Having bedecked herself in an extravagant gown and glittering jewels, Vilana di Piero, a worldly young wife in Florence, Italy, went to admire herself in a mirror. To her horror, she saw in the glass a demon. Looking again and again only to find the same specter, she burst into tears, and hastily exchanged her rich garments for a simple dress. She then hurried to a Dominican priest to confess her sins. Hereafter Vilana devoted herself to prayer and charity, drawing inspiration from reading the lives of the saints, the writings of the Church Fathers, and especially the Epistles of Saint Paul. The Passion of Christ was a favorite subject of her meditations. She also experienced many visions. Once, when a little boy came to her room to deliver flowers with which she customarily adorned images of the saints, he was stunned to see with his own eyes Christ, the Blessed Mother, and Saint Dominic moving about the room with Vilana. Vilana strictly enjoined the boy not to reveal what he had witnessed while she was yet alive. Following Vilana’s death, her grieving husband, when depressed, would find solace by visiting the room where she had died.
Wolfgang (d. 994) + Bishop and reformer. Born in Swabia, Germany, he studied at Reichenau under the Benedictines and at Wurzburg before serving as a teacher in the cathedral school of Trier. He soon ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to ... 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
Carmelite Latinpatriarch and papal legate. Peter was born in Gascony, France and joined the Carmelites while still a young man. In 1342 he was appointed procurator of the order and, from Avignon, he ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes