At the age of twenty-five, Peter Gambacorta fled from his privileged place in the court life of Pisa, Italy to live as a hermit on the slopes of Mount Bello. In this he was undoubtedly influenced by the example of his younger sister, (Blessed) Clare, who as a young widow had left home to become a Dominican nun. On Mount Bello, Peter soon established a religious community, accepting as his followers twelve men said to have been former robbers that he had converted from a life of crime. Peter’s religious congregation became known as the Hermits of Saint Jerome, for which he composed a rule that prescribed frequent fasts and two hours of nocturnal private prayer following the midnight recitation of the office of Matins. Peter himself observed a rigorous personal regimen of prayer that included the threefold repetition of the penitential psalms 51 (the Miserere) and 130 (the De profundis), and the Marian hymn, Salve Regina (“Hail, Holy Queen”).
John Eudes was born at Ri, Normandy, France, on November 14, 1601, the son of a farmer. He went to the Jesuit college at Caen when he was 14, and despite his parents' wish that he marry, joined the ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Yes, there is a St. Julia and here is her story: St. Julia was born of noble parents in South Africa. When she was still quite young, her city was conquered by barbarians. Julia was captured and sold as a slave to a pagan merchant, but she did not complain or feel ... 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
Pope from 1566-1572 and one of the foremost leaders of the Catholic Reformation. Born Antonio Ghislieri in Bosco, Italy, to a poor family, he labored as a shepherd until the age of fourteen and then ... continue reading
By Deacon F. K. Bartels
We learn from St. Clare both the importance of giving one's life to Christ as well as the sublime, eternal rewards of doing so. When we leave the fleeting, temporary created objects of the world behind, no longer placing our trust in them or seeing them as inordinately ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes