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.
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 ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Saint Katharine Drexel, Religious (Feast Day-March 3) Born in 1858, into a prominent Philadelphia family, Katharine became imbued with love for God and neighbor. She took an avid interest in the material and spiritual well-being of black and native Americans. She began ... 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
Paul was the son of a Japanese military leader. He was born at Tounucumada, Japan, was educated at the Jesuit college of Anziquiama, joined the Jesuits in 1580, and became known for his eloquent ... continue reading
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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