Born in Paris, Augusto Czartoryski was a young prince of the Polish royal family exiled to France by the Russians occupying their country. Devout and pure from his youth, Augusto exhibited a deep spirit of prayerful recollection. In 1883, (Saint) John Bosco came to celebrate Mass in the Czartoryski family’s private chapel in Paris. He was served at the altar by the twenty-five-year-old Augusto. This meeting inspired in the young man a resolution to enter Don Bosco’s congregation, the Salesians. In 1892, Augusto was ordained a Salesian priest at the age of thirty-three. Augusto’s father did not attend the ordination, having opposed his decision to enter religious life, but a month later, he relented and came to see his newly ordained son. Father Czartoryski fully embraced his congregation’s life of personal poverty and its apostolate of serving the poor. Content in his vocation, he declared: “I continue to live in the congregation with an immense peace of spirit.” Only a year after his ordination, Father Czartoryski died of tuberculosis, uttering, “Jesus Christ, my Master,” before breathing his last.
Eldest son of a shoemaker, John was born at Diest, Brabant. He early wanted to be a priest, and when thirteen became a servant in the household of one of the Cathedral canons at Malines, John ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated ... 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. 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 reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes