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St. Felix II | February 28

This pope is an ancestor of the future Pope St. Gregory the Great who lived from 540 to 604. Gregory wrote that when his aunt, St. Tharsilla, was dying, Pope Felix appeared to her. He beckoned her to heaven. Who was Pope St. Felix? And what events unfolded in his life that had led him to sainthood? Although there are not many details, we know that Felix was a Roman. He was honest and courageous in troubled times. Felix became pope in 483. Groups of people within the Church were divided because of false teachings. Political factors complicated the ministry of this pope. But Felix proved himself a brave defender of the truths of our faith and the rights of the Church. Many compared him to Pope St. Leo the Great who had died in 461. Pope Felix was truly universal in outlook. He tried to gr

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Blessed Charles the Good | March 1

Count Charles of Flanders, was called "the good" by the people of his kingdom. They named him for what they found him to truly be. He was the son of St. Canute, king of Denmark. Charles was just five years old when his father was murdered in 1086. When Charles grew up, he married a good young woman named Margaret. Charles was a mild and fair ruler. The people trusted him and his laws. He tried to be an example of what he expected the people to be. Some nobles accused Charles of unjustly favoring the poor over the rich. He answered kindly, "It is because I am so aware of the needs of the poor and the pride of the rich." The poor of his realm were fed daily at his castles. Charles ordered the abundant planting of crops so that the people would have plen

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Blessed Katharine Drexel | March 2

Blessed Katharine was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 26, 1858. Katharine's mother died when she was a baby. Her father married a wonderful woman named Emma. She raised their own child, Louise. She was also a loving mother to Mr. Drexel's two little girls by his former marriage. They were Elizabeth and Katharine. The girls had a wonderful childhood. Even though their family was wealthy, they were taught to be loving toward their neighbors. They were taught to be especially concerned about the poor. This was how they could show their love for God. When Katharine grew up, she was a very active Catholic. She was generous with her time and her money. She realized that the Church had many needs. She turned her energies and her fortune to the poor, the forgotten. Her w

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St. Casimir | March 3

St. Casimir was born in 1458, son of Casimir IV, king of Poland.Casimir was one of thirteen children. With the help of his virtuous mother and his dedicated teacher, Casimir received an excellent education. When he was thirteen, Casimir had the chance to become king of neighboring Hungary, but he refused. He spent the rest of his life trying to live his Christian ideals. He went out of his way to be cheerful and friendly with everybody. Beneath the surface of his busy life, he made the effort to help himself to grow spiritually. He often fasted and slept on the floor of his room as penance. He prayed daily, sometimes even during the middle of the night. He loved to think and pray about the passion of Jesus. He recognized this as a good way to learn to love God. Casimir also loved the Bl

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St. John Joseph of the Cross | March 4

St. John Joseph of the Cross was born in southern Italy on the feast of the Assumption, 1654. He was a young noble, but he dressed like a poor man. He did that because he wanted to be as poor as Jesus had been. At the age of sixteen, John Joseph entered the Franciscan order. He wanted very much to live a self-sacrificing life as Jesus had. This led him to cheerfully make many sacrifices. He slept just three hours a night and ate very plain food. Later he was ordained a priest. Father John Joseph became the superior at Santa Lucia's in Naples where he spent most of his long life. He always insisted on doing the hardest work. He cheerfully chose to do the duties that no one else wanted. St. John Joseph had a very loving nature. But he did not try to be the center o

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St. Colette | March 5

Born in 1380, Nicolette was named in honor of St. Nicholas of Myra. Her loving parents nicknamed her Colette from the time she was a baby. Colette's father was a carpenter at an abbey in Picardy. Quiet and hard-working, Colette was a big help to her mother with the housework. Her parents noticed the child's liking for prayer and her sensitive, loving nature. When Colette was seventeen, both her parents died. The young woman was placed under the care of the abbot at the monastery where her father had worked. She asked for and received a hut built next to the abbey church. Colette lived there. She spent her time praying and sacrificing for Jesus' Church. More and more people found out about this holy young woman. They went to see her and asked her advice about important problems.

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St. Perpetua and St. Felicity | March 6

Perpetua and Felicity lived in Carthage,North Africa, in the third century. It was the time of the fierce persecution of Christians by Emperor Septimus Severus. Twenty-two-year-old Perpetua was the daughter of a rich nobleman. While growing up, she had received everything she wanted. But she realized that she loved Jesus and her Christian faith more than anything the world could offer. For this she found herself a prisoner on the way to execution. Perpetua's father was a pagan. He did everything possible to persuade his daughter to give up her Christian faith. He tried to convince her of the importance of saving her life. But the woman would not give in, even though she knew that she would have to leave behind her husband and baby. Felicity, Perpetua's Christian

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St. John of God | March 7

St. John was born in Portugal on March 8, 1495. His parents were poor, but deeply Christian. John was a restless boy. For a while he was a shepherd, then a soldier, then a storekeeper. During his adult years he was not religious. He and his friends had lost any awareness of God. By the time John was forty, he began to feel empty. He was sad about the life he was wasting away. In church he heard a homily by the holy missionary, John of Avila. The impact of his life hit John of God. He began to weep right out loud. During the days ahead, St. John of Avila helped John begin his life again with hope and courage. John of God began to live differently. He put prayer and penance into his daily life. It is believed that a bishop gave John his name because he changed his selfish life completely

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St. Frances of Rome | March 8

St.Franceswas born in 1384. Her parents were wealthy, but they taught Francesto be concerned about people and to live a good Christian life. She was an intelligent little girl. Francesinformed her parents when she was eleven that she had made up her mind to be a nun. Her parents encouraged her to think of marriage instead. As was the custom, they selected a good young man to be Frances' husband. The bride was just thirteen. Frances and her husband, Lorenzo Ponziano, fell in love with each other. Even though their marriage was arranged, they were happily married for forty years. Lorenzo admired his wife and his sister-in-law, Vannozza. Both women prayed every day and performed penances for Jesus' Church, which had many trials at that time. Frances and Vannozza also visited the po

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St. Simplicius | March 9

St. Simplicius became pope in 468. Sometimes it seemed to him that he was all alone in trying to correct evils that were everywhere. Conquerers had taken over vast territories. Even Rome itself was occupied by invaders. The people were hungry and poor. They had been taxed and robbed by former Roman officials. Poverty prowled the streets and removed all joy. The new Conquer- ers at least had not asked for taxes. Pope Simplicius tried in every way to uplift his people and to work for their good. He was always there for them, no matter how small his efforts seemed to him. And because he was holy, he never gave up. More than by words, he taught with the example of his holy life. St. Simplicius had to suffer greatly as pope for another reason as well. Some of his own Christians stubb

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