The maiden named Faith (in Latin, Fides), one of the virgin martyrs to suffer under the ancient Roman persecutions, was a very popular saint in medieval Europe, with miracles reported at her shrine in Conques, France. She is believed to have suffered martyrdom at Agen, Gaul (France) in the third century, but the specifics of her death are available only from much later texts of dubious historical validity. Nonetheless, these texts may contain at least some authentic details of her martyrdom. Upon being summoned before a Roman procurator, Faith is said to have fortified herself by making the sign of the cross. She told the judge, "I have served Christ from my infancy, and to him I have consecrated myself." When threatened with death for refusing to sacrifice to the pagan gods, she answered, "I am prepared to suffer everything for Christ. I long to die for him." As she was being burned to death on a red-hot grill, heavy snow is said to have so filled the air round about her that it modestly veiled her body from the onlookers until she had died.
Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became Pope, succeeding Pope St. Anastasius I, on December 22, 401. During Innocent's pontificate, he emphasized papal supremacy, commending the bishops of ... 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
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
Olympias born into a wealthy noble Constantinople family. She was orphaned when a child and was given over to the care of Theodosia by her uncle, the prefect Procopius. She married Nebridius, also a prefect, was widowed soon after, refused several offers of marriage, ... continue reading
The people of Olkusz in Bohemia in 1431 had every reason to be suspicious of their new pastor. They knew what a Cracow professor would think of their small rural town. But even more insulting, their town was once again being used as a dumping ground for a priest who ... 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 very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes