engraving of Saint Polycarp

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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Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio statue

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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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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