Saint Fidelis of Sigmarigen and Saint Joseph of Leonessa | Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Saint Joseph of Leonissa

February 4. Saint Joseph of Leonissa was known for his austerity of life and single-minded commitment to preaching. Arrested and warned to change his ways, Saint Joseph returned to his former behavior and was re-arrested and condemned to die. He escaped, however, and continued a life of preaching.

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Saint Agatha with her breasts on a charger | Ink drawing | Tommaso Minardi (Caution: link contains graphic content.)

Saint Agatha

February 5. One of the four virgin martyrs celebrated in the Catholic calendar of saints, Saint Agatha was arrested during the persecution of Decius in 251. Tortured for her beauty and tempted to violate her chastity, Agatha was eventually martyred.

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Martyrdom of Paul Miki S.J., Jacob Kisai S.J., John Goto S.J. and P. Petrus Battista in Japan in 1596 | Engraving after A. van Diepenbeec

Saint Paul Miki and Companions

February 6. A Jesuit Brother and native of Japan, Saint Paul Miki was crucified, along with 25 other Catholics, for preaching his belief in Jesus. Proving that the faith is lived and died for in many lands, the Japanese martyrs take their place along with men and women of many nations.

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Statue of Saint Colette of Corbie, along the road between Corbie and Albert, France | photo by Paul Hermans

Saint Colette

February 7. Saint Colette is known as a reformer of the Poor Clares. Known as the Colettine Poor Clares, these nuns follow a more primitive rule of Saint Clare and are known for their austerity.

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Stained Glass of St. Josephine Bakhita, Saint John Paul II Chapel, Mundelein | photo by Fr. Gaurav Shroff | flickr

Saint Josephine Bakhita

February 8. Kidnapped at the age of nine and being too terrified to remember her name, Josephine acquired the name “Bakhit” which means “fortunate one.” Her most "fortunate blessing" came when she was bought by an Italian consul which led eventually to her conversion and freedom. She joined the Canossian Sisters and ministered in Italy.

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Statue of Saint Jerome Emiliani | Bataan, Philippines | photo by Judgefloro

Saint Jerome Emiliani

February 9. An orphan at the age of 15, Saint Jerome Emiliani ran away from home and ran into some trouble. He ended up in prison where he had time to think. After a conversion, Saint Jerome studied for the priesthood and, after his ordination, he worked for abandoned children. He founded the Clerks Regular of Somasca to continue that work.

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Death of Saint Scholastica | detail | Johann Baptist Wenzel Bergl

Saint Scholastica

February 10. Family ties and religious obligations may affect one another, but they are not necessarily opposed. Saint Scholastica’s relationship with her brother, Saint Benedict, is a good example. Close to one another as brother and sister, they also respected the Rule of Life of their respective communities.

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Our Lady of Lourdes in Rosary Square - Lourdes | José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro

Our Lady of Lourdes

February 11. Devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes runs deep in the hearts of the faithful as a sign of God’s care and healing. The mediation of Mary, his mother, is a real consolation to those who suffer any ill.

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Engraving of Saint Apollonia | J. Bein after Raphael

Saint Apollonia

February 12. Saint Apollonia is the patron saint of dentists because her teeth were knocked out by an angry mob. Hardly the way we would wish a dentist to extract our teeth, but Saint Apollonia certainly evidenced great courage in her defiance of those who were attacking Christians.

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Engraving of Saint Giles of St. Joseph | Giuseppe Gnaccarini

Saint Giles Mary of Saint Joseph

February 13. Simple, humble persons can sometimes be powerful in their effect on and work with the people of God. Saint Giles Mary of Saint Joseph was such a man. Saint Giles was loved on the streets of Naples for his goodness born of prayer.

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