• Mark the Wrestler
• Mark the Hermit
Fifth century monk. May have been a disciple of Saint John Chrysostom, and friend of Saint Nilus the Ascetic, but it's questionable. Wrote over 200 texts on spiritual law, baptism, repentance, grace and holy works, and other topics. May have been the abbot at Ancyra, but later became a desert hermit. Opposed the Messalian heresy; it taught that each person has a personal demon that even baptism cannot conquer. Mark wrote against the Nestorians. Said to have known the Scriptures by heart. Legend says he once cured a hyena that had been born blind; not sure why.
At the times when you remember God, increase your prayers, so that when you forget Him, the Lord may remind you. - Saint Mark
Every good work which we perform through our own natural power causes us to refrain from the corresponding sin; but without grace it cannot contribute to our sanctification. - Saint Mark
Grace has been given mystically to those who have been baptized into Christ; and it becomes active within them to the extent that they actively observe the commandments. Grace never ceases to help us secretly; but to do good - as far as lies in our power - depends on us. - Saint Mark
The law of freedom teaches the whole truth. Many read about it in a theoretical way, but few really understand it, and these only in the degree to which they practise the commandments. - Saint Mark
When Scripture says, 'He will reward every man according to his works' (Matthew 16:27), do not imagine that works in themselves merit either hell or the Kingdom. On the contrary, Christ rewards each man according to whether his works are done with faith or without faith in Himself; and He is not a dealer bound by contract, but God our Creator and Redeemer. - Saint Mark
If we want to do something but cannot, then before God, Who knows our hearts, it is as if we have done it. This is true whether the intended action is good or bad. - Saint Mark
Even though knowledge is true, it is still not firmly established if unaccompanied by works. For everything is established by being put into practice. - Saint Mark
Some people when praised for their virtue are delighted, and attribute his pleasurable feeling of self-esteem to grace. Others when reproved for their sins are pained, and they mistake this beneficial pain for the action of sin. - Saint Mark
Faith consists not only of being baptized in Christ, but also in fulfilling His commandments. Holy Baptism is perfect and gives us perfection, but does not make perfect those who do not follow the commandments. - Saint Mark
Knowledge of created beings is one thing, and knowledge of the divine truth is another. The second surpasses the first just as the sun outshines the moon. Knowledge of created beings increases the more we observe the commandments actively; but knowledge of the truth grows the more we hope in Christ. - Saint Mark
Oh how insinuating and imperceptible is the passion of pleasing men: it possesses even the wise! For the effects of other passions are easily seen by those who obey them and so bring those they possess to humility and mourning. But the effort to please men clothes itself in the words and appearance of piety, so that men whom it beguiles find it hard to detect its various aspects. - Saint Mark
Peran, Perran, Pyran, Piranus
Piran's family origins are obscure; tradition says he came from Ireland. Spent his youth in south Wales where he founded a church in Cardiff. Received religious schooling at the monastery of Saint Cadog at Llancarfon, where he met Saint Finnian of Clonard. The two returned together to Ireland where Finnian founded six monasteries, including his most famous one at Clonard. Piran lived there before Saint Enda on Aran Island, and then Saint Senan on Scattery Island. He founded his own community at Clonmacnoise, "Ireland's University".
Cornish legend says Piran was captured in his old age by pagan Irish, jealous of his miraculous powers, especially his ability to heal. They tied a millstone around his neck, and threw him off a cliff into the sea during a storm. As Piran hit the water the storm abated and the millstone bobbed to the surface like a cork. On his stone raft, Piran sailed for Cornwall, landed at Perran Beach, built a small chapel on Penhale Sands, and made his first converts - a badger, a fox, and a bear. He lived there for years as a hermit, working miracles for the locals.
Piran founded churches at Perran-Uthno and Perran-Arworthal, a chapel at Tintagel, and a holy-well called the "Venton-Barren" at Probus. He made trips to Brittany where he worked with Saint Cai. Arthurian tradition from Geoffrey of Monmouth says he was chaplain to King Arthur, and Archbishop of York after Saint Samson was exiled by Saxon invasions, though it is doubtful he ever took up his See.
Piran's patronage of Cornwall derives from his popularity with the Cornish tin-miners. Legend says that Piran discovered tin in Cornwall when he used a large black rock to build a fireplace, and found that the heat made a trickle of pure white metal ooze from the stone. He shared this discovery with the locals, providing the Cornish with a lucrative living. The people were so delighted that they held a sumptuous feast where the wine flowed like water. Piran was fond of the odd tipple, resulting in the Cornish phrase "As drunk as a Perraner". The trickled of white metal upon a black background remains as the White Cross of Saint Piran on the Cornish National flag.
Piran died at his little hermitage near the beach. His relics were a great draw to pilgrims but, due to inundation by the sands, they were moved inland to the parish church of Perran-Zabulo, built to house them
5 March 480 of natural causes
• Cornwall, England
• Piran, Slovenia
• tin miners
• Carolo Gaetano Calosinto
• Giovan Giuseppe della Croce
• Giovanni Giuseppe Calosinto of the Cross
• John Joseph Calosinto
Joined Franciscans at age 16. Ascetic. First Italian to follow the reform movement of Saint Peter Alcantara who sought to make the Order more devoted to penance and austerity. John had such a reputation for holiness that his superiors put him in charge of establishing a new friary before he was ordained. He joined the work crew, serving as a hod carrier, then a mason. Novice master, guardian, and provincial of the Order. When his term as provincial expired, he dedicated himself to hearing confessions and practising mortification, two concerns contrary to the spirit of the dawning Age of Enlightenment. Had the gifts of prophecy and healing, and would swoon into ecstasies; known to levitate and bilocate.
15 August 1654 at Ischia, Naples, Italy as Carolo Gaetano Calosirto
5 March 1734 of natural causes
26 May 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI
How do you think that with a bone only three fingers high we should understand the meanings of the designs of God? - Saint John Joseph, tapping his forehead
Chosen 22nd pope. Noted for his ascetic lifestyle, even while on the throne. Forbade men and women not related by blood to live together. Decreed that clergy should not live with deaconesses even if given lodging for reasons of charity. Exiled briefly during the persecution of Emperor Gallus. Condemned the Novatian heresy.
25 June 253
• 5 March 254 at Rome, Italy of natural causes
• buried at Saint Callistus catacomb
• relics transferred to the church of Saint Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome in 821
• some relics transferred to Roskilde, Denmark c.1100
• his head placed in a reliquary bust in the Saint Ansgar cathedral at Roskilde in 1910
• Kieran of Saighir
• Kieran of Seirkeiran
• Kieran the Elder
• Kieran Saighir
• Kieran mac Luaigne
• First-born of the Saints of Ireland
• Ceran, Chierano, Ciarán, Ciarano, Ciaranus, Kenerin, Kerrier, Kevin, Kieren, Kiernan, Kieron, Kyran, Queran, Queranus
6 January as one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland
Convert to Christianity. Pilgrim to Rome, Italy. Ordained by Saint Patrick. First Bishop of Ossory, Ireland. Founder of Saighir monastery. Sometimes confused with Saint Piran of Cornwall. Several healing wells were named for Kieran.
Corca-Laighde (modern Cape Clear), Ireland
c.530 of natural causes
• Little Dark One
• Dark Prince
• Dark Haired One
Diocese of Ossory, Ireland
Studied at the Pontifical French Seminary, and then theology in Innsbruck, Austria. Ordained on 29 May 1915 as a priest of the archdiocese of Shkodrë-Pult, Albania. Noted preacher. Secretary to Archbishop Lazare Mjeda. Imprisoned, tortured and executed in the anti–Christian persecutions of the Albanian Communist government. Martyr.
2 September 1892 in Shkodrë, Albania
shot on 5 March 1945 in Tiranë, Albania
• 5 November 2016 by Pope Francis
• beatification celebrated at the Square of the Cathedral of Shën Shtjefnit, Shkodër, Albania, presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato
• Kristoffer Macassoli av Vigevano
• Cristoforo Macassoli
Born to the Italian nobility. Entered the Franciscans at age 20. Priest. Founded the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie at Vigevano, Italy c.1475, which became a point of pilgrimage for those seeking spiritual advice. Worked with Blessed Pacificus Ramoth of Carano.
c.1415 in Milan, Italy
• 5 March 1485 at Vigevano, Italy of natural causes
• buried in the abbey church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
• relics translated to the cathedral of Vigevano in 1810
23 July 1890 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmed)
• Ion Kostist
• John Kostistk
• Geremia of Wallachia
• Ieremia of Wallachia
• Jeremiah of Valachia
A pious boy raised in Romania, he emigrated to Italy at age 19 because he thought the greatest Christians could be found there. Franciscan lay brother, taking the name Jeremiah. He developed a ministry of caring for the poor, sick and crippled, begging alms that always went to the poor.
