Father Peter Cappucci, a Dominican priest from Tiferno, Italy, converted many sinners through his preaching and hearing of confessions. His zeal to save souls impelled him to seek out sinners wherever they were. He was inventive in finding ways to draw them back to God, comforting them in their sorrows, assisting them in their practical needs, and even pleasing them with material things “in order to attract them to the dominion of grace.” Father Peter pursued relentlessly two hardened criminals condemned to death who had resisted the efforts of other priests to convert them. In the end, both men were moved to tearful contrition by Father Peter’s humble entreaties. On another occasion, Father Peter confronted a sinful young man in the street, warning the youth that his death was imminent, and asking him, “How much longer are you going on adding sin to sin?” When hours later the young man was mortally injured in an accident, he confessed his sins to Father Peter and received absolution before dying. Father Peter died at the age of fifty-five, declaring, “I go to my God,” before breathing his last.
Anicetus was a Syrian from Emesa. He became pope about 155 and actively opposed Marcionism and Gnosticism. His pontificate saw the appearance of the controversy between East and West over the date of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
The 25th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of ... 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. Pachomius was born about 292 in the Upeer Thebaid in Egypt and was inducted into the Emperor's army as a twenty-year-old. The great kindness of Christians at Thebes toward the soldiers became ... continue reading
By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but for the daily listening to and heeding the voice of Almighty God - in the home, in the synagogue and Temple, in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes