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Desiderio da Settignamo, Attributed Italian (Florence) Dark gray sandstone Toledo Museum of Art In the 1800's this was considered a masterpiece by the Donatello, but by the mid-20th century had been demoted to a late 19th-century forgery. Recent scholarship has stated the sculpture as a work of art from the Renaissance. The subject of the relief sculpture, has too been wrongly identified. Once thought to represent the Virgin Mary, Saint Catherine, or Saint Cecilia, the figure, crowned with…
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Saint Gobnait, patron saint of beekeepers. St. Gobnata, also known as 'Gobnait' (pronounced: GUB-nit) was a bee-keeper as well as a nun. She once saved Ballyvourney from the cattle-raiders who came charging over the glen. Gobnait prayed to God and her bees made a great swarm and drove off the bandits.
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Green Canticle – Reverence and care for Creation are part of our Catholic faith, tradition and doctrine. God created the earth, the heavens and all forms of life. Christ often used examples from nature to teach and sought out quiet places to pray and rest. Many saints are famous for their love of animals. One of the ways Catholics put their faith into practice is by protecting the environment in their communities and the world.
Saint Melangell of Wales. She was the daughter of an Irish monarch, who desired she marry a nobleman. She vowed celibacy. She fled and took refuge in Powys. The Prince of Powys, being 1 day hunting, pursued his game till he came to a great thicket; when he was amazed to find a lass of surpassing beauty with the hare he had been pursuing, boldly facing the dogs. He heard her story, and gave to God and she the land to be a sanctuary to all that fled there.
St. Dymphna was born in Ireland during the 7th century. When Dymphna was 14 years old, her mother died. Damon had loved his wife deeply, and in the aftermath of her death his mental health sharply deteriorated. When he was to remarry, he began to desire his daughter, because of the resemblance she bore to her mother. When Dymphna learned this she fled his court along with her confessor Father Gerebernus. When their hiding place was discovered, Damon beheaded her. She was 15 years old.
St. Marciana of Mauretania - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online
Virgin martyr of Mauretania. She was accused of vandalizing a statue of the goddess Diana. After torments, Marciana was gored by a bull and mauled by a leopard in the amphitheater of Caesarea, also in Mauretania.
St. Mary of Egypt, patron of temptations of the flesh. She went to Alexandria when she was 12 and lived as an actress and courtesan for 17 years. She realized her wanton ways before an icon of the Blessed Virgin, and at Mary's direction, went to the desert east of Palestine, where she lived as a hermitess for 47 years, not seeing a single human being and beset by all kinds of temptations, which were mitigated by her prayers. She was discovered by St. Zosimus who told her story.
St. Mariana de Paredes - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online
Solitary and the "Lily of Quito," Ecuador. She was born Mariana de Paredes y Flores and called herself Mariana of Jesus. Born in Quito she was a hermitess in her brother-in-law's residence. Mariana offered herself as a victim for the city during an earthquake in 1645 and died. She was ...
Saint Attracta, or Taraghta. Daughter of an Irish noble. Her religious vocation was opposed by her family. Made her vows to Saint Patrick at Coolavin, Ireland. Worked with Patrick for the conversion of Ireland. Founded several churches and convents. The convents were known for their care of the sick, and were built at crossroads for travelers. Miracle worker, and noted healer. A healing well with her name survives at Clogher; it has a reputation for special powers against warts.
St. Joan of Arc. A peasant girl born who claimed divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' War, which paved the way for the coronation of Charles VII of France. She was captured by the Burgundians, transferred to the English for money, put on trial by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon for charges of "insubordination" and was burned at the stake for heresy when she was only 19 years old.