St. John Apostle & Evangelist: Feast Days, December 27 and May 8

St. John Apostle & Evangelist

St. John, Apostle and Evangelist
Society of St. Augustine
St. John the Aposte by Lucas van Leyden (ca. 1490 - 1533)

St. John of the Cross, Carmelite Solemnity, December 14

John of the Cross: My House Being Now At Rest ~ ENLARGING THE HEART

St. John of the Cross Doctor of Mystical Theology Carmelite

Video with music:
St. John of the Cross: Spiritual Canticle

CONTEMPLATION St. John of the Cross sculpture by Magdeleine Weerts  
Our whole life is a prayer, a loving and adoring contemplation that nothing must interrupt. ~  Charles de Fouchauld

St. Nicholas, Bishop: Memorial, December 6

St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra

Sermon by St. Augustine for the
Feast of St. Nicholas


St. Nicholas of Bari
St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra
Greek (270 – 6 December 346)
Because his relics were translated to Bari in southern Italy in 1087, he is  also known a St. Nicolas of Bari.
Beloved by both Eastern and Western Christians, he is also known as St. Nicholas the Wonderworker because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession.

St. John of Damascus: Feast Day, December 4

John Damascene: The Incarnation Reveals the Goodness and Wisdom, the Justice and Might of God ~ ENLARGING THE HEART

The Image Doctor -  Doctor of the Church 

Saint John of Damascus, Priest, Religious, Doctor of the Church 

Peering Through the Windows 

St. John of Damascus
Full of Grace and Truth
Righteous St. John of Damascus 

The Icon of Three Hands
Icons are Dynamic Love Letters between God and Man 

Apologia Against Those Who Decry Holy Images)

“Show me the icons that you venerate, that I may be able to understand your faith.” - Saint John of Damascus

St. Elisabeth of Hungary: Memorial, November 17

"Remember always that you are made by the hands of God, and act accordingly."
~ St. Elisabeth of Hungary

Story of
St. Elisabeth of Hungary

Hungarian Cinnamon Bread 
From Catholic Cuisine 


St. Gertrude the Great, November 16

St. Gertrude
Turgis, Paris

Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Our Lord dictated the following prayer to St. Gertrude the Great to release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each times it is said:

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.

St. Gertrude the Great 
St. Gertrude the Great Abbess
From these sources we learn that St. Teresa of Avila "chose her as her model and guide" and " sought her intercessory prayer often."
"Look at my heart,
and it will be your
~St. Gertrude

St. Hubert: Feast Day, November 3

After seeing The Cross between the antlers of a deer he was about to kill and at the same moment hearing the voice of Jesus begging him to repent, St. Hubert returned to the faith, gave up hunting and became a holy priest.  Why he was made patron saint of hunters is a mystery to me! 
On Nov 3 his feast day, in 
A Year of  Prayer, I found this Prayer to St. Hubertus
Great St. Hubert, you were passionate about hunting, but when touched by Divine Grace, you put down your bow and took up the collar of Priesthood. Known for your miracles and the conversion of hundreds, you convinced others to worship and glorify Our Lord.
Moved by your example, I implore your help. I ask for the Grace to follow in your footsteps and become a passionate disciple of Christ. Amen.

Pope St. Leo the Great: Feast Day, November 10

Leo the Great: Lift Your Faithful Hearts to the Gracious Blaze of Eternal Light ~ ENLARGING THE HEART

St. Pope St. Leo the Great, 
Doctor of Unity of the Church

In the newer Roman calendar November 10 is the feast of Pope Saint Leo I, “the Great”.  In the older, traditional calendar, his feast is 11 April.

Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity: Feast Day, November 8

St. Teresa of Jesus, Carmelite Solemnity, October 15

Teresa of Avila: Spiritual Battles and Interior Peace ~ ENLARGING THE HEART

 St. Teresa of Jesus, Doctor of  Prayer


Sainte Thérèse 
(St. Teresa of Jesus)
print from an engraving attributed to Demarteau 
Art Catholique #279 
 6 Place St. Sulpice 
circa late 1800's

Portrait European post card

St. Bruno: Fest Day, October 6

St. Bruno
18th cent. engraving

Link to story of St. Bruno

St. Francis of Assisi: Memorial, Oct. 4

St. Francis Praying for the Animals
St. Francis
late 18th or early 19th cent. 

