As a young man, Fazzio, of Verona, Italy, patiently endured years of malicious treatment to which he was subjected by those envious of his skill as a goldsmith. In an effort to bring a peaceful end to this conflict, he withdrew to Cremona, where he donated his earnings to the relief of the poor and the assistance of churches. When he later returned to Verona in the hope of a reconciliation with his persecutors, he was falsely accused and jailed. Subsequently he was vindicated and released. Returning to Cremona, he founded a confraternity in honor of the Holy Spirit, dedicated to corporal works of mercy. A man of prayer, Fazzio frequented the churches and embarked on many pilgrimages, journeying to Rome and to the Spanish shrine of Compostela. To this latter church he donated a silver chalice, which was thereafter kept in the sacristy. When a fire destroyed the sacristy, Fazzio’s chalice was discovered afterward resting unharmed upon the church’s altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary, having been inexplicably transported there, and thus escaping the flames.
Brigid was probably born at Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick, with whom she developed a close friendship. According to legend, her father was Dubhthach, ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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 her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated ... 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
Born in 1245 in Sant'Angelo, St. Nicholas of Tolentino took his name from St. Nicholas of Myra, at whose shrine his parents prayed to have a child. Nicholas became a monk at 18, and seven years ... 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