In the mid-eleventh century, the Italian city of Milan was ruled by a corrupt archbishop named Guido who took a permissive attitude toward the ecclesiastical abuses of simony (the buying or selling of ecclesiastical offices) and clerical immorality (priests living with concubines). Those working to stop these abuses were led by the deacon (Saint) Arialdo, supported by his close friend, Andrew, from Parma. The Holy See sided with Arialdo and excommunicated the archbishop himself, charging him with the crime of simony. Guido retaliated by having Arialdo tortured and murdered. Arialdo's friend Andrew saw to his honorable burial, and afterward entered the Vallombrosan Order. He subsequently became abbot of the Vallombrosan monastery of Strumi, where he took up his pen to write biographies of his martyred friend Arialdo and of the Vallombrosans' founder, Saint John Gualbert. Sadly, most of Andrew's writings were later lost in a sixteenth century fire at the Vallombrosans' Florence monastery. Andrew was a peacemaker, credited with reconciling in his lifetime the opposing cities of Florence and Arezzo.
One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. He was born at Dufton, at Westmoreland, England, and studied at Oxford. Becoming a Catholic in 1576, he went to Reims and received ordination in 1581. ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
- "excerpts taken from Victories of the Martyrs," by St. Alphonsus de Liguori Taken from the Acts of St. Anastasia, who is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass, and commemorated by the Church [old calendar] on December 25, St. Anastasia was a spiritual child of St. ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
Widow of Palestine who rescued the remains of St. Varus, martyred in some earlier persecution. She enshrined the saint's remains in her home in Dera, in Syria. When a church was dedicated to St. Varus, Cleopatra's young son died, and the saint miraculously came to ... continue reading
The foremost Greek hymnographer, known as "the Melodist" because of the thousand compositions which are attributed to him. A native of Syria, he was of Jewish descent and became a deacon in the church at Berytus and then a priest in Constantinople. He soon acquired a ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes