At the age of twenty-five, Peter Gambacorta fled from his privileged place in the court life of Pisa, Italy to live as a hermit on the slopes of Mount Bello. In this he was undoubtedly influenced by the example of his younger sister, (Blessed) Clare, who as a young widow had left home to become a Dominican nun. On Mount Bello, Peter soon established a religious community, accepting as his followers twelve men said to have been former robbers that he had converted from a life of crime. Peter’s religious congregation became known as the Hermits of Saint Jerome, for which he composed a rule that prescribed frequent fasts and two hours of nocturnal private prayer following the midnight recitation of the office of Matins. Peter himself observed a rigorous personal regimen of prayer that included the threefold repetition of the penitential psalms 51 (the Miserere) and 130 (the De profundis), and the Marian hymn, Salve Regina (“Hail, Holy Queen”).
Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Christina was the daughter of a rich and powerful magistrate named Urbain. Her father, who was deep in the practices of heathenism, had a number of golden idols, which our saint destroyed, and distributed the pieces among the poor. Infuriated by this act, Urbain ... 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
Many Catholics might remember Saint Blaise's feast day because of the Blessing of the Throats that took place on this day. Two candles are blessed, held slightly open, and pressed against the throat ... 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