As a boy, Ladislaus Batthyany-Strattmann, the son of a Hungarian nobleman, was wont to say, “When I grow up, I will be a doctor and give free treatment to the sick and the poor.” At the age of twenty-eight, while studying for a medical degree at the University of Vienna, he married a deeply religious girl, Maria Teresa Coreth. Four years later, he founded a hospital at Kittsee, Austria, where he worked as a general practitioner and later as a surgeon and oculist. Daily, Ladislaus attended Mass with his wife and his thirteen children, to whom he afterwards gave a catechism lesson, assigning to each child an act of charity to carry out that day. In the evening, the whole family said the rosary together. After moving his family back to his native Hungary, Ladislaus founded at Kormend a hospital devoted to eye patients. He kept his childhood resolution, giving the poor free medical care, hospital stays, and medicines. He asked of them only that they would say an Our Father for him. When discharging patients, he gave each a picture of Christ and a spiritual book. Stricken with a tumor, he died on January 22, 1931.
If one had to choose one saint who showed the humorous side of holiness that would Philip Neri. Born in 1515 in Florence, he showed the impulsiveness and spontaneity of his character from the ... 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
St. Fina or Seraphina, Virgin A.D. 1253 The old town of San Geminiano in Tuscany treasures with special veneration the memory of Santa Fina, a young girl whose claim to be recognized as a saint lay ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar
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