As a young Christian woman of Rome, Soteris, intent upon protecting her chastity with modesty, renounced the wearing of any finery that would have drawn attention to her exceptional beauty. During one of the many waves of persecution under the pagan Roman emperors, Soteris was arrested for her faith. After refusing to deny Christ before the judge interrogating her, she was repeatedly struck in the face. The Church Father Saint Ambrose, who was proud to be a descendant of Soteris' family, relates that, as Soteris was undergoing this torment, "she did not bend her head, did not turn her face away, did not emit a sigh or tear." Rather, Soteris considered herself honored to suffer what Christ had suffered when in his Passion he was struck in the face. Other tortures were also inflicted, but nothing was able to undermine Soteris' constancy. In the end, the judge ordered her to be beheaded.
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some woman of noble birth, resembling his wife, who would be willing to marry ... 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
Franciscan missionary and traveler. Born Odoric Mattiussi at Villanova, near Pordenone, Italy, he entered the Franciscans in 1300 and became a hermit. After several years, he took to preaching ... 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