As bishop of Verdun, France, Magdalveus exhorted the clergy and laity under his care to confess their sins and do penance, reminding them to fear hell and hope for heaven. He urged them to frequent the churches and attend the liturgical services with reverence and silent attention. Later in his episcopate, Magdalveus resolved to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. During the voyage, the bishop preached to the sailors by day and prayed through much of the night. When at one point a storm threatened to sink the ship, he obtained by his prayers a sudden quieting of the winds and waves. In Jerusalem he manifested deep devotion, “watering the sepulchre of Jesus of Nazareth crucified with a shower of tears daily.” Before departing for France, he returned repeatedly to the holy sepulchre to venerate the sacred stone with a parting kiss. At the moment of Magdalveus’ death, two white doves were seen to alight upon a cross erected at the foot of his deathbed. The doves remained sitting upon the cross throughout the funeral rites until the moment that the bishop’s body was lowered into the grave.
Eldest son of a shoemaker, John was born at Diest, Brabant. He early wanted to be a priest, and when thirteen became a servant in the household of one of the Cathedral canons at Malines, John ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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. Ignatius was born in the family castle in Guipúzcoa, Spain, the youngest of 13 children, and was called Iñigo. When he was old enough, he became a page, and then a soldier of Spain to fight ... continue reading
By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes