Brother Proceso Ruiz Cascales, of Beniel, Spain, was the superior of a community of Hospitallers of Saint John of God that administered a hospital for epileptic patients at Carabanchel. On July 29, 1936, only days after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, forces of the anti-Catholic Popular Front raided the hospital. After searching the building for three hours, the militiamen ordered the religious to cease all “worship or religious expression.” In defiance of this command, the Hospitallers continued their religious exercises in secret. When on August 29 the hospital was raided a second time, the militiamen took possession of the facility. Three days later, on September 1, Brother Ruiz and eleven other Hospitallers were taken away in automobiles and executed by gunfire. The religious, ranging in age from twenty-three to sixty-seven, shouted, “Long live Christ the King,” before dying.
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to ... 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
Francis was a young nobleman at the court of the King of Spain. He became a Duke when he was only thirty-three and lived a happy, peaceful life with his wife Eleanor and their eight children. But ... 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