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."
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
St. Genevieve was born about the year 422, at Nanterre near Paris. She was seven years old when St. Germain of Auxerre came to her native village on his way to great Britain to combat the heresy of Pelagius. The child stood in the midst of a crowd gathered around the ... 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
Founder and mystic, one of the first Servants of Mary or Servites. The son of a wealthy merchant in Florence, Italy, Alexis and six companions joined the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin in ... 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