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.
St. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. He was a dedicated but impetuous follower of Christ. When Jesus said He was returning to Judea to visit His sick friend Lazarus, Thomas ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207, the daughter of Alexander II, King of Hungary. At the age of four she was sent for education to the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose infant son she was betrothed. As she grew in age, her piety also increased by ... 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
According to his legend, Sebastian was born at Narbonne, Gaul. He became a soldier in the Roman army at Rome in about 283, and encouraged Marcellian and Marcus, under sentence of death, to remain ... 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