Following the early deaths of his parents, Francis Cichi, of Pesaro, Italy, devoted his inherited wealth to alms for the needy and to the founding of three hermitages, each furnished with a chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Francis became a Third Order Franciscan, living as a hermit on the slopes of Mount San Bartolo. An amazing feature of his hermitage observed by his visitors was a huge boulder inexplicably held in place on the mountain slope immediately above his hut. The rock had come to a rest in this position, stopped seemingly by divine intervention, after it had been thrust down the slope by the devil, who, enraged by the hermitís prayers and penances, had been harassing him. Francis had a pet rooster that he depended upon to wake him for his morning devotions. While Francis was ill with a sickness that was starving him, those tending him took it upon themselves to kill the rooster with the intent of making a meal for him. Grieved by what they had done, Francis took the dead bird in his hands, and made the sign of the cross over it. Immediately the rooster returned to life.
Sister of St. Louis and daughter of King Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, she refused offers of marriage from several noble suitors to continue her life of virginity consecrated to God. ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Less than twenty years before Teresa was born in 1515, Columbus opened up the Western Hemisphere to European colonization. Two years after she was born, Luther started the Protestant Reformation. Out of all of this change came Teresa pointing the way from outer turmoil ... 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
St. Stephen the Great (977-1038), was the son of the Magyar chieftain Geza, Stephen succeeded him as leader in 997. Already raised a Christian, in 996 he wed the daughter of Duke Henry II of Bavaria ... 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