Sebbi was king of England’s East Saxons. His contemporary Saint Bede describes him as a “soldier of the heavenly kingdom” who “preferred a retired, monastic life to all the riches and honors of a kingdom,” devoting himself to “religious exercises, frequent prayer, and acts of mercy.” He even had a mind to abdicate his throne and become a monk, but his wife would hear none of it, unwilling to be separated from him. Nonetheless, when after thirty years as king Sebbi fell gravely ill, he advised his wife that they should both devote their remaining time to God. His wife thereupon consented to let him spend his final days in a monastery. He died peacefully three days after experiencing a vision that had foretold the day of his death. At Sebbi’s burial, his body was found to be too long to fit in the stone sarcophagus prepared for him. An attempt to solve the problem by chiseling the inside of the stone coffin ended in failure. But as the matter was being considered, suddenly and inexplicably, the sarcophagus was found to be more than long enough for Sebbi’s body, a marvel personally witnessed by a bishop and by Sebbi’s son, Sighard.
Rufus and Zosimus were citizens of Antioch (or perhaps Philippi) who were brought to Rome with St. Ignatius of Antioch during the reign of Emperor Trajan. They were condemned to death for their ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
The Mother, of God, Mother of Jesus, wife of St. Joseph, and the greatest of all Christian saints. The Virgin Mother “was, after her Son, exalted by divine grace above all angels and men”. Mary is venerated with a special cult, called by St. Thomas Aquinas, ... 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
St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Feast day-July 15) St. Bonaventure, known as "the seraphic doctor," was born at Bagnorea in Tuscany, in 1221. He received the name of ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes