Vaast was leading the hidden life of a hermit in Toul, France when the bishop of the city, discovering the young manís virtues, resolved to ordain him to the priesthood. In 496, as the Frankish pagan king Clovis I was passing through Toul, he asked to be provided with a priest to begin instructing him in the Christian faith. Vaast was chosen for this important task, and joined the kingís retinue on their journey toward Reims. As they were crossing the Aisne River, a blind man on the bridge begged Vaast to heal him. Vaast thereupon prayed for the man and made the sign of the cross on his eyes. Immediately, the manís eyesight was restored. This miracle confirmed Clovis in his decision to become a Christian. In Reims, Clovis was baptized by the cityís bishop, Saint Remigius, who upon meeting Vaast recruited him for his diocese. Thereafter, Vaast was consecrated bishop of the city of Arras, where he encountered a populace that had abandoned the Christian faith. Vaast succeeded in restoring Christianity to this region. He is said to have rescued a poor familyís goose from the jaws of a wolf that had seized it.
Augustinian bishop. Born at Fuentellana, Castile, Spain, he was the son of a miller. He studied at the University of Alcala, earned a licentiate in theology, and became a professor there at the age ... 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
St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violent tempered. His mother Lived with them and was equally ... 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