To help support his family, Andrew Hibernon, of Alcantarilla, Spain, took a job with his uncle. When at length he had earned enough to provide a dowry for his sister, the young man headed home, only to be ambushed along the way by thieves who stole all his earnings. Convinced by this incident of the vanity of earthly possessions, Andrew became a Franciscan lay brother in a friary of the Alcantarine reform at Iliciran. Devoted to the Mother of God, he frequented her shrines and regularly recited the Franciscansí rosary of the Seven Joys of Mary. Andrew spent hour upon hour kneeling before the tabernacle, intent to support by his prayers the Franciscan priestsí efforts to convert sinners. He loved to serve the priests at the altar, and to accompany them on visits to the sick, praying for the invalids as the priests administered the sacraments to them. He died immediately after completing the recitation of the rosary on April 18, 1602.
In 1642 the Huron country was in great distress. Harvests were poor, sickness abounded, and clothing was scarce. Quebec was the only source of supplies, and Isaac Jogues was chosen to lead an ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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 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
Peregrine Laziosi was born of a wealthy family at Forli, Italy, in 1260. As a youth he was active in politics as a member of the anti-papal party. During one uprising, which the Pope sent St. Philip ... 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