After escaping from an Elizabethan prison, the English priests Thomas Hunt, of Norfolk, and Thomas Sprott, of Skelsmergh, resumed their secret apostolate to the country’s persecuted Catholics. But soon afterward, the inn where Fathers Hunt and Sprott were staying was raided by officers looking for robbers. Upon searching the two fugitives’ belongings, the officials discovered two breviaries and holy oils, arousing the suspicion that the two were priests. Fathers Hunt and Sprott admitted to having been Catholics from their infancy, but refused to say whether they were priests. Their profession of papal primacy led to their arrest. At their trial, where they were summarily condemned to death for being priests, Fathers Hunt and Sprott were subjected to a barrage of polemics from Protestant ministers. The priests refuted the ministers’ arguments so ably that they began to win the sympathy of the onlookers, leading the magistrates to order an end to the debate. Both priests were executed by drawing and quartering.
Born at Montepulciano, Italy, October 4, 1542, St. Robert Bellarmine was the third of ten children. His mother, Cinzia Cervini, a niece of Pope Marcellus II, was dedicated to almsgiving, prayer, ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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
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By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes