St. Ambrose of Milan

Today is the Feast of St. Ambrose, the great archbishop of Milan. His relics are in the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio in Milan.

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St. Ambrose is the one in white.

Here are some images of the Lombard Gothic Duomo of Milan.

 

Excavations beneath the Duomo have uncovered the baptistery where St. Ambrose baptized St. Augustine.

Here is the crypt-tomb of St. Charles Borromeo in the Duomo of Milan.

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“Mary and the Christian Family”

If you want to know the secrets to a happier or better marriage (and every marriage can improve), then you would do well to read Fr. Emil Neubert’s “Mary and the Christian Family”. This is the ONLY book which discusses the main cause of marital problems, and shows you how to overcome it. That’s not an exaggeration, and you’ll discover why when you click here.

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St. Maximilian Kolbe and Ven. Frank Duff, Founder of the Legion of Mary, were so impressed with Fr. Neubert’s works that they both struck up friendships with him, and worked tirelessly to promote the sale of his books. If your marriage hasn’t turned out the way you wanted or isn’t going where you want it to go fast enough, and you’re ready to transform it, then see for yourself by clicking here.

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St. Robert Bellarmine

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Today is the Feast of St. Robert Francis Cardinal Bellarmine, one of two Jesuit Doctors of the Church. The other is St. Peter Canisius. St. Robert was one of the most learned men in the history of the Church. When Pope Clement VIII created St. Robert a cardinal, he said of him: “The Church of God has not his equal in learning. He was the nephew of Pope Marcellus II.

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St. Robert is buried in the Roman church of Sant’Ignazio. To the left of him is the altar where St. Aloysius Gonzaga is buried. St. Robert was St. Aloysius’ spiritual director, and he was so impressed with the youthful saint that he asked to be buried “at the feet of his ghostly child.”

St. Robert once said: “If you are wise, then, know that you have been created for the glory of God and your own eternal salvation. This is your goal; this is the center of your life; this is the treasure of your heart. If you reach this goal, you will find happiness. If you fail to reach it, you will find misery.”

There can be only one shortest distance between two points, and the shortest distance between God and us is Mary. St. Robert knew this as well as anyone.

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Now you get to discover not only his previously untranslated Marian writings, which were compiled and translated from the thousands of pages of his (Opera Omnia) [Collected Works], but also previously untranslated biographical material about him. Then so you get to see exactly how he lived the Marian doctrines he defended and the Marian devotion he taught. So, be sure to check out The Marian Writings of St. Robert Bellarmine by clicking here.

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St. Benedict

Happy Feast of St. Benedict!

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The tomb of St. Benedict at Monte Cassino

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St. Benedict on the left, St. Scholastica, his sister, on the right

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Scenes from Monte Cassino

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The cell of St. Benedict in Rome

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St. Maria Goretti

Today is the Feast of St. Maria Goretti, a martyr for purity. She is buried in the crypt of the Sanctuary of St. Maria Goretti in Nettuno. Enjoy!

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Close-up of St. Maria Goretti.

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The Sanctuary of St. Maria Goretti

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Nettuno is a beautiful beach town.

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Relics of St. Maria Goretti

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Nettuno seen from the Sanctuary of St. Maria Goretti

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Monument to St. Maria Goretti

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Immaculate Heart of Mary

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“Jesus wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart” — Our Lady to Sr. Lucia at Fatima. In addition to celebrating the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua today, the Church also celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Catholics do NOT worship Mary. If you want the real scoop, click here, and you will discover what the real deal is.

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St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church

Today is the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena. Her works make excellent reading. You can find here all 3 volumes of the Letters of St. Catherine of Siena. Enjoy!

The body of St. Catherine of Siena rests in the Roman church Santa Maria sopra Minerva. It is near the Pantheon.

The body of St. Catherine of Siena rests in the Roman church Santa Maria sopra Minerva. It is near the Pantheon.

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