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. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Christina was the daughter of a rich and powerful magistrate named Urbain. Her father, who was deep in the practices of heathenism, had a number of golden idols, which our saint destroyed, and distributed the pieces among the poor. Infuriated by this act, Urbain ... 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 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