Jacinto de los Angeles and Juan Bautista were Catholic laymen of Mexico’s Zapoteca tribe born in the same year in the village of San Francisco Cajonos. Both had lived dedicated Catholic lives, beginning as altar boys and advancing to the lay office of “attorney general,” charged with assisting the priests in protecting public morality and the integrity of the Catholic faith in their native place. Jacinto and his wife Petrona had two children. Juan Bautista and his wife Josefa had one daughter. On September 14, 1700, the solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Jacinto and Juan learned that certain villagers were planning to profane the feast day by carrying out an idolatrous pagan rite. The two men thwarted the occult ceremony by confronting the idolaters in person, but afterward the pagan worshippers plotted swift vengeance. On September 15, they seized Juan and Jacinto, the latter having declared that he wanted to “die for love of God and without using weapons.” The next day, in a revival of brutal pre-Columbian pagan practices, the idolaters beat and slashed the two men, and cut their hearts out.
Brigid was probably born at Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick, with whom she developed a close friendship. According to legend, her father was Dubhthach, ... 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
When Alfred Bessette came to the Holy Cross Brothers in 1870, he carried with him a note from his pastor saying, "I am sending you a saint." The Brothers found that difficult to believe. Chronic ... 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 ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes