The parents of Anthony Vici, of Stroncone, Italy, were both Third Order Franciscans. Pious from his childhood, Anthony entered the Franciscan Order in his teenage years, becoming a lay brother. He especially loved to attend Mass and the divine office, and cherished the occasions afforded him of serving the priests at the altar. Even in his final illness, he pleaded to be allowed to rise from his bed to attend Mass. Anthony experienced several visions of Christ, in one of which the Lord declared how very pleased he was with the use of numerous candles during the celebration of Mass. Thereafter Anthony made a point of placing as many lit candles as possible at the altar, particularly for the feast days of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. His deep reverence for the Eucharist prompted him to beg on his knees from the other friars the forgiveness of his faults on the days that he was going to receive Holy Communion. In his spare time, Anthony made small wooden crosses that he placed in various places on the friary grounds, that they might serve as visual reminders to move the heart to devotion.
Born at Lystra, Lycaenia, Timothy was the son of a Greek father and Eunice, a converted Jewess. He joined St. Paul when Paul preached at Lystra replacing Barnabas, and became Paul's close friend and ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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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
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By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes