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.
St. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. He was a dedicated but impetuous follower of Christ. When Jesus said He was returning to Judea to visit His sick friend Lazarus, Thomas ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Elizabeth was a Spanish princess who was given in marriage to King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve. She was very beautiful and very lovable. She was also very devout, and went to Mass every day. Elizabeth was a holy wife, but although her husband was fond of her ... 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. Joan de Lestonnac was born in Bordeaux, France, in 1556. She married at the age of seventeen. The happy marriage produced four children, but her husband died suddenly in 1597. After her children ... 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