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.
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Saint Katharine Drexel, Religious (Feast Day-March 3) Born in 1858, into a prominent Philadelphia family, Katharine became imbued with love for God and neighbor. She took an avid interest in the material and spiritual well-being of black and native Americans. She began ... 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
So often we hear people or even ourselves excuse an action by saying "I was only following orders." But for Nereus and Achilleus this excuse could not stand in the face of the cross. ... 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