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.
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. Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869. This African flower, who knew the anguish of kidnapping and slavery, bloomed marvelously in Italy, in response to God's grace, with the Daughters of Charity, where everyone still calls her "Mother Moretta" (our Black ... 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
Jerome Emiliani lay chained in the dark dirty dungeon. Only a short time before he had been a military commander for Venice in charge of a fortress. He didn't care much about God because he didn't ... 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