Bl. Giuseppe Maria Tommasi, 1649-1713, cardinal. Son of the duke of Palermo and of Rosalia Traino, both of whom later entered religious life, as did four of his sisters,, he was born in Alicati, Sicily, on Sept. 12 and entered the Theatine novitiate at Palermo at fifteen. After 1673 he was stationed at San Silvestro in Rome, studying scripture, Hebrew, and Greek philosophy. He wrote scholarly treatises on the Psalms and on liturgy. In 1697, Pope Innocent XII called hyim to the Vatical, where he worked for reforms among religious orders and continued his interest in theology and music and relief of the poor. He became a cardinal shortly after Clement XI, whose confessor he had been, became pope. He died in Rome, and was beatified in 1803.F.D. Jan 1
Franciscan Capuchin martyr. He was born Mark Rey is Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577. A practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. In ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated ... 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
The 25th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a ... 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