When in 1525 Englandís Cardinal Wolsey appointed Father Richard Whiting abbot of the ancient Benedictine abbey of Glastonbury, he praised the appointee as ďa priest commendable for his life, virtues, and learning,Ē a declaration signed by the future martyr (Saint) Thomas More as a witness. But when in 1534 Abbot Whiting had to choose between his allegiance to the papacy and King Henry VIIIís demand under pain of death that he recognize his claim of supremacy over the Church in England, the abbot failed to follow Moreís example, but instead swore allegiance to Henry. Yet after five years of making compromises to keep his abbey open, Abbot Whiting was nonetheless arrested when a raid of his room yielded copies of papal bulls, papal indulgences, and a biography of the martyred archbishop of Canterbury, Saint Thomas Becket. It was at this point that the abbot finally found the courage openly to declare his allegiance to the pope. He was executed by drawing and quartering in Glastonbury together with two other Glastonbury monks, (Blesseds) John Thorne and Roger James.
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Brigid was probably born at Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick, with whom she developed a close friendship. According to legend, her father was Dubhthach, an Irish chieftain of Lienster, and her mother, Brocca, was a slave ... 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. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but ... 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