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Spiritual Life

Saint Of The Week

The hermit who lived with snakes

A statue of St Verdiana in a convent in Montaione, Italy

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St Verdiana (February 1) gave away all her uncle’s beans to the poor

The persecutor of Christians whose life was changed by a vision

The Church celebrates the conversion of St Paul on January 25

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St Paul (January 25) made havoc for the Church until his journey to Damascus

The priest who turned a dilapidated old pub into a seminary amid persecution from Bismarck

St Arnold Janssen refused ever to worry about money  (Photo: CNS)

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St Arnold Janssen (January 15) has inspired thousands of missionaries

The lady so ascetic she never took a bath unless she was dangerously ill

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St Paula (January 5), a woman of high birth, indulged in every luxury until she became a widow at 32

The holy monk whose dead body radiated white light

St Charbel Makhlouf

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St Charbel Makhlouf (December 24) lived a life of holiness in obscurity

The widow who was cautioned by a saint for being too generous

St Olympias clung to the feet of St John Chrysostom in their last meeting before his banishment

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St Olympias (December 17), a widow with an immense fortune, became a devoted disciple of St John Chrysostom

The saint formerly known as ‘Talking Eagle’

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St Juan Diego (December 9)

The great Jesuit missionary who taught the Christian faith through jingles

A detail from the Miracle of St Francis Xavier by Peter Paul Rubens

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St Francis Xavier (December 3), one of the most remarkable travellers in history, was perceptive about the cruelties of colonialism

The monk who defied a synod of bishops

St Columban’s Rule was less precise but much stricter than St Benedict’s

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St Columban (November 23) left a great monastic academy in Ireland to restore learning and religion to Gaul

The scholar so committed to poverty he threw money out of the window

St Edmund Rich served as treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral, above

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St Edmund Rich (November 16) had trouble, though, as Archbishop of Canterbury