Patroclus, a citizen of Troyes, Gaul (France), was taken into custody for being a Christian by the Roman regime of the emperor Valerian. Upon being questioned about his faith by the Roman general Aurelian, Patroclus replied, "I adore the living and true God, who inhabits heaven, and regards the humble, and knows all things..."Aurelian then demanded that Patroclus worship the pagan gods, threatening him with death if he did not, but Patroclus remained steadfast. The general ordered the prisoner to be fettered and tortured. Three days later, Aurelian summoned Patroclus and asked him whether he was now willing to offer sacrifice to the gods. Patroclus answered, "The Lord delivers the souls of his servants, and will not forsake them that hope in him." In the end Aurelian ordered that the prisoner be taken to the bank of the Seine River to be executed there, but when a flood disrupted the execution, Patroclus took advantage of the confusion to escape. He was soon recaptured and beheaded.
Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding Pope St. Anastasius I, on December 22, 401. During Innocent's pontificate, he emphasized papal supremacy, commending the bishops of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Little is known of St. Philomena's life and she is the only Saint to have revealed her story via private revelation. She was martyred at about 14-years-old in the early days of the Church. In 1802 the remains of a young woman were found in the catacomb of Saint ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
St. Leo the Great was born in Tuscany. As deacon, he was dispatched to Gaul as a mediator by Emperor Valentinian III. He reigned as Pope between 440 and 461. He persuaded Emperor Valentinian to recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome in an edict in 445. The ... continue reading
Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill health prevented his entering the Order, and he served as a secular ... 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 very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes