Martyred at age three, the center of a terrible controversy concerning the Jews of the region. Andrew was born in Rinn, near Innsbruck, Austria, in 1459. Orphaned at the age of two, he was given to his uncle, Mayer. Andrew's body was soon discovered hanging from a tree, bearing terrible knife wounds. Mayer, arrested for the crime, declared that he had sold the baby to Jewish peddlers. Mayer was judged insane. In 1475, a group of Jews near Trent, Italy, admitted under severe torture that they had killed a Christian boy. The people of Rinn believed the Jews had also killed Andrew. His place of death was made into a shrine, and many miracles were reported there. Pope Benedict XV allowed Andrew to be beatified, but refused all requests that the baby be canonized.
When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Empress mother of Constantine the Great. She was a native of Bithynia, who married the then Roman general Constantius I Chlorus about 270. Constantine was born soon after, and in 293, Constantius was made Caesar, or junior emperor. He divorced Helena to marry co ... continue readingMore Female Saints
St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading
The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
St. Pachomius was born about 292 in the Upeer Thebaid in Egypt and was inducted into the Emperor's army as a twenty-year-old. The great kindness of Christians at Thebes toward the soldiers became ... continue reading
By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but for the daily listening to and heeding the voice of Almighty God - in the home, in the synagogue and Temple, in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes