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.
St. Januarius was born in Italy and was bishop of Benevento during the Emperor Diocletion persecution. Bishop Januarius went to visit two deacons and two laymen in prison. He was then also imprison ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. He was a dedicated but impetuous follower of Christ. When Jesus said He was returning to Judea to visit His sick friend Lazarus, Thomas ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes