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How does a pagan man eventually become one of the most important Christians of his time? The story of St. Hilary helps us to see that God can and does work through each one of us.


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There is a popular saying you may have heard: “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” This means that if you want people to agree with you or help you, being nice to them is better than being mean or unfriendly. The person who first said that lived more than 400 years ago, and he was a very persuasive speaker — and a saint.


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Thomas was born in Italy around 1225 or 1227. He was  Thomas of Aquino, the region in which he was born, but this has become Thomas Aquinas since that time, and that is how he is best known.


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¿Cómo un pagano se convertirse eventualmente en uno de los cristianos más importantes de su tiempo? La historia de San Hilario nos ayuda a ver que Dios puede trabajar a través de cada uno de nosotros.


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Peter was born in Italy in 1007. When his parents died, he went to live with one of his older brothers, who treated him cruelly. Sometimes Peter was forbidden to eat any of his brother’s food. Another brother helped solve the problem by giving Peter money so that he could afford to go away to school.


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Anselm’s desire to become a monk led him from his childhood home in Italy to a famous Benedictine monastery in France. He studied the great writers of the Church, including St. Augustine, and spent much of his time teaching and writing important books that explained some of the deepest mysteries of our faith. It is believed that Anselm gave us the term “theology” and defined it as “faith that is seeking to understand.” Anselm was also elected head of the monastery by his brother monks.
 


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Catherine’s parents lived in Siena, Italy, and had 25 children. Catherine, who was born in 1347, was number 23. From an early age she loved to pray and at the age of seven already knew she wished to remain chaste and unmarried to devote her life to God. By the time of her death in 1380—when she was only 33—she had touched the lives of many people.


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Catalina nació en 1347 y fue la penúltima de 25 hijos en una familia que vivía en Siena, en Italia. Le gustaba mucho rezar desde que era pequeña, y a la edad de siete años hizo un voto privado de castidad y celibato para consagrar su vida a Dios. Catalina murió en 1380, cuando tenía sólo 33 años, y en su caminar tocó la vida de muchas personas. Una de ellas fue el Papa Urbano VI: En 1378 la Iglesia estaba dividida porque dos hombres aseguraban ser el Papa, y fue Catalina la que logró que los cristianos reconocieran a Urbano como el verdadero Papa


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When we talk about St. Athanasius, we use two important words–“orthodoxy” and “heresy.” Orthodoxy means right belief. Heresy means false belief.

Athanasius was born in about 297 AD in Alexandria, Egypt. When he grew up, he became the bishop there. Then he spent the rest of his life defending one true belief of the Church–the divinity of Christ Jesus.


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Beda, o el Venerable Beda, como a veces se le llama, vivió de alrededor del año 673 hasta 735 en Inglaterra. Pero sus escritos fueron tan importantes que la gente todavía los estudian hoy.

Nació muy cerca del monasterio en Northumberland donde pasó mucho de su vida. Su nombre viene de la palabra del inglés antiguo que significa oración, por eso es posible que sus padres siempre hayan deseado de que él entrara al monasterio. Lo enviaron ahí a la edad de siete años para que se educara.


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