Theresa Doyle-Nelson

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St. Elisha ― An Old Testament Saint with Many Fantastic Miracles

Elijah set out, and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat, as he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen; he was following the twelfth. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak on him. ―1 Kings 19:19 Elisha (e-LIE-sha) was a prophet in the northern...

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St. Manaen ― A Friend to St. John the Baptist’s Murderer

Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. ―Acts 13:1 In the early days of the Church, Manaen (also known...

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St. Hermas―One of the First Christians of Rome

Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers who are with them. ―Romans 16:14 Romans 16:14 is one verse among many found toward the end of the Epistle that contains the names of various Christians who were living in Rome...

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The Word of God from the Mouth of Jeremiah

Then the LORD extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying to me, See, I place my words in your mouth! ―Jeremiah 1:9   The Lord called Jeremiah to be a prophet in 628 BC, when Josiah was the king of Judah. Jeremiah was young, only in his...

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St. Mary of Clopas—At the Cross, A First to See the Risen Christ

Due to the numerous Marys in the New Testament, extra care is needed to pick out Mary, the wife of Clopas, and clearly see her role in Jesus’ life. By examining and comparing the Crucifixion scene as described by the different Gospel writers,...

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Meet Three of the Earliest Christians of Rome

Greet my relative Herodion. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon.―Romans 16:11a, 14a   When Paul wrote his Letter to the Romans, he had not yet actually been to Rome himself, but he seemed to know several Christians living there. The 16th chapter of this...

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St. Joseph — A Gentle Saint With a Powerful Trust in God

Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and...

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St. Onesimus the Slave—A Runaway Holy One

I urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment, who was once useless to you but is now useful to [both] you and me. I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. ―Philemon 10–12 If you have ever...

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St. Ananias—A Saint Who Eased Paul’s Conversion

There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” ―Acts 9:10 The story of Ananias actually begins with Saul (also known as Paul). Before Saul became a fervent...

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The Blessed Virgin Mary—A Heavenly Mother to All

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.” ―Luke 1:30–31   Mary is a remarkably popular saint in the Catholic...