John Hambley was an English Protestant in his early twenties when a friend lent him a Catholic book entitled, The Reasons why Catholics should refuse to attend the Churches of the Heretics. The book led John to embrace the Catholic faith and to journey overseas to become a priest. After returning to England, Father Hambley was arrested in 1586 while on his way to a wedding, traveling with the betrothed couple. Upon being condemned to death for his priesthood, Father Hambley lost his courage and agreed to “conform” to the Protestant religion. After obtaining his freedom, he returned to the Catholic faith. But upon being captured a second time, he secured his release by betraying the names of other Catholics to the authorities. In 1587, he was arrested once more. At his trial, he seemed on the point of “conforming” again when a stranger gave him a letter. Upon reading it, the priest wept. Although Father Hambley refused to divulge the letter’s contents, he thereafter became steadfast in professing the Catholic faith, expressing deep remorse for his inconstancy, and bravely endured death by drawing and quartering.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
She is called "the Penitent". St. Mary was given the name 'Magdalen' because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. St. Luke records that she was a notorious ... 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
St. Peter Claver was born at Verdu, Catalonia, Spain, in 1580, of impoverished parents descended from ancient and distinguished families. He studied at the Jesuit college of Barcelona, entered the ... 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