As a child, Angelo Carletti, of Chivasso, Italy, was discovered by his mother in the middle of the night kneeling before his crucifix, devoutly kissing it. Years later, working as a magistrate, Angelo remained faithful to a personal regimen of prayer and visits to the sick, sustained by devotion to the Passion of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Following his mother's death, Angelo became an Observant Franciscan priest. He preached across the countryside of Italy's Piedmont region, seeking out the most remote villages. In addition to serving as the Observant Franciscans' vicar general, Father Angelo authored a major work of moral theology, the Summa Angelica. At the age of eighty, he undertook the challenge of preaching to the Waldensians, a heretical sect that denied the pope's authority over the Church, as well as the doctrine of purgatory. His efforts won the conversions of many Waldensians and the return to the faith of numerous fallen-away Catholics. Having always befriended the poor, Father Angelo asked to spend the end of his life begging alms for the needy.
St. Bernardino Realino was born into a noble family of Capri, Italy in 1530. After receiving a thorough and devout Christian education at the hands of his mother, he went on to study medicine at the ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Saints Joaquin (sometimes spelled "Joachim," pronounced "wal-keem") and Anne, are the parents of the Virgin Mary. There are no mentions of them in the Bible or Gospels, what we know comes from Catholic legend and the Gospel of James, which is an unsanctioned, ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to ... continue reading
When Sulpicius Severus first met Martin of Tours he was stunned. Not only did the bishop offer him hospitality at his residence -- a monk's cell in the wilderness instead of a palace -- but Martin washed Sulpicius' hands before dinner and his feet in the evening. But ... 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 very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes