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."
Lydia Purpuraria (1st century) was born at Thyatira (Ak-Hissar), a town in Asia Minor, famous for its dye works, (hence, her name which means purple seller). She became Paul's first convert at ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called "Poor Clares." When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So ... 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
At 33 Ambrose had it all - a successful career as a lawyer, an important position as governor of Milan, the approval and friendship of the emperor, and a large estate. Then the bishop of Milan ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
Over the centuries, the Jesuits have been relied upon by Popes as trustworthy, heroic soldiers for Jesus Christ and His Church. Yes, there have been times when the company seemed to lose its fervor. However, Jesus Christ the King has always sent His Spirit to ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes