Saint Athanasius

“Dead men cannot take effective action; their power of influence on others lasts only till the grave. Deeds and actions that energise others belong only to the living. Well, then, look at the facts in this case. The Saviour is working mightily among men, every day He is invisibly persuading numbers of people all over the world, both within and beyond the Greek-speaking world, to accept His faith and be obedient to His teaching. Can anyone, in face of this, still doubt that He has risen and lives, or rather that He is Himself the Life? Does a dead man prick the consciences of men...?” 
Saint Athanasius of Alexandria

 

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Blessed Dina Belanger

Blessed Dina Belanger

  • b. 30 April 1897
  • d. 4 September 1929
  • A Canadian Nun and Mystic, and musician
  • beatified 20 March 1993 by Pope Saint John Paul II

Our Lord, the God-man , showed me his adorable Heart in the Sacred Host . His Heart and the Host were perfectly united, so close to each other that I can not explain how it was possible for me to distinguish one from the other. There were rays of light coming from the Host and from His Heart gushed an immensity of flames, which flowed as a torrent. The Blessed Virgin was there, so close to our Lord as to be absorbed by him, and yet I distinctly saw her ... All the lights of the Host and all the flames of the Heart of Jesus went through the immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin. 

Blessed Dina Belanger

Saint Felix

This Day, the Thirtieth Day of August

At Rome, on the Ostian road, the martyrdom of the blessed priest Felix, under the emperors Diocletian and Maximian. After being racked he was sentenced to death, and as they led him to execution, he met a man who spontaneously declared himself a Christian, and was forthwith beheaded with him. The Christians not knowing his name, called him Adauctus, because he was added to St. Felix and shared his crown.

 

Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine

b.  on the 14 of November in 354 in Tagaste north africa, d. 430, baptized at age 33 by the bishop Ambrose in Milan, elected bishop of Hippo, fought Manichees, Donatists, Pelagius. Confessions and City of God. Over 500 homilies extant, considered to be the founder of monasticism in the west, one heart one mind intent upon God. His rule is observed by over 100 religious communities today, one of the four great doctors of the Catholic Church, called the Doctor of Grace. 

Patron of theologians

This Day, the Twenty-Eight Day of August

b. 354 and d. 430

At Hippo Regius, in Africa, the birthday of St. Augustine, bishop and famous Doctor of the Church. Converted and baptized by the blessed bishop Ambrose, he defended the Catholic faith with the greatest zeal against the Manicheans and other heretics, and after having sustained many other labors for the Church of God, he went to his reward in heaven. His relics, owing to the invasion of barbarians, were first brought from his own city into Sardinia, and afterwards taken by Luitprand, king of the Lombards, to Pavia, where they were deposited with due honors.

One of the four great doctors of the Roman Catholic Church, Doctor of Grace and Patron of Theologians.

 
 
Saint Augustine of Hippo, Francisco Bayeu y Subías (1734-1795)

Saint Augustine of Hippo, Francisco Bayeu y Subías (1734-1795)

Saint Monica

Saint Monica

b. 333 in Tagaste in Roman Africa, d. 387 at Ostia, after 30 years of prayer converted her husband Patricius, and also her son Augustine with the help of the bishop Ambrose.

Patroness of Mothers and Widows.

 

 
 
Saint Monica with her son Saint Augustine, Ary Scheffer, 1854

Saint Monica with her son Saint Augustine, Ary Scheffer, 1854

Saint Louis IX

Saint Louis IX

  • This Day, the Twenty-Fifth Day of August
  • born 1214, died 1270
  • At Paris, St. Louis, confessor, King of France,
  • Illustrious by the holiness of his life and the fame of his miracles.
  • Patron of Tertiaries, of Masons and Sculptors.
     

Saint Louis was a model ruler, father of 11 children, a 3rd order franciscan, cared for lepers, built Sainte Chapelle in Paris as a reliquary for the crown of thorns. 

 

 
King Louis IX, El Greco, 1585

King Louis IX, El Greco, 1585