After leading a rather worldly existence in his earlier years, the northern Frenchman Fulco underwent a profound conversion, becoming a zealous parish priest. He served in his own church at Neuilly-sur-Marne, and gave missions across Burgundy, Picardy, and Normandy. Fulco preached simple but fervent sermons that moved very many sinners to conversion. He did not shrink from the daunting task of denouncing from the pulpit sins of immorality and usury. It is Fulco who is said to have challenged Englandís King Richard the Lionhearted to reform his life, calling upon the monarch to rid himself of the vices of pride, avarice, and lust. Although by no means self-indulgent, Fulco did not engage in the more severe forms of fasting that some others observed, but instead gratefully partook of whatever meal was set before him. Having preached to recruit volunteers for the Fourth Crusade at the request of Pope Innocent III, Fulco was preparing to journey to the Holy Land with the crusaders when he fell ill and died.
The massacre of the martyrs of Lyons with their bishop, St. Pothinus, took place during the persecutions of Marcus Aurelius in the year 177. Marcellus, a priest, we are told, by Divine intervention, ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin (Feast day November 13) St. Frances was born in Lombardi, Italy in 1850, one of thirteen children. At eighteen, she desired to become a Nun, but poor health stood in her way. She helped her parents until their death, and then worked ... 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. Julie (Julia) Billiart was born in 1751 and died in 1816. As a child, playing "school" was Julie's favorite game. When she was sixteen, to help support her family, she began to teach ... 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