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Abigail the Matriarch

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Jewish laywoman. Wife of King David. Old Testament matriarch. One of the seven women considered a prophet by the Talmudic scholars.

Born

c.1000 BC

Died

c.950 BC

Readings

Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves, and two vessels of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and a hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of dry figs, and laid them upon asses: And she said to her servants: Go before me: behold, I will follow after you: but she told not her husband, Nabal. And when she had gotten upon an ass, and was coming down to the foot of the mountain, David and his men came down over against her, and she met them. And David said: Truly in vain have I kept all that belonged to this fellow in the wilderness, and nothing was lost of all that pertained unto him: and he hath returned me evil for good. May God do so and so, and add more to the foes of David, if I leave of all that belong to him till the morning, any that pisseth against the wall. And when Abigail saw David, she made haste and lighted off the ass, and fell before David, on her face, and adored upon the ground. And she fell at his feet, and said: Upon me let this iniquity be, my lord: let thy handmaid speak, I beseech thee, in thy ears, and hear the words of thy servant. Let not my lord the king, I pray thee, regard this naughty man, Nabal: for according to his name, he is a fool, and folly is with him: but I, thy handmaid, did not see thy servants, my lord, whom thou sentest. Now therefore, my lord, the Lord liveth, and thy soul liveth, who hath withholden thee from coming to blood, and hath saved thy hand to thee: and now let thy enemies be as Nabal, and all they that seek evil to my lord. Wherefore receive this blessing, which thy handmaid hath brought to thee, my lord: and give it to the young men that follow thee, my lord. Forgive the iniquity of thy handmaid: for the Lord will surely make for my lord a faithful house, because thou, my lord, fightest the battles of the Lord: let not evil therefore be found in thee all the days of thy life. For if a man at any time shall rise, and persecute thee, and seek thy life, the soul of my lord shall be kept, as in the bundle of the living, with the Lord thy God: but the souls of thy enemies shall be whirled, as with the violence and whirling of a sling. And when the Lord shall have done to thee, my lord, all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have made thee prince over Israel, This shall not be an occasion of grief to thee, and a scruple of heart to my lord, that thou hast shed innocent blood, or hast revenged thyself: and when the Lord shall have done well by my lord, thou shalt remember thy handmaid.

And David said to Abigail: Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, who sent thee this day to meet me, and blessed be thy speech: And blessed be thou, who hast kept me to day from coming to blood, and revenging me with my own hand. Otherwise, as the Lord liveth, the God of Israel, who hath withholden me from doing thee any evil, if thou hadst not quickly come to meet me, there had not been left to Nabal by the morning light, any that pisseth against the wall. And David received at her hand all that she had brought him, and said to her: Go in peace into thy house, behold I have heard thy voice, and honoured thy face.

And Abigail came to Nabal: and behold he had a feast in his house, like the feast of a king: and Nabal's heart was merry, for he was very drunk: and she told him nothing less or more until morning. But early in the morning, when Nabal had digested his wine, his wife told him these words, and his heart died within him, and he became as a stone. And after ten days had passed, the Lord struck Nabal, and he died. And when David had heard that Nabal was dead, he said: Blessed be the Lord, who hath judged the cause of my reproach, at the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil, and the Lord hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his head. Then David sent and treated with Abigail, that he might take her to himself for a wife. And David's servants came to Abigail, to Carmel, and spoke to her, saying: David hath sent us to thee, to take thee to himself for a wife. And she arose, and bowed herself down with her face to the earth, and said: Behold, let thy servant be a handmaid, to wash the feet of the servants of my lord. And Abigail arose, and made haste, and got upon an ass, and five damsels went with her, her waiting maids, and she followed the messengers of David, and became his wife. - 1st Samuel 3:18-42

http://catholicsaints.info/abigail-the-matriarch/


Saint Giles

Also known as

Aegidus, Egidio

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Born a wealthy noble. When his parents died, Giles used his fortune to help the poor. Known as a miracle worker. To avoid followers and adulation, he left Greece c.683 for France where he lived as a hermit in a cave in the diocese of Nimes, a cave whose mouth was guarded by a thick thorn bush, and a lifestyle so impoverished that, legend says, God sent a hind to Giles to nourish him with her milk.

One day after he had lived there for several years in meditation, a royal hunting party chased the hind into Giles' cave. One hunter shot an arrow into the thorn bush, hoping to hit the deer, but instead hit Giles in the leg, crippling him. The king sent doctors to care for hermit's wound, and though Giles begged to be left alone, the king came often to see him.

From this, Gile's fame as sage and miracle worker spread, and would-be followers gathered near the cave. The French king, because of his admiration, built the monastery of Saint Gilles du Gard for these followers, and Giles became its first abbot, establishing his own discipline there. A small town grew up around the monastery, and upon Giles' death, his grave became a shrine and place of pilgrimage; the monastery later became a Benedictine house.

The combination of the town, monastery, shrine and pilgrims led to many handicapped beggars hoping for alms; this and Giles' insistence that he wished to live outside the walls of the city, and his own damaged leg, led to his patronage of beggars, and to cripples since begging was the only source of income for many. Hospitals and safe houses for the poor, crippled, and leprous were constructed in England and Scotland, and were built so cripples could reach them easily. On their passage to Tyburn for execution, convicts were allowed to stop at Saint Giles' Hospital where they were presented with a bowl of ale called Saint Giles' Bowl, "thereof to drink at their pleasure, as their last refreshing in this life." Once in Scotland during the seventeenth century his relics were stolen from a church and a great riot occurred.

In Spain, shepherds consider Giles the protector of rams. It was formerly the custom to wash the rams and colour their wool a bright shade on Giles' feast day, tie lighted candles to their horns, and bring the animals down the mountain paths to the chapels and churches to have them blessed. Among the Basques, the shepherds come down from the Pyrenees on 1 September, attired in full costume, sheepskin coats, staves, and crooks, to attend Mass with their best rams, an event that marks the beginning of autumn festivals, marked by processions and dancing in the fields. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

Born

at Athens, Greece

Died

between 710 and 724 in France of natural causes

Patronage

• cancer patients; against breast cancer
• epileptics; against epilepsy
• noctiphobes; against fear of night or noctiphobia
• mentally ill people; against insanity or mental illness
• lepers, against leprosy
• against sterility
• beggars
• blacksmiths
• breast feeding
• disabled, handicapped, crippled or physically challenged people
• forests, woods
• hermits
• horses
• paupers, poor people
• rams
• spur makers
• Monte San Savino, Italy
• Tolfa, Italy
• Edinburgh, Scotland

Representation

arrow; crosier; hermitage; hind; deer

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-giles/


Saint Lupus of Sens

Also known as

Lupo, Wolf

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Born to the Burgundian nobility. Nephew of Saint Austremius of Orleans, and Saint Aunarius of Auxerre; he was educated by the two bishops. Noted for his love of music and his generosity to the poor. Monk at Lérins. Priest. Archbishop of Sens, Burgundy in 609. A victim of slander resulting from his kindness to a woman named Volusia. Later, when Lupus hesitated to acknowledge Clotaire II as the rightful ruler of Burgundy, Clotaire exiled him to Ansenne, a predominently pagan area. Lupus evangelized the people of the area, converting many, including the region's governor. When Lupus' replacement in Burgundy, the politically ambitious monk Monegisil, was killed during a riot, the people demanded the return of their rightful bishop. Clotaire recalled Lupus, and punished those who had spoken against him.

Born

near Orleans, Gaul (in modern France) as Wolf

Died

• 623 of natural causes
• buried under the gutter of Saint Columba's basilica, Sens, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lupus-of-sens/


Gideon the Judge

Also known as

Gedeon, Jerobaal, Jerubebbeth, Jerub-Baal

Additional Memorials

• 30 July (Armenian Apostolic Church)
• 26 September (Eastern Orthodox Church)
• 16 December (Coptic Church)

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Eleventh century BC Judge of Isreal. See the separate reading for the Old Testament account of his life.

Name Meaning

destroyer; mighty warrior; feller of trees

Patronage

Saint-Gédéon-de-Beauce, Canada

Representation

man wringing dew out of a fleece

http://catholicsaints.info/gideon-the-judge/


Our Lady of Montevergine

Also known as

• Madonna di Montevergine
• Madonna Bruna
• Mamma Schiavona

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One of the so-called Black Madonnas, image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, normally holding the Christ Child, who have been "inculturated", that is, made the little Jewish girl Mary look more like the people in the area of the artist, or which are actually black in color. This one serves as part of the altar piece of the Sanctuary on Montevergine. This site is the goal of thousands of pilgrims each year.

http://catholicsaints.info/our-lady-of-montevergine/


Saint Augustus of Campania

Also known as

• Augustus of Caserta
• August of....

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Driven from Africa by the invading Arian Vandals due to his orthodox Christianity, he fled to Campania, Italy where he spent the rest of his life as a preacher and evangelist.

Born

African

Died

• late 5th century of natural causes
• buried in the monastery of Saint Mary Magdalene and Saint Marciano near the present city of Maddaloni, Italy

Patronage

Caserta, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-augustus/


Blessed Giustino of Paris

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Trained in the law, he taught at the University of Paris, France. Mercedarian secular knight in Valencia, Spain. Assigned to Granada, Spain where he worked to ransom Christians held prisoner by the Moors, and encourage Christians who were about to renounce their faith in fear. Beaten and murdered by Moors for his work. Martyr.

Born

Paris, France

Died

hanged in 1337 in Granada, Spain

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-giustino-of-paris/


Blessed Juliana of Collalto

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Born to the nobility. Benedictine nun at age 10 in Salarola. Friend of Blessed Beatrix of Este. Nun at Gemmola. Founded Saint Biagio convent and Cataldo convent at Venice, Italy. Abbess.

Born

1186 at Treviso, Italy

Died

1 September 1262 at Venice, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

20 May 1753 by Pope Benedict XIV (cultus confirmed)

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-juliana-of-collalto/


Blessed Colomba of Mount Brancastello

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Sister of Saint Bernard Valeara of Teramo. As a teenager she retired to live as a mountain hermitess in a cave. Near the cave is an imprint in the rock that looks like a hand; tradition says it's where Colomba grabbed the stone to reach her home of solitude.

Born

1100 in Pagliara, Teramo, Italy

Died

winter 1116 on Mount Brancastello, Italy of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-colomba-of-mount-brancastello/


Saint Constantius the Bishop

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Bishop of Aquino, Italy. Attended the Council of Rome in 465. Had the gift of prophecy. Pope Saint Gregory the Great wrote about him in the Dialogues, and Peter the Deacon wrote a biography of him.

Died

c.520 of natural causes

Patronage

• Aquino, Italy
• Aquino-Pontecorvo, Italy, diocese of
• Sora-Aquino-Pontecorvo, Italy, diocese of

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-constantius-the-bishop/


Saint Elpidius of Campania

Additional Memorial

24 May (Salerno, Italy)

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Priest in North African. Tortured and exiled by being stuck in a boat without a rudder and sent out to sea by the Arian Vandals. The boat landed in the Campania region of southern Italy, and he resumed his ministry with the people there.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-elpidius-of-campania/


Saint Tammarus of Campania

Also known as

Tammaro

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Priest in North African. Tortured and exiled by being stick in a boat without a rudder and sent out to sea by the Arian Vandals. The boat landed in the Campania region of southern Italy, and he resumed his ministry with the people there.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-tammarus-of-campania/


Saint Regulus

Also known as

Regolo

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Priest. Bishop. Exiled from North Africa to Tuscany, Italy by Arian Vandals; there he lived as a holy and miracle working hermit. Martyred in the persecutions of Totila of the Ostrogoths.

