Father Peter Cappucci, a Dominican priest from Tiferno, Italy, converted many sinners through his preaching and hearing of confessions. His zeal to save souls impelled him to seek out sinners wherever they were. He was inventive in finding ways to draw them back to God, comforting them in their sorrows, assisting them in their practical needs, and even pleasing them with material things “in order to attract them to the dominion of grace.” Father Peter pursued relentlessly two hardened criminals condemned to death who had resisted the efforts of other priests to convert them. In the end, both men were moved to tearful contrition by Father Peter’s humble entreaties. On another occasion, Father Peter confronted a sinful young man in the street, warning the youth that his death was imminent, and asking him, “How much longer are you going on adding sin to sin?” When hours later the young man was mortally injured in an accident, he confessed his sins to Father Peter and received absolution before dying. Father Peter died at the age of fifty-five, declaring, “I go to my God,” before breathing his last.
St. Giles, Abbot (Patron of Physically Disabled) Feast day - September 1 St. Giles is said to have been a seventh century Athenian of noble birth. His piety and learning made him so conspicuous ... 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
Margaret was an English princess. She and her mother sailed to Scotland to escape from the king who had conquered their land. King Malcolm of Scotland welcomed them and fell in love with the ... continue reading
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If there is any message which can be drawn from St. Augustine's life, and there are many, it is the message of repentance and conversion. This is a message the world desperately needs to hear today. It is one of heartfelt dedication to Christ as Master, Teacher and ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes