Francis Arrighetto (Patrizzi), of Siena, Italy, deferred his plans to become a hermit in order to remain with his widowed, blind mother. His deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary prompted him to frequent a cherished image of Mary in his home, repeatedly kneeling before it to say the Hail Mary. Following his motherís death, Francis entered the Servite Order. In his cell, he erected an oratory for an image of the Blessed Mother, which he visited so often that he sometimes fell asleep before it. As a priest, Francis likened what he experienced when the consecrated Host was on the altar to what Moses experienced in the Holy of Holies. He was able to preach extemporaneously when required, with no other preparation than a prayer on his knees before a crucifix or an image of Mary and the reception of a blessing from whatever other priest was present. It was while on his way to preach that Francis collapsed along a road. When a peasant woman brought the dying priest a bouquet of roses, he dragged himself to a nearby painting of the Blessed Virgin to present it to her. He died soon afterward.
Augustinian bishop. Born at Fuentellana, Castile, Spain, he was the son of a miller. He studied at the University of Alcala, earned a licentiate in theology, and became a professor there at the age ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
"Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique statement in John's gospel tells us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha, her sister, and her brother. Apparently Jesus was a frequent guest at Martha's home in Bethany, a small village ... 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. Julie (Julia) Billiart was born in 1751 and died in 1816. As a child, playing "school" was Julie's favorite game. When she was sixteen, to help support her family, she began to teach ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes