As provost (dean) of the cathedral chapter of Piacenza, Italy, Father Fulco Scotti was assigned by his bishop to deliver a talk to the clergy assembled for a diocesan synod in 1208. Addressing the virtue of purity, Fulco admonished his fellow priests to guard against sinning with their eyes, tongues, hands, or feet, for their eyes are meant for seeing the “All-seeing One,” their tongues by the words of consecration “bring down from heaven the Son of God,” their fingers “frequently touch that which was conceived from pure flesh, born to purer flesh, risen up again in the purest flesh,” and their feet “enter unto the Lord who gives joy to our youth.” Fulco became bishop of Piacenza in 1210. Six years later, he was transferred to the episcopal see of Pavia. During his many years as a bishop, Fulco manifested an extraordinary generosity to widows, orphans, and other needy souls. Each day, he invited fifteen paupers to share a meal with him.
Franciscan Capuchin martyr. He was born Mark Rey is Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577. A practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. In ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some woman of noble birth, resembling his wife, who would be willing to marry ... 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
Saint Odilia About the year 300, Saint Odilia and ten other virgins set out from England on a pilgrimage to the East. By accident or plan the ship in which they sailed went up the Rhine. They were ... 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