Butler's Saint for the Day by Paul Burns

By Paul Burns

Increase on a daily basis with versions for Christian residing drawn from the authoritative 12 quantity Butler's Lives of the Saints. tailored right into a unmarried quantity for day-by-day devotional analyzing, Butler's Saint for the Day beneficial properties the lifetime of one saint or blessed for every day of the 12 months. initially released because the New Concise variation of Butler's, this revision places even more emphasis on twentieth century figures. the decisions additionally mirror the overdue John Paul II's realization to holy women and men all through the area, in particular the Americas.

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When the epidemics later declined, so did their numbers, until they died out in 1803. His attributes and patronages derive from these Hospitallers rather than from his actual life or from Athanasius. They wore black cloaks with a T-shaped cross on them, representing a walking-stick, presumably as a tribute to the great age to which Antony lived; they rang bells to announce their alms-seeking missions, and they kept pigs: a stick, bell, and pig all appear in depictions of St Antony. The pigs have made him the patron saint of butchers and of brush-makers (from hogshair bristle); because he supported himself by making rush mats, he is also patron of basket-weavers; because of his association with ergotism, he is invoked against skin diseases.

Sisters (now the Company of Jesus) were called—were not a required feature of the ecclesial scene, and what Margaret was to call her vie voyagère, "travelling life," was not far from this. Her opportunity to follow her missionary calling came when the governor of the French settlement of Ville-Marie in Canada (then just a fort, now the city of Montreal) came to visit his sister in the Augustinian convent in Troyes in 1652. He was looking for a schoolmistress, and Margaret accepted the post. She landed at Quebec in September 1653 and reached Ville-Marie a month later.

The resulting expansion led to new foundations in Germany. Shortly before his death, he extended his mission to the United States, where St Mary Mission Seminary was built in Techny, Illinois, near Chicago. This was followed in 1922 by Bay St Louis Seminary, which has produced well over a hundred African-American priests, of whom six have gone on to become bishops. Arnold died on 15 January 1909 and was promptly referred to as a saint by Pope Pius X. He was beatified by Pope Paul VI on World Mission Sunday in October 1975 and canonized by Pope John Paul II on 5 October 2003, when the pope said of him that "obstacles did not dismay him".

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