As a priest of the Carmelite Order, Angelo Augustine Mazzinghi, of Florence, Italy, served successively as superior of the order's 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.
St. Bernardino Realino was born into a noble family of Capri, Italy in 1530. After receiving a thorough and devout Christian education at the hands of his mother, he went on to study medicine at the ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
When she was 56, Angela Merici said "No" to the Pope. She was aware that Clement VII was offering her a great honor and a great opportunity to serve when he asked her to take charge of a religious order of nursing sisters. But Angela knew that nursing was not what God ... 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
The 24th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar
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