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Christ, model of brotherly love – Aelred

Aelred of Rievaulx on Jesus Christ as the model of brotherly love and patience through his forgiveness of persecutors and enemies and his prayer from the cross "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."...

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Romuald, Mystic & Abbot – Peter Damian

St. Romuald was born in Ravenna, Italy in the middle of the tenth century.  He was a mystic who led the life of a hermit, traveling through various regions seeking solitude and establishing small monasteries.  Here St. Peter Damian gives us some insight into the...

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Dominic – Man of the Gospel

Reflections on the life and work of St. Dominic, founder of the Friars Preachers or Dominicans, by some of his contemporaries and also Marcellino D'Ambrosio (Dr. Italy) for the feast of St. Dominic August 8th....

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Henry – The Emperor Who Became a Saint

St. Henry II was born in Bavaria in 973.  He succeeded his father in ruling Bavaria as duke and was later elected Holy Roman Emperor in 1014.  He proved extraordinary in his work for Church reform and expanded missionary activity.  He died in 1024 and...

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Life of St. Benedict – Gregory the Great

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']P[/dropcaps]ROLOGUE: There was a man of venerable life, blessed by grace, and blessed in name, for he was called "Benedictus" or Bennet: who, from his younger years, carried always the mind of an old man; for his age was inferior to...