Saint Joseph the Worker

May 1 God My Father, the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker was instituted to draw attention to the dignity of labor, and to remind us of the spirituality of our jobs.  I give the workers of my family and circle of friends—and their jobs—to Saint Joseph’s intercession, and I especially ask for his …

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Saint Melito of Sardis

April 1 Sacred Jesus, as a bishop and an ecclesiastical writer who understood the tremendous value of Your Passion on the Cross, Saint Melito of Sardis wrote: “He suffered for the sake of those who suffer, He was bound for those in bonds.”   Help me to fully grasp the meaning that Your sacrifice has for …

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Saint Giles

September 1 Loving God, many of the people who listened to Saint Giles preach were handicapped beggars, so he built hospitals and safe houses for them that were handicap-accessible.  Due to his own damaged leg and his concern for the crippled paupers who needed alms for survival, he became the patron saint of beggars and …

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Saint Justin Martyr

June 1 Dear Savior, Saint Justin Martyr struggled with his intellect in order to find You.  He had studied various philosophies, filling his mind with many ideas that were contrary to Christianity, and this made it difficult for him to accept the Faith.  But once converted, he wrote strong defenses of Christian beliefs.  I ask …

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Saint Theresa of Lisieux

October 1 Loving God, Saint Theresa of Lisieux described her path to holiness as a journey of every-increasing intimacy with You through prayer.  She said, “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart … a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”  I ask her to intercede for me as …

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Saint Alphonsus Liguori

August 1 Holy Spirit, Saint Alphonsus Liguori was a civil and a canon lawyer, and he made it a point to always attend Mass before heading to court.  His promised that he would never waste a moment of his life, and held fast to it for over 90 years, even when his rheumatism hurt so …

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Saint Brigid of Ireland

February 1 Beloved Father, just before Saint Brigid of Ireland was born, her Christian mother was sold to a Druid landowner.  Even though she grew up oppressed as a slave, she found great joy in loving You.  As the patron saint of babies, she has a special concern for the gift of new life, so …

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All Saints

November 1 Dear Father, You have given all the saints in Heaven eternal happiness and they now live in the fullness of Your glory.  Because of their holy love for You, they also care about me and my family, my friends, my church, and my neighbors.  Thank You for the gift of their friendship and …

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Saint David of Wales

March 1 O Holy Spirit, Saint David of Wales received a vision from Jesus that sent him to Jerusalem where anti-Christian sentiment was strong.  By relying on You, he preached so powerfully that he converted many who had been attacking the Faith.  I seek his intercession for the people in my life who fight against …

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Saint Eligius

December 1 Dear Father, Saint Eligius earned his livelihood as a metalsmith and he performed his skill so well that his reputation brought in a large income.  Dedicating his wealth to You, he used it to help the poor, ransom slaves, and build churches.  I ask him to pray for my family members and friends …

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Mary, Mother of God

January 1 The Mother of God, Blessed Virgin Mary,  starts off with her blessing the new year for we, her children. Heavenly Father, You blessed the Virgin Mary, Mother of God,  with the fullness of grace. She is my model of faith, hope, and love.  I give this new year to her intercession and ask …

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Saint Theodoric

July 1 Loving Lord, Saint Theodoric was taken from his parents as a boy because they were thieves and abused him.  Raised by Christians, he became a monk and founded the abbey at Mont d’Or, France, where he served as its first abbot. He became a well-known evangelist and healer.  He converted many, including his …

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Saint Francis of Paola

April 2 O Divine Master, Saint Francis of Paola learned sanctity by separating himself from the world.  He discovered that miracles are the rewards of being attached to nothing but You.  He advised his followers to use penances to detach from sinful ways.  There are many ideas and possessions that I cling to instead of …

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All Souls

November 2 Blessed Redeemer, as a gift of Your mercy You have granted Purgatory to all the redeemed souls who need purification from the effects of sin.  By expiating their sins in the fire of Your love, they are able to enter into the fullness of Heaven.  I pray for those I have known and …

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Saint Otto of Bamberg

July 2 Holy God, Saint Otto of Bamberg was a priest who worked for the royal court, but when his emperor broke from Rome and then appointed him bishop, the saint refused the position, declaring his obedience to the Church.  He became bishop only after the Pope consecrated him.  I ask him to pray for …

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Saint Bibiana

December 2 Blessed Savior, Saint Bibiana lost everything except her faith in You.  Her parents and sister were killed in the persecutions and her possessions were confiscated.  This only increased her desire to rely on You, so the pagans killed her, too.  I ask her to intercede for all those I know who are grieving …

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Saint Athanasius of Alexandria

May 2 O Savior Jesus, Saint Athanasius of Alexandria defended You as true God and true man at a time when false teachings about Your divinity were spreading within the Church.  Today, one of the false teachings of the New Age is that we are divine, we are the Christ, and we can work miracles …

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Guardian Angels

October 2 Heavenly Father, You have sent guardian angels to relay Your messages to us, to protect us from danger, and to rescue us from the Evil One.  I thank You for the precious gift of these holy guardians that You assigned to me and my loved ones.  O Lord, give us Your help through …

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Saint Agnes of Prague

March 2 O God of abundant blessings, You made Saint Agnes of Prague very wealthy, and she freely used this gift to help the poor.  She financed a hospital, a Franciscan friary and a Poor Clare convent.  She never considered herself as above others, and even after she became abbess, she cooked for the sisters …

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Saints Marcellinus and Peter

June 2 Beloved Lord Jesus, Saints Marcellinus and Peter were martyred during the early persecutions, but they faced their deaths with remarkable serenity.  This amazing attitude proved to the pagans that there was something about You, which none of their gods could provide.  O Lord, help me to experience Your peace no matter what is …

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Saint Agricola of Avignon

September 2 Good Father, Saint Agricola was a bishop who fought off an invasion of storks through a prayer of blessing, and he is now the patron saint against misfortune, for rain during drought, and for good weather.  I ask him to intercede for us during the hurricane season, and to pray for those places …

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Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen

January 2 Dear Jesus, Saints Basil the Great and Saint Gregory Nazianzen were dear friends, united in love for You.  Inspired by their example, I want to grow in my friendship with You.  Bless every alliance in which I’m involved, and if any are not of You, remove them from me.  I ask Saints Basil …

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The Holy Family

February 2 Heavenly Father, on this Feast day of The Holy Family, the Feast of Candlemas (the Presentation of Christ), I recall the gift Mary and Joseph gave to the world by offering baby Jesus to You in the temple.  I offer up to You all the children in my family.  I place them into …

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Saint Peter Julian Eymard

August 2 Dear Father, Saint Peter Julian Eymard served as spiritual director for seminarians.  As the founder of the Priests of the Blessed Sacrament, a religious order devoted to adoration of the Eucharist, the witness of his life inspired many to join the priesthood.  I ask him to pray for the seminarians and for those …

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Saint Lydia

August 3 Lord Jesus, Saint Lydia was a business woman, a seller of purple dye. Her business did not take priority over her spiritual life, though, and she became Saint Paul’s first convert in Philippi. She even opened her home to him, hosting him and his ministry. I ask Saint Lydia to pray for entrepreneurs, …

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Saints Philip and James

May 3 Jesus My Lord, You chose Saints Philip and James to be two of Your first disciples, because they so openly and obviously loved God, and then You sent them out as apostles to share what they had learned.  As a baptized Christian, I, too, have been called to be an apostle, right where …

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Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions

June 3 Dear Jesus, Saint Charles Lwanga and his companions were the first twenty-two black martyrs of Uganda, Africa.  Many of them had been baptized only a short time before risking their lives in faithfulness to You.  I ask them to pray for an increase in my loyalty to You, my Savior.  Inspire me to …

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Saint Gregory the Great

September 3 Heavenly King, Saint Gregory was the first pope who referred to himself as “the servant of the servants of God,” and all the popes since then have used the same title.  I ask him to pray for our current pope—bless him, dear God, with good health and length of days to accomplish the …

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Saint Genevieve

January 3 Lord God, Saint Genevieve was a small child when she decided to devote her life to You.  She allowed nothing to interfere.  Like her, I want to have an enthusiastic and single-minded heart for You.  Pray, Saint Genevieve, that I become aware of the times I’m double-minded.  Help me, O Lord, to serve …

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Saint Gerard of Brogne

October 3 Good Jesus, Saint Gerard of Brogne joined a monastery in order to find a quiet, peaceful place to spend his time in prayer, although he willingly left his solitude to help others become stronger in their faith.  He believed that if people realized the joy that came from praying, they would pray more …

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Saint Mary of Egypt

April 3 Blessed Savior, Saint Mary of Egypt was a prostitute who joined a pilgrimage to Jerusalem simply because she liked to travel.  When her tour group entered the church that housed Your Sacred Cross, an unseen force held her back.  Convicted of her need to repent, she realized that her sins had been nailed …

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Saint Thomas the Apostle

July 3 Lord Jesus, Saint Thomas the Apostle doubted Your resurrection until he touched Your wounds.  After Pentecost, You called him to become a missionary in India, but he doubted again and said no.  He changed his mind only after being taken into slavery by a merchant who happened to be going to India.  Once …

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Saint Martin de Porres

November 3 O Loving Lord, Saint Martin de Porres studied medicine to cure the sufferings of people.  By entering the Dominican order and growing in holiness, he discovered that You would often heal people miraculously through his prayers.  I ask him to intercede for me to be Your instrument of healing to those around me …

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Saint Chad

March 3 Blessed Savior, when Saint Chad became a bishop, he put tremendous effort into understanding ecclesiastical truth and maintaining purity of doctrine.  He devoted much time to the activities of humility and self-sacrifice.  When he traveled, he went by foot rather than by horseback, in imitation of  the apostles.  This spirituality made his preaching …

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Saint Blaise

February 3 Lord Jesus Christ, Saint Blaise was a physician who served You, healing both humans and animals.  While imprisoned for his faith, he healed his fellow prisoners and saved a child who was choking on a fish bone.  Thus he became the patron saint of throat ailments, colds and viruses.  I ask him to …

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Saint Francis Xavier

December 3 Dear Jesus, Saint Francis Xavier was sent to evangelize the unexplored Far East.  This was made difficult by sciatica, but he offered up his pain for the mission and he received many supernatural gifts, including prophecy, healing, calming storms, and raising people from the dead.  He baptized more than 40,000 converts.  I ask …

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Saint Francis of Assisi

October 4 Dear God, when Saint Francis of Assisi turned his life over to You, he gave away his possessions, including the clothes on his back.  He discovered that this freed him to experience Your love more fully, so he said, “Let us give alms because these cleanse our souls from the stains of sin.”  …

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Saint Casimir of Poland

March 4 Mighty Father, Saint Casimir of Poland was the son of a king and held the high office of Grand Duke.  He hated luxury and the temptations of the flesh.  He secretly did many penances to keep himself focused on the growth of his spirit.  I ask him to intercede for all persons in …

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Saint Cuthbert

September 4 Dear Jesus, Saint Cuthbert was a bishop who often visited his people, entering home after home to minister to each person individually and to guide them spiritually in their specific needs.  I ask him to pray for me to balance my time so that I can accomplish my work and still be able …

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Saint Gothard

May 4 Dear Holy Spirit, Saint Gothard was elderly when he was appointed as bishop to reform the diocese.  Relying on Your help, he built and restored churches, improved education, brought order to unruly parishes, and constructed a hospice for the poor—as if filled with youthful energy.  Lord, You always supply what we need to …

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Saint John Vianney

August 4 Blessed Savior, Saint John Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests with a special concern for men who enter the priesthood late in life.  He himself had a delayed vocation, and he managed to get through seminary only with great difficulty.  I ask him to intercede for all the men who have …

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Saint Quirinus

June 4 Mighty Jesus, Saint Quirinus was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods, and when he insisted that the gods were really demons, he was severely beaten and thrown into the river with a millstone tied around his neck.  Since he’s the patron saint for people who are victims of obsession, possession and battles against …

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Saint John Damascene

December 4 Holy Spirit, Saint John Damascene’s father raised him to dislike the games of war and piracy that were popular among his peers.  This helped him grow up to become a priest who was famous for his purity and theological knowledge.  I ask him to intercede for today’s parents and children.  Remind us of …

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Saint Charles Borromeo

November 4 O Holy Spirit, Saint Charles Borromeo served as a bishop in a diocese that was plagued by superstitions and other faulty religious practices, but he resolved the problems by issuing wise rulings, instituting them with kindness, and setting an example through his own holy life.  He accomplished the changes despite a severe speech …

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Saint Elizabeth of Portugal

July 4 Lord of Love, Saint Elizabeth of Portugal was married to a king, and her spiritual life was often interrupted by politics and family arguments.  She regained her inner peace by spending time in prayer and doing works of charity.  I ask her to pray for my family whenever we are quarreling, for my …

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Saint Jane of Valois

February 4 O My Jesus, Saint Jane of Valois was born with deformities and she suffered from illnesses throughout her life.  Yet she refused to give into discouragement, and at a very young age she became devoted to the Blessed Mother.  Later, she helped found a religious order whose chief rule was to imitate the …

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Saint Isidore of Seville

April 4 Holy Spirit of God, Saint Isidore of Seville was one of the most learned men of his day and has become the patron saint of computer users and the Internet.  I ask him to assist our modern world through his prayers.  O Lord, bless and sanctify how we in our society handle computers …

