As a child, Angelo Carletti, of Chivasso, Italy, was discovered by his mother in the middle of the night kneeling before his crucifix, devoutly kissing it. Years later, working as a magistrate, Angelo remained faithful to a personal regimen of prayer and visits to the sick, sustained by devotion to the Passion of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Following his motherís death, Angelo became an Observant Franciscan priest. He preached across the countryside of Italyís Piedmont region, seeking out the most remote villages. In addition to serving as the Observant Franciscansí vicar general, Father Angelo authored a major work of moral theology, the Summa Angelica. At the age of eighty, he undertook the challenge of preaching to the Waldensians, a heretical sect that denied the popeís authority over the Church, as well as the doctrine of purgatory. His efforts won the conversions of many Waldensians and the return to the faith of numerous fallen-away Catholics. Having always befriended the poor, Father Angelo asked to spend the end of his life begging alms for the needy.
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. ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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
"I was born in the way of truth: though my childhood was unaware of the greatness of the benefit, I knew it when trial came." Ephrem (or Eprhaim) the Syrian left us hundreds of hymns ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes