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.
When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Not much information is known about Elizabeth, but she has the distinction of being one of the first to know about Mary's great blessing as the Mother of God. Zachary was a priest in Jerusalem whose wife, Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, was beyond child-bearing age. He ... 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
It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical experiences God gave this saint, rather than on her life. In fact, it would be difficult to do differently, so overwhelming were those gifts from God. ... 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