Theresa Doyle-Nelson

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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...

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St. Stephen—A Brave Deacon and Great Preacher

As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”; and when he said this, he fell asleep. ―Acts 7:59–60   In the...

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The Feast of St. Malachi

“Return to me, that I may return to you, says the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 3:7) While very little is known of the personal lives of many of the prophets, probably St. Malachi the one the least is known about. Even his name is an uncertainty, for...

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St. Andrew, the Apostle Who “Found the Messiah”

Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah.” ―John 1:40–41 Andrew was a fisherman and a disciple of John the Baptist...

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St. Rufus—A Son of Simon of Cyrene? Perhaps!

Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. ―Romans 16:13 Rufus is one name of many names listed toward the end of Paul’s letter to the Christian community in Rome. Paul was in Greece, perhaps Corinth, when he wrote this letter...

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“Rend Your Hearts, Not Your Garments,” Says the Prophet Joel

Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. ―Joel 2:13a Joel 2:13 is a verse that is heard each year within the first reading of Ash Wednesday Mass. The verse reminds Bible readers that achieving interior refinement is...