Having fled a life of luxury, Bartolo Buonpedoni, of San Gimignano, Italy, served as a lay infirmarian at a Benedictine monastery in Pisa. While there, he considered becoming a Benedictine himself. But one night he experienced a vision of Christ covered with wounds, and telling him, “Bartolo, it is not in the monastic habit that you are to win the crown that is prepared for you, but in the suffering which will wound your body for twenty years.” The full meaning of these words was to be revealed much later, after Bartolo had spent many years serving God as a diocesan priest and a Third Order Franciscan. At the age of fifty-two he was stricken with a form of leprosy. He thereupon left his parish and entered a leper hospital, where he became chaplain, celebrating Mass daily for the patients. Remarkably, the touch of his leprous hands wrought miracles in others. When following Bartolo’s death the maid who had attended to his needs knelt beside his open casket and wept, one hand of the dead priest amazingly reached for her hand and grasped it for five hours, as if to comfort her.
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
By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary's father and mother come to us through legend ... 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 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