After serving as a cook in the English colleges of Douai, France and Valladolid, Spain, the young Englishman Ralph Ashley sought admission to the Jesuit Order, but ill health compelled him to head back to England before he could complete his novitiate. Along the way, Ralph was captured by Dutch Protestants and detained by them. Nonetheless, in March of 1598, he managed to reach his native land, where he became a Jesuit lay brother and an assistant to the Jesuit priest, (Blessed) Edward Oldcorne. The two worked together in the service of England's persecuted Catholics for the next eight years, until they were both captured by the Protestant English authorities. They were subsequently imprisoned in the Tower of London, where Ralph was tortured with another Jesuit lay brother, (Blessed) Nicholas Owen. Ralph was tried and condemned to death with Father Oldcorne. The latter was executed first, after which Ralph kissed the martyred priest's feet, declaring, "How happy I am to follow in the steps of my sweet father."
Lydia Purpuraria (1st century) was born at Thyatira (Ak-Hissar), a town in Asia Minor, famous for its dye works, (hence, her name which means purple seller). She became Paul's first convert at ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children. In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed ... 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
Two Greek philosophers ventured out into the Egyptian desert to the mountain where Anthony lived. When they got there, Anthony asked them why they had come to talk to such a foolish man? He had ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
Over the centuries, the Jesuits have been relied upon by Popes as trustworthy, heroic soldiers for Jesus Christ and His Church. Yes, there have been times when the company seemed to lose its fervor. However, Jesus Christ the King has always sent His Spirit to ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes