At the invitation of the missionary bishop Saint Rupert, the maiden Erentrude, a relative of his, left the city of Worms, Germany to begin a convent in the newly founded settlement of Salzburg (now in Austria). The hilltop Benedictine convent that Rupert erected for Erentrude and her companions came to be known as Nonnberg. As abbess, Erentrude schooled her religious community in holiness by her personal example and instructions. When Rupert was near death, Erentrude begged him to pray that she might die before him, as she was fearful to be without him as her spiritual father on earth. Rupert answered that the time of one's death must be left to the judgment of God. Nevertheless, at her request, he agreed to pray in the next life for her to follow him soon. They spoke at length of the joys of heaven before tearfully saying farewell to each other. Shortly after Rupert's death, as Erentrude was praying intently for the repose of his soul, he appeared to her in a vision, saying, "Come, dear sister, come to the kingdom you have so long been striving to reach." She died only a few days later.
Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometres from Cracow, on May 18, 1920. He was the second of two sons ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Genevieve was born about the year 422, at Nanterre near Paris. She was seven years old when St. Germain of Auxerre came to her native village on his way to great Britain to combat the heresy of Pelagius. The child stood in the midst of a crowd gathered around the ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
The people of Olkusz in Bohemia in 1431 had every reason to be suspicious of their new pastor. They knew what a Cracow professor would think of their small rural town. But even more insulting, their town was once again being used as a dumping ground for a priest who ... continue reading
By Billy Atwell
In the face of the current "witch-hunts" endured by some of our Bishops, let us remember a hero on October 17, the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch. St. Ignatius of Antioch is a bishop and martyr of the Church who died in the year 107. He was torn ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes