Maria Teresa Ferragud Roig, of Algemesi, Spain, was the mother of seven children, including one son who became a Capuchin friar and five daughters who became cloistered Capuchin Sisters of the Order of Saint Clare. The five sisters shared the same convent in Agullent, where shortly before the Spanish Civil War one of them died from natural causes. Following the outset of the war, the four remaining sisters, facing grave danger from the anti-Catholic Popular Front, took refuge in their motherís home in Algemesi. Here they succeeded in continuing their convent life of hour upon hour of mental prayer, recitation of the Divine Office, and manual labor. But in October of 1936, Popular Front militiamen came to Maria Teresaís home to arrest her four daughters. The eighty-three-year-old mother insisted upon going with her children to prison. A few days later, on the night of October 25, militiamen shot to death the four nuns and their mother. The name of one of the sisters is unknown, but the others were Maria Jesus, Maria Veronica, and Maria Felicidad.
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
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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