Theresa Doyle-Nelson

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St. Veronica is the True Image of Compassion

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. ―Luke 23:27 The name Veronica actually never appears in Scripture, nor is this Veronica included in the Roman Martyrology. However, Luke’s Gospel shares...

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St. Thomas – More than Just a Doubter

Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” ―John 20:28 Although several stories of doubt exist in the Bible, it is Thomas’s incident that seems to catch the most attention, earning him the nickname “Doubting Thomas.” Fortunately,...

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St. Paul — A Tireless Defender of the Faith

“I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’” ―Acts 22:7–8 Paul (also known as Saul) was a...

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St. Amos – A Prophet and Saint for Oppressed People

But the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ ―Amos 7:15   Before becoming a prophet, Amos was actually a shepherd. He lived in the 700s BC, when the Hebrew people had already split...

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Saint Barnabas – A Great Encourager of the Faith

Thus Joseph, also named by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement”), a Levite, a Cypriot by birth, sold a piece of property that he owned, then brought the money and put it at the feet of the...

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Blessed Joanna – A Holy Woman of Galilee

Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for...

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St. Isaiah the Prophet, Pray For Us

Then I said, “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, holding an ember which he had taken with tongs...

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St. Philip the Apostle, Pray For Us

The next day he [Jesus] decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” ―John 1:43   While Matthew, Mark, and Luke merely list Philip as one of the twelve apostles, John’s Gospel gives some more intriguing...

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St. Simon of Jerusalem, Pray For Us

According to the Bible, Simon was one of the “brothers” of Jesus. However, it is important to understand the meaning of the word brother as it was understood over two thousand years ago in Galilee. Families were very close-knit―cousins, aunts,...

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St. Salome, Who Went to Anoint Our Lord

St. Salome  When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. ―Mark...