An invasion of Lombard tribesman, originally from Scandinavia and Pomerania (the Baltic seacoast region of northern Poland and northeastern Germany), moved southward into Italy in the mid-sixth century. The pagan invaders brought in their wake a wave of persecution against Italy’s Christians. Pope Saint Gregory the Great, in his Dialogues, relates two episodes in this persecution. In one case, forty imprisoned Italian peasants were executed for refusing to eat from meat sacrificed by the Lombards to their idols. In a second incident, four hundred prisoners were ordered to participate in the satanic worship that the Lombards were conducting in sacrificing a goat’s head to the devil. The Lombards demanded that the prisoners bow in adoration to the goat’s head, but most refused to do so. As Pope Gregory observes, “Having always bowed their heads in adoration before their Creator, they would never do so before a creature.” Thereupon the prisoners who refused to worship the devil and the goat’s head were slain by the sword.
Born in Skänninge, Sweden, in the 13th century, St. Ingrid lived under the spiritual direction of Peter of Dacia, a Dominican priest. She was the first Dominican nun in Sweden and in 1281 she founded ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary's father and mother come to us through legend ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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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
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By F. K. Bartels
If there is any message which can be drawn from St. Augustine's life, and there are many, it is the message of repentance and conversion. This is a message the world desperately needs to hear today. It is one of heartfelt dedication to Christ as Master, Teacher and ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes