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.
Archdeacon and companion of St. Donatus. Andrew and his sister, St. Bridget the Younger, were born in Ireland of noble parents.They were educated by St. Donatus, and when Donatus went on a pilgrimage ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Little is known of her life, and the information was received by private revelation from her. Martyred at about age 14 in the early days of the Church. In 1802 the remains of a young woman were found in the catacomb of Saint Priscilla on the Via Salaria. It was ... 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 Deacon F.K. Bartels
It is true that the creature loves less because she is less. But if she loves with her whole being, nothing is lacking where everything is given. To love so ardently then is to share the marriage bond; she cannot love so much and not be totally loved, and it is in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes