Bogumilus, a native of Poland, became the parish priest of a church he himself had built at Dobrow, dedicated to the Holy Trinity. In 1167 he was consecrated archbishop of the Polish see of Gniezno. Bogumilus recited the divine office with much care and devotion according to Gniezno's particular liturgical traditions. Each day before celebrating Mass, he would prepare by prostrating himself in prayer, extending his arms in the form of a cross. It was thus that he asked the angels to present his prayers to God, and petitioned the Blessed Virgin Mary to obtain for him the purity of heart requisite to consecrate the Eucharist worthily. His great devotion to the Mother of God prompted him to recite daily the Office of the Blessed Virgin and an early form of the rosary. He gave much of his time to mental prayer, which he punctuated with fervent aspirations: "May I love you, O Lord, my strength; O Lord, my pillar, and my refuge, and my deliverer." On his deathbed, Bogumilus experienced a vision of the Madonna and Child, surrounded by a throng of angels, inviting him to heaven.
There is very little known about them. Chrysanthus was an Egyptian, son of a Patrician, Polemius. He was brought to Rome from Alexandria during the reign of Numerian, and despite the objections of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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 forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
Imagine being able to sit at the feet of the apostles and hear their stories of life with Jesus from their own lips. Imagine walking with those who had walked with Jesus, seen him, and touched him. That was what Polycarp was able to do as a disciple of Saint John the ... continue reading
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 slaves. The Praetorian Prefect, Sextus Tigidius Perennis, arrested him, ... continue reading
By Billy Atwell
In the face of the current "witch-hunts" endured by some of our Bishops, let us remember a hero on October 17, the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch. St. Ignatius of Antioch is a bishop and martyr of the Church who died in the year 107. He was torn ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes