Angelo Scarpetti, of Borgo San Sepolcro, Italy, entered the Augustinian Order around 1254. He spent some time in England, where he preached and founded several Augustinian friaries. When on one occasion Angelo found it necessary to admonish a man of ill repute, the man angrily attempted to strike the corrector of his conduct. But as he raised his arm against Angelo, it suddenly became paralyzed. It took Angelo's prayers to restore motion to the frozen arm. There was a falsely accused man sentenced to death who appealed to Angelo, requesting his prayers. Nonetheless, the execution proceeded. But when after the hanging the members of a lay confraternity went to retrieve the condemned man's body, they were stunned to find the man alive. He explained that as he hung on the rope he experienced a vision of Angelo upholding him, keeping the rope from killing him. Angelo was characterized by his exceptional humility and childlike innocence. Following his death around the year 1306, his body remained incorrupt for three centuries.
Miguel Jose Serra was born on the island of Majorca on November 24, 1713, and took the name of Junipero when in 1730, he entered the Franciscan Order. Ordained in 1737, he taught philosophy and ... 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
Roman martyr. He was a member of the imperial court under Emperor Trajan. When Romulus spoke out against the persecutions of Christians, Trajan commanded that he should be arrested and put to death ... 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