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Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

January 4 O my Savior Jesus, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was a mother and an educator, and devoted her life to children.  Because of her great love for them, I ask her to join me in praying for all the children in my life—those in my family, those I teach, those I know through friendships, …

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Saint Galganus

December 5 Almighty Father, You sent the Archangel Saint Michael to Saint Galganus to lead him to conversion.  After the vision, the unwilling man said that giving up his worldly lifestyle would be as easy as cutting a rock with a sword.  He thrust his blade at a stone, expecting it to snap, but it …

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Saint John Joseph of the Cross

March 5 O Divine Lord, the holiness of Saint John Joseph of the Cross revealed itself in the gifts of prophecy, healing, ecstasies, levitating in prayer, and bi-location.  Because of his reputation, his superiors put him in charge of establishing a new friary even before he was ordained.  In awe of this responsibility, he humbly …

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Saint Angelus of Jerusalem

May 5 Our Father in Heaven, Saint Angelus of Jerusalem was born to Jewish converts and learned to respect Jews as well as to help them accept Jesus as the Messiah.  After assisting in the formation of the first Carmelite house, he was sent to Italy where he converted many Sicilian Jews.  I ask him …

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Saint Vincent Ferrer

April 5 O God, Saint Vincent Ferrer was a great preacher who converted thousands in several countries.  He often said, “If you truly want to help the soul of your neighbor, you should approach God first with all your heart.  Ask Him simply to fill you with charity, the greatest of all virtues; with it …

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Saint Sylvia

November 5 Dear God, Saint Sylvia was the mother of Saint Gregory the Great, who became a pope.  She and her husband raised their children to live a sanctified life filled with acts of kindness toward others.  I ask her to intercede for all those I know who are raising children.  Holy Spirit, guide us …

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Saint Boniface

June 5 Our Father in Heaven, Saint Boniface left everything that was familiar to him to evangelize the German tribes and reorganize the Church in France.  He traveled continuously, always dealing with change.  I lift up to You my comfort zone and ask him to intercede for me whenever I am challenged to move into …

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Saint John Neumann

January 5 Father God, Saint John Neumann worked tirelessly to spread the Gospel.  I lift up to his intercession the country in which I live.  With Saint John Neumann, I pray that You, O God, will reign as King and that the salvation of Your Son, Jesus Christ, will rescue those who are headed for …

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Saint Lawrence Justinian

September 5 O Holy Spirit, Saint Lawrence Justinian decided at a very young age that he was going to grow up to become a saint, but his mother—unsuccessfully—tried to discourage him because she thought he was aiming too high.  I ask him to pray for my own lofty goals; show me which goals You have …

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Saint Agatha

February 5 Loving God, while Saint Agatha was being tortured for her faith, You interrupted her agonies with an earthquake.  She thanked You for bringing an end to her pain and passed immediately into Heaven as a blessed martyr.   I lift up to You my home and family, workplace and co-workers, church and community.  Through …

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Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria

July 5 Our Heavenly Father, Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria started out as a physician and then realized he wanted to heal souls as well as bodies, so he became a priest.  He devoted his life to renewing the Christian lifestyle of his parishioners, reforming their morals, encouraging them to work together in ministry, and promoting …

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Basilica of Saint Mary Major

August 5 God Our Father, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome was the first church built to honor Mary as Mother of God.  A Roman couple had promised their inheritance to her, and one night she told them, in separate dreams, to construct a church.  The Pope also had this dream; at the …

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Saint Flora of Beaulieu

October 5 Holy Spirit, sometimes Saint Flora of Beaulieu did not like her cloistered life in the convent.  She felt tempted to return home to her family, but she stayed in the order and eventually You rewarded her with the gifts of visions and prophecies.  I ask her to pray for all those in religious …

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Saint Maria Goretti

July 6 Compassionate Savior, Saint Maria Goretti was a young girl when a farmhand tried to rape her.  As she warned him that he was sinning, he stabbed her repeatedly.  Before she died, she forgave him.  Later, while in jail for his crime, the perpetrator had a vision in which Maria led him to conversion.  …

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Saint Evodius of Antioch

May 6 Lord Jesus, Saint Evodius of Antioch was one of the 72 disciples You commissioned—with a share of Your power—to go and make a difference in the world for the Kingdom of God.  After Your ascension, Saint Peter ordained him a priest and then Bishop of Antioch.  He was the first person to use …

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Saint Colette

March 6 Most Holy Jesus, when Saint Colette was born, her parents were nearly sixty years old and she became an orphan at seventeen.  I lift up to You all those who have experienced the death of one or more of their parents, especially the little children.  I ask Saint Colette to pray that they …

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Saint Theophane Venard

November 6 Beloved Savior, Saint Theophane Venard grieved his family when he became a missionary priest in a faraway land.  He never saw them again.  He said, “Whoever loved his home more than I do?  All my happiness on this earth was centered there.  But God, who has united us all in bonds of most …

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Saint Bruno

October 6 O Savior, Saint Bruno knew that cheerfulness comes from serving You with hard work, fasting, and continual prayers.  He said, “Try and you will see how rewarding it is to serve God with all the love of your heart.”  He felt great concern for those who lived in Satan’s grip and didn’t know …

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Saint William of Eskilsoe

April 6 Mighty God, Saint William of Eskilsoe worked so hard on his spiritual growth that he developed a widespread reputation for holiness and austerity.  I ask him to pray for my spiritual growth.  Help me, Lord, to become rigorous in my studies of Church teaching and scripture, devoted to understanding Your ways.  Make me …

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Saints Paul Miki and Companions

February 6 Blessed Redeemer, Saints Paul Miki and companions were crucified together because of their faith in You.  I offer to You the crosses in my life.  Use them for the salvation of the people around me who don’t yet know You, especially those who are in my family.  Help me to endure this sacrifice …

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Saint Melchior

January 6 Dear God in Heaven, Saint Melchior was one of the Magi who traveled far from home in order to find You in the newborn king.  I place into Your protection all the journeys I will be making this year—the trips I have to take, the vacations I plan, the errands I run, and …

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Saint Nicholas

December 6 O Good Jesus, Saint Nicholas was an archbishop who dearly loved to help the poor, especially young children.  He worked to protect the innocent and minister to those who were wronged.  Eventually, the stories of his kindness evolved into the legend of Santa Claus.  I ask him to intercede for all children, especially …

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Saint Norbert

June 6 O Jesus Savior, Saint Norbert chose the priesthood because it seemed to be a good career move, but You changed his heart.  A dramatic escape from death convinced him to take his vows seriously, and he began a new life of penance.  He devoted his time to teaching priests and increasing their holiness.  …

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Transfiguration of Jesus

August 6 Dear Father in Heaven, through the glorious transfiguration of Your Son, You verified the significance of Moses and Elijah as fathers of the Faith.  You confirmed our belief in Jesus as the Messiah, saying, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.”   Lord Jesus, I lift up …

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Blessed Bertrand

September 6 O God, Blessed Bertrand used to attack people who did not share his beliefs, and he especially persecuted monks who were teaching the true Faith.  Eventually though, he became a priest and helped form the new Dominican order.  I ask him to pray for all those who do not believe me when I …

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Saint Anthony Mary Gianelli

June 7 God Our Father, as a bishop, Saint Anthony Mary Gianelli founded the Missionaries of Saint Alphonsus.  I ask him to pray for my bishop and all the projects in which my diocese is involved, especially those devoted to evangelization and missionary work.  Help the people of our diocese increase their generosity toward these …

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Blessed Giles Mary-of-Saint-Joseph

February 7 O Generous God, Blessed Giles Mary-of-Saint-Joseph served as a lowly porter in a monastery.  He accepted his work with humility out of devotion to You.  When assigned the responsibility of distributing food and alms to the poor, he gave generously yet never ran out, thanks to the aid of Saint Joseph.  Blessed Giles, …

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Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7 Heavenly King, praying with Our Lady of the Rosary holds more power than I can imagine.  It often saved Christian Europe from Muslim invaders.  The Blessed Mother taught three children in Fatima that the Rosary obtains special graces for us, saves sinners from Hell, and protects us from evil spirits.  I ask Our …

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Saint Cloud

September 7 Blessed Savior, Saint Cloud was a prince on the road to becoming a king until a jealous uncle murdered his brothers and came after him.  He escaped and gave up his dream of ruling a kingdom to become a monk.  In his new life, he instructed people in the ways of faith and …

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Saint John Baptist de la Salle

April 7 Blessed Jesus, Saint John Baptist de la Salle was the “Father of Modern Education” and the founder of Christian Brothers schools.  He made good academic education available to all, not just nobility, and he supported the schools by draining his own wealth.  I ask him to pray for all the Catholic, private, and …

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Saint Willibrord

November 7 God of Wisdom, Saint Willibrord converted many non-Christians at a very old age.  No aches or disabling illnesses could stop this apostle, and he won many people to the Faith through his cheerful disposition, wise understandings, and genuine concern for all people.  I ask him to pray for the elderly people in my …

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Saint Cajetan

August 7 O Humble Jesus, Saint Cajetan formed a society devoted to helping the sick and the poor.  Although his wealthy relatives criticized him for it, he deliberately sought out the needy and chose to care for the people who had the most disgusting diseases.  I ask him to intercede for people who rely on …

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Saint Ambrose

December 7 Sacred Lord, Saint Ambrose was called “the honey-tongued doctor” because of his gift of preaching and his reputation as an expert on Church doctrine.  Words were very important to him and he said, “Let no word escape your lips in vain or be uttered without depth of meaning.”  I ask him to pray …

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Saint Domitian

May 7 O Loving Jesus, Saint Domitian was firm and powerful when he spoke out against heretics and pagans, and yet he always treated others with much compassion.  This love overflowed into the desire to build churches and hospices to care for the religious and physical needs of the people.  I ask Saint Domitian to …

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Saint Syrus of Genoa

July 7 Blessed Lord, Saint Syrus of Genoa was a bishop whose virtuous life was such a powerful witness of mercy and charity and miraculous powers that Christianity spread throughout his diocese and beyond.  I ask him to pray for me to be able to examine myself honestly—looking at how strong or weak I am …

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Saint Raymond of Penyafort

January 7 Lord Jesus, Saint Raymond of Penyafort was a wonderful Confessor because he had great compassion for sinners.  I ask for his intercession in my efforts to become more and more like You every day.  I want to overcome my sinfulness, but it is so difficult.  Give me the courage to identify what needs …

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Saints Perpetua and Felicity

March 7 Compassionate Savior, Saints Perpetua and Felicity are the patron saints of  expectant moms, young mothers, women wanting to become pregnant, and children who die prematurely.  I ask them to intercede for all the mothers—present and future—who are in my life.  O Jesus, heal those who have lost children and those unable to bear …

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Saint Dominic de Guzman

August 8 O Victorious Lord, Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order, worked hard to rescue people from the heresies in which they trusted, because he felt great pity for them.  When they failed to accept the truth, he grew discouraged, but the Blessed Mother appeared to him in a vision.  She showed him a …

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The Sacred Wounds

January 8 Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord, through your sacred wounds, You died painfully on the Cross for me so that I may be reconciled with God my Father.  I am a sinner and He is Perfect Love; remove my sins and reunite me with Him.  In memory of Your Sacred Wounds, I give …

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Saint Jerome Emiliani

February 8 Dear Holy Spirit, Saint Jerome Emiliani founded three orphanages, a shelter for repentant prostitutes, and a hospital.  I lift up to you the orphans, foster children, and abandoned people in my town and nation.  I especially ask Saint Jerome to intercede for the children and teenagers who do not have both parents embracing …

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Saint Medard

June 8 Jesus My Lord, Saint Medard served as a bishop during very difficult times, and his long life of spiritual leadership created a tremendous impression on the people.  Because of his patronage against bad weather, I ask him to intercede for me during the storms of my life as well as the storms in …

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Saint Walter of Pontnoise

April 8 Dear Father in Heaven, Saint Walter of Pontnoise was made an abbot against his will.  He fled several times to escape the position, and finally went to Rome to give his resignation directly to the pope.  However, the pope asked him to return to his monastery, accept his responsibilities as abbot, and never …

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Saint Castorius

November 8 Holy Lord, Saint Castorius was a carver who was commissioned by the emperor to make several statues.  He pleased the ruler with his artistry, but when he was asked to carve the statue of a local god, he refused because he did not want his skills to contribute to pagan worship.  I ask …

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Saint Kilian

July 8 Holy God, Saint Kilian was a bishop who traveled throughout his diocese to reach all the parishes and minister to his flock.  He realized that his calling to be a missionary meant going beyond the borders of his own country, so he took eleven companions and left home to evangelize Gaul.  I ask …

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Saint Pelagia the Penitent

October 8 Holy God, Saint Pelagia the Penitent was an exotic dancer until she heard a sermon about a lewd performer.  This sinner, said the homilist, did much to make herself look beautiful but did nothing for Your kingdom.  Saint Pelagia confessed her sin, received baptism, and began a new life.  She is the patron …

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Birth of Mary

September 8 God Our Father, the Blessed Virgin Mary came into this world full of grace.  The birth of Mary meant that soon the Messiah would arrive and rescue us from sin.  I ask her to pray for me to receive a greater portion of Your grace, and to help me resist the temptations that …

