Peter | photo by Lawrence OP | flickr.

Chair of Saint Peter

February 22. Every cathedral has a “cathedra,” a bishop’s chair that is used only by the bishop when he presides in the cathedral. It’s a symbol of his authority as chief teacher and liturgist of the diocese. So, today we celebrate the authority of the chief bishop, Saint Peter and his successors, the popes.

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Engraving of Saint Polycarp | Iconographic Collection | Welcome

Saint Polycarp

February 23. Without knowing a whole lot about Saint Polycarp, he has entered into the life of the Church because he was a martyr, a witness to the faith with his life. That alone links all Christians together. That level of testimony to the faith is notable.

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Chapel of Blessed Luke Belludi | Giusto de’ Menabuoi

Blessed Luke Belludi

February 24. Was Blessed Luke Belludi just at the right place at the right time, or was there something more at work in his happening to meet Saint Anthony and become his protégé? We would all agree that this is how the Lord works─through convenient happenstances.

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Statue of Blessed Sebastião de Aparício in A Gudiña | photo by Dantadd

Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio

February 25. Some saints have a rather full life spread over a couple of vocations. Saint Sebastian of Aparicio is such a saint having been married twice before becoming a Franciscan.

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