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."
Cofounder of the Barnabites. Born in 1502 in Cremona, Italy, Anthony became a medical doctor. In 1528 he was ordained a priest and cofounded the Barnabites, the religious congregation so called ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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