In the spring of 1936, as the anti-Catholic Popular Front amplified its persecution of the Church in Spain, the monastery of Augustinian Recollects in the Spanish city of Motril became a target of the secularists’ hostilities. On May 1, Popular Front officials ordered the Augustinians to cease celebrating Mass in their parish church. On May 3, the Catholic faithful who had attended Mass that day in the Augustinians’ church were insulted and chased by gun-toting Popular Front partisans. On July 24, faced with the imminent danger of execution, the entire community of Augustinian religious vowed not to desert their monastery and parish church. Very early the next day, five of the Augustinians were executed in a hail of gunfire. These included the priests Deogracias Palacios, Leon Inchausti, Jose Rada, and Julian Moreno, and one brother, Jose Ricardo Diez. On July 26, the Augustinian priest Vicente Pinilla was shot to death as he stood holding a crucifix at the door of another church in the city. The church’s pastor, Father Manuel Martin Sierra, was executed with him.
Saint Birgitta was the daughter of Uppland’s Lagman, Birger Petersson and his wife, Ingeborg, who was a member of the same clan as the reigning family. Birgitta’s family was pious; her father went to ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated ... 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
Benedictine abbot and defender of the faith. Born in Canas, Navarre, Spain, circa 1000, he entered the Benedictines at San Millan de Ia Cogolla. King Garcia III of Navarre challenged him when he ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes