In his youth, William Tempier entered the Augustinian canonsí monastery of Saint-Hilaire-de-la-Celle in his native city of Poitiers, France, later becoming the canonsí abbot. His religious life was characterized by exceptional piety, self-denial, and integrity. In 1184, he was unanimously chosen to become bishop of Poitiers. In the episcopal office, William showed himself to be a determined opponent of secular interference in the governance of the Church and a firm defender of the Churchís rights. He also combated ecclesiastical abuses, and especially the vice of simony (the buying and selling of ecclesiastical appointments). For championing the cause of the Church, William was subjected to persecution and calumny, which he endured with steadfast courage. Following his death, many miracles of physical healing were reported among those coming to pray at his tomb. Williamís intercession came to be invoked by those suffering from hemorrhaging.
Augustinian bishop. Born at Fuentellana, Castile, Spain, he was the son of a miller. He studied at the University of Alcala, earned a licentiate in theology, and became a professor there at the age ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Although we have evidence that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr. In the legend of her life, we are told that she belonged to a rich, important ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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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