As a priest of Lyons, France, Aetherius was a favorite pupil of the city’s archbishop, Saint Nicetius (+573). Aetherius must have possessed a degree of talent as a carpenter, for the historian Saint Gregory of Tours relates that he built a bed for Nicetius “with the greatest of care.” Following Nicetius’ death, miracles occurred with this bed. Those stricken with fevers and other illnesses were cured after being laid upon it. As a cherished relic, the bed was adorned with a rich cloth covering and encircled by vigil lamps, one of which miraculously burned continuously for forty days and nights without its oil or wick being replenished. Around the year 586, Aetherius was raised to the archiepiscopal office held by his mentor Nicetius years earlier. In 596, Pope Saint Gregory I wrote to Aetherius, charging him to give lodging and assistance to the missionary he was sending “to save souls” in England by way of Lyons, Saint Augustine of Canterbury. It is Aetherius who is thought to have consecrated Augustine a bishop when he returned to France following the beginning of his labors in England.
Patroness of poor peasants and servants in the Tyrol. Born in Rattenberg, in the Tyrol, she was the daughter of peasants. At eighteen she became a servant in the household of Count Henry of ... 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
It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical experiences God gave this saint, rather than on her life. In fact, it would be difficult to do differently, so overwhelming were those gifts from God. ... continue reading
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If there is any message which can be drawn from St. Augustine's life, and there are many, it is the message of repentance and conversion. This is a message the world desperately needs to hear today. It is one of heartfelt dedication to Christ as Master, Teacher and ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes