Adulph and his brother John were born in Seville, Spain during the ongoing occupation of much of the country by the Moors. Adulph, John, and their sister (Saint) Aurea were the children of an Arab Moslem father and a Spanish Catholic mother named Artemia. Subsequently, Artemia took her three children to Cordoba, where she would be somewhat more at liberty to raise them in the Catholic faith. Due to the loss of the original biography of Adulph and John, the specific circumstances of the family’s departure for Cordoba remain unknown. It is most probable that Artemia’s husband had either converted to the Catholic faith or had already died when the family set out for Seville. It was in Cordoba that Adulph and John were to be martyred for their faith around the year 824 under the Moslem caliph, Abderraman II. Their sister Aurea became a nun in the convent of Cutellara and later suffered martyrdom over thirty years after her two brothers. Artemia also entered the Cutellara convent and became its abbess.
St. Jerome, who was born Eusebius Hieronymous Sophronius, was the most learned of the Fathers of the Western Church. He was born about the year 342 at Stridonius, a small town at the head of the ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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
Foundress of the Sisters of Charity, the Grey Nuns of Canada. St. Marguerite D'Youville was born at Varennes, Quebec, on October 15, Marie Marguerite Dufrost de La Jemmerais. She studied under the ... continue reading
By Deacon F. K. Bartels
The Catechism of the Catholic Church informs us - The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls 'angels' is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition (328). Charged by God to ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes