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."
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Lucy's history has been lost and all we really know for certain is that this brave woman who lived in Syracuse lost her life during the persecution of Christians in the early fourth century. Her veneration spread to Rome so that by the sixth century the whole Church ... continue reading
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By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes