Tuesday, January 31, 2017

St. John Bosco

St. John Bosco (1815 - 1888) was a priest in Italy. He devoted his life educating faith to the abandoned young. He often visited those in prison and was disturbed by their misery in body and soul. He wanted to do something to prevent them from going back to prison again. St. John Bosco brought little gifts to befriend them and encouraged them to visit his Oratory upon their release. Gathered in the Oratory, these youths were protected from bad company. They learnt about the Faith and the needed skills to make a living. Eventually they became good Christians and honest citizens. 

St. John Bosco founded the Salesian Society, based on the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. His feast day is on 31 January. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

新年快樂! Happy Lunar New Year!

新年快樂! Happy Lunar New Year! 

戶六: 24-26

May the Lord bless you and take care of you.
May the Lord be kind and gracious to you.
May the Lord look on you with favor 
and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

仁愛, 平安, 喜樂
Love, Peace, Joy

Artwork: 'Our Lady of China' from Happy Saints Mother Mary eBook

Friday, January 27, 2017

St. Angela Merici

St. Angela Merici (1474 – 1540) was an Italian woman who set up a school in her house to teach children about Jesus. Later, she saw a vision of maidens going up and down a ladder accompanied by angels. This led her to found the Company of St. Ursula, an order of women living in the world but dedicated to educating girls and caring for the poor. St. Angela had great faith. Once, she lost her sight while travelling to the Holy Land. She continued to make the trip and her sight was restored where she lost it! The Ursulines have schools and institutions all over the world today. St. Angela's feast day is on 27 January.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Conversion of St. Paul

St. Paul is known as the ‘Apostle to the Gentiles’. He was not one of the twelve chosen by Jesus. In fact, he had never met Jesus in person. St. Paul was a zealous religious man who wanted to destroy Christians. On his way to arrest them, he was struck down and heard Jesus calling him to become His follower. St. Paul went on to become one of the greatest Christian teachers in history. He travelled extensively to convert people and wrote letters which became part of the Bible. He was eventually martyred in Rome. The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul is on 25 January.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

St. Francis de Sales

St. Francis de Sales (1567 - 1622) was the Bishop of Geneva in Switzerland. He lived in a time when the Church was divided between different groups who taught contradicting ideas. He was a great preacher and writer who brought many people back to the Catholic Church. His writings have helped many grow in holiness and spirituality. He is the patron saint of writers and journalists because he made extensive use of flyers and books. His feast day is on 24 January.

Friday, January 20, 2017

St. Sebastian

St. Sebastian (256 – 283) was a Roman soldier who believed in Jesus during a time when it was a crime to do so. In the army, he helped Christian prisoners and converted many others. When St. Sebastian's faith was discovered he was tied to a tree to be shot at with arrows. He survived and denounced the Emperor for his cruelty towards Christians. He was eventually put to death for this. St. Sebastian is the patron saint of athletes and archers. His feast day is on 20 January.

Monday, January 16, 2017

St. Joseph Vaz

St. Joseph Vaz (1651 – 1711) was an Oratorian Priest from India who went to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) as a missionary. Priests were banned over there and St. Joseph had to secretly visit Catholics. Disguised as a laborer, he walked barefoot through the region and helped rebuild the Church. The people called him ‘Sammana Swami’ or Angelic Father. He is known as the Apostle of Ceylon. His feast day is on 16 January.

Friday, January 13, 2017

St. Hilary of Poitiers

St. Hilary of Poitiers (300 - 368) was born in Poitiers, France to a non-Christian family. He believed in Jesus after reading the Bible. His townsfolk made him a bishop due to his holiness and wisdom. He worked hard to dispel a prevalent heresy that Jesus was not God. He was even banished by the Emperor of Rome for doing this. St. Hilary wrote many books about Scripture and theology. He is ranked a Doctor of the Church. His feast day is on 13 January.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I will run the race

‘Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.’ Hebrews 12:1

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Baptism of the Lord

And Jesus, having been baptized, ascended from the water immediately, and behold, the heavens were opened to him. And he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him. And behold, there was a voice from heaven, saying: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Epiphany of the Lord

‘Following the star, they found Jesus with Mary and Joseph. And so, falling prostrate, they adored Him and offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.’

Art from 'Happy Saints Liturgical Calendar 2017 ePoster’

20% off all Happy Saints eBooks until 9 Jan 2017! Promo code: CHRISTMAS20 

Last 3 days!

Happy Saints is having a 20% discount off all ebooks during the 
Christmas Season from today until January 9, 2017. 

Enter coupon code CHRISTMAS20 during checkout.

St. Raymond of Peñafort

St. Raymond of Peñafort
St. Raymond of Peñafort (1175 – 1275) was a Dominican lawyer from Spain who specialized in canon law (or church law). A brilliant and capable man, he was Pope Gregory IX’s confessor. St. Raymond organized the scattered canon laws of the Church into a proper compilation. He also wrote a useful book about confession. He worked hard to free slaves from captivity as well. St. Raymond is the patron saint of lawyers. His feast day is on 7 January.

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Epiphany of the Lord

When Jesus was born, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem and asked King Herod, “Where is the Infant King? We have seen His star and we have come to adore Him.” King Herod was disturbed and told them to seek Jesus so he too could worship Him. Herod secretly wanted to kill Jesus. When the wise men had heard King Herod, they went away. Following the star, they found Jesus with Mary and Joseph. And so, falling prostrate, they adored Him and offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

The Feast of Epiphany is traditionally celebrated on 6 January in many countries. In other places, it is celebrated on the Sunday between 2 and 8 January.

20% off all Happy Saints eBooks until 9 Jan 2017! Promo code: CHRISTMAS20 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Liturgical Calendar 2017 12 x 18 Poster Prints

The Happy Saints Liturgical Calendar 2017 is now available in 12 inch x 18 inch poster prints! Available through Magcloud's print-on-demand service here:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774 – 1821) was the first native-born American to become a saint. She married a businessman and had five children. Her husband’s business failed and he died of illness, leaving St. Elizabeth and her children penniless. She found peace in the Catholic faith, converted and began doing good works. She founded the first American religious community for women, the Sisters of Charity. She also started the first American parish school and orphanage. She is the patron saint of Catholic schools. Her feast day is on 4 January.

20% off all Happy Saints eBooks until 9 Jan 2017! Promo code: CHRISTMAS20