In 1057, Gundechar was consecrated bishop of his native city of Eichstatt, Germany. Distancing himself from the court of the troublesome emperor Henry IV, he totally devoted his life to the Church, motivated by a great zeal for the salvation of souls. Gundechar is credited with erecting over one hundred churches. Toward the end of his life, he undertook the compilation of a liturgical book later known as the Gundecharian Pontifical. Over two centuries after his death, many miracles began to occur at his tomb. A thirteen-year-old girl with a severe spinal curvature that left her hunchbacked and stooped to her knees was able to stand erect again. A boy blind in one eye for two years had his sight fully restored. A pectoral cross that Gundechar wore around his neck while celebrating Mass was preserved for many centuries afterward. It bore a series of inscriptions in honor of the cross of Christ: "O cross, be to me a refuge; O cross, be to me certain salvation." One inscription testifies to its origin, as well as to the humility of its owner: "Gundechar the sinner ordered me to be made."
St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Feast-July 30) Born at Imola, Italy in 406, St. Peter was baptized, educated, and ordained a deacon by Cornelius, Bishop of Imola. St. Peter ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Not much information is known about Elizabeth, but she has the distinction of being one of the first to know about Mary's great blessing as the Mother of God. Zachary was a priest in Jerusalem whose wife, Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, was beyond child-bearing age. He ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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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
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes