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 Angeloís 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 manís 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.
By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. ... 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
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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
Alvarez was born in either Lisbon, Portugal, or Cordova, Spain. He entered the Dominican convent at Cordova in 1368. He became known for his preaching prowess in Spain and Italy, was confessor and ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes