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.
This holy priest was born in 1698 at the village of Voltaggio in the diocese of Genoa and was one of the four children of an excellent and highly respected couple. When he ws ten a nobleman and his ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Famed visionary of Lourdes, baptized Mary Bernard. She was born in Lourdes, France, on January 7, 1844, the daughter of Francis and Louise Soubirous. Bernadette, a severe asthma sufferer, lived in abject poverty. On February 11, 1858, she was granted a vision of the ... 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
Charles was the son of Count Gilbert Borromeo and Margaret Medici, sister of Pope Pius IV. He was born at the family castle of Arona on Lake Maggiore, Italy on October 2. He received the clerical ... 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