The saints are wonderful inspiration and motivation for us. To begin with, the apostles--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John-- are authors of the Gospel in the new testament. St. Paul, St. Peter, St. James...all of their writings in scripture sustain and encourage us, teach us how to live Christ. Through the centuries so many other holy ones have lived and written words that speak to our hearts. Doctors of the Church have helped to formulate our understanding of the sacred mysteries. Mystics teach us about the deepest prayerlife. Many other worthwhile devotions have sprung up in their footsteps. Christ and Mary have showed their love and appreciation to little ones and great ones by appearing to them, speaking to them, and reaching us through them. On this page find some sources of information about the saints.
A Site with numerous links to the Mystical Saints of the Church: http://www.mysticsofthechurch.com/
LIFE OF PADRE PIO: The following is a full scale Italian movie about the saint in 10 minute increments. Find the succeeding parts at the end of each part that you watch.
A wonderful site full of prayers of saints, reflections, and teachings: http://www.feastofsaints.com/index.html
Pope John Paul II's cause for beatification is almost complete. Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was John Paul II’s personal secretary for 40 years, told participants at a Colombian conference that the late-Pope's beatification process “is practically finished.”
In Colombia, where Cardinal Dziwisz traveled to participate in a conference on the legacy of John Paul II, the cardinal remarked that the beatification process of the pilgrim Pope “is practically finished.”
“In order for the beatification to take place, it is important that the Church recognizes a miracle in which he has interceded. There is a case that is currently being investigated and it is of the miraculous healing of a French nun suffering from Parkinson’s.”
Regarding the date of the beatification, the cardinal said, “It is not known, but his tomb is visited by thousands who thank him for favors.”
“Not only do Christians want to see him made a saint, but Jews and Muslims as well.” [ from CATHOLIC FIRE, a blog]
When I was a novice, I came upon a book which I read. It inspired and motivated me to deepen my prayer life. I recently discovered it online. She was a young Carmelite, like St. Therese of Lisieux. A lovely site about BLESSED ELIZABETH OF THE TRINITY, maintained by a Carmelite, can be found here http://srhelena5.blogspot.com/
I also remember reading about about St. Josepha Menendez. Link:
SAINT ROSE OF LIMA - FIRST CANONIZED SAINT OF THE AMERICAS: http://www.catholickingdom.com/AAA_load_in_pages/Monastery/Lives%20of%20the%20Saints/Female/Rose%20of%20Lima.html
A VIDEO ABOUT ST. JOSEPHINE BAKHITA, AN AFRICAN SAINT
ST. CATHERINE OF GENOA
AN INDEX OF ALL CATHOLIC SAINTS MAY BE FOUND HERE: SEARCH HERE FOR ANY SAINT
ST. POLYCARP -- FEB. 24: St. Polycarp of Smyrna (- 155), a disciple of the Apostles, bishop of Smyrna, and a friend of St Ignatius of Antioch. He is one of the earliest Christians whose writings still survive.
St. Polycarp fought against heresy. He also taught that Christians must walk in truth, do God’s will, keep all of His commandments, and love whatever He loved. Christians must refrain from all fraud, avarice, detraction, and rash judgment. They must repay evil with forgiveness and mercy. He taught that one must pray all the time, so as not to be led into temptation, fast, persevere and be joyful.
During his episcopate, a violent persecution broke out in Smyrna against the Christians. During this time, though fearless, the bishop retreated to a neighboring village, spending most of his time in prayer.
A boy betrayed the bishop, and horsemen came by night to arrest him. He met his captors at the door, ordered them a supper, and prayed for two hours before he went with them.
He was led directly to the proconsul, who ordered him to blaspheme Christ. St. Polycarp refused and he was to be burned alive.
The executioners would have nailed him to the stake, but he convinced them that it wasn’t necessary. So they simple tied his hands behind his back. At the end of his prayer, the executioners set the fire, but the large flames formed into an arch, gently encircling but not burning his body. Exasperated, officials ordered a spearman to pierce him. Such a quantity of blood flowed from his left side that it put out the fire. The Christians wanted St. Polycarp’s body but the centurion burnt it to ashes. The bones were kept as relics.
St. Polycarp is the patron against ear ache and dysentery.