John I Born c. 470 in Tuscany, John was a supporter of anti-pope Lawrence and reconciled with Symmachus in 506. A friend of Boethius, John was a senior deacon before his election to the papacy in 523. Two years later, the Arian Theodoric send the pope to Constantinople to ask Emperor Justin to lighten his edicts against the Arians, whose churches Justin had closed in 520 and whom he had fired from all government posts. The first pope to travel to Constantinople, John was well-received and celebrated both Christmas and Easter in the eastern imperial capital. He failed, however, to persuade the emperor revoke the laws against Arianism. Legends say that John was imprisoned on his return to Rome in 526 and died of starvation.
St. Januarius was born in Italy and was bishop of Benevento during the Emperor Diocletion persecution. Bishop Januarius went to visit two deacons and two laymen in prison. He was then also imprison ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207, the daughter of Alexander II, King of Hungary. At the age of four she was sent for education to the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose infant son she was betrothed. As she grew in age, her piety also increased by ... 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. Julie (Julia) Billiart was born in 1751 and died in 1816. As a child, playing "school" was Julie's favorite game. When she was sixteen, to help support her family, she began to teach ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes