As the oldest of eight children, Antonina de Angelis, of San Gregorio, Italy, worked in the fields, manifesting the virtues of modesty and simplicity. At the age of twenty-four, she undertook the fulfillment of her childhood aspiration of becoming a nun by entering the Institute of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy. Antonina took the religious name, Maria Ludovica. In 1907, she was sent by her congregation to Buenos Aires, Argentina to serve in a children’s hospital, beginning her labors there in the lowly station of hospital cook. She was subsequently chosen to become superior of her convent in Buenos Aires. Mother Maria Ludovica spent the rest of her life in Argentina, serving invalids according to her maxim, “To do good to all, no matter whom.” She died on February 25, 1962.
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
Empress mother of Constantine the Great. She was a native of Bithynia, who married the then Roman general Constantius I Chlorus about 270. Constantine was born soon after, and in 293, Constantius was made Caesar, or junior emperor. He divorced Helena to marry co ... 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
Saint John Gaulbert, Abbot - Feast day is July 12th The city of Florence gave to the world Saint John Gaulbert. Although he enjoyed the benefits of an early Christian education, his youthful heart ... 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