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Know Your Saints Quiz

So how well do you know your Catholic saints?  Here is a little quiz with 20 well know saints that will test your knowledge.  They are all pretty unremarkable people, who decided to give their wills, their lives, and their goods to God.  Their short time here on earth was rewarded with eternal bliss in heaven.  Would that we the living, the Church Militant,  imitate them and do the same.  









1.  St. _____________was born in Italy in 1815.  He founded a school and a boarding home for boys, and taught them how to use a printing press. He had many lifelike spiritual dreams about heaven and hell, which he passed on to his boys.  He also performed circus acts to get the boys to listen to his sermons.

“Do you want our Lord to give you many graces? Visit him often. Do you want him to give you few graces? Visit him seldom. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament are powerful and indispensable means of overcoming the attacks of the devil. Make frequent visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the devil will be powerless against you.”


2.  St. _____________ bore the stigmata, in the 13th Century. He was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant. He fought in an Italian civil war, and was taken prisoner for over a year.  Following his release, he renounced his wealth and lived as a beggar.  He started a very famous religious order that has changed the world, even today.  During the Crusades, he went to the war front and preached Christianity to the Sultan. 

“Alms are an inheritance and a justice which is due to the poor and which Jesus has levied upon us.”


3.  St. ____________ was born in  France, in 1567.  He is one of the doctors of the Church. He is best known for his strong preaching against Calvinism in Geneva, which brought many protestants back to the Catholic Church. 

“One of the things that keep us at a distance from perfection is, without a doubt, our tongue. For when one has gone so far as to commit no faults in speaking, the Holy Spirit Himself assures us that he is perfect. And since the worst way of speaking is to speak too much, speak little and well, little and gently, little and simply, little and charitably, little and amiably.”


4.  St. ___________ was born in Italy in 1880.  She was a farm girl, one of 13 children. She became a nun in 1877, working at an orphanage.  When it closed, Pope Leo XIII asked her to move to the US. She founded 67 institutions, including schools, hospitals, and orphanages.  She became a US citizen, and was the first American citizen to be canonized a saint.

“We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone.”


5.  St. _________ was born of wealthy Spanish nobility, in 1170.  His mother had a vision of him while pregnant, that showed her son to be a dog with a torch in its mouth that would set the world on fire.  He was a friend of St. Francis of Assisi, and received a vision of the Blessed Mother that showed him a wreath of roses that represented the rosary.  This powerful saint then spread the devotion of the Holy Rosary worldwide.  During his earthly ministry, he raised 4 people from the dead.

“A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.”


6.  St._________ was born of Roman nobility in 480.  Rejecting paganism, he fled to the desert and lived in a cave, where he was fed by the ravens.  He drove demons out of many places. He established an order with strict rules.  His own monks tried to poison him, but he blessed the poison so that it didn’t harm him. He had the ability to read consciences and to prophecy. His order still survives today, and his medal is a strong deterrent to satan.

“Pray and work.”

“Prayer ought to be short and pure, unless it be prolonged by the inspiration of Divine grace.”


7.  St. ________was born in Turkey, in 346.  He became bishop, and had a strong ministry to the poor. Upon hearing that a poor man in his area was going to sell his three daughters as prostitutes to make money, he threw three bags of gold into the man’s window, thus saving the daughters from a life of evil. These three bags are represented today as the three balls over the pawn shop window.  He raised three young boys from the dead. This saint is still very popular and well known today, all over the world.


8.  Saint ____________ was born in Italy in  1515, the son of a notary.  As a young layman, he taught humanities to the Dominicans. He received a vision to move to Rome, which he did, while cutting himself off from his family.  There he tutored students and wrote poetry.  He took care of the poor, and soon received a vision of  a globe of fire that entered his chest and enlarged his heart, all the while in pure ecstasy.  Becoming a priest, he heard many confessions and had the gift of knowing the penitents sins before they confessed them.  Turning down the job of Cardinal, and beset by charges of heresy for having lay preachers, he died in 1595.

“Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life. Therefore the servant of God ought always to be in good spirits."


