Jose Thi Dang Le, of Ke Van, Vietnam, attained the rank of a captain in the army of the Vietnamese emperor, Tu Duc. As a Catholic, Jose stood in great danger from the ongoing persecution of Christians promulgated by the emperor. This situation prompted Jose to resign from the military in August of 1859. On January 17, 1860, the emperor issued a further decree against Catholics, condemning Christianity for “luring people into illusion and ignorance.” Twelve days later, Jose was arrested with other Catholic soldiers, whom he encouraged to persevere as they faced imprisonment and torture. Shortly before going to his execution on October 24, Jose was able to receive the last sacraments. Moreover, upon arriving at the execution site, he was given absolution by a priest hiding amid the crowd of spectators. After praying at length on his knees, Jose suffered death by strangulation. A robber whom Jose had converted to the Catholic faith while the two were in prison together was executed with him.
St. Zita was born into a poor but holy Christian family. Her older sister became a Cistercian nun and her uncle Graziano was a hermit whom the local people regarded as a saint. Zita herself always ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
- "excerpts taken from Victories of the Martyrs," by St. Alphonsus de Liguori Taken from the Acts of St. Anastasia, who is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass, and commemorated by the Church [old calendar] on December 25, St. Anastasia was a spiritual child of St. ... 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
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Virgin (Feast day - November 18) Born in Grenoble, France, in 1769, Rose joined the Society of the Sacred Heart. In 1818, when she was forty-nine years old, Rose was ... 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