Having fled a life of luxury, Bartolo Buonpedoni, of San Gimignano, Italy, served as a lay infirmarian at a Benedictine monastery in Pisa. While there, he considered becoming a Benedictine himself. But one night he experienced a vision of Christ covered with wounds, and telling him, “Bartolo, it is not in the monastic habit that you are to win the crown that is prepared for you, but in the suffering which will wound your body for twenty years.” The full meaning of these words was to be revealed much later, after Bartolo had spent many years serving God as a diocesan priest and a Third Order Franciscan. At the age of fifty-two he was stricken with a form of leprosy. He thereupon left his parish and entered a leper hospital, where he became chaplain, celebrating Mass daily for the patients. Remarkably, the touch of his leprous hands wrought miracles in others. When following Bartolo’s death the maid who had attended to his needs knelt beside his open casket and wept, one hand of the dead priest amazingly reached for her hand and grasped it for five hours, as if to comfort her.
Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
With the lives of so many early martyrs shrouded in legend, we are fortunate to have the record of the courage of Perpetua and Felicity from the hand of Perpetua herself, her teacher Saturus, and others who knew them. This account, known as "The Martyrdom of ... 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 second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in ... 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