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The Immaculate Conception

December 8 O Sacred Jesus, from the moment of Mary’s immaculate conception, You gave her the benefit of Your future death on the cross.  You granted her the fullness of grace and a life free of the stain of original sin.  You sanctified her womb so that she could carry Your divine presence within her …

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Saint Michael the Archangel

May 8 Almighty God, Saint Michael the Archangel led the army of angels that defeated Satan and the demons when they rebelled against You.  Because his name means “Who is like God,” Pope Saint Gregory the Great said, “Whenever some act of wondrous power must be performed, Michael is sent, so that his action and …

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Saint John of God

March 8 Holy Lord, Saint John of God overflowed with compassion and loved doing good for others.  I ask him to intercede for the people who have been abandoned by society, those who work in hospitals and their patients, alcoholics and others who have addictions, and the dying.  Lord God, send caring people to those …

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Saint Theodore Tyro

November 9 O Heavenly King, Saint Theodore Tyro was a young soldier in the Roman army when he converted to Christianity.  Though he was ordered to fight enemies of the empire, he believed that the devil was the only true enemy.  Soon, he was killed for being a Christian, thus winning the battle against the …

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Saint Sabinus

February 9 Almighty King, Saint Sabinus served You as an ambassador for a pope.  You have called me to be an ambassador for Your Kingdom.  Help me to represent You well.  Teach me how to speak boldly and to reveal Your Kingdom of love by loving everyone unconditionally.  I ask Saint Sabinus to pray for …

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Saint Peter Fourier

December 9 Beloved Savior, Saint Peter Fourier was ordained a priest and appointed to a parish that was weak in the Faith.  For thirty years he ministered unceasingly to increase the holiness of his people and provide good religious education.  He led them by his own example.  Eventually, his flock became a model parish.  I …

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Saint Frances of Rome

March 9 Gentle Holy Spirit, Saint Frances of Rome was a good wife, and yet her husband ridiculed her.  I give to You all the married Christian women I know.  May their faith become a great witness to their husbands.  Replace arguments and division with peace and unity.  Bless the husbands with a fuller understanding …

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Saint Adrian of Canterbury

January 9 O Holy Spirit, Saint Adrian of Canterbury was a highly successful missionary in pagan England, and a great teacher of Bible study.  I ask for his same gift of explaining the Faith and understanding the teachings of the Church and the Sacred Scriptures.  Anoint me with Your Truth, so that I may be …

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Martyrs of Orange

July 9 O Beloved Jesus, the martyrs of Orange were thirty-two nuns of several religious orders and were jailed during the French Revolution.  In that dismal prison cell, they formed into a single community.  They prayed together, encouraged each other, and bonded in love.  I ask them to pray for the community of my parish, …

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Saint Romanus

August 9 Dear Savior Jesus Christ, Saint Romanus was a Roman soldier who was impressed by the sanctity of Saint Lawrence when the latter refused to turn over the Church’s treasury to the empire.  As he watched Saint Lawrence endure his punishment with courage and love for his enemies, he asked to be baptized into …

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Saint Waldetrudis

April 9 Lord of Justice, because Saint Waldetrudis came from a very holy family and had a good marriage with saintly children, her neighbors grew jealous, and to bring her down, they claimed that she only appeared to be holy in order to cover up some hidden sins.  Since You knew the truth, she did …

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Saint John Leonardi

October 9 Blessed Redeemer, Saint John Leonardi was a priest who was very active in ministry with a special concern for the youth, the hospitalized, and the imprisoned.  He formed a new congregation of priests in honor of the Blessed Mother to increase the fruits of this work.  I ask him to pray for the …

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Saint Pachomius

May 9 Sweet Jesus, Saint Pachomius was the earliest Christian who created a monastery to focus on the spiritual life, and his idea attracted many.  He eventually organized seven thousand people into groups that followed his Rule—a Rule from which Saints Basil and Benedict later drew.  What started him on this ascetical path was the …

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Saint Peter Claver

September 9 Holy Jesus, Saint Peter Claver was known as “the Slave of the Blacks” because during the arrival of slaves in America, he ministered to them physically and spiritually.  He entered the smelly cargo holds of the ships to care for the dead and sick captives.  He also baptized 300,000 slaves, and he worked …

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Saint Ephrem

June 9 O Lord Jesus Christ, Saint Ephrem was gifted as a poet, and he used this talent to teach religious truths, earning the nickname “Harp of the Holy Spirit.”   I ask him to pray for the proper use of my talents, and I dedicate them to Your kingdom, to be used according to Your …

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Saint Scholastica

February 10 O Beloved Jesus, Saint Scholastica enjoyed spending hour upon hour talking with family and friends about the nature of God and the joys of spiritual growth.  She found so much energy in this activity that she would continue all night long!  I submit to You, O Lord, all of my conversations.  May I …

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Saint Leo the Great

November 10 Loving Father, Saint Leo the Great was pope during fearsome times.  Heathen armies were attacking the faithful in many places and Christians were spreading errors about the Faith.  Yet, he led the Church wisely and courageously, refusing to fear any threat, any difficulty, or any army.  I ask him to pray for the …

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Saint Francis Borgia

October 10 Dear Jesus, Saint Francis Borgia led an easy life as a powerful nobleman with a great marriage.  After his wife died, he entered the priesthood.  To humble him, his Superior treated him in ways that were opposite of his former life, giving him the hardest work and making him serve all the other …

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Blessed John of Vallombrosa

March 10 Dear Jesus, Blessed John of Vallombrosa chose the name John of the Holy Trinity when he entered religious life. He began to lose his faith in You when he became fascinated by black magic. He practiced it in secret and collected occult writings until he was caught. The abbot-general sentenced him to solitary …

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Saint Macarius of Antioch

April 10 God of Healing, Saint Macarius of Antioch was the first to write a formal creed that described the Eucharist as life-giving.  Since he died of the plague, he is the patron saint for plagues and other widespread illnesses.  I ask him to pray for the people inflicted with today’s most difficult diseases: Corona …

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Saint John of Avila

May 10 Good Jesus, Saint John of Avila was the spiritual director of Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint John of God, and other saints.  He used to say, “I pray God may open your eyes and let you see what hidden treasures he bestows on us in the trials from which the world thinks only …

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Saint Amalburga

July 10 Dear Holy Spirit, Saint Amalburga was the mother of three children whom she home-schooled and raised in the Faith.  All three became canonized saints.  I ask her to intercede for the mothers I know, especially those involved in home-schooling.  Help them to raise their children under Your guidance and lead them into holy …

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Saint Nicholas of Tolentino

September 10 Holy Spirit, Saint Nicholas of Tolentino was so profoundly touched by the messages of a powerful homilist that he became a priest to help others the same way.  But when the people did not come to church to hear the Word of God, he went out to where he could find them—in the …

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The Father of Love

January 10 God is The Father of Love.  I admit that I don’t fully understand what this means.  I lift up to Your Perfect Heart my openness to receive Your love more fully and my willingness to give out this love—to You and to others—more freely.  I want to love no matter how illogical it …

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Saint Lawrence

August 10 Precious Lord, Saint Lawrence protected the Church’s money from the Roman Empire by giving it to the poor.  When the greedy prefect of Rome demanded the Church’s treasures, Saint Lawrence presented to him the poor and the sick, announcing, “This is the Church’s treasure!”  I ask him to pray for me to learn …

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Saint Romaric

December 10 Gracious God, Saint Romaric was a nobleman who became a Christian and converted his estate into a monastery.  Many people were attracted to the holy life he established there and they came in droves to join him.  I ask him to intercede for the religious communities and lay apostolates that have formed in …

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Saint Getulius

June 10 Blessed Redeemer, Saint Getulius was a convert who resigned his commission as a Roman officer and fled to another country.  When the emperor sent an official to arrest him and bring him back, the saint and his brother converted the soldier.  I ask him to pray for those who try to change my …

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Saint Benedict

July 11 Good Jesus, Saint Benedict believed in excelling and doing his very best to honor You.  When he attended school, the undisciplined attitude of the other students dismayed him.  Later, when he founded twelve monasteries, the demand for spiritual excellence in his Monastic Rule was so frustrating to lazy monks, some of them tried …

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Saint Stanislaus of Cracow

April 11 Most Holy Redeemer, Saint Stanislaus of Cracow dedicated himself to the formation of clergy, and he became popular as a spiritual adviser.  I ask him to intercede for the priests I know, including those in my parish, and to pray for clergy throughout the world.  Lord Jesus, motivate them to take time for …

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Our Lady of Lourdes

February 11 Divine Jesus, you sent Our Lady of Lourdes, the Blessed Mother Mary, to Saint Bernadette to show the world that God is real.  Just like Mary asked to the girl to dig for a spring of healing water to appear, show me how to be cleansed of my sinful tendencies.  Give to me …

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Saint Ignatius of Laconi

May 11 Divine Savior, Saint Ignatius of Laconi was a door-to-door evangelist.  He went from house to house asking for food and other donations for the friars.  When people opened their homes to him, he consoled their sick, comforted the lonely, helped enemies reconcile, converted non-believers, and eased their anxieties by providing sound advice.  I …

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Saint Damasus

December 11 Dear Jesus, Saint Damasus was a Pope known for his genius, humility, concern for the poor, and zeal for protecting the Faith.  He commissioned Saint Jerome to write the Vulgate translation of the Bible and he restored the shrines, catacombs, and tombs of martyrs.  I ask him to intercede for the needs of …

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Saint Eulogius of Spain

March 11 Dear Jesus, Saint Eulogius of Spain loved to read the Bible, and spent much time studying it.  When he was thrown into prison because of his faith, he quoted from the Bible to encourage the other Christian prisoners.  As they listened, they overcame their fear of dying for You.  I offer to You …

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Saint Clare

August 11 Holy Spirit, Saint Clare lived a very mystical and spiritually powerful life.  In her dying days, when she was unable to attend Mass, You brought the Mass to her by displaying it like a movie on her wall.  Thus she is now the patron saint of television.  I ask her to intercede for …

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Saint Adelphus

September 11 Dear Father, before Saint Adelphus was born, an angel appeared in a dream to his mother and greeted her with, “Rejoice, because you will conceive and bring forth a new Paul, the Bishop Adelphis.”  It was then that she knew she would give birth to a holy man destined to serve the Church.  …

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Saint Martin of Tours

November 11 O Precious Jesus, Saint Martin of Tours was raised by pagan parents, but after joining the Roman army he began to study the Christian faith.  When his desire to imitate You compelled him to help a beggar, You came to him in a vision and called him to receive baptism and enter religious …

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Saint Alexander Sauli

October 11 Holy Spirit, Saint Alexander Sauli became a bishop in a diocese where faith had died.  Clergy and laity knew little about scripture and Church teachings.  With the help of three friends, he inspired the people to new faith, corrected abuses, rebuilt broken down churches, and founded colleges and seminaries.  His diocese became spiritually …

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Saint Barnabas

June 11 Most Holy Spirit, Saint Barnabas was converted shortly after Pentecost, and he gave up all his possessions in order to detach from the world and follow the way of Christ to Heaven.  His helpful, compassionate and optimistic nature inspired other new Christians, including Saint Paul.  I ask him to pray for my attitudes.  …

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The Spirit of Truth

January 11 Holy Spirit, Giver of Life, Spirit of Truth, I offer to You the life that the Father has given to me.  I want to live in the Truth.  Purify me from everything that is not Truth.  I also lift up to You all my family and friends, co-workers of the past, present and …

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Saint Benedict Biscop

January 12 God my Creator, after Saint Benedict made a pilgrimage to Rome, he added Roman elements of worship to English liturgies and thus became the patron saint of musicians and painters.  I seek his intercession for the musicians at church, the people in charge of liturgical environment, and the creative thinkers who offer ideas …

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Saint Eanswida

September 12 Sweet Jesus, Saint Eanswida’s father selected a pagan prince to become her husband, but she did not want to marry him.  Faced with the task of convincing her father to change his mind without offending him, she sought Your help.  She made her request with kindness and good humor, and he granted her …

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Saint Veronica

July 12 O My Jesus, Saint Veronica served You on the way to Calvary by wiping Your beloved face with a towel on which Your sacred image then appeared.  She protected this treasure, and whenever people touched it, they were miraculously healed.  I ask her to pray for the growth of my ability to see …

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Saint Julian

February 12 Beloved Lord, Saint Julian spent his life caring for the poor as a sacrifice for inadvertently killing his parents.  He is the patron saint of circus workers, innkeepers, travelers, and murderers.  I ask him to pray for all those in the entertainment industry so that they grow in a desire to use their …

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Saint Porcarius

August 12 Our Father, the monastery in which Saint Porcarius lived was attacked by heathen invaders.  Knowing they were about to be slaughtered, the monks prayed together and encouraged each another to endure their suffering because of their love of Christ.  I ask them to intercede for those being persecuted today, including the unborn children …

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Saint Edwin

October 12 O Jesus Christ, Saint Edwin was a pagan king who listened to a Christian preacher publicly explain the Gospel.  He accepted salvation, renounced his worship of the gods, and commanded his high priest to destroy their altars and temples.  I ask him to pray for all those who today worship other gods and …

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Saint Josaphat

November 12 Dear God, Saint Josaphat was a peacemaker motivated by the belief that we should focus on what unites us rather than what divides.  He worked hard to achieve unity between Churches.  Today, there are more denominations than in any other time of history.  I ask him to pray that humble leaders will be …

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Saints Nereus and Achilleus

May 12 Blessed Redeemer, Saints Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who converted to Christianity during the early persecutions.  They defected from the army because they could no longer obey orders or cooperate with their comrades.  This took great courage, because it meant dying for You.  I ask them to pray for me when I …

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Saint John of Sahagun

June 12 Heavenly Lord, Saint John of Sahagun was not afraid to correct the evils around him, even when the evildoers were powerful people who were likely to take revenge.  He could do this because of the graces he received through his prayer life and from attending Mass.  I ask him to pray that I …

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Saint Sabas

April 12 Holy Jesus, Saint Sabas served You as a lector in church until he was captured by heathens.  When he refused to eat food that had been sacrificed to idols, he was martyred.  Make me aware, O Lord, of the “food” that the world offers, which is poisonous to my soul.  Purify me of …

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Saint Seraphina

March 12 Divine Father, Saint Seraphina was the victim of disease and neglect, and suffered continuously.  I ask her to intercede for the disabled and handicapped people of my church, my neighborhood, my family and friends, including both the physically challenged and the emotionally wounded.  Remind us to offer up our sufferings for the healing …

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12 Holy Lord, You sent Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Blessed Virgin, to Juan Diego to accomplish a great work through a simple Indian convert.  She asked him to deliver a message to the bishop for the construction of a shrine where she was standing.  Once it was built, it became a miraculous site …

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Saint Martinian the Hermit

February 13 Lord Jesus, Saint Martinian the hermit was determined in remembering the consequences of sin. Help me to overcome the temptations of the world.  I want to be as determined as Saint Martinian the hermit was.  When he was being strongly tempted by a beautiful woman seducing him, he lit a fire and put …

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Saint Henry II

July 13 Most Holy Spirit, Saint Henry II was one of the best rulers of the Christian Roman Empire.  He reformed the Church, assisted the growth of new monasteries, and oversaw the building of many beautiful churches.  Because he believed that the Creed was essential to understanding our faith, he convinced the Pope to institute …

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Saint Anthony of Padua

June 13 Sweet Jesus, Saint Anthony of Padua was always a ready helper in time of need.  Though he preferred to live as a hermit, leaving his cave only to attend Mass and sweep the nearby monastery, he filled in for a scheduled speaker who failed to keep his commitment.  Afterward, he had to travel …

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Saints Pontian and Hippolytus

August 13 O Sacred Jesus, Saint Hippolytus began his life in the Church as a heretic.  When Pope Pontian was sent into exile, Hippolytus replaced him.  He broke away from the Church and took many Catholics with him.  Later, they met and Hippolytus was so touched by the Pope’s humility, it converted him.  I ask …

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Saint Hilary of Poitiers

January 13 Jesus my Lord, Saint Hilary of Poitiers was an avid defender of Your divinity, because many were claiming that You were only human.  Increase in me the desire to be a witness of Your Divine Presence in my life.  Teach me how to reveal to others that You truly are God, truly are …

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Saint John Chrysostom

September 13 Almighty God, Saint John Chrysostom was very vocal in condemning the sinful customs of his society, earning the name “John of the Golden Tongue.”  With his powers of persuasion, he stopped immoral performances of plays.  I ask him to pray for the improvement of my own discernment regarding what plays, movies, comedy clubs, …

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Saint Lucy

December 13 Heavenly Jesus, Saint Lucy vowed to marry only You and revealed this secret after her mother arranged a wedding to a nobleman.  When he found out, he had her arrested and tried as a Christian.  The judge sent her to a house of prostitution to desecrate her virginity, but You kept her purity …

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Pope Saint Martin I

April 13 O Holy Spirit, Saint Martin I was the last of the martyred popes.  He devoted himself to being a good and holy leader—an example of Christ for the world to see—in spite of the personal costs.  I ask him to pray for our current pope and for our future popes, that they be …

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Saint Edward the Confessor

October 13 Blessed Lord, Saint Edward the Confessor was one of the most popular English kings, because he trusted in You and greatly loved his people.  By relying on You, he was able to rule wisely and maintain peace.  I ask him to pray for world leaders and for those serving in my nation’s governmental …

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Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

November 13 Holy Spirit, when Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini was a child, she pretended she was a missionary to China as she sailed paper boats on a stream.  Although You eventually sent her west to America instead of East to the Orient, her childhood games shaped her desire to serve You.  I ask her to …

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Saint Andrew Hubert Fournet

May 13 Beloved Jesus, Saint Andrew Hubert Fournet was a priest who held onto the worldliness, pettiness and superior attitudes of his childhood.  His parishioners disapproved, but he did not experience full conversion until a rejected beggar criticized him.  The comment made him realize that his life did not match the Gospel he preached.  I …

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Saint Euphrasia

March 13 God of Vocations, when Saint Euphrasia was a little girl, she lived near a convent and became fascinated by the nuns.  She pleaded with her mother for permission to move into the convent, and was handed over to the tutelage of the abbess.  Later, she became a nun and joyfully spent the rest …

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Saint John of the Cross

December 14 Holy Spirit, Saint John of the Cross began helping Saint Teresa of Avila to reform the Carmelites shortly after his priestly ordination.  They formed a deep bond of friendship because they shared the same passion for holiness.  I ask him to pray for me to have friends with whom I can share the …

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Saint Lawrence O’Toole

November 14 Holy Jesus, Saint Lawrence O’Toole was an archbishop who spent years working hard for the Church.  On his deathbed, someone asked him if he wanted to make a will.  He grinned saying, “God knows I don’t have a penny in the world.”  He had already given away everything he owned to help others.  …

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Saints Tiburtius and Valerian and Maximus

April 14 Blessed Redeemer, Saints Tiburtius and Valerian and Maximus were martyred because of the boldness of their faith.  I offer to You the crosses in my life that I am afraid to continue carrying.  Give me the courage and strength to remain with You, my Lord Jesus, in the way of sacrifice for the …

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Saint Macrina the Elder

January 14 Generous God, as a testament of Saint Macrina the elder’s great holiness and loving devotion to family, two of her grandchildren became saints: Basil, whom she raised, and Gregory of Nyssa.  I place into her intercession my own grandchildren—be they born or unborn, of my flesh or spiritual.  Guard them against financial poverty …

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Saint Callistus I

October 14 Holy Lord, Saint Callistus I was a slave who got into serious trouble because of his violent nature.  While doing hard labor for punishment, he reformed his ways.  Once freed, he became trustworthy and honorable.  Soon he was ordained as a deacon to the pope and eventually succeeded him as the next pope.  …

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Saint Maximilian Kolbe

August 14 Dear Christ, Saint Maximilian Kolbe was imprisoned in Auschwitz where he ministered to the captives and celebrated Mass by consecrating bread and wine that had been smuggled in.  He was martyred after he voluntarily took the place of a young married prisoner condemned to die.  Since he’s the patron saint of drug addicts …

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Saint Methodius of Constantinople

June 14 Loving God, Saint Methodius of Constantinople worked hard to unify and reconcile opposing sides within the Church.  He traveled to Rome to seek the Pope’s help, but during his absence he was exiled.  Seven years later, he returned home and continued to work for unity.  I ask him to pray for the Christian …

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Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

July 14 Jesus My Lord, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was the daughter of a pagan Mohawk chief.  A Jesuit missionary converted her, and then her relatives shunned her.  They attacked her beliefs, resented her for refusing to work on Sundays, and insulted her prayer life.  This did not deter her from practicing the Faith.  Now she …

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Saints Cyril and Methodius

February 14 Blessed Lord, Saints Cyril and Methodius were brothers who worked successfully to convert pagans.  Saint Cyril’s special prayer was: “I return to You, Your people, Your gift to me.  Direct them with Your powerful right hand, and protect them under the shadow of Your wings.”  I ask both of these saints to pray …

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Saint Notburga

September 14 Heavenly Lord, Saint Notburga served as a maid for a nobleman, and then she went to work for a peasant family.  She discovered that she preferred working for the poor and devoted the rest of her life to this.  I ask her to pray for me when I have opportunities to work for …

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Saint Matilda of Saxony

March 14 O My Savior, though Saint Matilda of Saxony married a king, she did not lord it over others.  She often visited the sick and imprisoned.  Her husband learned much from her holiness, taking greater interest in the needs of his people and using his power to ease their suffering.  I give to You, …

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Saint Matthias

May 14 Holy Spirit, before You descended on the disciples, You chose Saint Matthias to replace Judas as the twelfth apostle.  This was the beginning of the apostolic succession and a reminder to us today that You are the One who calls men to the priesthood.  I ask Saint Matthias to pray for an increase …

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Saint Sigfrid

February 15 Dear Father, Saint Sigfrid’s nephews were beheaded by pagans, but when his king decided to execute the murderers, he stood up against capital punishment, and their lives were spared.  I lift up to You all the people on Death Row; may they experience Your forgiveness and the pardon of the people they offended.  …

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Our Lady of Sorrows

September 15 O Lamb of God, Mary is called Our Lady of Sorrows because her passionate love for You caused her to suffer when she watched Your enemies inflict their tortures upon You and slowly kill You.  She offered up the piercing of her heart as if her life were an altar, sacrificing her beloved …

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Saint Paul the Hermit

January 15 Mighty Lord, Saint Paul the hermit was raised with the luxuries of an upper-class family, a good education, and Christian parents.  But his life took a dramatic turn at age fifteen when his parents died.  To escape persecution, he made the desert his home, survived on fruit and water, wore only leaves for …

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Saint Hunna

April 15 Blessed Savior, Saint Hunna served You in a simple but meaningful way, using a skill that was common and lowly.  She helped her neighbors—all of them, regardless of status—by doing their laundry.  I lift up to You my neighbors and the ways in which I interact with them.  Help me, O Lord, to …

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Saint Teresa of Avila

October 15 Dear Jesus, Saint Teresa of Avila realized with shock and sorrow that her love for You was almost nil compared to Your great love for her.  She decided to devote herself to prayer and sacrifice, and in so doing, she became a mystical contemplative.  She wrote that if we fully yield our lives, …

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Saint Louise de Marillac

March 15 O Gracious God, Saint Louise de Marillac devoted her life to helping Saint Vincent de Paul serve the needs of the poor.  She often taught: “Be diligent in serving the poor.  Love the poor, honor them, as you would honor Christ Himself.”   I lift up to You the programs in my church and …

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 15 O Divine Father, the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived pure in body in order to carry Your Son in her womb, and when her life on earth ended, You gave her a glorified body and raised her directly into Heaven.  I ask her to pray for my attitudes regarding my physical health; may …

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Saint Vitus

June 15 Precious Savior, Saint Vitus worked many miracles in Your name and refused to sacrifice to the gods.  After he was arrested, You freed him from prison with a storm that destroyed the pagan temples, and You gave him an angel who led him back home.  He is the patron saint of actors, comedians, …

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Saint Dymphna

May 15 Compassionate Lord, when Saint Dymphna was fourteen, her mother died and her distraught father thought he could fill the hole in his life by marrying his daughter.  When she fled, he tracked her down.  When she still refused to marry him, he cut off her head in a rage.  I ask her to …

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Saint Bonaventure

July 15 Holy Spirit, Saint Bonaventure was one of the greatest thinkers of the Middle Ages, exceptionally gifted in his soul, mind, and personality.  I ask him to pray for me to make the most of my talents, my intelligence, and my spirituality.  Help me, O Lord, to take none of these for granted but …

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Saint Nino

December 15 Glorious Jesus, Saint Nino was a slave who gave witness to the Faith through her piety and gift of healing.  In Your name, she cured diseases, healed a dying child, and restored the queen to good health.  She taught the king about who You are, and when he got lost on a hunting …

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Saint Albert the Great

November 15 O Divine Creator, Saint Albert the Great was a bishop who introduced Greek and Arabic science to medieval Europe, raising understanding of botany, biology, physics, and other studies of nature.  A scientist himself, he wrote many books on these subjects.  I ask him to pray for all scientists today, for their talents to …

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Saint Aristobulus

March 16 Lord Jesus, Saint Aristobulus was one of the 72 disciples You commissioned to go out and spread the Good News of the Kingdom of God, with power to heal and cast out demons.  I offer to You my own calling.  Replace my feelings of inadequacy with trust in the Holy Spirit.  Teach me …

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Saint Lutgardis

June 16 O Jesus, Saint Lutgardis had a deep prayer life that led to a special devotion for Your sacred wounds.  In her late teens she received her first vision, and later during ecstasies, blood sometimes dripped from her forehead.  I ask her to obtain for me through her prayers a higher level of devotion …

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Saint Onesimus

February 16 Blessed Jesus, in the New Testament Letter to Philemon, it says that his slave Onesimus had run away as a thief, met Saint Paul, and received forgiveness.  I give to You my own desire to run.  When my reputation has been slandered by people who misunderstand me, who are prejudiced against me, and …

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Saint Benedict Joseph Labre

April 16 O Loving Jesus, Saint Benedict Joseph Labre paid close attention to how well his life compared to the holiness You described in the Gospels.  To purify himself, he performed acts of penance every time he committed even the smallest sin.  He loved the Bible so much that he carried it everywhere until the …

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Saint John Nepomucene

May 16 O Jesus, Saint John Nepomucene was a holy priest who served as confessor to the queen.  He taught her to imitate You as she carried the cross of being married to a hot-tempered king.  When he refused to violate the sacred seal of the queen’s confession, the king imprisoned him.  As the patron …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 16 Heavenly Father, Our Lady of Mount Carmel lived a life of piety and contemplation in nearby Nazareth. Mount Carmel is where Elijah proved that You are greater than pagans gods.  Later, the Carmelites became a religious order devoted to contemplative prayer under her protection, and when its general, Saint Simon Stock, prayed for …

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Saint Berard

January 16 Jesus My Lord, Saint Berard was assigned the task of converting the Muslims in Morocco.  There, he began preaching in the marketplace, which got him arrested and beaten.  When he refused to renounce You, the sultan beheaded him.  I seek his intercession for my courage and willingness to go where You lead me …

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Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

October 16 Lord Jesus, You revealed Your Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque and promised to provide comfort in our afflictions, peace in our homes, and abundant blessings in all our undertakings.  I dedicate myself and my home to Your Most Sacred Heart and I ask Saint Margaret Mary to pray for my understanding …

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Saint Stephen of Hungary

August 16 O My Jesus, Saint Stephen was crowned by the pope as “the apostolic King of Hungary” because he worked hard to advance Your kingdom in his country.  He attributed his success as a righteous king and effective evangelist to the Blessed Mother, into whose protection he had entrusted his empire.  I ask him …

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Saint Adelaide

December 16 Beloved God, Saint Adelaide was arrested for being a Christian and kept in near-solitary confinement.  A priest rescued her by digging an underground tunnel to her cell.  He hid her in the woods and brought her food and clothing.  Though she had opportunity, she took no revenge upon her enemies.  I ask her …

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Saints Cornelius and Cyprian

September 16 Gracious God, Saints Cornelius and Cyprian dealt with terrible persecutions. Saint Cornelius was pope and he anguished over the sufferings of his people.  Saint Cyprian was his friend and said, “Let us relieve burdens and afflictions by mutual love.”  He ministered to the Pope by pointing out that not a single Christian had …

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Saint Gertrude

November 16 Beloved Lord, Saint Gertrude was a very gifted student and loved every subject except religion.  When she studied philosophy, it began to twist her mind and lead her away from the Faith, so You visited her in a vision and called her back.  From then on she studied Scripture and the writings of …

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Saint Anthony the Abbot

January 17 Dear God in Heaven, Saint Anthony the Abbot renounced the world to attach himself only to You.  I ask for his prayers in my process of growing more in love with You.  Help me to deny myself and detach from this world.  I also lift up to his prayers all the people I …

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Saint Olympias

December 17 Holy Spirit, Saint Olympias served You as a deaconess and as a benefactor for many Church causes.  Though her husband died shortly after their wedding day, she decided to never marry again so she could devote herself to full-time ministry.  I ask her to pray for the women I know who are involved …

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Saint Patrick

March 17 Almighty God, Saint Patrick served You in Ireland because he had been kidnapped and shipped there as a slave.  You brought endless good out of the evil committed against him, so I ask Saint Patrick to pray for the Irish people—those born in Ireland and those of Irish descent, and to pray for …

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Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

November 17 Sweet Jesus, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary was a princess who married a prince.  Concerned for the poor, she donated to them her portion of the prince’s income and then sold her luxurious possessions to give them more.  After her husband died, she renounced worldly wealth, built a hospice for the weak and sickly, …

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Saint Stephen Harding

April 17 Lord Jesus, Saint Stephen Harding found great joy in imitating You through a life of poverty, praying, fasting, and working hard.  When the other monks got tired of such a difficult life, Saint Stephen formed a new community, the Cistercians.  I ask him to pray for me when life becomes a burden.  Help …

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Saint Alexius

July 17 Precious Lord, Saint Alexius ran away from home disguised as a beggar in order to pursue his vocation.  Later, he returned as a beggar, keeping his true identity hidden, but his parents who were kind to the needy invited him in.  For seventeen years they let him live in a corner under their …

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The Seven Founders of the Order of Servites of Mary

February 17 Holy God,  The Seven Founders of the Order of Servites of Mary were businessmen who followed Christ in fellowship—praying together, learning together, becoming more like Jesus together.  They  formed a community apart from the world.  I lift up to You all my Christian friendships. Build unity within the Christian communities to which I …

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Saint Ignatius of Antioch

October 17 Dear Holy Spirit, Saint Ignatius of Antioch was taken to Rome under military guard after he was condemned to die in the Roman amphitheater.  On the way, he wrote inspiring letters to Christian communities.  Nothing would stop him from carrying out his ministry of preaching the Gospel.  I ask him to pray for …

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Saint Pascal Baylon

May 17 Holy Jesus, Saint Pascal Baylon defended Your true Presence in the Eucharist.  Intensely devoted to Your consecrated Body and Blood, he often spent much of the night in prayer before the altar.  You rewarded him with ecstasies and raptures, which he humbly kept hidden to avoid praise.  I ask him to pray for …

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Saint Robert Bellarmine

September 17 Blessed Jesus, Saint Robert Bellarmine is the patron saint of catechumens because he wrote two catechisms and devoted much of his time to teaching the Faith to children.  He also wrote a revised version of the Bible.  I ask him to pray for those in my church who teach the Faith, and for …

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Saint Botulph

June 17 Blessed Holy Spirit, Saint Botulph is the patron saint of Boston, because he founded a monastery in the old country in a place that came to be called “Botulph’s town” or “Botolphston” and this later was shortened to “Boston”.  He was widely known as being blessed with Your grace.   I ask him to …

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Saint Clare of the Cross

August 17 Blessed Savior, although most of us prefer not to think about how painfully You suffered for us, Saint Clare continually reflected upon Your Passion.  So devoted was she to this that when she died, a cross was discovered emblazoned in the skin above her heart.  I ask her to pray for my understanding …

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Saint Joseph of Cupertino

September 18 Beloved Father, Saint Joseph of Cupertino endured much rejection in his life—his mother disapproved of him and the religious orders he tried to join refused him—but rather than succumbing to self-pity, he turned to You for acceptance.  He became a priest who worked miracles and conversed intimately with You in ecstasies.  I ask …

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Saint Luke the Evangelist

October 18 Our Father, Saint Luke the Evangelist was a physician who helped Saint Paul set up young faith communities.  Because he is a patron saint of doctors, I ask him to pray for everyone in the medical field.  May they see their work as a calling to serve You and become good examples of …

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Pope Saint John I

May 18 O Blessed Father, Saint John I was a pope given difficult tasks by the ruler of Italy, and he tried hard to serve both his Church and his king in a holy manner.  He successfully negotiated with the enemy to prevent war, and he reconciled the Western and Eastern Churches, but the paranoid …

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Saint Helena

August 18 Dear Lord, the great emperor Constantine gave his mother, Saint Helena, the authority to promote Christianity by building churches throughout the empire and on the holy sites in Israel.  She is the patron saint of difficult marriages and divorced people because her husband divorced her for someone with better political connections.  I ask …

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Saint Rose-Philippine Duchesne

November 18 Gracious God, Saint Rose-Philippine Duchesne handled very difficult work as a missionary in the new world of America, overcoming many obstacles while opening convents and dealing with the different languages and customs of the people.  She continued to accept these challenges even into her 70s.  I ask her to pray for the challenges …

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Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

March 18 O Dear Christ, Saint Cyril of Jerusalem was the bishop of Jerusalem when the persecutions ended and great heresies began.  This new enemy tried to force him to accept false teachings about the Church, but he stood firm.  When anti-Christians tried to prove that You were wrong in Your prophecies, his confidence came …

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Saint Elizabeth of Schönau

June 18 My Lord Jesus Christ, Saint Elizabeth of Schönau was a visionary favored with ecstasies and prophesies.  Daily, she received visits either from You, the Virgin Mary, angels, or the saint of the day, receiving instructions for her spiritual growth.  Because of this, she was often assaulted by demonic forces, and now is the …

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Saint Flannan

December 18 Blessed Redeemer, Saint Flannan often traveled on long journeys to spread the Good News.  Though he went as a missionary, he considered each trip to be a pilgrimage for the purification of his soul.  I ask him to pray for all of us who are in ministry to grow from the experience.  May …

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Saint Bernadette of Lourdes

February 18 Gracious God, the incorruptible body of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, though she died in 1858, remains undeteriorated,  a testament to her holiness and Your desire to protect our bodies from destruction.  Because of her compassion, which she learned from life-long sicknesses and mistreatments, I ask her to intercede for all the people I …

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Saint Perfecto

April 18 Dear God, when Saint Perfecto was stopped by Moors who asked his opinion of Jesus, Perfecto explained, “Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world.”  Even though they had promised that he would not be harmed for his answer, they arrested him for blasphemy, then tried him and executed …

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Saint Charles of Sezze

January 18 Sweet Jesus, Saint Charles of Sezze knew what it meant to have a lowly job.  As a child, he worked as a shepherd, and as a Franciscan lay brother, he served in a variety of menial positions at friaries, doing whatever was asked of him.  In this, he discovered great joy and a …

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Saint Bruno of Segni

July 18 Sacred Jesus, Saint Bruno of Segni was an avid defender of orthodox Christian teachings.  One of the doctrines he strongly promoted was Your real presence in the Eucharist.  I ask him to pray for those who don’t understand, those who reject, and those who abuse the supernatural reality of the Eucharist.  Help us …

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Saint Dunstan

May 19 O My Savior, Saint Dunstan was a bishop who served the king of England as his personal advisor, until he directed the monarch to give up his degenerate sexual ways.  Because the king wanted to remain blind to his sinfulness, he exiled the bishop.  In certain ways, I am blind, too.  I ask …

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Saint Joseph

March 19 Holy God, you chose Saint Joseph to care for Mary and Jesus because his holiness and love for You was great, his compassion for others was outstanding, and his desire to protect and provide for his family was honorable.  I ask St. Joseph to intercede for all the men in my family.  May …

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Saint Paul of the Cross

October 19 Blessed Redeemer, Saint Paul of the Cross had a devotion to Your Passion since early childhood and grew up adoring the Blessed Sacrament.  Before he was ordained, You set him to work forming a new religious community, the Passionists, with the mission of preaching the glory of Your cross.  I ask him to …

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Saint Elphege

April 19 Jesus My Savior, Saint Elphege understood the Passion You suffered for love of us.  During his ministry as an archbishop, his country was attacked by pagans, so he rushed to the gruesome battlefield and redirected the enemy’s attack away from the people.  The offenders burned his cathedral, tortured him and imprisoned him.  When …

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Blessed Urban V

December 19 O Crucified Savior, Blessed Urban V was Pope when the Church was ruled from France instead of Rome.  Though he tried to restore the papacy to Rome, he was forced to return his leadership to France in order to protect the Church.  This gave him tremendous sadness.  I ask him to pray for …

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Saint Marguerite Bourgeous

January 19 O Holy Spirit, Saint Marguerite Bourgeous gave away her inheritance to family members and departed for Canada, where she founded the Congregation of Notre Dame.  She helped people survive when food was scarce, opened a vocational school, and taught young people how to run a home and farm.  Holy Spirit, I give to …

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Saint Januarius

September 19 Holy Spirit, Saint Januarius cared about people who suffered and risked his own freedom to visit those who had been imprison for the Faith.  Indeed, he ended up a prisoner with them.  I ask him to pray for my heart to be filled with the same compassion.  O God, help me to bring …

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Saint John Eudes

August 19 O Holy Spirit, Saint John was devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  After many years of preaching at parish missions, he came to the conclusion that the best way to bring people to Christ was to provide better spiritual formation for the priests, so that …

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Saint Romuald

June 19 O Loving God, Saint Romuald chose to die in solitude after a lifetime of devoting himself to You as a hermit.  I ask him to pray for me whenever I am alone.  Help me, dear Lord, to let go of the idea that people are to be my source of happiness.  Teach me …

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Saint Barbatus of Benevento

February 19 Mighty Lord, Saint Barbatus of Benevento was a priest with great zeal who fought against the superstitious beliefs of pagans.  Though his own parishioners would not listen to him, the pagans did, renounced their sinful ways, and converted to the true Faith.  Bless my own understanding of the supernatural.  Teach me what is …

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Saint Macrina

July 19 Dear God, Saint Macrina helped her mother raise nine brothers and sisters.  One of her brothers was Saint Basil the Great, and he obtained for his mother and sister a manor in which to live.  Because of their spirituality, many women came to live with them to learn how to grow in holiness.  …

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Saint Nerses

November 19 Holy Spirit, Saint Nerses devoted his life to teaching both priests and laity to come alive in the Faith and increase their holiness.  He believed that no matter how spiritually advanced a person might be, there was always need for more growth.  I ask him to pray for all those who give parish …

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Saint Bernardine of Siena

May 20 Loving Lord, Saint Bernardine of Siena preached about Your mercy during a time when the Church was embattled by divisions.  His preaching skills were so great and caused so many conversions, I ask him to intercede for speakers, advertisers, public relations and communications personnel, writers, publishers, and all in my church who employ …

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Saint Bernard

August 20 Heavenly Father, Saint Bernard used to ask himself every morning, “Why have I come here?” and he answered, “To lead a holy life.”  I ask him to pray for me to turn my life more fully over to You.  I have heard You calling me, and I choose to follow where You lead.  …

