The maiden named Faith (in Latin, Fides), one of the virgin martyrs to suffer under the ancient Roman persecutions, was a very popular saint in medieval Europe, with miracles reported at her shrine in Conques, France. She is believed to have suffered martyrdom at Agen, Gaul (France) in the third century, but the specifics of her death are available only from much later texts of dubious historical validity. Nonetheless, these texts may contain at least some authentic details of her martyrdom. Upon being summoned before a Roman procurator, Faith is said to have fortified herself by making the sign of the cross. She told the judge, “I have served Christ from my infancy, and to him I have consecrated myself.” When threatened with death for refusing to sacrifice to the pagan gods, she answered, “I am prepared to suffer everything for Christ. I long to die for him.” As she was being burned to death on a red-hot grill, heavy snow is said to have so filled the air round about her that it modestly veiled her body from the onlookers until she had died.
Born at Montepulciano, Italy, October 4, 1542, St. Robert Bellarmine was the third of ten children. His mother, Cinzia Cervini, a niece of Pope Marcellus II, was dedicated to almsgiving, prayer, ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Emma was a relative of Emperor St. Henry II and also known as Hemma. She was raised at Henry's court by St. Cunegund, and according to legend was married to Landgrave William of Friesach. Their two children were murdered during an uprising of mines owned by William. ... 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 Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes