Odo, born near Beauvais, France, left military service to enter the Benedictine monastery of Corbie, where he later became abbot. There he was known for his holiness. He was subsequently consecrated bishop of Beauvais. Odo was characterized by a profound dedication and spirit of obedience to the papacy. He regularly asked the permission and counsel of the Holy See before enacting his episcopal decisions. In expressing opinions on ecclesiastical matters, he would habitually qualify his comments with the proviso that he deferred to “the judgment of the Holy See.” Zealous to urge others to obey the papacy, Odo was articulate in defending papal primacy verbally, writing: “So from whence has the presumption come to certain men not to respect the Roman Church?…Antiquity speaks for her…We see the other bishops governing their dioceses only, but the Roman Pontiff has been charged, from the beginning, with the care of all the churches…the Roman Pontiff has supremacy over all the bishops.”
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
Although we have evidence that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr. In the legend of her life, we are told that she belonged to a rich, important ... 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
Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. When he was about seventeen, he became very ill. He promised to be a Franciscan if he would get better. But ... 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