As a young girl, Notburga, the niece of the Frankish princess (Saint) Plectrudis, manifested an extraordinary innocence and purity and a deep love for Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Notburga subsequently entered the convent of "Saint Mary in the Capitol," a religious community founded in Cologne, Germany by Plectrudis. Here Notburga became known for her fervor, her dedication to prayer and self-denial, and her exacting fidelity to the convent's rule. Notburga's peace in the convent was disturbed for a time by relatives who wanted her to leave the cloister and marry, but she resisted their efforts and persevered in her religious consecration. She died as she had lived, with a pure and unblemished heart. As Notburga's body was being carried in procession to Cologne's cathedral church of Saint Peter, the cortege crossed paths with the cortege of a dead man being brought to his grave. As her body neared his, the man was raised to life.
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Empress mother of Constantine the Great. She was a native of Bithynia, who married the then Roman general Constantius I Chlorus about 270. Constantine was born soon after, and in 293, Constantius was made Caesar, or junior emperor. He divorced Helena to marry co ... 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
There is a romantic legend that the mother of Thomas Becket was a Saracen princess who followed his father, a pilgrim or crusader, back from the Holy Land, and wandered about Europe repeating the ... 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