St. Cosmas and Damian

0926cosmasanddamian1Sts. Cosmas and Damian, twin brothers, born in Arabia, distinguished themselves as physicians. They gave their lives for the Faith at Cyrus in Syria where they were buried. Besides using their skill for the healing of diseases they sought to spread the Faith in Christ. After many tortures they beheaded about the year 285 in the persecution under Diocletian. The fame of their miracles spread over the whole world; many churches were erected in their honor at Rome and elsewhere. Their names are mentioned in the Canon of the Mass and in the Litany of the Saints. They are patron saints of doctors and the sick.

(Adapted from The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)

St. Isaac Jogues and Companions

North_American_MartyrsSt. Isaac Jogues was one of several French missionaries who worked for the conversion of the native Indians of the Great Lakes area of North America. There was latent animosity between the Iroquois and the Hurons and their French allies which broke into the open in August, 1642. St. Isaac Jogues and the lay oblate Rene Goupil were seized and tortured by the Iroquois, and a number of Huron converts slain.

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