As a monk of the French monastery of Lorroy, Roger, an Englishman, manifested an exceptional fidelity to the Cistercian rule. In 1156 he was sent to found a new monastery at Ellant. Once, while traveling, as Roger pulled out his breviary to begin the Divine Office, it slipped from his hands and tumbled into a river. Grieved to lose his breviary, the abbot prayed that God would restore the book to him, if it was his will. Suddenly a young boy ran to Roger and handed him the lost book, which amazingly was undamaged by the water. Near the monastery, there lived a woman, who at her wedding had received a ring she cherished so highly that she never took it off. But with time, her ring finger became so chubby that the ring began to strangle the finger, causing her unbearable pain. After learning from the doctors that there was no way to remove the ring short of amputation, she sobbed and begged Christ, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, have mercy on me." At the suggestion of her friends, she appealed to Abbot Roger. Coming to her, the abbot made the sign of the cross over her hand and then effortlessly pulled the ring from her finger, ending all her pain.
St Pantaleon came from Nicomedia, near the Black Sea, in Asia. He was such a famous doctor that the Emperor himself chose him for his own doctor. Pantaleon was a Christian, but the bad influence from ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to ... 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
Lazarus is the poor man at the gate of the rich man in Christ's parable related in Luke. (Luke 16:19-31) His name was perpetuated in the Middle Ages by such words as Lazaretto (hospital), Lazarone (a ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes