As a child, Ida, of Louvain, Belgium, loved the Hail Mary so much that she recited it up to a thousand times daily, genuflecting or prostrating herself before a picture of the Blessed Virgin each time she repeated it. Ida became a nun of the Cistercian convent of Roosendael. Devotion to the Eucharist permeated her spiritual life. Once, while kneeling in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament reserved at the altar, Ida offered this salutation to the Eucharist: Hail, benign, merciful, and kind Jesus: you who longed for our redemption, and redeemed us from the bonds of perpetual death with your precious blood. On another occasion, she altered the route of a journey she was making in order to visit the Blessed Sacrament along the way, praying, Hail, merciful, holy, and sweet Jesus, who for our redemption, desired the yoke of the cross. Another time, longing for heaven as she meditated before the Eucharist, she pleaded, O hope, O love, and every desire of my heart! How long shall you suffer me to be detained in this prison of flesh?
The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
The 25th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of ... 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. Romuald was born at Ravenna about the year 956. In spite of an infinite desire for virtue and sanctity, his early life was wasted in the service of the world and its pleasures. Then one day, ... 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