As a lay assistant to the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, Eusebia Palomino Yenes, of Cantalpino, Spain, longed to become a nun herself, but kept this aspiration a secret, fearing that her poverty and lack of schooling would preclude her admission. Yet she told herself, “If I carry out well my duties here, for love of the Blessed Virgin, one day I will be her daughter in the congregation.” Eventually a superior learned of Eusebia’s secret hope and, assuring the girl that she would be welcomed, admitted her to the novitiate. After taking her vows, Sister Eusebia was assigned to school-teaching at a convent in Valverde del Camino. Initially the children scorned and mocked her. But gradually she won them over, captivating them with her engaging accounts of the lives of the saints. In the early 1930s, as anti-Catholic forces in Spain were increasingly menacing the Church, Sister Eusebia offered herself to God as a victim soul for the salvation of her country. Her offering was evidently accepted when in 1932 a medically inexplicable illness came upon her, contracting her limbs. She died on February 10, 1935.
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
Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called "Poor Clares." When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So ... 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
Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer was born in Barbastro, Spain, on January 9, 1902, the second of six children of Jose and Dolores Escriva. Growing up in a devout family and attending Catholic schools, ... 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