John Duckett, of Underwinder, England, journeyed to the continent to study for the priesthood. As a seminarian at the English College of Douai, France, he gave much time to mental prayer, spending entire nights in contemplation. Four years after his ordination, Father Duckett was assigned to return to England. In preparation for his dangerous mission there, he spent two months in spiritual exercises at a Carthusian monastery in Belgium. On July 2, 1644, only a year after returning to England, Father Duckett was arrested by the Puritan authorities while en route to a baptism. The holy oils and the book of sacraments found in his possession were considered incriminating evidence. He and a fellow priest, (Blessed) Ralph Corby, were condemned to death for their priesthood. Father Ducketts joy in accepting his grim fate so impressed his jailers that they commented, Assuredly this man dies for a good cause. At his execution, Father Duckett told a Protestant minister who stood ready to lecture him, Sir, I come not hither to be taught my faith, but to die for the profession of it.
St. Jerome, who was born Eusebius Hieronymous Sophronius, was the most learned of the Fathers of the Western Church. He was born about the year 342 at Stridonius, a small town at the head of the ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Catherine of Bologna, Virgin (Patroness of Artists) Feast - March 9th Born in 1413, Catherine de Vigri was the daughter of a diplomatic agent of the Marquis of Ferrara. At the age of eleven, she was appointed maid of honor to the daughter of the Marquis and shared ... 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
St. John Vianney, Priest (Patron of priests) Feast day - August 4 Universally known as the "Cure of Ars)," St. John Mary Vianney was ordained a priest in 1815. Three years later he was made ... continue reading
By Deacon F. K. Bartels
The Catechism of the Catholic Church informs us - The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls 'angels' is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition (328). Charged by God to ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes