As a young seminarian, Pedro Ruiz, of Mora, Spain, joined the Diocesan Worker Priests, a priestly fraternity, founded in 1883, devoted to the fostering of vocations to the priesthood and the formation of seminarians. In 1905, Pedro was ordained a priest at the age of twenty-three. Over the years that followed, he authored several books on priestly formation and served on the faculties of four Spanish seminaries. For six years (1927-1933) Father Ruiz served as rector of the Pontifical Spanish College in Rome. In 1933, he became general director of the Diocesan Worker Priests. On July 23, 1936, Father Ruiz was in Toledo to found a new religious congregation for women, the Disciples of Jesus, dedicated to fostering vocations, when he was arrested by forces of the anti-Catholic Popular Front. Later that same day, he was shot to death in the street together with a fellow member of the Diocesan Worker Priests, Father Jose Sala Pico, rector of Toledos minor seminary.
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
St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207, the daughter of Alexander II, King of Hungary. At the age of four she was sent for education to the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose infant son she was betrothed. As she grew in age, her piety also increased by ... 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
So often we hear people or even ourselves excuse an action by saying "I was only following orders." But for Nereus and Achilleus this excuse could not stand in the face of the cross. ... 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