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Saint Edmund of East Anglia

November 20 My Lord, Saint Edmund of East Anglia was a king who was captured by pagan invaders.  The enemy wanted him to sign a treaty that would harm his country and Church, but he chose to die rather than to grieve You and hurt his people.  I ask him to pray for me to …

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Saints Andrew Kim Taegon and Paul Chong Hasang

September 20 O Jesus, Saint Andrew Kim Taegon was the first Korean priest, and Saint Paul Chong was a lay catechist, and they were among 113 Catholics in Korea who died because of the Faith.  I ask them to pray for the continued growth of the Church in Korea and in other Asian countries.  Dear …

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Saint Alban

June 20 Heavenly Father, Saint Alban was converted by a priest whom he sheltered from persecutions and rescued by changing clothes with him.  As the patron saint of converts, I ask him to pray with me for all the people I know who have not yet converted.  O Lord, remove from their lives all the …

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Saint Agnes of Montepulciano

April 20 Holy Jesus, as the prioress of her Dominican convent, Saint Agnes of Montepulciano  served her sisters as if she were serving You personally.  She believed that You—and not herself—was the one who was really in charge of the convent.  In everything she did, she put You first and found great satisfaction in doing …

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Saint Margaret of Antioch

July 20 O Loving Lord, Saint Margaret of Antioch was the daughter of a pagan priest.  Her escape from his false beliefs was depicted in a story of being swallowed by a dragon representing paganism, and then escaping from its belly as if being born anew.  Because of this tale, she has become the patron …

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Saint Acca

October 20 Holy Spirit, Saint Acca was extremely learned in the ways of the Faith.  He highly valued education and became a renowned Bible scholar.  He is the patron saint of learning, so I ask him to intercede for all school students.  Guide them in their studies, O Lord.  I also ask him to pray …

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Saint Ambrose of Siena

March 20 Heavenly King, Saint Ambrose of Siena was born with painful birth defects, and the only place the baby felt peace was at church.  When he grew old enough to talk, he uttered the name “Jesus” and all deformity disappeared.  He began to meditate during the night, and at age two, he chose hearing …

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Saints Abraham & Isaac & Jacob

December 20 Dear God, You set into motion the plan of salvation through Saints Abraham & Isaac & Jacob.  You tested Abraham’s faith in You.  He was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac in obedience to You, but You provided a substitute—a ram—as a sign of the coming of the Messiah.  Isaac passed the promise …

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Saint Fabian

January 20 Blessed Jesus, Saint Fabian was filled with zeal and wisdom. As a layman and farmer, he entered Rome on the day a new pope was being elected.  By God’s design, a dove flew into the proceedings and landed on his head, an obvious sign that God had anointed him to serve as pope.  …

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Saint Amata of Assisi

February 20 Heavenly Father, when she was young, Saint Amata of Assisi rejected You and rebelled against morality.  Eventually her aunt, Saint Clare of Assisi, converted her and brought the girl into her religious order.  I lift up to you all the teenagers I know; guide them to true wisdom, which comes from the Holy …

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Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

June 21 Holy God, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, at age 16, gave up his inherited right to be a prince so that he could grow in sanctity through the Jesuit discipline.  He died young, at age 23, because he contracted a disease from the sick people he had helped.  Now he is the patron saint of …

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Saint Anselm of Canterbury

April 21 Precious Savior, Saint Anselm of Canterbury actively fought against slavery in England, even getting politically involved and obtaining legislation that made it illegal to sell human beings.  I ask him to intercede for people today who are enslaved in some way—in countries where slavery is still accepted, in family members and friends who …

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Saint Agnes of Rome

January 21 Christ Jesus, Saint Agnes of Rome was only a teenager when she had to decide between life and dying for You.  She had been ordered to sacrifice her virginity to pagan gods, and she sacrificed her life instead.  Since she is the patron saint of engaged couples, I ask her to intercede for …

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Saint Matthew the Apostle

September 21 Wonderful Savior, Saint Matthew was considered by his own people to be a traitor because he collected taxes for the enemy, but You, O Lord, did not label him as bad.  You knew he was willing to hear the truth and learn from it, so You said, “Follow me,” and immediately he left …

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Saint Ursula

October 21 Heavenly Father, Saint Ursula loved children and became a teacher.  She taught them about the Good News and instructed them in how to lead holy lives.  She is the patron saint of Catholic education, students, and teachers.  I ask her to intercede for the Catholic schools in my area, that whatever problems they …

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Saint Godric of Finchale

May 21 Dear Father, Saint Godric of Finchale enjoyed living in solitude with You, spending much time in prayer and meditation.  He developed the gift of music without being educated in the field.  He received his lyrics and melodies from the Blessed Mother, and shared the songs with the Church.  I ask him to pray …

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Saint Pius X

August 21 Holy Spirit, Saint Pius X is the pope who authorized children to receive Holy Communion and encouraged everyone to receive the Eucharist as often as possible.  During his papacy, he had many heavy responsibilities that increased in difficulty, and he relied on You, saying, “His Power is infinite, and if I lean on …

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Saint Peter Damian

February 21 O Holy Spirit, Saint Peter Damian was a professor who became a monk and actively fought corruption.  I ask Saint Peter to intercede for all the teachers of our children and the college professors of our young adults.  Make them sensitive to the falsehoods that corrupt the soul and give them a desire …

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Saint Peter Canisius

December 21 Lord Jesus Christ, You gave Saint Peter Canisius a vision of Your Sacred Heart.  He felt great sadness as he realized that You suffer when Your love is despised, ignored, and rejected.  From then on, he offered up all his work as a sacrifice of devotion to Your Sacred Heart.  I ask him …

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Dedication of Mary

November 21 Heavenly Father, the Blessed Virgin Mary was dedicated to You by her parents when she was three.  In the temple, she joined the girls who spent their days praying, reading Scripture, and serving the temple priests.  Her holiness was very evident, and the high priest thought that You probably had great plans for …

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Saint Lawrence of Brindisi

July 21 O Prince of Peace, Saint Lawrence of Brindisi served You as a military chaplain who preached effectively and taught the Faith in many languages.  I ask him to pray for all the chaplains in military service, and for the troops to whom they minister.  Teach them how to inspire others to form this …

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Saint Serapion the Scholastic

March 21 O Jesus, Saint Serapion the Scholastic often said: “The mind is purified by holy meditation and prayer, the spiritual passions of the soul by charity, and the irregular appetites by abstinence and penance.”  I ask him to intercede for me in my efforts of self-purification.  Inspire me to do penances that will help …

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Saint Deogratias

March 22 Holy Spirit of God, Saint Deogratias was a bishop who bought slaves in order to free them, using money he raised by selling church goods.  He found homes for them when he could, and housed the rest in large churches, purchasing supplies to get them started in their new life.  Give me, too, …

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Saints Nunilo and Alodia

October 22 O Gentle Lord, Saints Nunilo and Alodia were daughters of a Muslim who was a kind man and allowed his Christian wife to raise their daughters in the Christian faith.  After his death, their mother married a Muslim who attacked Christianity.  He had the girls arrested. When they refused to deny Christ, they …

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Queenship of Mary

August 22 Dear God, the Feast Day of Mary Our Queen was instituted by Pope Pius XII to consecrate the whole human race to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  I ask our Holy Queen to renew this consecration.  Protect each person in this world as the precious child of God that we are.  Fight for …

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Saint Ischyrion

December 22 Precious Jesus, Saint Ischyrion worked for a magistrate who ordered him to sacrifice to Roman gods.  He refused, even after his master abused him.  When he defended his belief in You, he was tortured and impaled.  I ask him to pray for me when I have to stand up to an employer or …

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Saint Maurice

September 22 Holy Lord, Saint Maurice was a Christian officer in charge of a legion of converts in an anti-Christian army.  He had a very challenging and significant responsibility to help his men remain strong in the Faith despite persecutions.  When he and his men refused to sacrifice to the gods, they were martyred.  I …

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Saint Peter the Apostle

February 22 Lord Jesus Christ, You gave Saint Peter the Apostle his name to signify that he was the rock upon which You would build Your Church.  I ask him to pray for our pope, bishops, priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters, ministers, and laity who are in positions of Church leadership.  Help them to …

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Saint Rita of Cascia

May 22 Almighty Jesus, Saint Rita of Cascia had a special devotion to the Passion, because she felt unspeakable awe at what You did on the cross.  She shared in Your suffering beginning at age twelve when her parents married her to an abusive man, and so she has become the patron of impossible causes.  …

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Saint Paulinus of Nola

June 22 Beloved Lord, Saint Paulinus of Nola used his position as a Roman Consul to accumulate great wealth, but this did not satisfy him.  In his yearning to find You, he gave away all his possessions to the poor.  Then You called him to become a bishop, and he used that position to help …

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Saint Cecilia

November 22 Beloved Jesus, Saint Cecilia’s parents wed her to a pagan nobleman.  Eager to convert her new husband, she told him about the angel that always escorted her.  He wanted to see the angel, too, so he asked for his soul to be purified by baptism.  The next time Saint Cecilia prayed, her husband …

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Saint Theodore of Sykeon

April 22 Lord Jesus, Saint Theodore of Sykeon was a monk and a bishop who worked amazing miracles, including healings.  He put an end to a plague of insects by praying, confidently putting the matter into Your hands.  I ask him to pray for my most difficult situations, that miracles will occur and build up …

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Saint Vincent of Saragossa

January 22 Holy God, Saint Vincent of Saragossa served You as a permanent deacon and gave his whole life and soul to You, even to the point of becoming a martyr.  I lift up to You the deacons of the Church and all those who are being called by God to become deacons.  Guide them …

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Saint Mary Magdalene

July 22 Good Jesus, Saint Mary Magdalene was one of the women who assisted You and the apostles during Your public ministry.  She cried with the Blessed Mother and Saint John at the foot of Your cross, and she helped to bury Your dead body.  For serving You with such devotion, she was the first …

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Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

September 23 Dear God, Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina experienced the stigmata, ecstasies, bilocation, and the gift of prophecy, because he had learned to free his soul from this world through the practices of fasting, prayer vigils, solitude, and other mortifications that subdued the passions of his flesh.  I ask him to pray for my …

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Saint Clement the 1st

November 23 Blessed Savior, Saint Clement the 1st knew the Apostles personally before they were martyred.  As pope, he challenged his people to follow their examples.  He said, “We ought to put aside vain and useless concerns and should consider what is good, pleasing and acceptable in the sight of Him who made us.”  I …

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Saint George

April 23 Mighty God, Saint George was nicknamed the “Victory Bringer” because he relied on Your power to defeat evil wherever he went.  Starting out as a soldier in his country’s army, he converted and became a soldier for Christ.  Laying down the world’s armor by giving his wealth to the poor, he forever after …

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Saint John Capistrano

October 23 Gracious God, Saint John Capistrano was commissioned by the Pope to unite the kings of Europe against the invading Turks who wanted to wipe out Christianity.  He succeeded by inspiring them to place their trust in You.  Even though Saint John Capistrano was seventy years old, he ran to the battle front and …

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Saint Polycarp

February 23 Heavenly Father, Saint Polycarp was part of the first generation of Christians who met Jesus not by direct experience but by Sacred Tradition.  He told his community to “follow the example of the Lord, ‘firm and unchangeable in faith, loving each other, united in truth,’ helping each other with the mildness of the …

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Saint John Baptist Dei Rossi

May 23 O Father, Saint John Baptist Dei Rossi was so aware of Your love, he felt he could never do enough for You.  Though an epileptic, this priest ministered to the sick and the poor, housed the homeless with his own money, and befriended laborers in the marketplace to teach them and prepare them …

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Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo

March 23 God of Love, Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo had an unwavering desire to build his parish into a community of believers who imitate Christ.  When he was asked to become an archbishop, he refused the honor, but when he learned about the poor condition of the people in the archdiocese, he took the position …

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Saint Rose of Lima

August 23 Loving God, Saint Rose of Lima was a mystic and visionary who received invisible stigmata, and yet she often suffered from the feeling that You were distant.  Despite how lonely this felt, she persisted in believing that You were indeed with her all the time, and she continually prayed to grow stronger in …

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Saint Bridget of Sweden

July 23 Beloved Lord Jesus, Saint Bridget of Sweden first served You as a wife and mother, taking good care of her family, helping her Church, and getting involved in her community.  After becoming a widow, she began to receive revelations about Your passion and suffering.  I ask her to intercede for the widows and …

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Saint John of Kanty

December 23 Loving God, Saint John of Kanty was unjustly kicked out of a university job and reassigned as pastor of a small church.  The parishioners treated him harshly.  He gradually won their trust by taking a genuine interest in them, never growing impatient, and never getting angry at their hostility.  Though he was strict …

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Saint Etheldreda

June 23 Dear Father, Saint Etheldreda used to enjoy showing off her wealth by wearing lavish jewelry.  After her conversion, she lived an austere life, and when she developed an enormous and unsightly tumor on her neck, she gratefully accepted it as a penance for all the necklaces she had worn when she’d been so …

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Saint John the Almsgiver

January 23 Generous God, Saint John the Almsgiver used to say: “If we are able to enter the church day and night and implore God to hear our prayers, how careful we should be to hear and grant the petitions of our neighbor in need.”  Transform my attitude toward the poor and all those who …

