As a lay assistant to the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, Eusebia Palomino Yenes, of Cantalpino, Spain, longed to become a nun herself, but kept this aspiration a secret, fearing that her poverty and lack of schooling would preclude her admission. Yet she told herself, “If I carry out well my duties here, for love of the Blessed Virgin, one day I will be her daughter in the congregation.” Eventually a superior learned of Eusebia’s secret hope and, assuring the girl that she would be welcomed, admitted her to the novitiate. After taking her vows, Sister Eusebia was assigned to school-teaching at a convent in Valverde del Camino. Initially the children scorned and mocked her. But gradually she won them over, captivating them with her engaging accounts of the lives of the saints. In the early 1930s, as anti-Catholic forces in Spain were increasingly menacing the Church, Sister Eusebia offered herself to God as a victim soul for the salvation of her country. Her offering was evidently accepted when in 1932 a medically inexplicable illness came upon her, contracting her limbs. She died on February 10, 1935.
Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill ... 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. 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 ... 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