Saints of the Month – August

“We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are attaining their purification, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion the merciful love of God and His saints is ever listening to our prayers.”

– Saint Paul VI (Credo of the People of God, 30)

St. John Vianney

Feast Day: August 4
Patronages: Parish Priests, Diocesan Priests

Prayer of St. John Vianney
I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.
I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally…
My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.

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St. Maximilian Kolbe

Feast Day: August 14
Patronages: Drug Addicts, Political Prisoners, Journalists, and the Pro-Life Movement

Born as Raymond Kolbe on January 8, 1894, this Saint was a very mischievous child, to the point that at one point his mother, while reprimanding him, posed the question of what would become of him if his naughty behavior continued. This question shook him considerably and he went to the Blessed Virgin Mary and asked her the same question. In response, Mary showed him two crowns and asked him which one he preferred – a white one which represented purity in his love for God and her, and a red one, representing martyrdom. In great boldness, he said he wanted both.

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St. Monica of Hippo

Feast Day: August 27
Patronages: Mothers, Wives, Abuse Victims

St. Monica Prayer
St. Monica,
I need your prayers.
You know exactly how I’m feeling because you once felt it yourself.
I’m hurting, hopeless, and in despair.
I desperately want my child to return to Christ in his Church but I can’t do it alone.
I need God’s help.
Please join me in begging the Lord’s powerful grace to flow into my child’s life.
Ask the Lord Jesus to soften his heart, prepare a path for his conversion, and activate the Holy Spirit in his life.
Amen.

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St. Augustine of Hippo

Feast Day: August 28
Patronages: Brewers, Printers, and Theologians

St. Augustine was not born a Saint. His youth was filled with pursuing worldly ambitions and pagan practices. His mother, St. Monica, prayed fervently for him to come to know Christ and convert to Christianity, a prayer that went unanswered for 31 years. St. Augustine went on to become a priest, bishop, and Doctor of the Church for his ability to combat common heresies of his day.

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