A native of Cadiz, Spain, Fandila entered the Benedictine monastery of Tabanos at Cordoba. His great holiness attracted the attention of the monks of the San Salvador Monastery at Pinna Mellaria. These persuaded him to become a priest for their religious community. Following his ordination, Fandila continued his habitual practices of frequent prayer, vigils, and penances. His zeal to preach the faith and defend it prompted him to take the audacious step of going before a Moorish magistrate to deliver a refutation of Islam. This sermon incurred the anger of the Moorish authorities occupying Spain, who thereupon imprisoned him, and afterwards beheaded him. Centuries later, there was a Spanish farming district where each year in June, close to the date of Fandilaís feastday on the thirteenth, thunderstorms pounded the crops with hail, devastating the vineyards. Finally, one of the farmers invoked the intercession of Fandila by erecting a cross with the martyrís name inscribed upon it. From that time onward, hailstorms no longer occurred in that district.
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
Brigid was probably born at Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick, with whom she developed a close friendship. According to legend, her father was Dubhthach, an Irish chieftain of Lienster, and her mother, Brocca, was a slave ... 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 saint called Benedict the Black or Benedict the Moor. He was born a slave near Messina, Italy. He was freed by his master and became a solitary, eventually settling with other hermits at ... 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