Father William Ireland, of Lincolnshire, England, was one of several Jesuit priests falsely accused of plotting against King Charles II by Titus Oates, a former Jesuit student intent upon revenge after being expelled from several Jesuit colleges. On the basis of Oates’ perjury, Father Ireland was condemned to death. After being brought to the London execution site of Tyburn, Father Ireland told the onlookers, “As for the Catholics that are here, we desire their prayers for a happy passage into a better world… And as for all our enemies, we earnestly desire that God would pardon them… and so I beseech all good people to pray for us and with us.” He was put to death by drawing and quartering together with a layman, Blessed John Grove. Following their execution, those gathering Father Ireland’s mutilated remains discovered a humanly inexplicable phenomenon: on one lung of the martyred priest was found a miraculously formed exact portrait of him. Moreover, several Protestants as well as Catholics experienced miraculous cures wrought through the devout use of handkerchiefs that had been dipped in Father Ireland’s blood.
St. John Joseph of the Cross was born about the middle of the seventeenth century in the beautiful island of Ischia, near Naples. From his childhood he was the model of virtue, and in his sixteenth ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Empress mother of Constantine the Great. She was a native of Bithynia, who married the then Roman general Constantius I Chlorus about 270. Constantine was born soon after, and in 293, Constantius was made Caesar, or junior emperor. He divorced Helena to marry co ... 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
There is a romantic legend that the mother of Thomas Becket was a Saracen princess who followed his father, a pilgrim or crusader, back from the Holy Land, and wandered about Europe repeating the ... 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