Having entered the Dominican Order in Paris, Humbert, of Romans, France, became the Dominicans' Master General in 1254. In this capacity he advanced his order's missionary apostolate. He also codified the Dominicans' distinctive liturgical rite by compiling an authoritative anthology of Dominican practices known as the Humbert Codex. In 1255, Humbert co-authored with the Franciscan minister general (Blessed) John of Parma a letter to all Dominicans and Franciscans urging mutual friendship between the two orders, which are both "sent by eternal charity to work for the salvation of men." In 1263 Humbert resigned his office in order to spend his remaining years in prayer and study at the Dominican friary of Valence. He wrote a manual for homilists, his Treatise on Preaching, in which he describes the work of a preacher as a "hunt for souls." Developing this idea further, he observes: "Preachers, like keen huntsmen, seek sinners of all kinds, souls yet untamed which they wish to offer as a banquet to the Lord."
Saints Joaquin (sometimes spelled "Joachim," pronounced "wal-keem") and Anne, are the parents of the Virgin Mary. There are no mentions of them in the Bible or Gospels, what we know comes from ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class in the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she was said to have heard the ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
Ava was the daughter of King Pepin. She was cured of blindness by St. Rainfredis, became a Benedictine nun at Dinart, Hainault, and later was elected Abbess. Her feast day is April 29th. continue reading
Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181. In 1182, Pietro Bernardone returned from a trip to France to find out his wife had given birth to a son. Far from being excited or apologetic because he'd been gone, Pietro was furious because she'd ... continue reading
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