It was curiosity that prompted Dositheus, the pagan page of an army officer, to journey to Jerusalem, having heard others speak of it as a holy city. At Gethsemane, his attention was drawn to a painting depicting hell. An elderly woman who noticed him staring at the picture explained to him about heaven, hell, and the Last Judgment. This conversation led Dositheus to become a Christian and a monk. In the Palestinian monastery of Gaza, he was gently guided into a life of deep asceticism by an older monk, Saint Dorotheus. Dositheus' characteristic virtue was his total renunciation of his own will in a spirit of obedience. When beginning to serve in the infirmary, he sometimes lost his temper with the surlier patients, but immediately regretted it, stung with remorse. Rushing back to his cell, he would weep over his sin until his mentor Dorotheus reassured him that God had forgiven him. After only five years as a monk, Dositheus contracted tuberculosis. As he lay on his deathbed, he was consoled by Dorotheus, who told him, "Depart in peace; you shall appear in joy before the Holy Trinity, and there pray for us."
Martyr of England. She was born Margaret Plantagenet, the niece of Edward IV and Richard III. She married Sir Reginald Pole about 1491 and bore five sons, including Reginald Cardinal Pole. Margaret ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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. Any stories about Mary's father and mother come to us through legend ... 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
There is a romantic legend that the mother of Thomas Becket was a Saracen princess who followed his father, a pilgrim or crusader, back from the Holy Land, and wandered about Europe repeating the ... 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