Born in Paris, Augusto Czartoryski was a young prince of the Polish royal family exiled to France by the Russians occupying their country. Devout and pure from his youth, Augusto exhibited a deep spirit of prayerful recollection. In 1883, (Saint) John Bosco came to celebrate Mass in the Czartoryski family’s private chapel in Paris. He was served at the altar by the twenty-five-year-old Augusto. This meeting inspired in the young man a resolution to enter Don Bosco’s congregation, the Salesians. In 1892, Augusto was ordained a Salesian priest at the age of thirty-three. Augusto’s father did not attend the ordination, having opposed his decision to enter religious life, but a month later, he relented and came to see his newly ordained son. Father Czartoryski fully embraced his congregation’s life of personal poverty and its apostolate of serving the poor. Content in his vocation, he declared: “I continue to live in the congregation with an immense peace of spirit.” Only a year after his ordination, Father Czartoryski died of tuberculosis, uttering, “Jesus Christ, my Master,” before breathing his last.
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
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to ... 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
St. John Joseph of the Cross was born about the middle of the seventeenth century in the beautiful island of Ischia, near Naples. From his childhood he was the model of virtue, and in his sixteenth ... 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