Having entered the Benedictine Order, Gregory became abbot of the Roman monastery of Saints Cosmas and Damian. Around the year 1034, Pope Benedict IX, acquainted with Gregory's holiness and wisdom, made him cardinal-bishop of the nearby city of Ostia and the papacy's official librarian. The pontiff then sent Gregory as papal legate to the Spanish kingdom of Navara. Here the bishop renewed the people's morals and the practice of their faith by his preaching and by the establishment of numerous processions, fasts, and other religious exercises. When a plague of locusts wiped out the crops of the region, Gregory led the people in a triduum of public prayers and fasting to obtain a cessation of this infestation. After Gregory imparted his blessing with the sign of the cross, the infestation ended. Over the centuries since his death, Saint Gregory has been regularly invoked in prayer for protection from locusts. With this intention, water to which his bone relics had been touched would be sprinkled upon cultivated fields, gardens, and vineyards.
Martyr of England. She was born Margaret Plantagenet, the niece of Edward IV and Richard III. She married Sir Reginald Pole about 1491 and bore five sons, including Reginald Cardinal Pole. Margaret ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some woman of noble birth, resembling his wife, who would be willing to marry ... 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. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church, patron of all universities and of students. His feast day is January 28th. He was born toward the end of the year 1226. He was the son of ... 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