The son of poor parents, Heimrad, a priest from Mosskirch (near Baden, Germany), took up the life of a perpetual pilgrim, journeying to Rome, and visiting the sites of Calvary and the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Later, he stayed for a time at the German monastery of Hersfeld. Heimrad is considered an example of an unusual form of asceticism practiced by a few saints who sought to crush their pride and humble themselves by deliberately assuming eccentric manners, so as to be regarded as fools in the eyes of others. Heimrad eventually settled as a hermit on Mount Hasung (near Kassel, Germany), leading a very penitential and austere life there until his death in 1019. Heimrad's monastic biographer adds to his account an unrelated but touching anecdote about Hersfeld Abbey, where Heimrad had once stayed. In 1037, all of the monastery's buildings were destroyed by fire. But amid the ashes, the monks discovered their chapel's wax Paschal candle, completely intact and unmelted. For many years afterward, a portion of this miraculously preserved candle was added to each new Paschal candle for the Easter Vigil.
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. When he was about seventeen, he became very ill. He promised to be a Franciscan if he would get better. But ... continue reading
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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