Having aspired to the priesthood from his youth, Juan Zegri y Moreno, of Granada, Spain, was ordained a priest at the age of twenty-three. Serving as a parish priest, he manifested a profound love for the Eucharist and a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In a homily he revealed his understanding of his priestly vocation as requiring him to be a father to those who were suffering, as well as “a good shepherd, going after the lost sheep,” and “a doctor, healing sick hearts wounded by faults and binding them with hope.” Zealous for the plight of the poor, Father Zegri founded a congregation of women religious to assist the poor both spiritually and materially, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy. Sadly, within a few years of the birth of the congregation, the sisters turned against Father Zegri, falsely denouncing him. For years afterward, Father Zegri suffered in silence until he was exonerated of the calumnies leveled against him, with his innocence confirmed by an 1894 decree of the Holy See. He died on March 17, 1905.
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
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children. In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed ... 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 Gaulbert, Abbot - Feast day is July 12th The city of Florence gave to the world Saint John Gaulbert. Although he enjoyed the benefits of an early Christian education, his youthful heart ... 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