As a child, Rusticula was raised in a convent of Arles, France. Sometimes the little girl would take a nap as one of the nuns propped her on her knee. The nun would gently recite a psalm in the child’s ear. As Rusticula awoke and heard the words, she absorbed them, so that by her teenage years she knew the Psalms by heart. Remaining at the convent to become a nun, Rusticula excelled in meekness, obedience, and prudence. When only about eighteen, she was chosen to become her convent’s abbess. As the other nuns slept, she spent whole nights in church tearfully offering prayers for the religious entrusted to her care and for all the lay faithful beyond the convent walls. One night, upon falling asleep, Rusticula experienced a vision of the virgin martyr Saint Lucy, clothed in a gold-threaded dress. Lucy addressed Rusticula as “Marcia,” the nickname her family had used for her when she was a child: “Marcia, know that when you will have departed from this body, you shall have a portion with me, actually with the rest of the virgin disciples of Christ, who have fought for the name of the Lord.”
Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his ... 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
Francis was born at Paola, Italy and was educated at the Franciscan friary of San Marco there, and when fifteen became a hermit near Paola. In 1436, he and two companions began a community that is ... continue reading
By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but for the daily listening to and heeding the voice of Almighty God - in the home, in the synagogue and Temple, in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes