The bloody persecution that the anti-Catholic Popular Front waged against the Church during Spain’s civil war of 1936-1939 did not spare Catholic hospitals. On July 31, 1936, in Ciempozuelos, Popular Front agents seized the Psychiatric Hospital of Saint Joseph, which until then had been staffed by the Hospitallers of Saint John of God. Under the new administrators, all Catholic worship within the hospital was thereafter banned, and all religious images (crucifixes, etc.) were stripped from the walls. Despite this hostile environment, the brothers of the Hospitaller congregation continued to serve their patients, and defied the worship ban by praying together early each morning. In August all the religious were taken away to prison. One brother was executed on August 18. Twenty-two more were put to death in November and December. Tobias Borras Roman, a seventy-five-year-old brother from San Jorge, Spain, was the last of the Hospitallers to be executed, dying on February 11, 1937.
St. John was born at Capistrano, Italy in 1385, the son of a former German knight in that city. He studied law at the University of Perugia and practiced as a lawyer in the courts of Naples. King ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated ... 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
Alvarez was born in either Lisbon, Portugal, or Cordova, Spain. He entered the Dominican convent at Cordova in 1368. He became known for his preaching prowess in Spain and Italy, was confessor and ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes