As provost (dean) of the cathedral chapter of Piacenza, Italy, Father Fulco Scotti was assigned by his bishop to deliver a talk to the clergy assembled for a diocesan synod in 1208. Addressing the virtue of purity, Fulco admonished his fellow priests to guard against sinning with their eyes, tongues, hands, or feet, for their eyes are meant for seeing the "All-seeing One," their tongues by the words of consecration "bring down from heaven the Son of God," their fingers "frequently touch that which was conceived from pure flesh, born to purer flesh, risen up again in the purest flesh," and their feet "enter unto the Lord who gives joy to our youth." Fulco became bishop of Piacenza in 1210. Six years later, he was transferred to the episcopal see of Pavia. During his many years as a bishop, Fulco manifested an extraordinary generosity to widows, orphans, and other needy souls. Each day, he invited fifteen paupers to share a meal with him.
Miguel Jose Serra was born on the island of Majorca on November 24, 1713, and took the name of Junipero when in 1730, he entered the Franciscan Order. Ordained in 1737, he taught philosophy and ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Famed visionary of Lourdes, baptized Mary Bernard. She was born in Lourdes, France, on January 7, 1844, the daughter of Francis and Louise Soubirous. Bernadette, a severe asthma sufferer, lived in abject poverty. On February 11, 1858, she was granted a vision of the ... 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
Although little is known about Simon Stock's early life, legend has it that the name Stock, meaning "tree trunk," derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit ... 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