Helie de Bourdeille, a Franciscan friar from Agonac, France, was consecrated bishop of Perigueux in 1438. A zealous pastor, he willingly gave penitents all the time they needed to confess to him, even if this meant spending three or four hours with them. Bishop Bourdeille celebrated Mass almost daily, for which he spent two hours in preparation, and afterwards offered a long thanksgiving. In addition, he attended at least one other Mass daily, and as many as four on solemnities. He customarily knelt for all his prayers, except when illness prevented him. In 1468, he was appointed archbishop of Tours. Having already been in the habit of serving meals to the poor at his dinner table before sitting down to take his own dinner, Archbishop Bourdeille expanded this practice in Tours. On ordinary days he fed fifteen paupers, on feast-days twenty-five, and on the major solemnities as many as seventy-two. The archbishop died while uttering the words from Psalm 31 (verse 6) repeated by the dying Christ, "Into your hands I commend my spirit."
Simon Peter or Cephas, the first pope, Prince of the Apostles, and founder, with St. Paul, of the see of Rome. Peter was a native of Bethsaida, near Lake Tiberias, the son of John, and worked, like ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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
Although we have evidence that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr. In the ... 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