Anthony was a pilgrim from Hungary who arrived in Rome for the Holy Year celebrations of 1350, seeking to gain the special jubilee indulgences promulgated by the pope. In Rome, he completely devoted himself to visiting the apostlesí tombs and other pious exercises. After becoming a Third Order Franciscan, Anthony proceeded to Assisi to gain an indulgence there. After leaving Assisi, he fell ill at Foligno, where he was admitted as a patient in the cityís Hospital of the Holy Spirit. Impressed by the devoted care he received, leading to his recovery, Anthony resolved to remain in Foligno and dedicate himself to the service of the hospitalís other patients. Thereafter he combined a spiritual life of deep prayer and demanding self-denial with a nursing apostolate in which he exhibited such exceptional charity and humility that he became a model to the other hospital attendants. Many troubled and sorely tempted souls resorted to Anthony to receive his sound counsel. His body now rests in a gold shrine over the high altar of the hospitalís chapel.
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
Not much information is known about Elizabeth, but she has the distinction of being one of the first to know about Mary's great blessing as the Mother of God. Zachary was a priest in Jerusalem whose wife, Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, was beyond child-bearing age. He ... 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
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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