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Anna Schaffer
- A German Laywoman who was paralyzed during an industrial accident in
1901. From her sick bed she carried out an apostolate through
correspondence by writing inspirational and spiritual letters. Known for her
devotion to the Sacred Heart.
- Lifelong layman, and a working journalist in the diocese of Jan, Spain. Had a
strong devotion to the Eucharist and spent a Holy Thursday in prison alone
with a Host hidden in some flowers during the Spanish Civil War. In 1942 he
contracted spondylitis, and a slow paralysis began to set in; a year later was
confined to a wheelchair, and devoted his last years of his life in writing
articles for newspapers, Catholic periodicals and the Associated Press.
- Parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux. Blessed Louise (a watchmaker) married
Blessed Marie-Azelie Gurin Martin (a lace maker) on 12 July 1858. In 1889 Bl.
Louise suffered two paralyzing strokes followed by a complete mental
collapse, and was hospitalized for three years. Blessed Marie-Azelie died in
France on 28 August 1877 of Breast Cancer while Blessed Louise died in
France on 29 July 1894 of natural causes.
- Beautiful, pious farm girl who in 1902 at age twelve, Maria was attacked by
19-year-old farm-hand Alessandro Serenelli. He tried to rape Maria who
fought, yelled that it was a sin, and that he would go to hell. He tried to choke
her into submission, then stabbed her fourteen times. She survived in
hospital for two days, forgave her attacker, asked Gods forgiveness of him,
and died holding a crucifix and medal of Our Lady. Counted as a martyr.
- A member of the Catholic Action at a very young age and was a member of
the executive committee of the Christian Democrat political party. Civil
engineer. He worked professionally and politically for reconstruction of Italy
following World War II, and on a personal level he worked with the poor,
keeping a bare minimum for himself, giving away everything else he owned.
Known for his devotion to the Eucharist, he spent his morning in adoration,
attended Mass, and then worked the rest of the day. Died in a truck accident
in 1946.
- The brother and sister, who tended to their families sheep with their cousin
Lucia Santo in the fields of Fatima, Portugal, witnessed the apparitions of
Mary from May 13, 1917 Oct. 13, 1917, now commonly known as Our Lady
of Fatima. In October 1918, Francisco and Jacinta became seriously ill with the
Spanish flu. Bed-ridden, Francisco requested his first Communion. The
following day, Francisco died, April 14, 1919. Jacinta suffered a long illness as
well. She was eventually transferred to a Lisbon hospital and operated for an
abscess in her chest, but her health did not improve. She died Feb. 20, 1920.


- Active in Catholic Action, and an avid skier. She considered a call to religious
life, but was married to Pietro Molla on 24 September 1955 at Magenta.
Mother of three, she continued her medical career, treating it as a mission
and gift from God. During her pregnancy with her fourth child, she was
diagnosed with a large ovarian cyst. Her surgeon recommended an abortion
in order to save Giannas life; she refused and died a week after childbirth,
caring more for doing right by her unborn child than for her own life. Today
that child is a physician herself, and involved in the pro-life movement.
- Anna Maria Taigi was born in Siena, Italy, in 1769. At the age of 6 she moved
to Rome with her mother and father. She married Dominic Taigi and raised
her family in Rome. Patroness of the Trinitarian Third Order and of Female
Catholic Action of Italy, wife and mother of a family, Trinitarian tertiary,
woman of great mystic life, did wonderful works of charity for the poor and
needy. Being such a model of virtue and holiness, many came to her seeking
advice. She died in 1837, and her body is kept in the basilica of St.
- Eldest daughter of a poor pharmacist; her mother died when Gemma was
seven, her father when the girl was eighteen, and she took over the care of
her seven brothers and sisters. Passionist tertiary, Stigmatist, and visionary.
Her health was always poor, and between that and her home life she never
finished school and was rejected by the religious orders to which she applied
as they were concerned about her health. Cured in her 20s of spinal
meningitis by prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Saint Gabriel of Our Lady
of Sorrows, and Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoque.
- One of ten children of a blacksmith and seamstress. Protege of Saint John
Bosco. Altar boy at age 5. At 12 he entered the Oratory School preparatory to
becoming a priest. Well-liked and pious, his health forced him to give up his
dream of the priesthood. He died at age 15; his dying words: What beautiful
things I see! His birthplace is now a retreat house for teenagers; His tomb is
in the basilica of Mary, Help of Christians in Turin, not far from the tomb of his
mentor, teacher and biographer, Saint John Bosco.
- Born to a wealthy and politically influential family; Dominican Tertiary, A pious
youth, average student, outstanding athlete and mountain climber, he was
extremely popular with his peers, known by the nickname Terror due to his
practical jokes. He was tutored at home for years with his younger sister
Luciana. He studied minerology in an engineering program after graduating
high school. He became involved in political and Catholic groups like
Apostleship of Prayer and the Company of the Most Blessed Sacrament that
ministered to the poor and promoted Eucharistic adoration, Marian devotion,
and personal chastity. He spent his fortune on the needy and visited the sick;
during this ministry he contracted the disease that killed him.

- Martyred at about age 14 in the early days of the Church. In 1802 her
remains were found in the catacomb of Saint Priscilla on the Via Salaria,
Rome, Italy. It was covered by stones, the symbols on which indicated that
her body was a martyr. The bones were exhumed, cataloged, and effectively
forgotten since there was so little known about the person. In 1805 Canon
Francis de Lucia of Mugnano, Italy was in the Treasury of the Rare Collection
of Christian Antiquity (Treasury of Relics) in the Vatican. When he reached the
relics of Saint Philomena he was suddenly struck with a spiritual joy, and
requested that he be allowed to enshrine them in a chapel in Mugnano. After
some disagreements, settled by the cure of Canon Francis following prayers
to Philomena, he was allowed to translate the relics to Mugnano. Miracles
began to be reported at the shrine including cures of cancer, healing of
wounds, and the Miracle of Mugnano in which Venerable Pauline Jaricot was
cured a severe heart ailment overnight. Philomena became the only person
recognized as a Saint solely on the basis of miraculous intercession as
nothing historical was known of her except her name and the evidence of her