As a priest of the Carmelite Order, Angelo Augustine Mazzinghi, of Florence, Italy, served successively as superior of the orderís monasteries in Le Selve, Frascati, and his native Florence. Subsequently he became the Carmelite provincial of Tuscany. His deep personal sanctity and ardent piety left a lasting mark upon the religious houses he governed. His effectiveness as a preacher was commemorated in early artistic depictions of him portraying garlands of flowers issuing from his mouth and winding among those listening to him. After completing his term as Tuscan provincial, he devoted the rest of his life to the ongoing reform of the Carmelite Order. Having recognized the spiritual dangers that arise when friars live isolated from their fellow religious, Father Angelo particularly insisted that no Carmelite could accept any office that required living outside their religious community. He was also adamant that the vow of poverty be strictly interpreted and observed.
Anicetus was a Syrian from Emesa. He became pope about 155 and actively opposed Marcionism and Gnosticism. His pontificate saw the appearance of the controversy between East and West over the date of ... 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
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
Saint John Gaulbert, Abbot - Feast day is July 12th The city of Florence gave to the world Saint John Gaulbert. Although he enjoyed the benefits of an early Christian education, his youthful heart ... 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