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Saint Bartholomew

August 24 O Jesus, Saint Bartholomew’s greatest desire was to know the truth.  When first informed about You, his initial reaction was, “How can anything good come from Nazareth?”  But as soon as he met You, he wanted to become one of Your disciples.  You said of him, “Here is a man in whom there …

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Saint Luke Belludi

February 24 My Dear Savior, Saint Luke Belludi traveled with Saint Anthony of Padua and assisted him in ministry.  He also took care of his friend when the latter was dying.  I ask him to intercede for all those of my family and friends and community who are in need of or will someday need …

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Saint Francis de Sales

January 24 Lord Jesus, when You told Saint Francis de Sales to “Leave all and follow Me,” he developed a life of devotion to You, self-discipline, prayer, and kindness toward all.  Now he is the patron saint of authors, the Catholic press, and journalists.  I seek his intercession for all writers and publishers, especially those …

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Saints Boris and Gleb

July 24 Almighty Savior, Saints Boris and Gleb were brothers called the “passion bearers” because they submitted to injustices to the point of death.  When they were attacked, they refused to fight back.  Rather than contribute to the violence, they refused to force their will upon the other.  I ask them to pray against the …

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Saint Pacificus

September 24 O Christ Jesus, Saint Pacificus was a priest who had the gift of reading people’s consciences, and when they came to him for Confession, he helped them get more deeply in touch with their sins and receive fuller healing through Your forgiveness.  I ask him to pray for me and my loved ones, …

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Birth of John the Baptist

June 24 O Savior Jesus, at time of the birth of John the Baptist,  his father Zechariah was ministering in the temple, when an angel brought him news that his elderly wife Elizabeth would bear a child and that this boy would be filled with the Holy Spirit.  But Zechariah doubted, and because of this …

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Saint Simeon Stylites the Younger

May 24 Jesus My Lord, because of the great holiness of Saint Simeon Stylites the Younger’s prayer life, and because of his growing reputation as a healer and miracle worker, the place where he lived as a hermit became a site for many pilgrimages.  I ask him to pray for my reputation.  Help me to …

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Saints Flora and Mary

November 24 Sacred Jesus, Saint Flora and Saint Mary became friends when both were facing martyrdom.  After they were imprisoned,  they received letters of encouragement from Saint Eulogius, who wrote from the jail where he and other Christians were confined.  The girls pledged to intercede for them after their deaths.  They were beheaded and two …

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Saint Catherine of Sweden

March 24 Jesus My Lord, Saint Catherine of Sweden served you with her mother Saint Bridget by organizing pilgrimages to Jerusalem and other places to stimulate people’s spiritual growth.  In between pilgrimages, they spent their time in prayer and meditation, ministering to the poor and instructing them in religion.  Show me what opportunities I have …

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Saint Anthony Claret

October 24 Lord Jesus, Saint Anthony Claret was a priest who believed that the whole world was his mission field, beginning with his own parish.  He gave conferences to priests and founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, now known as the Claretians.  Saint Anthony Claret was convinced that the Church should …

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Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

April 24 O Holy Spirit, Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen was a lawyer who loved to defend the poor.  Eventually he became so disgusted by his colleagues’ greed, immorality, and uncaring attitudes that he left his practice for the priesthood and gave his wealth to needy seminarians and others.  I ask him to intercede for the …

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Saint Adele

December 24 Heavenly Father, Saint Adele’s first vocation was as a wife and mother.  She served You well by taking care of her family, praying, and doing works of mercy.  When her husband died, she became a nun and founded a convent.  As its first abbess, she ruled with great compassion and holiness.  I ask …

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Saint Joseph Calasanz

August 25 Holy Lord, Saint Joseph Calasanz highly esteemed those who gave spiritual instruction to children.  He believed that the highest calling is to help young ones attain eternal life.  I ask him to pray for catechists and parents as they direct their ministry to the well-being of the souls of children and teens.  Teach …

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Saint Bede the Venerable

May 25 Blessed Lord, Saint Bede the Venerable combined contemplative prayer with theological studies, always hungry to discover more of the riches of the Faith.  He especially admired the spirituality of the Blessed Mother, because: “Mary attributes nothing to her own merits.  She refers all her greatness to the gift of One whose essence is …

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Saint Walburga

February 25 Blessed Redeemer, Saint Walburga evangelized and healed pagans very successfully.  However, after her death, pagans began to connect her name with witchcraft, and May 1st became a satanic feast still honored today as Walpurgisnacht.  I ask this saint to pray for the conversion of witches, satanists, and other pagans.  Set them free from …

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Saints Crispin and Crispinian

October 25 Precious Lord, Saints Crispin and Crispinian were brothers who promoted Your kingdom by day and supported their families by night as shoemakers.  I ask them to pray for the people I know who would like to do full-time ministry or even part-time ministry but cannot afford it due to finances or other family …

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A Christmas Prayer

December 25 Sweet Jesus, You were born in a stable on that first Christmas to become divine light in a dark, sinful world.  Your little holy family was full of love, grace, kindness, and generosity.  I ask Mary and Joseph to pray for my family to grow in the virtues that spring from unconditional love.  …

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Saint Sergius

September 25 Spirit of Wisdom, Saint Sergius was not very intelligent, but he learned to read and write because of a strong desire to study the Bible.  He became so learned in the Faith that important rulers sought his advice.  People trusted him because of his confidence in You and his love for them.  I …

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The Annunciation

March 25 Holy Spirit, at the Annunciation, You spoke to Mary through an angel to invite her to participate in the plan of salvation.  Though she questioned how it was possible for her to become the mother of the Messiah, and she knew she faced rejection from Joseph and others, she gave You her yes.  …

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Saint James the Greater

July 25 O Gentle Jesus, Saint James was one of Your first apostles, but he started out as a very impulsive, self-centered man.  He dared to ask You for a place of honor in Your kingdom, and he wanted You to destroy the villages that had rejected You, but eventually he developed a true understanding …

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Saint Prosper

June 25 Holy Spirit, Saint Prosper was widely known for his work in converting heretics.  He convinced them of the truth by increasing their understanding and compassionately educating them about their mistakes.  I ask him to pray for the people today who hold wrong beliefs and misunderstandings about abortion, euthanasia, sexual activities, occult powers, birth …

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Saint Mark the Evangelist

April 25 Heavenly Father, Saint Mark the Evangelist ran away in fear when Jesus was arrested, but after the resurrection and the descent of the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room, he became a writer of the Faith, and he helped Saints Paul, Barnabas, and Peter build the new Church.  Take my fears, O Lord, …

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Saint Paul the Apostle

January 25 Loving Savior, on this the Feast Day of Saint Paul the Apostle, I ask for a share in his passionate enthusiasm for spreading the Gospel.  You saved him from the belief that Christians were heretics; help me to resist judging and persecuting others out of a lack of understanding their beliefs, and teach …

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Saint Catherine of Alexandria

November 25 Holy Spirit, You gave Saint Catherine of Alexandria the words and the wisdom to convert philosophers who had tried to refute the beliefs of her faith. Today, many teachers of philosophy use their classrooms and writings to undermine the faith of Christians. I ask her to pray for the Christians I know who …

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Saint Isabel of France

February 26 Lord Jesus, Saint Isabel of France was the daughter of a king, but this did not make her haughty.  Since early childhood, she had an extraordinary desire for piety, modesty, and other virtues.  She persisted in remaining solely dedicated to You, despite the opinions and advice of others.  I ask her to pray …

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Saint Anthelm

June 26 God of Heaven, Saint Anthelm strayed from You when he got caught up in Church politics, seeking leadership positions to increase his power and authority.  However, during a visit to a monastery, the attitude of service he witnessed changed his heart.  Resigning from his office, he joined that monastery.  I ask him to …

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Saint Ludger

March 26 Most Gracious God, Saint Ludger poured all his energy into his priestly ministry and delighted in teaching about You.  He spoke to anyone who would listen, any time he would find an opportunity.  O Lord, take away my laziness and lack of enthusiasm.  I ask Saint Ludger to intercede for me, that I …

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Saint Lucian

October 26 O Victorious Jesus, Saint Lucian was a devil worshiper who converted to Christianity.  He is the patron saint of possessed people, so I ask him to intercede for all those who worship Satan and have no one to pray for them.  They are surrounded by demonized people—give them Christians who can lead them …

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Saint Elizabeth Bichier

August 26 Compassionate Lord, Saint Elizabeth Bichier founded the Daughters of the Cross to form a community that would educate children and care for the sick.  I ask her to pray for the programs that are dedicated to teaching children and ministering to the hospitalized, homebound, and dying.  Inspire those who are in charge of …

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Saint Philip Neri

May 26 Spirit of God, Saint Philip Neri was a priest whom the people nicknamed the “Saint of Joy” because You had gifted him with a special sense of humor.  His smile went with him when he visited the sick and the imprisoned, and when he served pilgrims who traveled to Rome.  I ask him …

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Saint Radbertus

April 26 Lord Jesus, Saint Radbertus was a scripture scholar who wrote Bible studies, including an in-depth commentary on the Gospel of Saint Matthew.  His most popular writing was entitled, The Body and Blood of Christ.  I ask him to pray for an increase in my knowledge of scripture and for a greater devotion to …

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Saints Timothy and Titus

January 26 God Our Father, Saints Timothy and Titus were Paul’s disciples, as well as his close personal friends and partners in evangelization.  I offer up to You my calling to share the salvation of Jesus.  Help me to grow in courage to evangelize boldly and confidently.  Bring into my life friends who will partner …

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Saint John Berchmans

November 26 Holy Spirit, Saint John Berchmans was an ordinary young man who desired to become a holy priest.  During his preparations, he loved serving at the altar, praying the Rosary, meditating about the crucifix, and striving for holiness by following the rules of his Jesuit order.  However, he died of illness while still a …

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Saints Joachim and Ann

July 26 Dear Jesus, Saints Joachim and Ann dedicated their precious daughter Mary to the service of the Temple when she was three years old, preparing the way for her to become Your Blessed Mother.  Since they are Your grandparents, I ask them to intercede for the needs of the grandparents in my family: those …

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Saints Cosmas and Damian

September 26 O My Jesus, Saints Cosmas and Damian were twins who became excellent doctors.  They refused payment for their medical care because they believed that when they treated patients, they were also caring for You.  By conveying great love, they won the hearts of their patients as they taught them about the Faith.  I …

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Saint Stephen

December 26 Loving God, Saint Stephen was one of the first deacons in the Church.  The Apostles ordained him with six others because they needed ministers who would oversee the needs of the poor and the widowed.  His holiness was so evident that when he preached to his enemies, his face glowed brightly like an …

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Saint John the Beloved Apostle

December 27 Lord Jesus, Saint John the Beloved Apostle was one of Your closest friends.  He was the only one who stayed with You until the end.  On the cross, You placed Your Mother into his care.  After You rose, he ran ahead of the other Apostles to see the empty tomb and he was …

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Saint Monica

August 27 Blessed Lord, Saint Monica was the mother of Saint Augustine, and for many years prayed and cried and did penances for her son.  As a result, he became a Doctor of the Church and one of her greatest theologians.  She is the patron saint of alcoholics and children who disappoint their parents, so …

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Saint Zita

April 27 Lord God, at age twelve, Saint Zita was sold to a family as a domestic servant, and she stayed in that position for the rest of her life.  Because of her Christian beliefs, she often gave away her food, and sometimes her master’s food, to those who were needier than herself.  This caused …

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Saint Angela Merici

January 27 Healing Lord, during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Saint Angela Merici experienced a major devastation; she became blind.  Yet she insisted on continuing the pilgrimage with devotion and enthusiasm.  In my journey through this world, and in the journeys of everyone I know—especially the handicapped and disabled—help us to continue onward when …

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Saint John of Egypt

March 27 Generous God, Saint John of Egypt was a hermit who made himself available to people who needed spiritual help.  Many people, including the emperor, sought his counsel.  He could prophesy the future, look into people’s souls, read their thoughts, and heal them through the use of blessed oil.  I ask him to pray …

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Saint James Intercisus

November 27 Heavenly King, Saint James Intercisus did not have the courage to profess the Faith during the persecutions because he was afraid of losing the pagan king’s friendship.  His wife and mother, however, challenged him to put God above all his fears, and warned him that his sin could lead him to Hell.  He …

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Saint Anne Line

February 27 Holy God, Saint Anne Line converted to Catholicism at a time when people were arrested for this.  She fearlessly helped others survive the persecutions, and her home became a rallying point for Catholics.  Fully aware of the possible cost to her life, she hid a priest and held Mass in her home, but …

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Saint Cyril of Alexandria

June 27 Holy Jesus, Saint Cyril of Alexandria defended the Blessed Virgin Mary’s title as Mother of God, at a time when there was much persecution against her.  He called her “Hail, Mary, Mother of God, venerable treasure of the whole universe.”  I ask him to pray for my own relationship with the Blessed Mother.  …

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Saint Augustine of Canterbury

May 27 Holy God, Saint Augustine of Canterbury led a team of missionaries who converted the people of early England.  He worked hard to establish in the Celtic churches liturgical practices that conformed to the Church of Rome, but he could not overcome the people’s determination to do things their own way.  I ask him …

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Saint Vincent de Paul

September 27 Generous God, Saint Vincent de Paul developed a special concern for the poor after giving the Sacraments to a dying peasant.  He cared for slaves, prostitutes, war victims, and the destitute.  I ask him to pray for all the Saint Vincent de Paul Societies, the churches that sponsor them, all other charitable ministries, …

