Catherine Cosie, of Komani, Montenegro, was the daughter of Greek Orthodox parents. As a young girl, she worked as a shepherdess. She is said to have experienced visions of the Child Jesus and of Christ on the cross that induced her to ask her mother to take her to a Catholic church in order to venerate images of the Savior there. Subsequently, with her parents approval, Catherine took a job as a maid for a Catholic family in the city of Kotor (Cattaro). In this environment, she eventually became a Catholic herself. Several years later, Catherine heard a sermon on Good Friday that led her to become an anchoress in a cell adjoining one of Kotors churches. Thereafter, she became a Third Order Dominican, taking the name Osanna. She experienced further visions of Christ in the different mysteries of his life, from his infancy to his resurrection and ascension. Afflicted by demonic manifestations, Osanna defended herself by making the sign of the cross and by invoking the name of Jesus. At the end of a final illness borne with heroic patience, she repeatedly uttered the name of Jesus before breathing her last.
On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order -- died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard. She was ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Lucy's name means "light", with the same root as "lucid" which means "clear, radiant, understandable." Unfortunately for us, Lucy's history does not match her name. Shrouded in the darkness of time, all we really know for certain is that ... 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
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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