Saints for the remainder of August -29 August 2017


Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894], at

The Last Communion of St Joseph Calasanz, by Goya (1819)

ST. JOSEPH CALASANCTIUS was born in Arragon, in 1556. When only five years old, he led a troop of children through the streets to find the devil and kill him. He became a priest, and was engaged in various reforms, when he heard a voice saying, “Go to Rome,” and had a vision of many children who were being taught by him and by a company of angels….[..]


Image Francisco GoyaThe Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894], at



ST. AUGUSTINE was born in 354, at Tagaste in Africa. He was brought up in the Christian faith, but without receiving baptism. An ambitious school-boy of brilliant talents and violent passions, he early lost both his faith and his innocen..[..]

Source:  August 28.—ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO.

Image: Pinterest. 2016. Augustine of Hippo (Latin: Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis; November 13, 354 – August 28, 430), also known as Augustine, St. Augustine, St. Austin,… | Pinteres…. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 September 2016].

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894], at


Salome with the Head of John the Baptist byCaravaggio, National Gallery, London, c. 1607–10 (Public Domain)

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST was called by God to be the forerunner of His divine Son. In order to preserve his innocence spotless, and to improve the extraordinary graces which he had received, he was directed by the Holy Ghost to lead an austere and contemplative life in the

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Image: Caravaggiofrom Web Gallery of Art – Web Gallery of Art have given permission for use of images on Wikipedia.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894], at

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30th August – ST. FIAKER, Anchorite.

A stained glass window, 19th century, Eglise Notre-Dame, Bar-le-Duc, France. Saint Vincent.

ST. FIAKER was nobly born in Ireland, and had his education under the care of a bishop of eminent sanctity who was, according to some, Conan, Bishop of Soder or the Western Islands. Looking upon all worldly advantages as dross, he left his country and friends in the flower of his age, and with certain pious companions sailed over to France, in quest of some solitude in which he might devote himself to God, unknown to the rest of the world. Divine Providence conducted him to St. Faro…[..]

Source: 30th August – ST. FIAKER, Anchorite.

Image: VassilOwn work ;CC0;File:Eglise Notre-Dame Bar-le-Duc Vitrail Saint Fiacre 30 04 2012.jpg; Created: 30 April 2012

Jeanne Jugan (October 25, 1792 – August 29, 1879[1]), also known as Sister Mary of the Cross, L.S.P

St. Jeanne Jugan, L.S.P.(Mary of the Cross)Sister and servant of the poor. Religious and foundress

Born in northern France during the French Revolution—a time when congregations of women and men religious were being suppressed by the national government, Jeanne would eventually be highly praised in the French academy for her community’s compassionate care of elderly poor people.

When Jeanne was three and a half years old, her father, a fisherman, was lost at sea. Her widowed mother was hard pressed to raise her eight children (four died young) alone. At the age of 15 or 16, Jeanne became a kitchen maid for a family that not only cared for its own members, but also served poor, elderly people nearby. Ten years later, Jeanne became a nurse at the hospital in Le Rosais. Soon thereafter she joined a third order group founded by St. John Eudes…[..]

Source: Franciscan media -Saint of the Day Saint Jeanne Jugan

Image: Leon Brunescanned from prayer booklet, 1 January 1885, Public Domain


Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894], at


Saint Raymund Nonnatus being fed by Angels by Eugenio Caxés, 1630

T. RAYMUND NONNATUS was born in Catalonia, in the year 1204, and was descended of a gentleman’s family of a small fortune. In his childhood he seemed to find pleasure only in his devotions and serious duties. His father perceiving in him an inclination to a religious state, took him from school, and sent him to take care of a farm which he had in the country. Raymund readily obeyed, and, in order to enjoy the opportunity of holy solitude, kept the sheep himself, and spent his time in the mountains and forests in holy meditation and prayer. Some time after, he joined the new Order of Our Lady of Mercy for the redemption of captives, and was admitted to his profession at Barcelona by the holy founder, St. Peter Nolasco. Within two or three years after his profession, he was sent into Barbary with a considerable sum of money, where he purchased, at Algiers, the liberty of a great number of slaves. When all this treasure was exhausted, he gave himself up as a hostage for the ransom of certain others. This magnanimous sacrifice served only to exasperate the Mohammedans, who treated him with uncommon barbarity, till, fearing lest if he died in their hands they should lose the ransom which was to be paid for the slaves for whom he remained a hostage, they gave orders that he should be treated with more humanity. Hereupon he was permitted to go abroad about the streets, which liberty he made use of to comfort and encourage the Christians in their chains, and he converted and baptized some Mohamme.[..]

Source: August 31.—ST. RAYMUND NONNATUS.

Image: Artist:Follower of Eugenio Cajes,(1575–1634),Title:San Ramón Nonato alimentado por los ángeles,1630–1630Medium:Oil on Canvas,File:San Ramón Nonato alimentado por los ángeles.jpeg,Created: 1 January 1630(????), Public Domain

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August 31
Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus

Icon – Eudocimus-Joseph Arimathean

The actions of these two influential Jewish leaders give insight into the charismatic power of Jesus and his teachings—and the risks that could be involved in following him.

Joseph was a respected, wealthy civic leader who had become a disciple of Jesus. Following the death of Jesus, Joseph obtained Jesus’ body from Pilate, wrapped it in fine linen and buried it. For these reasons Joseph is considered the patron saint of funeral directors and pallbearers. More important is the courage Joseph showed in asking Pilate for Jesus’ body. Jesus was a condemned criminal who had been publicly executed. According to some legends, Joseph was punished and imprisoned for such a..[..]

Source: Saints of the Day -Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus

Image: Righteous Joseph of Arimathea – Orthodox Church in America. 2016. Righteous Joseph of Arimathea – Orthodox Church in America. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 September 2016].


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