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These 5 Saints Have October Feast Days

Remember them with a prayer on their special day.

While October is associated with popular saints Therese of Lisieux (October 3) and Francis of Assisi (October 4), it’s also the feast month of a number of saints who lived extraordinary lives. Here are five:  

October 5: Faustina Kowalska

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Photo from Block Rosary Crusade Int’l

Poor and uneducated, this nun from the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of our Lady of Mercy in Poland wrote down messages of God’s Divine Mercy from Jesus in notebooks that would become the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska.  Canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000, she’s regarded as the “first saint of the new millennium,” though the Holy Pontiff called her “the great apostle of Divine Mercy in our time.” (Read: Finally! Pope Francis dedicates feast day for St. Faustina)

October 11: Pope John XXIII

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Photo from Manhhai / Flickr / Church Pop

If a single miracle was enough to elevate him into sainthood, it’s because he was the true embodiment of a Good Pope. The founder of the Second Vatican Council didn’t care for the privileges of his title; in fact, he liked to sneak out of the Vatican and take strolls around Rome. When he passed away on June 3, 1963 at the age of 81, the man who was born into poverty was “particularly happy to die poor,” and bequeathed less than $20 to each member of his family.

October 15: Teresa of Avila

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Photo from Angelus News

The Spanish Carmelite nun was known for seeing heavenly visions. One such involved an angel who pierced her heart with a golden rod. Said to be a symbol of God’s love, the rod made her feel at peace and loved. The saint was also the founder of at least 30 monasteries, including the Order of Discalced (barefoot) Carmelites

October 18: Luke the Evangelist

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St Luke by Vincenzo Foppa (1510s) Fresco; San Maurizio al Monstero Maggiore, Milan (Photo from Wikipedia)

Though he never met Jesus in person, this man of many talents wrote the entire Third Gospel based on eyewitness accounts of the Savior, as well as the Acts of the Apostles. A doctor who traveled with St. Paul, he was also an artist reportedly responsible for a well-known painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Read: A Feast Day Prayer to St. Luke the Evangelist)

October 22: Pope John Paul II

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A tapestry of Pope John Paul II is displayed during his beatification mass led by Pope Benedict XVI in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 1, 2011. The late Pope John Paul moved a major step closer to sainthood on Sunday at a joyous ceremony that drew more than a million people, the largest crowd in Rome since his funeral six years ago. (Photo from Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)

One of the most loved popes in history was also one of the most traveled. This Pilgrim Pope logged a total of 750,000 miles, spreading the Word of God in 130 countries and 600 cities outside Italy. And if there was still any doubt of his holiness, consider this: He forgave Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who attempted to assassinate him in St. Peter’s Square in 1981. (Read: How Pope John Paul II Became A ‘Secret Activist’)

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