Category Archives: Lives of the Saints
Category: Lives of the Saints
Today is the feast day of Saint Rose of Lima, one of five saints from that illustrious city in Peru. It is also the feast day of a lesser known saint, Philip Benizi. There were two saints who attended the Second General Council of Lyons in 1274, Saints Philip and Bonaventure. Saint Thomas Aquinas died on his way to the synod. Saint Philip was born … More →
I had doubted this in the past. My main reason was that Saint Mary Magdalene is called “the Magdalene” not “Mary of Bethany.” Magdala was in Galilee, not Judea, where Bethany was. I stand corrected by this informative article by Father Ryan Erlenbush on the New Advent website. I do not agree with every point Father makes, but the principal argument he develops so well has convinced … More →
CNA: If Jose Brochero doesn’t sound like a Gaucho name, nothing does. Earlier this year, Pope Francis announced Oct. 16 as the canonization date for Blessed Brochero, a fellow countryman from Argentina also known as the “Gaucho priest.” More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Saint Gemma Galgani ChurchPop: “During the last two days Jesus has been telling me after Holy Communion: ‘My daughter, the devil will soon wage a great war against you,’” she wrote to a priest. “These words I hear in my heart continuously. Please pray for me.” More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
(Courtesy of Fisheaters.com) St. Columba (also known as “Columcille”) was born of the O’Donnell Clan in Garten, County Donegal, Ireland, on December 7, 521; he died on 9 June, 597. In between, he founded monasteries in and evangelized Ireland and Scotland. The story of his meeting Nessie — said to have taken place in A.D. 565 — was first recorded by Adamnan in “The Life … More →
During the chastizing period of the Black Death that devastated Europe from 1346-1349 there were many saints that the faithful invoked against the plague and sudden death. Among these were those who a century later would be known as the Fourteen Holy Helpers. (A brief history of the devotion of the Holy Helpers, and the vision that initiated that devotion, is wonderfully related in a … More →
AsiaNews: The Korean Church waits for the canonization of Paul Yun Ji-chung and his 123 companions, proclaimed Servants of God by the Vatican in 2003. Bishop of Daejeon: “It would be nice to have Pope Francis here to celebrate together.” Their blood “sustains all people” and their stories are an extraordinary example of fidelity and love for the Gospel. AsiaNews presents a number of biographies, beginning … More →
Reading through the tenth anniversary issue of the Knights of Columbus’ Colombia magazine I came to a short, boxed article on Blessed Archbishop Ignatius Maloyan. He was one of the Armenian martyrs, victim of the Turkish genocide. Shoukr Allah Maloyan was born in Mardin Turkey in 1869. As a priest he took the name Ignatius. For ten years he served as a parish priest in … More →
National Catholic Register, Matthew Archbold: Blessed Marianna Biernacka is described in many reports as leading a “simple” life. But it’s my experience that there are really no simple lives. Marianna knew heartbreak. She knew fear. She knew backbreaking work. She knew loss. And she knew God’s love. Marianna was born in 1888. At the age of twenty she married a local man, Louis Biernacki. Together, … More →
Why not! God is wonderful in His saints and the patron saint of Ireland was wonderfully blessed. New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Darerca, of Ireland, a sister of St. Patrick. Much obscurity attaches to her history, and it is not easy to disentangle the actual facts of her history from the network of legend which medieval writers interwove with her acts. However, her fame, apart from … More →
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No doubt one of the greatest women to grace the Church, Empress Saint Pulcheria was born in the year 399. She was the eldest daughter of Emperor Arcadius and assumed the regency for her younger brother, Theodosius II. Pulcheria and her sisters took vows of virginity, which she kept even after marrying a general, named Marcian, who agreed to respect her commitment to God. With … More →
Today is the feast day of a little known saint and one of my favorites, Saint Lydwine of Schiedam, Holland. She was born in 1380 and died on April 14, 1433. Lydwine was very devoted to the Blessed Virgin from her childhood on. When she was fifteen she was knocked over by a friend while ice skating and she broke a rib. The rib would … More →
Aleteia: Sister Maria Restituta began Lent of 1942 under arrest. She was taken on Ash Wednesday. Her crime: “hanging crucifixes.” She was sentenced to death. The following year, on Tuesday of Holy Week, she was executed. Read more of her story here. (Scroll down to Bottom of page) Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.