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Saint of the Day: Saints Julitta and Quriaqos

Winchester, VA - Saint Julitta, and her son Quriaqos were martyred around 304 A.D. Having fled to Tarsus, Julitta and three year old Quriaqos were recognized as Christians and were taken to the authorities for punishment. Two versions of their story exist. In the first Quriaqos was thrown down stairs and killed for scratching the governor's face, to which Julitta responded with joy for her son having received the crown of […]

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Saint of the Day: Saint Anthony of Padua

Winchester, VA - Born Fernando Martins in Lisbon, Portugal, Saint Anthony entered religious formation at 15. Ordained with the Augustinians, when the bodies of the first Franciscan martyrs passed through Lisbon, he was consumed with desire to join the Franciscans and evangelize the Muslims in Morocco. Upon making it to Morocco, his health declined and he was forced to abandon this mission, but this detour paved the way for his preaching […]

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June 8 Saint of the Day: Saint Jacques Berthieu

WINCHESTER, VA - Jacques Berthieu was born in 1838 to a humble French family, the second of seven children. He was a diocesan priest for 9 years before entering the Society of Jesus to become a missionary. Father Berthieu served around and in Madagascar and accepted his trials with saintly resignation. There was much seed to sow and little harvest to reap. When relations between Madagascar and France turned bitter, the […]

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Saint of the Day: Blessed Anne of Saint Bartholomew

Winchester, VA - Born in Spain in 1549, Ann was orphaned at ten by a brutal Spanish plague. She was graced from youth with an extraordinary spiritual life complete with visions and revelations. Her vocation as a religious was given to her in a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and at 21 she entered the first of Saint Teresa of Avila's Discalced Carmelite monasteries, St. Joseph's. A hard-working lay-sister, she […]

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Saint of the Day: Saint Norbert

Winchester, VA - A native of the Rhineland, young Saint Norbert was anything BUT saintly, even entering the religious life for worldly reasons, but Jesus had other plans. On a late night ride in a terrible thunderstorm, Norbert's horse bucked and threw Norbert to the ground. Regaining consciousness, he asked, “Lord what do you want me to do?” and Jesus replied, “Turn from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue […]

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Eating Right for Mental Health–and Holiness!

Winchester, VA - Writer Marta Klimek for Aleteia explains that our moods are closely tied to the foods we eat. Foods like sugar and refined grains spike our blood sugar, increasing inflammation of the nervous system and lending us to irritability, insomnia, poor concentration and memory, and also mood disorders. Eating the right foods, however, can shore up our mental resilience. Foods that promote good mental health include: Antioxidants, found in […]

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