As a child, Ida, of Louvain, Belgium, loved the Hail Mary so much that she recited it up to a thousand times daily, genuflecting or prostrating herself before a picture of the Blessed Virgin each time she repeated it. Ida became a nun of the Cistercian convent of Roosendael. Devotion to the Eucharist permeated her spiritual life. Once, while kneeling in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament reserved at the altar, Ida offered this salutation to the Eucharist: "Hail, benign, merciful, and kind Jesus: you who longed for our redemption, and redeemed us from the bonds of perpetual death with your precious blood." On another occasion, she altered the route of a journey she was making in order to visit the Blessed Sacrament along the way, praying, "Hail, merciful, holy, and sweet Jesus, who for our redemption, desired the yoke of the cross." Another time, longing for heaven as she meditated before the Eucharist, she pleaded, "O hope, O love, and every desire of my heart! How long shall you suffer me to be detained in this prison of flesh?"
Bishop of Trier, Germany, from 332, and a miracle worker. He was probably born at Silly, France, and succeeded St. Agritus as bishop of Trier, giving refuge to St. Athanasius in 336. St. Paul, the ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Although we have evidence that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr. In the legend of her life, we are told that she belonged to a rich, important ... 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
Although little is known about Simon Stock's early life, legend has it that the name Stock, meaning "tree trunk," derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar
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