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We are fortunate as Catholics to be able to rejoice in the Communion of the Saints. We have as our companions, mentors and intercessors the entire body of the elect who have gone before us into the Eternal City of God. Here you will be reminded of and reunited with friends who will be with you faithfully always and who long for you to grow in union with the Lord and to one day join with them in the enjoyment of the Beatific Vision.

Here you will find information to introduce you to Catholic saints you may not know, reacquaint you with those you may have forgotten simply rejoice to spend a few moments in recollection with them, in their holy and loving company. We will have a growing and changing gallery of saints, and new material appropriate to the season, so check back with us often. Please visit our Today's Saint page.


To help you with your devotions, we are building an index of Catholic saints for all the days of the year.
Here is a saint chosen at random....
The saint for March 6
Saint Colette
Opt. Memorial--Roman Calendar
Memorial--Franciscan, Feast--Colettine Poor Clares

Born January 13th, 1381
Died March 6, 1447
Canonized 1897

St. Colette, christened Nicolette, was born to elderly parents in Corbie, France. She was orphaned as a teenager, and left in the care of a religious guardian, who hope to help her make a good marriage. Instead, Nicollette experienced a deep longing to dedicate her life entirely to God and made her first attempts to follow this path by becoming a Beguine (lay women who lived in communities and served the poor). She felt, however, that their life was not sufficiently austere, and decided to pursue life as an anchoress.

Accordingly, she had herself walled into a cell adjoining Corbie Abbey, in Picardy. After eight years as a hermitess, she experienced a vision in which St. Francis told her to restore the rule of St. Clare, to its original austerity. Doubtful of her vision, she delayed, and was struck blind for three days, followed by three days mute.

Convinced, she set out on the course which was to define the rest of her life. She obtained the blessing of the French schismatic pope, Peter de Luna (this was a time of turmoil for the Church, and Peter de Luna was accepted as Pope in France) but was to endure much resistance before her efforts met with any acceptance in the Franciscan communities to which she traveled.

Eventually, she was reponsible for the foundation of several convents, the acceptance of the stricter rule in many others, and even played a part in healing the schisms in the deeply divided Church of her time.

St. Colette was given the gift of miracles, once even raising a dead nun to life. She was deeply contemplative, and received many gifts and favors from God, including visible ecstacies.

In addition to her patronages, one might pray for St. Colette's intercession regarding animals, since she was very tender toward them in life.

Patroness of Orphans, Colettine religious, Corbie France
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