Colga served as abbot of the monastic school of Clonmacnoise, Ireland, where it is believed he had formerly been a student himself. He made the writings of Saint Paul the particular object of his studies, taking this apostle as his special patron. There is a tradition that Saint Paul appeared to Colga in several visions to instruct him, and even to assist him in winning a theological debate. Colga is the author of an eighth-century Irish prayer addressed to Christ, in which the ranks of apostles, evangelists, saints, angels, and Old Testament patriarchs and prophets are invoked to plead for mercy and forgiveness from God. The contents of the text demonstrate a theological conformity and communion with the Church of Rome that refutes the false assertion made by some that the early Irish Church was theologically "independent" of Rome. The prayer also contains a moving plea beseeching Christ to convert all who are hostile to the Church: "May God enkindle meekness, and charity, and love, and mercy, and affection in their hearts, and in their thoughts, and in their souls, and in their minds."
Cofounder of the Barnabites. Born in 1502 in Cremona, Italy, Anthony became a medical doctor. In 1528 he was ordained a priest and cofounded the Barnabites, the religious congregation so called ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin (Feast day November 13) St. Frances was born in Lombardi, Italy in 1850, one of thirteen children. At eighteen, she desired to become a Nun, but poor health stood in her way. She helped her parents until their death, and then worked ... 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
St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and ... continue reading
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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