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.
Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding Pope St. Anastasius I, on December 22, 401. During Innocent's pontificate, he emphasized papal supremacy, commending the bishops of ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called "Poor Clares." When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So ... 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
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 reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes