When in 1525 England’s Cardinal Wolsey appointed Father Richard Whiting abbot of the ancient Benedictine abbey of Glastonbury, he praised the appointee as “a priest commendable for his life, virtues, and learning,” a declaration signed by the future martyr (Saint) Thomas More as a witness. But when in 1534 Abbot Whiting had to choose between his allegiance to the papacy and King Henry VIII’s demand under pain of death that he recognize his claim of supremacy over the Church in England, the abbot failed to follow More’s example, but instead swore allegiance to Henry. Yet after five years of making compromises to keep his abbey open, Abbot Whiting was nonetheless arrested when a raid of his room yielded copies of papal bulls, papal indulgences, and a biography of the martyred archbishop of Canterbury, Saint Thomas Becket. It was at this point that the abbot finally found the courage openly to declare his allegiance to the pope. He was executed by drawing and quartering in Glastonbury together with two other Glastonbury monks, (Blesseds) John Thorne and Roger James.
When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
The Mother, of God, Mother of Jesus, wife of St. Joseph, and the greatest of all Christian saints. The Virgin Mother “was, after her Son, exalted by divine grace above all angels and men”. Mary is venerated with a special cult, called by St. Thomas Aquinas, ... 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
The councillor (Lk 23:50) who, after the Crucifixion, requested the body of Christ from Pontius Pilate and provided for a proper burial for Christ. An immensely popular figure in Christian lore, ... 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