While studying in Bologna, Italy, Nicholas Fortiguera, of Siena, was so impressed by the preaching of Saint Dominic that he donated his possessions to the poor and asked Dominic for the habit of his Order of Friars Preachers. As a Dominican priest, Nicholas devoted his energies to the conversion of sinners, bringing many to repentance. He also won the conversion to the faith of numerous Jews and heretical Christians. While on the island of Corsica, he learned that the pope wanted to make him a bishop. At first the humble friar hid himself in a grotto in the hope of escaping elevation to this high office. But he soon experienced a vision of the fourth century bishop Saint Nicholas of Myra, who assured him that the episcopacy was Godís will for him. As bishop of what is now part of the diocese of Ajaccio, Corsica, Nicholas combined a personal life of frequent prayer and rigorous mortification with great generosity to the poor. Having foretold in a sermon his own death, he died immediately after a Mass celebrated in his presence.
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
Our Lady of Guadalupe December 12 (USA) When we reflect on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe we learn two important lessons, one of faith and one of understanding. Missionaries who first came to Mexico with the conquistadors had little success in the beginning. After ... 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
So often we hear people or even ourselves excuse an action by saying "I was only following orders." But for Nereus and Achilleus this excuse could not stand in the face of the cross. ... 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