As a young courtier of the Frankish king Thierry II, Sulpice, of Vastinne, France, was an avid reader of religious books. In the night, he set aside his courtly garb to clothe himself as a penitent, hastening to the churches to carry out his devotions. Recognizing his sanctity, the bishop of Bourges, Saint Austregisilus, prevailed upon Sulpice to become a priest. Following Austregisilusí death, Sulpice was chosen to succeed him as bishop. He continued his deep prayer life, reciting the entire Psalter (all 150 psalms) daily. By his words and example, Sulpice persuaded all of Bourgesí Jews to embrace the Catholic faith. After Sulpiceís death, there arose the practice of keeping a lamp burning continuously over the saintís tomb. One night, as vespers was being recited in the church enclosing the tomb, the perpetual lamp went out. Thereupon a flash of lightning lit up the windows, in the wake of which the lamp resumed burning, having been somehow relit by the lightning. From that night onward, the oil dripping from this lamp has wrought many miraculous cures, including the restoration of sight and hearing.
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
On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order -- died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard. She was thirty-five. Born into a humble family which little by little fell into extreme ... 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
When Alfred Bessette came to the Holy Cross Brothers in 1870, he carried with him a note from his pastor saying, "I am sending you a saint." The Brothers found that difficult to believe. Chronic ... 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