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gabriel19St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows:
Born:  1838
Died:   1862
Canonization Date: 1920
Feast Day:  February 27th
Patron Saint: Clergy

When we think of achieving great holiness by doing little things with love and grace, Therese of Lisieux comes first to mind. Like her, Gabriel died painfully from tuberculosis. Together they urge us to tend to the small details of daily life, to be considerate of others’ feelings every day. Our path to sanctity, like theirs, probably lies not in heroic doings but in performing small acts of kindness every day.

Saint Gabriel:
For an article and audio biography about Saint Gabriel, Click here
Click here to learn about Our Lady of Sorrows

St. Marianne Cope: 
Born: 1838
Died:  1918
Canonization Date: 2012
Feast Day:  January 23
Patron Saint Of:

mariannecopeThough leprosy scared off most people in 19th-century Hawaii, that disease sparked great generosity in the woman who came to be known as Mother Marianne of Molokai. Her courage helped tremendously to improve the lives of its victims in Hawaii, a territory annexed to the United States during her lifetime (1898).

Mother Marianne’s generosity and courage were celebrated at her May 14, 2005, beatification in Rome. She was a woman who spoke “the language of truth and love” to the world, said Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. Cardinal Martins, who presided at the beatification Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, called her life “a wonderful work of divine grace.” Speaking of her special love for persons suffering from leprosy, he said, “She saw in them the suffering face of Jesus. Like the Good Samaritan, she became their mother.”

Saint links:
Click here for an article and audio biography about St. Marianne Cope
Click here for the story of St. Marianne Cope, the woman who received a piano from Robert Louis Stevenson
Remains of St. Marianne Cope home at last.  Click here to learn where.

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