St. Sergius was born into a Syrian family who live in Palermo and was educated at the Roman choir school. Before being elected pope in 687, he was the titular priest of Sta. Susanna. At the same time, in other places in Rome, the archpriest Theodore and the archdeacon Paschal were elected pope. Theodore soon acknowledged Sergius' election, but Paschal, with the backing of the exarch, maintained that he was the pope. Sergius' supporters stormed the Lateran to consecrate him. Paschal called on the exarch, who came to Rome to settle the controversy. He eventually approved Sergius' election in return for the payment of a bribe that Paschal had promised. Sergius refused to endorse the Quintisext Council, which he saw as inimicable to Roman practices. He saved a representative of Justinian II from a Roman mob. He introduced the use of solemn processions in the feasts associated with the Theotokos, and he began the practice of singing Agnus Dei during the mass. He also inaugurated the feast of the exaltation of the cross. Sergius died in 701.
St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church St. Bernard was born of noble parentage in Burgundy, France, in the castle of Fontaines near Dijon. Under the care of his pious parents he was sent at an ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
The 25th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of ... 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. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue reading
By Deacon F. K. Bartels
We learn from St. Clare both the importance of giving one's life to Christ as well as the sublime, eternal rewards of doing so. When we leave the fleeting, temporary created objects of the world behind, no longer placing our trust in them or seeing them as inordinately ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes