Episode #7 – St. Paula Frassinetti

Episode #7 – St. Paula Frassinetti

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Ave Maria!

She had four brothers, all who became priests. And she herself became a nun, founding an order for the evangelization for poor and needy children

A friend of Blessed Pope Pius IX, St. Paula lived and worked in Rome, under the terrible scourge of anti-Catholic persecutions that were rampant in the 19th century.

Find out more about this most humble, most holy servant of Christ on today’s episode of The Lives of the Saints.

St. Paula Frassinetti, pray for us.

 

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Show length: 07:57

Show Notes:

  • St. Paula had 4 brothers, all of whom became priests
  • She was mocked for her plans of her order
  • She was a personal friend of Blessed Pope Pius IX
  • Her order now has a worldwide presence

Download the episode to hear all about this amazing saint, St Paula Frassinetti!

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Episode #6 – St. Zdislava of Lemberka

Episode #6 – St. Zdislava of Lemberka

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She was a wife and a mother; a noble who took care of the poor.

Not only that, but she was one of the first ever Dominican tertiaries. She learned about the Order of St. Dominic from St. Hyacinth, one of St Dominic’s first disciples.

Learn from St Zdislava how to be a married person and yet still become a saint. Contrary to popular belief, marriage is not a hindrance to sainthood! Listen to today’s episode to find out more.

St Zdislava of Lemberka, pray for us. 

 

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Show length: 08:55

Show Notes:

  • Her mother was a Mediterranean princess
  • Zdislava grew up in northern present-day Czech Republic
  • She would sneak out at night to help build a church
  • She regularly took care of the poor and sick, housing them in her castle
  • Havel, her husband, had a vision of her after she died

St. Zdislava is the perfect role model for the married – listen to today’s episode to find out more!

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Episode #5 – St. Gengulphus of Burgundy

Episode #5 – St. Gengulphus of Burgundy

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A devout nobleman with an adulteress wife: today on The Lives of the Saints we chronicle Saint Gengulphus of Burgundy.

He was a holy man but his wife was wretched, to say the least. She committed adultery with a clerk in St Gengulphus’ service, the same clerk who killed him.

In these troubled times, especially with regards to the abuse of the Sacrament of Marriage, let us call upon St. Gengulphus to intercede for us and protect our marriages.

St Gengulphus, pray for us. 

 

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Show length: 09:03

Show Notes:

  • St Gengulphus was of high-ranking social status, but still gave generously to the poor
  • His wife committed adultery with a clerk in his service
  • Rather than punish her, he provided for her and withdrew from worldly life
  • The clerk attempted to decapitate St Gengulphus, who died a few days later from his wounds
  • The clerk met the same fate as Arius.

There is so much more to learn about St Gengulphus. Listen to the episode to find out about this holy martyr for marriage!

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Episode #4 – St. Athanasius

Episode #4 – St. Athanasius

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“The whole world groaned, to find itself Arian”
– St. Jerome

The Edict of Milan had signaled the end of the cruel persecutions by the Roman authorities. Christians were finally free to worship publicly and the future looked bright. But a terrible scourge was to befall the Church. Heresies were rampant and Arianism was the worst of them all.

In the early 4th century all had seemed hopeless, but the Patriarch of Alexandria, St. Athanasius, was sent by God to defend the Faith. Listen to today’s episode to find out more about that great defender of orthodoxy, St Athanasius, as he battles heretics and emperors throughout his entire life in defense of Christ’s Church and true doctrine.

St. Athanasius, pray for us.

 

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Show length: 20:38

Show Notes:

  • St. Athanasius attended the Council of Nicea and was well received
  • He was exiled from Alexandria 5 times
  • Arians accused him of murdering a man, cutting off the hand and using it for black magic. St Athanasius was able to present the man, hands and all
  • He was a friend of the Desert Fathers and wrote a biography of St. Antony

There is a lot more to St. Athanasius – download the episode to find out what a tenacious fight he put up against the heretics.

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Episode #3 – St. Pancras of Rome

Episode #3 – St. Pancras of Rome

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A famous train station in London is named after him, but who was St. Pancras of Rome?

Would you have been able to suffer martyrdom for Christ at the age of 14?

Listen to today’s episode to hear about this amazing saint who loved Christ even unto death.

St. Pancras of Rome, pray for us. 

 

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Show length: 06:07

Show Notes:

  • St Pancras was only 14 when he had his head cut off by the Emperor Diocletian
  • Relics of him still exist today, after they were nearly destroyed
  • Find out why he is so popular in England

St Pancras is truly amazing – download the episode and be inspired by his act of martyrdom for Christ.

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Episode #2 – St. Maximilian Kolbe

Episode #2 – St. Maximilian Kolbe

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He was a martyr who gave up is life for a fellow prisoner, and Pope St. John Paul II called him, “the patron of our difficult century.”

Today on the Lives of the Saints we chronicle the life of that great Polish Franciscan, St. Maximilian Kolbe.

His heroic act of self sacrifice at the Auschwitz Concentration camp during World War II is well known by all who have heard of St. Maximilian Kolbe, but there is so much more to him than that! Listen to find out all there is to know about this great devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.

 

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Show length: 39:13

Show Notes:

  • St. Maximilian Kolbe had a vision of Our Lady at the age of 12
  • He almost abandoned his religious vocation for a military career
  • He was a devotee of St. Thérèse of Lisieux
  • The largest ever religious community, Niepokalanów, was started by St. Maximilian
  • He was originally beatified as a Confessor of the Faith, but Pope St. John Paul II canonized him a martyr

There is a lot more to St. Maximilian – download the episode to find out what an amazingly holy priest and slave of Our Lady he was!

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Episode #1 – Introduction

Episode #1 – Introduction

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Hello, and welcome to the first ever episode of The Lives of the Saints podcast! I’m your host, the Hagiographer, and thank you for stopping by.

In this episode, we will be covering our vision for the podcast, how we go about it, and all that fun stuff. I will introduce myself, explain why I’m going by a moniker, and that’s pretty much it.

Each episode will have a small blog post on this site, summarizing the episode as well as links to any resources or interesting material related to the saint or episode in question.

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Show Length: 06:08

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Please pray for us, that we may glorify God and the Saints through our apostolate, and if you are able, please consider donating so that we may be able to keep The Lives of the Saints free of charge.

Mary, Queen of All Saints, pray for us.

May God bless you,

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