A native of Todi, Italy, Roger was admitted to the Franciscan Order by Saint Francis himself in 1216. Roger resolved to model his conduct upon the examples of Francis and several of Italy’s other saints. Francis was so impressed by Roger’s virtues that he often selected him for the task of accompanying him on his journeys to win souls for Christ. Francis also assigned him to provide spiritual direction to a fledgling community of consecrated women in Rieti led by Blessed Philippa Mareri. The community subsequently adapted a rule modeled upon that of the Poor Clares. Roger assisted at Philippa’s deathbed, and at her burial praised her great sanctity, a judgment confirmed several years later when Philippa was beatified. Roger died less than a year after Philippa. Roger’s own sanctity was attested by Pope Gregory IX, who knew him personally.
St. John Joseph of the Cross was born about the middle of the seventeenth century in the beautiful island of Ischia, near Naples. From his childhood he was the model of virtue, and in his sixteenth ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Emma was a relative of Emperor St. Henry II and also known as Hemma. She was raised at Henry's court by St. Cunegund, and according to legend was married to Landgrave William of Friesach. Their two children were murdered during an uprising of mines owned by William. ... 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
All we know of Barnabas is to be found in the New Testament. A Jew, born in Cyprus and named Joseph, he sold his property, gave the proceeds to the Apostles, who gave him the name Barnabas, and lived ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes