Born in Guadalajara, Mexico on January 29, 1881, Saint David Galván Bermúdez, entered the seminary at age 14. He was an excellent student, but then he began questioning his vocation, so he left for three years and worked, dated, and lived a wild life. At one time even he was arrested to hitting his girlfriend while he was drunk. When he realized he could not ignore the call to his vocation, he was on probation for a year, and then returned to the seminary. He was ordained on May 20, 1909. He was the seminary instructor in Amatitán and then became the supervisor of the seminary. He was arrested one time for the crime of being a priest. During the periods of rebellion, he worked with the injured but patching wounds and hearing confessions. While on his way to Guadalajara to help victims of street fighting, he was arrested with Father Jose Araiza. He comforted fellow prisoners and heard their confessions in the hours before his execution. He was murdered for being a priest on January 30, 1915 in Guadalajara. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II on May 21, 2000 during the Jubilee of Mexico.
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. Christina was the daughter of a rich and powerful magistrate named Urbain. Her father, who was deep in the practices of heathenism, had a number of golden idols, which our saint destroyed, and distributed the pieces among the poor. Infuriated by this act, Urbain ... 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. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violent tempered. His mother Lived with them and was equally ... 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