Angilbert, a courtier of the emperor Charlemagne charged with the duty of defending the French coast from Danish invaders, faced the challenge of stopping a fleet of Danes attacking along the Somme River. Before going to battle, he went to pray at the tomb of the abbot Saint Riquier, vowing to become a monk if his army was victorious. In answer to his prayers, there arose a severe thunderstorm with so much lightning, hail, and rain that it dispersed the Danes, leading to their defeat. Angilbert entered the monastery of Centula (Saint-Riquier), later becoming its abbot. Having observed in his own monastic life a rigorous schedule of prayers and psalms throughout the day and night, he introduced in his abbey the practice of "laus perennis," the perpetual recitation of the Psalms, twenty-four hours a day, by relays of monks. A charter issued by Angilbert for the restoration of his monastery provides a fascinating list of relics enshrined by him, including a portion of a candle said to have been used by Mary and Joseph in the manger of Bethlehem. One hundred sixty years after Angilbert's death, his body was found to be incorrupt.
Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding Pope St. Anastasius I, on December 22, 401. During Innocent's pontificate, he emphasized papal supremacy, commending the bishops of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Gianna Francesca Beretta was born in Magenta in Italy. She was the tenth of thirteen children in her family, only nine of whom survived to adulthood. When she was three, her family moved to Bergamo, and she grew up in the Lombardy region of Italy. In 1942, Gianna ... 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
At 33 Ambrose had it all - a successful career as a lawyer, an important position as governor of Milan, the approval and friendship of the emperor, and a large estate. Then the bishop of Milan ... 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