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.
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
Brigid was probably born at Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick, with whom she developed a close friendship. According to legend, her father was Dubhthach, an Irish chieftain of Lienster, and her mother, Brocca, was a slave ... 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
Felix was the son of Hermias, a Syrian who had been a Roman soldier. He was born on his father's estate at Nola near Naples, Italy. On the death of his father, Felix distributed his inheritance to ... 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