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In the small army of Scandinavia’s saints, one of the most appealing is St. Hallvard. He was a seafarer who traded furs, walrus ivory and amber along the Baltic Sea ports. One day Hallvard was … more
St. Columbanus was one of those roving Irish monks who wandered up and down Europe in the sixth and seventh centuries. This love of the open road inspired the Rev. John Oliver, an Anglican bishop and … more
St. Milburga (died c. 720) Feast day: Feb. 23 During the eighth century the royal families of England produced a bumper crop of holy men and women. Within Milburga’s immediate family her … more
It must have seemed like the answer to a prayer when Albrecht, a well-to-do swordmaker, asked Dorothy’s parents for her hand in marriage. Dorothy and her family were poor peasants; she always … more
The Bible mentions only three archangels by name — St. Michael, the warrior who drove Lucifer and the rebel angels out of heaven and down into hell; St. Raphael, the guide and guardian of Tobias; … more
For the last 400 years, Catholics who make a religious retreat under the direction of a priest have most likely followed the system set down by St. Ignatius of Loyola in his book, The Spiritual … more
Juliana Falconieri grew up among saints. Her uncle, St. Alexis Falconieri, was one of the seven founders of the Servite Order. The priest who taught Juliana as a child and deepened her love of God as … more
Puns on saints’ names are not uncommon, but that a saint named Expeditus should be invoked against procrastination just seems too good. There was a real St. Expeditus: He was one of six … more
St. Margaret of Cortona (1247-1297) Feast day: Feb. 22 In his biography of St. Margaret, Francois Mauriac, the French author and Nobel Laureate, tells us that as a child Margaret possessed a … more
St. Sebastian (died c. 300) Feast day: January 20 The first Christians saw a connection between the courage and endurance of the martyrs and the courage and endurance of athletes. In his … more
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