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.
St. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. He was a dedicated but impetuous follower of Christ. When Jesus said He was returning to Judea to visit His sick friend Lazarus, Thomas ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. ... 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
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... 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