Of a wealthy family, Clare Agolanti was born at Rimini, Italy, was married when young, was exiled after her husband's death, and on her return saw her father and brother hanged by a rival political faction. She remarried, and after having a vision of Mary one day when she was thirty-four, she became a Franciscan tertiary, abandoned her luxurious style of living, and soon after built a convent for a group of women under her direction. She practiced mortifications and penances that were so extreme she was imprisoned for a time as insane. During the last days of her life she experienced ecstasies that left her blind and mute. She died at Rimini on February 10. Soon after her death, a cult developed at Rimini, which was authorized by Pope Pius VI in 1784. Her feast day is February 10th.
St. John was born at Capistrano, Italy in 1385, the son of a former German knight in that city. He studied law at the University of Perugia and practiced as a lawyer in the courts of Naples. King ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. ... 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. James the Less, the author of the first Catholic Epistle, was the son of Alphaeus of Cleophas. His mother Mary was either a sister or a close relative of the Blessed Virgin, and for that reason, ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes