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. 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
The 24th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of ... 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. Romuald was born at Ravenna about the year 956. In spite of an infinite desire for virtue and sanctity, his early life was wasted in the service of the world and its pleasures. Then one day, ... 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