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As a young girl, Joachina believed she wanted to be a nun, but she married Theodore de Mas, a man from a royal family in Barcelona, Spain in 1799, when she was only 16 years old. They had nine children before Theodore was killed when Napoleon invaded Spain.


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In the Mass on St. Philip Neri’s feast day, we pray, “Lord, keep us always cheerful in our work for the glory of your name and the good of our neighbor” (Sacramentary, page 638). Philip was known for his cheerfulness and sense of humor. He used these gifts to serve God and to help others to grow in their faith.


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In May of 1429, a young woman clothed in white armor rode her horse onto the battlefield at Orleans. Behind her marched hundreds of French soldiers. Following her battle cry, they defeated the English and won great victories for France during the Hundred Years’ War.


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Anthony of Padua felt that God called him to try many new and different things. As he felt the tug of God’s love, he gave up one job to work at another. He did this over and over.

Anthony was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195 to a wealthy and noble family. His father chose to serve God as a soldier, but Anthony chose something different.

When he was 15, he became an Augustinian Canon. He spent the next eleven years praying and studying the Bible.


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Matt was born in 1856 and to a poor family with 12 children in Dublin, Ireland. His father and several of his brothers were alcoholics. Matt  began working as a messenger boy when he was 12 years old. He also began drinking alcohol around the same time.


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In the Opening Prayer on June 22, we pray, “Give us the courage to proclaim our faith by the witness of our lives” (Sacramentary). Thomas More was a man of great faith and courage whose life shows us what it means to be a witness to our faith.


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John the Baptist was Jesus’ older cousin. He was a prophet sent by God to prepare people for the coming of Christ into the world.


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Does it surprise you that a man who once wanted to put Christians to death became one of the Church’s greatest saints? That man is Saint Paul.
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Are you a leader or a follower? When Jesus met Simon, he recognized his leadership qualities. But he knew that Simon would need help. Jesus began by giving Simon a new name. He called him Peter, which means “rock.” Later, Jesus told Peter that he was to be the rock on which Jesus would build his Church.


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The party of missionaries had far to go, and the sun was setting fast. Junípero Serra and his friends thought they would have to sleep on the plains in Mexico, but then they saw a house off the road. They approached the owner, a man who lived there with his wife and child, to see if they might stay the night with them. The family treated them kindly, gave them a meal, and let them sleep overnight. In the morning, the missionaries went on their way. It wasn’t long until they met some mule drivers on the road. The drivers asked the missionaries where they had been. When they described the house and the family, the muleteers said there was no such house or ranch along the road. Without a doubt, the missionaries believed that the Holy Family had provided their lodging the night before.


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