As a young Christian woman of Rome, Soteris, intent upon protecting her chastity with modesty, renounced the wearing of any finery that would have drawn attention to her exceptional beauty. During one of the many waves of persecution under the pagan Roman emperors, Soteris was arrested for her faith. After refusing to deny Christ before the judge interrogating her, she was repeatedly struck in the face. The Church Father Saint Ambrose, who was proud to be a descendant of Soteris’ family, relates that, as Soteris was undergoing this torment, “she did not bend her head, did not turn her face away, did not emit a sigh or tear.” Rather, Soteris considered herself honored to suffer what Christ had suffered when in his Passion he was struck in the face. Other tortures were also inflicted, but nothing was able to undermine Soteris’ constancy. In the end, the judge ordered her to be beheaded.
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 Hortense decided to marry Laurent Cousin in Pibrac, France, it was not out of love for his infant daughter. Germaine was everything Hortense despised. Weak and ill, the girl had also been born ... 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