As a young courtier of the Frankish king Thierry II, Sulpice, of Vastinne, France, was an avid reader of religious books. In the night, he set aside his courtly garb to clothe himself as a penitent, hastening to the churches to carry out his devotions. Recognizing his sanctity, the bishop of Bourges, Saint Austregisilus, prevailed upon Sulpice to become a priest. Following Austregisilus’ death, Sulpice was chosen to succeed him as bishop. He continued his deep prayer life, reciting the entire Psalter (all 150 psalms) daily. By his words and example, Sulpice persuaded all of Bourges’ Jews to embrace the Catholic faith. After Sulpice’s death, there arose the practice of keeping a lamp burning continuously over the saint’s tomb. One night, as vespers was being recited in the church enclosing the tomb, the perpetual lamp went out. Thereupon a flash of lightning lit up the windows, in the wake of which the lamp resumed burning, having been somehow relit by the lightning. From that night onward, the oil dripping from this lamp has wrought many miraculous cures, including the restoration of sight and hearing.
St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violent tempered. His mother Lived with them and was equally ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called "Poor Clares." When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So ... 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. 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 reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
It is true that the creature loves less because she is less. But if she loves with her whole being, nothing is lacking where everything is given. To love so ardently then is to share the marriage bond; she cannot love so much and not be totally loved, and it is in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes