While studying to become a doctor, Pere Tarres I Claret, of Manresa, Spain, served as president of a Catholic lay apostolate, the Federation of Young Christians of Catalonia. Sustained by devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pere zealously spoke about the Catholic faith to other young people and to those he met in the streets. His automobile became what he termed his “instrument of work” which he used to seek out souls to convert. After earning his medical degree, he co-founded in Barcelona a clinic for those unable to afford medical care. The horrors of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) persuaded Pere that he should become a “doctor of souls.” Following the war, he entered Barcelona’s diocesan seminary and was ordained in 1942 on his thirty-seventh birthday. After serving as a priest for seven and a half years, he was found to have lymphatic cancer. Father Tarres offered his illness for the sanctification of his fellow priests, seeing his approaching death as an opportunity “to die in a continual act of love and suffering… worthy of the heavenly Father.” He died on August 31, 1950.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. ... 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
If one had to choose one saint who showed the humorous side of holiness that would Philip Neri. Born in 1515 in Florence, he showed the impulsiveness and spontaneity of his character from the ... 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