As a boy, Trudo, of Hasbaye, Belgium, constructed from loose rocks a miniature church. As a young man, he frequented the churches and gave generously to the poor. One night, after praying, he experienced a vision of an angel, who told him that he would be called to the priesthood. Ordained a priest in 655, Trudo was assigned to preach in the diocese of Maastricht, Holland. When one night Trudo was lodged in the home of a married couple, the wife, upon waking and going to an open door, saw emanating from Trudo’s room two blazing lights, one near the sleeping priest’s head and the other at his feet. Astounded by this marvel, the frightened woman fled and woke her husband, who came and saw the mysterious lights. Convinced that a holy man had come to their home, the couple begged Trudo in the morning to remain with them one more day. Trudo thereupon spent that day instructing them in spiritual precepts. At the husband’s request, Trudo also baptized the couple’s son. Usually, Trudo spent his nights praying in church. On his deathbed, making the sign of the cross, he prayed, “Direct, O Lord, the ways of your servant in your sight,” before breathing his last.
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
Saint Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in a small village west of Lodz, Poland on August 25, 1905. She was the third of ten children. When she was almost twenty, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, whose members devote themselves to the ... 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
When the father of this Italian saint died, his good mother brought up her twelve children well, even though they were very poor. "Oh, if I could only have the joy of seeing one of you become a ... 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