Born

North Africa

Died

• beheaded c.545 in the Tuscan region of Italy
• relics enshrined in the cathedral of San Martino in Lucca, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-regulus/


Blessed Giovanna Soderini

Also known as

Jane Soderini

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Spiritual student of Saint Juliana Falconieri. Servite tertiary.

Born

1301 at Florence, Italy

Died

1367 of natural causes

Beatified

1827 by Pope Leo XII

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jane-soderini/


Saint Verena of Zurich

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Related to one of the soldiers of the Theban Legion. She travelled to Switzerland to search for him and after learning of his death she settled down to live as an anchoress near Zurich.

Born

Egypt

Died

3rd century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-verena/


Saint Terentian of Todi

Also known as

Terenziano

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Bishop of Todi, Umbria, Italy. Tortured on the rack, had his tongue cut out for preaching, and martyred in the persecutions of Hadrian.

Died

beheaded in 118

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-terentian/


Saint Aegidius

Also known as

Giles

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With Saint Arcanus he made a pilgrimage to Palestine where they collected relics which they brought back to Italy. They founded a Benedictine monastery, which grew into Borgo San Sepulcro (modern Sansepolcro), Italy, to house them.

Born

Spain

Died

c.1050

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aegidius/


Saint Canion of Campania

Also known as

Canyon

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Priest in North African. Tortured and exiled by being stick in a boat without a rudder and sent out to sea by the Arian Vandals. The boat landed in the Campania region of southern Italy, and he resumed his ministry with the people there.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-canion-of-campania/


Saint Vincent of Xaintes

Also known as

• Vincent of Dax
• Vincent of Aquae Augustae

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First bishop of Dax, France. Worked with Saint Laetus of Dax. Martyr.

Born

Toledo, Spain

Died

5th century

Patronage

Dax, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vincent-of-xaintes/


Saint Priscus of Capua

Also known as

Prisco

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Assigned by Saint Peter the Apostle as first Bishop of Capua, Italy. Martyred in the persecutions of Nero.

Died

c.66

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-priscus-of-capua/


Saint Secundinus of Campania

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Priest in North African. Tortured and exiled by being stuck in a boat without a rudder and sent out to sea by the Arian Vandals. The boat landed in the Campania region of southern Italy, and he resumed his ministry with the people there.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-secundinus-of-campania/


Saint Heraclius of Campania

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Priest in North African. Tortured and exiled by being stick in a boat without a rudder and sent out to sea by the Arian Vandals. The boat landed in the Campania region of southern Italy, and he resumed his ministry with the people there.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-heraclius-of-campania/


Saint Vindonius of Campania

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Priest in North African. Tortured and exiled by being stuck in a boat without a rudder and sent out to sea by the Arian Vandals. The boat landed in the Campania region of southern Italy, and he resumed his ministry with the people there.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-vindonius-of-campania/


Saint Arcanus

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With Saint Aegidius he made a pilgrimage to Palestine where they collected relics which they brought back to Italy. They founded a Benedictine monastery, which grew into Borgo San Sepulcro (modern Sansepolcro), Italy, to house them.

Born

Italy

Died

c.1050

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arcanus/


Saint Marcus of Campania

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Priest in North African. Tortured and exiled by being stick in a boat without a rudder and sent out to sea by the Arian Vandals. The boat landed in the Campania region of southern Italy, and he resumed his ministry with the people there.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marcus-of-campania/


Saint Rosius of Campania

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Priest in North African. Tortured and exiled by being stuck in a boat without a rudder and sent out to sea by the Arian Vandals. The boat landed in the Campania region of southern Italy, and he resumed his ministry with the people there.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-rosius-of-campania/


Saint Arealdo of Brescia

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Martyred by invading Lombards.

Died

• c.576 in Brescia, Italy
• relics enshrined in the cathedral in Brescia in 1305
• relics re-located to the cathedral crypt on 8 June 1614

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-arealdo-of-brescia/


Joshua the Patriarch

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Old Testament patriarch. Successor to Moses as leader of the Israelites, he led them into Canaan.

