Helena of Constantinople

Feast Day: August 18
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Helena had two wishes. She wanted to be a good mother. And she was. She wanted to find the cross on which Jesus had been crucified. And she did.

Helena lived long ago, from the middle of the third century to the early 300s. Her son Constantine became the ruler of the Roman...
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Bernard of Clairvaux

Feast Day: August 20
Canonized: 1170

When there’s a job to get done, you don’t always win a popularity contest getting people to do their share. Especially if you think you’re right and everyone else (who doesn’t agree with you) is wrong. That pretty much describes Bernard of Clairvaux. He may not have had the most friends in the world, but he sure got things done!

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Pius X (Guiseppe Melchior Sarto), Pope

Feast Day: August 21
Canonized: May 29, 1954
Beatified: June 3, 1951
Venerated: September 3, 1950

Giuseppe Sarto was born in 1835 to a poor but faithful family in Italy. He never understood the importance that was placed on money. He was very content with what he already had and didn’t want anything more. Giuseppe placed great value on his relationship with God. He held the...
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Rose of Lima

Feast Day: August 23
Canonized: April 2, 1671
Beatified: April 15, 1668

Even as a baby, Isabel de Flores so pretty that she was called “Rose,” the most beautiful of all the flowers. Growing up in Lima, Peru, where she was born in 1586, Isabel developed a talent for gardening, so it is not surprising that she took the name “Rose” as her confirmation name. As she tended the flowers in her...
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Bartholomew the Apostle

Feast Day: August 24
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Do you have a good friend who truly knows and loves you? Bartholomew, one of Jesus’ Twelve apostles, discovered that Jesus knew him even before they had met for the first time.

The apostle Philip brought Bartholomew, who is also called Nathanael in the Gospels, to Jesus, telling him that Jesus was the person the...
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Louis IX of France

Feast Day: August 25
Canonized: 1297

During the Middle Ages, many European kings believed that they had a divine right to rule, so they did whatever they wanted. They treated people unfairly. They taxed heavily. They did not worry about justice. Louis IX of France was not like that. He believed that good kings served others.

Louis was born in 1214....
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Our Lady of Czestochowa

Feast day: August 26


Our Lady of Czestochowa, or the Black Madonna of Poland, is a very famous painting of the Blessed Virgin holding the Child Jesus. Under this title, Mary is the Patron and Protector of Poland. Since the face of Mary is very dark...
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Zepherin Namuncura

Zepherin_Namancura-221x300 Feast Day: August 26
Beatified: 2007
Venerated: 1972

Zepherin Namuncura was born in Argentina in 1886, one of 12 children. His father was the Mapuche chief of the Araucanian-speaking Indians of the Argentine Pampas. A few years before Zepherin was born, his mother and several brothers and sisters were captured by European soldiers. In order to have them returned,...
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Feast Day: August 27
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Monica was born in Tagaste, North Africa, in the year 331. As a young girl, Monica had a reputation for being strong-willed. This determination carried over into her adult life.

As was customary, Monica married a man that her family had chosen for her. Together they had three children. But Monica’s was not a happy...
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Augustine of Hippo

Feast Day: August 28
Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Not all saints start out saintly. Sometimes they have to go a little wild before they settle down to God’s work. Aurelius Augustine’s mother worried that he lived a reckless life, and she prayed continuously that he would become a Christian. It took a long time, but finally her prayers were answered.

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