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Blessed Charles de Foucauld will finally become Saint Charles! 350 members of his family will be there to celebrate. It’s not certain what Pope Francis and his Cardinal friends will decide about specific patronages for Saint Charles. Saints’ patronages typically evolve organically, it seems. 

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We’ve added alternative options to the web site too. In earlier days, some will remember we sent out hand-written postcards to everyone on the mailing list. We simply can’t afford to both physically or financially continue that endeavor any longer. We’re delighted our mailing list is just way too long now. 

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As our Easter gift to you, we are bringing back all of the 40 Newsletter Offerings and renewing them for the 24 hours of Easter! So, for the next 23.99 hours, all of the 40 (or more!) Saint medals mentioned in the last 40 Newsletters from SaintsforSinners.com are priced at $ 23.99! 

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Jesus faced Dismas and Gestas and many other criminals on his way to Egypt. While Dismas was preparing to steal from Jesus, he experienced an Epiphany and recognized his wrongdoing. He quickly admonished the other thieves and thwarted their plans. They let Jesus and his troupe keep their belongings and proceed to Egypt.

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A miracle worker, Saint Peter was also the first Pope. To this day, the area encompassing the Vatican in Rome is still called “Saint Peter’s Square.” Above the square are 140 statues of saints, surrounding the Vatican. Together, the 140 are known as the Colonnade of Saints protecting Vatican Square. 

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Today we are celebrating Thomas the Apostle, known by many as “Doubting Thomas.” Thomas was one of the 12 Apostles but was absent during the Resurrection. The other Apostles appeared before him, explained and exclaimed about what they had seen: the Resurrection of Jesus after his Crucifixion on the cross.

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Two versions of Marian devotionals offer help every day. Our Lady of Prompt Succor can quickly help you remember the answer to a question on a quiz or maybe help you remember where you left your car keys. Our Lady of Perpetual Succor is always nearby to help you. She never leaves. Keep Our lady in mind and feel her presence when you need help. Our Lady of Perpetual Succor can always help.

 

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The story about Saint Christopher tells a legend of Christopher helping a small child crossing a raging river. Christopher was able to hoist the little boy on his shoulders and get him across the water safely. What Christopher did not know was that he had been carrying Jesus and that Jesus carried the whole world on his shoulders. It’s not surprising Saint Christopher thought the boy was very heavy.

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Saint Augustine found a righteous path and ultimately wrote the masterpiece “Confessions.” St. Augustine Church, located in New Orleans, is known as the first church in the United States to have welcomed free people of color.

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Celebrate Saint MonicaToday, April 9, 2022!     Today, we celebrate Saint Monica from the 4th Century who is the patron saint of mothers, invoked for patience and understanding. Saint Monica was the mother of a rebellious man, Augustine, who held no regard for her or others.       Saint Monica certainly faced challenges as Augustine’s mother. She constantly hoped, worked, and acted with great effort for her son’s conversion. Monica's time and commitment toward her son may have caused her to abandon herself. She became an alcoholic but did manage to reform.      Monica was determined and followed...

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Saint George set forth and battled the dragon. The young woman handed Saint George her girdle which gave him tremendous powers. He pierced the dragon with his lance, saved the woman, and the town. This “Golden Legend of Saint George” has been told, retold, then told again so there are many versions of the story available for your review online. 

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Saint Gertrude’s shrine is in Cologne, Germany. People bring gold and silver mice figurines to leave at her resting place. Again, the curious rationale is that Saint Gertrude helps people get to Heaven, especially those who may have a long journey to get there. According to the Rules of Catholicism, those who have done some sinning and then die have to wait to get to Heaven and they wind up in a place called Purgatory. Saint Gertrude is the saint you check in with who shortens your visit there. Then Archangel Michael comes to get you and brings you to Saint Peter at the Gates to Heaven. 

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Today, we celebrate Saint Rocco, the patron saint of dogs and dog lovers, generally, yet also the patron of those who rescue lost and abandoned dogs.  There are thousands of animal rescue organizations throughout the world. Still, there are too few homes for too many dogs in need of a “Forever Home.” One rescue close to our hearts is Take Paws Rescue here in New Orleans who saved over 1500 dogs in 2020 alone!

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Saint Elizabeth faced many an obstacle in her life. Her Mom and sister both died before she was 5 years old. Things got better, until they didn’t. She married and bore 5 children and around the time of the War of 1812, she and her husband added 7 of her husband’s siblings to their family. But then her husband died from tuberculosis and Elizabeth was left to shoulder the parenting responsibilities alone. She carried on bravely. 

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One of the legends of Saint Andrew involves romance. On December 13th, in Ukraine, games involving pastries and pancakes are played with the hopeful result of a woman finding her future husband. If a woman is wondering about her future spouse in Germany, she follows the Saint Andrew Legend and sleeps naked on Saint Andrew’s Eve and will then dream of her future husband that night. If that doesn’t work, she should listen for barking dogs because where they are barking from is in the land of a future husband.

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