Francis Arrighetto (Patrizzi), of Siena, Italy, deferred his plans to become a hermit in order to remain with his widowed, blind mother. His deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary prompted him to frequent a cherished image of Mary in his home, repeatedly kneeling before it to say the Hail Mary. Following his mother’s death, Francis entered the Servite Order. In his cell, he erected an oratory for an image of the Blessed Mother, which he visited so often that he sometimes fell asleep before it. As a priest, Francis likened what he experienced when the consecrated Host was on the altar to what Moses experienced in the Holy of Holies. He was able to preach extemporaneously when required, with no other preparation than a prayer on his knees before a crucifix or an image of Mary and the reception of a blessing from whatever other priest was present. It was while on his way to preach that Francis collapsed along a road. When a peasant woman brought the dying priest a bouquet of roses, he dragged himself to a nearby painting of the Blessed Virgin to present it to her. He died soon afterward.
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Christina was the daughter of a rich and powerful magistrate named Urbain. Her father, who was deep in the practices of heathenism, had a number of golden idols, which our saint destroyed, and distributed the pieces among the poor. Infuriated by this act, Urbain ... 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
Saint Birgitta was the daughter of Uppland’s Lagman, Birger Petersson and his wife, Ingeborg, who was a member of the same clan as the reigning family. Birgitta’s family was pious; her father went 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