29 June 1556 in Zaxo, Suceava, Romania
5 March 1625 in Naples, Italy of natural causes
30 October 1983 by Pope John Paul II
• Gerasimus of Lycia
• Gerasimus of the Jordan
• Gerasimos of...
Monk at Lycia, Asia Minor. Hermit. He moved to Palestine where c.451 he founded a house near the Dead Sea, and then c.475 another one on the River Jordan near Jericho that later grew to great importance and spread monasticism throughout the region.
c.475 of natural causes
monk healing a lion (early writers may have confused Gerasimus and Saint Hieronymus)
Educated at the monastery at Lerins on the island of Saint Honorat. Monk. Abbot at Lerins. Abbot at Saint-Symphorien at Autun, France. Archbishop of Arles, France, appointed by Pope Saint Gregory the Great. Papal vicar in Gaul. Ordained Saint Augustine of Canterbury. Had to be reprimanded by Saint Gregory for coercing Jews, and allowing their forced "conversion". Constructed several churches in Arles.
6th century Gascony, France
• c.618 of natural causes
• miracles reported at his tomb
• Conon the Gardener
• Conon of Palestine
• Conon of Magydos
Gardener at the imperial palace at Magydos, Pamphylia (in modern Turkey). Martyred in the persecutions of Decius.
nails were driven through his ankles and he was forced to run ahead of a chariot until he collapsed and it ran over him, c.251 at Pamphylia (part of modern Turkey)
After hearing Saint Jerome speak in Rome, Italy, Eusebius accompanied the translator to the Holy Land. Made the pilgrimage with Saint Paula and Saint Eustochium, and lived in Bethlehem. Raised funds in Dalmatia and Italy to fund a hostel for poor pilgrims, and donated the proceeds from the sale of his own property in Cremona, Italy. Abbot in Bethlehem.
at Cremona, Italy
c.423 of natural causes
Mercedarian nun in the monastery of Saint Joseph in Nalan, Asturia, Spain. Known as a miracle worker, she could travel across the sea by streteching a white veil over the water and riding it.
buried at the Mercedarian monastery of Saint Joseph in Nalan, Asturia, Spain
Travelled from Batanaea to Caesarea in Palestine to visit and minister to the Christians there. Martyred with Saint Eubulus in the persecutions of governor Firmilian.
beheaded on 5 March 308 at Caesarea, Palestine
Carmelite lay brother of Limoges, France. Pilgrim companion of Saint Avertanus of Limoges to Rome, Italy and the Holy Lands, but died en route. The tale of their travels, lavishly and piously expanded, was very popular in the years after their deaths.
1380 at Lucca, Italy of plague while on pilgrimage
Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine. Opposed the Quartodecimans, a sect that advocated commemorating Easter on Passover, whether that was Sunday or not.
c.195 of natural causes
Grandson of Saint Nicholas of Flüe. Hermit at the hermitage of Saint Nicholas, and then at Wolffenschiessen.
1481 in Altfellen, Switzerland
5 March 1559 in Bettelruti, Switzerland of natural causes
Carthage the Elder
Descendant of a king. Bishop of Ossory, Ireland.
c.540 of natural causes
A spiritual student of Saint Francis of Assisi, he joined the Franciscans in 1216. Miracle worker. Had the gift of prophecy.
1236 in Spain of natural causes
Martyred in the persecutions of Hadrian.
• relics at Saint Afra's church, Brescia, Italy
Martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Licinius.
drowned in his bath c.320 at Antioch
Abbot of Santa Lucia Abbey in Syracuse, Sicily.
Fifth century disciple of Saint Patrick.
buried beside Saint Patrick
One of a group of ten martyrs who died in a group in North Africa.
Bishop. A church at Tregaron, Wales is named for him.
• Cono the Miracle Worker
• Dietmar von Minden
• Gerasimos of San Lorenzo
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