Theresa Doyle-Nelson

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St. Jonah—A Saint Who was Reluctant to Accept a Difficult Call

But the LORD sent a great fish to swallow Jonah, and he remained in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. ―Jonah 2:1 Jonah’s fascinating story took place during an unidentified time frame when some Hebrews had become a bit on the...

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St. Onesiphorus—An Obscure, Yet Worthy New Testament Saint

May the Lord grant mercy to the family of Onesiphorus because he often gave me new heart and was not ashamed of my chains. But when he came to Rome, he promptly searched for me and found me. May the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on...

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Sept. 4 is the Feast of Moses the Lawgiver

Moses is a profoundly prominent character within the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible). He was born to a Hebrew family during the horrible years of harsh slavery in Egypt. Moses was rescued from a murderous death as an infant by...

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St. Joseph of Arimathea — A Holy Member of the Sanhedrin

When it was already evening, since it was the day of preparation, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a distinguished member of the council, who was himself awaiting the kingdom of God, came and courageously went to Pilate and asked...

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St. Samuel—Blessed with the Spirit of God

When Samuel went to sleep in his place, the LORD came and stood there, calling out as before: Samuel, Samuel! Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” ―1 Samuel 3:9b–10 Samuel was a prominent Old Testament character during the...

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The Holy Mother and Sons—Great Examples of Heroic Courage

Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother who, seeing her seven sons perish in a single day, bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord. ―2 Maccabees 7:20 During the reign of King Antiochus IV of Syria...

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Today We Honor Five Biblical Deacons

“Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” The proposal was acceptable to the whole...

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The Holy Wise Men—Great Searchers of Truth

They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and...

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St. Elijah, Spiritual Father of the Carmelite Order

As they [Elijah and Elisha] walked on still conversing, a fiery chariot and fiery horses came between the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. ―2 Kings 2:11   Elijah was a prophet of the northern kingdom of Israel at a...

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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...