9.  St. ____________was born in Italy in 1347.  She had a vision at age 6 where Jesus blessed her.  Refusing her parents’ desire to marry, she became a Dominican mystic and stigmatist.  Later in life, she had another vision where she was married to Jesus, and the infant Jesus presented her a wedding ring.  This doctor of the Church was a counselor to two popes.

“Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea, you could give me no greater gift than the gift of yourself. For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind with its light, and causes me to know your truth. And I know that you are beauty and wisdom itself. The food of angels, you gave yourself to man in the fire of your love.”


10.  St____________ was born in a stable, in 1603, the son of a poor carpenter.  At age 8 he received ecstatic visions from heaven.  Having a hot temper, his mother continuously worked on him to overcome it.  Working as a shoemaker, he applied to become a Capuchin monk, but his ecstasies caused his superiors to reject him.  Finally becoming an oblate at a Franciscan monastery, his ecstasies helped him to overcome his lack of education, solving many problems for himself and others.  His ecstasies also caused him to levitate while saying Mass, which caused his superiors to forbid him from saying Mass in public.  He even survived being interrogated by the Inquisition.

“Clearly, what God wants above all is our will which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own. When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all good things come that he does this. The will is what man has as his unique possession.”


11.  St. _____________ was born in France, in 1786, to a farm family.  He was ordained in 1815, overcoming a severe learning disability. Assigned to a small rural parish in the middle of nowhere, he heard confessions most of the day.  He convinced the local townspeople to give up  the evils of dancing and hanging out at the local tavern.  He was tormented by evil spirits at night, but he overcame this through severe fasting and spending hours before the Blessed Sacrament.

“If people would do for God what they do for the world, what a great number of Christians would go to Heaven.”


12.  St. _____________ was born in Scotland around the year 387.  He was kidnapped and taken to another country by the pagans, where he worked as a shepherd.  Alone in the mountains, he prayed constantly.  After 6 years of this, he had a vision that told him to escape back to his homeland, which he did.  He became a priest, and evangelized widely.  He was then sent back to his slave country, where  he converted the pagans.  His feast day is widely celebrated around the world today.

“Christ shield me this day: Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.”


13.  St. _________ was born in Italy in 1887, to a farm family.  He became a Capuchin Monk in 1910.  During meditation before a crucifix in 1918, he received the stigmata.  He heard confessions most of the day, with penitents having to take a number to reserve their place in line, days ahead of time.  He had the gifts of beautiful aroma, bilocation, and the ability to know the sins of the penitents before they confessed them. He was harassed by the devil physically and spiritually, having many evil visions, as well as physical struggles with the evil one.  He said 20 or 30 rosaries a day.  His masses lasted up to 3 hours, while he would go into ecstasy during the consecration.

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry.”

“Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.”


14.  St. __________was born to Spanish nobility in 1515.  After being crippled as a youth, she was cured by praying to St. Joseph.  After her mother died when she was 12, she began to think about the religious life, and then ran off to join the Carmelites at age 17  She then became very sick, but her heavenly visions consoled her all the while.  Her legacy is that of reforming the Carmelites to make them more in line with their vows of poverty.  She founded several monasteries, and is renowned for her spiritual writings.  She is a doctor of the Church.

“If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend. And I clearly see that is we expect to please him and receive an abundance of his graces, God desires that these graces must come to us from the hands of Christ, through his most sacred humanity, in which God takes delight. All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding his life we find that he is the best example. What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? Unlike our friends in the world, he will never abandon us when we are troubled or distressed. Blessed is the one who truly loves him and always keeps him near. Whenever we think of Christ we should recall the love that led him to bestow on us so many graces and favors, and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of his love; for love calls for love in return. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves to love him. For is at some time the Lord should grant us the grace of impressing his love on our hearts, all will become easy for us and we shall accomplish great things quickly and without effort.”


15.  St. ____________ was born in Poland in 1891, to Jewish parents.  By age thirteen, she had lost all interest in Judaism.  She received a PhD in Philosophy at age 25. In 1922, she converted to Catholicism.  She became a Carmelite nun in 1934, and became an excellent teacher. However, the Nazis forced her to resign her position.  She escaped to the Netherlands, but the Nazis soon captured her and her sister, also a Catholic convert from Judaism. She was gassed by the Nazis in 1942, in Auschwitz.

“Whatever did not fit in with my plan did lie within the plan of God. I have an ever deeper and firmer belief that nothing is merely an accident when seen in the light of God, that my whole life down to the smallest details has been marked out for me in the plan of Divine Providence and has a completely coherent meaning in God’s all-seeing eyes. And so I am beginning to rejoice in the light of glory wherein this meaning will be unveiled to me.”


16.  St. _____________ was born in France in 1873, to middle class parents.  Her mother died when she was only 4.   She became very sick when she was 8, but was cured when a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary smiled at her.  At age 14, she received a vision of Jesus, which made it clear for her the sacrifice that had been made for her and the rest of us.  This so strengthened her faith, that she appealed face to face with Pope Leo XIII to allow her to enter the Carmelite monastery early at age 15, which she did. Taking her final vows at age 17, she kept a prolific diary, outlining her little way of holiness., which is childlike trust in God and performing small daily acts of kindness with humility.  She is a doctor of the Church.

“Really, I am far from being a saint, and what I have just said is proof of this; instead of rejoicing, for example, at my aridity, I should attribute it to my little fervor and lack of fidelity; I should be desolate for having slept (for seven years) during my hours of prayer and my thanksgivings after Holy Communion; well, I am not desolate. I remember that little children are as pleasing to their parents when they are asleep as well as when they are wide awake; I remember, too, that when they perform operations, doctors put their patients to sleep. Finally, I remember that: “The Lord knows our weakness, that he is mindful that we are but dust and ashes.”


17.  St. ______________ was born in England in 1478.  He became the Lord Chancellor of England for 3 years, a position in power second to the King.  When the King asked him to swear allegiance to him and his newly found Protestantism, he refused. He was taken to the Tower of London, where he awaited his martyrdom for the faith.  He was beheaded by the King in 1535.

“Although I know well, Margaret, that because of my past wickedness I deserve to be abandoned by God, I cannot but trust in his merciful goodness. His grace has strengthened me until now and made me content to lose goods, land, and life as well, rather than to swear against my conscience. God’s grace has given the king a gracious frame of mind toward me, so that as yet he has taken from me nothing but my liberty. In doing this His Majesty has done me such great good with respect to spiritual profit that I trust that among all the great benefits he has heaped so abundantly upon me I count my imprisonment the very greatest. I cannot, therefore, mistrust the grace of God. By the merits of his bitter passion joined to mine and far surpassing in merit for me all that I can suffer myself, his bounteous goodness shall release me from the pains of purgatory and shall increase my reward in heaven besides. I will not mistrust him, Meg, though I shall feel myself weakening and on the verge of being overcome with fear. I shall remember how Saint Peter at a blast of wind began to sink because of his lack of faith, and I shall do as he did: call upon Christ and pray to him for help. And then I trust he shall place his holy hand on me and in the stormy seas hold me up from drowning. And finally, Margaret, I know this well: that without my fault he will not let me be lost. I shall, therefore, with good hope commit myself wholly to him. And if he permits me to perish for my faults, then I shall serve as praise for his justice. But in good faith, Meg, I trust that his tender pity shall keep my poor soul safe and make me commend his mercy. And, therefore, my own good daughter, do not let you mind be troubled over anything that shall happen to me in this world. Nothing can come but what God wills. And I am very sure that whatever that be, however bad it may seem, it shall indeed be the best.”


18.  St. _________________ was born in Italy in 1225.  He joined the mendicant Dominicans in 1244, and was a student of St. Albert the Great.   When his family found out about his attachment to the priesthood, they kidnapped him and imprisoned him. His family put a prostitute in his room, hoping he would give in to temptation, and forsake his religious vows, but he chased her out of the room with a burning ember. He was granted the gift of chastity as a result. His philosophical writings and defense of the Church are still taught in seminaries today.  A renowned doctor of the Church, he received a heavenly vision before his death that revealed to him that his writings were just so much straw compared to the glory of God.

“If you seek the example of love: “Greater love than this no man has, than to lay down his life for his friends.” Such a man was Christ on the cross. And if he gave his life for us, then it should not be difficult to bear whatever hardships arise for his sake. If you seek patience, you will find no better example than the cross. Christ endured much on the cross, and did so patiently, because “when he suffered he did not threaten; he was led like a sheep to the slaughter and he did not open his mouth.” If you seek an example of obedience, follow him who became obedient to the Father even unto death. “For just as by the disobedience of one man,” namely, Adam, “many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one man, many were made righteous.” If you seek an example of despising earthly things, follow him who is “the King of kings and the Lord of lords, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Upon the cross he was stripped, mocked, spat upon, struck, crowned with thorns, and given only vinegar and gall to drink. Do not be attached, therefore, to clothing and riches, because “they divided my garments among themselves.” Nor to honors, for he experienced harsh words and scourgings. Nor to greatness of rank, for “weaving a crown of thorns they placed it on my head.” Nor to anything delightful, for “in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”


19.  St. __________was born in Portugal in 1195, to a wealthy noble family.  Rejecting his father’s wish for him to go and fight in the Crusades, he became a Franciscan priest. When the Franciscan martyrs who had been killed at the Crusades were brought back to his hometown, he decided to go and preach to and evangelize their murderers.  When his ship was wrecked along the way, he decided to stay there and live as a hermit in a cave.  He was a friend of St. Francis, and became Francis’s best preacher, traveling all over the place giving sermons and evangelizing.  He also raised a dead child.  He died at age 36, and was declared a saint a year later.  He is a doctor of the Church.

“Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. We are full of words but empty of actions, and therefore are cursed by the Lord, since he himself cursed the fig tree when he found no fruit but only leaves. It is useless for a man to flaunt his knowledge of the law if he undermines its teaching by his actions.”


20.  St. _____________ was born in Egypt, in 251. When his parents died, he sold everything, gave it to the poor, and moved to an abandoned fort in the desert.  Although he wished to live as a hermit, many people were so impressed by him, that they came into the fort to be healed by him, and to have his spiritual counsel.  He soon founded 2 monasteries on the Nile River.  At one point, he left his seclusion to go fight the Arian heresy, but he soon returned to the desert, living in a cave.  He and his followers had many demonic temptations, which they overcame by prayer and fasting.

“When, therefore, the demons come by night to you and wish to tell the future, or say ‘We are the angels,’ give no heed, for they lie…. But if they shamelessly stand their ground, capering and change their forms of appearance, fear them not, nor shrink, nor heed them as though they were good spirits. For the presence either of the good or evil by the help of God can easily be distinguished. The vision of the holy ones is not fraught with distraction: ‘For they will not strive, nor cry, nor shall anyone hear their voice’ (Matthew 12:19; Isaiah 42:2). But it comes quietly and gently that an immediate joy, gladness, and courage arise in the soul. For the Lord who is our joy is with them, and the power of God the Father.”


Answers - left click, and drag the cursor from here to below...

1.  St. John Bosco


2.  St. Francis of Assisi


3.  St. Francis de Sales


4.  St. Frances Cabrini


5.  St. Dominic


6.  St. Benedict


7.  St. Nicholas


8.  Saint Philip Neri


9.  St. Catherine of Siena


10.  St. Joseph Cupertino


11.  St. John Vianney


12.  St. Patrick


13.  St. Padre Pio


14.  St. Teresa of Avila


15.  St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross


16.  St. Therese of Lisieux


17.  St. Thomas More


18.  St. Thomas Aquinas


19.  St. Anthony of Padua


20.  St. Anthony of the Desert 

"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe."

"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."

"He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent."

"If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself."

"Nothing whatever pertaining to godliness and real holiness can be accomplished without grace."

Trust the past to God's mercy, the present to God's love, and the future to God's providence.

"Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all."

Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee. 




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