Matthew Flathers, of Weston, England, was ordained a priest in Arras, France on the solemnity of the Annunciation, March 25, 1606. Almost immediately after returning to England to begin his priestly ministry there, he was captured by the Protestant authorities, and then banished from the country. But determined to serve the Catholics of his native land, come what may, Father Flathers soon secretly re-entered England. He was quickly re-arrested and this time sentenced to death for being a priest. At York, he was executed by drawing and quartering, always a brutal procedure, but in Father Flathersí case it was done with such exceptional barbarity that the Protestant onlookers were horrified and sympathized with the martyred priest. Thereafter the Protestants of York extended their sympathy to the whole Catholic population. One city councilman declared that he wanted to see all the bloodshed against Catholics ended.
In 1086, St. Canute, King of Denmark and father of Blessed Charles the Good, was slain in St. Alban's Church, Odence. Charles who was only a few years old was taken by his mother to the court of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
With the lives of so many early martyrs shrouded in legend, we are fortunate to have the record of the courage of Perpetua and Felicity from the hand of Perpetua herself, her teacher Saturus, and others who knew them. This account, known as "The Martyrdom of ... 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. Gregory, born at Rome about the year 540, was the son of Gordianus, a wealthy senator, who later renounced the world and became one of the seven deacons of Rome. After he had acquired the usual ... 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 ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes