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 Austregisilus’ 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 Bourges’ Jews to embrace the Catholic faith. After Sulpice’s death, there arose the practice of keeping a lamp burning continuously over the saint’s 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.
St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church St. Bernard was born of noble parentage in Burgundy, France, in the castle of Fontaines near Dijon. Under the care of his pious parents he was sent at an ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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 Deacon F.K. Bartels
It is true that the creature loves less because she is less. But if she loves with her whole being, nothing is lacking where everything is given. To love so ardently then is to share the marriage bond; she cannot love so much and not be totally loved, and it is in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes