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.
Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Agnes was a Roman girl who was only thirteen years old when she suffered martyrdom for her Faith. Agnes had made a promise, a promise to God never to stain her purity. Her love for the Lord was very great and she hated sin even more than death! Since she was very ... 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
In the year 1400, a young man came to the door of the largest hospital in Siena. A plague was raging through the city so horrible that as many as twenty people died each day just in the hospital ... 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