Blessed Claudio Granzotto | photo by Infovalli It | flickr

Blessed Claudio Granzotto

September 6. Blessed Claudio was the youngest of nine children whose father died when Claudio was only nine years old. At the age of 15 he entered the army where he served for three years. Eventually, he joined the Franciscans and was known for his artistic abilities.

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Blessed Frédéric Ozanam. Frontispiece from Complete Works of Frederic Ozanam, Lecoffre editions, Paris , 1862 ( second edition ).

Blessed Frédéric Ozanam

September 7. Blessed Frédéric Ozanam proved to be a leader who helped others help the poor. He also formed a newspaper to push the cause of justice. In 1833, he founded the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, which continues to the present day.

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The Birth of the Virgin | fresco by Giotto

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8. Affirming the humanity of Jesus, the Church celebrates the birth of Mary, his mother. While Scripture does not record the birth of Mary, the apocryphal Protoevengelium of James notes the development of Christian piety around Mary's parents and her birth.

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Stained glass window in the Church of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Andrew in Dormagen in Rhein-Kreis Neuss (Nordrhein-Westfalen) | photo by GFreihalter

Saint Peter Claver

September 9. A native of Spain, young Jesuit Peter Claver left his homeland forever in 1610, to be a missionary in the colonies of the New World. He sailed into Cartagena, and began a ministry to the slaves brought there from West Africa, as well as becoming a moral force in the city of Cartegena.

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Santo Tomás de Villanueva | Francisco Camilo

Saint Thomas of Villanova

September 10. Saint Thomas was from Castile in Spain and received his surname from the town where he was raised. After joining the Augustinian friars at Salamanca, he became prior and then provincial of the friars. He sent the first Augustinian friars to the New World.

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Head Reliquary of Saint Cyprian in the St. Kornelius chapel of the abbey church of Kornelimünster Abbey in Kornelimünster | photo by ACBahn

Saint Cyprian

September 11. Saint Cyprian played an important role in the development of Christian thought and practice in the early Church. He was a noted speaker who became a Christian as an adult. He was ordained a priest within two years of his conversion and was then chosen the Bishop of Carthage.

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The Virgin and Child (The Madonna of the Rose) | Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio

Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 12. This feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus; both have the possibility of uniting people easily divided on other matters. Mary encourages us to cooperate with Jesus in building a peace based on justice.

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Chrysostemos | Carl Christian Peters

Saint John Chrysostom

September 13. Saint John Chrysostom, the great preacher of Antioch, was the victim of his own success. Called to be a bishop, this simple monk found himself embroiled in the workings of the empire. He, however, managed to stay focused on the needs of the Church.

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The Exaltation of the True Cross | anonymous Russian icon painter

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14. Saint Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, is credited with having found the cross on which Jesus was crucified. The cross quickly became an object of veneration.

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Our Lady of Sorrows statue in Golgotha, Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem | photo by creisor

Our Lady of Sorrows

September 15. The principal biblical references to Mary’s sorrows are Simeon’s prediction about a sword piercing Mary’s soul, and Jesus’ words from the cross to Mary and to the beloved disciple. The two passages are brought together as prediction and fulfillment.

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