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."
St. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. He was a dedicated but impetuous follower of Christ. When Jesus said He was returning to Judea to visit His sick friend Lazarus, Thomas ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Little is known of her life, and the information was received by private revelation from her. Martyred at about age 14 in the early days of the Church. In 1802 the remains of a young woman were found in the catacomb of Saint Priscilla on the Via Salaria. It was ... 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
Louise de Marillac was born probably at Ferrieres-en-Brie near Meux, France, on August 12, 1591. She was educated by the Dominican nuns at Poissy. She desired to become a nun but on the advice of her ... 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