A native of Gascony, St. Virgil became a monk at Lérins. Legends say that he became abbot, but his name is absent from the surviving lists of abbots. He was the abbot of St-Symphonien and was a friend of Gregory the Great, who rebuked him for his attempts to force conversion upon the Jews. Virgil was named metropolitan of Arles c. 580; legends say that Gregory gave him the pallium. Bede says that Virgil consecrated Augustine of Kent archbishop at Gregory's request. Gregory named his friend apostolic vicar to the court of Childebert II (c. 570-595). When Virgil died c. 610, he was buried at the monastery of St-Savior, which he founded. Many miracles were attributed to his intercession.
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 readingMore Saint of the Day
Emma was a relative of Emperor St. Henry II and also known as Hemma. She was raised at Henry's court by St. Cunegund, and according to legend was married to Landgrave William of Friesach. Their two children were murdered during an uprising of mines owned by William. ... 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
When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
It is true that the creature loves less because she is less. But if she loves with her whole being, nothing is lacking where everything is given. To love so ardently then is to share the marriage bond; she cannot love so much and not be totally loved, and it is in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes