In her childhood, Jeanne Marie Rendu, of Confort, France, experienced first-hand the terror to which faithful Catholics were subjected during the French Revolution. Her parents sheltered in their home priests that refused to take the Jacobin regime's anti-papal oath of the "Civil Constitution of the Clergy." Jeanne had to receive her First Holy Communion secretly, administered to her in the basement of her home. At the age of ten, she lost her father, and shortly afterward one of her four sisters. In 1802, Jeanne entered a religious congregation devoted to the care of the needy, the Daughters of Charity, taking the name Rosalie. She later became superior of a Paris convent of her congregation. Sustaining her works of charity with a deep prayer life, she continuously recited the rosary amid her labors and went before the Blessed Sacrament to resolve her difficulties. During the revolutions of 1830 and 1848, she treated the wounded on both sides of these conflicts, even mounting the barricades to nurse the fallen. On one occasion, she placed herself between the warring parties and shouted to them, "We do not kill here!"
St. Gregory, born at Rome about the year 540, was the son of Gordianus, a wealthy senator, who later renounced the world and became one of the seven deacons of Rome. After he had acquired the usual ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Emma was a relative of Emperor St. Henry II and also known as Hemma. She was raised at Henry's court by St. Cunegund, and according to legend was married to Landgrave William of Friesach. Their two children were murdered during an uprising of mines owned by William. ... 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. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church, patron of all universities and of students. His feast day is January 28th. He was born toward the end of the year 1226. He was the son of ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
Over the centuries, the Jesuits have been relied upon by Popes as trustworthy, heroic soldiers for Jesus Christ and His Church. Yes, there have been times when the company seemed to lose its fervor. However, Jesus Christ the King has always sent His Spirit to ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes