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Odo, born near Beauvais, France, left military service to enter the Benedictine monastery of Corbie, where he later became abbot. There he was known for his holiness. He was subsequently consecrated bishop of Beauvais. Odo was characterized by a profound dedication and spirit of obedience to the papacy. He regularly asked the permission and counsel of the Holy See before enacting his episcopal decisions. In expressing opinions on ecclesiastical matters, he would habitually qualify his comments with the proviso that he deferred to "the judgment of the Holy See." Zealous to urge others to obey the papacy, Odo was articulate in defending papal primacy verbally, writing: "So from whence has the presumption come to certain men not to respect the Roman Church?...Antiquity speaks for her...We see the other bishops governing their dioceses only, but the Roman Pontiff has been charged, from the beginning, with the care of all the churches...the Roman Pontiff has supremacy over all the bishops."
Bishop of Tours, France. A senator at Tours, he was initially married, supposedly to a most unpleasant wife. Named bishop of the city in 488, he was forced to leave the see in 496 by the Arian ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
Colette was the daughter of a carpenter named DeBoilet at Corby Abbey in Picardy, France. She was born on January 13, christened Nicolette, and called Colette. Orphaned at seventeen, she distributed her inheritance to the poor. She became a Franciscan tertiary, and ... continue reading
By Marshall Connolly, (California Network)
If you are an American, today is Thanksgiving. Hopefully today you have made a point to attend Mass and to give thanks to God for all His blessings. If you are not American, today's holiday is a reminder that God deserves thanks from all His creation. We pray you will ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes