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St. Clare

On Palm Sunday, March 17th, 1212, the Bishop of Assisi left the altar to present a palm to a noble maiden, eighteen years of age, whom bashfulness had detained in her place. This maiden was St. Clare. The same night … Continue reading

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St. Francis Solano

The diocese of Cordova, in Spain, was the birthplace of St. Francis Solano, who won many thousands of souls to God. From his earliest years he was characterized by a modest behavior, prudent silence, and edifying meekness. While still very … Continue reading

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St. Laurence of Brindisi

St. Laurence was born July 22, 1559, and from an early age showed an inclination for a monastic life. To encourage this his pious parents placed him in the Franciscan convent at Brindisi. Being left an orphan when quite young, … Continue reading

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St. Bonaventure

Sanctity and learning raised Bonaventure to the Church’s highest honors, and from a child he was the companion of Saints. Yet at heart he was ever the poor Franciscan friar. St. Francis gave him his name; for, having miraculously cured … Continue reading

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St. Antony of Padua

In 1221 St. Francis held a general chapter at Assisi; when the others dispersed, there lingered behind, unknown and neglected, a poor Portuguese friar, resolved to ask for and to refuse nothing. Nine months later, Fra Antonio rose under obedience … Continue reading

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St. Bernardine of Siena

In 1408, St. Vincent Ferrer once suddenly interrupted his sermon to declare that there was among his hearers a young Franciscan who would be one day a greater preacher than himself, and would be set before him in honor by … Continue reading

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St. Paschal Baylon

From a child Paschal seems to have been marked out for the service of God. . . . At the age of twenty-four he entered the Franciscan Order, in which, however, he remained, from humility, a simple lay-brother, and occupied … Continue reading

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