In 1838, the pagan governor of Vietnam's Nam Dinh province summoned five hundred soldiers to a banquet to pressure them into trampling upon a cross in renunciation of Christianity. Most of the guests complied, but three Catholic soldiers refused, one of whom was Domingo Nicolas Dat Dinh, from Phu Nhai. The three soldiers were tortured, but to no avail. The governor then rounded up the soldiers' families and threatened to torture them if the three continued to refuse his order. Frightened for their parents, wives, and children, the soldiers yielded, agreeing to trample upon a cross. But soon repenting, they confessed their sin to a priest and returned to the governor to re-affirm their faith. He simply sent them away. Two of the soldiers (Saints Augustin Huy Viet Phan and Nicolas The) then went to the emperor Minh Mang to deliver a declaration of their faith. Both were executed. Domingo had concurred in his companions' declaration, but had been unable to accompany them. When soon afterward he was captured, he said, "I have already suffered so much for Christ that I will not lose my reward for it." He was executed on July 18, 1838.
Nothing is known of St. James the Greater's early life, though it has been established that he is the son of Zebedee and Salome and brother of John the disciple. The title "the Greater" was added to ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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 Catholic legend and the Gospel of James, which is an unsanctioned, ... 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
John Gonzales de Castrillo was born at Sahagun, Leon Spain. He was educated by the Benedictine monks of Fagondez monastery there and when twenty, received a canonry from the bishop of Burgos, though he already had several benefices. He was ordained in 1445; concerned ... continue reading
In the year 1400, a young man came to the door of the largest hospital in Siena. A plague was raging through the city so horrible that as many as twenty people died each day just in the hospital alone. And many of the people who died were those who were needed to tend ... 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