Francisco Palau, of Aytona, Spain, was a Discalced Carmelite preparing for the priesthood in the order’s Barcelona monastery when it was destroyed by fire in 1835. A year later, he was ordained at the age of twenty-four. Anti-clerical unrest in Spain precluded the re-opening of the Carmelites’ monastery. Hence Father Francisco had to live his Carmelite spiritual life privately, alternately devoting himself to pastoral works and to prayerful solitude. After founding a catechetical organization, he was exiled by the government to the Spanish island of Vedra in 1854, having been falsely accused of fomenting labor unrest. Following the end of his exile in 1860, he received a mystical experience in which he perceived in a profound manner the Church as she to whom he had personally given his life. Hence, to the Church he addressed these words regarding his ordination: “On the day I was ordained to the priesthood, I was consecrated through ordination to your service…I am yours with all that I do, all that I am and possess.” Father Palau founded two Carmelite congregations. He died on March 20, 1872.
Anicetus was a Syrian from Emesa. He became pope about 155 and actively opposed Marcionism and Gnosticism. His pontificate saw the appearance of the controversy between East and West over the date of ... 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
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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
When Alfred Bessette came to the Holy Cross Brothers in 1870, he carried with him a note from his pastor saying, "I am sending you a saint." The Brothers found that difficult to believe. Chronic ... 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