Pope Paul VI | photo by Ambrosius007

Blessed Paul VI

September 26. Blessed Pope Paul VI helped prepare for the Second Vatican Council, and was the one to complete it after the death of his predecessor, Pope Saint John XXIII. In 1965, he instituted the Synod of Bishops and spoke to the United Nations General Assembly during a visit to New York City.

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Detail | Saint Vincent de Paul | Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ

Saint Vincent de Paul

September 27. The experience and needs of the poor turned Saint Vincent de Paul’s heart and energy to a life of care and compassion. A grumpy man by nature—and by his own admission--Saint Vincent became a gentle and loving servant of the oppressed. The Saint Vincent de Paul Society carries on his work in many parishes today.

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Saint Wenceslaus statue on the Gothic Bridge in Kłodzko | photo by Jacek Halicki

Saint Wenceslaus

September 28. More than just a name in a Christmas carol, Wenceslaus managed to rule with a clear vision of what a Christian leader should be. Many opposed him during his reign, and his brother eventually betrayed and killed him, but he continued to hold the faith and is hailed today as an outstanding king in Eastern Europe.

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Detail | East window behind the altar | St. Michael's Church, Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland | Frederick Settle Barff

Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

September 29. Angels appear frequently in Scripture, but only Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael are named. Each of these archangels performs a different mission in Scripture: Michael protects; Gabriel announces; Raphael guides.

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One side of a double-sided panel. Three saints in full figure – Saint Sylvester, Saint Jerome, and Saint Martin | anonymous

Saint Jerome

September 30. Known mostly for his translation of the Scriptures into Latin, Saint Jerome was also an inspiring writer of letters and commentaries. He was known to have had a bad temper, yet he was a man of prayer and penance. A combination of conflicting qualities, Saint Jerome stands out as one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church.

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Saint Thérèse of Lisieux as a novice at age 16. | Carmelite Archives of Lisieux

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

October 1. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux is perhaps one of the most known and best loved saints in the Catholic calendar. A young Carmelite nun who wanted to go to the missions, she remained within the cloister yet became the patron of the missions. Therese entered the convent at 15 and died at 24 having lived a full life, including serving her community as novice director. Her parents were canonized in 2015.

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Detail | The Guardian Angel | Marcantonio Franceschini

Feast of the Guardian Angels

October 2. Angels play an important role in Sacred Scripture as messengers of God. The belief that each person has a guardian angel watching over him or her is an extension of that role, and a reminder of God's never-failing providence.

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Saint Theodora Guerin | Image courtesy and © Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Saint Theodora Guérin

October 3. Saint Theodora was born in France but came to Vincennes, Indiana, at the invitation of the bishop. Eventually, she established a new foundation of her community in the States, but not after suffering many hardships. Saint Theodora is buried at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, the headquarters of the Sisters of Providence.

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Image: Scenes from the Life of St Francis (Scene 7) | Benozzo Gozzoli

Saint Francis of Assisi

October 4. Saint Francis of Assisi: founder of the Franciscan family, Patron Saint of ecology, inspiration to thousands, claimed by people of all faiths as well as by those with no particular faith, a truly “catholic and apostolic man.” Though born in the 13th century, he belongs to all ages.

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Saint Faustyna and Jesus, I Trust in You sculpture | Piotrków Trybunalski

Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

October 5. A Sister of Our Lady of Mercy, Saint Maria Faustina was blessed with unique messages from Christ concerning his mercy and forgiveness. These messages came at a time when many people viewed God as a strict judge. Like Pope Francis, Saint Faustina emphasized the mercy of God. She died in 1938, and was canonized in 2000: a truly modern saint.

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