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus & the Holy Face: October 1

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face 
Doctor of Confidence and Missionaries
Portrait by her sister Celine (Sr. Genevieve) commissioned in 1907
Saint Thérèse Home Page

BLOGS ABOUT: St. Teresa of the Child Jesus
The love of our Lord
is revealed 
just as well in the most simple soul
as in the most sublime.
St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

St. John Chrysostom: Feast Day, September 13

 John Chrysostom: We Impart the Wisdom of God in a Mystery ~ ENLARGING THE HEART

St. John Chrysostom  Called The Golden Tongued because of his eloquence.

Doctor of the Church

St. Augustine: Feast day, August 28

Augustine of Hippo: God Enlarges the Capacity of Our Soul that He may Fill Us with His Presence ~ ENLARGING THE HEART

St. Augustine, 354-430
Doctor of Grace

2 favorite quotations:

"If you are the Body of Christ and his members, your divine mystery is set on the table of the Lord; you receive your own mystery...  Be what you see and receive what you are."
St. Augustine

"And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here."
St. Augustine

St. Bernard of Clairvaux: Feast Day, August 20

Bernard of Clairvaux: “Saviour” Is His Name From Everlasting; He Has It Of His Own Proper Nature To Save ~ ENLARGING THE HEART

St. Bernard of Clairvaux
The Mellifluous Doctor

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Link to The Memorare

"The soul must grow and expand, so as to be capable of God. And its largeness is its love, as the Apostle says, 'Widen yourselves in love' (2 Cor 6:13). It grows and extends spiritually, not in substance, but in virtue. The greatness of each soul is judged by the measure of love that it has: he who has great love is great, he who has little love is little, while he who has no love at all is nothing.” ~ Bernard of Clairvaux ~

St. Alphonsus Liguori: Feast Day, August 12

 Alphonsus Liguori: Let Us Abandon Everything To God’s Good Pleasure ~ ENLARGING THE HEART

St. Alphonsus Liguori
Marian & Morality Doctor 
Founder of the Redemptorists

St. Dominic, August 8

St. Dominic receives the Holy Rosary
Bouasse Lebel 3396

St. Albert of Trapani: Feast Day, August 7

St. Albert of Trapani
also known as
St. Albert of Sicily

Sts. Peter and Paul: Solemnity, June 29

St. Peter and St. Paul

St. Anthony of Padua: Feast Day, June 13

St. Anthony of  Padua
Petithenri, Paris

St. Simon Stock: Feast Day, May 16

St. Simon Stock

St. Athenasius: Feast Day, May 2

Athanasius of Alexandria: St Antony the Abbot’s Advice from the Mountain ~ ENLARGING THE HEART

St. Athenasius, Father of Orthodoxy

St. Anslem: Feast Day, April 21

Anselm of Canterbury: Make Me, O Lord, To Taste By Love That Which I Taste By Knowledge ~ ENLARGING THE HEART

St. Anselm, Doctor of the Church  Father of Scholasticism 

St. Francis de Paola: Feast Day, April 2

St. Francis de Paola

St. Francis de Paola 
original engraving

St. Patrick - March 17

Erin Go Bragh
{Ireland Until the End of Time}
St. Patrick, pray for us.
Bouasse Lebel 644

St. Patrick
Bishop and Confessor
Apostle of Ireland

Engraving by J. W. Cook fronticepiece: Alban Butler's The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and other Principal Saints, Vol. 1. Dublin, 1838

St. Peter - Chair of St. Peter Feb 22

Fear not, Simon, from now on you will become a fisher of men. Based on Luke 5:1-11 Vaurs, 381

St. Blaise, February 3

St. Blaise, February 3

St. John Bosco, January 31

"Everything and everyone is won by the sweetness 
of our words and works." ~ St. John Bosco

 Understand the vision:
Sweetness not severity.
Blessed John Bosco
The picture interprets a life-changing dream that the saint had as a child of nine.

St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor: January 28

St. Francis de Sales: Feast Day, January 24

Oh, God, You alone suffice...
in You alone I find everything that is necessary to my soul.
~St. Francis de Sales
Letaille, pl 165


Francis de Sales: “Ascending by Steps from Virtue to Virtue” ~ ENLARGING THE HEART

St. Francis de Sales 1567-1622
Doctor or Authors

Link to the story of the life 
of St. Francis de Sales

St. Meinrad: Feast Day, January 21