Andrew Chong Hwa-gyong left his native district of Chong-san, Korea so as to be freer to practice his Catholic faith. He had been giving valued assistance to the Catholics of Seoul when a man came to him with a story that the nationís pagan officials were on the verge of ending their persecution of Catholics and were ready to embrace the faith themselves. The man asked to know the whereabouts of the bishop, (Saint) Lawrence Imbert. The tale was a total fabrication, but Andrew naively believed it and acceded to the manís request. Consequently Bishop Imbert was arrested and executed. Deeply remorseful for his foolish mistake, Andrew went to warn two missionaries that they were being hunted down by pagan agents. He confessed his sins to one of the priests, and expressed the desire to turn himself in to the authorities, but the missionaries urged him to hide. Nonetheless, he was soon captured. Despite being subjected to the brutal torture of bone-bending, Andrew remained steadfast in professing his faith. After five months of imprisonment, he was executed by strangling.
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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
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During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of California.' Once that happens, the Golden State will have its own patron saint and the Church will have another great missionary role ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes