The son of a prominent Venetian family, Nicholas Giustiniani had at first intended to spend his life in the Venetian Benedictine monastery of San Niccolo del Lido, but he was compelled by his obligations to his family to marry after all his brothers were slain in battle at Constantinople, Hilda Graef and a plague further decimated the Giustiniani lineage. Nicholas wedded Anne Michieli, the daughter of a Venetian doge. They had nine children, six sons and three daughters. Around the year 1160, the couple agreed to separate so as to allow Nicholas to fulfill his original aspiration of devoting himself to God as a monk of the San Niccolo monastery. Here he led a very humble and penitent life. After procuring the foundation of a new monastery at Torcello, Anne also left the world, becoming a nun of the convent of “Saint Blaise of the Giudecca,” near Venice.
Born at Montepulciano, Italy, October 4, 1542, St. Robert Bellarmine was the third of ten children. His mother, Cinzia Cervini, a niece of Pope Marcellus II, was dedicated to almsgiving, prayer, ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Brigid was probably born at Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick, with whom she developed a close friendship. According to legend, her father was Dubhthach, an Irish chieftain of Lienster, and her mother, Brocca, was a slave ... 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
Pope from 1566-1572 and one of the foremost leaders of the Catholic Reformation. Born Antonio Ghislieri in Bosco, Italy, to a poor family, he labored as a shepherd until the age of fourteen and then ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes