Peter Aldobrandini was serving in Florence, Italy as a Vallombrosan monk when his order accused the city’s archbishop of committing the ecclesiastical crime of simony (the buying and selling of ecclesiastical offices). Seeking a divine verification for this grave accusation, the people of Florence resorted to an actual trial by fire. To put the accusers to the test, Peter was chosen to undergo this ordeal on behalf of his order, so that if he came through the flames unscathed, the veracity of the accusation would be considered confirmed. Peter prepared for the ordeal by devoutly celebrating Mass, as a crowd of nearly three thousand awaiting the trial prayed for him. Afterward, vested in an alb and stole, Peter prayed that God would manifest his abhorrence of the sin of simony by preserving him from the flames. Then making the sign of the cross, and carrying a crucifix, Peter calmly walked the narrow path between two raging bonfires, and emerged unharmed. Informed of the outcome, Pope Alexander II deposed the archbishop. Peter later became bishop of the diocese of Albano.
St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr whose feast day is November 25th. She is the patroness of philosophers and preachers. St. Catherine is believed to have been born in Alexandria of a ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children. In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed ... 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
John Gonzales de Castrillo was born at Sahagun, Leon Spain. He was educated by the Benedictine monks of Fagondez monastery there and when twenty, received a canonry from the bishop of Burgos, though ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes