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St. Laura

St. LauraFeastday: October 19

Died: 864

St. Laura was born in Cordova, Spain and was raised as a Spanish Chirstian in the Muslim dominated area of Spain. She became a nun at Cuteclara after she was widowed, eventually rising to become an abbess.

She was martyred by Moorish captors who scalded her to death by placing her in a vat of boiling lead.
Her feast day is on October 19.

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St. Lorenzo RuizFrom catholic.org

Feastday: September 28

Saint Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino saint. He is also the first Filipino martyred for the Christian Faith. Saint Lorenzo Ruiz was a layman, married, and had two sons and a daughter. Born in Binondo, Manila, about 1600’s, he was educated in the school of the Dominicans there. He served as an altar boy and later was a helper and clerk-sacristan in the church of Binondo. He was a member of the Confraternity of the Rosary. He made his living probably as a calligrapher, one who renders documents in beautiful penmanship for private or official use.

An adverse event made him leave the Philippines in 1636. When he was in his late twenties or early thirties, he became involved or was accused of being involved in a criminal case, the circumstances of which are far from clear. Whether he was involved or not, one thing was clear, he was afraid that as a consequence of a trial or mistrial, he might be given a death sentence.

Upon landing in Japan where Christians were being persecuted, he was arrested and imprisoned together with his companions. He underwent inhuman tortures and valiantly confessed his Christian Faith. Refusing to renounce his Faith, he told his executioner that he was ready to die for God and give himself for many thousands of lives if he had them.

On September 27, 1637, he was hung from a gallows by his feet, his body falling into a pit. After two days of agony, he died of bleeding and suffocation. His body was cremated and the ashes thrown into the sea.

He and fifteen companions, martyred in the same persecution, were beatified by Pope John Paul II in Manila on February 18, 1981 and elevated to full honors of the altar by canonization on October 18, 1987 in Rome. Their feast day is on September 28th.

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St LawrenceFeastday: August 10

Saint Lawrence was one of seven deacons who were in charge of giving help to the poor and the needy. When a persecution broke out, Pope St. Sixtus was condemned to death. As he was led to execution, Lawrence followed him weeping, “Father, where are you going without your deacon?” he said. “I am not leaving you, my son,” answered the Pope. “in three days you will follow me.” Full of joy, Lawrence gave to the poor the rest of the money he had on hand and even sold expensive vessels to have more to give away.

The Prefect of Rome, a greedy pagan, thought the Church had a great fortune hidden away. So he ordered Lawrence to bring the Church’s treasure to him. The Saint said he would, in three days. Then he went through the city and gathered together all the poor and sick people supported by the Church. When he showed them to the Prefect, he said: “This is the Church’s treasure!”

In great anger, the Prefect condemned Lawrence to a slow, cruel death. The Saint was tied on top of an iron grill over a slow fire that roasted his flesh little by little, but Lawrence was burning with so much love of God that he almost did not feel the flames. Then he prayed that the city of Rome might be converted to Jesus and that the Catholic Faith might spread all over the world. After that, he went to receive the martyr’s reward.
Saint Lawrence’s feast day is August 10th.

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St NatalieFeastday: July 27

Died: 852

Not much is known about St. Natalie, except that she was martyred for her Faith with her husband Aurelius. According to his biography by St. Eulogius of Toledo, Aurelius was the son of a Muslim man and a Spanish Chirstian woman, and was orphaned as a child.

He was secretly raised a Christian by his aunt during the Moorish persecution of Christians. He married a half Moorish woman, Sabigotho, who took the name Natalie when he converted her to Christianity. They were both beheaded for practicing their religion openly together with George, a monk from Jerusalem whom Aurelius had befriended.

Their feast day is July 27th.

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From catholic.org

St. Margaret of AntiochFeastday: July 20

Not much is known about Saint Margarent. Legend has ait that she was the daughter of a pagan priest at Antioch in Pisidia. She was converted to Christianity, whereupon she was driven from home by her father.

She became a shepherdess and when she spurned the advances of Olybrius, the prefect, who was infatuated with her beauty. He charged her with being a Christian. He had her tortured and then imprisoned. And while she was in prison she had an encounter with the devil in the form of a dragon.

According to the legend, he swallowed her, but the cross she carried in her hand so irritated his throat that he was forced to disgorge her. The next day, attempts were made to execute her by fire and then by drowning, but she was miraculously saved and converted thousands of spectators witnessing her ordeal – all of whom were promptly executed.

Finally, she was beheaded. That she existed and was martyred are probably true; all else is probably fictitious.

She is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, and hers was one of the voices heard by Joan of Arc.
Her feast day is July 20th.

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St. Astius

St. AstiusFeastday: July 7

Died: 117

Saint Astius was a martyr and bishop. According to legend he was the bishop of Dynhachium in Macedonia when he was seized and put to death by crucifixion by Roman authorities during the reign of Emperor Trajan.

A group of other martyrs, including Peregrinus, Gennanus, Lucian, Pompeius, hesychius, Papius and Saturninus were also slain because they expressed sympathy for Astius. They were supposedly wrapped in chains and hurled into the sea from the deck of a galley.

Their bodies were carried to shore by the waves, which were then hidden in the sand by Christians. The martyrs appeared to the Bishop of Alexandria ninety years later, ordering him to bury their bodies and to build a church over them.

Their feast day is 7 July.

St. Astius was declared patron protector of the city of Durrës.

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St. BasilidesFeastday: June 30

Died: 205

Saint Basilides was a soldier of the guard of Egypt. When involved in the execution of St. Potomiana, he defended her against a mob. Receiving the faith, Basilides was also martyred.

Potamiana, , is venerated as a Christian saint and martyr. According to her legend, she, along with her mother Marcella, had been condemned to be sunk by degrees in a cauldron of boiling pitch at Alexandria, Egypt. She was also threatened with being handed over to gladiators to be raped. After Potamiana had been sentenced to death, Basilides, an officer of the court, led her to execution. On the way, he protected her against the insults of the mob. In return for his kindness Potamiana promised him not to forget him with her Lord when she reached her destination.

Soon after Potamiana’s death Basilides was asked by his fellow-soldiers to take a certain oath; on answering that he could not do it, as he was a Christian, at first they thought he was jesting, but seeing he was in earnest they denounced him and he was condemned to be beheaded.

In Italy, on September 2, 1948, Saint Basilides was declared patron saint of the Prison Guards.

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