Ewald and his brother of the same name, natives of Northumbria, England, were both priests. They came to be distinguished from one another by the color of their hair as “Ewald the Dark” and “Ewald the Fair.” Stirred by a shared love of God and religious zeal, the two brothers journeyed to Germany with the intent of preaching the Gospel there. Upon reaching the German region of Westphalia, the two brothers lodged for several days with a magistrate who served a lord they were hoping to meet. As they waited, the Ewalds spent each day in prayer together, reciting psalms and celebrating Mass at a consecrated altar they had brought with them, along with the requisite sacred vessels. The Ewalds’ piety aroused fear among the pagans that the two brothers would succeed in converting their lord to the Christian faith. Determined to sabotage the Christianization of their land, the pagans seized both brothers and slaughtered them. Ewald the Fair was slain with a sword. Ewald the Dark was subjected to a prolonged torture, suffering death by dismemberment.
It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical experiences God gave this saint, rather than on her life. In fact, it would be difficult to do differently, so overwhelming were those gifts from God. ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Gemma Galgani was born on March 12, 1878, in a small Italian town near Lucca. At a very young age, Gemma developed a love for prayer. She made her First Communion on June 17, 1887. As a pupil at the school run by the Sisters of St. Zita, Gemma was loved by her teachers ... 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
Benedictine abbot and defender of the faith. Born in Canas, Navarre, Spain, circa 1000, he entered the Benedictines at San Millan de Ia Cogolla. King Garcia III of Navarre challenged him when he ... 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