February 14th Blessed Nicholas Palea. Nicholas earned great fame as a preacher. On one occasion, when he was preaching in the cathedral of Brescia, two irreverent young men began disturbing the congregation and soon made such a commotion that Nicholas could not make himself heard. Nicholas left the cathedral to a neighboring hill and there called to the birds to come to listen to him. Like the birds in the similar story of Saint Francis, flocks of feathered creatures fluttered down at his…

St. Gwenn Teirbron – triple-breasted - was a daughter of King Budic II of Brittany. She was twice married. To her first husband, Fracan, she bore 3 children, all of whom became saints - Wethnoc, Iacob and Winwaloe. This was the reason for the legend of her having three breasts. After Fracan died, Gwenn married a Breton, Eneas Ledewig, to whom she bore another son, St Cadfan. Twice, Gwen was kidnapped by pirates, but on both occasions she escaped, walking across the Channel back to…

February 10th Blessed Alexander of Lugo. If anyone ever was framed and destroyed by a tissue of lies, it was Alexander Baldrati a Lugo, who was martyred by the Islamics after a apostate Christian lied that he secretly become a follower of Islam. The Muslim officials on the island of Chios wanted Alexander to bring more Dominicans to follow Islam when Alexander stated that he was never Muslim and always a Christian he was thrown in jail for blaspheming and was tortured. Before being…

January 23rd Saint Emerentiana. Saint Emerentiana was a Roman martyr, who lived around the start of the 4th century. According to Christian hagiography, Emerentiana's mother was the wet nurse and nanny of Saint Agnes. Emerentiana herself was a catechumen, still learning about Christianity before being baptized.A few days after Agnes' death, Emerentiana was caught praying by her tomb; declared herself as Christian and killed by mob.

January 15th Saint Ita. Ita was reputedly of royal lineage. She was born at Decies, Waterford, Ireland, refused to be married, and secured her father's permission to live a virginal life. She moved to Killeedy, Limerick, and founded a community of women dedicated to God. She also founded a school for boys, and one of her pupils was St. Brendan. Many extravagant miracles were attributed to her (in one of them she is reputed to have reunited the head and body of a man who had been beheaded…

February 19th Blessed Blessed Alvarez of Córdoba. Born in Zamora, Spain, towards the middle of the fourteenth century. Bl. Alvarez entered the Order of Preachers (the Dominican Order) in 1368. He preached throughout Spain and Italy and established the priory of Scala Caeli at Córdoba where he promoted the regular life. By his preaching and contemplation of the Lord’s Passion he spread the practice of the Way of the Cross throughout the West. He died on February 19, c. 1430.

San Ildefonso, Patron Saint of San Ildefonso Pueblo. Retablo created by Charlie Carillo. Feast Day January 23.

January 20th Saint Molagga. Abbot-founder and a disciple of St. David of Wales. Irish by birth, Molagga went to Wales and founded Fermoy Monastery. He is also called Laicin.

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