After entering the French monastery of Micy, Constantianus, a native of the Auvergne region, withdrew to live as a hermit in the forest of Nuz. The bishop of Le Mans, (Saint) Innocent, persuaded the hermit to receive ordination to the priesthood so as to minister to the people who lived in the vicinity. Constantianusí zeal, prayers, and personal example of holiness bore fruit in many conversions. Once while celebrating Mass, he restored the eyesight of a blind man by making the sign of the cross upon him, one of several miracles attributed to him. Others intent upon following the example of Constantianus came to join him at his forest retreat, so that it became necessary for him to transform his hermitage into a monastery with himself as abbot. The abbey came to be known as Javron. Following his death, Constantianus was credited with obtaining by his intercession miraculous cures for those suffering from mental illness or from chronic headaches.
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
When she was 56, Angela Merici said "No" to the Pope. She was aware that Clement VII was offering her a great honor and a great opportunity to serve when he asked her to take charge of a religious order of nursing sisters. But Angela knew that nursing was not what God ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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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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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