Born near Siena, Italy, Albert made a series of pilgrimages, beginning with Rome, and followed by visits to the shrine of Saint Michael on Mount Gargano and to Saint Markís Cathedral in Venice. He then embarked for Palestine to pray at the Sepulchre of Christ and other shrines there. During a subsequent pilgrimage to the Spanish shrine of Compostela, a dove was repeatedly seen to land upon Albertís right shoulder and poke its beak into his ear, as if to whisper to him. Returning to Italy, Albert became a Camaldolese hermit, seeking only the spiritual company of Christ, the Blessed Mother, and the saints. He settled upon Mount Torricelli, spending the rest of his life in prayer and contemplation. One day he came upon a hare, which, instead of fleeing, allowed itself to be picked up by him. He then let the animal free. On another occasion, when the hare was being pursued by hunters, it fled to Albert for protection. He thereupon hid the hare in his ample sleeve until the hunters had passed by. There was also a small bird that of its own accord would fly through the window of Albertís hermitage and nestle in his hands.
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
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† Ansgar was born of a noble family near Amiens. He became a monk at Old Corbie monastery in Picardy and later at New Corbie in Westphalia. He accompanied King Harold to Denmark when the exiled ... 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