The Exaltation of the Cross. The cross, seen as a sign of torture and death, by the merits of Christ has become a saving symbol. Tradition has it that when St. Helen was seeking to find the true cross, the wood of one particular cross was touched to someone, and the person was cured of illness.
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St. Matthew. Born at Caparnaum, he was the tax-gatherer in Jesus’ company; one of the Evangelists, he wrote his Gospel in Hebrew. Tradition has it that he preached the faith in the East.
Ss. Cosmas and Damian. From early writings, there is evidence that their tomb lies in Cyrrus in Syria where a basilica was built in their honour. Veneration spread from there to Rome, and thereafter throughout the worldwide church.
St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660). Born in Gascony, France, he completed his studies and became a parish priest in Paris. He founded the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentian Order) for the spiritual formation of the clergy and the relief of the poor, for which he is still renowned. He also worked with prisoners in […]