Thomas Corsini, a well-educated layman of Orvieto, Italy, experienced a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in which she asked him to undertake spiritual battle for the cause of Christ under her banner. Thomas was at first reluctant to act upon the mysterious vision, unsure whether it was merely an illusion. But when the vision occurred a second time, he became convinced that it was a manifestation of Godís will for him. Thomas thereupon entered the Order of Servants of Mary (the Servites). His humility prompted him to remain a lay brother of the order rather than advance to the priesthood. Moreover, he was assigned at his request to the lowly duty of begging for donations to the order. When on one occasion a pregnant poor woman expressed to him a craving for fresh figs on a January day, when figs were not in season, he went into the monastery garden and miraculously found three ripe figs on a tree to satisfy her longing.
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
St. Jude, known as Thaddaeus, was a brother of St. James the Less, and a relative of Our Saviour. St. Jude was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus. Ancient writers tell us that he preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia. According ... 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
Christians who breathed a sigh of relief when Constantine proclaimed Christianity the state religion, believing this would end the bloodshed and martyrdom. But it was all too short a time until they ... 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