Mystic, philosopher, and Doctor Illuminatus “Enlightened Doctor,” also called Ramon Llull or Lullus. A native of Majorca, Spain, he received a post in the court of King James I of Aragon and was wed and had two children. At about the age of thirty, he underwent a personal conversion through a vision of Christ crucified, and he joined the Third Order of St. Francis. Convinced that his mission was to convert the Muslims, he Studied Arabic and Islamic philosophy and journeyed to North Africa and Asia Minor. However, he failed to win the support of the Holy See and the crowns of Christendom. Nevertheless, to further his knowledge and to gather the approval of the Church and kingdoms, he traveled extensively to Italy, France, Germany, and England and studied ceaselessly Aluminous writer, his chief work was Ars Magna “the Great Art,” comprising the treatises Liber de Ascensu de Descensu Intellectus “The Book of the Ascent and Descent of the Intellect,” and Arber Scientiae “The Tree of Knowledge.” While he had received little training in Scholastic theology, he proved a brilliant theologian While demonstrating a genius in such other fields as alchemy, chemistry, poetry, and philosophy. Raymond was also a profound mystic and is considered a predecessor of Sts. Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. There is a generally unsupported tradition that Raymond was stoned to death by Muslims in North Africa.
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
Emma was a relative of Emperor St. Henry II and also known as Hemma. She was raised at Henry's court by St. Cunegund, and according to legend was married to Landgrave William of Friesach. Their two children were murdered during an uprising of mines owned by William. ... 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
Artaldus (also called Arthaud) was born in the castle of Sothonod in Savoy. At the age of eighteen, he went to the court of Duke Amadeus III, but a year or two after, he became a Carthusian at ... 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