The son of a very poor family, Justino Orona Madrigal, of Atoyac, Mexico, was ordained a priest at the age of twenty-seven after having interrupted his seminary studies for several years to work in support of his parents. A dedicated pastor, he founded a religious congregation for the care of orphans and other needy children, the Claretian Brothers of the Sacred Heart. As the anti-Catholic Mexican government was intensifying its persecution of the Church, Father Orona was advised to flee, to which he replied, “I am here with my people, live or die.” To continue serving his parishioners, he had to go into hiding, taking refuge at a nearby ranch together with the assistant priest of his parish, (Saint) Atilano Cruz Alvarado. Here the two priests said the rosary together and discussed their plans for continuing their pastoral labors. At dawn on July 1, 1928, forty government troops stormed the ranch house. Opening the door of his room to the invaders, Father Orona bravely shouted, “Long live Christ the King!” Instantly the soldiers gunned him down.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Bridget arrived in Ireland a few years after St. Patrick. Her father was an Irish lord named Duptace. As Bridget grew up, she became holier and more pious each day. She loved the poor and would often bring food and clothing to them. One day she gave away a ... 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
All we know of Barnabas is to be found in the New Testament. A Jew, born in Cyprus and named Joseph, he sold his property, gave the proceeds to the Apostles, who gave him the name Barnabas, and lived ... 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