In 532 Agricola became bishop of Chalon-sur-Saone, France. According to his contemporary, Saint Gregory of Tours, he was characterized by his great simplicity and spirit of self-denial. He never sat at table for a meal, but rather fasted all day until the evening, when he took what little nourishment he allowed himself standing. Out of devotion to the faithful he served, Agricola expended his resources enlarging the churches in his diocese and adorning them, particularly with marble and mosaics. In 580, he died and was buried within the Chalon-sur-Saone church of Saint Marcellus. In 879, the year in which Agricolas body was moved to a new location within the same church, a man who had been blind for ten years experienced a recurrent dream in which he was exhorted to go to the tomb of Agricola to obtain a miraculous cure. The man set out for the church, bringing as a votive offering a small quantity of wax. On the way, he began to recover his eyesight, which was fully restored by the time he reached the tomb. Thereafter he spent three days offering thanksgiving for this miracle.
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
There is very little known about St. Victoria. With her sister Anatolia, she refused importunate suitors. Both were imprisoned and starved by their suitors but persisted in refusing marriage. Anatolia was converted to Christianity and converted many in Picenum before ... 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
Christians who breathed a sigh of relief when Constantine proclaimed Christianity the state religion, believing this would end the bloodshed and martyrdom. But it was all too short a time until they ... 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