Colga served as abbot of the monastic school of Clonmacnoise, Ireland, where it is believed he had formerly been a student himself. He made the writings of Saint Paul the particular object of his studies, taking this apostle as his special patron. There is a tradition that Saint Paul appeared to Colga in several visions to instruct him, and even to assist him in winning a theological debate. Colga is the author of an eighth-century Irish prayer addressed to Christ, in which the ranks of apostles, evangelists, saints, angels, and Old Testament patriarchs and prophets are invoked to plead for mercy and forgiveness from God. The contents of the text demonstrate a theological conformity and communion with the Church of Rome that refutes the false assertion made by some that the early Irish Church was theologically “independent” of Rome. The prayer also contains a moving plea beseeching Christ to convert all who are hostile to the Church: “May God enkindle meekness, and charity, and love, and mercy, and affection in their hearts, and in their thoughts, and in their souls, and in their minds.”
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
St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207, the daughter of Alexander II, King of Hungary. At the age of four she was sent for education to the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose infant son she was betrothed. As she grew in age, her piety also increased by ... 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
Carmelite Latinpatriarch and papal legate. Peter was born in Gascony, France and joined the Carmelites while still a young man. In 1342 he was appointed procurator of the order and, from Avignon, he ... 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