Thomas Corsini, a well-educated layman of Orvieto, Italy, experienced a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in which she asked him to undertake spiritual battle for the cause of Christ under her banner. Thomas was at first reluctant to act upon the mysterious vision, unsure whether it was merely an illusion. But when the vision occurred a second time, he became convinced that it was a manifestation of God's will for him. Thomas thereupon entered the Order of Servants of Mary (the Servites). His humility prompted him to remain a lay brother of the order rather than advance to the priesthood. Moreover, he was assigned at his request to the lowly duty of begging for donations to the order. When on one occasion a pregnant poor woman expressed to him a craving for fresh figs on a January day, when figs were not in season, he went into the monastery garden and miraculously found three ripe figs on a tree to satisfy her longing.
Martyr of England. She was born Margaret Plantagenet, the niece of Edward IV and Richard III. She married Sir Reginald Pole about 1491 and bore five sons, including Reginald Cardinal Pole. Margaret ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Christina was the daughter of a rich and powerful magistrate named Urbain. Her father, who was deep in the practices of heathenism, had a number of golden idols, which our saint destroyed, and distributed the pieces among the poor. Infuriated by this act, Urbain ... 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. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and ... 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