Catherine Cosie, of Komani, Montenegro, was the daughter of Greek Orthodox parents. As a young girl, she worked as a shepherdess. She is said to have experienced visions of the Child Jesus and of Christ on the cross that induced her to ask her mother to take her to a Catholic church in order to venerate images of the Savior there. Subsequently, with her parentís approval, Catherine took a job as a maid for a Catholic family in the city of Kotor (Cattaro). In this environment, she eventually became a Catholic herself. Several years later, Catherine heard a sermon on Good Friday that led her to become an anchoress in a cell adjoining one of Kotorís churches. Thereafter, she became a Third Order Dominican, taking the name Osanna. She experienced further visions of Christ in the different mysteries of his life, from his infancy to his resurrection and ascension. Afflicted by demonic manifestations, Osanna defended herself by making the sign of the cross and by invoking the name of Jesus. At the end of a final illness borne with heroic patience, she repeatedly uttered the name of Jesus before breathing her last.
It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical experiences God gave this saint, rather than on her life. In fact, it would be difficult to do differently, so overwhelming were those gifts from God. ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
The remarkable woman who would be known as Mother Theresa began life named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, she was the youngest child born to Nikola and Drane Bojaxhiu, Receiving her First Communion at the age of five, she was confirmed in ... 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
In the year 1400, a young man came to the door of the largest hospital in Siena. A plague was raging through the city so horrible that as many as twenty people died each day just in the hospital ... 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