Queen Elizabeth I’s suppression of the Catholic faith in England provoked many Catholics in the country’s north to attempt an armed rebellion in 1569, the “Rising of the North.” The earl Thomas Percy, a devout Catholic husband and the father of four girls, reluctantly joined in the ill-fated uprising, insisting that its sole object must be the restoration of the Catholic faith. The rebellion was swiftly crushed and its participants executed by the hundreds. Captured in Scotland, Thomas devoted his time in prison to fasting and prayer, spending entire days on his knees. He used a compendium of prayers that he himself had compiled in his own handwriting. Refusing offers of pardon if he would deny his faith, Thomas was ultimately sent back to England and sentenced to death. On the night before his beheading, he told an attendant urging him to rest, “If Christ chided his disciples for not watching one hour with him, do you wish me, who have so little of life left, to sleep for an hour?” Thus he spent most of his last night in prayer.
It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical experiences God gave this saint, rather than on her life. In fact, it would be difficult to do differently, so overwhelming were those gifts from God. ... 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
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