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.
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
Not much information is known about Elizabeth, but she has the distinction of being one of the first to know about Mary's great blessing as the Mother of God. Zachary was a priest in Jerusalem whose wife, Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, was beyond child-bearing age. He ... 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
The people of Olkusz in Bohemia in 1431 had every reason to be suspicious of their new pastor. They knew what a Cracow professor would think of their small rural town. But even more insulting, their ... 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