From the age of seven, Pina Suriano, of Partinico, Italy, was an active member of the Catholic Action lay apostolate. She longed to give herself more fully to God in the religious life, but her parents were so bitterly opposed to her vocation that they declared it was "better to have a dead daughter than one who was a nun." As an obedient daughter, Pina agonized over this conflict. She experienced a dark night of the soul, as revealed in her diary: "I feel alone and without help, human or divine, abandoned even by the One who is my entire life." Eventually Pina's parents dropped their opposition to her vocation, but soon afterward she was found to be medically unfit for convent life. Despite her sorrows, Pina was sustained by an all-consuming love for Christ, to whom she prayed, "Jesus, make me more and more your own. Jesus, I want to live and die with you and for you." At the age of thirty-three, Pina made in the presence of her parish priest an offering of her life for the sanctification of priests. Two years later, on May 19, 1950, while preparing to go to Mass, she suffered a fatal heart attack.
Elizabeth was a Spanish princess who was given in marriage to King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve. She was very beautiful and very lovable. She was also very devout, and went to Mass every ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her ... 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