As a boy, Atilano Cruz Alvarado, of Ahuetita de Abajo, Mexico, tended cattle. At the age of seventeen, he began studying for the priesthood. He was ordained in July of 1927. Father Cruz thus began his priestly ministry at a time when the Mexican government's persecution of the Catholic Church was in its most violent phase. Only a few months after his ordination, he was assigned to replace another parish priest shot to death by soldiers (Saint Toribio Romo Gonzalez). On June 29, 1928, Father Cruz went to join his pastor, (Saint) Justino Orona Madrigal (see July 2), at a nearby ranch, where they prayed and discussed the situation in their parish. As government troops raided the ranch at dawn on July 1, Father Cruz heard the soldiers gunning down Father Orona. Thereupon Father Cruz knelt in prayer to await the troops. Upon finding him, the soldiers executed him.
St. Bernardino Realino was born into a noble family of Capri, Italy in 1530. After receiving a thorough and devout Christian education at the hands of his mother, he went on to study medicine at the ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869. This African flower, who knew the anguish of kidnapping and slavery, bloomed marvelously in Italy, in response to God's grace, with the Daughters of Charity, where everyone still calls her "Mother Moretta" (our Black ... 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
Margaret was an English princess. She and her mother sailed to Scotland to escape from the king who had conquered their land. King Malcolm of Scotland welcomed them and fell in love with the ... 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