On the very day of her First Communion and Confirmation at the age of ten, Eugenia Ravasco, of Milan, Italy, began the habit of stopping to pray at every church she happened to pass. Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary were to become the hallmarks of Eugenia’s spiritual life. At the age of eighteen, while considering the question of her vocation, Eugenia heard a priest in church ask the congregation, “Is there no one out there who feels called to dedicate himself to doing good for love of the Heart of Jesus?” The young woman heard in these words a personal message to her from God. Five years later, Eugenia undertook the foundation of a new religious congregation, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, devoted to the educational formation of needy young women into “honest citizens in society and saints in heaven.” Mother Eugenia died on December 30, 1900, having imparted to her congregation her own aspiration to “live in abandonment to God and in the hands of Mary Immaculate.”
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
Although we have evidence that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr. In the legend of her life, we are told that she belonged to a rich, important ... 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
Lucy's name means "light", with the same root as "lucid" which means "clear, radiant, understandable." Unfortunately for us, Lucy's history does not match her name. ... 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