In her childhood, Jeanne Marie Rendu, of Confort, France, experienced first-hand the terror to which faithful Catholics were subjected during the French Revolution. Her parents sheltered in their home priests that refused to take the Jacobin regime’s anti-papal oath of the “Civil Constitution of the Clergy.” Jeanne had to receive her First Holy Communion secretly, administered to her in the basement of her home. At the age of ten, she lost her father, and shortly afterward one of her four sisters. In 1802, Jeanne entered a religious congregation devoted to the care of the needy, the Daughters of Charity, taking the name Rosalie. She later became superior of a Paris convent of her congregation. Sustaining her works of charity with a deep prayer life, she continuously recited the rosary amid her labors and went before the Blessed Sacrament to resolve her difficulties. During the revolutions of 1830 and 1848, she treated the wounded on both sides of these conflicts, even mounting the barricades to nurse the fallen. On one occasion, she placed herself between the warring parties and shouted to them, “We do not kill here!”
Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. ... 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
Saint John the Divine as the son of Zebedee, and his mother's name was Salome [Matthew 4:21, 27:56; Mark 15:40, 16:1]. They lived on the shores of the sea of Galilee. The brother of Saint John, ... 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