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St. Peter Orseolo

An admiral at age 20, married with child, selected Doge of Venice. Served for two years during which he used substantial funds of his own to help rebuild and restore the Kingdom of Venice from fire and destruction. Built orphanages, hospitals and showed care for the poor while helping rebuild St. Mark's Cathedral. Abdicated his throne and left his wife (with her consent) to become a monk and later a hermit. He became known for his sanctity and miracle working. He certainly led an interesting and varied life.

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St. Adrian of Canterbury

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St. Adrian of Canterbury, having declined the papal offer to become Archbishop of Canterbury (twice), nevertheless traveled to England and became abbot of the St. Augustine's Abbey, a place which he developed into a center of classical learning and Catholic identity in England. He was noted for his preaching, teaching and sanctity, even among a population that was sometimes inimical to the Catholic faith.

 


The Most Holy Name of Jesus

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IHS stands for the name of JESUS, with various explanations having been given over the years for the amalgam. It was used by early preachers on icons, banners and insignias who promoted devotion to the feast and to the name of Jesus, Himself. Today you will see he insignia in church art of all kinds. In some churches, one could spend a great deal of time counting the number of times the insignia appears on pews, windows, altars and more. While counting, reverently holding the name of Jesus in prayer would be a good pious practice.

 

 


Saints Basil the Great


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St. Basil The Great, a doctor of the Church and founder of Eastern Monasticism wrote and preached in defense of the Divinity of Christ and the truths of the Catholic faith. 

He wrote that our jealousy of those who have more than us isn't so much born of a resentment of them for what they have, but a belief that our unhappiness springs from our lack of the things we covet. It is our envious discontent that causes our suffering. 

In Dante's Purgatorio , the envious are gathered together clothed in sackcloth and have their eyes sutured closed with metal wires. They all have little or nothing and cannot envy what they cannot see.