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The devil's snare does not catch you, unless you are first caught by the devil's bait. - Saint Ambrose of Milan


My Bible History - Old Testament #64 - The Promise of the Redeemer, by Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow, D.D.


Saint Waltheof of Melrose

Also known as

Waldef, Walden, Waldeve, Walene, Wallevus, Walthen

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Born to the English nobility, the second son of Simon, Earl of Huntingdon, and Maud (Matilda), grand-niece of William the Conqueror. Grandson of Saint Waldef of Northumbria. Even as a child, Waltheof felt drawn to churches, and later to the religious life. Following his father's death, he, his mother and his brother moved to Scotland where Maud married King David I. Part of David's court where he was educated and became a spiritual student of Saint Aelred of Rievaulx, master of the royal household. Deciding on a religious life, Waltheof left Scotland.

Augustinian canon at Nostelle Monastery, Yorkshire, England c.1130. Abbot of Kirkham, England in 1134. Chosen archbishop of York, England in 1140, but King Stephen opposed Waltheof's connections with and sympathy toward Scotland, and prevented the appointment.

Cistercian monk at Wardon, Bedforshire, England; he tried to bring along some of his brothers, but failed. Abbot of Melrose Abbey in 1149. Acquainted with Saint Malachy O'More, and helped him in his travels. With his step-father, King David, he helped found monasteries at Cultram and Kinross. Named archbishop of Saint Andrews, Scotland in 1154, but felt inadequate; he convinced Saint Aelred of his desire to avoid the see, and Aelred publicly opposed the appointment.

Noted for his severe, self-imposed austerities, endless kindness to the poor, and a gentle hand with the brothers under his supervision. Received visions of Christ during the feasts of Christmas, Passiontide, and Easter; had visions of heaven and hell. Miracle worker who is reported to have multiplied food, and miraculously healed the sick, especially the blind.

Born

c.1100 in England

Died

• 3 August 1160 of natural causes
• buried at the Cistercian chapter house at Melrose Abbey
• body found incorrupt in 1207, but when moved again in 1240, it had decayed

Representation

• Cistercian kneeling by a block of stone at sunrise
• restoring sight to a blind man

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-waltheof-of-melrose/


Blessed Federico López y López

Also known as

• Alfonso López y López
• Brother Alfonso
• Father Alfonso

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Worked at a number of jobs and positions as a young adult, all the while feeling a call to religious life. In 1906 he finally said yes, and joined the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual at their convent in Granollers, Spain. Studied at the Franciscan seminary in Granollers, and then in Osimo, Italy where he made his solemn profession in 1911, taking the name Alfonso. Ordained a priest in 1911. Apostolic penitentiary confessor at the Shrine of Loreto from 1912 to 1915. Teacher, spiritual director and novice master at the Ganollers convent from 1915 to 1936; one of his novices was Blessed Eugenio Remón Salvador who died with him. Had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and was known as a great example to and leader of novices. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

16 November 1878 in Secorum, Huesca, Spain

Died

shot in the evening of 3 August 1936 in Samalús, Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

Readings

Forgive them, Lord. - Father Alfono's dying words

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-federico-lopez-y-lopez/


Saint Gamaliel

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First century Jewish Talmudic scholar. Teacher of Saint Paul the Apostle. In Acts 5:34-39 we read that his counsel saved Saint Peter and Saint John. An ancient tradition says he converted to Christianity, but there is no proof of this.

Readings

But a Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up, ordered the men to be put outside for a short time, and said to them, "Fellow Israelites, be careful what you are about to do to these men. Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important, and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed, and all those who were loyal to him were disbanded and came to nothing. After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census. He also drew people after him, but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered. So now I tell you, have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God." They were persuaded by him.

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


Blessed Augustine Gazotich

Also known as

• Augustin Kazotic
• Augustine Kazotic

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Joined the Domnicans at age 29. Missionary to the Slavs and Hungarians. Bishop of Zagreb, Croatia in 1303. Bishop of Luccera, Italy. Had the gift of healing.

Born

1262 at Trau, Dalmatia

Died

3 August 1323 at Lucera, Foggia, Italy of natural causes

Beatified

• 17 July 1700 by Pope Leo X (cultus confirmed)
• Pope Innocent XII (cultus confirmed)

Readings

O loving Father, help us to follow the teaching and example of Blessed Augustine. By assiduous meditation upon the mysteries of salvation and intent upon service for the Church may we come to the joys of eternal life. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. - the Dominicans

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-augustine-gazotich/


Blessed Francisco Bandrés Sánchez

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Studied at Huesca and Campello, Spain. Joined the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1913, beginning his novitiate at Carabanchel in Barcelona, Spain. Ordained a priest in 1922. Musician and musical director. Taught in Barcelona, Mataro and Sarria. At the start of the Spanish Civil War, he used the school resources to send away as many of the students and his Salesians brothers as possible. Martyred by members of the Unified Marxist Workers Party for the crime of being a priest and running a Catholic school.

Born

24 April 1896 in Hecho, Huesca, Spain

Died

tortured to death on 3 August 1936 in a prison cell at the headquarters of the Unified Marxist Workers Party in Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-francisco-bandres-sanchez/


Blessed Eugenio Remón Salvador

Also known as

• Miguel Remón Salvador
• Brother Miguel

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Eugenio joined the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual at the convent in Granollers, Spain in 1925 where he took the name Miguel, and served his novitiate under the guidance of Blessed Federico López y López; he made his perpetual profession in Loreto, Italy in 1933 where he spent two years in work and study at the basilica before returning to Granollers. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

7 September 1907 in Caudé, Teruel, Spain

Died

shot in the evening of 3 August 1936 in Samalús, Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-eugenio-remon-salvador/


Blessed Benno of Metz

Also known as

Benno of Einsiedeln

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Born to the nobility. Canon in Strasbourg, France. Hermit on Mount Etzel in Switzerland in 906, living in the former hermitage of Saint Meinrad. Benno's reputation for holiness spread, spiritual students gathered around him, and in 924 he founded the Benedictine monastery of Einsiedeln for them. Bishop of Metz, France in 927. Because he was chosen over a local favourite, and because he worked to reform the diocese, he made enemies; in 929 he was attacked and blinded. Soon after, he retired and returned to Einsiedeln Abbey where he lived the rest of his days as a prayerful monk.

Born

late 9th century in Swabia (part of modern Germany)

Died

• 3 August 940 in Einsiedeln, Switzerland of natural causes
• relics in Einsiedeln Abbey

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-benno-of-metz/


Saint Anthony the Roman

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Raised in a pious family during the time of the Great Schism; Anthony's loyalties lay with the Orthodox Church. He gave away his goods, and became a hermit monk. Lived on a rock surrounded by the sea for fourteen months. The rock then broke loose and floated across the waters to Novgorod in Rus. Archbishop Nikita welcomed Anthony as a holy man, and helped him build a church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Anthony attracted students, a monastery grew up around the church, and Anthony served as its abbot. Miracle worker.

Born

1086 in Rome, Italy

Died

1148 in Novgorod, Russia of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anthony-the-roman/


Blessed Jose Guardiet y Pujol

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Priest of the archdiocese of Barcelona, Spain. Rector of the parish of San Pedro in Rubi, Spain, he organized pilgrimages, supported education, and worked to make the church a hub of life for his parishioners. Had a great devotion to Our Lady of Monserrat. Imprisoned and executed for the crime of priesthood in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

21 June 1879 in Manlleu, Barcelona, Spain

Died

shot by firing squad on 3 August 1936 on the L'Arrabassada highway, Barcelona, Spain

Beatified

13 October 2013 by Pope Francis

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-jose-guardiet-y-pujol/


Blessed Salvador Ferrandis Seguí

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Studied at the Colegio del Patriarca. Ordained as a priest in the archdiocese of Valencia, Spain in 1904. Parish priest in L'Alqueria de Comtessa, and then Pedreguer, Spain. Used his personal and family funds to re-build the church, and to support the poor and sick. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War for the crime of being a priest.

Born

25 May 1880 in L'Orxa, Alicante, Spain

Died

shot on 3 August 1936 on the Vergel highway, Alicante, Spain

Beatified

11 March 2001 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-salvador-ferrandis-segui/


Saint Nicodemus

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Member of the Sanhedrin in Israel during the life of Jesus. He was a secret disciple of Christ, meeting him by night to avoid the wrath of the other members of the Sanhedrin, and eventually spoke out to that body to remind them that Jesus had a right to a hearing. With Saint Joseph of Arimathea he prepared Jesus' body and placed him in the tomb. There was an apocryphal "gospel" that was purported to have been written by him; it is sometimes entitled the Acts of Pilate. Tradition says he was a martyr, though no details have survived.

Died

1st century

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


Saint Euphronius of Autun

Also known as

• Euphromius
• Eufronio

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Friend of Saint Lupus of Troyes. Bishop of Autun, France. Founded the first monastery in the diocese, the priory of Saint Symphorian. Attended the Council of Arles in 475. Fought the Arian and Pelagian heresies in his diocese. Built a basilica over the tomb of Saint Symphorian, and improved the tomb of Saint Martin of Tours. Praised by leaders of his time for his lack of favoritism as he appointed the best people to the job without concern for their connections.

Died

late 5th century of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-euphronius-of-autun/


Blessed Ricardo Gil Barcelón

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One of ten children born to Francesco and Francesca Gil Barcelon. Soldier in the Philippines during the Spanish-American war. Priest in the Archdiocese of Valencia, Spain, ordained on 24 September 1904. Member of the Sons of Divine Providence. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

Born

27 October 1873 in Manzanera, Teruel, Spain

Died

3 August 1936 in El Saler, Valencia, Spain

Beatified

27 October 2013 by Pope Francis

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-ricardo-gil-barcelon/


Saint Senach of Clonard

Also known as

Snach

Additional Memorial

6 January as one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland

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Educated at the School of Clonard in Ireland. Spiritual student of Saint Finnian of Clonard. Extreme ascetic who lived a life of penance and self-denial. Often assigned to shepherd seminarians at Clonard, which included Saint Columba of Terryglass. Succeeded Finnian as abbot of Clonard. Bishop.

Died

6th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-senach-of-clonard/


Saint Aspren of Naples

Also known as

Asprenato, Aspronas, Aspremo

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Convert, brought to the faith by Saint Candida the Elder. Knew Saint Peter the Apostle, and one story says he was healed by him. First bishop of Naples, Italy, and devoted himself to evangelization.

Patronage

archdiocese of Naples, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-aspren-of-naples/


Blessed Godfrey of Le Mans

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Bishop of Le Mans, France in 1234. Founded the Charterhouse of Parc d'Orgues, France.

Died

• 1255 at Anagni, Italy of natural causes
• buried at Parc d'Orgues, France

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-godfrey-of-le-mans/


Saint Abibas

Also known as

Abibo, Habib

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Born Jewish, the second son of Gamaliel, a member of the Sanhedrin, and a teacher of Saint Paul the Apostle. Convert to Christianity.

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


Saint Dalmatius

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Archimandrite. A staunch defender of Christianity, especially against Nestorianism. Especially venerated in Constantinople.

Died

c.440 of natural causes

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


Saint Trea of Ardtree

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Adult convert, brought to the faith by Saint Patrick. Anchoress at Ardtree, Derry, Ireland.

Died

5th century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-trea-of-ardtree/


Blessed Gregory of Nonantula

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Benedictine monk. Abbot at Nonantula, Italy.

Died

933 of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-gregory-of-nonantula/


Saint Gaudentia

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Roman maiden. Early martyr.

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


Saint Hermellus

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Hermit. Martyr.

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


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 Andrés Avelino Gutiérrez Moral
Blessed Antonio Isidoro Arrué Peiró
Blessed Eleuterio Mancho López
Blessed Geronimo Limón Márquez
Blessed Patricio Beobide Cendoya


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Martyrs of Vercelli • Francisco Bandrés Sánchez
• Fulgenzio de Quesada
• Louis de Ortofin
• Martin of Carinola
• Peter of Anagni


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