Died

c.12th century BC

http://catholicsaints.info/joshua-the-patriarch/


Saint Giles of Castaneda

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Benedictine Cistercian monk. Abbot of the monastery of San Martín de Castaneda. In his old age he retired from community life to live as a prayerful hermits.

Died

c.1203

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-giles-of-castaneda/


Saint Donatus of Sentianum

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Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian Herculeaus.

Died

• c.303 at Sentianum, Italy
• relics enshrined in Benevento, Italy in 760

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-donatus-of-sentianum/


Saint Nivard of Rheims

Also known as

Nivardo, Nivo

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Brother-in-law of King Childeric II of Austria. Archbishop of Rheims, France for 20 years.

Died

c.673 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-nivard-of-rheims/


Saint Felix of Sentianum

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Martyred in the persecutions of Maximian Herculeaus.

Died

• c.303 at Sentianum, Italy
• relics enshrined in Benevento, Italy in 760

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-felix-of-sentianum/


Saint Sixtus of Rheims

Also known as

Xystus of Rheims

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First bishop of Rheims, France, serving from c.290 to c.300.

Died

c.300

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-sixtus-of-rheims/


Saint Laetus of Dax

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Deacon in the diocese of Dax, France. Worked with Saint Vincent of Xaintes.

Died

5th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-laetus-of-dax/


Saint Lythan

Also known as

Llythaothaw

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Two churches in Wales are dedicated to this saint, but no information about him has survived.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-lythan/


Saint Victorius of Le Mans

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Spiritual student of Saint Martin of Tours. Bishop of Le Mans, France c.453.

Died

c.490

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-victorius/


Saint Agia

Also known as

Aia, Aye

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Married. Mother of Saint Lupus of Sens. Widow.

Died

6th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agia/


Saint Anea

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Child martyr.

Died

interred in the catacombs of Rome, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anea/


Twelve Holy Brothers

Also known as

Martyrs of the South

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A group of martyrs who died c.303 at various places in southern Italy. In 760 their relics were brought together and enshrined in Benevento, Italy as a group.

Saint Arontius of Potenza
Saint Donatus of Sentianum
Saint Felix of Sentianum
Saint Felix of Venosa
Saint Fortunatus of Potenza
Saint Honoratus of Potenza
Saint Januarius of Venosa
Saint Repositus of Velleianum
Saint Sabinian of Potenza
Saint Sator of Velleianum
Saint Septiminus of Venosa
Saint Vitalis of Velleianum

One tradition describes Saint Boniface of Hadrumetum and Saint Thecla of Hadrumetum as their parents.

http://catholicsaints.info/twelve-holy-brothers/


Martyred in the Spanish Civil War

Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. I have pages on each of them, but in most cases I have only found very minimal information. They are available on the CatholicSaints.Info site through these links:

Blessed Alejandro Cobos Celada
Blessed Alfonso Sebastiá Viñals
Blessed Amparo Carbonell Muñoz
Blessed Antonio Villanueva Igual
Blessed Carmen Moreno Benítez
Blessed Crescencio Lasheras Aizcorbe
Blessed Enrique López y López
Blessed Francesc Trullen Gilisbarts
Blessed Guillermo Rubio Alonso
Blessed Isidro Gil Arano
Blessed Joaquim Pallerola Feu
Blessed Joaquín Ruiz Cascales
Blessed José Franco Gómez
Blessed José Prats Sanjuán
Blessed Josep Samsó y Elias
Blessed Manuel Mateo Calvo
Blessed Mariano Niño Pérez
Blessed Maximiano Fierro Pérez
Blessed Miquel Roca Huguet
Blessed Nicolás Aramendía García
Blessed Pedro Rivera
Blessed Pio Ruiz De La Torre
Blessed Simó Isidre Joaquím Brun Ararà


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Firminus II of Amiens
• Lugi Conciso
• Simone Ponce


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