As a child, Andrew Bertoni frequented the churches of his native city of Faenza, Italy. Upon becoming a Servite religious, he took the name James Philip. He eagerly read the lives of the saints, and acquired a deep knowledge of the liturgy. His dread of offending God prompted him to confess his sins daily. Following his ordination to the priesthood, Father James manifested a great devotion and reverence in celebrating Mass, contemplating the “mystery of the cross” as he beheld the consecrated Host before him. Father James served as procurator of the Servite priory of Faenza. On one occasion, he healed an ill monk by making the sign of the cross over him three times. On his deathbed, Father James continued his daily recitation of the Divine Office while holding a crucifix, which he frequently kissed. It was while praying thus that he died.
Francesco, named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, was born to Giuseppa and Grazio Forgione, peasant farmers, in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina on May 25, 1887. From his childhood, it was ... 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
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 Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes