Theresa Doyle-Nelson

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St. Aristarchus — A Prisoner Who Sent Greetings to the Colossians

“The city [Ephesus] was filled with confusion, and the people rushed with one accord into the theater, seizing Gaius and Aristarchus, the Macedonians, Paul’s traveling companions.” ―Acts 19:29 Aristarchus (air-is-TAR-kus) is first mentioned by...

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St. Martha — ‘I Have Come to Believe That You Are the Messiah’

She [Martha] said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” ―John 11:27 Martha, her brother Lazarus, and her sister Mary shared a home in Bethany, a few miles from...

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St. James the Greater — Fisherman and Son of Thunder

He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and...

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St. Mary Magdalene — ‘I Have Seen the Lord’

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and...

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Blessed Joseph Barsabbas — An Almost-Apostle

“Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us … become with us a witness to his resurrection.” So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus,...

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St. Ezra — Rejoicing in the Lord is Your Strength

Ezra came to Jerusalem in the fifth month of that seventh year of the king. Ezra had set his heart on the study and practice of the law of the LORD and on teaching statutes and ordinances in Israel. ―Ezra 7:8, 10 Ezra was one of the many Jews...

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St. Thomas – More Than Just a Doubter

Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” ―John 20:28 Although several stories of doubt exist in the Bible, it is Thomas’s incident that seems to catch the most attention, earning him the nickname “Doubting Thomas.” Fortunately,...

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St. Peter the Apostle — Given the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven

“And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.” ―Matthew 16:18–19b According to Luke’s Gospel,...

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Before He Was Born, St. John the Baptist Knew Jesus

And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. ―Luke 1:43–44 John the Baptist—the son of Sts. Elizabeth and...

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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...