Theresa Doyle-Nelson

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St. Lydia — The Lord Opened Her Heart

In the midst of Paul’s second missionary journey, he had a vision that prompted him to go at once to preach in Macedonia (formerly a Roman province adjacent to Achaia/Greece). During this first mission visit to Europe, Paul soon found himself at...

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St. Matthias ― The Apostle Who Replaced Judas Iscariot

Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles. ―Acts 1:26 The betrayal and death of Judas caused severe disappointment and hurt to the apostles, leaving an uncomfortable void. Recalling...

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St. Mark the Evangelist — An Evangelist and Friend

Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is helpful to me in the ministry. ―2 Timothy 4:11b   Mark, also known as John Mark, does not specifically appear in any of the Gospels. However, we learn a fair bit about him in the Acts of the Apostles....

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St. Agabus — He Took Paul’s Belt

We [Paul and possibly Luke] had been there several days when a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. He came up to us, took Paul’s belt, bound his own feet and hands with it, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit: This is the way the Jews...

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St. Dismas the Good Thief — Jesus, Remember Me

“We have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” ―Luke 23:41–42   All four of the Gospels...

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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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Holy Simeon—You May Let Your Servant Go in Peace!

Holy Simeon’s story beautifully illustrates the rewards of having patience and trust in the Lord. Simeon, known for his piety and unyielding devotion to God, lived during the time of Jesus’ birth. Luke tells us that Simeon had been blessed with a...

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St. John the Evangelist — Apostle, Evangelist, Son of Thunder, Beloved Disciple, Caretaker of

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. ―John 19:26–27 John,...

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St. Haggai — Rebuild the House of the Lord

And in this place I will give you peace. ―Haggai 2:9b   Because of various specifics Haggai offers within his prophecies, historians can determine that he began his oracles in August of 520 B.C., nearly two decades after the Jewish people were...

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St. Zephaniah — A Prophet of Renewal

The LORD your God, is in your midst,       a mighty savior, Who will rejoice over you with gladness,      and renew you in his love. ―Zephaniah 3:17   Zephaniah, the ninth of the Minor Prophets, has an interesting introduction to his...