Benvenuto, a knight of Gubbio, Italy, was so moved by the preaching of Saint Francis of Assisi that afterwards he presented himself to the saint, dressed in his military uniform, begging admission to his order as a lay brother. Francis welcomed the new recruit. As a Franciscan, Benvenuto excelled in the virtues of humility, purity, obedience, and self-denial. Having volunteered for work in a leper-hospital, he carried out the most unpleasant tasks and attended to the patients' needs with great cheerfulness, in the hope that his joyful demeanor would comfort the invalids. As a man of prayer, Benvenuto spent whole nights praying before the Blessed Sacrament for the conversion of sinners. At Mass he experienced visions of the Christ Child. He also exhibited a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Toward the end of his life, he was stricken with a grave illness, which he bore with great patience.
Miguel Jose Serra was born on the island of Majorca on November 24, 1713, and took the name of Junipero when in 1730, he entered the Franciscan Order. Ordained in 1737, he taught philosophy and ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Famed visionary of Lourdes, baptized Mary Bernard. She was born in Lourdes, France, on January 7, 1844, the daughter of Francis and Louise Soubirous. Bernadette, a severe asthma sufferer, lived in abject poverty. On February 11, 1858, she was granted a vision of the ... 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. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Feast day-July 15) St. Bonaventure, known as "the seraphic doctor," was born at Bagnorea in Tuscany, in 1221. He received the name of ... 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