Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin statue

Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin

February 26. Courage, perseverance, and hope seem to characterize Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin. In spite of all odds, she kept going and, in the process, helped many people find healing and peace.

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stained glass of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows | Deux-Sèvres, France

Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows

February 27. Disappointments, setbacks, loss, and suffering seem to define the life of Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. But undeterred by whatever happened, Saint Gabriel kept his focus and lived life well─so well that he was an example to both young and old.

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Blessed Daniel Brottier as World War I chaplain

Blessed Daniel Brottier

February 28. Some people would call Blessed Daniel Brottier "lucky." But in the eyes of faith, God’s providence and desire for Blessed Daniel to do great things in his kingdom is what protected him in some very dangerous situations. Blessed Daniel cooperated with that providence and became an example to all.

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Saint David of Wales stained glass

Saint David of Wales

March 1. Saint David of Wales was by legend the nephew of King Arthur. He was educated under the tutelage of Saint Paulinus, whose sight he allegedly restored. He was known as the “Water Drinker,” because he drank only water, and was a vegetarian. He founded 12 monasteries of very strict observance. He lived over 100 years.

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Saint Agnes of Bohemia | Nikolaus Puchner

Saint Agnes of Bohemia

March 2. Saint Agnes of Bohemia, also known as Saint Agnes of Prague, never married, but had a number of nobles interested in her as a possible wife. Preferring the religious life, Saint Agnes joined the Poor Clares, but not until after she had built a hospital and a friary for the local Friars. She lived the Poor Clare life for 45 years.

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Saint Katharine Drexel stained glass

Saint Katharine Drexel

March 3. Saint Katharine Drexel founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to minister primarily to Native and African Americans in the United States. She used much of her inherited wealth to support both the sisters and the ministry. She entered religious life as a Sister of Mercy before founding her new community which opened its first foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1894.

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Saint Casimir reliquary

Saint Casimir

March 4. While Saint Casimir was born into a noble family, and was himself in line to be king, he opted instead for a life of prayer, and as a youth vowed perpetual chastity. Opposed by his family, Saint Casimir held fast to his ideals until his early death at the age of 25. In his native land and elsewhere, he is considered an example of perseverance.

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Saint John Joseph engraving

Saint John Joseph of the Cross

March 5. Saint John Joseph of the Cross entered the Franciscan community at the age of 16. A humble man, he was asked to serve his community in a number of leadership roles, including provincial minister. Yet he retained his simplicity throughout and retired to the quiet service of confessor.

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Saint Mary Anne of Jesus of Paredes engraving

Saint Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes

March 6. Saint Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes was a Secular Franciscan who lived a life of quiet prayer and penance. She established a clinic where she helped to nurse plague patients, but seems to have succumbed to the disease herself.

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Saints Felicity and Perpetua painting

Saints Perpetua and Felicity

March 7. The Church faced persecutions early on in its history. Saints Perpetua and Felicity are two well-known names among the martyrs. While we don’t know much about them, we do have Saint Perpetua’s diary that gives a few facts about their last days.

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