It’s Black Friday and the sales are going on on-line. It’s the time to buy and save without having to shove and poke and avoid bodily harm in the stores with obnoxious and insensitive people reaching for that cheap expensive TV.
While people are stocking up on material goods, we as Catholics know our true goods are in heaven waiting for us. That is God, the angels and saints. Our brothers and sisters. So for those of you who don’t feel a need to stock up on more junk you can’t take with you… here are some spiritual companions to stock up on and who can travel with you on your journey across time into eternity.
Here is the Catholic Bard Black Friday Special of
More American Saints and Holy People
Venerable Pierre Toussaint (June 27, 1766 – June 30, 1853) was a Haitian-American hairdresser, philanthropist, and former slave brought to New York City by his owners in 1787. Freed in 1807 after the death of his mistress, Pierre took the surname of “Toussaint” in honor of the hero of the Haitian Revolution which established that nation. In 1996, he was declared “Venerable” by Pope John Paul II.
After his marriage in 1811 to Juliette Noel, Toussaint and his wife opened their home as an orphanage, employment bureau, and a refuge for travelers. He also contributed funds and helped raise money to build Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Mulberry Street. He was considered “one of the leading black New Yorkers of his day.” His ghostwritten memoir was published in 1854.
Toussaint is the first layperson to be buried in the crypt below the main altar of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, normally reserved for bishops of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.
John Carroll SJ (January 8, 1735 – December 3, 1815 was a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the first bishop and archbishop in the United States. He served as the ordinary of the first diocese and later Archdiocese of Baltimore, in Maryland, which at first encompassed all of the United States and later after division as the eastern half of the new nation.
Bishop Carroll is also known as the founder of Georgetown University (the oldest Catholic college / university in the United States), and of St. John the Evangelist Parish of Rock Creek (now Forest Glen), the first secular (or diocesan, meaning that its clergy did not come from monastic orders) parish in the country.
Charles Carroll, (born Sept. 19, 1737, Annapolis, Md. [U.S.]—died Nov. 14, 1832, Baltimore, Md., U.S.
Charles Carroll was an American statesman, a wealthy Maryland planter, an early advocate of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and one of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence. The sole Catholic signer of the Declaration, he is one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange (1784-1882)
Servant of God Mother Mary was an Black Catholic religious sister who founded the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first African-American religious congregation.
Servant of God Julia Greeley (ca. 1833-48 – 7 June 1918), was a Black American enslaved woman, later freed by the Missouri Legislature. She is now known as Denver’s Angel of Charity because of her aid to countless families in poverty.
Father Edward Joseph Flanagan (July 13, 1886 – May 15, 1948) was an Irish-born priest of the Catholic Church in the United States. He founded the orphanage known as Boys Town located in Boys Town, Douglas County, Nebraska, which now also serves as a center for troubled youth.
Reverend Fr. John M. Corridan (1911-1984) was a Jesuit priest who fought against corruption and organized crime on the New York City waterfront. He was the inspiration for the character of “Father Barry” in the classic film On the Waterfront.
Servant of God, Emil Kapaun (April 20, 1916 – May 23, 1951)
Servant of God Emil was a Roman Catholic priest and United States Army captain who served as a United States Army chaplain during World War II and the Korean War. Kapaun was a chaplain in the Burma Theater of World War II, then served again as a chaplain with the U.S. Army in Korea, where he was captured. He died in a prisoner of war camp.
In 2013, Kapaun posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Korea. He is the ninth American military chaplain Medal of Honor recipient.
More Young Saints
Farina’s reputation for personal holiness was evident throughout his life.
Darwin Ramos (December 17, 1994, in Pasay City, Philippines – September 23, 2012, in Quezon City, Philippines)
Servant of God Darwin was a Filipino street child affected by and died from Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
He discovered Catholic faith when he was 11 years old. Darwin Ramos could become the first non-martyr Saint of the Philippines.
Blessed Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri Fernández de Heredia (12 December 1916 – 16 July 1975)
She was a Spanish Roman Catholic professor and a member of the Opus Dei personal prelature. She was one of the first women to join Opus Dei, after meeting the founder Josemaría Escrivá in 1944. She helped start Opus Dei in Mexico and also collaborated directly with Escrivá in Rome. A serious heart condition eventually claimed her life in 1975.
Her beatification was celebrated on May 18,2019 in Madrid.
Learn more about her here… My Latest Heavenly Patron
The goal in this article is not to deliver an original expose of Saints Lives it was to give you an intro and overview of Certain Saints lives. It was information copied exactly from an already established source that has already said it as exactly and accurately as possible. That source was Wikipedia which I find gives you pretty good info on various topics. Catholic Apologist and Mysterious World podcaster links to Wikipedia articles in his show-notes because he believes it a pretty good source of information. If it’s good enough for Jimmy it’s good enough for me.
Assembling and compiling information is still hard work so the compilation and gathering of information is still totally mine.