Born near Siena, Italy, Albert made a series of pilgrimages, beginning with Rome, and followed by visits to the shrine of Saint Michael on Mount Gargano and to Saint Markís Cathedral in Venice. He then embarked for Palestine to pray at the Sepulchre of Christ and other shrines there. During a subsequent pilgrimage to the Spanish shrine of Compostela, a dove was repeatedly seen to land upon Albertís right shoulder and poke its beak into his ear, as if to whisper to him. Returning to Italy, Albert became a Camaldolese hermit, seeking only the spiritual company of Christ, the Blessed Mother, and the saints. He settled upon Mount Torricelli, spending the rest of his life in prayer and contemplation. One day he came upon a hare, which, instead of fleeing, allowed itself to be picked up by him. He then let the animal free. On another occasion, when the hare was being pursued by hunters, it fled to Albert for protection. He thereupon hid the hare in his ample sleeve until the hunters had passed by. There was also a small bird that of its own accord would fly through the window of Albertís hermitage and nestle in his hands.
When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207, the daughter of Alexander II, King of Hungary. At the age of four she was sent for education to the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose infant son she was betrothed. As she grew in age, her piety also increased by ... 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
Augustinian bishop. Born at Fuentellana, Castile, Spain, he was the son of a miller. He studied at the University of Alcala, earned a licentiate in theology, and became a professor there at the age ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar
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