The lay catechist Charles Hyon Song-mun, of Seoul, Korea, belonged to a family that had suffered much for the Catholic faith during the waves of persecution that had swept their country from the late eighteenth century onward. Charlesís father was executed in 1801, and his older sister (Saint) Benedicta Hyon Kyong-nyon suffered martyrdom in 1839. His wife and son died in prison. Charles served as a trusted lay assistant to the missionaries, offering encouragement to new converts, distributing alms, and writing a book about the persecution of 1839. He personally accompanied Koreaís first native priest, (Saint) Andrew Kim Tae-gon, on a dangerous journey to Shanghai, China. When Father Kim secretly took up his residence in Seoul to begin his priestly labors there, Charles risked his own safety by registering the priestís house in his own name. Soon after Father Kimís arrest in June of 1846, government agents tracked Charles down and arrested him together with four Catholic women visiting his home. In prison, Charles gave courage to the other Catholics there. He faced his own beheading with calm fortitude.
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
Alvarez was born in either Lisbon, Portugal, or Cordova, Spain. He entered the Dominican convent at Cordova in 1368. He became known for his preaching prowess in Spain and Italy, was confessor and ... continue reading
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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