After entering the Carthusians’ Swiss monastery of Ittlingen in 1476, Hans Wagner, of Riedlingen, Germany, aspired to an even more austere life of solitude. Consequently, he wrote to Pope Innocent VIII, seeking permission to become a hermit. In a letter dated May 6, 1489, the pontiff answered in the affirmative, beginning his response with a warm salutation: “My well-beloved son, receive above all our greeting and our apostolic blessing!” After receiving this reply, Hans journeyed to Switzerland’s Mount Pilate, with a summit of nearly seven thousand feet, settling in a cave on its slopes. The surrounding woods are now known as “the Forest of the Good God.” Here he continued to live according to the Carthusian rule, emerging from his hermitage only to attend liturgical rites in the parish church of Kriens, or when dire necessity compelled him. In 1504 a Swiss magistrate and his devout wife, impressed by the hermit’s extraordinary holiness, built a chapel for him. Those who knew Hans noted his great serenity of spirit and his deep humility.
Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869. This African flower, who knew the anguish of kidnapping and slavery, bloomed marvelously in Italy, in response to God's grace, with the Daughters of Charity, where everyone still calls her "Mother Moretta" (our Black ... 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
Franciscan missionary and traveler. Born Odoric Mattiussi at Villanova, near Pordenone, Italy, he entered the Franciscans in 1300 and became a hermit. After several years, he took to preaching ... continue reading
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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