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.
"Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique statement in John's gospel tells us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha, her sister, and her brother. Apparently Jesus was a ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
Although little is known about Simon Stock's early life, legend has it that the name Stock, meaning "tree trunk," derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit in a hollow tree trunk of an oak tree. It is also believed that, as a young man, ... continue reading
Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. When he was about seventeen, he became very ill. He promised to be a Franciscan if he would get better. But when the illness left him, his father convinced him to wait. A couple ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes