Simeon, bishop of the cities of Seleucia and Ctesiphon in Persia (Iran), was arrested during the persecution of Christians under the Persian king Sapor II. In response to the king's threats, Simeon responded, "I wish to hold out my head to the sword and die for my people...my sacrifice is not much compared to that of my Master!" After professing his faith and refusing to worship the sun, Simeon was imprisoned together with a hundred other Christians, including bishops and priests. While a prisoner, he persuaded the king's own tutor to return to the Catholic faith. On the night of Holy Thursday, Simeon kept a vigil, praying that he might be privileged to die on Good Friday, "on the same day, and at the same hour" as his Savior. His prayer was answered the next day, after he was made to watch the beheading of all the other Christians imprisoned with him, whom he encouraged before suffering death himself. The Christian layman Pusicius, a supervisor of the king's workmen, encouraged one of the priests facing martyrdom. He himself was thereupon executed together with his daughter Askitrea.
"Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique statement in John's gospel tells us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha, her sister, and her brother. Apparently ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Gianna Francesca Beretta was born in Magenta in Italy. She was the tenth of thirteen children in her family, only nine of whom survived to adulthood. When she was three, her family moved to Bergamo, and she grew up in the Lombardy region of Italy. In 1942, Gianna ... 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
There is a romantic legend that the mother of Thomas Becket was a Saracen princess who followed his father, a pilgrim or crusader, back from the Holy Land, and wandered about Europe repeating the ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes