In the first quarter of the fifteenth century, the region of Bohemia, now the Czech Republic, was racked with religious strife. Much of the trouble was instigated by the “Hussites,” followers of John Hus, a Czech disciple of the English heretic John Wyclif, who had rejected the authority of the pope and the Eucharistic doctrine of transubstantiation. The conflict led to much bloodshed. In 1420 Pope Martin V sent preachers to Bohemia to refute the schismatic and heretical propositions being circulated by the Hussites. Among those sent were the Servite priests Lawrence Nerucci, Augustine Cennini, Bartholomew Donati, and John-Baptist Petrucci, natives of Italy’s province of Tuscany. Shortly after their arrival in the Czech city of Prague, the monastery where they were residing was stormed by the Hussites. As the four priests and sixty other Servite friars were singing the Church’s thanksgiving hymn, the Te Deum, in the monastery chapel, the Hussites set the building on fire, burning to death all sixty-four religious.
Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometres from Cracow, on May 18, 1920. He was the second of two sons ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children. In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed ... 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
Luke, the writer of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, has been identified with St. Paul's "Luke, the beloved physician" (Colossians 4:14). We know few other facts about Luke's life ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes