Theresa Doyle-Nelson

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St. Zephaniah — A Prophet of Renewal

The LORD your God, is in your midst,       a mighty savior, Who will rejoice over you with gladness,      and renew you in his love. ―Zephaniah 3:17   Zephaniah, the ninth of the Minor Prophets, has an interesting introduction to his...

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St. Apphia—A Saint Who Was Asked to Prepare a Room for Paul

I [Paul] give thanks to my God always, remembering you [Apphia and family] in my prayers, as I hear of the love and the faith you have in the Lord Jesus and for all the holy ones. ―Philemon 4–5 Apphia’s name is found only within the Letter to...

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St. Simon the Apostle—Cananean and Zealot

When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted...

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St. Luke the Evangelist—Artist, Doctor, Historian, Devout Follower of Christ

Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us… I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus....

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St. Philip the Deacon—One of the First Seven Deacons

Thus Philip went down to [the] city of Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah to them. With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing. ―Acts 8:5–6 Philip the Deacon is also...

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The Holy Guardian Angels—Custodians of Our Souls

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.” ―Matthew 18:10 References to angels are numerous within both the Old and New Testaments of the...

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St. Elizabeth—The Mother of St. John the Baptist

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” ―Luke 1:41–42 The...

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St. Zechariah the Prophet—An Old Testament Saint for Exiles

The elders of the Jews continued to make progress in the building, supported by the message of the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, son of Iddo. ―Ezra 6:14a Return to me—and I will return to you, say the LORD of hosts. —Zechariah 1:3 In 538...

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St. Eleazar ― An Old Testament Martyr “Advanced in Age”

Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes, a man advanced in age and of noble appearance, was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork. But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement, he went forward of his own accord to the instrument of...

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St. Lazarus―A Saint Brought Back to Life by Jesus

And when he [Jesus] had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.” ―John...