Theresa Doyle-Nelson

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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...

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St. Hosea ― Illustrating the Forgiveness of God

The word of the LORD that came to Hosea son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam, son of Joash, king of Israel. ―Hosea 1:1 Hosea delivered messages of God while the Israelites were...

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St. Abraham—A Saint with Tremendous Trust in the Lord

Abram fell face down and God said to him: For my part, here is my covenant with you: you are to become the father of a multitude of nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a...

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St. Dionysius Had an Open Heart to the Truth of Christ

During his second missionary journey, Paul found himself in Athens. He was aghast over the idol worship he noticed in the city and began to preach at the synagogue and Public Square. Various people listened to Paul; they discussed and...

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St. Raphael the Archangel—Offering Great Assistance Under Disguise

The young man [Raphael] said, “Take courage! God’s healing is near; so take courage!” ―Tobit 5:10b The archangel Raphael is presented within the beautiful story of Tobit―a biblical novella within the Old Testament. In this story, God sent...

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St. Cleopas—A Saint who Traveled with Jesus

He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?” ―Luke 24:17a,...

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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...