In 1855 the Vietnamese emperor Tu Duc issued a further decree against the Catholic faith, ordering that every western missionary must be beheaded and that “his disciples must be beheaded with their master.” Tu Duc also ordered all churches, chapels, and seminaries to be burned down. Andrew Thong Kim Nguyen, of Go Thi, Vietnam, was a Catholic village chief and catechist who strove to bring his immoral grandson to repentance by his admonitions. The obstinate young man retaliated by betraying his grandfather to the pagan authorities. Following his capture, Andrew was urged to win clemency by apostatizing, but he adamantly refused to deny his faith. In the end, the judges showed a measure of pity toward the aged defendant, choosing to exile him rather than sentencing him to death. Nonetheless, the journey into exile proved too much for Andrew’s frail constitution. Before reaching his destination, he died from dehydration and exhaustion.
If one had to choose one saint who showed the humorous side of holiness that would Philip Neri. Born in 1515 in Florence, he showed the impulsiveness and spontaneity of his character from the ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order -- died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard. She was thirty-five. Born into a humble family which little by little fell into extreme ... 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
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her ... 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