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July 21, 2020

Saint Spotlight – The Martyrs of Compiegne

On July 17, the Church commemorated 16 French religious sisters who died at the hands of the French Revolution, hastening the end of its Reign of Terror.

Compiegne is about an hour’s drive away from Paris, where the French Revolution broke out in 1789. Increasingly radical governments took power in France, targeting the Catholic Church as revolutionaries exalted reason over religion. Streets named after saints were renamed, churches were desecrated, and Sunday was erased from the calendar.

The revolution shattered the monastic peace of the sisters of Compiegne in 1790, when the government passed the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, which outlawed religious life.

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May 13, 2020

Saint Spotlight – St. Corona

St. Corona
Invoked during the current pandemic;
Patroness of treasure hunters
Feast Day: May 14

I received a catalog from Sophia Institute Press recently, and on the cover was a depiction of St. Corona. I thought they had taken an obscure saint to attribute to the current pandemic, and I had to know more. Reaching out to several internet sites, I found that indeed there was a St. Corona during the first century A.D. Little is known about her, but she and the man she prayed for, St. Victor, are listed in the Roman Martyrology and the Hagiography (biographies of saints and venerated persons) of the Church.

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April 20, 2020

Saint Spotlight – St. Bernadette Soubirous

St. Bernadette Soubirous
Patroness of body illness, poverty, people ridiculed for their faith, and Lourdes, France
Feast Day – April 16

In Lourdes, France, a small town at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains, Marie-Bernarde Soubirous was born on January 7, 1844. Her father was a miller and her mother a laundress. He became sick from the dust of the flour mill and had to rely on small jobs. The loss of money forced them to live in a long-closed, unhealthy, damp prison called Le Chacot. This affected the 4’ 7” Bernadette because of her asthma.

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