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Saint Frumentius

October 27 Loving Father, Saint Frumentius was called the Apostle of Ethiopia because, as a bishop, he was sent there to spread the Faith.  However, he was captured and taken to the king and made a member of his court. He realized that having such access to the king gave him a better opportunity to …

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Saint Pantaleon

July 27 O Powerful Holy Spirit, Saint Pantaleon was a Christian who, little by little, let the sinful examples of those around him eat away at his morals until he actually got to the point of forsaking his Christian Faith.  It was through a holy priest that he later realized the grave sin he had …

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Saint Catherine Labouré

November 28 Almighty Father, You gave Saint Catherine Labouré a vision of the Blessed Mother revealing an image that was to be made into the Miraculous Medal.  You commissioned her to spread its devotion.  It included the prayer: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”  You promised that those …

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Saint Guntramnus

March 28 Jesus Lord of Unity, Saint Guntramnus was a peacemaker.  He strictly and justly enforced the law, regardless of a person’s rank or status or situation, but when it came to crimes against himself, he forgave the offenders, even after two attempted assassinations.  I lift up to his intercession the victims of war crimes …

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The Holy Innocents

December 28 Blessed Savior, when King Herod tried to kill You by slaughtering the innocent children who were two years old or younger, they became martyrs for the Faith.  Dying before they could experience temptation and sin, they received the glory of triumphing over the world for Your sake.  The Holy Innocents are the patron …

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Saint Samson

July 28 Father in Heaven, Saint Samson was a holy monk who exceeded those around him in spiritual maturity.  When he met some Irish monks whose spiritual education was more advanced than his own, he went with them to Ireland so he could learn from them while he served at their side.  I ask him …

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Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

June 28 Faithful Jesus, Saint Irenaeus of Lyons was privileged to be a student of Saint Polycarp, who had been a disciple of Saint John the Apostle.  He said: “I listened to Saint Polycarp’s instructions very carefully.  I wrote down his actions and his words, not on paper, but on my heart.”  I ask him …

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Saint Augustine

August 28 Blessed Redeemer, when Saint Augustine was a young adult, he rejected his upbringing, converted to a false religion and lived immorally.  It was a lifestyle he did not want to give up, but he finally realized that nothing truly satisfied him except friendship with You.  He said, “Our hearts were made for You, …

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Saint Romanus of Condat

February 28 Jesus Lamb of God, You healed two lepers through Saint Romanus of Condat because he embraced them.  I ask him to intercede for those in my family and community who are outcasts because of their illnesses, including those with HIV and AIDS.  Send humble people into their lives like Saint Romanus who will …

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Saint Peter Chanel

April 28 Holy Spirit, Giver of Life, Saint Peter Chanel became a priest at a time when many had lost interest in the Faith.  Assigned to a parish that was spiritually dead, he discovered that frequent prayer and daily Mass kept him from becoming discouraged.  In just three years of working to inspire people to …

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Saints Simon and Jude

October 28 Dear Savior, Saints Simon and Jude were both Apostles. Saint Simon was zealous about preaching the Good News.  His partner, Saint Jude, was known for exorcising pagan idols, which crumbled as the demons fled.  Saint Jude is the patron saint of desperate situations and lost causes, and I ask them both to pray …

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Saint Wenceslaus

September 28 Beloved Savior, Saint Wenceslaus was a devout Christian ruler in a heathen land.  Surrounded by pagan beliefs, he grew stronger in his convictions.  He gave his help to the poor more often, purified himself through penance, prayed to the blessed Mother, and spread the true Faith throughout the kingdom.  I ask him to …

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Saint Bernard of Menthon

May 28 Heavenly Father, Saint Bernard of Menthon protected travelers from thieves in the Alpine Mountains and established hospices for people making pilgrimages to Rome.  In his memory, the noble dogs that are trained to search for missing victims in the mountains were named after him.  I ask him to watch over me as I …

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Saint Thomas Aquinas

January 28 Spirit of Wisdom, Saint Thomas Aquinas’ family misunderstood his devotion to studying the Faith.  Because of their disapproval, he had to join the Dominicans secretly.  His family kidnapped him, intent on changing his mind, but his trust in You kept his hope alive.  A year later, You freed him to rejoin the friars.  …

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Saint Maximinius

May 29 Beloved Jesus, while Saint Maximinius was a bishop, he took a stand against those who persecuted the Church.  He also protected other courageous bishops when they lost favor with those in political power.  I ask Saint Maximinius to intercede for me when I am too concerned about being “politically correct” in the opinions …

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Saint Catherine of Siena

April 29 O My Savior, Saint Catherine of Siena took her faith out into the world to make a difference for Your Kingdom.  She served as a spiritual guide to many, she affected politics, and she convinced the pope to return the Church’s leadership to Rome.  By word and deed, she taught that Christians should …

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Saint Oswald

February 29 Lord, you entrusted  Saint Oswald to be a wise and good king of Anglo-Saxton Northumbria. He realized that much help was needed to restore Christianity to his country and that he could not do it alone. You inspired and guided him to instigate and support missionary efforts by the Irish monk Aidan of …

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Saints Michael and Gabriel and Raphael

September 29 Heavenly King, You have given us archangels Saints Michael and Gabriel and Raphael to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth.  Saint Michael is our protector; I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger.  Saint Gabriel is a messenger of the Good …

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Saint Francis Anthony of Lucera

November 29 Good Jesus, Saint Francis Anthony of Lucera led a life that overflowed with love.  His compassion and aid went to every needy person he could find.  It was he who originated the idea of collecting gifts for poor families during the Christmas season.  I ask him to pray for gift-giving ministries that provide …

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Saint Martha

July 29 O Sweet Jesus, Saint Martha lived in Bethany with her brother and sister, Saints Lazarus and Mary.  She attended to Your physical needs while You rested and fellowshipped with good friends.  I ask her to pray for my gift of hospitality.  Teach me, dear Lord, how to truly welcome friends, family, and strangers.  …

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Saint Aquilinus of Milan

January 29 Loving Father, Saint Aquilinus of Milan became a traveling preacher instead of accepting a high church office.  Serving God’s people was more important to him than status and power.  I accept the position in life to which You have called me.  Help me to be content with doing Your work in my home, …

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Saint Narcissus

October 29 God of Justice, Saint Narcissus was falsely accused of a terrible crime by three of his enemies.  He was saved from an unjust punishment because he had a reputation for holiness and no one believed the lies.  I ask him to pray for me whenever I am slandered or verbally attacked.  Help me, …

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Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

June 29 Blessed Redeemer, the Apostles Peter and Paul were leaders and models in strengthening the faith of the infant Church, and I ask them to pray for my faith to grow strong.  Saint Paul wrote in his second letter to Saint Timothy, “I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that …

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Saint Jeanne Marie de Maille

March 29 Jesus Lamb of God, Saint Jeanne Marie de Maille is the patron for abuse victims.  I lift up to You all the wounded ones in my family, church, neighborhood and circle of friendships.  I also lift up to You their abusers.  Saint Jeanne Marie, intercede for each one.  Embrace them, Lord.  Give them …

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Saint Thomas Becket

December 29 Gracious Father, Saint Thomas was famed for his opulence and his status as the most powerful man in England second only to the king.  Everything changed when he became a priest to be consecrated archbishop.  He completely turned his life around and began to live piously.  He was soon opposing the king to …

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Beheading of John the Baptist

August 29 O Divine Savior, Saint John the Baptist was zealous in his preaching about the need to repent because he wanted everyone to be reconciled with You.  So strong was his conviction that he could not keep silent, even when he knew his honesty came with a cost.  I ask him to intercede for …

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Saint Andrew the Apostle

November 30 Lord Jesus, Saint Andrew was the first Apostle.  He enthusiastically led other people to You, starting with his brother, Saint Peter.  Saint John Chrysostom said in a homily about these saints, “To support one another in the things of the spirit is the true sign of good will between brothers, loving kinship and …

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Saint Anysius

December 30 Holy Spirit, when John Chrysostom was being persecuted, Saint Anysius ran to his defense.  He begged the Pope to return him to his office of Bishop.  As a bishop himself, he convinced fifteen others to stop worrying about possible repercussions and join the cause.  However they could not overcome the emperor’s will before …

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Saint Pius V

April 30 Heavenly King, Saint Pius V was the pope who reformed the Church after the Protestant division.  To propagate improved standards, he published a new breviary and missal, he issued a new catechism to help people understand clearly the teachings of the Church, and he promoted the Rosary.  I ask him to pray for …

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Saint Jerome

September 30 O Jesus, You are the Word of God made flesh, and Saint Jerome said that ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of God.  As secretary to the Pope, he received the commission to translate the Bible from its original languages into Latin—the Vulgate.  I ask him to pray for my time spent reading …

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Saint Fiacre

August 30 O Lord, Saint Fiacre was a holy hermit to whom people came in droves to learn more about the Christian Faith.  Concerned about their lack of food and shelter during their visits with him, he built a hospice and farmed the land to supply their needs.  I ask him to pray for farmers …

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Saint Ferdinand III of Castile

May 30 Christ the King, Saint Ferdinand III of Castile was a great administrator who had very deep faith.  His friendship with You inspired him to be a just ruler, and he pardoned those who attacked his throne.  I ask him to pray for the leaders and administrators who have been criticized unfairly by the …

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Saint John Climacus

March 30 O Powerful Jesus, at the beginning of Saint John Climacus’ ministry, he was severely tempted by the devil. By placing all of his trust in You and spending much time in prayer, he resisted the sins and grew in holiness.  When people asked for his help in overcoming the difficult traps of sin, …

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Saint Peter Chrysologus

July 30 Dear God, Saint Peter Chrysologus was called “the golden-worded one” because of his outstanding gift of preaching.  He could be powerful yet brief, direct while being compassionate, and persuasive without being judgmental.  I ask him to pray for my own use of words.  Holy Spirit, give me Your words to speak whenever I …

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Saint Aldegundis

January 30 Compassionate Lord, Saint Aldegundis had a special concern for those suffering with cancer.  I ask him to intercede for me, my family and friends, that we may remain free from cancer.  If any of us are struck with this disease, I ask him to pray for our healing.  Lord Jesus, help us to …

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First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

June 30 O Jesus Christ, the first martyrs of the Church of Rome were unnamed Christians who were brutally killed by Nero.  They were forced to wear animal skins and hunted, and they were made into living torches to brighten the road on which Nero traveled.  I ask these martyrs to pray for me when …

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Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez

October 30 Beloved Jesus, Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez was a devout Christian who had to rethink his belief in You when his business went bad and then his wife and daughter died.  Rather than giving up on You and losing faith, he prayed, did penance for his sins, and received the Sacraments more often.  Doing this, …

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Blessed Virgin Mary

May 31 Wonderful Lord, on the Feast of Blessed Virgin Mary’s visit with Elizabeth, we are reminded that You are a God of joy and that You always fulfill Your promises.  I ask the Blessed Mother to intercede for me when I feel discouraged, so that my soul may always magnify You, O Lord.  May …

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Saint Sylvester I

December 31 Dear God, Saint Sylvester lived through many good and bad events during his long years of service as Pope, from horrendous persecutions to the downfall of the persecutors.  As I think of all that I’ve experienced this past year, I ask him to pray for any loose ends to be resolved during the …

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Saint Ignatius of Loyola

July 31 Good Savior, Saint Ignatius was wounded in battle and had to spend months in recovery.  He wanted to pass the time reading adventure books about knights, but all he could find were biographies on the saints.  Reading these, he felt challenged to do what the saints had done.  I ask him to pray …

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Saint John Bosco

January 31 Sweet Savior, Saint John Bosco had a powerful love and tender heart for youth.  I lift up to You the children and teenagers in my life.  Protect them; lead them away from the temptations of the world and hold them tight in Your arms. When Saint John Bosco was a boy, he performed …

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Saint Raymond Nonnatus

August 31 Dear God, Saint Raymond Nonnatus spent his inheritance paying the ransom for Christians who had been enslaved and even traded himself to set others free.  Because he miraculously survived his birth as his mother died, he is a patron saint for pregnancies.  I ask him to pray for the safe delivery of the …

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Saint Wolfgang

October 31 Blessed Redeemer, Saint Wolfgang was a monk and a bishop who had the gifts of teaching and healing. He evangelized the pagan empire of his country’s enemy in order to reduce the threat of attack.  Legend says that he forced Satan to help him build a church.  I ask Saint Wolfgang to pray …

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Saint Balbina

March 31 Dear God, Saint Balbina was regarded as an example of Your grace manifested here in this world.  In the guidebooks given to pilgrims at the Roman catacombs, his tomb was listed as a place to pray for the gift of grace.  I, too, ask her to intercede for me, that I may grow …

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All the Saints in one book

Daily Prayers with the Saints Experience the friendship and spiritual guidance of hundreds of saints, one for each day of the year. The prayers are written with the Saint’s special patronage in mind. If you desire to grow in holiness, the prayers given here will point you in the right direction, and your friends in …

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Daily Saints in one book

Daily Prayers with the Saints Experience the friendship and spiritual guidance of hundreds of saints, one for each day of the year. The prayers are written with the Saint’s special patronage in mind. If you desire to grow in holiness, the prayers given here will point you in the right direction, and your friends in …

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