At the age of nineteen, Giulia Valle, of Aosta, Italy, entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joan Antida Thouret, subsequently taking the religious name Nemesia. She soon formulated a prayer for herself that became the rallying cry of her spiritual life: "Jesus, empty me of myself, let me be clothed in you. Jesus, for you I live and for you I die..." After taking her vows, she served as a teaching nun, and thereafter as superior of her convent in Tortona. Faced with the grave responsibilities of the latter office, she would tell herself, "Concentrate on the one goal: God alone!" Having suffered at the early age of four the loss of her mother and repeated separations from the rest of her family thereafter, Sister Nemesia was to carry with her in religious life a pronounced empathy for those suffering from loneliness. In 1903 she was appointed novice mistress at a convent of her congregation in Borgaro. This latter office brought upon her many humiliations, in that her gentle methods of counseling novices were criticized by her superior. Sister Nemesia died on December 18, 1916.
"Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique statement in John's gospel tells us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha, her sister, and her brother. Apparently ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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 children. In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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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
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes