As a young seminarian, Pedro Ruiz, of Mora, Spain, joined the “Diocesan Worker Priests,” a priestly fraternity, founded in 1883, devoted to the fostering of vocations to the priesthood and the formation of seminarians. In 1905, Pedro was ordained a priest at the age of twenty-three. Over the years that followed, he authored several books on priestly formation and served on the faculties of four Spanish seminaries. For six years (1927-1933) Father Ruiz served as rector of the Pontifical Spanish College in Rome. In 1933, he became general director of the Diocesan Worker Priests. On July 23, 1936, Father Ruiz was in Toledo to found a new religious congregation for women, the Disciples of Jesus, dedicated to fostering vocations, when he was arrested by forces of the anti-Catholic Popular Front. Later that same day, he was shot to death in the street together with a fellow member of the Diocesan Worker Priests, Father Jose Sala Pico, rector of Toledo’s minor seminary.
It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical experiences God gave this saint, rather than on her life. In fact, it would be difficult to do differently, so overwhelming were those gifts from God. ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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
Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. When he was about seventeen, he became very ill. He promised to be a Franciscan if he would get better. But ... continue reading
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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