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.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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
He was the son of an artisan and a lady of the Irish royal court. Born in Connaught, Ireland, and baptized Lochan, he was educated at Kilmacahil, Kilkenny, where the monks named him Fionnbharr (white ... continue reading
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During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of California.' Once that happens, the Golden State will have its own patron saint and the Church will have another great missionary role ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes