As a priest of the Augustinian Order, Ugolino Zefferini, of Cortona, Italy, was characterized by his great purity and deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. After having exercised his priestly ministry with great zeal, he spent his later years living in solitude as a hermit. Thirty years after his death, a lily was discovered sprouting from his body over his heart and exuding a celestial fragrance. This lily was soon stolen, but a second lily quickly sprouted in its place. A blind woman experienced a vision of Ugolino telling her that if she went to his tomb and cut the lily, she would receive her eyesight. Obeying this instruction, the woman was in fact healed. Consequently, Ugolino's body was exhumed and found to be incorrupt. When in 1508 the tomb was again opened, the Augustinians' famed prior general, Giles of Viterbo, having seen the body, testified that "his appearance and expression appeared so blessed that it seemed fitting to us that God had glorified him with so many miracles."
St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Feast-July 30) Born at Imola, Italy in 406, St. Peter was baptized, educated, and ordained a deacon by Cornelius, Bishop of Imola. St. Peter ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Emma was a relative of Emperor St. Henry II and also known as Hemma. She was raised at Henry's court by St. Cunegund, and according to legend was married to Landgrave William of Friesach. Their two children were murdered during an uprising of mines owned by William. ... 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
John Gonzales de Castrillo was born at Sahagun, Leon Spain. He was educated by the Benedictine monks of Fagondez monastery there and when twenty, received a canonry from the bishop of Burgos, though ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes