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."
Edward the Confessor was the son of King Ethelred III and his Norman wife, Emma, daughter of Duke Richard I of Normandy. He was born at Islip, England, and sent to Normandy with his mother in the ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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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
Discalced Carmelite mystic and healer. She was born in Florence to a distinguished Florentine family. Educated at San Giovanni Convent in Florence, she entered the Carmelites at Santa Maria degli ... continue reading
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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