On the very day of her First Communion and Confirmation at the age of ten, Eugenia Ravasco, of Milan, Italy, began the habit of stopping to pray at every church she happened to pass. Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary were to become the hallmarks of Eugenia's spiritual life. At the age of eighteen, while considering the question of her vocation, Eugenia heard a priest in church ask the congregation, "Is there no one out there who feels called to dedicate himself to doing good for love of the Heart of Jesus?" The young woman heard in these words a personal message to her from God. Five years later, Eugenia undertook the foundation of a new religious congregation, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, devoted to the educational formation of needy young women into "honest citizens in society and saints in heaven." Mother Eugenia died on December 30, 1900, having imparted to her congregation her own aspiration to "live in abandonment to God and in the hands of Mary Immaculate."
Martyred Northumbrian brothers, one called "the Fair" and one called "the Dark", companions of St. Willibrord. From Northumbria, they were educated in Ireland. These priests of the Benedictine Order ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Gianna Francesca Beretta was born in Magenta in Italy. She was the tenth of thirteen children in her family, only nine of whom survived to adulthood. When she was three, her family moved to Bergamo, and she grew up in the Lombardy region of Italy. In 1942, Gianna ... 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 24th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a ... continue reading
By Jennifer Hartline
St. Therese helps me understand: "the splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not take away the perfume of the little violet or the delightful simplicity of the daisy.if all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes