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.
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
Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some woman of noble birth, resembling his wife, who would be willing to marry ... 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
When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by ... 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