Having entered the Benedictine Order, Gregory became abbot of the Roman monastery of Saints Cosmas and Damian. Around the year 1034, Pope Benedict IX, acquainted with Gregory’s holiness and wisdom, made him cardinal-bishop of the nearby city of Ostia and the papacy’s official librarian. The pontiff then sent Gregory as papal legate to the Spanish kingdom of Navara. Here the bishop renewed the people’s morals and the practice of their faith by his preaching and by the establishment of numerous processions, fasts, and other religious exercises. When a plague of locusts wiped out the crops of the region, Gregory led the people in a triduum of public prayers and fasting to obtain a cessation of this infestation. After Gregory imparted his blessing with the sign of the cross, the infestation ended. Over the centuries since his death, Saint Gregory has been regularly invoked in prayer for protection from locusts. With this intention, water to which his bone relics had been touched would be sprinkled upon cultivated fields, gardens, and vineyards.
Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for wickedness. The lady stands for God's holy truth. St. George was a brave martyr who was ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Sister of St. Louis and daughter of King Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, she refused offers of marriage from several noble suitors to continue her life of virginity consecrated to God. She ministered to the sick and the poor, and after the death of her ... 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
In the year 1400, a young man came to the door of the largest hospital in Siena. A plague was raging through the city so horrible that as many as twenty people died each day just in the hospital ... 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